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Viale

4.6
4.6
930 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Located in the vibrant Central Square neighborhood of Cambridge, and voted 'Best Neighborhood Restaurant in Central Square' by Boston Magazine "Best of 2018", Viale is a casual, upscale restaurant focused on the flavors of Italy & New England. Fresh pastas and dishes from our wood burning grill are just some of the highlights of our locally sourced menu. A lively bar atmosphere spotlights old and new world wines, original craft cocktails and artisan brewed beers. Whether you are looking to celebrate a special occasion, or just have dinner with some friends, Viale's warm hospitality is here to accommodate all of your needs. $1 oysters daily from 5-7 pm! Grilling and Chilling every Friday with a DJ on our outdoor deck patio starting 4/30/21

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue, Sun 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 576-1900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Greg Reeves

  • Private party contact

    Mark Young: (617) 576-1900

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    Brookline St.

  • Parking details

    There is street parking and multiple public parking lots within a 2 block radius of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    We are located just steps away from the Central Square T and bus stops.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 930 people are saying

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food and fun atmosphere
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was fantastic! The food was excellent, our server was kind professional, and fun! Will absolutely be back!
  3. TK

    TaylorK

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got dollar oysters and sat outside. It was wonderful, would highly recommend.
  4. 1

    13feather

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This remains one of the finest restaurants in Cambridge--"routine splendor" is my phrase.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful birthday dinner at Vialé. They were extremely busy for a Monday, and the service was still excellent. Always recommend!
  6. PW

    PeterW

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great night sitting outside and enjoying first-class food and service. Thanks to Greg & Shauna and the team for another great night at one of Central Square's brightest jewels.
  7. JM

    JohnM

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Sat outside; nice ambiance; waiter was excellent; great wine selection; food was very good.
  8. AH

    AnnieH

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for a date night!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was outstanding!
  10. SW

    SteveW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Viale is a great spot! Highlight recommend it to others.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and Zack was a great server!
  12. PH

    PatriciaH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our dish - wish I could the recipe! And the server was wonderful!
  13. PW

    PeterW

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Viale is an old friend. It is always a great experience being guests of Shauna & Greg. A jewel in the middle of Central Square
  14. s

    shaz

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Overpriced. Portions were small. Asked for a few items we never got.
  15. AI

    AyeshaI

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Sunday Brunch was relaxed and lovely. I got shrimp and grits, and asked for sunny egg on the side (for my husband). He ordered the gnocci with wild boar and a side english muffin. The side English muffin made in house was the best we HAVE EVER had. So fresh and perfectly grilled. Everything was very flavorful and nice. Thanks for an easy, fun brunch date !
  16. WG

    WelshGirl

    Detroit

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    A bit "used up" but staff is nice. I've eaten there more than once and the quality on any given dish can be hit or miss. Hence my rating of "good" rather than better than that.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Small and concise menu. Good wine and cocktail selection. Don't forget to try their daily specials. They are delicious and worth the price.
  18. R

    Russell

    New England

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, negronis was amazing and bartenders were so friendly!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food and ambiance here is amazing. We were a little turned off after getting chased out of the restaurant and being accused of skipping out on our check, when really they gave us the wrong tab. My friend had to end up charging two $200+ amounts to her card. Additionally, it is short staffed but there’s a hiring crisis right now so that’s not their fault. Food is nearly perfect every time so we will be back regardless of the embarrassing and inconvenient incident.
  20. SW

    SusanW

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    While the duck app was not that flavorful, the cocktails, the Hamachi crudo and the potatoe gnocci were just outstanding!!
  21. a

    anne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Oysters were good, but food was not worth it and pretty plain for the price. Servers also could have been more attentive. We kept getting dishes and utensils that were dirty/weren't washed well. We got the duck croquette that was decent but mushy on the inside.
  22. PO

    POPOJIJO

    New England

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Quality prep and presentation A little pricey with relatively small Portions. Fresh and tasty salads “Specials” are smart choice Plan to return to try the gnocchi, which has been offered since opening in 2015. MANY pizzas passed us by
  23. MO

    MiriamO

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Are outside, food and wine were delicious ( all of us enjoyed our meals a lot), service friendly and prompt
  24. C

    Cat94

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Love Viale! The waitstaff there is excellent as are the rotating menu of signature cocktails and nibbles. Would definitely recommend
  25. A

    Andrea

    New England

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Great food, especially the artichokes, $1 oysters and arancini.
  26. WB

    Want2BFoodie

    New England

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been to Viale several times and always enjoyed it. This was the first time my friend had been. She was disappointed that the item she saw on the menu online wasn’t available — and hadn’t been for a while — but thoroughly enjoyed the pork chops. I think we’ll both be back.
  27. JC

    JudithC

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Love this restaurant! We ate outdoors, taking in the energy and diversity of Central Square. The food was great, service was good, drinks were good--the Pappardella alla Zozzona was excellent. I always recommend this restaurant for Cambridge dining.
  28. WG

    WelshGirl

    Detroit

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The service was great however it was very loud in the restaurant and the pizza we ordered came to us dry and over cooked, it was the pizza margarita. The shaved brussels sprouts salad and the beats are both delicious.
  29. PW

    PeterW

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Viale is one of my favourite places - always exceptional and memorable. Highly recommended. Thanks again!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We find Viale overrated. Some of the interesting dishes presented in the web site we not availble. It rendered the experience less interesting than it could have been.
  31. DB

    DonaldB

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good spacing of tables makes noise level good for conversation. The service was attentive but not smothering. The food was very good. Unique fried artichokes. Wish we had room for dessert.
  32. GK

    GaaK

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Tasty food, complimentary breadsticks. A bit on the pricey side.
  33. CP

    CarolP

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there for the dollar oysters and was pleasantly surprised by the cocktails, duck fritters, and artichokes. I tried the pizza, but it wasn’t very good, so avoid that, but try the other plates.
  34. NG

    NinaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an A++ brunch at Viale. Our new favorite brunch spot!
  35. AD

    AlejandraD

    Guatemala

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Just be aware it gets really busy and it can get loud.
  36. 1

    13feather

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Viale consistently delivers routine splendor--bravo!
  37. OS

    OrkidehS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and special touches (flowers for mother’s day) made this a great restaurant!! Thank you!
  38. v

    vicm

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food, amazing drinks. Absolutely charming servers. It's a bit on the noisy side, but frankly, if you're in the mood for it it's great, it definitely helps the ambiance. Viale does not joke around with their alcohol and I'm always coming back for it (this was my third time back lmao); every time I've been here the cocktails have been stunning. Anyway, thank you for a great graduation dinner, Viale team!
  39. H

    Hugo

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A shout out to our waiter, Zachary, who navigated the Saturday night crowd with finesse and good humor! The food was very delicious.
  40. L

    Leyla

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb meal, as always.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Viale does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Viale also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 576-1900.

Viale is rated 4.6 stars by 930 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 23 times today
Google Map for Viale

502 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Brookline St.

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue, Sun 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American, Oyster Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is street parking and multiple public parking lots within a 2 block radius of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    We are located just steps away from the Central Square T and bus stops.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Greg Reeves

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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