Benedetto

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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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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will be exclusively offering a four course prix fixe menu priced at $95 per person. Optional wine pairings are available for an additional $50 per person. Please inform us of any allergies or dietary restrictions. Felice Anno Nuovo!

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What 200 People Are Saying
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New England
66 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
11 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
106 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
15 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.

G
New York Area
158 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not really impressed. Stuffy attitudes from waiters. Food was fair and nothing special. Food was tasteful and presented well but the portions were small. Asked for a minor mod and was quoted a $50 charge. Won’t try this place again.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Table for 2 in a large tables area so it was very loud. Pasta wasn’t hot & asked for bread twice but it never came

p
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was a wonderful place for a special evening. The ambiance was lovely, and the food was well prepared and very good. The service was mostly excellent but it was a busy evening and we had to wait quite a while to have our orders taken and to be served. Nonetheless,the service we did have was attentive and the servers made an effort to not appear rushed. We would recommend this and will return.

R
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perfect end to hectic day. A good drink, good food - tagliatelle and halibut - and a good bottle of wine, in a comfortable space, albeit bustling,
with attentive service by Sherry. We will be back.

C
New York Area
192 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not-bad Italian food but at this price point it should be a bit better. An autumn salad was flavorful and well-dressed but a few dollars more than it should have been. An also-expensive pappardelle lacked seasoning and the "brown butter" flavor was all but absent. A nice cocktail and a soothing space are pluses.

BR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Portions are small for price. Had to return a dish to the kitchen. Completely inedible piece of fish. You couldn’t even cut into it. No manager came by the table to apologize. For one app, one cocktail and three pasta dishes, I’ll be taking my $165 elsewhere next time.

DS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I ever had in the Boston area. The service was outstanding.

CM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was delicious, appetizer and main course. the servers would very knowledgeable and personable.

a
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pasta is out of this world, and the wine list is also incredible. The desserts though, too good. Service is excellent, one of my favorite restaurants in Boston!

E
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I went here on a Sunday with my mom as a special treat. The service from beginning to end was outstanding. The ambiance and decor was fancy, but not snobby. We ordered the insalata, two vegetarian pasta dishes - one with pesto and green beans and one with mushrooms - and shared the halibut. We paired our meal with a glass of wine each. The pasta was the highlight for us. We both enjoyed the halibut, but it wasn't as outstanding as the pasta. We were too stuffed for dessert, but we hope to try it next time.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a date, a special occasion, or a night out with a group of ladies (a nice opportunity to dress up).

c
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best overall dining experiences available in Boston or Cambridge.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I went to Benedetto to celebrate my birthday! I’ve been there many times before and it is always wonderful. Great service, great wine, and great food.

The desserts we ordered were especially beautiful.

DO
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pasta dishes were AMAZING! Plenty of vegetarian options. I wanted to taste all of them. Great service, wonderful food looking forward to going back!

LP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience3

I had trouble figuring out if I was actually eating swordfish. It was flat, hard, and overcooked.

P
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, styling of the restaurant and service

L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! The service is always spectacular and the food is fantastic!

R
New England
44 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great cocktails! Service was excellent. The food was good, but not stellar. When the check arrived, we had sticker shock. I had the chicken liver appetizer (two slices of crostini smeared w/liven) seemed quite small next to octopus appetizer my partner had. I had the duck totelini and he had the beef and for dessert I had the blueberry crumble while he had the chocolates. Everything was edible, nothing to complain about, but given the high cost of the meal, I can't say I'd be quick to return.

TJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Terrible food presentation and not at the taste quality expected

i
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first dinner at Benedetto but I am sure It will not be the last!
I loved the food and presentation.
Our waiter Rayan was great ! He recommended a nice red to accompany a duck dish which was a special that night and tasted amazing.
The whole atmosphere at the restaurant was so nice and relaxing. Great martini too :)

D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Something has changed since the last time I was here. Used to be that the food in this sister restaurant to Giulia was comparable, albeit a tad more conservative. This time, though, food was bland, overcooked and thoroughly not worth the prices charged. Not going again.

M
London
103 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal at Benedetto. First time here, saw the photo at check in and HAD to try the bolognese!! Everything we ordered was great. Service was excellent.