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The Dial, Cambridge, MA
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The Dial

4.3
4.3
331 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 349-2967

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Justin Urso

  • Private party facilities

    The Dial’s vibrant event spaces range from a communal patio, private dining room ,to an open-concept lobby designed for, social gatherings, corporate parties, and any occasion in between. Offering eclectic food and beverage programs with seasonal ingredients, our events team will work with you to create a custom menu that will wow your guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    Mass Ave

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Few minute walk from 'Central' T-stop on the Red Line.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 331 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    It was a great time with amazing food and drinks
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Service was very attentive, everyone in the party enjoyed the food and drinks. The menu is somewhat limited, but luckily everyone found something they liked.
  3. T

    Tina

    New England

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Dan dan noodles were very salty but cheese puffs apps were awesome! Service was very slow and spottyi.e had to ask for coffee refills, cocktails took a long time but they did give some sparkling wine to make up for it. Overall, not as polished as it should be, will come back in a few months to see if any improvement.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely environment and the food was great. Cocktails were great too and beautifully designed
  5. s

    spkmck

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, fantastic food, atmosphere, and service.
  6. R

    Rick

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was excellent, our server was really good, thank you we went for Sunday brunch, I would recommend.
  7. DG

    DaveG

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought a group of 11, plenty of room, food was great. Service attentive.
  8. GF

    GoodFamilyDinner

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great cocktails and good food. Great neighborhood place!
  9. AA

    AmyAmy

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Went because we had a coupon. The service was very good. The food was average. It was on the more Expensive side. The decor was nice and it was quiet, so good place for a date but the food wasn’t good enough to make me want to go back with so many other options in the area.
  10. YY

    YuliyaY

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    All of the food was utterly flavorless and the service was very slow and lacked a personal touch. For the appetizers we got the cauliflower, squid and the pork buns and everything was so void of any flavor or text her that we ended up not ordering any entrées. Although the ambience is cool… It is by far the worst food I’ve had in the Central Square area.
  11. PS

    PSDiner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The food was of high quality but without much flavor and for the price point, I would not return here quickly.
  12. PW

    PWBIII

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always
  13. MS

    MaddieS

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun vibe, great service, incredible food - get the dan dan noodles!!
  14. A

    Anonymous

    New England

    302 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    302 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Dial has beautiful spaces, and the people who work there are always warm and welcoming. It was only my third or fourth visit, but they made me feel like a regular. Excellent food, awesome bar staff. And they’re very accommodating about food allergies.
  15. PL

    PaulaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had my birthday dinner with 8ppl, was supposed to be 12ppl. They were so accommodating and understanding that our party was less than previously expected. We were seated in the back of a beautiful room. Food was great, server Ray was great and good came out on time. Will definitely be back. Thanks again!
  16. HJ

    HappyJon

    New England

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Everything was good - well prepared and tasted fine. But for us, there was nothing that stood out enough for a return trip in the near future. There are other places we'd like to visit. If you do go you will be greeted by helpful staff and cannot go wrong with the quality of the food that is prepared. It's worth a visit
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our waiter and made my birthday special!
  18. n

    nc99

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been here several times now and the food is always outstanding. This time I had the pork chop and it was insanely good. I'll keep coming back for sure!
  19. J

    Jazzbrat

    New England

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went here for the first time with my best friend. We had a lovely time! We will definitely return.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Great place and decent food. Server was not friendly at all! She could have done better!
  21. GC

    GCBoston

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Smooth reservation experience. Service was friendly and attentive. Although the menu is not extensive, the options are interesting and offer something for everyone. Food and drink were excellent, if a little on the pricey side. Would definitely return and highly recommend.
  22. r

    rabihd

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    The food during lunch time was bad and not worth the price.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails were delicious and the food was excellent. We ordered a bunch of dishes and shared family style - had a great evening!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    It felt like the waitress wanted us to leave because she kept asking if we need anything else and brought a check before we wanted to leave (we had not even been eating/drinking for an hour!).
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch!!!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Atmosphere was great, super cute vibe and the staff were friendly and very attentive. We got a couple appetizers and drinks that were fine.
  27. TB

    TBronson3

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique menu and great experience
  28. SJ

