Toscano Harvard Square

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$31 to $50
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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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C
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Toscano Harvard Square goes up and down, and sometimes is better at lunch than dinner. Just now, it seems to be in a not so good phase for lunch. My Tagliatelli Boscaiola seemed to have canned mushrooms in the sauce.

AL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite places to take friends. The menu is very good and the food outstanding. The Service is always top notch

SI
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and convenient to all that is happening in Harvard Square.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My dear friend have a lovely luncheon each month to celebrate friendship. we have tried many restaurants and find Toscano's the loveliest. We will be their next month Rosanne

HD
New England
32 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service BUT ridiculously low chairs requiring one to fold up one’s coat as a booster. I hadn’t been to Toscano’s in a year and had forgotten how uncomfortable the seating is. Makes one feel like a child again

K
New England
39 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We went for New Years dinner and it was great as always

R
New England
23 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch eating eggplant parmesan which was delicious. The service was excellent as was the ambience.

EB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

We really wanted to like this place as the ambiance was so nice but unfortunately the server was very destructive. He poured tea in my boyfriends lap and barely apologized. The food was also fine but not impressive.

a
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

We were five people around a round table meant for 6 -8 and it was therefore very difficult to hear across the table. In my view, we should have been placed at a much smaller table; this would have felt cozy and we could have had one conversation. Some of us enjoyed our meals more than others. Two of us got the shrimp and it was overdone and not all that tasty. While our service was very good, our dinner overall was disappointing.

B
New England
30 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best place to eat when going to ART....also, love the location on Beacon Hill

SH
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Great for dinner before the A.R.T. It's just a block down the road.

q
New England
56 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The seated us early - wonderful risotto. I look forward to my return dining!

PD
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great service. Very attentive but not overwhelming. Lovely place.

GA
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. We enjoy both locations. The consistency in the food and service keeps us coming back!

OT
New England
23 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The food is not so good anymore. My partner’s venison was seriously overcooked, and accompanying carrots almost raw.
My veal was just so so. Made a reservation months ago, and they seated us in the bar area, with bar tv and two reflections of bar tv staring me in the face all night.

PG
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner after the theater! Food was delicious and service was excellent,

SD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Toscano Harvard Square never disappoints. It is a place we can count on to have a lovely dinner with nice service and terrific menu options. We love Harvard Square, but many places there are more suitable for a quick lunch. Toscano provides a lovely setting for a more elegant meal. Everything about its presentation is a cut above.

t
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here before theater. This time the staff went above and beyond, calling me to let me know I had left my credit card. They cheerfully offered to mail it when they discovered I was too far to return and pick up myself. Service plus outstanding food....what more could one ask?

K
New England
57 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our food and service could not have been better. To make things approach perfect, find a way to dampen the sound. It was very hard to carry on any conversation with my companion without shouting!

M
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner before a show at the A.R.T. They gave us a 10% discount too for attending the show, and easily accommodated a gluten free diet. Everything was superb! Always has been one of my favorites in Harvard Square.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided on one of the specials. Porchini mushroom raviolis with prosciutto in a cream sauce. Molto bene!!! Appetizer was bruschetta and finished off with a blueberry white chocolate torte.

VT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, as usual.

ST
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a good go to in Harvard square where the sit down restaurant options continue to disappear. Good food generally as well as device. Felt a bit rushed this time but in the whole continues to be a good dining choice.

DB
New England
104 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a former employee of Toscano its always amazing coming back here. The food, ambiance, and quality service always meets what needs to be expected with my trip here. To all my amazing past managers and collegues you guys rock!

t
New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
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
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
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 on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

C
New England
45 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
2 reviews
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
5 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