Rialto
Rialto

Rialto

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rialto-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6176615050x
  • Hours of Operation:
    DINING ROOM
    Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm
    Sunday: 5:30pm - 9pm

    LOUNGE
    Monday – Saturday: 5pm- 11:00pm
    Sunday: 5pm – 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jody Adams
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate gatherings from 10-250 people. Polished hospitality is at the core of dining at Rialto. We believe that every private event is a unique blend of tailored cuisine, professional service and beautiful ambiance. To that end, we harness the creative genius of Chef Jody Adams and the professional planning expertise of Special Events Manager Maribel Carubia to execute each and every event.

    We offer classically elegant, private spaces, ideal for wedding receptions, business meetings, recruiting events, celebratory parties and more. Boston Magazine even named Rialto “best spot for group dining."
  • Private Party Contact: Maribel Carubia (617) 234-8026 x
  • Special Events: Teatro Menu
    Enjoy our $40 price fixed menu, available upon request.

    Belly Up to the Rialto Bar for Burger Night
    Each Sunday the chefs will highlight a special burger with rockin' toppings and hand cut fries for $10!

    $1 Oyster Mondays

    Summer Outdoor Dining Series
    July 17... Striped Bass & Tequila Cocktails
    August 7... Late Summer Harvest

    Upcoming Cooking Classes with Chef Jody Adams
    September 21... Early Autumn Harvest
    October 19... Holiday Baking
    November 9... Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Dishes
    December 7... Jody's 7 Fishes: An American Italian Christmas Eve

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Eliot Street
  • Public Transit: Red Line to the Harvard Square T Stop.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Hotel parking is available. We validate for parking after 5 pm for a flat rate of $10.
A word from Rialto
Unwind, Italian-style, at Rialto, where James Beard Award-winning chef Jody Adams brings an Italian perspective to New England ingredients. Menu changes monthly to reflect the best in seasonal ingredients and highlight different regional cuisine of Italy. Current menu offerings include Roasted Asparagus with fried pecorino cheese, chestnut honey, and sherry vinegar; Potato Gnocchi with chanterelles, peas, mint, hazelnuts, and goat cheese; Maine Lamb Chop and Roasted Leg with minted ricotta ravioli, spring vegetable stew, nuts, and honey; and Maple-Pecan Profiteroles with maple-espresso glaze, chocolate sauce, salted pecans, and maple ice cream.

