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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

99% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (40)
Good for a Date (33)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
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Good for Anniversaries (31)
Notable Wine List (30)
Romantic (28)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Authentic (22)
Business Meals (22)
Cozy (22)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Good for Groups (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Bar Seating (15)
People Watching (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Casual (11)
Fun (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Comfort Food (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Seasonal (7)
Healthy (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Scenic View (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

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
1 person found this review helpful.
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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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 (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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 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Excellent as always The easfood risotto was really special

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