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Toscano  Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
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Toscano Harvard Square

4.6
4.6
2043 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


Booked 46 times today

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 2,043 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. J

    Jsea

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Entrees enjoyed in a lovely restaurant w/warm ambiance that was delightful to step into, on a chilly, rainy evening! Great service from Jake and his team! Nice wine and dessert selections. We often visit the Beacon Hill location, and this location in Harvard Square was just as top notch!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre-theater with daughter and son in law. We all Loved it! We had been unable to secure a standard table days in advance but I requested this again on my Open Table Confirmation. They were able to accommodate! All of us had wonderful appetizers and entrees! The only disappointment was the tiramisu which was tasty but lacked entertwined sponge case. Service and ambience were as good as any restaurant in Boston! Cant wait to go back.
  3. A

    Arturo

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good restaurant. I had te best steak I have had in a long time.
  4. W

    Willy

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific place for a business lunch where the food is amazing.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Calamari was lackluster Bruschetta was great Gnocchi was pretty good but overcooked Gamberoni Al Moscato wasn’t very good Espresso martini wasn’t very good The ambience was outstanding but the service was very slow. It was beautiful inside. Disappointing cuisine but again, beautiful place.
  6. MM

    MenuMommy

    Memphis/West TN

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous restaurant! Superb food and impeccable service. Our waiter, Leo, was truly exceptional. This restaurant is consistently one of the best places in Cambridge.
  7. SA

    SuzanneA

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The election and food was delicious, the service was wonderful and the atmosphere couldn't be better. We love going to Toscono.
  8. C

    Chris

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is just hands down one of my favorite restaurants in Boston/Greater Boston Area. Top service, top quality food, comfortable setting - they don’t rush you out even after closing and let you finish your meal. Even the bread they give you after sitting down is fantastic. Have eaten here at least 20 times and will be back.
  9. AB

    AB12

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always terrific. Large wine pours of outstanding wines. I’ve been here many times and never had less than an outstanding meal
  10. PB

    PeterB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was outstanding best, authentic Italian restaurant I’ve been in years!!!
  11. BP

    BarryP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always meets high standards, and thank you for birthday dessert.
  12. J

    Janet

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful menu. Lots of options and perfect if you are headed to @americanrep afterwards. Kitchen efficient as are servers. Never disappointed
  13. TS

    TraceyS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff made wonderful suggestions - delicious meal.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, pasta always a good choice. Exceptional Caesar salad and, shock of all shocks, an Italian restaurant with an excellent wine list of Italian wines. I had the Branzino - cooked perfectly - with a very nice Vermentino!
  15. L

    Lienna

    New England

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Very nice evening. Tables far enough apart to feel safe and relaxed and not feel claustrophobic. Relaxing atmosphere without background music.
  16. BA

    BigAl

    New England

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Our overall experience was very good. The atmosphere and quiet ambience were excellent. The service was outstanding, as it has always been in the past. The highlight of our food was the Panna cotta, which was absolutely delicious. My gnocchi was very good and the sauce was excellent, but the lobster was overcooked, and probably could have been omitted. My Italian companions pasta was perfectly cooked, but somewhat bland. The risotto got rave reviews.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Forget the North End — if you want genuine delicious Italian food, head to Toscano. The staff is friendly and accommodating, the atmosphere is warm and comfortable, and the food is traditional Italian with just enough of a twist to keep it engaging and interesting. The pasta e fagiole soup is as good as grandma’s, and should never be missed. Our main courses included a special homemade tagliatelle mixed with crab, a perfectly prepared filet, and a tender lemon sole. Another member of our group enjoyed classic chicken parm with also handmaiden gnocchi on the side. The drinks are creative and well done, and the wine list has a little bit of everything. Before or after, check out Burdick’s chocolate shop for some chocolate mice or penguins!
  18. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    The issue was the service, somewhat inattentive and transactional in nature. Food and ambiance was nice.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was fantastic!
  20. RW

    RachelW

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great food and phenomenal service. Also reasonable prices for what you get.
  21. K

    Kateandtony

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our new favorite spot! We loved everything about our experience.
  22. DW

    DianeW

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We’ve been here before and loved it. After this experience I probably wouldn’t return. Our waiter Fernando was excellent and his service top notch. The food was not. It was mediocre at best. I had the sirloin special. The Marsala sauce was good enough but the steak was terrible; VERY fatty throughout. I asked for medium. It was rare and a disappointment.
  23. L

    Lucai

    New England

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    This place always has good food but the noise level is ridiculous ! Have to shout at your dining partners! Service was slow but it was busy-didn't care for the tiramisu-mine is better! Not much coffee flavor and "cake" texture didn't go-too heavy!
  24. DD

    DonD

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Katie was fantastic. Always so welcoming here.
  25. HS

    HectorS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I visited with friends for dinner and then took my wife there for lunch and in both cases the experience was excellent.
  26. j

    julesmags

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Toscano was perfect for a pre-theatre dinner. We were seated promptly for a 5:30 reservation (theatre was at 7:30). Our server was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. My dinner partner and I had asked our server questions about the white wines, and we both settled on the Vermentino, based on his description. Instead of bringing us our wine, however, our server brought us a taste of the Vermentino. We tasted it and decided on another wine! Our server said he just "had a feeling" that we should taste the wine first. He was right! My Bronzino Al Forno was a generous portion, and very moist and delicious. My friend's mixed seafood pasta was also a big hit with her. We did not order dessert. All in all, this was a perfect start to an evening of great theatre!
  27. AV

    AnitaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and helpful staff . Good place to go for a nice sit down meal
  28. AT

    AmyT

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    This restaurant has a great location, nice bar for older crowd and average prices. We were disappointed with one of our appetizers a beet salad and a mushroom risotto entree, both uninspiring - better made at home. The other main dish gnocchi with smoked salmon, a special of the day, was great. The service was surprisingly lacking in attention to detail and basic etiquette. Think staff want to do the right thing however they need more training.
  29. MS

    MeghanS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Risotto was undercooked, but overall nice meal. I've had better ones here in the past though
  30. RV

    RyanV

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Went with family and college teens. Good food. Host was great. Slightly noisy. But overall was very nice evening.
  31. BJ

    BostonJeff

    New England

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely first rate service. Lovely restaurant with white tablecloths creating an elegant atmosphere. Great food to match.
  32. L

    Lauren

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the ambiance to the food to the service...it was all so wonderful. Toscano has quickly climbed to the top of my favorite restaurants in the Boston area.
  33. M

    Murphy

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Everything was terrific, especially appreciate the outstanding service from our server, Leo. Great recommendations we thoroughly enjoyed.
  34. w

    watermark

    New England

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends who meets twice a year and want to spend 2 hours together feels no rush and very convivial at toscano’s, however noise level high due to other guests!
  35. NT

    NaTo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very nice meal! The service was wonderful, the wine list extensive and something on the menu for everyone. Highly recommend!
  36. c

    christineg

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    I have had wonderful dinners at Toscano but lunch yesterday was a terrible disappointment; waitress brought wrong dish; gave double expresso when single ordered; food was poor: spaghetti with seafood had virtually no seafood. it has made me think twice about returning
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch was delicious and our server, Jake, was very knowledgeable and attentive. A very enjoyable dining experience.
  38. NS

    NancyS

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place for a family celebration. Owe will be back.
  39. f

    farmer2tabler

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    as always the food was great (be warned the salads are huge and can be shared). the pastas are a real treat.
  40. O

    Owens

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our food was excellent, as always, and the portion sizes were generous. The service was a little slow, which was a bit frustrating because we were not taking a leisurely lunch break.

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 2043 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 46 times today
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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