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About Toscano Harvard Square

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.

52 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Modern Tuscan

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30AM - 3:45PM; Dinner: Nightly: 4:00PM - 10:00PM

Cross Street:
Story St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 354-5250

Website:
http://toscanoboston.com/harvard-square/

Parking Details:
Valet parking available nightly starting at 6:00. Valet is located in front of the restaurant on the corner of Brattle St. and Story St. Valet Charge $20

Validated Parking available at University Place Garage.
124 Mt. Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Rates:
Enter Before 4pm Mon- Fri: 0-1 Hr. $4.00, 1-5 Hr. $13.00, After 5 Hrs. 2$ off regular rate.
Enter After 4PM Mon-Fri and all Day on Weekends: 0-1Hr. $4.00, 1+Hrs. $9.00



Public Transit:
The T: Redline to "Harvard Sq."

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Toscano Harvard Square Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (34)
Good for Anniversaries (33)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
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Good for a Date (31)
Notable Wine List (28)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Business Meals (24)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Authentic (23)
Cozy (22)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Romantic (19)
Great for Lunch (18)
Worth the Drive (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Comfort Food (10)
Casual (9)
People Watching (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Fun (7)
Seasonal (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Healthy (7)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

On elf the best places too eat in the square very reliable service and food quality

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

the best every time - food-service-favorite restaurant every visit is a pleasure - never disappointed

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Thank you! It was our daughter's 32 birthday, and you helped make it very special. Our servers were terrific. The food was very good, and the atmosphere was great. We'll be back for sure.

(I dislike the practice of adding "gratuities" to bills for parties of 5+. I understand the reason, but call it something else— a fee or a service tax. It is *not* a gratuity if the customer is forced to pay it. I always pay 20%-25% for service wherever I go. It is offensive that I cannot seem to be choosing to tip generously. I suppose a solution would be to ask for separate checks??)

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Fine Italian food. They adapted very well, making substitutions, for some members of our party with very specific and limited dietary restrictions. The dishes seemed traditional, but tasty--and the menu is huge. We enjoyed our wine, which was one of the less pricy ones. This restaurant is half a block from the American Repertory Theater, and offers a discount to people attending the theater. We plan to make more combined ART/Toscano trips part of our future.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Eaten here before. Food always good. Not too happy with service today. Waiter did not seem to be knowledgeable about food restrictions or specials and had to keep going to kitchen to ask so it took some time before we were able to even order. Should not be difficult to state put sauce or gravy on side. No added salt to anything or if cooking from scratch, no salt, etc. Once our food did come, it was very good. Slow start but good ending.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

We loved just about everything at Toscano's -- delicious food, attentive and helpful service, not too expensive, old-world Italian atmosphere. I look forward to returning!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great location for a date night. The service and food were exceptional.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Whenever we come to a production at ART, Toscano is our choice for dining and it never disappoints. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner on Wednesday evening after a matinee performance. Alex, our waiter from Columbia, was exceptional, as was the food and all the service. We can't wait to return. Thank you!
PS Love that wine comes in quaritnos! Cheers!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great after concert dinner in New Years Eve Night! Super Harvard Square location on Brattle St. Our waiter,Peter,was excellent. able to pronounce & describe all the dishes on the extensive menu & even recommend a terrific white,dry Italian wine. Will go there again. Thank you ,Peter, for an enjoyable dining experience!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our server was rushed and it wasn't even busy. He wasn't available for long periods of time and when he came to the table he spoke fast and acted rushed. It was 4:00. The server at the next table was wonderful, but not ours. Salad was underwhelming. Bolognese was nothing like I know as Bolognese. Music should have been subdued but was too loud, too upbeat for a restaurant like this and was like Muzak at times. The dessert was the best part of the meal. Very disappointed after having had 2 excellent experiences there last summer. Probably not going back again.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been to Toscano’s many times. Our evening was as enjoyable as every other time we have dined. We enjoy the variety of foods, the bar and option of more formal or less formal dining. Tonight our server was Markella and she was knowledgeable, kind, timely and engaging. Our host, David was very professional, attentive and also engaging. The service was exceptional. We ordered specials and loved everything. We would have ordered the blueberry white choc tart for dessert - but we were too full. We are glad that remains a regular on the menu. Our only wish is that the bread was served warm and that you offered two kinds in the basket. We will be back soon. Thank you for making my birthday memorable 😉

