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

    Celebrate Thanksgiving at Rialto with a Special 3-Course Menu
    $80 per Adult, $120 with Wine Pairings and $35 per Child

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 in the Charles Hotel Garage 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: Citrus Braised Octopus with a potato-garlic purée, tomatoes, capers,and coriander, Whole Grain Cannelloni pasta with chanterelles, porcini, ricotta, pancetta and hazelnuts, Roasted Duck Sandwhich with Gruyère, gingered figs and hand-cut fries and an Apple Almond Cake with apple-lemon curd, chestnut honey and almond gelato.

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
129 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (84)fit for foodies (83)romantic (62)notable wine list (46)neighborhood gem (34)good for groups (25)great for outdoor dining (24)hot spot (14)scenic view (8)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Continues to Delight
    sarahlazVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Rialto is one of our favorite restaurants of all time. The food is divine, service is excellent and the decor is very cozy yet current. I highly recommend this spot!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Perfect birthday celebration
    awebboffour
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our experience at Rialto exceeded our expectations. Everything about the dinner was top notch. Our server, Cesar, was amazing and never took his eyes off of us. The food was unique and tasty. My father's pasta was the best he has ever had, and that says a lot. Overall, it was one of the best dinners out. Highly recommend!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding in every way!
    JasmineVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had an outstanding dinner with great service! I was entertaining friends from CA who are real foodies. They had the famous duck plus rabbit ravioli and burrarta. I had the scallops and the grilled clams which we shared. My friends were in heaven. The dining room was hopping and Jody Adams was actively overseeing all the action. Do not hesitate to go to Rialtio if you want great food, warm friendly service and a comfortable atmosphere. Rialto remains my go to place for a special dinner!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food here was excellent. Everything was beautifully presented and tasted phenomenal. I highly recommend the steak, which was cooked perfectly and just melted in my mouth. The cocktail and wine lists also had some great selections and the service was stellar. I would definitely return and recommend it to friends.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • AWFUL Food, AWFUL Service
    BostonFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It's been a while since we've been to Rialto for dinner, though we enjoy their bar very much. Wow, this place has completely crashed! Food was lukewarm and poorly prepared - all six firsts and all six mains. Shockingly poor preparation, truly. Eggplant Parm dish was a mushy re-heated blob with 5 - count them! - 1 cm unmelted parm shavings sprinkled on top. Barely edible and absurd at $28. Pastas were overcooked and bland. Scallops were barely warm and flavorless. Slow and inattentive service. Sad to experience a once-good restaurant completely take their eye off the ball. If I were Chef Adams, I would be ashamed.
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  • Pre-concert venue
    Rialto
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We enjoyed this restaurant. We went on a Friday night with another couple. The waiter asked us if we had any time commitments, and as we were going to a concert after dinner, he and he kitchen accommodated our schedule. The food was excellent. The portions are a little on the small side, so if you are a big eater you might not be satisfied. We would go here again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • A special place
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We dined at Rialto for our 20th anniversary. We had a great table in a corner overlooking Harvard Sq. The food was all amazing. The wine suggested by the waiter superb. A pricey night out, but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    DisappointingVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We were disappointed. The duck entre was badly overlooked and dry. Steak entre was also overcooked. Service was average at best. We will not be going back
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • Delicious food at the Rialto
    Colemink
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food was excellent, restaurant was full so added a vibrant atmosphere to an otherwise hotel kind of setting restaurant. It has a formal interior vut the round tables make it nice to have a dinner conversation. Service was attentive and dishes were special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Has gone bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Rialto used to be good but not anymore. the quality and service has gone bad
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    For the first time I was disappointed by Rialto. Two members of our party had already been seated, and the two others waited for them at the bar for fifteen minutes before texting them to find out they were in the restaurant. That should never happen. One member of our party specifically asked for an ingredient to be omitted from a dish. It was included anyway. That should never happen. The appetizers were excellent, but the main courses were flat, forgettable. I don't know what happened, but the entire evening was not up to Rialto's standards.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Our Server that night was Oliver, by far the best Server I have experienced anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably excellent
    jpalfrey
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I'm always grateful for the chance to bring a group of guests together at Rialto. The food is always terrific, with a good balance of long-standing favorites and new things to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful destination restaurant
    Jjgg
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    After all these years, maintains a chic interior, warm, friendly and professional service and food that is amazing. Glorious roast duck, old pasta favorites and new dishes; none failing to delight. Long may she reign!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Maybe Sunday night the regular cook is off. Some of food such as delicate greens in salad were delicious. Outdoor dining was lovely, but waiters were quite slow.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • I had been there in 17 years
    paco
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It was perfect! It was better than I remembered it. The one miss was service..very busy... but they just missed it on dessert and caught it and gave us the dessert for free. This is an amazing place to dine and apparently always has been... It is for special occasions and for those who know what it is to "create" a dinner not just serve one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • What happened!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    What an immense disappointment. We waited 30 minutes for our server to talk with us or take an order. We then waited another 30 minutes for our food. The entree given to me was not what I ordered. I was told it would be yet another 15+ minutes to bring what I had ordered. I declined as the rest of my party would be half way through with their meals. About 20 minutes later out comes the entree. No apologies, but a statement that there would be no charge. Then dessert - the coffees came, another 15 minutes for the one dessert. Finally the bill - with the charge for the late entree. Yes this was corrected when we spoke up but again no apologies and an air that this was all our problem. Arrogance, lack of service, lack of care.
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  • 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
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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