The Dial

4.4
213 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 213 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food. Good vibes/ decor. Small portions.

KT
KarinT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Really delicious food! Five stars! Nice service, good to be on the patio given Covid, but it could use some tlc and a couple of heaters are broken. However, a good time was had by all.

AS
vipAbbyS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it!!! Overall a bit pricier but delicious and such a cute spot and location in central :)

A
Adri
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I was drawn to the Dial for the vibe from the outside, but was quite disappointed. The food was okay. . I had both the pierogies which were quite salty and the vada pavs which were quite bland. My sister ate the lamb burger and didn't even finish the meal. Overall, likely won't return or recommend to others.

JM
JimM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and terrific food!

t
viptomhoward
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. Attentive staff, creative cuisine. Love it

MR
MichaelR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Outside seating is not as warm as we had liked. 3 broken and there was just not enough working. Food was adequate, but nothing amazing. Waiter was excellent. Patio would be lovely in warmer weather.

MC
MC2242
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We were here on a friday night. The space was not overly full, there was plenty of wait staff and the food was decent. Our waiter was quiet and to the point- while knowledgable, we barely saw her and had to ask for drinks. We were surprised when the barbacks cleared our plates despite literally just finishing. We felt rushed and would have gotten another round and/dessert but didnt really want to at that point. The spa day cocktail, coq au vin cavatelli and duck tacos were awesome.

RL
RachelL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They didn’t bring full entre but then waitress adjusted price. Food is always good and interesting as menu changes. Unfortunately most of their patio heaters were broken

FJ
FatJoe
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food was ok+. I expected a bit better. Swordfish was overcooked. Rendang was tasteless and

M
Mels
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was extremely slow and we constantly had to tell other staff to please call our waiter to take our order.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

There’s a lot of great seating option here. From rooftop, patio it’s a nice establishment for big or small groups. It’s my 4th time here and I sat at each spot provided. I stuck to a burger this time around and it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. Service was on point

TL
TereseL
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice outdoor patio. Food very good. Unfortunately, one of the heaters by our table did not work.

J
Jaye
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio area with heaters in a large courtyard like setting. Eclectic food and drinks!

AA
vipAnAmericaninFrance
New England
48 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Outdoors, which was nice. Good appetizers. Disappointing mains (except nice, juicy peri-peri chicken). This was our second time there…first time was a Sunday and stuck with the apps…should have done the same this time.

TT
TonyT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dines outside in the courtyard a few times and it’s a great space!

MY
MeirY
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and quite place to dine. Very friendly staff

E
vipEatoutoften
New England
65 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique Mex/African inspired food in a fun atmosphere right in Heart of central square. Went with a party of four and every part of meal was excellent. Strongly recommend

CR
vipCambridgeRo
New England
45 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This is a dinner review. Except we didn’t really have dinner, just a few snacks and drinks. It’s a beautiful space and the staff is very welcoming and friendly. However the cocktail glasses were the size of the 1920’s with prices of 2020’s. The tapas were really small even for Boston standard. Try it for brunch instead.

J
vipJames
New England
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience4

The staff was slammed. Getting our first order in took forever, same with our round of drinks. I enjoyed the personalities of the wait staff and don’t fault them. I feel like they weren’t set up for success.

Their food makes no sense and just flatly doesn’t taste good. Not bad, but not good. Just meh at best. I want to say they are trying to be like their neighbors, little donkey, with their menu creativity but lack the food combination sense and execution... they definitely have the creativity.

A few pros I’ll leave you with (I can’t stand being a total downer on a restaurant if they tried their best):
Burger was good.
The back patio had a really fun vibe.

MT
vipMarkT
New England
28 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really like this place. Great food, outstanding cocktails. Great environment outside.

SL
SamL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The food totally met expectations, but the service did not. The staff was nice but it took 20 minutes for drinks to arrive (on two occasions) and our appetizers were served at the same time as entrees. Had an effect on the overall meal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

food was trash

n
nanem
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food! Everything we had was unique and delicious. Decadent chocolate magic flan especially delish on my BD.

i
ilovecookbooks
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great menu for groups. Lots of variations. Recommended!! Get the mango. Fantastic service.

SF
vipShaeF
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Server did not effectively engage with conversation regarding my allergy.

TK
ThomasK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was dried out and very disappointing/overpiced. Atmosphere and service on patio was very good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! We ate outside

KH
KimberlyH
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food (chickpea salad was our favorite), excellent service and ambiance. Enjoyed dinner outdoors in a fun atmosphere, with a great playlist and diverse crowd. It was our first visit and we loved it. Will definitely return!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The service was bad. Even tho we got our food very quickly, the wine bottle arrived only at the end of the meal. I asked the waiter to turn off the AC cause it was dripping water on my face, I’ve been told that’s “normal”, okay. They also forgot to bring us the cake we asked for the birthday of our friend.

Not giving 1 star because the food was good and the wine was good as well.

AM
AndrewM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ll be coming back here! Food was great, and interesting (inspired by the staff’s travel experiences). Drinks were the highlight for us, with the best being the peanut fat washed old fashion. Our server was knowledgeable, quick, and very excited to be a part of the team there. We’re excited to try out their rooftop bar too when it opens!

TT
TonyT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outdoors in their courtyard was awesome!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I loved having a meal on your patio, although it could be more lovely with flowers! We’ve lived in the neighborhood for 40 years(!) and in the past have not eaten out much due to vegan/vegetarian/diabetes/cultural issues. It’s great to have a restaurant nearby that focuses on fresh food and the above issues, as well as being welcoming! Thank you😄

MB
vipMeeBee
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This is my second time dining at this restaurant. My first was in early June. In June I thought the menu was quite different and had much better choices which is why I came back. This time, I found the menu really challenging and bizarre. I had no idea what to order as the descriptions were a lot of things that I was not quite sure what they were or what they would taste like together with the other ingredients. In the end I chose an African spiced chicken dish that was really mediocre. In addition a couple of drinks we wanted we were told that they were out of stock. The whole experience was disappointing and I will probably not got back for the food. The atmosphere is nice and I would return for just drinks. That seems like more of their core business than the dining.

KS
KeriS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Really enjoyed the music food and service

c
vipcyc3
New England
20 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Such a cute atmosphere, casual and friendly. And the food is great!
and did I mention the drinks? So so tasty and fun.
I've already recommended The Dial to many other people.

RR
RoyR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks and food were amazing, staff was great!

CC
ChrisC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food1service5ambience5

Drinks were good but the food is incredibly expensive and overpriced

S
Sanj
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! A fusion restaurant and every dish we chose was delicious!

DS
vipDSFR
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal at the Dial! We sat at the bar, which had plenty of space as most people preferred the beautiful outdoor patio. The bartender was amazing and gave great recommendations. Food totally delivered! Totally reasonably priced and delicious food and drinks!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Dial using the Order Online button. The Dial also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 349-2967.

The Dial is rated 4.4 stars by 213 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.