Toscano Restaurant

4.7
2272 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Nestled among the antique shops, boutiques and cafes along Beacon Hill's famous Charles Street, Toscano restaurant remains a staple of Boston's oldest neighborhood.
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C
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We wanted a quiet, good neighbourhood Italian and this one seemed to be ideal. No tables available until 9 pm so we were a bit surprised to arrive to find plenty of tables free. Bread was excellent. The rest of the food was fine - not outstanding. My ‘special’ mushroom starter was just sliced up mushrooms on some frankly not good enough green salad leaves with no dressing whatsoever. I think they just made it up to get rid of excess mushrooms! My husbands mussels were fine.
We both had pasta for our main course. Ravioli was rolled a bit too thick - mine are much silkier and finer than that and I’m not even Italian!! My husbands Bolognese was good. Authentic and well cooked. Again, the pasta a little too thick.
All in all it’s a friendly place for some good but not outstanding Italian food. Music was very loud and not very relaxing listening to eighties hits but I’m sure if we had asked they would have changed it. Wine was excellent - they have a good selection and the one we chose was much better than I was expecting it to be - good value.
Service was very charming and attentive - excellent.

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FH
New England
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 5th time back and wonderful as usual. Don't make up your mind until you've heard the specials.

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F
New England
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meals were excellent. Waitstaff was excellent. Great restaurant!

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JJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Really wanted to love Toscano’s in Beacon Hill, but it fell short of our expectations. Our server was very attentive, and the ambience is romantic. We were disappointed in the beet salad. It had sliced beets atop a bit of arugula and a very small amount of cheese. Sadly, the rest of our food was fair at best. The pizza was bland,and the clams in the linguini vongole dish were chewy and a bit sandy, so I could not eat them. To be fair, the linguini was cooked perfectly and was very good. The blueberry tart was excellent. If we ever go back, it would probably be for drinks and dessert!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food always reliable and great service

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal experience from start to finish. Our waiter (Peter) was attentive and very nice. The food was outstanding and an amazing value. Would go back again many more times.

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MB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my friends birthday on Saturday evening. Food was outstanding, service great. I would highly recommend this restaurant. I will definitely go back again.

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WM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was very good and patient with my group of 7, one of whom came much later, after the drinks ordered. He was kind and did not make anyone uncomfortable. There were a couple errors with our dessert order which were quickly corrected and they left an extra complimentary tiramisu. Or I assume comped; I didn't pay too much attention to the bill. I was taking my department out for lunch and am glad that I chose such a good place that everyone could enjoy.

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KS
New England
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Restaurant in town ....great food, service and atmosphere!

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K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our server, Jose!! Can’t say enough about him. Our food was fantastic and the espresso martinis are extra yummy here!

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AR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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ET
New England
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we've come to Toscano and both experiences were fabulous!! The service, drinks and menu options are great. If in Boston, definitely check out this restaurant as you will not be disappointed. We love it!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food, great service, great drinks!

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CG
New England
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service always top notch!

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N
New England
25 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A little disappointed for the first time in over 15 years!
Caesar salad is usually the best in the city but all four of ours were dry.

Everyone loved their meals except for me...tried the Vitello Milanese and it was plain, dry and served with a lackluster group of greens and tomatoes. Looked very sad on the plate.

Hopefully, just an off night as we are usually raving about our dinners at Toscano.

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T
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit , recommended by friend, and we loved it! Food was delicious and waiter was very pleasant.

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t
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Toscano (Beacon Hill) remains one of the top restaurants in the city for both quality cuisine and value. Our party of four was able to secure a treasured window table due to our early evening arrival. Our server was attentive and available throughout the evening. When I asked about an unfamiliar wine, he offered a complimentary taste. I was glad he did because the two glasses ordered at the table turned out to be from a bottle that had gone bad. The server brought the wine back without question and then acknowledged (while apologizing profusely) that it was bad. We understand that this can happen and the real issue is how the restaurant responds. It was handled perfectly. Food was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed our early evening dining experience at Toscano.

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A
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal from start to finish! Can't wait to visit this place again. Highly recommended it to anyone looking for a fantastic dining experience.

