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Toscano  Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA

Toscano Harvard Square

4.6
4.6
1880 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
A stone’s throw from Harvard’s ivied walls, surrounded by the bustling eateries, shops, and confectioners on Brattle Street (once called the King’s Road), Toscano’s second location brings the bright, fresh flavors of Tuscany to historic Cambridge.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Modern Tuscan, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 354-5250

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact Cassie Messmer for all private dining/event inquiries. cassie@toscanoboston.com

  • Private party contact

    Rick Hayes Rick@toscanoboston.com : (617) 354-5250

  • Neighborhood

    Harvard Square

  • Cross street

    Story St.

  • Parking details

    Validated Parking available at the Charles Hotel Garage and University Place Garage: www.harvardsquareparking.com/daily-rates www.harvardsquare.com/university-place-garage-0

  • Public transit

    The T: Red Line to "Harvard Sq."

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,880 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. 6

    603diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Reliable place for pre-theater dinner. Nothing special.
  2. ZN

    ZoeNH

    New England

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Toscana knows how to make pasta! Delicious . The brucetta was just okay. Not enough mozzarella and the tomatoes were eh. Tiramisu was heavenly.
  3. K

    Kathleenc

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience ... we had a wonderful meal at Toscana Harvard Square -- the service, food, ambience was all excellent. Thank you!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    The service was very poor. And the food was not great and the prices outrageous for the quality of food we got
  5. H

    Hazel

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    I’ve been at Toscana twice this week and found both experiences about the same: ok but not as good as it once was. Orders from the bar, both cocktails and soft drinks tasted diluted. Even the ginger ale! The cocktail was the same. I know my Negroni and this one had something other than alcohol, perhaps melted ice water? I had mushroom risotto which was unattractive and unappealing. Nothing like Toscana would have served in the past. The linguine with clam sauce was good but nothing special. Actually too much food, but too much was a substitution for great food. The waiter was friendly. No complaint. It was noisy, as always, but everything felt average, not the special place I felt it once was.
  6. N

    Nancy

    New England

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    very good restaurant - one that never disappoints. excellent service. a bit noisy for my taste, at least where we were seated (high table towards the back).
  7. J

    John

    Las Vegas

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service.
  8. DW

    DanielW

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Jake was our server. He was superb. The wine was good; the food fine and the table ok. We don’t dine out as much these days as pre-pandemic but we enjoyed the meal and restaurant and would return.
  9. EM

    EdMed

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Sole was over cooked, browned bottom Risotto was over cooked, watery Vitello tonnato was abundent and flavorful Vitello scalopini were tender
  10. WT

    WorldTraveller

    New England

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent pre-theater dinner on Saturday evening. We ordered from their Summer pre-fixe dinner menu and found everything to be well-prepared and delicious. The gelato is memorable. The Host and our waiter added to our wonderful experience!
  11. TM

    TomMc

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great experience. Service is outstanding as is the food.
  12. RJ

    RJane

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    We’ve had excellent meals at the Charles Street location and assumed this would be the same. It was not. Chicken was rubbery and the tomato sauce was thin and had too much oregano. It was accompanied by roasted potatoes and carrots which was not a great combination. I left most of it on the plate. Service was pleasant and the space is lovely. Too bad the food was so disappointing
  13. P

    Pegp90

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pizza!
  14. L

    Luv2dine

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just an absolutely delightful evening! Delicious food, great atmosphere, attentive wait staff, and delicious desserts! And just steps away from the American repertory theater!
  15. S

    Sophiya

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The food is so, so. I’ve had better Italian food in the North End.
  16. L

    Lovetoeat44

    Miami

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. The price fixe menu was exactly what was needed before a ore theater dinner
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LOVED IT. Amazing food and great ambiance! EXCELLENT customer service!
  18. L

    Lucky7

    New England

    81 reviews

    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our party of 4 very much appreciates that the staff of Toscano graciously held our table for us when we were 20 minutes delayed due to crazy Boston traffic. They also served us quickly and efficiently so that we could make our show at the ART. Thank you!
  19. SM

    SheilaM

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    Very poor . Was here a few years ago and wanted to relive memory. Good poor no atmosphere won’t be repeating it. Not worth the trip. Staff were nice but food and quality of food bad
  20. MS

