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About Il Casale - Lexington

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.

1727 Masschusetts Ave
Lexington, MA 02420
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(781) 538-5846

Website:
http://www.ilcasalelexington.com/

Parking Details:
Meter parking is available directly behind the restaurant in the public lot.

Additional:
Beer, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Il Casale - Lexington Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Good for a Date (16)
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Creative Cuisine (15)
Special Occasion (14)
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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Casual (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Romantic (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Business Meals (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Cozy (3)
Healthy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Fun (3)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Food below average and overpriced. Overall not very impressed.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Anniversary

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food, nice waiter, this place is a favorite!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We received a gift certificated and had never been here, loved everything we ordered!
Our server was outstanding!!! He made some great suggestions!
We started with the Arancini al telefono which were superb and "Tre formaggi" plate was delish! Our mains were Ravioli all'aragosta or lobster ravioli and the Branzino, the crispy skin was awesome, the brussels sprout “carbonara,” crispy smashed potatoes best ever! Everything was prepared perfectly! We will definitely be back again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Groups, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We have eaten here a few times and the food is just ok. This will be the last time we will be going there. We had our bread and cocktails for less than 10 minutes before our dinner came - we were not in a hurry! We were trying to have a nice relaxed meal and this was not possible. The check came 5 minutes after our plates were cleared. The whole experience took less than 1 hour - which is good if it's your lunch break, but not good when you're trying to catch up with an old friend. Very disappointed.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We booked this restaurant to celebrate a birthday and an anniversary.
We were 7 people (three generations).
The food is ok, not what is expected from a chefs restaurant but u still pay as one....
Although we came at 7:30pm and the waitress told us that there is only one halibut left (we wanted 2) she came back and said it’s already gone....
We settled for a salmon and another fish. The Salmon was ordered as a medium and came as rare and the waitress just took that piece back to the kitchen and brought the same piece a few minutes later.... all the rest of the people were already finished by then.
No apology or compensation were offered and we just went to have frozen yogurt as dessert.
Don’t waist your money or time on that restaurant!

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vip
 (Brisbane / QLD)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We opted of the "Amalfi" dinner option where the whole table was served a selection of antipasti, a pasta course, a main, and a dessert. They served a nice variety of food, and it was all very well prepared. It made for a really enjoyable evening.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Everything was great. We knew we were in for a great experience when the cheese plate we ordered for starters was amazing. Very comfortable seating, good overall ambiance, very friendly service, and a tasty, creative menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was our first time dining at this restaurant and we really enjoyed it. Will definitely be back!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food and service were top rate as usual.
Too noisy for my taste but not for others in my group. Very busy but wait staff was excellent. Can't wait to return!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We always love Il Casale Lexington & this time was no different.

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We had a very good meal as usual . Meatball appetizer scrumptious , salmon dish divine and pasta bolognese did not disappoint . My only complaint was that even though we had a reservation we got seated at a family style table with another walk in which was a bit of a bummer . In fairness restaurant was very crowded due to a local concert happening next door but even so , we felt a little bummed .

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Food is generally good but seating seems to be luck-of-the-draw. My first time there I was seated directly over a heating vent. Another time I was just two inches away from a wait-staff service area (where silverware was stored/accessed/clanged and water jugs filled), which was noisy and discomfiting. Twice we were led to hightop tables without first being asked if a hightop is okay (some people DO have trouble with hightops!) I was at Il Casale four times so far -- maybe once I felt comfortable where I was seated.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great food but it took a while to be noticed and served.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Nice layout and decor. Have been once for lunch and once for dinner. The food foodextremely wad extremely good both times, with lots of dietary choices for an Italian restaurant.
They have the great steaks and pasta dishes and also lighter fare. I had a cod dish for dinner that was served with arugula, potatoes and tomatoes that was incredibly satisfying in every way - healthy and beautiful.
The chocolate mousse cake was light and delicious. The best dessert ever!

