Toscano Harvard Square

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$31 to $50
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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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New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

great spot for pre show dinner. good food, great service. was seated in the restaurant but after seeing the bar area would have preferred sitting there. Had a great vibe!

SC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Very poor service. Service was slow, waiter was missing for large portions of the evening, food was ok. Certainly didn’t live up to its billing as a top Boston restaurant. Won’t be back.

J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. They nailed the birthday dessert I requested through OpenTable so I really appreciated that.

C
New England
42 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dinner. Great menu with a wide range of dishes. Very nice atmosphere and excellent service. Great overall experience.

BB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience!! Wonderful food, service and ambiance. Love it!

JM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I've been many times before. I love the place and food. Two small things: It was my anniversary, and they brought out a piece of cake while I was in the ladies... coulda waited till we were both there. And it took a long time to bring our entrees, and I only ordered pasta w/ red sauce... But overall, a nice restaurant for special occasions.

RG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I went last night with my wife, 21 year old daughter and her boyfriend. Everything was absolutely perfect and deserves 5 stars except one thing(or should I say one person—the hostess/Maitre ‘d. She was unpleasant from the moment I walked in the door (early) and said we were waiting on the other two and could we get a drink at the bar which we did. Before my drinks came and still on time for my reservation she came over to the bar and asked if we hadn’t already ordered drinks could we move on to our table. At that point my guests had arrived and we were simply getting a drink for a toast before moving to the table. Before I could even pay the bartender she started whisking my daughter and boyfriend to the table. My view is that her attitude was her problem and not mine but management needs to address this ASAP to get the consistent 5 stars it absolutely deserves and yes I will go back. Too good to let one bad person spoil it.

FC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. The waiter was wonderful. We were not rushed in any way. I would definitely return to try another dish. The osso buco was wonderful, but there were so many dishes that I wanted to try,

NT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food , wine and service !

L
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Hostess was NOT accommodating. Waiter was outstanding ( Peter). Food was very good.

BB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We very much enjoyed our Harvard Square dining experience at Toscano. We love the Caesar salad.
All of our food was wonderfully prepared. Service was excellent nd we can wait to go bac
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MS
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a joy to dine at Toscano. Staff and service are excellent, as is the food. We have some food allergies in our party and they are also very solicitous and accommodating.

S
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was very good and the place is beautiful but i called and asked ahead of time to bring out a desert for my girlfriend’s birthday and i waited and waited for it to come and it never did. It was really upsetting for it to not come after being assured that it would be right before we arrived.

MG
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I ordered the veal and was not blown away. I was expecting something outstanding. Also I ordered sautéed spinach which did not arrive with the meal but It was quickly rectified. The venue was great. The service was pretty good. I would return yeah.

H
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The wine was amazing and so was the dessert. The pasta wasn’t anything unusual though. Service was very good

JA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Too noisy
Very very noisy

l
New England
24 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Very pleasant, gracious surroundings--tables spaced well apart unlike many Cambridge restaurants--and excellent wait staff. My luncheon meal, however, was on the ordinary side--perfectly OK and well prepared, but nothing special. I wouldn't hesitate to return again, but more for the ambiance than for the culinary thrill.

B
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit, even better than the first. Food and service wonderful. My only disappointment was that they didn’t have vitello tonnato, typically a summer dish. I know tomorrow will be November, but it was 75 degrees, and they prepare a spectacular vitello tonnato. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

MS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Toscano delivered an amazing experience! From the attentive service from the waitress (Katie), to the view from the window seat, to the FANTASTIC food....Toscano keeps me coming back, always hungry for more.

FF
New England
35 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Average. Was hoping for more. Pre-sliced Parmesan is a bad sign. Black edges in the arugula,too.

MS
New England
173 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent server, friendly, attentive, informed. Specials of the evening were terrific, particularly anchovies, pappardelle. Wine list by the glass interesting. This place is hopping, and we have found on several visits that it is often too noisy to have a conversation across the table -- the only drawback. Don't go here for an intimate dinner and quiet conversation, but do go for the food.

JW
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had reservations for dinner. Very attentive waiter, who presented himself well. Had a scaloppini dish that was quite tasteful. Overall a nice evening.

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A lovely place to meet friends for lunch. The setting is elegant. The service is attentive. The food is excellence and evocative of European places we each have memories of. A bit noisy for us but then we were four people average age 80 years old. Thanks

CR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had another great meal Friday, Oct 25th, with good friends. The service by Peter was nothing short of outstanding! We had two great wines and some of the daily specials. My lemon sole was fantastic.
Overall, just a wonderful meal in a terrific place!! Whenever I visit Cambridge, I make it a point to eat at Toscano!

S
New England
39 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were seated in a quiet area per my request and it was perfect. The service by Robinson was excellent. The food was very good but could have been better - the veal was rather tough. Overall the food was ok.

S
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for a bday dinner.
The food quality was good. I recommend the lobster ravioli special and the risotto was absolutely delicious. *yum in addition, the two tarts were amazing.

Thanks for a good experience!

GW
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service.

r
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed dining at Toscano. The location was great and parking was easy when we visited. We enjoyed the ambience, and our server was fantastic. The food was very good. We would definitely go back.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The service was good, but the food was bland.

Our table of 6 ordered the bruschetta (just tomatoes on bread), eggplant parmigiana app (best food of the night), grilled veggies (okay), minestrone soup (good), two gnocchi (so bland and so soft it was like eating mashed potatoes), salmon (okay), marg pizza (okay), shrimp (good sauce), and mushroom risotto (good).

The food was NOT worth the very expensive bill and it was a disappointing birthday dinner.

Again, service was good and they gave me a complimentary birthday dessert!

M
New England
58 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! When you're greeted at the valet by Roger you know you're in for a nice evening. His kindness is contagious. Followed by welcomed arms at the host station. The menu has something for everyone. Clean, simply prepared delicious food. Our waiter Peter was a star. We eat at Toscano often and our first time with Peter. He made some great recommendations for both food and wine - not overselling just providing good knowledge and assistance. He was fun and professional without being over bearing. Whether you're at the bar or in the dining room the level of service and quality and presentation of food is consistent.

j
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I completely enjoyed Toscano's and would recommend it.

SG
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our anniversary and they gave us a lovely table by the window and a comp dessert which was a very nice touch. We'll be back.

b
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around good place.

AB
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Toscano is a great neighborhood restaurant! The food and service are really
terrific. Thanks to Cassie for making it such a welcoming place!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Horrible server. Rude & opinionated and totally spoiled our experience.

RM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at this fine restaurant. We were seated promptly on time for our reservation and the host and our waiter (Carl, I believe) were very friendly and attentive. Both are meals were excellent and they even surprised us with a complimentary dessert when they found out it was our anniversary. If you are looking at a perfect restaurant in Cambridge look no further!

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great location for an authentic Italian meal before a show.

J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Great service, great food, great atmosphere!

p
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood favorite, always an enjoyable experience. We are becoming regulars.