Viale

4.6
493 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(617) 576-1900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Greg Reeves
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Brookline St.
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Parking details
There is street parking and multiple public parking lots within a 2 block radius of the restaurant.
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Public transit
We are located just steps away from the Central Square T and bus stops.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

$1 Oysters Daily

Everyday, we offer $1 oysters at the bar from 5pm-7pm.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 12, 2018

Ends: August 13, 2117

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-7:00PM

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Sun 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Tue 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Wed 5:00PM - 5:15PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Thu 5:00PM - 5:15PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

What 493 People Are Saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time I've gone to Viale. The food was great both times. A mix of italian inspired dishes with what feels slightly more local flavors. Atmosphere is quite nice. There is a liveliness to the dining room that feels very congenial. Not quiet or somber or overly romantic, instead a bit noisy(in a pleasant, freeing way) and encouraging of staying for a while, arguing and chatting loudly and energetically over silly things and good food. When I went a couple years ago I believe we stayed for hours, drinking whisky after our meal. Anyways good food and a good time.

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RL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service, great food! Tables are packed closely together so other dinners are practically right on top of each other. Surprisingly noisy.

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CC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The chicken and duck selections were excellent. The beef was a bit tough. We would go there again. Liked the lighted trees on Central showing through the glass atrium. Servers were attentive.

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EC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Viale. Having only been here for dinner, I wanted to check out the brunch. Just as good, if not better! Service is always friendly and super quick. Great prices for what you get. Starting to become my favorite spot in Central sq...

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TH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

food and service superb--very comfortable as well--parking can be a hassle

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HY
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and creative dishes, wonderful staff and generous portions. Will be back!

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AM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The ambience was fine and the waiter was attentive although we had to ask for bread I ordered smoked duck had no flavor at all

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e
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We tried the new menu. I loved the lobster pasta. My husband didn’t enjoy his chicken. He said the smoke taste was an overpowering flavor. We missed the sea bass and duck pasta. We’ll be back.

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AL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for lunch during a weekday, so was relatively quiet and good for conversation. Service was good. Food was good, though slightly overpriced. I would love to make it one day to check out their oyster happy hour.

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GP
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty, fresh made food. With seasonal menus, there will always be something that's will tickle your pallate

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely awesome... from the food to the service, everything was just ridiculously good!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Viale is a local gem, with wonderful service and consistent, terrific food. The oysters are a treat.

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M
New England
25 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

There was a little something for everyone here. Good, solid food experience. My colleague got pizza and I got a salad and split an app. More than enough food for lunch. Not a "wow" experience but a solid lunch option if you want to sit down to a simple, uncomplicated meal.

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JS
Chicago
156 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service at Viale is always good. If I have a complaint is that the there is a limited range to the flavor profile of the dishes. The aromas in the restaurant ever change and all the dishes have a similar flavor.

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MP
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Viale’s dishes are North End comparable!
Best of Boston indeed.

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TA
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing amazing service and super fast! Food was wonderful too!

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

5-7 pm $1 oysters at the bar were fantastic - together with cocktails and very pleasant service

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SR
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Damn fine dinner! Excellent oysters. The duck was even better!

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S
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A 20% gratuity was added to the bill. I think that was a bit pushy and would have gladly paid the usual 15% tip.

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go to spot in Central Square! Reliably GREAT food - have never had a bad meal there. Excellent pairings with wine and beer. Great portions. Delicious! Can't recommend it enough.

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MD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

4.5...great all-around experience. Everything we ordered was delicious. My wife and I are looking forward to coming back.

