Toscano Harvard Square

4.7
1689 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1689 people are saying
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GladysS
New England
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service was great highly recommended
parking a bit dificult

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RobbieZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our son running the Boston Marathon on Monday. Also an early birthday celebration.

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DeanK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The place as loud, waiters didn’t know what they were talking about and the gnocchi was the “only pasta made in house” and was the only gnocchi I’ve ever had that was bad. It had no bite and the sauce was weak at best.
The Basil Gimlet and Chocolate-mouse-tiramisu were excellent.

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vipJessicaC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was great as always but service was slow.

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Lauren
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food & drinks! Would highly recommend

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vipLATG
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Celebrated an anniversary and received a lovely tiramisu on the house. Nice touch

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vipCategrace
New England
48 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy to be back @ Toscano for Sunday lunch. Fabulous swordfish & scalloping, beautiful panna cotta, and we were well taken care of by our waiter, Francisco.

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MAntonia
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food tasted fresh and flavors were exceptional. One of our party ordered a clam pasta and one of them had sand in it, otherwise all was fine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Very skimpy for the price....sides on plate ridiculous

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tkbalt
New England
60 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Victor, our waiter, was spectacular. The food is incredible, the ambiance lovely, and the service was top-notch.

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vipKathie
New England
63 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Have been to Toscano's several times and have always enjoyed everything on their extensive menu, even when it was something I had never had before. Definitely worth a visit if you have never been there. Reasonably priced, generous servings of good wine and food.

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vipAlex
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always nice place to have a business meal. Wine is a bit sour for my taste but overall not too noisy food is great

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LisaW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The food was very disappointing from the bread to the soup, to the salads, and main entree’s.
The waiter tried to give us an “experience” however the amount of time to get a glass of wine & to order our meals and finally eat was almost 2.5 hours. We like to dine but the food was NOT worth the wait.

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RachelW
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Toscano for our 18 year anniversary! We had caprese for antipasti, I had pappardelle bolognese for dinner and blueberry torte for dessert. The service as impeccable, and we are so happy we chose Toscano to celebrate our day.

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vipjoanned
New England
37 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great date night spot! There's so much on this menu that visiting multiple times a year is not a problem. We had appetizers of grilled calamari, beet salad and Gorgonzola. There was hardly any gorgonzola on the salad, that could be much improved. The pasta dishes were delicious and the desert and wine menu robust. The service was outstanding - ask to sit at Cisco's station, he's terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here to celebrate my anniversary with my boyfriend. We’ve both never been before or even heard of it but I’ll definitely be going here again. The atmosphere is beautiful, the food is delicious, and the staff was so nice! It’s also in a very quiet location so you don’t hear the noise of the city.

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vipJoanD
New England
27 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Toscano’s lives up to its awesome reputation. The service was flawless (Thanks Victor) and the food was delicious. We shared a salad and a pasta course with two main courses. A Pinot Grigio from their excellent and affordable wine list perfectly complemented our dinner choices. I do appreciate having shared dishes split in the kitchen rather than my fussing with the division fat the table. Shared beet salad, tagliatelle with shrimp in a fresh tomato sauce were generous half portions. Followed by a perfectly grilled swordfish accompanied by roasted red pepper, arugula and zucchini and a wonderful veal Milanese were perfect choices. Dessert was out of the question after that feast!

It is a tad loud, but that is what happens when everyone is happy and relaxed and enjoying great food.

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Judy
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent. We started with Bruschetta and Minestrone Soup, which were excellent. Our entrees were the Pappardelle Bolognese "Bianco", Linguini Pesto and the and Pork. All were superb. I think the best Bolognese around. The Pork was tender and juicy, which is often a challenge with pork. It is a great restaurant for outdoor dining without being outdoors considering the wide open windows. I highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was uneven. Risotto was mushy and poorly seasoned

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KaeR
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best restaurant I’ve ever been to on a date. I swear to god please try this place. The food is to DIE for and my waiter, Cisco, was the best! He made sure we had the best experience and went above and beyond to give us everything we needed! Lovely setting! Delicious food! The mussels were so good I had to finish them and yet I still finished the applewood bacon pasta. And you can tell it was good quality because I wasn’t bloated or anything afterwards. Fresh ingredients make the difference! I will be attending again!

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Sammy
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are lots of 'higher end' restaurants in town, but not many that you leave feeling like the bill was really worth it. Toscano is a truly classic fine dining experience, especially for a special occasion. I have been there twice now and both of my servers were incredibly kind and cordial, food was fantastic and well portioned, and the overall ambiance is very nice. You can't go wrong here.

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vipMichaelT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Italian restaurant near Harvard Square. Relaxed and attentive service.

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Pablocasa
New England
28 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, ambience, fresh. Food quality, sauces for the pasta were outstanding, desserts were way above. This is a no miss place while in Boston in either locations

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vipACKfoodie
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love it! It’s our favorite local restaurant. The staff is consistently polite and solicitous.

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DrLiv
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went there to celebrate my doctoral dissertation defense, and it was the perfect choice for my celebration. The food was exquisite, the service was wonderful, and the atmosphere was beautiful. Cisco and Leo made us feel so welcome, and we had such a perfect evening!

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MfgPjg
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of four was seated promptly even though we were early for our reservation. We enjoyed a wonderful table by their sliding front windows. All of our drink selections as well as appetizers and main courses were delicious. Our waiter was the best! We will be returning and soon I hope.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, attentive service and delicious meal!

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ArtL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Cambridge. Food was fantastic and service was outstanding. Go there--your college children will love it (especially compared to dorm food!!!)

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GeorgeQ
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Attentive service, warm staff, nice ambience and reliably good food. Homemade sausage pizza was however quite bland

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DavidM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Not quite as good as their Boston counterpart. Food good but not Boston

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NicoleV
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Toscano is the best Italian in Harvard square and the food is to die for

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vipkathleenD
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food and wine was fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the decor was gorgeous! Great meal and even greater service.

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vipIrishgirl
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy they are open again. As always delicious food, gracious staff, lovely ambience. Chose the Dine Out menu, great meal, nice portions.

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vipgcch
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Will dine at this restaurant again.

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DebbieP
New England
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, crisco was a outstanding waiter… We enjoyed our restaurant week dinner…

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EugK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was so nice. Food and wine were great. Definitely visit again.

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vipOmnivore
New England
220 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilling here is a signature feature. Great grilled fish, lamb, and vegetables. We’ll be back.
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JenniferA
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, good wine list, not too crowded, helpful staff who aren’t overbearing. Definitely recommend!

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Lina
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here for Boston Dine Out and had a wonderful experience I would go back in a heartbeat. Food was tasty, our waiter was very personable and provided great service, and prices were reasonable. Definitely recommend!

FAQs

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

Toscano Harvard Square is rated 4.7 stars by 1689 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.