Benedetto

4.7
57 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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
15 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
7 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
1 review
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
1 review
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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a
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great space/ great food

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GF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended but don't tell too many people since I still want to be able to snag a reservation.

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Appetizers and main courses were excellent and imaginative. Dessert a bit of a disappointment but I'm not a big dessert person.

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B
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a celebration dinner for 8 at Benedetto. Overall it was a good experience. I think we all enjoyed the food. The service was attentive without being intrusive. It was reasonably good value for what we had.

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

excellently prepared dishes with creative flair. great service. best Italian wine selection I have ever seen.

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal. Well prepared and excellent service. The food was very good although nothing blew us away.

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our first visit here was more exciting than this second one. Our waitress was superb, thoughtful. The fish plate that I had was too oily. The milk chocolate dessert was very tasty.

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O
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An impromptu reservation for a Sunday night and a brisk walk lead to an excellent meal at Benedetto. Two excellently crafted cocktails and one of the special appetizers set the perfect tone. Our meals were equally excellent featuring seasonal ingredients with creative but delicious twists. Portions are small enough for very filling primo and secondi , but filling enough for a light meal. Staff was friendly and attentive and interiors are modern and comfortable.

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P
New England
96 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to Benedetto did not disappoint. All aspects of the restaurant were spectacular. Starting with the food, everything was just amazing. We shared a few small plates and they were just delicious. Grilled Octopus was the favorite, but the Buffalo Mozzarella and the Goat Cheese plates were also spectacular. The entrees were fantastic - the Bolognese was deep and richly satisfying, while the tenderloin was melt-in-your-mouth wonderful. Desserts were a perfect finish to the evening. Cocktails were very well-crafted and started things off on the right note. The very deep wine list had an incredible collection of Italian favorites all fairly priced. The Sommelier was very helpful and actually let us taste a few things because of our interests. Service was impeccable - friendly, professional - we felt pampered to the max! Overall, Benedetto deserves five stars for an exceptional evening - if we lived closer we would visit more often.

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SF
New England
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Benedetto is an amazing restaurant. It's a great place for good conversation and even better food!

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BA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around fabulous dinner and experience for Valentine's date. Very special.

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R
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always really good. There are not many Italian restaurants in Greater Boston that are authentic. These guys are in the know. Just go and ask for Christine, she is a spot on server.

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JL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. It has quickly become my favorite place for a relaxing evening & windeful meal.

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CF
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Prix fixe menu is poor choice for Valentine’s day. Not sure why regular menu cannot be offered.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was so nice, food was delicious and the atmosphere was welcoming.

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t
New England
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Is this the best Italian in Boston? I vote yes!
Just great looking forward to returning soon!

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r
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Benedetto

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OB
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice Valentines prix fixe dinner. Portions a bit overly generous but a doggy bag fixed that :) Pleasant service and ambiance as usual. Our server had helpful opinions about wine choices (no “pairings” option for the menu).

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