Il Casale - Lexington

4.4
603 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Casual
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Located in the heart of Lexington Center, il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar is a restaurant from Chef Dante de Magistris and his brothers Damian de Magistris and Filippo de Magistris. il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar continues the story of il Casale Cucina Italiana that began in Belmont five years ago, but is a tour around the Campania region of Italy where the de Magistris family hails from.

il Casale Cucina Campana features an open kitchen clad with imported hand painted tiles from Vietri, classic Italian country furnishings made from reclaimed barn wood, and rustic metal ambient lighting pendants. A vintage map of the Campania region fills a floor to ceiling wall that is at the end of an 18 seat Carrara marble bar. il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar celebrates the ties to family and the roots from which they come, and Chef Dante and his brothers Filippo and Damian welcome each and every guest as an extension of the de Magistris family.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday 5pm - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday 5pm - 10pm
Sunday 1pm - 8pm LIVE JAZZ FROM 5-8 Sundays!
Bar opens each day at 4pm and Sundays at 1pm
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Phone number
(781) 538-5846
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Parking details
Meter parking is available directly behind the restaurant in the public lot.
Additional
Beer, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 603 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Really delicious food and great service. Made my mother's 85th birthday a very special event.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

This was my second visit. One the first one, we enjoyed the meal far more than this time. Otherwise, this time was enjoyable and yes, I'd return. And hope for the first time around to repeat!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Il Casale never disappoints - both in Lexington & Belmont.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Our server Tom P did not inform us on any of the specials. We had to ask for forks to eat our deserts. One member of the group had a side dish of pasta and was not offered grated cheese. The apps, entrees, and deserts where very good. The service left a lot to be desired.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Love the atmosphere and the food was fantastic! Service was great and it makes me feel like I’m in Italy.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

I love this place and have been here several times. Service and food are always excellent.
This time, and it’s no fault of the restaurant, I asked for a specific table for two that happened to be situated next to a table for 8. Unfortunately, the conversation between the two of us was overpowered by the noise from the table next to us.
I’ll ask for a different table next time, I will go back.
One of my favorite places.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Our party of four enjoyed an excellent meal. Service was attentive. We were not rushed.
A server we had a few weeks ago came over to say hello and the chef brought us the appetizers which were excellent. Entrees of lasagna and veal were very good.
I'll Casale is becoming a favorite for us.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Good vibe. Server was really nice. And they have Maine Beer Co. “Peeper” on tap. That alone...

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

We were a party of six- three couples. Special occasion. First time at the LEXINGTON location, several times at the Belmont location.

Service was great. Appetizers were great. Wine (montepulciano d’abbruzo) was excellent. The overall environment was nice. Noise levels were moderate and this was important to us.
4/6 main dishes were very good, but not particularly memorable...The risotto was not to their standard. Both dishes were not touched.
Dessert was excellent, especially ‘CIOCCOLATO DEL VESUVIO’.
Overal, it turned out to be a wonderful evening. Thank you Il Cassale!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Very good service. Excellent menu - recommend the fried artichokes and burrata appetizers, and the lobster risotto and especially the pasta with pesto shrimp very good. Requested quiet table and received it! Not inexpensive but worth it. Have already recommended to others. Nice location in downtown Lexington.

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2.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Food was mediocre and not particularly creative. The one cocktail I had was filled to the brim with ice, so it was about 2 sips worth. My parents are from Italy so I guess I have a higher expectation for Italian food. Probably won’t return.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

We liked the great variety of small plates, appetizers, Primi and Secondi. Asparagus soup with pistachios and grilled branzino were especially delicious. Because our reservation said it was our anniversary, all the staff wished us a happy anniversary, and they gave us complimentary Prosecco and a small dessert.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We had a very nice meal, but on the way home I asked my granddaughter, age 9, how she would rate the restaurant from 0 to 10 (highest). To my surprise, she gave a score of 8 and for very good reasons. First, she said, she had ordered spaghetti and tomato sauce from the children's menu and was served shell pasta with the sauce. She ate and enjoyed it, but noted the mistake. Her glass of Sprite, she added, had too much ice. With those critical comments, she has a future as a restaurant reviewer.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Excellent food, service, and ambience. Very flexible in accommodating gluten-free dining with delicious and creative options.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

It’s always a fun night here but the food was not very good; I ordered the special of shrimp pesto and it was not very good

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Amazing service as always. Delicious meal, recommend the bruschetta and burrata appetizers!

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

I have been to Il Casale Lexington before, but this time is was much better. Our waitress was excellent, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was perfect. Definitely recommend this restaurant no matter what the occasion is.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

My husband and I showed up early and were welcomed. Had a delicious meal with some great recommendations from our server and the bartender. A wonderful date night!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Excellent food - we had the burrata as an appetizer and it was great. My friend and I had the lasagna which is never disappointing. Our waiter, James, was a model of good service. He brought several wine tastes for our friend who is quite particular about his wine. All in all it was a very pleasant experience.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Lovely dinner. Very cozy restaurant
Food and service were very good