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B
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal on a Friday night - cocktails, wine, appetizers and entrees were all fantastic. This was my first time here and I will be back.

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JZ
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The was a very nice experience. There is great atmosphere and very good service. The server made very good recommendations. A couple of minor points: when tell us the specials tell us the price of each. Additionally, please don’t clear plates until everyone is finished as it feels rushed.

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HO
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice quiet lunch on Beacon Hill, Boston. Good panini, though portions were larger than I wanted or expected. (I ate it all, of course.) Unobtrusive, meaning excellent, service.

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RD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely evening

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OT
New England
23 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were five people shared pei mussels, calamari and Tuscan beans all delicious. All the meals were prepared so well as were the desserts. Great wine and cocktails

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JC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful dining experience at Toscano. From the warm greeting at the door, fantastic service, wonderful bar and drink menu to the outstanding food, I always look forward to returning and recommend the experience often.

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FH
New England
26 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice post holiday luncheon with my work team. Great food ,service as usual.

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DL
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Pasta dishes here are all good!!

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FL
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food and ambience were wonderful. My friend and I went to dinner early so we wouldn’t be rushed. Our waiter was a bit quick from beginning to end and we did feel rushed. It was difficult to have a conversation because we were constantly interrupted.

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CT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant, it never disappoints! Always delicious and great service!!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An all-time favorite. Never disappoints. Always looking forward to the next visit.

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J
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant. The food service ambiance is wonderful. We had a four course meal with a couple glasses of wine for under $100 a person with tip. I had the venison special it was cooked perfect with a nice Marsala sauce- other had seafood dishes they raved about - we shared appetizers including; smoked salmon, antipasto, grilled shrimp and sautéed oyster mushroom. This is a top notch place.

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WT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I always love going here, whether in Cambridge or on Charles Street. The comfort of great Italian food, good wine and a cozy atmosphere give me and my husband the same great experience each time we go.

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N
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Verty creative and tasty Italian dishes and wine. Staff is knowledgeable, courteous & enthusiastic. Setting feels like restaurant in small Italian village.

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SG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our group of five had a happy celebration of the engagement of one of our sons. Our table was in front of a picture window and the evening was wonderful. Our waiter was warm, friendly, knowledgeable, professional and highly skilled. The food, from appetizers to dessert, was wonderful and cooked to perfection. We felt we were in Italy, in a classic restaurant that had a restrained elegance. Toscano makes it easy to sit back and have a wonderful time.

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KL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We all enjoyed our meals very much. Cozy atmosphere where noise level was low even with a full restaurant. Great service and food/wine suggestions

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RO
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought friends into the city to look at Christmas lights and eat at Toscano, one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. Didn’t disappoint!

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! It’s been several years since I’ve met friends for a holiday lunch here. One bite of the rigatoni took me back to the many lunches I have enjoyed here. No one does pasta better! Wait staff are attentive but not intrusive. The restaurant is tastefully decorated for the season. A wonderful place to enjoy a special meal.

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SS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Toscanos is always excellent whenever we go, whether it is with friends, as a couple or with a group. We love both locations

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J
New England
34 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perennial favorite every December for my wife's birthday!

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MP
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome lunch from start to finish. Waiter was outstanding did not rush us. Looking forward to coming back in the near future.

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B
New England
18 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Toscana has always been one of our favorite lunch spots on trips to Boston. Usually the food is good and the service excellent. Our recent visit was an exception. Service was perfunctory at best, with our appetizer and salad served together, bread that seemed microwaved but wasn't warm, water glasses going without refills until we were able to flag down someone with a pitcher of water, and a generally unconcerned server. And for some reason, every table around us had a "loud talker," not the restaurant's responsibility, just one more thing that made our meal less enjoyable.

But we had the food to look forward to, we thought. Unfortunately the ravioli was less than flavorful and if I hadn't known what was in the risotto, I couldn't have guessed. Nothing was bad, just not up to the usual standards and thus disappointing.

We'll chalk it up to a bad day and likely give it another try, as other meals at Toscana have been far better.

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