Benedetto

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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

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L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benedetto is always perfect. I highly recommend.

w
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner with fantastic wine. The sommelier was very knowledgeable and the server gracious and attentive.

ED
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The restaurant did not live up to the high expectations that we had for it given its high rating. At the end of the meal, all the members of the party were disappointed. The food did not sparkle. One person had skate and they left most of it on their plate. The other couple felt the food was exceedingly rich. They thought there was a lot of butter being used. If so this is surprising for an Italian restaurant. The wine list by the glass was very limited. The most disappointing part of the meal was the service. The waiters/servers were constantly reaching over people at the table to serve the person to the right. There was definitely enough room that they could have walked around to the other person, they were just lazy or badly trained.

GT
New England
55 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The pasta was delicious. The loin strip was served with a thick chunk of fat all along the strip. Service was very good.

L
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. All four of us have it A++
We had a fabulous server who handled our food allergies like a pro.
Loved the gorgeous interior. The wine selection was varied and pleasing.
Didn’t want the dining experience to be over.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christine was attentive and knowledgeable without being overbearing. The octopus dish is spectacular! Thank you!

E
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was good but not great. The service at our dinner table was pleasant, however, after dinner drinks in the bar lounge area were served by a surly and brusque waitress.

SN
New England
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta and salad. Nice ambiance.

j
New England
32 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
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

P
New England
109 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another tremendous meal at Benedetto. From the time we walked in the door, to the time we left, the experience was truly wonderful. First, we were seated in a great spot, in a small, private room off the main dining room. It was quiet and perfect for our conversations. Next, service was spectacular. Aaron was the consummate professional. Friendly, knowledgeable and loaded with suggestions. Everything from cocktail suggestions to wines, to clarifying menu questions, Aaron was spot on. The food was simply amazing. Every subtle nuance exemplified the authenticity and passion of the preparations. Well-sized portions left us satisfied but not full. The wine list is a treasure and we found a rare Vallee d' Aosta white that was the perfect accompaniment to dinner. We'll be back soon! Such an amazing evening. Thank you!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service, and ambiance. Great please for special occasions. They do a nice job of caring for their restaurant goers.

d
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
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
2 reviews
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