    SuzieJ

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks to the staff for a delicious meal and cocktails!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    I’ve been before and it was great…the service was bad this night and all of the small plates and large plates came out together so naturally some dishes had gotten cold. Disappointing experience because I know how good it can be
  30. h

    hard2plz

    New England

    78 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    We have been big fans of the Dial since they opened pre-pandemic. We've always eaten in the courtyard and love it. We were there for dinner outside recently, when a sudden summer downpour hit. We took quick shelter under an umbrella that the staff had opened for us. The staff quickly relocated everyone inside. We had our drinks already and when we got to our new table, our first round of tapas was there. The downside was the incredible noise level, not from music, but just the other guests. I don't know why it was so loud, no obvious large parties. But it was really impossible to talk easily and our guests were from overseas. We'd been looking forward to seeing them for a long time ... Whatever the infrastructure is, some sound reduction is needed for people who want to talk at dinner. If you'll just be surfing and texting on your phone, then the great food and great service are all you need. Next time, we'll be back in the Courtyard.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the dial for a festive and relaxed outdoor patio experience
  32. S

    Sarah

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Overall we had a nice time at the Dial - the brunch options are tasty and the ambience of the space is great. However, we got there early for brunch right as the restaurant opened and we were one of the first groups seated - despite the mostly empty space, service was on the slow side. We also had some billing errors, being way overcharged for coffees that are supposed to be free refills. I was able to call and get the billing error resolved, but it's a bit frustrating that it happened.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I supposed we reserve for a birthday celebration brunch but not even a little detail from de restaurant and neither they asked, even it is a great place the maga we look kind of superb.
  34. HS

    HollyS

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The food was great but the service was terrible. We had to flag our waitress down if we wanted anything.
  35. TJ

    TaylorJ

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    3 friends and I sat outside at The Dial on a Saturday evening. It was surprisingly empty and I’m not sure why, but it was pretty quiet and the service was great. The drinks were refreshing and not too sweet (definitely try the juice cleanse if you’re into carrot juice and ginger beer). We shared several starters and larger plates, but the stars of the show were definitely the trofie and pan Arctic char. The trofie pasta was super fresh and light, and the salmon in the pan Arctic char was perfectly cooked. We also really enjoyed the piri piri chicken, shrimp tacos and tuna crudo. The fries and bunuelos were good to snack on but not sure if I’d get them again since there are so many other delicious options on the menu. The inside is funky and brightly colored (with a huge tv playing Bob’s Burgers), and there’s a separate rooftop bar in the same building that you can head to after. The patio out back was great in the warm weather and has its own bar in a shipping container. I will definitely be coming back!
  36. R

    Razlet

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Environment was stylish: lighting was just right for a casual but nice dinner; the AC was a touch strong. Seating was comfortable; my table was neither too large nor too small; table spacing was comfortable. Service was timely, effective, and polite. Cocktails were delicious and varied; the wine list was minimal but sufficient for general food pairings. Meats were cooked deliciously and to specifications (lamb burger & carne asada). Dishes were thoughtfully composed, with nice blends of flavors, seasonings, and textures - I felt an inclination to try "all surf" or "all turf" and was not disappointed with the "turf" offerings of Turkish/Levantine/Persian-inflected dishes (dolmades, beef tartare, and a lamb merguez burger). The nebbiolo by-the-glass was a fine fit to cut through the richness; I imagine the by-the-bottle sangiovese, or indeed many other by-the-bottle reds would have also been solid pairings. No desserts or dessert drinks were tried; no opinions there. The check came smoothly and with no surprises.
  37. LG

    LenaG

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    It was a super hip & greasy place. The food was good. We went for brunch. The drinks ranged in strength drastically. But the food was good. The serving size was fair for the price
  38. J

    Jodhinna

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always my fave spot! Absolutely amazing.
  39. M

    Maggie

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Tasty drinks and apps, and great outdoor patio space!
  40. J

    Jehar

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    EXTREMELY overrated! Spent almost $150 on food just to leave hungry 😬

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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 4.3 stars by 331 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Dial

907 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Mass Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Few minute walk from 'Central' T-stop on the Red Line.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Justin Urso

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 349-2967

  • Private party facilities

    The Dial’s vibrant event spaces range from a communal patio, private dining room ,to an open-concept lobby designed for, social gatherings, corporate parties, and any occasion in between. Offering eclectic food and beverage programs with seasonal ingredients, our events team will work with you to create a custom menu that will wow your guests.

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