    MaryS

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can't say enough about Toscanos...I had the roasted eggplant as an appetizer it was delicious...the White wine Italian Vermentino was excellent...I am sorry we live so far away from Cambridge or we would be regulars...
  21. n

    nycnowboston

    New England

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very pleasant table near the cool breeze Lovely service Delicious Bellini and wonderful pris fixe selections loved the salmon w. Basil 🌿
  22. d

    derekf

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Food mediocre everything else good not sure if I would go back
  23. w

    westonmom

    New England

    113 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    the restaurant was cold. a/c was on and windows open. the salad was too salty. the water tepid. the veal dry. very disappointing.
  24. ME

    MariaElaina

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrate our eldest son’s graduation there, and it was delicious. My husband and I frequent the Beacon Hill location, but this was our first time dining at the Harvard Square Toscano. We absolutely loved it!!! And, will surely be back. It was a perfect celebration… thank you👌🏻
  25. SD

    SanDiegoSarah

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best Italian restaurant in the world.
  26. 4

    4flowers

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Everything was great except our main course came much too quickly. We had ordered a salad, which never came and our main course was delivered within 10 minutes of our being seated. Our server, Leonardo was excellent. He was very apologetic that we didn’t get our salad. Once we mentioned that we felt rushed, he slowed down the rest of our meal. He brought us a Taramiso with a candle for my husband’s birthday. Overall we enjoyed our first visit to Toscano and will consider going back when we are in the Harvard Square area
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre-heater at the ART. Deliciius and mindful of our timing
  28. S

    Sabroso

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time with friends. Our waiter was terrific and the atmosphere was warm and comforting. We were lucky and got a table in the corner in the back room. Adjoining table guests were very loud. Noise level was fine after they left. Food was very good. We will definitely return.
  29. k

    katieg

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love Toscano. The servers are very knowledgeable and accommodating.
  30. BH

    BarryH

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Among other things,l made the mistake of ordering the same dish as last week,a chicken dish with sliced carrots,as l recall.The Freddo-Salmone Affumicato-was quite delicious.The waitress was quite friendly (which l feel bad about,as l was in a bad mood and behaved like a bit of a sourpuss).The restaurant was fairly noisy,although l guess that can’t be avoided,as it’s a fairly popular place.
  31. KW

    KarenW

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service.
  32. MS

    MichaelS

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Toscano is nicely located and the food is good, but not great. The same goes for the service. I did get a seat by a window that was open on a beautiful, warm day, which made the experience delightful.
  33. P

    Paul70

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was good but should have been warmer. Sent it back and still came out not hot.
  34. K

    lovegoodfoodKat

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server was superb - very attentive (but not too much). Thank you!
  35. D

    Daniel

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    ravioli anatra (handmade spinach ricotta ravioli with ground duck sauce) and panna cotta were delicious... would happily order them again
  36. M

    Momof2

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere and fabulous food!! One of my favorite restaurants in Cambridge
  37. AN

    AnneN

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner here. I would highly recommend the Tutto Pepe, it was fantastic. The rest of the food was good, not out of this world. We loved that you could get a really small portion of pasta as a starter which was pretty tasty. Our server was so good! I would say the service here was outstanding, I just wish that I had gotten her name so that I could mention it here. Everyone was so nice, but as I said, most especially our server. She even brought us a little something to celebrate my husband's birthday. We would definitely go back.
  38. RR

    RRtasting

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    For the price the food was average in taste, so not great value
  39. J

    Jonathan

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    One of the better waiter-and-tablecloth places in Harvard Square.
  40. CW

    CharlesW

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Nice place for leisurely quite lunch. Food good though not outstanding or original. Service pleasant (and slow).

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Toscano Harvard Square offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 354-5250.

Toscano Harvard Square is rated 4.6 stars by 1880 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


Google Map for Toscano  Harvard Square

52 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA 02138

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Story St.

  • Neighborhood

    Harvard Square

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Modern Tuscan, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Validated Parking available at the Charles Hotel Garage and University Place Garage: www.harvardsquareparking.com/daily-rates www.harvardsquare.com/university-place-garage-0

  • Public transit

    The T: Red Line to "Harvard Sq."

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 354-5250

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact Cassie Messmer for all private dining/event inquiries. cassie@toscanoboston.com

  • Private party contact

    Rick Hayes Rick@toscanoboston.com : (617) 354-5250

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