Benedetto

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Italian
We are inspired by the honesty and wisdom of traditional Italian regional cooking. We aspire to be interpreters and caretakers of these great traditions, both with our craft in the kitchen and with our genuine hospitality. We look forward to preparing our favorite seasonal dishes for you with the very best Italian specialty ingredients and, even more importantly, the best our purveyors have to offer. Sister restaurant of Giulia. All Italian wine list. Extensive cocktail, spirits, and amaro. Best of Boston-Wine Program 2018. Best of Boston Pastry Chef 2017 Excellent for private events of all sizes including the Chef’s Pasta Table for up to 14 people for an evening-long tasting of the best seasonal ingredients. High touch, chef-driven private events for groups of all sizes. Elegant views of Harvard Square. World class clientele. Chef Michael Pagliarini.
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Daily 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 11:00PM

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RG
New England
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Somewhat pricey, but carefully prepared and presented locally sourced food.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a fine restaurant. We enjoyed the ambience, the service was impeccable and attentive, very professional, and the cuisine really superior. The bar ample, the wine list creative. The lemon granita dessert that we split was very creative and wonderful. The only consideration that I would make is that the sirloin that I ordered, while ample in terms of quantity, should have been well trimmed, and was not. Other than this, a highly enjoyable evening, and we will return!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch all around!

CG
New England
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful restaurant. Food was terrific and the staff most friendly and helpful.

SM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food: delicious. Service: friendly and unobtrusive. Value: pretty darned good at such an elegant location. The pastas really are terrific.

SK
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I hate to write this review as Benedetto has long been a favorite of mine. Typically the food is consistently good and the ambiance is nice. But on New Year's Eve it was a true disappointment. We had a reservation but when we arrived were told there was a glitch and our table was not ready. We waited approximately 25 minutes before being seated. The area where we were waiting was clogged with people and quite chaotic by the bar. We were never offered a drink while we waited and had to ask several times about the status of our table. When we were finally seated no server came to out table. Eventually, I had to physically reach out and grab a server and ask her for help. She was apologetic. The food was fair not great, which is highly atypical, maybe a result of it being a holiday. There was a loud and cheesy jazz band and it impeded conversation. We were never comped anything despite the wait and poor start to service. The expense was high, given the holiday and it was definitely not worth it. Sad to say that Benedetto which has always been solid was a let down this time.

r
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and truly awesome service

CB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Boston/Cambridge. We've been there twice and will add this to our short list of places to go for special occasions.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening at Benedetto was superb, from pre-dinner drinks, a perfect assortment of starters and main courses, to the Umbrian wine, and on to incredible desserts. I had not been to Giulia or Benedetto previously, but I'll certainly become a regular here and I can't wait to try sister restaurant Giulia. Every aspect of our dinner was excellent. This is a major accomplishment and I can't wait to return.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service

BD
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was lovely, but I have to say, you can always add salt, you can’t take it out. This has happened before. Salad—too heavy a hand on the salt. Which is a shame because the ingredients were otherwise stellar.
Pasta—the best I’ve had in a very long time. Perfection.
Dessert—delicious, but too clever by half.

BR
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We left feeling everyone had worked to give us the perfect dining experience. Eager to return

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have ever had

GF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and absolutely fantastic service from the employees who greeted us upon arrival to our waiter who made the evening fun and made sure that everything ran smoothly. I’ll definitely be back

S
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

First visit to Benedetto and I was very happy to be seated in the quieter area in the back. The monkfish was cooked well and I liked the sides. One diner in our party had the pasta and clams , and it was quite disappointing. We were all pleased with the service.

OT
New England
77 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

lovely restaurant with good service. The food is very well-prepared but on the heavy side. Choose carefully or you will walk out feeling uncomfortably replete.

D
New England
69 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Third visit to Benedetto -- I like the convenience for parking in Harvard Sq but the noise level and limited menu selection give this only 3 stars. I keep coming back due to fine memories of the prior restaurant in this location - Rialto. Sadly, while the cuisine is similar, this is not up to my memories.

A
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent throughput!

h
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was fantastic. Personable, genuine and knowledgeable.