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The service was good. Parking was easy. The food was excellent and I appreciate the 1/2 or full serving option. That way you can have appetizers and still be overly full. I had the bruschetta and then the shrimp pesto dish. Awesome! I will definitely eat here again and have already recommended it to some friends. It was a very pleasant experience with a very reasonable cost.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Went there on a very, very warm Sunday. Had always wanted to try it and for a last-minute birthday lunch at 3:00 on a Sunday we didn’t have many options. The three of us shared a variety of small plates (meatballs, arancini, grilled octopus, a salad with the grilled peaches, bruschetta, and a small plate of pasta carbonara). All were good. I also had an Aperol spritz that was decent (tryin to keep that April holiday in Rome alive just a little longer in my short-term memory!). For desert, we shared an afogato and a gelato/sherbet cup. Both were good. Most of the staff was having its meal between shifts, but the hostess and our server were plenty attentive. I would definitely return.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Excellent small plates and pasta, great service in comfortable outdoor patio, knowledgable
server suggested a delicious wine and described it perfectly. Great place!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Great service got us in and out right before a show. Excellent food and drink!

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Very good. James our waiter was attentive. Did not spill a drop of martini! Will be back!

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

This was a pre-theater dinner. The veal saltimbocca was delicious. Different presentation with veal medallions. Veal was very tender and cooked perfectly. The shell pasta with braised lamb was also delicious with homemade pasta and tasty red sauce. Our party had arancini cakes (4) and fried calamari for appetizers. These were nice sized portions to share. We shared 2 delicious desserts: the molten chocolate cake and the olive oil lemon cake. The portions are ample dessert portions. We would go to Il Casale again.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

had dinner prior to a concert at Cary Hall. Itwas delicious

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Unfortunately, I have tried the Lexington location twice now and, really, it's not that great. Not worth the price, anyways. My family and I went on father's day 2018 and they did not have anything specific for the occasion. Not a big deal but something to note.
I had the sole lemon piccata and the sauce was fairly bland. Pair that with a bland white fish, it was a boring $28 lunch entree. Also, I ordered the "beet" salad and there was barely any beets in the salad. Other family members had pasta dishes and they were lack luster. It was $160 lunch (1 beer) for 4 and totally not worth it.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

First time at il Casale Lexington. My husband and I arrived early so we sat at the bar ad had a drink and a few appetizers. When we sat down with our friends for dinner, we enjoyed all of the food. My one complaint was the tables where we were seated were very close together and there wasn't a lot of room so this was a pet peeve we all had.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Don’t skip the appetizers - the meatballs & arancini worth a try. The small plates gives you the opportunity to try a few of the delicious entries. First visit but will be back.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Have been here many times, and the most recent visit was particularly good. Fresh tasty salad, well-prepared fish and homemade pasta were all excellent. We sat outside, which was very pleasant. The waitstaff was attentive and helpful.

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Deep fried artichokes were a great start. Main courses were poorly plated and looked messy. Saltimboca was overwhelmed by heavy ham and the veal was mediocre.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

The spot Il Casale is in may have been cursed as each restaurant before it, at least during my 10 yrs living in Lexington, as failed. Like the 2004 Red Sox breaking the The Curse of the Bambino, Il Casale seems to have finally broken the curse haunting this location - they have serious staying power and it's fueled by amazing food, great service, and reasonable prices (you are paying for high quality food, so don't mistake "reasonable" as "inexpensive").

I've been here a number of times for dinner and have brought clients/partners there for dinner meetings. Plus, it's the go-to spot for my wife and I when we want to cap off an evening with dessert and drinks before we head home. It's great for groups too - be sure to as for the high-top seating near the kitchen.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Amazing food. Shrimp scampi risotto and calamari were delicious! Waitress was hard to understand with her accent.

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

was disappointed. Food took forever. they forgot our order I assume since they brought us a free appetizer when tables around us who came in 20 minutes after us were served first and there were only 2 of us. waitress looked like was going to keel over fro exhaustion...not pleasant-just harried. food not hot.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

It was my 2nd time dining here, and I was impressed both times. Service was excellent, from greeter to bus-persons to server. I had the Bolognese, and it was perfect. Other dishes ordered at our table were the linguine with clams (alla vongole), veal scaloppini and lasagna. Everyone was very pleased with their dishes (though I am not a fan of eating veal). Additionally, I was pleasantly surprised to walk in and hear live music at 5:30pm on this particular Sunday. I do not know if it is a regular Sunday event, but I hope so! I brought my parents, my daughter and her friend, who both had just graduated high school. It was a perfect place to celebrate this special occasion. I will return again from Newton and visit on date nights with my significant other. :-)

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Food was overpriced and mediocre. I had the Lemon Sole and it was a very small portion.

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

I ordered sole, and cod was substituted in the dish. My daughter asked me not to make a fuss, so I didn’t. I’m disappointed in the lack of transparency more so than the dish, which was good.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

I came here since I had been to Il Casale in Belmont and liked it. However, I prefer the Lexington restaurant since it is not as noisy as the Belmont one. Also, one can combine it with a movie outing to the theater across the street.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

My wife and I went to celebrate our anniversary. The restaurant was extremely noisy and they placed us in a table for 2 in the middle of an open space which led to the back door and the restrooms. When people went by the table they kept bumping into the wine bottle chiller.
My wife ordered the pork with pork belly special and ti was not anything close to being worth $30. Very disapointed.

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