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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BB
New England
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
2 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
22 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
172 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
1 review
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
3 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
70 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
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New England
63 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

place to dine.

n
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tenderloin was first rate; caprese and tomatoes beautiful; wine options terrific. Server attention appropriate—all offset by the din—it was Saturday evening 8:30pm seating. Consider an early hour or weekday.

B
New England
52 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, lovely setting on a summer day with the windows open to the street. Out of town guests were very pleased with the food, service and ambience

CG
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I liked the atmosphere of this place, the service was really good, and some aspects of the meal were tasty - the drinks, the desserts and some of the mains. The salad and starter we had were not good and the mains were hit or miss. I really wanted to like this place, but the food just wasn't great.

f
New England
70 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Toscano and go frequently. Delicious food, great service and comfortable ambiance. All in all a great experience.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent and attentive; wine list is quite good for the area, although one needs to order carefully to avoid some unusually high markups. Those wines that do not fall victim to the markup are very, very attractively priced.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Better than expected. Special touch on the heart shape swordfish and the complimentary dessert because it was our anniversary dinner. Thank you again.

J
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Italian food and frequently travel to and through Italy for business and pleasure. TOSCANO at Brattle Street is a true Italian restaurant and the food tastes and is presented "the Italian Way". Congratulations!

CF
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Recently dined at Toscano with a friend. The staff were very friendly and and efficient. We started with drinks which were tasty. We split the pate appetizer which was also nice and they were kind enough to split in onto two plates for us. Then we both decided we couldn't pass up the special monkfish cooked in vin santo with pine nuts and golden raisins and chili flakes. (We both asked that they skip the chili flakes as that didn't sound like a good addition.) Unfortunately, the fish arrived and it was completely unappetizing. I'm not sure what exactly had been done to it, but it was rubbery and rather gross. I'm a big monkfish fan so I was very surprised. Also, the presentation was underwhelming. It was a big hunk of fish with maybe one or two pine nuts/raisons and two potatoes cut in half. That's it. I picked at mine and my friend sent hers back and got a risotto which she seemed to enjoy. They were very quick with her replacement which we appreciated.

BR
New England
58 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another enjoyable meal at Toscano! Thank you all.