The Dial

4.5
170 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Sophisticated yet laid-back, The Dial is a bustling restaurant and bar serving global cuisine with a distinctly local flair. Step out onto the patio when the temperature rises or organize a gathering in our private dining room.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 170 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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4.1
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DebyeDK
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordeedr several plates to sample and share. Each plate had its own outstanding presentation and flavors. The sizes were most generous. The staff was delightful. Bravo The Dial!

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vipdurjoyace
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had a yuzu slushee, it was pretty awesome and it's just another tangible reason why this place is much better than 7-11.

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Recommend
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks, and service were outstanding!! Definitely recommend and will be returning! ❤️

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Mand
New England
35 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A great place to meet up with friends for a drink and food. I would definitely come back to The Dial in the future! My friends and I came for brunch and sat on the lovely patio. I got the lamb burger and my friend got the house burger (it's like a homemade Big Mac - delicious!) and we loved our bloody marys. I also got a frozen mojito which was delicious and complimented my lamb burger beautifully. Our waitress was excellent. She was attentive without being overbearing, knowledgable, personable, and a delight.

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vipK2rock
New England
26 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Loved the feel of the space.
The menu is small but creative.
The drinks are AMAZING.
The noise level in the restaurant is almost unbearable. You can barely hear your server or the person you are with.

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vipShellDash
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Everything was great

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vipStephenT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was subpar.

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vipRTBBoston
New England
40 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Whoever was the host/manager that evening has poor customer service skills. We were asked to move to another table but the approach was less to be desired.

The dish portions need to be addressed in terms of an accompanying vegetable or starch along with it.

Was here for brunch in the past and the food was great. Not too impressed with the dinner so far.

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tayav
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

nice outdoor area, tasty drinks, fun and varied menu and all the food is good, attentive and kind staff

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vipNico
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and service, amazing food and great music.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere at The Dial and outstanding bar staff!! Molly, Molly, and Cody are resplendent in their roles! 15 out of 10, this place is quickly becoming a go-to spot for me.

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cbmh
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This new restaurant is a LOT of fun!! A lively atmosphere, *outstanding* service, good drink choices and eclectic food choices. We sat outside and enjoyed being in the open air; even though it was energetic, we could still talk without shouting.
The main reason this wasn't 5 stars all around was that it was a bit pricey for what we got, particularly the cocktails. We realize this is how many restaurants are making money these days but still.

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Alena
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent cocktail selection, exquisite food, very nice spacious patio, excellent service.

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vipDeanna
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so friendly, knew the menu well, asked if we had any food allergies to be aware of, and was super fun! The ambiance and food were a 10/10. We sat on the patio and the vibes were IMMACULATE. Will definitely be back!

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EmilyB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful interior, unique menu, and amazing service. Caesar was our waiter and took good care of my friend and I. He made us feel like we were guest at his home. The food was delicious! The flavors were unique and balanced. Overall, I had an incredible time. I will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere fun place to go

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Trav
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall the experience was good. Food was decent, service was quite good! Only real downside is it fills up fast and the noise levels build up fairly quickly. Inside looked more peaceful than the outside eating of you are comfortable with that.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome outdoor patio. EXCEPTIONAL service for our group of 6. Nice cocktails. The food was a tad hit or miss, but it is difficult to do everything well with such an eclectic menu. Perhaps they should consider taking a slightly more focused approach? Either way, we had a five-star experience overall and will definitely be back, if only for drinks and apps.

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debg
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

menu is limited and doesn't fit the season. Add a salad and I'll be back.

CM
vipCraigM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Made reservations for roof deck and was shown to back deck on first floor with no view.
Delivery of drinks from bar was quite slow. Back deck area is crowded with Tables and high fences around the deck prevent any type of view of surrounding area.

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AlexM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dial is a vibe -- great ambiance with some cool, eclectic decor. A bit loud, but was expected for a Friday night. Our server was incredibly attentive and made sure we had everything we could need, including offering drink recommendations when requested and making conversation about particular gluten-free dishes. We ordered an array of food, with my favorite being the garganelli dish. The sugar snap pea lemon fritters and flautas were also enjoyable. Definitely recommend for a different experience and a chance to taste some great food and drinks.

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vipAnAmericaninFrance
New England
44 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good choice last minute...nice range of dishes and attentive service

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The service was terrible. Our waitress only took our order and brought a first round of drinks. Someone else brought the food but neither of them asked if we were all set, liked the food, or wanted more to drink. I was there for brunch with my mom and we were both very disappointed. We got just the first round of drinks and food and when we were done, we waited about 30 minutes to even get our bill and that was because I had to get the waitresses’ attention.

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vipKateNL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service and the ambience was very nice. The food tasted okay. It is a sharing food experience however the value of the food was not on par with pricing therefore the pricing of the food was overrated. I hope they will improve on their flavoring and increase the portion a bit more. The large noodle size was not even enough for one person. Would try again if they better their flavoring and slightly increase the portion size.

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RoseChicago
New England
25 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Incredibly poor value. It feels criminal for them to charge what they do for so tiny a food cost.
Be prepared to go home and make yourselves dinner after eating here. Nice patio. So i guess ok for drinks.

JB
JessicaB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First timer and loved it!! Service was exceptional and so was the food.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food is below average . Service was good . The drinks are good .

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vipZkkkkkkkk
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome everything—especially love the bartender and the frozen drink bar. Can’t wait for rooftop to open!!!

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vipJess
New England
40 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The food was good and the patio is nice. The chairs were not comfortable, so that’s a drawback.

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EllenL
New England
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The deck is very nicely laid out. Not really noisy though it was full. Waitstaff were very nice. It's a bit pricey. The drinks really add to the cost. All enjoyed the food though I would recommend if you are vegetarian, there are not a lot of choices. One of us had pasta with mushrooms, asparagus and snap peas but they left on the tough portion of the snap pea which is stringy and sharp. You can't really eat that part.

We would go back again but maybe just have small plates.

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vipNec92
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, drinks, patio, and service! Superior food and menu in a casual setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The food was exceptionally meh.

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vipGordonS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Farewell dinner for my former boss. Outstanding food and service. Love The Dial!!

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BreanaB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fun place, great staff. Tried something new and made new friends. Highly recommend it

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Frank
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and amazing cocktails. Staff was wonderful and would definitely be going back.

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vipstever
New England
20 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food and service though we were bummed that the Bass entree had run out

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MaggieS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was OUTSTANDING! It was mothers day and the roofdeck was quite busy, but he stayed on top of all our table allergies, and did it with a smile. He even let us change to the tall table in the corner that was in the sun. The food was quite delicious and we loved the mothers day special.

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Topcat
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an early dinner so some tables still were empty and room was pretty quiet. Food was excellent and unique, different than the normal menu. Service was attentive and welcoming. All around good time, we would return.

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vipHusbandisafoodie
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and flavorful night. Eclectic menu and vibe, complementing the urban space. We loved all the food especially the lamb burger. And cod cheek fish and chips. Welcome addition tucked away in central square - will be back!

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vipDCFoodie
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is awesome! We had small plates and a couple entrees and absolutely superb. Different spin on some traditional dishes with incredible flavor, presentation and quality. Cocktail magicians nailed it! We also had a couple Italian reds that were well paired for the meals at reasonable prices. Overall, the best part is we had an unpretentious, refreshing and a genuinely FUN experience! Best in Cambridge. Can’t wait to go back!

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You can order delivery directly from The Dial using the Order Online button.

The Dial is rated 4.5 stars by 170 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.