Viale

4.7
707 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Located in the vibrant Central Square neighborhood of Cambridge, and voted 'Best Neighborhood Restaurant in Central Square' by Boston Magazine "Best of 2018", Viale is a casual, upscale restaurant focused on the flavors of Italy & New England. Fresh pastas and dishes from our wood burning grill are just some of the highlights of our locally sourced menu. A lively bar atmosphere spotlights old and new world wines, original craft cocktails and artisan brewed beers. Whether you are looking to celebrate a special occasion, or just have dinner with some friends, Viale's warm hospitality is here to accommodate all of your needs. We also just recently began serving lunch Monday-Friday, 11:30-2:20, offering a great spot for business lunches.

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1/2 Priced Oysters 5-6:00 Daily!

Starting Jul 14, 2020 · Sun - Sat 5:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Enjoy oyster happy hour everyday! * 1/2 price from 5:00-6:00PM*
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KylieM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the 3 course dinner - Portions are not outrageous, and the value is immediate.
Will absolutely return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always great for a casual evening or special occasion

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Kimmartinez
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, and good service. We will be back!

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JCboston
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem. Our first experience and we absolutely loved it! Viale is very conscientious with tasteful table dividers and sanitation practices. We felt very safe and comfortable. The vibe is upscale but not pretentious, the staff were attentive and warm, and the food is to die for without breaking the bank. We shared half the menu and can’t wait to come back to try to rest. Oysters were super fresh and briny (and half-priced 5-6!) Arancini was a tasty perfect starter bite. But the beet salad was the best I’ve ever had. Smoky, sweet, perfectly cooked and balanced with some crunch from pepitas and pearls of red couscous. Also had to try the chicken parm sando which did not disappoint and came with divine paper thin sliced and perfectly salted house made chips. The pistachio pesto pizza had so much flavor yet none of the ingredients were overdone. I could eat this pizza every damn day. The spaghetti was simply done yet you could taste the quality of each ingredient which elevated it to a rich, decadent dish. I wish we saved room to try dessert but that will have to wait for our next visit. Thank you Viale and your amazing staff for a wonderful dining experience!

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jroc
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The waiter was abrupt. Bolognese was missing something and had too much rosemary. The clam verde was very spicy- to the point that it really should have been noted on the menu that it was that spicy. Meatballs and arancini were delicious.

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CarolineC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, fresh and locally inspired food. The staff is welcoming. Also a great wine list.

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nycer
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

for the money I would only go here for the half off oysters

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place for gnocchi omg. Beats places in the north end. Oysters were great too! We ate in the graffiti alley in the back :-)

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DavidE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Cambridge. Consistently great food and service.

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viphard2plz
New England
52 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great to have Viale back and serving outside. The food was not quite the standard that it has been inside, but we understand that there are probably bugs to work out. New staff are friendly and professional.

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vipFoodie
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Viable is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant with consistently tasty Italian dishes and a nice wine list. I truly hope they are able to stay open

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vipMichCam
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always consistently delicious- nice menu rotation while maintaining their signature dishes (ragu gnocchi, fried cauliflower etc). Owner Mark is there every night making sure his customers are happy, cared for and well fed. Nice, large outdoor area now for al fresco dining!

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ZSerlin
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Viale is amazing! Would recommend as highly as possible!

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vipVegasRegular
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the most pleasant dining experience we’ve had since the “new normal” started. Thank you so much!

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vipGreatTime
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Just wanted a nice dinner for myself after a long week and was delighted to find I was able to order a “make your own” DOB menu! A delicious and well portioned dinner all around and the service was wonderful even though they were clearly worn out! Thank you for allowing us to enjoy a meal curbside and for keeping things as safe as possible for your guests.

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Love2dine
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly staff! Did not have time restrictions during Covid like other places. At the end of the night, the manager brought us shots and said that’s our policy if someone stays here more than 4 hours 😀
Best of all, it’s the first time I’ve had gluten free gnocchi! I haven’t had Gnocchi for 4 years when I started having allergies and their GF version was to die for!
Highly recommend!

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MichaelW
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great competition for Pammy's. You're both great!!

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KatE
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely! They do a wonderful job of setting up socially distant tables, food was really delicious and service was great. A charming experience in the time of Covid - they have made the effort to do it right!

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AndiS
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We requested the alley patio. Very secluded and felt safe.

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Stephen
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They seated us in their outdoor patio space in front of the restaurant on Mass Ave. The staff was very efficient and the drink menu was great, but the food was the best part (I'll be going back for more wild boar gnocchi).

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Monica
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was decent, I was expecting different vibes seeing the pictures online. Service was okay and not as attentive when we needed certain items after receiving our dishes.

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amis64
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Food was pretty good but not anything special; space is cute and service was good

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PatG
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice place for friends to get lunch! Service very good.

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Ramdas
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very ambient themed restaurant at a convenient location. The food stands up the other reviews and is very tasty. Good collection of wines. Service was very nice.

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vipCambridgeCanal
New England
34 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very nice restaurant in Central Square, Cambridge. The food is top rate and the service was very good. The prices are very fair. All in all an excellent experience.

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vip13feather
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Viale continues to be a great restaurant. We are regulars and will remain so.

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EleanorD
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Want to try their pizza next time. It is such a nice experience.

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Gloria
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Viale is my #1 choice for Restaurant Week by a landslide, and consistently serves excellent dishes for every course. I think their strongest points are seafood (octopus is perfectly cooked, rainbow trout is juicy) and handmade pasta (that tagliatelle was divine!). And then their desserts (kumquat bread pudding and tiramisu) meet that level of excellence too! This is a really special restaurant and I'm very thankful to live near it!

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NitaS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly cooked and delicious. Very talented chefs. Will definitely go back.

CM
CambridgeMA
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Bright noon, calm sunlight, and Tiramisu is so delicious

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Best to share plates, limited menu makes it easy to make selections! Beautiful little spot, the partial glass rooftop made it feel like spring. Flavors and textures are very intentional. Our favorite appetizer was the shredded brussel sprout salad. Our favorite entrees were the potato gnocchi and Arctic char.

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foodguymcfood
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great food fairly priced. my friend left her purse behind and they called us before we had reached the car to let us know. great service and I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a nice meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a last minute commitment and had only an hour to dine. They were accommodating without making us feel rushed. The food was tasty and beautifully presented. We look forward our next, more leisurely, visit.

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vipCBird
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small menu. Good veggie options. Everything was delicious.

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vipPeterT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved early and had a booth, where it is quiet. We had good service, and the fish (Arctic Char) was well cooked and enjoyable to eat. We were done in good time to get to the Central Square Theater.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Viale for every occasion! The food and service are always the best in Boston.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Viale is hands down the BEST restaurant in Cambridge! I have never been disappointed by this place, and I’ve come here more than five times. The food. The service. The ambiance. Everything is top notch. Our server Lauren was phenomenal, and she made the evening extra special for us. ❤️ I will definitely come back again and again! CANNOT RECOMMEND ENOUGH - ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

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vipWestportmom
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good. Menu a little limited, wine was expensive for the labels.

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vipDaleP
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience from start to finish. Amazing cocktails, delicious food, terrific service.

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ChrisL
New England
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very funky food. Interesting but a little overpriced

FAQs

Viale does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Viale also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 576-1900.

Viale is rated 4.7 stars by 707 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.

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