E
New England
36 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not comparable to Giulia! Wild mushroom pasta was blend and soggy. Ditto to Vitello Tonnato. The all-Italian wine list is spectacular and reasonable; the sommelier is A+! The wines may be worth a return visit, and if I ever do return, I'll try to stay with simpler dishes, like chicken (which my sister had an enjoyed) or meat.

s
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Pasta was average, the chicken dish was terrible. Place has gone down hill from last Spring! Needs a new chef.

n
New England
68 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Benedetto is a beautiful restaurant with food and service to match. Pastas are carefully made in house and delicious. Desserts are creative and eye-appealing, but their craft makes them less than comfort food. The wine list is excellent, but, as I remember it, exclusively Italian. The sommelier was extremely helpful for suggestions.

r
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service great ambience

E
New England
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

service at tables in bar area is horrible. this has been true on several occasions. service in restaurant area is great.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

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H
New England
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benedetto was beyond excellent. I have been trying to sort out whether this was due in large part because of our excellent service, or the food. Obviously a combination, Aaron made the evening very enjoyable with his mouth watering plate description to how pasta is made on the next table. We chose to come to B for the celebration of my wife's birthday. We felt this was one of the best dinners out in our long dining experience some of which were in Pulia and Camapania. Without hesitation I would recommend B and ask for Aaron. As he said though, he is just part of a fabulous team which makes up Benedettos.

D
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We do not eat out too often, but when we eat out we select high end restaurants. My husband had the Paccheri and I had the Strozzapreti. Both dishes were phenomenal. The depth of the flavors were unbelievable. By far the best meal we have had for years! We will be back. Soon!

MR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benedetto's is an exceptional restaurant with fabulous service, interesting cuisine, generous portions, great wine list, stellar desserts (you must have dessert there!), and best of all, it is quiet enough to have a conversation. We have been several times and the quality of their food and service has been consistently excellent!

R
New England
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

As always, the food and wine were excellent, and the service was pleasant and helpful. All this was somewhat marred, however, by a very loud table a few feet away, a corporate group letting off steam. If there was a noise-level indication beyond "Energetic", say, "Detonation" or "Hog Calling", I'd use it in this review. Not really sure what can be done to minimize that sort of nuisance, but nothing was done this time, and it disrupted a quiet evening with friends.

JB
New England
108 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food.
Great ambiance, requested a quiet table to talk to friends and we had a excellent room and round table.
Chicken liver crostata is always amazing.
It’s white truffles season and they were quite special.
Pasta with meat sauce was very tasty.
Halibut with mushrooms and veggies were delicious, fresh and cooked to perfection.
Save room for Desert, they are always great.

S
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great combinations of flavors,fresh pastas outstanding right through dessert.

r
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We reserved Benedetto because we could not get a reservation at Giulia. Everything about this restaurant is great!

Their cocktails are creative and delicious. The wine list is vast and the sommelier is knowledgeable.

The food is the star of the show - refined, delicate, composed flavors in every course.

We ordered one of each course and shared everything. Perfect way to spend an evening out.

We will definitely return.

JB
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this meal was wonderful, from the taste of the food to the service and attention to individual needs. Our server handled a demanding diner, catered to needs of vegetarians, and celebrated my daughter's birthday with a beautiful chocolate message on her dessert.

P
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful birthday dinner with my husband, daughter and son in law. The vibe was perfect for gracious dining. The food was excellent! A small glitch was more than made up for. Highly recommend this beautiful restaurant!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service: full attention when needed, but they didn’t bug us when not necessary. Amazing presentation of food.

j
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, outstanding service. Our server provided helpful info on the food, was mindful of food allergies in our party, and helped select a wine that we loved. A great experience.

H
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just exceptional - wonderful truffle pasta
and great Chianti Classico

S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Usually eat at the bar where the service is great, this time ate in the dining room and the service was very slow and disappointing. We’ll stick with the bar from now on. Food was excellent as always.

KG
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took two friends. Very well worth it.

DM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inventive menu and excellent execution while surrounded by Harvard super nerds. Good fun and well done.