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KH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was OUTSTANDING
The menu is ever changing
The ingredients fresh
The pasta superb
The Rice balls for an appetizer were to die for- seriously

The staff- professional and courteous

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JB
New England
28 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We went in as a group of three hosting a cousin from California.
The space is one big square room with hard walls and floor and a high ceiling so the noise is a little high. We sat along the wall though where we could hear each other. Helps that there are no TVs or music.
We weren't in a hurry, and the service matched that. Our waiter was available but not always present so we didn't feel rushed.
We started with drinks. The house drink list is really interesting, as is the beer and wine list. I had a "Social Smoker" which was a really deep burbon and liquor drink - loved it!
My wife and I shared an Arugula Salad, a Calamari "Ceasar" small plate and a gluten free lobster pasta dish. The salad was fantastic - fresh, large, not too much cheese. The Calamari was beautifully cooked and presented with cherry tomatoes and watercress. Not sure why it's a Caesar, but it was tender and tasty. The pasta was a little too al dente, but quite tasty. Our cousin had it with the wheat pasta and that was a bit better - richer, better balanced. With the gluten free pasta, it was a little light.
The three of us shared a lemon custard for dessert and we all enjoyed it - very fresh, rich custard, nice amount.
I plan to go back.

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CH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were visiting from Nova Scotia and were looking for an interesting and innovative place to dine. Viale did not disappoint ! The menu was creative and delicious. We enjoyed an exceptionally good bottle of wine, which was served by one of the owners, Mark. Very nice touch. We really enjoyed our conversation with him during the evening. Highlights of the meal were the fried cauliflower, and the potato gnocchi with wild boar. They were absolutely delicious. The service was very attentive and it was great to see Mark performing the wine service and helping to get food to tables. Our waiter was very good, too. The entire service team, including the hostess worked so well together to ensure that guests were taken care of well. A wonderful evening overall !

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food! Everything we ordered: the apps, entrees, and the dessert was wonderful. Fun vibe and interesting menu. We found Viale on the recommendation of a friend, and were not let down! Would definitely return.

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JW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Would definitely recommend.

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NE
New England
66 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this restaurant!! Great service and delicious food. All five of us thought our meal was the best. Can’t wait to return!

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BB
New England
65 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting brunch menu, though we ended up with one excellent choice (Gnocchi bolognese) and one that needed a little help (risotto - surely not bad, but a bit on the ordinary side). Shawna behind the bar prepares some killer cocktails. Their bread is freshly baked and delicious. Have been for dinner as well, where the restaurant does even better.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Amazing food!

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BO
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our third visit to Viale and again it didn't disappoint. I had the sea bass, my husband had the sirloin, they were both spectacular, perfectly done and delicious. On a previous visit we had the crab toast and the arancini rice balls as appetizers as well as the zucchini salad and all were terrific. We also had the chicken special that day which our friends raved about. They do a great job here on the mixed drinks also.
We will be back :)

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R
New England
387 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had s lovely meal for my birthday. We had great vegetable starters and then fish. Drinks were lovely. Low key neighborhood place but attentive service.

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JM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very good meal at Vialé on a Friday night - opting for two of the daily specials (lamb, and a mushroom "carbonara" pasta dish). Both were delicious and well presented - and the service was excellent.

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KC
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met friend for lunch and it was the perfect choice - we both loved our food choices, which were delicious, inventive, and super-fresh. Our server was helpful and never intrusive, knew the menu well. I loved the ambience - we could carry on a conversation in a relaxed & relaxing environment. Oh, and dessert was fabulous!

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable. Food was excellent! Wonderful atmosphere!

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g
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

great value, fantastic gluten free options, wonderful contemporary Italian with great cocktails

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KC
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good. The service was attentive. We all enjoyed it.

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e
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were in the neighborhood and gave it a try based on its reviews. Our server was Michael and he was great. We loved everything.

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E
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The waitress at Viale was the worst we have ever had in a restaurant. She was rude and disrespectful. Honestly, she should not work with people, as she has no social skills.

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TC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love Viale! It's right down the street from my office in Central Square and I have done many CareDash power lunches here. They make fantastic toothy pasta. My favorites are the seafood/saffron fettuchini, and the shortrib gnocchi (and I'm not normally a big gnocchi person).

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N
New England
18 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We really liked the food (pizzas, pastas, the calamari salad) and service, but it's WAY too loud in there for us 50 and 60somethings who wanted to talk (as did everyone else in the restaurant) and hear each other. I don't know why restaurants don't use more noise absorbent materials in construction (said the 65 year old woman)...

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