Benedetto

4.7
97 reviews
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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 England
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The quality of the food is over the top good. Wait staff is far superior to most restaurants that are in this price range. If it is available. order the crude fish appetizer. It is a raw fish served with cucumber and strawberries and literally melts in your mouth. The wine by the glass prices are a little high but order the Italian Mia Tia if you go. Worth the price. Overall, the friendly service and food here is spectacular. Worth a night out.

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R
New England
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!! Our party of four was shown to a nice table by a window. We had a lovely and very helpful server, necessary given all the categories on the menu and trying to assess the right amount to order. We started with the sfizi (small bites) and the antipasti, then one of us had a pasta main course, the others had fish. Every dish hit the mark. We will go back as often as we can.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great as usual but the service was unbelievably slow. Would have ordered dessert but didn’t want to wait another hour.

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S
New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We know we can always rely on Benedetto for an outstanding meal experience. It is the one place I can think of where the acoustics actually allow you to converse. We were just there to celebrate our anniversary. The servers are warm, professional, and really know their food and drink menu thoroughly. All the menu choices are tempting but I can never resist the home-made pasta choices. The wines are thoughtfully curated. All in all a class act! Bravo, Benedetto!

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DB
New England
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Consistently interesting and delicious food served in a nice setting. The service was great and the drinks were excellent.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! The tagliatelle pasta and chicken dish were amazing. Wonderful service as well.

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CF
New England
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience in every respect.

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G
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our dinner was superb - an unusual meld of flavors both for the salad (the greens with radishes and delectable baby pea pods and pea tendrils. We both got the fresh halibut with rhubarb and grapes, which just got better and better as we ate. We sat on the patio and it was perfect!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food, of course, was very good--fresh ingredients and well-prepared-- but perhaps a little too "elaborate" with additions that I don't think are necessary for great pasta dishes. Having lived and worked in Italy, I prefer keeping it simple--fresh, well-prepared--without the extras. What impressed me most, however, was the exceptional service and responsiveness of all of the staff--from receptionists, Stella, Tyler, bartender, room manager, and especially our server, Rocco. He accommodated all of our requests with impeccable care, attention, and personal engagement; he also made great menu suggestions. My friend and I had a really good time and definitely would like to return with other friends. We left feeling that Benedetto is "in gamba" (on the ball)!

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JB
New England
96 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and ambiance.
Able to accommodate large party celebration.
The service was amazing and so was the food.
Chicken liver pâté and sardines were great appetizers .
Both Halibut and salmon fishes were very moist and flavorful .
Various pastas were all great.
Always save room for dessert as they are delicious and wonderful presentation.

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F
New England
79 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to Benedetto before theater at the ART. Good looking, airy dining room, an indulgent and very charming waiter, and fine food. Plainly an excellent choice for pre-theater dinner.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Location on the patio was lovely. Seemed understaffed - service was somewhat slow and not very friendly. Drinks were excellent. Food was fine.

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LB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The restaurant was not completely packed yet the service took a very long time to get our food. The portions are small for the price, tasty, but small. Food was lukewarm when it arrived but so hungry that we ate it all. We were there for a birthday dinner yet no one gave us a dessert menu. Half the table had left and the rest was leaving, bill had been paid, and they brought a plate with a candle. Timing was waaaaaay off

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C
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time. Benedetto is inside Charles Hotel. Everything was excellent. Dessert was a bit eclectic, not your run of the mill taste, but good. We would definitely go back.

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TW
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great. This is the quality of Giulia but so much easier to get a reservation here!

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J
New England
34 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was excellent all-around until I wanted a spoon for my pasta noodles and nobody was around to ask. That was the only flaw. Whenever noodles are served there should be an offer of a spoon.

Otherwise we had three servers with beautiful flexible service and fabulous food. We will go back!

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DF
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really refined and excellent food with each item a surprise in texture and quality

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JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christine is terrific!

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E
New England
90 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn’t been on a while and i had forgotten how good the food is and how extensive the wine list is. The pasta dishes were cooked perfectly and the fish and lamb dishes were excellent.

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m
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Linguine vongole was best I have ever had

Wine list extensive and fairly priced

A very nice evening

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D
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Small portions over priced and bizarre feedback on their wine selection

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C
New England
36 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
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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S
New England
25 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An amazing meal prepared by talented and creative chefs. Desserts are works of art so save room. A very delightful experience.

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AG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
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 on May 17, 2019
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
18 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
5 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
8 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
4 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
71 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
132 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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