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Gran Gusto

4.6
4.6
1089 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
After 8:30 pm the restaurant prefers to take reservations by contacting the restaurant.

At Gran Gusto, we pride ourselves on the best quality for a great price.

We are a completely in-house production, starting with fresh, basic ingredients in order to create homemade bread to desert.

Over 80% of our products come from Italy one time a week such as, olive oil, flour, truffles, specialty cheeses, bufala mozzarella for the Neapolitan-style pizza, ice cream and etc.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 441-0400

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Giuseppe Castellano

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Parking details

    After 6 PM free parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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What 1,089 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Great for fine wines

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  1. MM

    MoniqueM

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, delicious salads , clam sauce was delicious. Very dependable in consistency . Nice servers
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Amazing food and cocktails. Quiet and easy to have a conversation. Ambiance is slightly lacking but the food makes up for it. Will definitely be back!
  3. WB

    WendyB

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food! Figs with goat cheese and prosciutto was amazing.
  4. g

    giacomoc

    New England

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beat italian in the area!!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A magnificent find. We have lived here in Boston for decades. Why didn't I know about Gran Gusto before this? I grew up in an Italian household. Both my parents were from the Avellino region of Italy just a bit south of Naples. This dining experience brought me back to my grandmother's table but with more elegance and yes, perfection! I cannot express how happy we are to have been introduced to Gran Gusto. The menu selection was varied enough with just the perfect number of choices. The portions just right, the prices just right, also. The service was outstanding! This will be on our short list of "Best Dining Experiences!"
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Cute neighborhood red sauce Italian restaurant. Enjoyed my food and would go again.
  7. WM

    WMRG

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great Italian food. A hidden neighbourhood gem. The vodka martinis and the tray of cheeses and cold cuts are a must.
  8. MA

    MaryAnnG

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is spectacular! My friend and I went for lunch and we were treated like royalty. I have been there several times and the food is consistently outstanding and the service is wonderful. I’ve been to Italy a couple times and if you want to feel like you were dining in Italy, visit this restaurant.
  9. B

    Bryan

    New England

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food always on point. Wine selection very good
  10. MA

    MaryA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & service excellent. And in our neighborhood so pleasant to walk there.
  11. NB

    NancyB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food. Love this place! Will be back
  12. g

    giacomoc

    New England

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!
  13. d

    debm

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Food was delicious. Service was very poor. I have no problem with slow service if I see the restaurant staff running around and being very busy. This was not the case. The staff was chatting with each other, never coming by our table with water or to see if we needed anything. The final straw was that one of our desserts was not brought to the table with the others. After others had finished their desserts and coffee the last dessert was presented with the check . They said "sorry" but still charged us for this dessert even though we said we no longer wanted it.
  14. LB

    LoringB

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Lots of different servers over the course of the meal. I guess they like to float. Never sure who to ask for what. The dinner was fine. Taramesu was disappointing in that water glass.
  15. MM

    MichaelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was our first time at Gran Gusto. My wife, daughter and I came for dinner. I called for being a bit late for our reservation and they said thank you, no problem. We sat immediately and had a fabulous meal. We shared a margarita pizza for appetizer which was fabulous. We shared a bottle of red and each ordered one of their homemade pasta dishes. We each tried each others' meals and everyone was thrilled with the tastes and presentation. We will definitely go there again, although we live out of town.
  16. EP

    EsterP

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This is the only Italian restaurant and pizzeria where we eat in the Boston area. We are Italian.
  17. K

    tallK

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and lovely people!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    poor service. ordered 7 dishes for 5 adults, 1 toddler. literally forgot to deliver 3 of the dishes. said they got confused. half of us ate and then half had to wait 30 mins. didn’t even offer to provide any discount or gratis for their mistakes. spaghetti and bolognese pasta tasted worst than ragu and 1 lb pasta at market spent 178 dollars. tipped $27 bucks to be nice. $205 for 5 people and one toddler. todddler literally was given plain penne that’s all. only 2 drinks. martini is not good either. save your money…go to another restaurant they do speak italian though which is quaint
  19. DR

    DylanR

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and very reasonably priced. Can’t wait to go again!
  20. r

    rselis

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service - would definitely go back
  21. J