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Caponata, bruschetta, and ciccori salad, pollo marsala and chicken parm were all delicious. The only disappointment was the "chocolate cake" dessert, which was not as advertised, but was taken off of our tab. Service was very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Fantastic atmosphere ! Kate the bartender is outstanding - delicious drinks and service . Dan our waiter was terrific - personable , the right amount of attention . Loved the menu . Thanks for making a birthday even better !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on October 10, 2017

I ordered a pasta dish with lobster that was not on the menu and it was excellent. Fried artichokes were disappointing, could only taste the fried breading. Olives were fine. The second cocktail on list, made with gin, was outstanding. Panna cotta was average. Would go back for the pasta and drink. Service was slow despite restaurant not being full.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Love both the Lexington and Belmont locations. Pasta dishes are all very good.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Good food, nice atmosphere and close to Cary Memorial Hall where we attended a concert.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Glories food. Expert wait staff. Pricy but the entire experience from cocktails to digestif made the price seem right.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very good menu and very good food. Staff is friendly and attentive. We would very highly recommend Il Casale

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

We celebrated a colleague's birthday and we all had a wonderful time sharing small plates and pasta. A delicious bottle of wine as well. Waiter and hosting staff could not have been nicer and more accommodating. The food was delicious, we enjoyed every minute. Birthday girl was so happy with the surprise Tiramisu gelato!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 13, 2017

My girlfriend and I got together for dinner and I selected Il Casale as it was highly rated. We shared a grilled octopus: the octopus was devine, the greens plated under the octopus was tasty by too heavy on the oil. We both chose the branzino, a brussel sprout mix with a carbonara sauce and crispy potato. The fish was overlooked (charred dry from the grill) and way too salty, the brussel sprouts were dry and served with no sauce, the potatoes were not crispy. If our waitress returned to our table to ask us how our meal was, we would have told her. That, actually, was the only miss she made. We finished with a coffee (nice and hot) and tiramisu (delicious).

When we did speak with our waitress, she apologized and had said the menu was new and the chef probably made mistakes for that reason. Maybe ... who knows.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Tasty food and very friendly servers whch made for a lovely evening! Thanks.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Chicken parmigiana. This version is not for me. Boring no flavor

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 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food was good, the serving on the seafood stew was disappointingly small. Waitress seemed inexperienced, but was trying.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Business Meals
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Perfect portion of food for the price! Staff are wonderful! My favorite is the Shrimp with risotto rice, excellent!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2017

While we like this restaurant on Matt does seem to have a somewhat limited menu. The drinks are somewhat expensive but good.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Disappointing. Lexington should be full of good dining spots and it is not

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 (New England)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Service this is evening was very slow. We have had better service here in the past. Food was good although chicken dish was too salty.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Amazing food. Servers will gladly recommend wines based on your food order. Ours was a challenge - a pasta dish with lamb, scallops, and ribeye. Robin selected a perfect medium-bodied red that cannot be obtained anywhere else.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

These guys are my favorite restaurant. I've been coming here once a week for a year now and they have always been so gracious. The food is absolutely fantastic and the staff is wonderful. While I have become friendly with them, I have also observed how they treat other customers and they are incredibly accommodating. This starts from the manager(s) and trickles down to the busboys. Great spot, guaranteed you'll come out happy!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Live Sports, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 21, 2017

We particularly like the list of half-portion entrees for half price. It's a treat for folks with smaller appetites not to have to deal with paying for take-home at restaurant prices or paying for food you can't eat. When the weather is nice, their outside tables are somewhat quieter and quite pleasant. We had fine service and the food was quite delicious.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Excellent, as usual. We come back again and again because the food is wonderfully prepared and the wait staff very engaging.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent time here with friends. Service was friendly and professional. Food was delicious and just the right amount for everyone. Interesting cocktails and extensive wine list. Highly recommend this place for just about everything.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We went to Il Casale for 2 birthdays, and had a terrific meal. We ordered the "Amalfi" or tasting menu, where they bring you 4 courses for a fixed price, and they decide what you will get. Everything was fresh and delicious. The service was great, with a friendly and informative waitress. If you want a quiet table, ask for #45. We highly recommend it!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Solid menu...caprice salad...thank. You!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Consistently yummy! Great neighborhood option.

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