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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

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (39)
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Business Meals (25)
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Pre/post Theatre (25)
Authentic (23)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Bar Seating (20)
Cozy (19)
People Watching (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Casual (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Comfort Food (10)
Fun (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Seasonal (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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

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·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (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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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The quality of my meal was not great. The veal was tasteless.
The bruschetta was mostly tomatoes and the bread could not be cut with a knife.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Two old friends taking their college sons out. Susan did a phenomenal job.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Wonderful meal. Peter was an excellent waiter.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Really perfect. Pity they did not pay attention to birthday occasion.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

A great find on a quiet street in Harvard Square - extensive menu with a wide selection of pastas, fish and meats - our group ate venison, pasta and sole, all delicious - and an extensive wine list of Italian wines. Good sized portions. Friendly, helpful and attentive waitress. Great setting in a well designed restaurant - will definitely come back.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We have been to Toscano's many times and have always had a wonderful dining experience. Attentive wait staff. Excellent well-prepared and presented food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2017

My guest and I found the service to be friendly and attentive. My guest commented several times on how nice the server was. The food came out fresh and at the right temperature. It was all very tasty. Toscano is terrific for desserts. So save room! It's more expensive than many other Italian restaurants, but not so much that you feel the pinch too much.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

I brought my lovely lady out for her 25th birthday,
Toscano was fantastic to say the least.
Our waiter was all smiles, informative and prompt with service. Let's just say I tipped more than 20%.
The food...Good God! Exquisite!
Spinage stuffed raviolis are exceptional.
Thusly, I felt as though some compliments were in order to be left in a thank you note on the receipt. Great stuff, Toscano!

The atmosphere was full of conversation from people of all backgrounds and ethnicities. There was such a visceral energy in the air, it felt good.

I'd recommend Toscano to anyone who may visit Boston.

I like to think a fine Italian restaurant has a taste of high class nostalgia, like an ol' gangster movie.
A manager even thanked my lady & I as we left.

We are the ones who are thankful.
For your wonderful hospitality.
We shall return again.

Zachary & Ahlia

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We arrived 30 min late due to traffic coming from NJ to Boston but they were very accommodating. We tried to call but only connected with the answering machine and the Open Table app would not allow us to modify the time?
The Salumi meat & Cheese appt. was delicious as was the Barata Caprese
The mains were also fantastic , The veal Special , Steak Au Poivre and the Taglitelli Porcini
Nice wine selection and very authentic and Romantic decor.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Parents weekend

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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Our dinner at Toscano was outstanding. Very good service. Excellent food with large portions at not an outrageous price. And, an understated but lovely tiramisu with a candle to acknowledge the birthday of one of our party. My only complaint about Toscano is that sometimes it can be too noisy and therefore difficult for an intimate conversation. However, this time the buzz was welcome, creating a lively atmosphere and still allowing for conversation.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

It was our first time and we really liked it. They had very good specials and everything was nice!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent Italian convenient to the Square, biiig wine list. Family meet up without weird food.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Both the Fish and chicken specials were perfectly prepared and delicious. Pleasant ambiance not to noisy. An issue with air conditioner condensation dripping on us was remedied after I told the manager and they gave us a free dessert.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Delicious italian food- great service, finished in plenty of time for the theater without being rushed. We always have a wonderful meal here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Love eating here especially before going to A.R.T. The food is delicious and it’s so convenient to the theater. They make every effort to get you there on time with great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 3, 2017

The waiter did a great job recommending a wine -- the specials for the day included two entrees we selected which were excellent -- the setting was comfortably up scale

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Another delicious dinner at Toscano. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meals. Salads, appetizers and entrees were all delicious. The service was very attentive, and our server made an excellent wine recommendation.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Pizza and shrimp great
Swordfish tasted like it was frozen
Versus their professed fresh

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

This was our 5th time coming back and have never had anything less than perfect. Most notable was the service people. Our wait staff was special. Food is consistently excellent and martinis are yummy. We especially like that were not rushed and allowed to eat and talk at our own pace.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

We finally thought ahead after not being able to get in without a reservation for pre-theatre lunch(brunch). All four of us were pleased with the whole experience, not rushed, lots of coffee, could find things on the menu appropriate for geezers. Great window seat , nice deduction with Loeb tix. We'll come again. We were all able to get parking for the 11:30 a.m. slot on Sunday.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Delicious and elegant Italian restaurant in Harvard Square.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

The cod piccata special was out of this world. Eggplant parmesan also delicious. Only "negatives": cod entree was light and left me wanting more, and the eggplants does not come with a starch, which it could use to really make it a meal, rather than a side dish.

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Excellent as always The easfood risotto was really special

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Had a great dinner here with my family. Super-attentive service and everyone was very happy with their meals. They had the front window-walls open to the sidewalk, which made for a pleasant atmosphere and great people watching. This was our second visit, and won't be our last.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The website said family firendly, but I would have to disagree, at least not for families with young children. The staff was somehow accommodating, but even though the kids stayed quiet and calm all evening, they seemed annoyed with their presence. Service was a little rushed and we had difficulty getting little things such as spoons rather than forks for the kids. Yet the food was very good and I could go again, but as a friends dinner.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Wonderful place with delicious food!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 19, 2017

It was a lovely meal and evening. Even though we inadvertently stayed long after closing, the staff were gracious and did not pressure us to leave.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Toscano is one of the best restaurants in Harvard Square. Food is wonderful and service cannot be beat. Highly recommended for dining at anytime for couples, friends and small family groups. Excellent pre-theater dining. Never disappoints!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We always enjoy having lunch here before the Theatre. Great food and service.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Best Osso Buco I've ever had and my wife says her halibut was the best she's ever had. The caprese was average. We received terrific service from Peter.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 14, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants. Fine dining at reasonable prices. Serving staff is always top notch. Food is excellent and specials make it interesting every time we go.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Pleasant atmosphere, well-prepared seafood, excellent wine, friendly service (Mitch was great). We have been to Toscano often and are never disappointed. Request a table in the dining room, away from the bar, if you like a quieter setting. Overall, highly recommended.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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