    Josh

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We were the first people to get there for dinner, and they didn’t seem to have their ambiance fully figured out. They kept adjusting the lights while we were looking at our menus, which was really weird for us, and started playing music once we ordered our food. Otherwise, everything we ate was delicious!
  22. A

    Antoinette

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Italian food...from appetizers to desserts. Can't go wrong at Gran Gusto!
  23. KW

    KateW

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a relaxing, delicious meal. The staff was sincerely eager to please. They were very busy and working hard. Lovely people!
  24. B

    Benedettofan

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Thirty minute wait despite reservation. Over worked staff.
  25. BO

    BOBP

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food as always was terrific however they have done nothing that I can see to improve the service issues they have. Though she was cordial she seemed overwhelmed and could not dual task at all Made for a very unpleasant experience
  26. JB

    JeanneB

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfection as usual. The salads were delicious, the cod special was tasty and as usual the lasagna and wine outstanding. Antonio, Luigi and the staff are all wonderful and attentive.
  27. p

    pigglepop

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    Food is always excellent but sometimes service is extremely slow.
  28. FF

    FFBoston

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and personable service!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food, may options to choose from, and great service every time we go
  30. AJ

    AnkitaJ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    The service was terrible. We waited for almost an hour before our food arrived. It seemed like the waiters were just walking around without considering that there were multiple tables waiting for their orders to be taken. We had kids, and again no consideration for kids getting hungry. We asked for complementary bread 3 times, black pepper 2 times until so some decided to remember.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It never disappoints.
  32. D

    Daniel

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Strongly recommend not choosing this restaurant! We had a horrible experience with an older male waiter. He was so upset with my friend and I that he literally refused to talk or look at us the whole time we were there, even though he was serving us. The restaurant wasn’t busy, but we were seated at a table where we were about 1 foot from the people at the table next to us- it was like we were all at the same table. They looked uncomfortable, and we were. There was nobody at the table on our other side (or most tables in the restaurant), so we moved our 2-person table about 6 inches towards that table. The waiter came minutes later and said the table had to stay where it was, and immediately began pulling it back, so we asked if there was a more private table available. He never spoke again. Threw his hands up and pointed at a table that was literally against someone’s baby in a baby carrier. We asked if the bar was open and he just threw his hands up and huffed over to the bar and put our silverware there, poured waters huffily and slammed them down. It was really strange behavior. Someone else took our order and brought food and they were extra friendly and welcoming. The food was decent- the pasta was definitely homemade, and the caprese was very fresh! We had been looking forward to dinner here as our “one nice dinner out” during my trip to Boston, which was primarily for work. I don’t understand people living with so much hate, and with so little wisdom or self control. My nieces and nephews wouldn’t even act like that… “unwelcome” is an understatement of my feelings while I was at the restaurant. We didn’t let it ruin our night because it had nothing to do with us, and treated the waiter respectfully and cordially the whole time despite his actions. On a side note: Nobody ever sat at the table we originally moved closer to.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Plain and simply the worst service I have ever experienced in 50 years of dinning. From the wait at the door despite a reservation and an empty table… to the 25 minutes before order was taken, 1/2 hour for mediocre food… 30 minutes for gelato and tiramisu Stay clear
  34. 3

    3entchen

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Neighborhood location had a good food and service.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfecto in every way
  36. PH

    PatrickH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gran Gusto was wonderful! Antonio was super-friendly and was flexible when some of our party were running late. The appetizers, dinner, wine, and dessert were universally delicious! Still thinking about the tiramisu and the paccheri ragu. Thank you to Gran Gusto for a wonderful experience!
  37. MM

    MackM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Such amazing food! Fast service and helpful staff!
  38. EG

    EddieG

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Grilled calamari the best I've ever had. Pizzas among the best around. Pastas expertly made.
  39. KP

    KurtP

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Excellent service.
  40. JM

    JennM

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have spent a LOT of time in Italy and this place is totally authentic to the home country. What a great menu, atmosphere, and service. My new favorite.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Gran Gusto offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 441-0400.

Gran Gusto is rated 4.6 stars by 1089 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Gran Gusto

90 Sherman Street, Cambridge, MA 02140

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    After 6 PM free parking.

  • Executive chef

    Giuseppe Castellano

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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