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Seriously fresh and amazing. Friendly staff all around. They let you get half orders of two pastas so you can try two different ones!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

This is s good restaurant located right down the street from the ART. The wine list was good. Bread came right away We began with a Cesar salad and the beet salad. Both were large and tasty and could easily be shared . I had the pasta with all different kinds of seafood and my friend had the pasta pomodoro. Portions were a very good size and well prepared. Service was very good and prompt. We had a 5 pm seating for a 730 show which gave us time to linger and a little time to wander Harvard square. I guess I’m still surprised at prices in this area, but all in all it was a good experience for a special might with a friend.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Generally, I liked this restaurant. The ambiance was nice and fit our special birthday lunch. The food was good, not great. The service was fine... except for one problem which is why I rated the restaurant lower. I asked our waiter if a dish was red sauce, and he said no. He explained elaborately that there were chunks of tomatoes but not a red sauce. The dish came and it WAS red sauce. When I noted this to the waiter who checked in with us about 20 minutes after the dish was served, he said it wasn't red sauce. I nicely said, but yes, this is red sauce. He left to check with the chef, and of course, indeed it was red sauce. He did offer to get me another dish, but by that time, I had eaten 1/2 of it already, and said it was ok. I think he should have comped me something for the mistake. It clearly was a mistake and not what I wanted. I received nothing for the mistake, left 1/2 the dish uneaten, and not another word about it was spoken. A good restaurant would not have treated me this way. Too bad, b/c otherwise, it was a very pleasant lunch with good wine and salad.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We dined at Toscano prior to attending a show at the A.R.T. It is very convenient and the food is excellent. The rigatoni norcina is so good that I order it almost every time I dine at Toscano. My three family members all had different dishes and enjoyed them all. You really can't go wrong here.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Amazing service and high quality cuisine!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent and favorite restaurant in Harvard Square - well worth planning ahead and reserving a table.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

This was my first experience of Toscano, tho I had heard good things about the place. Lovely dark wood interior balanced with crisp white tablecloths and settings. Attentive service without being bothersome. Kitchen responded to all dietary limits (gluten free for both of us, more things for my friend). And as important, they let us linger and talk, though we were at the table for over 2hrs. Lovely leisurely Italian meal. Just what we wanted.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Food and service including knowledgeable and attentive waiters were all excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This was my wife’s 60th birthday, I said as much in my reservations. I called and talk to the manager and assured me they would send out a dessert with a candle. Even though the meal was delicious , I was more than disappointed that they didn’t remember the candle. I had to chase the waiter down to tell him. To his credit he came back with a little tirimusu with a candle. The general experience was excellent even with the guffaw!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The rigotoni norcini was amazing. So was burata. Great wine list and even better food!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Simply terrific. Dependably good. Great service all around. Really look forward to dining her pre theater...just love the menu and the warm atmosphere

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always like the food and the generous wine pour. But the service is not customer friendly. They whisk your wine glass off the table without asking and then get offended when you ask them not to. One feels that the customers aren't really there - it's just tables and food. One of our waitresses when I made an error just explained that I had made an error and that's the way things were. You're a lovely restaurant with good food. You could train your staff to delight your customers. At the moment they barely serve them.

