Toscano  Harvard Square
Toscano Harvard Square

Toscano Harvard Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://toscanoboston.com/harvard-square/
  • Phone: (617) 354-5250
  • 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: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, 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 $20

    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
168 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (85)neighborhood gem (84)special occasion (78)romantic (66)notable wine list (65)great for lunch (45)good for groups (25)hot spot (25)great for brunch (13)vibrant bar scene (12)scenic view (10)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • noneVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This was our first time at Toscano's. The paneled walls, soft light and quiet ambiance were a welcome change from the clang clang of most restaurants these days. Despite the white tablecloths, the air was not one of stuffiness or pretentiousness. The menu was extensive, all wonderfully authentic-sounding Italian meals. The service was excellent. If the other Toscano's are like this one, it will be our new go-to favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    MarKevVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My husband & I saw this restaurant on our way to another restaurant a few weeks ago, and we made a point of remembering the name. I had to make our reservation at least 2 weeks in advance for a 6 o'clock Saturday night dinner. We actually preferred a 6:30 time slot, but everything was taken from 6:30 to 8:00. We brought another couple with us. So glad I made that reservation because all of us enjoyed our food entirely, the 2 bottles of wine complimented our entrees perfectly, and the service was outstanding! We look forward to coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food, too noisy
    erbrill
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I visit Toscano every chance I get and usually those chances are when I'm alone. Making a date three weeks in advance with friends I seldom see, I was disappointed to discover that the noise level makes conversation next to impossible. It isn't "energetic", in my book, it's "too loud". Amazing food selection and preparation. Fabulous drinks and wine. Refreshingly attentive service. I'll go back again and again, but, very unfortunately, I'll think very carefully before choosing it for a fine dinner with stimulating conversation or anything resembling intimacy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great authentic Ialian food
    ellieVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    A table by the window made it just right. Always excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Not up to par. The service was odd and uncomfortable. The food was bland and not what we've come to expect from Toscano. Very disappointing birthday meal for my boyfriend.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great
    ALPT
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This has become our very favorite restaurant. The food is fabulous and the service is impeccable. Thank you for teaching waitstaff never to say "Are you still working on that?" My main problem now is trying new things rather than going back to what I've had—I love the melon and prosciutto. Next time I promise to try the vitello tonnato. The gnocchi was divine. Next time the linguine vongole. The birthday candle on my husband's tiramisu was sweet—and the dessert was delicious. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • at long last
    laura9cloud
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    ever since Simeone 's in Central Sq burned down decades ago, theres been a huge need for price -worthy imaginative delicious Italian food in a beautiful setting in Harvard Sq. Have eaten at Toscano a few times and will be drawn back regularly. Great food, and you need to spend bucks on the wine, but the $50 Belnero was fabulous thank god that corner on Brattle St is no longer a pricey clothing shop
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mamalucy
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The noise level was a little loud as I waited for my guest to arrive, but as we were on a late lunch date it did get better as people left. The staff was very courteous . Our server was very knowledgable and friendly as she read the specials. She highlighted one dish in particular and we ordered this chicken in wine sauce with risotto....it was incredible.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant ever !
    TheflorentineVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I adore this place !!! The food is real italian food ( and this coming from a native italian who lived all her life in Italy ) and real Tuscan . I have tried diffenrt dishes and all of them were amazing . The dessert list is alla amazing except for the tiramisu . The menu is impeccable and very peculiar for and authentic Tuscan ! I reccomend this restaurant to everybody . You will adore everything on the menu ! If you are a real florentine you must know they are hen only one in Boston to sell real florentine beef . !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    adventurousdinersVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Food is outstanding, service welcoming & professional. We always leave full and happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good upscale Italian
    Klp8888
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    A great date spot, an interesting wine list, knowledgeable servers, great service overall. I would definitely recommend Toscano for dates or small dinners with friends.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always perfect
    jeffVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    6th time at this gem. perfect every time. the food selection is incredible and considering that all the selections we have had to date are wonderful. you will also find the service is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great All-Round Dining Experience
    Ironclad
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Toscano is just a great place to eat. It is delicious food in an inviting atmosphere just off the hustle and bustle of Harvard Square. For taking out picky eaters such as my college kids, the Italian menu is particularly of help because they can always find something they like. I live out of town, but every time I stay in Cambridge, I try and eat here. It is a place where one feels very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This was our second time at the restaurant. The service was outstanding and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rushed experience
    CambridgeDiner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food here was decent but the service was terrible! Even though we had a reservation and there were plenty of open tables around us, the waitstaff was constantly intrusive. We felt like we were on a conveyer belt! We had hoped to have a relaxing meal together, but the rushed atmosphere definitely ruined that.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Toscano Harvard Sq...Don't
    Thelonius
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The food was very good, if overpriced. The wine list was also good but overpriced. The chairs were too low to the table and uncomfortable. But what will prevent me from returning is the noise level. Much too loud. It was almost impossible to hear my dining companions, once the restaurant filled up. I remember the Boston location being quieter. Also the waitstaff was too eager to turn over the table...they hovered.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Noisy
    Larryb
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Food was good, service was great, excellent wine list, but far too noisy to hear each other comfortably.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JoeTurner
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Lovely evening. Food is exceptional, service is very good. Special evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Finally Italian in Hvd Sq
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I've entertained clients for lunch and it's a great spot! Wonderful food, prompt service and lovely decor. Just as special for an intimate dinner. Another great restaurant in Harvard Square. With so many to choose from this is one of my go to places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch in Cambridge
    EmptyNestersNow
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Glad we had reservations for lunch as the tables filled up. Lovely facility and the food was good. We ate here before taking a tour of Cambridge and Harvard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable meal, reasonable
    PGT16
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Good food, good service, at fair prices; we will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary food, great setting
    Bostonlover
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We loved this restaurant. The food was nearly perfect in every way. The service was outstanding but never intrusive. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Tigersoftware
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were visiting Cambridge for the 1st time and had read relatively good reviews of Toscono. It appeared to be on of the better locations near Harvard Square. We were sorely disappointed. We order cocktails, which never came. We ordered salads which never came. We did receive our wine, but the waiter NEVER came to refill our glasses (not that it was expected, but it's always a nice touch). The wine was in a chill container and I had to get up from the table to get the wine and pour our glasses. The atmosphere is great, the service is horrible & the food was just okay. After speaking with our waiter, Rick, we were told the manager was made aware of our displeasure with the service, & you guessed it, the manager never came over either!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    RokoVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food and service were excellent and the location to ART was unbeatable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tuscany in Cambridge!
    Nani
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Was offered to taste 2 wines right away when I asked about 1! Great wait staff! Appetizers 3 out of 4 were fabulous, one salad a bit too plain, main courses 3 out of 4 were delicious w/out getting too Italian!! The salmon wasn't cooked all the way thru on one dish but I have to say I would return & try more dishes…as liked the menu offerings & found it affordable too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Cambridge venue
    Bosman
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We visited after the matinee at the ART. Very convenient to the theatre. Atmosphere and food was excellent, prices were good value for the quality of fare. Service was very attentive and pleasant but it took a long time for the food to arrive. We had to leave before dessert and coffee as it had taken so long to get the first two courses. We would certainly try it again based on our overall enjoyment of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
  • Harsquar
    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.