Benedetto

4.6
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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

What 238 People Are Saying
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j
New England
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

the food was excellent as usual
sadly, which I hate to report, our server was often off busy with other tables and we felt ignored much of the evening
when our server was with us, he was attentive and helpful
It was a busy evening for the restaurant with several large tables, but we ended up being there for almost 3 hours for dinner, which was about an hour too long

d
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another wonderful experience - utterly enjoyable, perfect service, great cocktails and wine and food, not the least, to match. Noise level just right.

SN
New England
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta and salad

JK
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely awesome time. One of our favorites!

E
New England
56 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Going out on a holiday like Valentine's Day is always tricky. You know most restaurants will be at capacity so you worry about the quality of the food and the service. We had close friends who were only in town on February 14 so we took our chances. Benedetto exceeded our expectations, we had a beautiful meal with our guests.

MF
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife's birthday at Beneddto and had a lovely time. It's an attractive, relatively quiet room with good sized tables and comfortable chairs. Our waiter and the entire service team was friendly and professional. We loved the crudo and the pasta with mushrooms both of which we split. I was very happy with my skate; my wife was less pleased with her duck. The gelati for dessert had good texture but lacked flavor. Nice enough but not worth ordering again. The restaurant has a good selection of wines by the glass and my wife especially liked her Amarone.

Dinner was not cheap but felt well worth the money.

D
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here, and we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the service. The ambiance was lovely. We had the tagliatelle alla bolognese and the beef strip loin with black garlic bagna cauda. The pasta was quite fresh, and the beef was very tender and tasty! We will definitely return for more.

j
New England
33 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the food was excellent, our server was lovely and really helpful in helping guide us in choices
Kudos to the chef for cooking my fish perfectly and not over doing it!
Rapidly and graciously corrected some outdated cream served with coffee
looking forward to returning

JK
New England
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our hake was done perfectly, the service was attentive, the ambiance is really nice. This is enhanced by
the fact that my friend and I could hear each other speak. The menu could be a bit a more varied, but most proteins were represented, such as pork, beef, chicken and fish. They offered a wide variety of pasta, but we did not order it at this time. They were also accommodating to dietary restrictions.
We have been here a few times, and would definitely go again.

PS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was more than outstanding. Food was good but not great. I had expected more flavor. The site is very comfortable. Noise levels not an issue, easy to carry on a conversation at a normal volume. The wine list is extensive, and reasonably priced. The staff is very attentive, without being overly attentive. The pacing of the food coming to the table was very well spaced. Our dinning lasted just over 2 hours, which is what we expected and appreciated. PQS ,

A
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and service. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. The pasta dishes and dessert were standouts. Wine list was also notable. Great option for a nice occasion.

g
New England
29 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Spectacular service, wonderful food. It's my number one choice in Cambridge.

DA
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The portion sizes were very small and the meal was expensive. Very tasty just small portions.

GB
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Just great! Server was knowledgeable and helpful, and present without being intrusive. Food was excellent...really enjoyed the arancini. We were at a quiet table and could easily talk.

Remaining staff was equally pleasant, professional and helpful. Really great experience.

PL
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice combination of great food and service, with acceptable prices. Would recommend indeed.

D
New England
21 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to the restaurant. The food was awesome and the service was great. A real find in Cambridge

RG
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
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
16 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
71 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
69 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.