Benedetto

4.7
75 reviews
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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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C
New England
36 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great dinner in a comfortable space.
We had two different pasta dishes and both were excellent.
Service was very good and tables were far enough apart to ensure conversation.
We will return!

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AG
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't wait to go back! Their options were fresh and seasonal. Started with a great cocktail, homemade pasta for dinner, and amazing dessert.

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JD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The excellent service by staff who knew the menu made our dinner extraordinary.

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K
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent service and atmosphere- pricy, but we knew that coming in

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m
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family celebrated Mother's Day at Benedetto. We had an exceptional dinner meal. From the appetizers to dessert, each course was beautifully presented. Art on a plate. The food we were served was not only visually stunning, it was beyond delicious. My husband and I had the halibut, my son had pasta, and his girlfriend had the salmon. Each entrée was superb. We were so enjoying our meal and wanting to extend the experience, we ordered 3 desserts - the coconut passion fruit cake, the rosemary cheesecake and the house cookies and chocolates. Again, perfection in presentation and taste. Kudos to the chef and pastry chef. They are indeed very talented and creative. We highly recommend Benedetto for those looking for great food at a reasonable price and in a lovely space.

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S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

Mother:s Day
Potions were too small for the pastas
My son had 6 ravioli and was still hungry
Clams in pasta and veggie pasta too small as well
Tagliatelle was a fine size as were the appetizers

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J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food and lovely atmosphere. We our dinner immensely.

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S
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was extremely loud but we were at a table close to the bar and the restaurant is large so farther away may have been ok. There just happened to be an extremely raucous group at the bar that night. Food is excellent.

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KK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our party included an elderly woman who is very debilitated. The staff treated her and us with great
care and impeccable courtesy. It was her birthday and inscribed in chocolate on her dessert plate was
Happy Birthday and her name. She loves lamb and chocolate; her superb dinner included both. The
other two in our party enjoyed pasta dishes excellently prepared. We sat in the bar area which was
quiet with warm, low lighting. This ambiance invited conversation and relaxed dining. For special events
Benedetto is highly recommended.

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DB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb attention to every detail of our meal. A great culinary experience.

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s
New England
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, I highly recommend it, Guli

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JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and experience; Christine made it even better!

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R
New England
66 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here. It’s in the old Rialto space in true Charles Hotel. Quite good we had a couple of the pastas and they were delicious. They have gluten free pasta available. Very nice space and service. Can be a bit loud when setting next to larger parties. Very deep Italian wine list. One of the very good restaurant options for Italian and for the area. Nice.

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EC
New England
42 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

I was extremely disappointed with my Benedetto dining experience. Having had a wonderful dinner at its sister restaurant, Julia, and many fond memories of Rialto, I was looking forward to celebrating my friend's birthday here. The timing of our drink and first course was reasonable but the entrees never came. From time to time the server came by to apologize and at one point brought an appetizer of raw fish, which neither of us ate. At the end of the meal (which took 3 hours in total), she gave us some cookies to go and another apology. There are plenty of other great restaurants in Boston/Cambridge and I will opt for one of them next time.

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BB
New England
130 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a nice relaxing time with great cocktails and wine. The bolognaise was delicious and the strawberry berry gelato dessert was an excellent way to end the meal. Our server was delightful and atmosphere contributed to a great birthday celebration.

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DF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic- my boyfriend and I both happened to order vegetarian dishes and they were absolutely packed with flavor. The burrata appetizer, fusilli, and mushroom entree are all delicious. The desserts were beautiful and tasted amazing as well. I’ve been to Benedetto twice now and it’s a well-kept secret (for now at least!)

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FF
New England
98 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best overall restaurant in the Boston area. Great quality and preparation and suitable for those seeking excellent and interesting food, not the usual salted, pickled and sweetened fare so many places are offering to avoid having to work at providing good dishes.

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely Easter dinner and our first time there! Thank you for the wonderful service!

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A
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

The ambiance was nice and the wait staff was good, BUT the food was ordinary, the portions were extremely small and nothing special. One appetizer had 2 half dollar bill sized brushetta with a non-descript topping. The four of us ordered pasta, tasted ok, but portions again were very small (and we are not big eaters). Decided to cut our losses and skip dessert, get it elsewhere.

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G
New England
18 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A very enjoyable evening, food varied and creative, and service professional and warm.
We could hear restraint getting louder, but it was happy sounding.
All five of us enjoyed our dinners and coffees.

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M
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful meal all around.

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SY
New England
18 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family coming in from west coast

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DL
New England
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. The dishes are always fresh, interesting well prepared. Wine list is awesome. The owners, Michael and Pam are delightful and always make time to mingle with the guests. Can't go wrong here!

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MS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were exquisite. Great wine selection. It's a large space so not quaint but very quiet with lot's of space between tables. Couldn't have been happier with the entire experience.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food good environment as usual

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DR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Our server was very attentive and outstanding. We'll be back.

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B
New England
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good, except the prosciutto appetizer, which had a weird off taste. Service was excellent. Not the best value for the money.

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B
New England
23 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

How can one do better than this?
The food is without parallel in Boston. The menu highlights so many different regions of Italy that it would take a month's grand tour of that country to find such diversity. Chef Michael is a wonder.

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B
New England
50 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simply the best Italian food in Boston. A real Italian cuisine, not Italo-American or 'Italian style'
Excellent wine list, wonderful pasta, appetizers and main courses and desserts.

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JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christine was terrific

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PC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A surprise and delight. Welcoming, attractive space, interesting menu and unique & delicious preparation. Excellent, attentive service. All was good.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb in every way. All of our meals- Branzino, pasta chicken and lamb all superb!

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m
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was perfect. Service excellent. Highly reccomend

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B
Tallahassee
108 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were out to eat with our inlaws for the first time.
Positives: The noise level was good for a pleasant conversation. The way that they wine by the glass was served was well done. One dessert was served very nicely.
Issues: The waitress (or bartender) did not follow instructions on my drink resulting in a delayed replacement. None of the entrees was particularly strong (though not bad either).

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r
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We think this is the best restaurant in Cambridge and Boston.

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J
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a celebratory occasion of 6. We had a relatively quiet table. Service, food and ambiance were all excellent.

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B
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The only issue we had relates to your policy concerning not allowing a glass of wine from the bar at Henrietta’s table being brought into Benedetto. Was very awkward to have a party guest not be able to bring wine from 30 ft away into your restaurant within the hotel. It was embarrassing to my guest. Left a negative impression for all in our party.

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r
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive, delicious food, fantastic wine list, and friendly, helpful service. A favorite place to celebrate special occasions!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Ordinary, overpriced food served by a newbie. Main saving grace was the lovely decor.

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m
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service

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