The Boston Globe awarded Rialto a coveted four stars in three consecutive reviews and Gourmet Magazine named it one of the "World's Top Hotel Restaurants." Visit www.rialto-restaurant.com to learn more about private and special events, cooking classes and new menu offerings.
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Rialto reviews from OpenTable diners
134 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (94)fit for foodies (86)romantic (71)notable wine list (51)great for outdoor dining (31)neighborhood gem (28)good for groups (18)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (9)scenic view (8)late-night find (5)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • 20 Years Strong
    NHBob
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Rialto has long been at or near the top of our list of Boston area restaurants. It is very hard for me to find things to be critical of as their execution is nearly flawless. The wait staff is exceptional and almost everyone who has waited on us over the years has offered good suggestions and have know the wine list well. The wine pricing is fair and many excellent bottles can be found below $60. The regional cuisine menus are usually first rate but don't forget to have the duck once in a while. It is as good as you remembered it to be. When the Globe's last food critic retired, she gave Rialto 4 stars in her final review. The rating is accurate and well deserved
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • stillhungry
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very small portions for price. Ended up having a sandwich when we got home because we were still hungry and we're not big eaters.
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  • cambridge foodie
    roosterroo
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Fond of good food and creative preparations, we were very disappointed. Salads dull, plates did not look freshly prepared, roast duck was very tough, overdone/underdone depending on what the objective was, with completely burnt skin. Dry and tasteless. Veggies underneath mashed and unidentifiable. Potatoes on the side were hard! Our guests had pasta served on a flat plate, also looked like it wasn't freshly plated, and fish, which was probably okay. Waiter was aggressive with suggestions, as though determined to have us order what he advised. Few other diners, really we must not be the only ones to notice.
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  • Recent Dinner at Rialto
    foodiefromTO
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Took the subway made it to the restaurant with ease. Seated at a table that overlooked Charles Square, our dinner selections included the rabbit ravioli & the Pat and Robert's Littlenecks appetizers; followed by the Lobster Brodetto & the Smoked and Grilled Chicken Peperoncino + Corn & Chanterelles side. Dessert was the smartly chosen Trio di Dolci (miniature tastes of our blueberry frangipane tart, stone fruit strudel and strawberry cake). Service was attentive. Interior colours kept the room bright. The execution of the dishes were as expected We do recommend this restaurant. Love how they will try to accommodate you if you have certain allergies.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • not Italian! jalapenos on lasagna!
    John
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Not good. Snotty inattentive wait service. Worst of all: food is not good or Italian. Whole Jalapeno peppers on top of lasagna (and in it too). It almost made me gag. Mexican music was too loud and distracting. Isn't this place upscale Italian? what happened?!
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  • Food is not as good as we expected
    Family
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Sorry to say that the food was not delicious. We ordered 4 different dishes, bluefish, ravioli, lasania and bolognese (spelling maybe wrong). All were not even warm. I think the dishes were not order made. It seemed that they had already made the dishes, when orders arrived, they just put the food on the plates. My bluefish had light seasoning, the soup was just like water. My daughter said her lasania had sour taste. They used melon and cantaloupe and bread in the 1st course. They also used the same ingrediants (melon and catalogue in dice shape) in my son's main dish, my husband 's desert, bread in my main dish. This is Boston dine out week, $40/each for dinner, this restaurant wanted to save money. Overall, disappointed dinner for us.
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    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great experience
    Snowflake
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was flavorful, cooked perfectly, and presented beautifully. The wait staff was very responsive. A special evening.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and gracious
    hungrynow
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Our anniversary falls in restaurant week (excuse me, "Dine Out Boston"). That means that getting a great meal at a great restaurant can be a little fraught. Not here. The restaurant week menu is real Rialto cooking, mixing and matching that with items off the regular menu poses no problem, and the front of house makes the experience identical to the regular season. Great food, lovely presentation, and warm welcome.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Solid food ruined by poor service
    Saraz21
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We were excited to try Rialto after all we read; however even good food can't make up for the service we experienced. Despite a quiet evening with many open tables it took more than 55 minutes to get our drink, and we had to request each course including bread. It's a true shame because the food was good...but no food validates that caliber of service at an expensive restaurant. By far the worst service I have experienced in the city of Boston.
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  • FANTASTIC!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I absolutely LOVE Rialto! The quality of both the food and the service NEVER disappoints! Thank you for treating your customers like human beings who matter in the world. I don't quite know how to explain it, but there's something so effortlessly humane and beautiful about how you all approach the dining experience. Please sustain and nurture whatever dining philosophy you have that not only keeps me coming here, but also makes me recommend the restaurant to good friends. You all have never tarnished my reputation for offering you up as a top-notch place to dine. Thank you!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Fabulous!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Everything about our experience at Rialto was great--food, service, ambiance--all superb.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • ALQt10
