Il Casale - Lexington

4.4
625 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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
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New England
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was a lively Friday night crowd and everyone seemed to be having fun. Our servers were attentive but never hovered and made sure we were pleased with both the salad course and our entrees. The reservation was made via Open Table and a manager checked in earlier in the day to ask about our table location preference. This rarely happens with restaurants and it was very appreciated. This was a great choice for spending the evening with a friend.

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PM
New England
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've eaten at Il Casale before, but only had appetizers at the bar; this was our first experience sitting down for a real meal. It was a quiet weeknight and the place was fairly empty. The tables are well spaced and the acoustics congenial (unlike the Belmont location, which we find so loud and cramped we've given up on it). We shared a fried artichoke appetizer, which was excellent. We both ordered fairly traditional pasta dishes with red sauce, and shared a side of meatballs. We found the sauce more salty than we'd make at home, but otherwise all the dishes were spot on - tender lasagna noodles, flavorful meatballs, al dente pasta. The wine list is longer than you'll find at most suburban Italian restaurants, with a number of interesting and moderately priced Italian wines; we shared a Gattinara which was not cheap but well worth the money. Service was understated but prompt and courteous.

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B
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent and food is good though pricey especially for Sunday lunch. There is only one menu—Dinner! I ordered the half organization chicken which was juicy and flavorful, what came with it was minuscule at best.

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DM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good . Appetizers were OK but main course of shell pasta with braised lamb was amazing. I think appetizers were good but not a big fan of fried artichokes in general so can't hold it against them. would highly recommend.

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BB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Four of us enjoyed excellent Italian food from fish to pasta to gluten-free- menu seemed to have improved markedly from several years ago- 4 fish entrees- small sized pasta servings- and the flavors were true and appropriate.

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JP
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. The service was also superior. The waitstaff answered many questions that we had. I would definitely come back there again!!

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PN
New England
31 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy Il Casale and the creativity they bring to dinner. The opportunity for dinner and a movie is great too.

Thanks Il Casale!

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EC
New England
25 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This was the third time we have been to Il Casale. The first time was when it opened in Lexington. The food was not up to par, the prices were high for suburban locale, and we found the atmosphere, staff, etc., pretentious. The pasta was not that outstanding. Second time the food was still just OK. The booth we sat at was against a pathway to the bar and kitchen and the staff kept banging into the back or leaning against the back of the booth to chat, which was disruptive.

We decided to go back after three years to celebrate our anniversary. The experience was improved, the staff was nice, not as pretentious. The drinks were very good, although a bit pricey. Food was good but not outstanding, average - would expect something better from Dante, especially at the prices - $40 for fish (halibut).

Even though the experience was improved, it will be a while for a return visit.

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b
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food, in a pleasant environment. Best restaurant in Lexington, in my view. Heartily recommended.

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JR
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Friendly, neighborhood atmosphere. Food is very good and straight forward. Server could be more attentive. Delicious complimentary dessert.

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j
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately, the tables are very close together and the noise level is high and making privacy is an issue for tables of two. The food was good, not great. The service was very good even though we had a trainee.

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KS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Excellent food and service in a very noisy environment where it is hard to converse, a,d also hard to make your order understood.

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IK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration - it was great!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun, lively atmosphere. Great Italian food

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and server were excellent!

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r
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The bruschetta was tasty but $9 for essentially one long slice of bread with chopped tomatoes and seasonings sprinkled on top. I think the entree prices seem reasonable but the appetizers are a bit overpriced for the size. I liked my entree. The lemon marscapone dessert was good but a bit too sweet for my taste.

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b
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We come here every several months and just about always have the same things: red sangria, bruschetta, lasagna, and dessert (and I usually get an order of cookies to take home). The lasagna is about the only place we're found in the United States that makes lasagna the way they do in Italy. Service was a little slow when we went recently, but that was an outlier on service--it's usually fine.

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h
New England
21 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I’ve eaten here many times and usually the service is good. Sat night abt 9, not crowded, took ages for wine to be delivered and fir waitress to take order
Not sure I would go back to lex location. Prefer belmont

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p
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to Il Casale for a pre-movie dinner. Our reservations were at 5:15pm and we were out in plenty of time for our 7pm show. Everyone enjoyed their meals and drinks and our waitress was very friendly and accommodating. There was a large party in the restaurant at the same time but it did not affect our service at all. It is definitely on our list of places to return to.

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PS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely place. Pleasant ambiance. Excellent food preparation.

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MA
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent meals! Great pasta and seafood. Kid friendly. Fresh ingredients. Lively but not noisy. Definitely have and would return.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A bit loud and not a special Italian menu, was ordinary+

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j
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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j
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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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L
New England
43 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Casale never disappoints - both in Lexington & Belmont.

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M
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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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CS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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r
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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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PL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DB
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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m
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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A
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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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MW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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RG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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R
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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B
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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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o
New England
44 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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N
New England
78 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MF
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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