Toscano  Harvard Square
Toscano Harvard Square

Toscano Harvard Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://toscanoboston.com/harvard-square/
  • Phone: 6173545250
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30AM - 3:45PM; Dinner: Nightly: 4:00PM - 10:00PM

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Story St.
  • Public Transit: The T: Redline to "Harvard Sq."
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available nightly starting at 6:00. Valet is located in front of the restaurant on the corner of Brattle St. and Story St. Valet Charge $16

    Validated Parking available at University Place Garage.
    124 Mt. Auburn St.
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    Rates:
    Enter Before 4pm Mon- Fri: 0-1 Hr. $4.00, 1-5 Hr. $13.00, After 5 Hrs. 2$ off regular rate.
    Enter After 4PM Mon-Fri and all Day on Weekends: 0-1Hr. $4.00, 1+Hrs. $9.00



A word from Toscano Harvard Square
A stone’s throw from Harvard’s ivied walls, surrounded by the bustling eateries, shops, and confectioners on Brattle Street (once called the King’s Road), Toscano’s second location brings the bright, fresh flavors of Tuscany to historic Cambridge.
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Toscano Harvard Square reviews from OpenTable diners
200 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (99)neighborhood gem (97)fit for foodies (91)romantic (68)notable wine list (64)great for lunch (59)good for groups (33)hot spot (28)vibrant bar scene (19)scenic view (18)great for brunch (15)great for outdoor dining (14)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Toscano in Harvard Square
    NicksReviews
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    So many dishes from which to choose on the menu at this wonderful new addition to the already-hot Harvard Square dining scene. The décor has a "no-expenses-spared" look, reminiscent of its Beacon Hill venue. We were going to the theater afterward, so I chose a relatively light Pasta e Fagiole as my main course, and doubled the size of what's listed as an appetizer. It was perfect, even though the beans and vegetables were pureed, and not left whole as I prefer. In any case, it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Close to A.R.T. Bread and pasta great. Artichoke appetizer tough. But overall, very good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A great evening. Food and service excellent! Would recommend to all that visits the square.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    food and service were excellent. was glad i went and will return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great pasta and risotto
    oscarWine
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It was a pleasant surprised! Great pasta and risotto, outstanding. Very good wine list. Service was so very nice and helpful in everyway. Not expensive at all for what you get.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • craigwVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    An excellent dining experience with delicious food and superior service. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So happy!
    LeeLeeVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were so happy we had lunch at Toscano prior to seeing a matinee at the ART. The wine and pasta were perfect and we loved the restaurant's interior design. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Topnotch spot in Harvard Square.
    dineoutdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Excellent, as always. Exceptionally good, friendly, efficient service, and outstanding food. Perfect for pre-theatre (or post-) dining. Only my 2nd time there, but certainly not the last!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cannot be beat
    loulou
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    if need a spot near ART with very good food and quick service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Choice - Great Location
    JeffG
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    If you are attending one of the theaters in this area, this is the GO-TO restaurant. Everything from the service to the wine to the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bill
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Brought party of 4 for my wife's birthday. Asked twice to have the a/c turned down to no avail - it was freezing. Waitress should present printed list of specials - impossible to catch them on the fly. Too noisy. They did bring my wife complementary gelato with candle. Also got 15% off from Loeb Drama Center.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit
    CambridgeRez
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I first went to Toscano with a friend for a quick bite and sat at the bar. What we both ordered was delicious. So when I was planning to have dinner with suburban friends I suggested we go there. Unfortunately the food was average - the sole was over-battered; the presentation of the food was below average generally. Probably will not return in a hurry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Rigatoni was life changing!
    napVT
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is a beautiful restaurant though a little bit on the loud side. The bathrooms are exquisite! The waiter immediately asked if we needed to catch a show (we did) so he could make sure to have the check to us in plenty of time. This was greatly appreciated! I ordered the Rigatoni Toscano because of the great online reviews and nearly cried at the first bite... pure perfection! That in itself will ensure a return visit!! The bread and house pinor noir was also delicious! We each had an appetizer, pasta, I had a glass of wine and my boyfriend had a cocktail and the bill was VERY reasonable. I'm only disappointed that I didn't have room left to try the white chocolate blueberry dessert I've heard so much about!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food44
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I loved the feel of the place. The service was wonderful and well timed. A great spot for dinner before the theater. The specials were varied and interesting. The members of our party enjoyed halibut specials, salmon as well as a pasta special with wild boars meat and juniper berries that was outstanding. I intend to return to explore the rest of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    HairgrrlVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food at Toscano was great! From the meatballs to the pasta dishes, our family had a happy full belly .. luckily we saved room for dessert. Our server Robinson was so attentive and engaging, he made the evening complete!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional!
