Toscano Harvard Square

4.6
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1596 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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Pre/post Theatre
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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AM
Miami
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good and the waiter did a nice job. Great restaurant next to Harvard Campus.

G
New England
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. It occurred to me that Toscano is a somewhat more up-scale Paparazzi. Both are selling good Italian food in cozy Italianesque atmospheres with good service. Toscano's food is better, the prices are higher and the place is generally more luxurious, but the approaches are similar.

One caution -- if you want to eat at Toscano's at either location, make reservations well in advance. Both restaurants are very popular and getting a reservation at a reasonable hour if you wait until the last minute is not likely to happen.

JN
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous!

J
London
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a successful pre or post theater stop for us. Food, service and ambience perfect. Love the bar seats

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service! Delicious pasta.

CD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Toscano is my go-to place in Harvard Square when I'm in town.

n
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent filet of sole-- one of the specials for the evening. Better significantly than I remember, and my memory is of very good food and service. I asked for a quiet spot in the bustling space and was given what must have been the quietest spot at Toscano-- thank you for that. Three older friends had no trouble having a conversation.

TP
New England
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Food was excellent. Nothing was rushed, would recommend for any occasion.

JS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Experience!
Delicious food.
Outstanding service.

TG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and atmosphere, my girlfriend and I love going on dates here.

K
New England
58 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service, every time I have been to Toscano's. The noise level is WAY TOO LOUD, however, and a conversation with one's dinner companions is next to impossible. PLEASE fix this. and deaden the noise!! it's enough to discourage me from returning, unless I come alone with earplugs!!

CP
New England
84 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent.

S
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience as always!

RG
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was outstanding, we started with meatballs, and had the sausage risotto and scallops dinner as our entrees. All were delicious, served piping hot. Our waitress was very sweet and attentive. I enjoyed my Sangiovese red wine - excellent wine when ordering by the glass. It is one of our favorite spots in Cambridge.

OT
New England
21 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a pre-theater dinner. The server and staff couldn’t have been more efficient in their service. We never felt rushed, just helped by their understanding of how to get a terrific meal to the table with ample time to enjoy it. As usual, the food was well-prepared with excellent ingredients. I had the venison, which was easily the best I’ve eaten (and I’ve ordered it many times in a number of restaurants).

SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Pasta dishes are uninspired for an Italian Restaurant.

S
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Asked for a candle in our dessert for my wife’s birthday in open table notes but they forgot. I have never put anything in the notes before but it feels like it is ignored anyway.

M
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Lovely window table. Waiter was charming and very knowledgeable. He made sure our courses were timely because we were going to the theater.

b
New England
24 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Huge portions but quality nothing special. Service seemed inexperienced. Not a noteworthy evening.

MS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing dining experience! Stopped by for a birthday dinner while in town, and everything was fantastic!

BC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Toscano did not disappoint! The service was outstanding, our waitress was one of the best we’ve ever had. Attentive without being overbearing, great recommendations for food and wine and efficient (we were on our way to a show but never felt rushed.). Busing staff was outstanding too. High-top seating was fun. Would highly recommend!

h
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food next to the theater so convenient

ML
New England
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

I would not go back. Food was average. Service average.

JN
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was seated immediately for my reservation, even though I was 10 minutes early. Drinks came to the table promptly after ordering along with appetizers. Entrees came out almost immediately after the appetizer plates were removed from the table and the food was delicious.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great meal coupled with outstanding service ! Have been here many times. Referred by a friend who also comes here a lot.

DR
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wonderful and helpful wait staff, lovely location

S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food and service!

C
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
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
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
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
8 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
33 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.