Il Casale - Lexington

4.4
612 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
1 review
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration - it was great!

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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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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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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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DW
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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

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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C
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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B
New England
65 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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LC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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JF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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GC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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R
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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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LB
New England
170 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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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B
New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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j
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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