Toscano Restaurant
Toscano Restaurant

Toscano Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.toscanoboston.com/
  • Phone: 6177234090
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30AM - 3:45PM; Dinner: Nightly: 4:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining available please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Chris 6177234090
  • Special Events: Please refer to website.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mt. Vernon/ Chestnut
  • Public Transit: Red Line MGH/Charles St. station.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: On street meter parking available. Valet night time only starting at 5 PM.
A word from Toscano Restaurant
Nestled among the antique shops, boutiques and cafes along Beacon Hill's famous Charles Street, Toscano restaurant remains a staple of Boston's oldest neighborhood.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Toscano Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
161 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (103)special occasion (83)fit for foodies (73)romantic (70)notable wine list (66)great for lunch (43)good for groups (40)hot spot (17)vibrant bar scene (9)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Respite from the hustle and bustle
    MaryfVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    White tablecloths, excellent service and good food make this a classic.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This is a favorite and we will be back. Good food, good location, nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    Reegz18
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My boyfriend and I went for our anniversary, The restaurant itself was beautiful, but the food was quite the disappointment. The quality of the food was definitely not worth the price, for the prices on the menu we definitely expected something a lot better. Just for one example, My boyfriends filet was first undercooked (not a problem, Quick fix) but then it came back and it was very bland. There was No flavor, and theTexture to the meat was off, it was disappointing. We were complimented with a dessert which was delicious, but We Wouldn't go there again, overall it was just an okay experience for an expensive bill.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, stuck-up service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very good food and atmosphere. Rated service as poor because our server was inhospitable, stuck-up and looked bothered to have to talk to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lived up to the hype!
    SCFoodie
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Highly recommended! Very tasty and authentic food and exceptional wine list!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresco
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My first time to Toscano and it will surely not be the last. Seated on time in the section away from the bar; window seat. Prompt service and great food. I'm not a wine expert but their Pinot by the glass was very good. Prices were moderate compared with other good, Italian restaurants in Boston. Hard to find fault and probably a 4.5 overall.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition to Harvard Square
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    New Toscano is a beautiful space with the same great food and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Did not disappoint
    SB4diningVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This was our first time at the restaurant. Had heard and read good reviews and we were not disappointed. First - the martinis were perfection. We had the bruschette and the carpaccio as appetizers. Both excellent. We both had salads, which were awesome, but should have shared one as they are pretty generous. We ordered the bolognese and scaloppine limone for dinner and both were perfect. We had a great meal and will definitely return the next time in Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    OnaK
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This was certainly a treat. The service, wine, and food were great. Highlights were the Toscano rigatoni, muscles, pork chop pizzaiola, and pistachio ice cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistent
    BobS
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    One of the best Italian restaurants in Boston..and their recently opened Harvard Square location is consistent with the same food, service and quality. Diverse menu - not inexpensive but worth the money. Outstanding Italian wine list. Best restaurant week menu and value in the City. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jackVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    A restaurant week GREAT FIND. Good portions and selections to chose from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Huge disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I came here for my husbands birthday because of all the great reviews. This was one of the worst Italian meals I have had. Truly, not good. Two days before I was at Giulia in Cambridge which was phenomenal. I was really wishing I had just gone back. Really disappointed.
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  • Decent service, better food.
    EvyKVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My friend and I grabbed a late girl's lunch yesterday around 1:30pm. This is rounding out the lunch scene and we enjoyed the 3-course restaurant week menu. The sirloin was good, the potatoes that came with it were fantastic. The tomato bread soup was interesting, though I'm not sure I would get it again. My friend's salmon was perfectly done and I think the best dish of the lunch. Unfortunately, our server was quite rushed and made us feel that way. The restaurant was not packed (several empty tables around us), yet she made us feel rushed while ordering, didn't offer to make any recommendations, and didn't really seem to care to check on us too much. Would have been a much better experience had it not been for the service.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite Restaurant
    tartuffo
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Toscano never disappoints, food was excellent and beautifully presented. Service was very professional. Overall, a very enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful dinner
    DentomVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This was our first tie here in 15 years and we were not disappointed. The food was flavor fill and our server Santiago truly made the evening memorable with his expert advice and attentive service. We are already planning our return reservations. We definitely will not wait another 1 years to return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This visit brought my guest and I in during Boston's Restaurant Week (sometimes called Dine Out Week). Often restaurants will offer items not found on their regular menu and possibly of less complexity in order to offer the three course meal at the lower cost. Not true at Toscano! The food can be found on their regular menu and in the same ample portions. If you find yourself in the Beacon Hill area of Boston, you don't have to go all the way to the North End to enjoy a fantastic Italian meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    SuesVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants. Not only is the food outstanding, but the wait staff is attentive , without being overbearing. We continuously return for an evening of fine dining, and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we recommend this highly!
