Amazing food and wine selection
Portions were small, service wasn’t great , they forgot our soup, we had to ask for bread , the gnocchi’s were not very hot, place needs a lot of help
The wait staff at the bar were exceptional. The cocktails were first rate.
Saw one of the academy-award nominated movies at the Venue and after came over for a meal at Il Casale. Always great food and service, like the low-key atmosphere.
Thanks Il Casale!
Food was excellent. It was a bit loud. Hard to have a conversation, but a fun exiting atmosphere. The waiter could have been more attentive. Good thing the food was delicious and hot. The sever did not return until well after we were finished with the meal and forgot my glass of wine.
Excellent food and service.
Reliably good food, friendly service. Love coming on a date night, or special occasions with kids.
Went for Sunday night date night, looking for good food that we didn’t have to cook and clean, and preferably quiet and cozy. The live music was not bad, but not really what we were going for, and a bit louder than what we’d hoped for. The food was what we’ve come to expect: reliably good Italian with a unique spin. Smoked mozzarella is a cool way to do gnocchi that I’ve never seen before! And the lamb in the pasta was absolutely melt-in-the-mouth tender. Of course, you pay for good food and not having to work for it, but I thought the prices were fair. Definitely don’t skip on the wine- I think there are some really good values on their list at most price points.
This is my first time writing a review. I went on a Monday night with my mom while she was visiting. I had been to the one in Belmont and enjoyed the food so I unfortunately assumed they would be serving the same quality food. To say we were disappointed in our food would be an understatement. My risotto tasted like microwaved white rice and my mom's chicken was wayyy over cooked and had very little flavor. The bartender, who was our server, was very helpful but the other people in the restaurant were unable to handle my complaint. I live in Lexington and would love to give this place another chance but the food was SO BAD I just can't go back. I don't know if there was no manager on duty and so everyone was slacking off but I can't see how this place will be able to stay open long if they continue to serve food like that. Really disappointing.
We love the menu here - we can get interesting small plates, full or half pasta courses, delicious entrees, and great desserts. On this cold evening, we started with spiced mulled wine which came in ceramic mugs with their own covers. We split the burrata and a beet salad and for our entrees we had the eggplant parmigiana, a ricotta ravioli with lobster, and the tagliatelle with Bolognese ragu. Everything was prepared well and presented beautifully and the service was attentive and friendly. We will be back.
Hostess at first ignored our request for a quiet booth and sat us next to the bar. I complained and we were moved to a quieter spot. My wife wanted the Cod dish but they were unfortunately out of it. Still pretty much everything on the menu is tasty so not much of a problem
Last minute reservation. They took us in early and we enjoyed a reasonably priced wine w our lasagna, eggplant parm and Nona’s meatballs.
We went to the movies then dinner. The food was excellent and the staff was extremely attentive!
Good food and thankfully quieter than its sister restaurant in Belmont Center
Very good meal and great cocktails .
Excellent! Casual, but upscale atmosphere. Menu and food was fantastic. Nice wine selection and informed server. We really enjoyed the evening and Will definitely return!
At last, a good restaurant in one of Lexington's best downtown district locations! For some reason, the restaurants at this location have come and gone all too frequently. Il Casale looks like it has the right setup, design, and menu to be here for the long run. Our food and service was excellent. We had reservations for Saturday night, thankfully, as there were plenty of people waiting for tables. We'll be back!
Excellent service. Robin was so great! Very attentive and fun. Food awesome- pasta perfectly al dente.
I usually enjoy my
I had seafood stew
Very small portion for the price
I requested spicy
It was not!
And there was no broth to soak up
I also tried the Caesar salad with a different green
Very tough and tasteless
Excellent service, especially given it was a family outing with a teen and a three year old. Food is spectacular and half portions are a good deal offering one the ability to indulge in an app and/or dessert.
I generally like this restaurant, but this meal was not up to standards. My eggplant parm was burnt on one side and overly salty. And the portion (I ordered the full size) didn't seem as large as I remembered - I like to take some home. My friend ordered the lobster ravioli which wasn't really lobster ravioli - it was cheese ravioli with lobster on top. The lobster was good, not much in the way of the 'bisque' that they said it would be swimming in, and the ravioli was cool at best and those that weren't in sauce were 'hard' as if they'd been waiting around a little too long. Not a 'bad' meal, just nothing to make me want to hurry back. Too bad, too, because I love their bread.
Food choice was limited. No beef option; only one salad. We don’t eat pork or shellfish, so choice was even more limited.special pasta entree not warm enough. Wait staff needed to be reminded about a few items they had forgotten.
Great place overall. They get Italian just right. Service is wonderful.
We consider ourselves friends of Il Casale and particularly of our favorite waitperson there. But this time, on the evening of New Year's Day, when it was bitter cold outside and the restaurant seemed very lightly staffed, it was also uncomfortably cold inside. I tend to be a non-complainer, but my food came to the table very cool (that was NOT the case for our four companions, whose food was hot), and I finally mentioned this to the waitperson. She thoughtfully brought us a complimentary dessert, which we much appreciated. However, my advice is that if Il Casale opens on a cold night, it should take steps to improve the interior temperature. And while I cam commenting, let me say that an area for cloak hanging would be very welcome, because winter coats hanging to the floor do not improve the ambience. Thanks.
Il Casale was an incredible surprise for New Years. We changed plans late and took a reservation near home. Casale offered a prix fixe menu for a reasonable price. Their offerings were unique and fit for the occassion. The area itself is wide open and they've done a fantastic job of using the features of the existing building to work with the rustic feel Il Casale puts off. We'll go back again for a date sometime. Was thoroughly impressed by nearly every course. Service was adequate, but note that it was a fixe menu.
We went on New Year's Eve. The menu was prix fixe, but the choices were varied and enticing. We all agreed the food was excellent. Our waitress was wonderful and efficient. We had such a good time. We felt the price was slightly steep, but not enough to deter us from deciding to make this our new New Year's Eve tradition. Bravo, Il Casale!!
The treating menu for NYE was excellent. Nice pace. The pasta courses and fish dishes were particularly notable
Very poor food
We were a little disappointed in the food, we expect better from chef Dante. It was ok, but not great--the risotto was watery, the veal just nice, but not special. But, it's in downtown Lexington, and good food for the neighborhood.
I looked forward to going for nearly a year. I was given a gift certificate from a friend last Christmas. I do not go out to restaurants often but my husband does. He travels around the country and Europe. He often takes clients out to dinner. He was extremely disappointed, especially with his meal. Our waiter must have had a lot going on because he did not pay much attention to us. They other servers who attended to us were very helpful.
Chose because of proximity to Cary Hall and we were all delightfully surprised with the delicious dishes and terrific service
The food is just meh. Drinks are horrible. The waitresses seem to all be new and not know anything about the menu. The food also came out way too fast ( maybe that’s a good thing for you) but showed me why everything tastes bad, because it wasn’t fresh st all.
Had a great recent experience at Il Casalae. Went on a double date to eat dinner before a show. We had a reservation and sat down right away. The table staff brought us water right away, folded our napkins, filled our water glasses, cleared our dishes, all so attentive. Our server, James answered all of our questions about the menu and gave suggestions to help us decided between drinks, appetizers, entrees and dessert. James knew all of the ingredients of our entrees and was very attentive with our party. Our meal was made with the finest ingredients and very comparable to any North End restarant in Boston. During dinner I realized I never printed out out tickets for our show. James brought over the manager, Filippo, who offered to print the tickets for us. Such a nice gesture that allowed us to enjoy dinner and not have to rush over to CVS to print out our tickets. I highly recommend Il Casale and this will defintely be a venue go visit anytime you are in the Lexington area. Thank you Il Casale for a fabulous meal! We will defintely recommend your restaurant and look forward to dining with you again soon!
From the plastic floral arrangement in the entrance hall to the noise and standing room near the reception, our experience was less than ideal. We had 6 PM reservations and were happily seated at 6 PM unfortunately in the noisiest seats nearest the reception area. Noise came from the door, reception, bar, kitchen dishes, and piped in nondescript music. I spoke with the manager who assured me there were no other seats available for us. I told him I had a hearing problem and showed him my hearing aides. He could not hear my complaint. There were three full sized and multiple smaller tables open at 6 PM away from the reception area. It was not until 7 PM that anyone was seated at the three 4 person quieter tables (which could have accommodated the three of us). The restaurant was never nearly full. When we left at 7:30 there were 12 seats empty. The service and waitress was excellent. Although we have been to Il Casale many time in the past because of its convenient location, we will think hard before going again.
Food was not as good as previous visits. Our table was right at the entrance so it was not very relaxing
We had a table for 10. Staff was friendly, great w/2 four year olds. Food was very good. It made for a lovely family get together.
The food was delicious. The waitress was wonderful. We will definitely be back!
The wine selection is simply crave worthy and service is always friendly and SPOT ON. We enjoyed the arancini and craft drinks. Although our friends had a mishap with their entree, the restaurant promptly took care of it, while (unfortunately for them) we flaunted our PERFECT rib eye with Brussel sprouts. Pasta is ALWAYS perfect. And you can't beat the staff. Friendly, attentive, funny. Reflection of the leadership and the care they put into people. It's worth the drive from Hudson! On, and don't forget your caffe correto at the end of the meal. Espresso with GRAPPA. Seriously addictive!
Food below average and overpriced. Overall not very impressed.
Delicious flavors Great menu and wine. Very attentive service. Felt decor and atmosphere didn't match food.quality. Much too rushed. Done in 45 minutes. Not a "dining".experience.