Toscano Harvard Square

4.8
1674 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 1674 people are saying
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JoanD
New England
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was uneven. Risotto was mushy and poorly seasoned

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KaeR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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vipGeorgeQ
New England
7 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
7 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
11 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!

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vipKPMedical
New England
33 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was good but not great. I know they just recently opened back up so maybe they need to get back up to speed. The service was excellent. Overall this a great place. I'm glad they reopened.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect - service, food, environment- and they even surprised me with a birthday treat with a candle!

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vipBRIGITAR
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Celebrating a home sale

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JacquelineS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a year since we were last at Toscano, the last day before they closed because of COVID. It is a favorite restaurant. So good to be back - the service was very attentive, not intrusive, food presented well and delicious, pleasant wine pairing, pleased with the socially distanced tables. Felt elegant - a real treat!

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DateNight
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 4th time eating at Toscano Harvard Square, and it was just as amazing. The service and food during Dine Out Boston is no different than the service you'd get any other time at this restaurant (except the price of course).

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JoeBoston
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining in an intimate setting. Exceptional service!!! Best I've had at a restaurant in Boston/Cambridge. Great server as was the team behind the server!

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JeremyC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great place for dinner and spending time with friends. Great preparation and variety and great Italian wine list.

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RobertY
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I ate here on our visit to the Boston area. I asked our server for a recommendation between two simple pasta dishes and he asked me whether I was at his restaurant to eat pasta or to gain an experience. I handed him my menu and told him to order for me with the only stipulation being that I'm vegetarian. The chef prepared a meal for me that was off menu and was seriously the best meal I have ever eaten. My wife requested their gnocchi with their pesto sauce and loved her meal as well. We would absolutely return here on our next visit to the Boston area.

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vipDavidB
New England
119 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great work by the best of the business there is!

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TOLmusic
New England
25 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is great there!!! Been a happy customer for decades, both in Harvard Square and Beacon Hill!!!

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viphard2plz
New England
65 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back in Toscano since the pandemic started. Food is excellent as always, and staff are doing a terrific job, in spite of their challenges. Noise is always moderate in this location with all tables full (which we are happy to see).

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GeneB
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meals! Same goes for our waiter--a tall, stout fellow who had a bit of a beard.

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ShannonD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jake provided excellent service. The steak special was the cooked to perfection. High end food but casual non-stuffy vibe.

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Sorrentina
New England
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Ok food, outstanding service, a bit too lively for my taste

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vipFancyThat
New England
30 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Extensive wine and food menus. Something for everyone. We weren't rushed, so it worked out well as a goodbye dinner for our out of town guests. Highly recommended.

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vipMixie0212
New England
75 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar abs were spoiled by Brian and Nicole. Outstanding service and delicious cocktails. Carpaccio was amazing. Followed by the sole. Super fresh and cooked to perfection. Grilled veggies were the perfect compliment. Patna cotta for dessert so light and creamy with seasonal berries. Great finish. Toscano never disappoints on every level. It’s obvious they want you to have an amazing experience.

FAQs

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

Toscano Harvard Square is rated 4.8 stars by 1674 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.