    DeeBrown
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great atmosphere--wonderful food--great service-reasonable prices! Would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, great service
    FussyDiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food and excellent service. Place was absolutely full (Friday night), but staff were very courteous and diplomatic in handling a short wait for a table. Pizza and Veal Milanaise definitely recommended. Very pleasant evening. Will definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Service
    SusanDVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food was great but waiter was very rude. We enjoyed the food but the waiter was rude and the service poor. He then complained about a low tip of 10%
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Food & Service
    jockkk
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Strongly recommend this Beacon Hill Restaurant! Had to change our arrival time due to transportation problems, Maitre D worked with us beautifully, and the room was full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Toscano
    DelphicDog
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food was superb. Daniel, our waiter, a true professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another enjoyable meal
    spike
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Met here again for business lunch. Very functional due to the low noise level and atmosphere. Risotto was very good. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charles St goody
    FoodfanVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Recommended by our dining companion who lives in Boston and who hadn't been there yet, we all agreed the food was delicious. Loved my pasta alls vongole, while my companions praised the veal and salmon dishes that they had ordered. Attentive service too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • richVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Toscano's is ALWAYS EXCELLENT. We have been coming to Toscano's for over twenty years, and have never been disappointed. Excellent service, fantastic food, excellent specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    burner416
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My wife and I went to Tuscano for our 12th Anniversary dinner. Food was great. The waiter was very attentive. Plus they gave a complimentary dessert with a candle for our anniversary. Very classy!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our server made excellent suggestions, helping us enjoy an outstanding, delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    As my husband has learned, I truly love this restaurant & as such, we made reservations for my annual Birthday dinner. Our server was Daniel & THE BEST server we have ever had there. Thank you for a truly memorable meal & birthday!!!! Looking forward to many happy returns.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the City's Best Options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    A great choice when you want an excellent meal but don't want a staggering bill. You always feel that you get what you pay for here. The chow and service are sure to please. The pastas are highly recommended... like the half portion option which is a great starter. I ordered the pork loin in a mustard sauce... fantastic. My guest had the house special filet and he loved it too. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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  • Beautiful but just okay
    Bbbear
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Everything about our experience was stellar; except we were expecting the food to have much more flavor sophistication. The food was good, just not great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jtaravella
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Entertaining friends from Tampa. Loved the fine Italian food. Will return for sure
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian in Beacon Hill Area
    Ditto17
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great food and excellent service! It's a really good idea to make a reservation as it was pretty busy for a Tuesday and we were glad we had made a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellence Exists!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Along with wonderful food and service, Toscano on Charles Street has the perfect ambience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner
    finn
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. Ordered both the specials of the evening which were delicious. Atmosphere was lively but quiet enough to have a nice discussion. Great all around.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and good food
    telfin
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The restaurant is nice. Tables are quite far from each other so even if there is a lot of noise it does not matter, it is only fun. Service was outstanding! Food was very good but not the best we have had. All in all, I would go there again anytime! Good value for money.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    Paullove1948
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Fine place to have an amazing meal. The ambiance was better than expected.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always delicious
    Rose
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We have been coming here over 25 years and it's always perfect! Food is delicious and service is always excellent. The staff always remembers us even if we have not been for months. LOVE it here!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb.....a real gem!
    JHopSim
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Excellent service! Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and the specials. Our entire dinner was fabulous! Highly recommend. Make reservations far in advance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recent veal meal
    amanti2toscana
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We dine fairly often at Toscano's, always hoping that it will be better than it turns out to be. Its location on Charles Street is superb, and care has been taken with the design of its dining area. The darkness that the owners seem to think is necessary (but which makes reading the menu difficult) is tolerable, as is the intrusiveness of the waitpersons. It's the food that sometimes fails to achieve excellence. On our last visit we were impressed by a first course of minestrone (for me) and chicken livers (specially prepared for my wife, who had wanted crostini). We also liked the wine: a Chianti Classico Riserva and a Moscato. For secondo we chose veal--Scaloppine limone and Vitella Milanese. Both veal dishes were tough.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charles street gem
    Jacob
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in Boston. We had a big sampling of mains and all of them were spot on (pasta with bacon in cream sauce, Mediterranean Sea bass, seafood risotto, 10oz. Filet). Our waiter gave us a perfect wine recommendation and a special tasting course from the chef. Highly recommended for special date nights or a celebration. You really can't go wrong ordering anything here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.