Viale

4.5
525 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.

Specials

$1 Oysters Daily

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

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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 525 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Yummy yummy homemade pasta. Everyone’s food was delicious.

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WB
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had a good experience. The food in particular was top notch. The one vegetarian option, "spaghetti alla chitarra," was more interesting than many vegetarian offerings. The beef, fish, and duck that my companions ate were all praised.
The service was friendly and helpful, if absent for a bit from time to time.
The ambiance is a little drab and a little frayed - I noticed obvious chips in the paint and plaster - nothing too serious. Acoustically it's a harder space than I recalled, but blessedly there was no intrusive or inappropriate music being piped in. A noisy party a few tables away sometimes undermined the mood. That said, the spacing of tables is good, there's no sense of being crammed in.
Viale is a fine place for excellent food in an undemanding, welcoming environment.

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

The food was imaginative, Innovative and delicious. Try the smoked duck. Yum! Service was friendly, attentive and efficient.
One thing I really appreciated about Viale was that the background music was interesting and upbeat but not overwhelming. It was easy to have a conversation with my dining partners.

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m
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great evening with so many good meal choices that we were constantly sharing from start to finish.

The staff was attentive and helpful answering questions about choices we considered for each course.

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AD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Viale is excellent and very reasonably priced. The brussel sprout salad was excellent . We both had the Rigatoni with sausages and calabrian chile. It was delicious. The place is pleasant to eat in, not noisy and the service was great. We will definately return

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t
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and our server was fantastic, order scallops, arancinis and prosecco off the new years special menu and everything was great!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a large party of family. Excellent food. The fresh
Pasta was perfectly al dente, the sauces were delicious, everyone loved their meal. Extremely attentive and pleasant servers. They even noticed that our toddler loved the pomegranate seeds that came with my salmon dish and brought her a whole extra little dish of pomegranate seeds, she was in heaven and it kept her busy for at least 10 minutes!

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l
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit. We were a group of long-time friends who don't get together often enough. We loved everything from the olives to the chocolate pudding cake dessert. Salmon dish was perfectly delicious. We really appreciated that we were able to have a leisurely dinner without anyone hustling us out since we had a lot of catching up to do. Viale was a great discovery for all of us.

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c
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Love this place, I just wish there were more vegetarian options ... my favorite is currently the margarita pizza

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite and most predictably tasty and pleasant dining experiences.

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, professional staff. Prompt, accomplished service. GREAT bartender.

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JD
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Viale’s remains my go to restaurant in Central Square. The menu provides something for everyone. We started with Oysters. They were fresh and delicious. We continued by sharing the crab toast that we had not tried in previous visits, but will definitely include it as a future appetizer choice.
The mushroom pizza was more than enough to share and was wonderful. Pizza is usually great when you start with good dough, delicious sauce and fresh toppings.
We didn’t save room for desert, but instead enjoyed our Sangiovese wine as our desert course.

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KG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent pasta and the service was great!

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J
Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

$1 oyster is very nice as always.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious baby love it so much love it thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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s
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Appealing menu, friendly service, reasonable prices, unpretentious good value. Our new favorite restaurant.

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Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lively atmosphere but food is only good, not at the level that one might expect for the price point. I like the location since I work nearby so it is a great place to meet colleagues.

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LK
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've eaten at Viale several times. The food is always delicious. The cocktails are tasty, too.

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JD
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven’t been to Viale’s in way to long. The meal was wonderful. The menu has changed somewhat but the quality of the food and service is exceptional. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the service was spot on- neither too much or too little. The crude appetizer was outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The staff were welcoming and accommodating. Food was okay, and the setting was comfortable. Chose because location was close to office.

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JK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was so glad to see Viale nearly filled! It does get very noisy, however. That is my only complaint.

It's a great place, wonderful food. Good service.

Jan Kinasewich

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not a great place for brunch. Portion sizes are small and menu lacks variety.

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SJ
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My sister and I took my mother here for a Sunday brunch and it was VERY TASTY. The space was fairly quiet, so the kind and friendly staff let us linger for a while over our midday cocktails. I highly recommend the duck confit hash (with sweet potatoes), which was boldly flavored and topped with two poached eggs.

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MT
New England
26 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good Italian, beyond the usual red sauce joint fare, but below the kind of highbrow food that feels self-aware, conspicuously artisanal, and overly fussed with. The specials really were special - cocktails and pasta - and our large group felt more like welcome guests than a numerical burden.

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LL
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant was a pleasant surprise. We were looking for a pasta restaurant last minute and were able to get in. The appetizer special was especially creative. It was scallops in a squash. The waitress gave a much better description but it was very nice! I had the boar gnocchi and my son had a NY steak that came with lovely greens and veggies. Ambiance and lighting was great.

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M
New England
35 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We sat by the windows and had wonderful service and food. The atmosphere was calm and quiet which is hard to find. We enjoyed ourselves very much!

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CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food with a great atmosphere! Fun cocktail options! The $1 oysters were amazing!! The swordfish dinner was fresh and delicious. Looking forward to going back!

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EM
New England
41 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner exceeded our expectations. Creative, very tasty main courses. Great to have $1 oysters. Attentive, professional service attitude.

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HC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, food, and ambiance, but I said I was celebrating a bday in the reservation and was sad that they didn't do anything special for my date.

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O
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good restaurant. If the noise level were lower, it would be a GREAT restaurant.

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LD
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for italian seafood. Would highly recommend!

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CM
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and great service. Loved the shaved Brussel sprout salad!

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EB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
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 on November 9, 2018
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
12 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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