    Spida
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Whether you are going to The American Repertory Theater (just a block away) or spending time in beautiful Harvard Square, Toscano is the perfect place to dine. The service was impeccable, the food was first rate (we are Italian!), and the ambiance was elegantly comfortable; brick, pretty lighting, white table clothes and huge windows that open up to the scenic view of sunny, historic Harvard Square. A perfect lunch before a matinee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable experience!
    Stephen
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I'd been wanting to try the restaurant for a while, due to it's inviting and authentic Italian atmosphere. I finally decided to take my teenage son there for his birthday, followed by a double feature of "The Godfather" and Godfather II" at the Brattle Theatre. The food surpassed my expectations, and the wine I tried was sublime (I'm quite picky with reds). Service was wonderful as well. All in all, highly recommended--I will certainly be back!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good not great
    ChubbyBlake
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was good, but not great. It did not meet my expectations. The decor reminded me of the Cheesecake Factory: oversized decorative elements in gaudy color pallets.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great birthday dinner
    JIO3
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Celebrated a birthday with family at this restaurant. The food was excellent - good variety and well prepared. Wait staff was very attentive without being obtrusive. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great addition to Harvard Square
    CAandMAVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Excellent food close to the A.R.T Theatre. Now that A.R.T is staging great shows regularly, it is wonderful to have another high caliber restaurant in walking distance. Italian dishes prepared with great finesse and a lively atmosphere that can get a bit noisy as the evening progresses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eddie
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Service and food were excellent. Waiter asked we were going to the ART, because the show start time would mean we need to order without delay. Smart and good services.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Toscano - Harvard Square
    SuzyS
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We've been customers of Toscano on Charles Street for years. This was our first visit to the 2nd location in Cambridge and it was excellent! Decor is reminiscent of the original restaurant and the menu and preparation is identical. The restaurant fits well into the Harvard Square scene with large windows in the front that open up to bring the outdoors in. A very warm, vibrant place. We came for Restaurant Week with family and it was just as wonderful as any meal we've had in the Boston restaurant. Watch out for the fig martini - one of our all time favorite cocktails - it packs a punch but soooo good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My first time eating at Toscano -- very nice. Window table, attentive and friendly waitress, the food was delicious. I've walked past it dozens of times -- finally a friend mentioned how good it was and I went. Glad I did.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Naples1VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Beautiful decor, excellent food, very attentive wait staff
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    LightfootVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Toscana is better than just about every venue in the North End and you can't even put it in the same category as the over-priced, pretentious, "corporate" pretenders on the waterfront. I highly recommend!! Service was fantastic, the food even better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great Italian restaurant
    NewtonSteve
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We chose Toscano for dinner before a show at the A.R.T. Let me start with the negatives. First, the A/C vent dripped condensation right where my wife was seated. My wife changed her seat,solving the problem. Lucky we were not a foursome. Though service was good, we had to wait a bit for dessert, a minor annoyance. Now, for the food. Both of us had absolutely delectable main dishes. Mine was swordfish and it was cooked perfectly! I have not had such great swordfish in years. My wife had veal. I tasted a bit and was blown away by the flavor and the "melt in the mouth" texture. For starters, the pappa al pomodoro (tomato bread soup) was seasoned to perfection, but the caprese was a bit bland and lacked balsamic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DelphicDog
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I met an old college friend for dinner at the Toscano in Cambridge. We simply could not have enjoyed a finer evening. Superb food, attentive staff, gorgeous setting. I highly recommend Toscano.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oppi328VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Toscano Harvard Square is a fantastic restaurant! The food is always fresh and beautifully prepared! I enjoyed my burrata salad. The cheese and the tomatoes were better than they are at any other restaurant! My husband had a green salad with olives. For our entrees, my husband had the baked eggplant appetizer which is one of Toscano's signature dishes. It has no carbs at all and is served hot in a baking dish! I had veal scallopinni limone, and I thoroughly enjoyed every bite! I had a tiaramisu for dessert! It was decadent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A real treat
    HudsontravelersVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went to Toscanos for an early dinner after the ART theater. They were accommodating of my not being sure when we would get there. Even though there was an evening performance and they had many reservations, we never felt rushed. The food was delicious, and the waiter was knowledgeable and attentive. The manager and the maître both checked in on us. We would definitely return when in Cambridge.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Lene
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I had previously been to Toscano's once for lunch and loved it. This time I brought sister and nieces. We all loved it! The eggplant and 2 different pastas we got were incredibly delicious. Waitstaff were very helpful and attentive and offered to split our spaghetti for us since were sharing. We got there early and were able to get one of the partially outdoors tables. I am still thinking about the food 2 days later!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Webb
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Very pleasant atmosphere. Great wait staff and advantage of 1/2 portion sizes on menu items.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not meet high expectations
    leodiner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We read and heard several favorable reviews of the restaurant. The setting and service were lovely. The wine recommendation was great. Our food was okay - nothing special. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing but both my dish and my daughters were rather unimaginative. My pasta was underseasoned. The ravioli with duck sauce (my son's dish) was delicious. We did appreciate their seating us early.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Pre-Theatre Hot Spot
    TheStewardVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The restaurant offers a discount for ART pre-theatre dining, so you need to book really early if you want a table. And it is worth getting a table. Service is excellent. When a manager saw us looking for our server, he immediately came over and asked how he could help us. Water glasses were never allowed to get below half full. The wine pour is 250 ml, which is a generous third of a bottle. The food was excellent. This is a white table restaurant with reasonable prices and fine dining service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really really bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were very disappointed with the service, truly awful. Never even got the breadbasket the other tables got. Very inattentive server that never refilled water, asked if we wanted more cocktails, never once checked on us once our food arrived, and took over 20 minutes between leaving the bill and then coming back to get it (we placed our card in immediately). That being said, IT WASN'T EVEN THAT CROWDED.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre theatre dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We ate at Toscano prior to attending a play at A.R.T. Which is just down the street. We were running 20 minutes late due to traffic. They called, held our table, and although very busy, they made sure we had plenty of time to make the play. The service was super and we were not rushed. The food was uniformly excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in every way
    theaterlover
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We entertained visiting relatives prior to our night at the ART Theater. We all loved everything about the restaurant. My cousin especially enjoyed the fact that there is an extensive list of wines - and that they can be purchased by the glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    artsnminds
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Although I've walked by many times, I had not yet eaten here. What a delight! The waiter immediately recognized that we were on a tight timeline. The food and drinks came promptly and were a treat. My friend ordered a coffee drink for dessert, though which took longer than it should have. Still, I will surely return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • italy w/out going to the North end
    mdb59
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    First time at the Cambridge location and we loved it. Had a couple of the dinner specials which is the way to go, just make sure you ask how much each item is prior to ordering as they can range from $20 - $40. We had to ask to add ice in our water, which shouldn't have been necessary, maybe just a bit of inexperience from the waitstaff. Had the sirloin steak special with wonderful mushroom sauce, would recommend the kitchen use a smaller piece of meat, of better quality like a tenderloin as the secret in this dish was the wonderful sauce. I would like to come back and try the pastas next time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous wines & incredible service
    BostonFoodista
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had an excellent dining experience at Toscano after attending a local theatre. The Maitre'd seated us at the best table while we wait for a friend to arrive. The waiter was solicitous and kind, offering suggestions that met our tastes. The apps were delicious, pasta al dentethe wines superb. Th eonly draw back was our fillets tasted of the gas used for cooking. We will definitely be returning to Toscano for their wine, service and food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gratsi
    Share67
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had a marvelous time at Toscana on Sunday. Our waiter, Alex, took extremely good care of my wife and two children. The wine list was excellent and the food was spectacular. We enjoyed the melon and prosciutto and the meatballs especially. Great to know there are two locations. We will dine there anytime we make it back to Boston. Cheers
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic