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.
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.
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.
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.
Amazing food. Shrimp scampi risotto and calamari were delicious! Waitress was hard to understand with her accent.
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.
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. :-)
Food was overpriced and mediocre. I had the Lemon Sole and it was a very small portion.
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.
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.
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.
A most enjoyable evening was had for a birthday celebration for my husband. Pre-Symphony timing of 5:30 was perfect and we were able to have good conversation at one of the long tall-tops near the open kitchen. Favorites were the bruschetta appetizer, bib lettuce, beet and goat cheese salad, grilled salmon, and linguine with truffle sauce. A very nice touch from our server was a dish of gelatto with a single lit candle for the birthday boy. Management is always present and attentive here because they want their patrons to have a wonderful experience. We certainly did and we look forward to a return visit soon.
Amazing home made pasta and sauces with seasonal ingredients! Our waitress was also very helpful in accommodating dairy and gluten free members of our party.
Great appetizers and fish dishes. Enjoyed desserts, too. Service a little slow at peak times.
Great dinner - thoroughly enjoyed the experience - nice twist on Italian food
This place is great. My wife and I have been a couple of times. Our most recent trip was impacted a little bit by three very large parties (8+) seated slightly before us. Our waitress, who never stopped to take a breath, was understandably backed up. But what was most impressive was the general support she (and we) received from associated staff. Folks rallied to help her.
We enjoyed the specials very much. Each time the food has been excellent. Can't wait to go back.
Food was delish, service just ok
My experience Friday night was not what I had hoped for. I was very disappointed! When you 1st opened, the reviews were not stellar. I thought that after a few years had past and seeing 4 starts, it was worth giving Il Casale Lex. a try. This was for my sons 19th birthday, so it was supposed to be a special evening. Spending $250 w/ the tip for 4 people, I expect a certain level of quality. I also expected a certain level of sophistication that I have experienced at the other Belmont location. I have children, but this environment felt more young family driven, akin to Not Your Average Joe’s.
1.We were seated a few minutes before another group, yet they were served wine and bread before we had even been said hello to. Once our server came over, she was lovely.
2.The appetizer/bread were reasonably priced & quite good.
3.It started going downhill with the entrée’s. My sons pasta was fine/reasonably priced, but I had the Pollo Marsala, & learning it did not come with a starch I ordered smashed potatoes. I got mashed & sent them back. My entrée was not worth$24 + $6 for a total of $30 for about 3-4oz of chicken and a bit of brocollini. Think Large plate, small portion. Likewise, the other 2 entrees were priced on the high side as well.
4.The problem that took us over the top was dessert. My son wanted the molten lava cake, and we were told it would take 10-15 minutes. It. Took. 25. Minutes. And. It. Was. The. Worst. molten lave cake I have ever had. I have had many. Starting way back at Olive’s in Charlestown when Todd English made this his signature dessert. This was small, barely warm in spots, cold in some, dry, & there was nothing “molten” about it. I will say it was nice that you brought my son a complimentary dish of gelato with a candle. It was appreciated. I am sorry to say that the cannoli’s were also not up to standards. The cinnamon should compliment the flavor. These were just runny.
I will not recommend this restaurant. By all means, go to Belmont!
We've never been disappointed! Glad to have this gem in the heart of Lexington.
Always great food and service here at Il Casale. Enjoyed the classic lasagna, very tasty.
Wonderful , food, service, and ambience. They did an exemplary job of accommodating the big crowd after a concert at Cary Hall.
We have dined at this restaurant several times and have never been disappointed. It's a great upscale casual place to grab a drink and a few appetizers or have a nice dinner with a significant other, friends or family. Outside seating is available in warmer months. While inside can be a little noisy at times, the restaurant has a nice, fun and relaxed atmosphere. Food is excellent and service is very good. I especially love the shareable small plates and that pasta dishes are offered in 2 sizes. I only wish that one or two additional lighter pasta dishes were added to the regular menu seasonally or available as daily specials. I highly recommend Il Casale Lexington - it's always busy so be sure to make a reservation!
Local restaurant, good food, good service. Lots of families. Very friendly and accommodating.
We love this restaurant for family dining. The food is delicious, as is the wine, and the service is friendly and attentive.
We had a reservation which was not an issue because the restaurant was not busy. We were sat at a table for two right next to an occupied table of two, which is ok, if busy, but there had to be 25 empty tables we could of been sat at. The service was slow which i had heard prior, so allowed for enough time before the show we were going to. I thought the portions were a bit small for the price of the small size entrees. Did not get a warm and fuzzy from any of the wait staff and they were not busy felt more like we were a burden.
We love this place, friendly, home like experience, food delicious and they take care of their customer
Pros- This restuarant has amazing food. Authentic Italian food. Tasty. Homemade pasta.
Cons- The portions were small though. 1/2 plate vs full felt like they just swapped out the actually plate size.
Cons for some people- Food was on the expensive side but remember that its lexington and rent is not cheap. But if you want good food it's worth it.
Pros- Service was exceptional. Top notch waiters/waitresses. Went on a Tuesday night and it was not too busy compared to a weekend.
Overall I'd go back 100%! Loved the food and service.
Great food and service tonight at Il Casale Lexington, Robin our server is always excellent!
Just as excellent as their Belmont location!!
The rice balls were incredible! The food seemed to be classic Italian with a slight twist, and everything was great!
We ate dinner two nights running--April 13th and 14th.
The first evening was in support of three young women who had come to do the Tough Ruck sponsored in part by the Boston Marathon. They wanted to "carb up" and so they did!
The next night we celebrated the achievements of two of our athletes, while the third celebrated with her family. We raised a glass in their honor and had a delicious meal. We especially appreciated Robin's suggestions. The food was savory and oh, so satisfying.
Il Casale was one of the best "finds" of our trip--and we were grateful not only for the food, but for the fact that the restaurant didn't roar. No loud music. No awkward kitchen noise, and the kitchen is in plain view! We could actually have a conversation, and hear each other. Thank you to the management/designers for making this environment possible.
We sat at a high top in the bar area. It was a Friday evening so it was pretty full. Service was good - our waiter provided us with many recommendations which we appreciated. We shared the fried calamari appetizer which was light and tasty. We each had a pasta dish as our main meal and then shared the Italian apple pie for dessert. Everything was very good and we enjoyed our meal. We would go back if we were in the Lexington area.
Service was a little slow and the place was not full so no excuses for that. The appetizers were excellent. I especially enjoyed the grilled octopus. My partners thought the dressing on the arugula salad was exceptional. The olive oil served with the bread had this nice green extra virgin tint and wonderful aroma. We had a fantastic wine and enjoyed a fairly average presentation of veal or scallops. The veal was less tender than I would have liked but not unacceptable. Nice place just not exceptional.
Great menu draw. Unfortunately lacks quality and style. Risotto scallop entree was served with 4 small scallops on one plate and a side of risotto on another plate-no flavor blend. Branzino was dry and sides tasted old and reheated. Staff wasnt knowledgeable on menu or wine. Disappointing and overpriced.
Wonderful meal - swordfish special was exceptional. Dessert martini was unexpected and delicious.
Great evening! All dinners were fantastic - from small bites through dessert!
Truly special for a single diner on his own. I ate at the bar, struck up a conversation with the people next to me and discovered we had two mutual friends. Better than facebook and much more private. Great food and wine.
This was my first time for dinner at Il Casale (I had been there once for lunch) and I was disappointed. The restaurant was loud, so that one had difficulty having a conversation. The waitress, while not rude, was a little short with us. Both my wife's and my dinner were of mediocre quality. It is unlike I will return.
We have loved Il Casale in Belmont, but we’re very disappointed with our meal in Lexington. Our server could explain the evenings specials to us when asked. The veal that I had was rubbery and the potatoes were very bland. It is a great space, but they didn’t seem to be up to speed.
Took over 1 hour for entrees to come and restaurant was only 1/3 full.