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great spot! We went for restaurant week, and we will definitely be going back! The food was great, and the desserts were phenomenal and unique.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great northern italian food
    DocchefVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The pasta and the sauce took me back to a trip to florence , delicious, the other apps and entrees were just as tasty. As well, beutifully plated A great place to dine when in Cambridge
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently enjoyable experience
    moosedomeVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Rialto isn't trendy but you can be sure of a lovely evening, with good food and attentive service. The Dine Out Boston menu was limited, but with enough good choices to make it excellent value. The only starter was a shared antipasto plate, which was very good and plentiful. Main courses included 3 pastas and a fish stew. We both had the fish, which was delicious. Finally, three desserts. My mocha almond cake was a little dry and would have benefitted from some ice cream or gelato, and I wished I had chosen the peach and blueberry crostata. My husband's panna cotta was also a good choice. I wish restaurants would offer a reduced wine price during Dine Out week. Two glasses of wine really bump up the cost of the meal.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • twofoodies
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Restaurant Week is not the time to visit. While the food was very good,the portion sizes were more like lunch than dinner. We would go back for the the regular menu.
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  • Get DOB experience
    IndustryInsider
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great food, nice ambiance. Rialto is not the kind of restaurant I can typically afford to go to so I was happy they were doing Dine Out Boston. I'll definitely be back.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Outstanding Service
    BitOut
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Went for DineOutBoston and had a great meal. Staff didn't show disappointment that we were there for the lower priced meal. Very attentive service.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WJAK
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    From the warm welcome to the last, toothsome bite: Always perfect; always a pleasure.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Dining out
    Mimi
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Rialto has wonderful food, and they selected dining out options that highlighted their talents. Enjoyed by all 8 of us. When the chef, Jody Adams, visited the table we were thrilled.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rialto Didn't Measure Up
    TasteofTexas
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We started with cocktails and even though they were not made as requested, the bartender shrugged her shoulders and moved to the next patron. No biggie. Strike 1. Our server was slow to approach our table and even slower to return for our order. Strike 2. The tomato salad was average at best with no discernable special taste. The duck main course was beautifully served, but the duck was tough and lacked flavor. Strike 2.5. The cauliflower side vegetable was without taste. Strike 3. The corn side vegetable was very good. Our table was completely underwhelmed and everyone was surprised by the lack of enthusiasm for this notable restaurant.
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  • Great as always
    Nonickname
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    One of Boston's great restaurants, a wonderful experience every time.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This restaurant is always on tops lists for food, the patio, the chef, etc. We went on a Tuesday during Restaurant Week/Dine Out Boston. The restaurant was dead. The server was ok. The flourless chocolate cake was very dry. The lasagna was good but I had better. I just expected more for all the raves and positive reviews this place seems to get.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Slow service
    curmu630n
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My wife and I went to Rialto with my two children (5 and 11 years old). They put us in the out of the way table. It appeared that children are unwelcome at this restaurant. Our waiter was very slow and poorly trained.
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  • One of a kind
    Bellarose
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Bravo! It is refreshing to go to a restaurant where everything is spot on. The service is impeccable but what I really appreciate is the quality of the food. Too many times these day restaurants with high prices service average lack luster food. We keeping going back to Rialto as it is one of the few serious restaurant experiences left in the Boston area that won't disappoint.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very fine restaurant
    jpas1954
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We ate at Rialto, an always dependable restaurant. We had originally planned to go to the North End but made a last-minute change. So still desiring Italian food, we went that way. My wife had a salad and I had salumi, which mostly consisted of prosciutto and stuffed eggplant. Very good as was the wine (prosecco for her, pinot grigio for me). My wife had the rabbit ravioli which she tells me was delicious and I had the rigatoni which was spicy and very good. (Can I say it's better than the North End? No). We finished up with a dessert of Trio di dolci, three desserts and a cappuccino. We had a nice view of the courtyard, very good wait service. We will definitely return. I suspect there's a 5-star experience here and Saturday was close.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Exquisite
    jrsa
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Rialto is one of the most elegant, high quality places for a wonderful evening. The room is beautiful. One of us had a dietary issue, and the staff took great care to help with this. The service is lovely, and the food is exquisite.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It just doesn't get better...
    foodieshrinkVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is a restaurant that is ALWAYS "the best meal I can remember." The food is creatively prepared, beautifully presented and a special treat to savor. It is truly one of the absolute best in Boston.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Fine Dining Always
    Ptownbilly
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Have eaten here quite a few times over the years; each time the food has been excellent, beautifully presented, and fit for foodies. The Dining room has sheer white drapes and has a zen like, elegant feel. Definitely could be a place for a special occasion or to impress the in-laws. The service is discreet yet exceptionally attentive. From the hostess to each of the wait staff you are treated as a special guest.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Delicious
    Jaxeats
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Our meal was outstanding and the service was excellent!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Blown Away
    joepolo
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I recently are here with a party of five other diners on a Saturday night. Simply put, Rialto aims to compete in the upper echelon of Boston fine dining and falls short on several critical food criteria. Execution flaws at unforgivable price points characterized the meal. A bass crudo was sliced poorly enough to yield a tough and chewy plate that should have been etherial and delicate. A rabbit ravioli was anemic and overcooked.'Slow Roasted Duck' was a seemingly confit half bird with a very very dark char on the entire thing. I missed a rare breast to balance the fatty leg quarter meat. Bluefish bagna cruda was the highlight of the meal.The chef succeeded in keeping the fish light and vibrant and matched it well with a sweet corn garnish.
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  • Rialto is terrific
    RonG
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Excellent dining. Always an interesting menu which varies seasonally.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Good, but not Excellent
    Leigh
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Eating at Rialto was a good experience -- the wait staff and the bar staff were excellent. Professional and engaging. However, the food was good, but pretty expensive for what we got. I think that there may be higher value restaurants in the area. I should also note that I am familiar with the comperable restaurants in the area, so I am prepared to spend money for great good. Rialto did not hit the mark this time.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    6 people 3.5 hours and no coffee or dessert was ordered because the service was so bad. We will never go back there again.
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  • Great disappointment
    EJGentilVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Brought visiting relatives for some fine dining. Duck was inedible. Service was at moments strangely obtrusive. Bad lighting. Sad to see a wonderful place on a bad night. Barely recognizable. A more general decline?
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  • A dinner to remember
    audioguy6503VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I'd walked by Rialto numerous times in my way to Henrietta's Table or the Regattabar but never took the plunge until last weekend for an anniversary dinner. Wow--I was missing out. My girlfriend and I are still talking about our wonderful experience at Rialto. I highly recommend the grilled little necks and the seafood stew. As an extra touch, the Assistant GM (who checked in with each table, always a sign of a well run restaurant) emailed me the next afternoon to thank us for choosing Rialto! Cannot recommend highly enough.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner revisited
    2todine
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We had not been to Rialto in the past couple of years and realized how much we missed the experience and food delivered there. The food, as always, left us yearning for more and the flavors followed us home. We will be back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience, per usual!
    LuciaM
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    My husband and I went to celebrate our anniversary here last week and we had a fantastic dinner! I had mentioned on my reservation that it was our anniversary and asked for champagne to be waiting at our table when we arrived. Not only was there champagne, but there were decorations and every single staff person we interacted with us wished us a happy anniversary. The food was incredible, as always. We normally visit Rialto during Restaurant Week, because they always do a great prix fix menu, but I'm so happy we splurged for this occasion. We will definitely return for many anniversaries to come!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    BritLoves2eat
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I went to Rialto once ten years ago. I will not wait so long to return next time. All the food was great - octopus in a salad was as tender as what I was just eating in Japan. Great food with nice wine-by-the -glass selection to accompany.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Restaurant in Cambridge
    agt4tvl
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Dining at Rialto is a special event. The service is very attentive without pretension. We dined outside on the patio which was very relaxing overlooking the Charles Hotel plaza. My husband declared the duck the best he had in his life. Beautiful crispy skin outside and delicate inside. The lamb chops were coated with seasoned bread crumbs and very tender. Definitely recommend the strawberry desert. Light as a feather. Prices are well worth it for a gourmet experience.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Pre Show dinner
    MissSarah
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    A group of 8 of us went before seeing a show at A.R.T It was perfect! The staff made sure we kept on schedule, handled food restrictions, and special request without blinking an eye. We went on the early side so there weren't many other diners there but I would most definitely go again! The food and drinks we sensational along with the wait staff
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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