Tags: Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Wonder dining experience before theater performance at ART one block away. Scrumptious gnocchi and ravioli entrees. Very courteous, knowledgeable, and responsive wait staff. We'll be back!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Lovely interior and a warm reception awaited us on a cold winter afternoon. The waitress appeared to have several tables but was attentive to our needs. Our cocktail order took a bit longer than we expected but our waitress assured us they would be right along. There was quite a variety of very different cocktails to be had as well as a good size wine list. Our friends decided to share the beet salad as an appetizer and it was put on two plates and there was plenty for both of them. I loved the fish stew which was chuck full of fresh and delicious fish. I would put it up against anyone's! We all had something different and were all satisfied. I very much enjoyed the white chocolate tort with fresh blueberries for dessert. Prices seem a bit high but being in the Harvard Sq. area accounts for that. We would all definitely go back again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We come here often. I've never ordered the pizza and this time I did. It was excellent. My husband's sole and arugula salad were delicious, too. Service was first-rate. We always get our favorite, next-to-the-windows table—thank you :-)

We will be back in January for our daughter's 32nd birthday.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We will definitely return. Food and service were amazing. Extremely clean and well run.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Fantastic! Great food and excellent service. A nice selection of wines as well. I highly recommend Toscano to anyone that appreciates Italian food or those that want to try it for the first time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

We made reservations at 730 and arrived at 715. Host stated our table was not ready and that we were to early to be seated. I was very confused as there were 6 tables available in plain view sight. Minutes after, a party of 3 walked in and were seated right away. Maybe they made reservations at 715. Any who, we decided to sit at the bar for drink while we wait for our table to be “ready”. Eventually we decided to dine at the bar. We order oysters and a prosciutto dish for appetizers. The apps were really good. For my meal I asked for a well seasoned steak and the bartender suggested the T- bone steak. I love suggestion so I decided to have that as my meal and my partner ordered a shrimp dish. The meals looked great when they arrived but unfortunately the flavor of my steak was plain and dry which was disappointing. After finishing our meals the bartender dropped off our check, because he thought we were “all set”. Well we were not, we ordered the tiramisu for dessert which was different but really good. The bartender eventually apologized for dropping the check off so soon and took the dessert off our bill. He didn’t have to do that but it was definitely appreciated. Overall I think the food was okay but the service could be better.

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent pasta and the price was good considering the quality. Vibrant atmosphere. The only problem is that it is challenging to get a reservation as the place is very popular.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Very very easy to book ahead before a concert. Were promptly seated and never rushed, but the service was so helpful and very professional, couldn't have been nicer or more informative. Will definitely return. Handy location right in Harvard Square.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The food was mediocre at best for the price. I had Osso Bucco that was fairly tough.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We had a new waiter, and I don’t want to be unkind... but a couple of things were off in a meaningful way. For starters (truly, our first interaction with him) he inquired about the content of a private conversation. We were laughing when he approached us, and he said he wanted to know what the joke was about. I’m sure that he meant well... he was trying to establish a relationship with us... but, truly... no. It was none of his business. Then he mixed up the main-course order for my guest and brought her scallops instead of shrimp. Thankfully she didn’t seem to mind, and the food was delicious. In short, I’m not sure if this waiter needs more training or is simply unsuited to the job: I leave that for the managers at Toscano to discern.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2017

I go to Toscano often with friends and family the service is always great and the food never disappointing.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I love Toscano!! My partner and I have been going here for years--rarely, since we're young and can't often afford it--but every dinner has been so special. I've never had better bruschetta or tiramisu. The food is always insanely fresh and of the highest quality. It's a cozy, intimate, beautifully furnished restaurant. 11/10!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Casual, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always love Toscano. They are wonderful hosts, and the menu is terrific.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food has always been great. The service is also very good. Just one of those places where you go knowing that will have a great experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The first time we went to Toscano last spring was a disaster with a rude and insulting hostess but we gave it another try and were thoroughly pleased. We had the same table by the window which we enjoyed. Our waitperson was knowledgeable and made good suggestions based on the menu questions asked. Prosecco wine was perfect. Beef tenderloin filets cooked as ordered. The filet of sole was amazing. Vegetable substitutions allowed and appreciated. Desserts were truly Italian. Glad we gave it a second chance.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Dined here 3 times in 6 weeks. Fantastic food. Service excellent. By far my favorite resturant in Harvard Square.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Our waiter was excellent! He kept taking care of us and making sure everything was perfect. In addition, the food was delicious! We had an incredible rib eye steak that was excellently cooked and high quality meat. Overall we really enjoyed and will definitely return when we come back to Boston!

Tags: Romantic
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