Viale

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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 661 People Are Saying
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P
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was nice and atmosphere was relaxed. The Ambiance is nice, but the way they seat party of 2 guests in half booths is a bit odd. When you're planning on being with the person you came to dinner with it's weird to constantly be looking at a separate party across from you if you're on the end booth. Food service was slow for mains, apps were faster.

BE
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The small plates, large plates, and salads were delicious. Don’t waste you money on the flatbreads. We make better ones at home. The crust tasted floury and flat with little flavor. The squid ink pasta was delicious.

g
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a party of 6 with several dietary needs. Dinner was amazing, there was no crowd because we ate before a theater performance (5:30-6:45pm).

R
New England
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The remodeled layout--with bar to one side--has made the restaurant-side ambience excellent; quiet, not too quiet. Service was perfect: friendly, attentive but not too much so. We were there for an anniversary and felt well treated throughout. Arugula salad was one of the best versions I've had, and we enjoyed the rest of the dinner as well.

NP
New England
22 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

First time there. Excellent meal and friendly and efficient service. Next time I need a meal in Central Square I expect to be back

H
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was a little disappointing. The chestnut agnolotti was a forkful of confusion that assaulted my palate with waves of awkward aftertastes and undercooked pasta. I cleared my glass of water in preparation for the next dish. The siege continued with a pistachio pesto flatbread that riddled my tongue and now nose with newfound unpleasantries, but at least it was cooked all the way through. I remedied the situation by constructing mounds of grated parmesan atop everything on the table as if to make each bite tolerable. Service was decent though.

BR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food, great for sharing. It was recommended by a friend who joined us and he said it was as good as the first time he was there. The pasta dishes were very good, the salads were excellent and really the highlight of the meal.

MK
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Octopus is out of this world delicious! Pistachio, pesto Flatbread is to die for. The lobster fettuccine, however, is lacking lobster and what little there was, was more like langostino. Otherwise, would have given the food 5 stars. That said, I would highly recommend and would go back

JK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It's always a pleasure to have dinner at Viale! Great food. Great service.

SZ
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The service is a bit slow. But the $1 oyster special is worth the visit.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great ambiance. Salmon & flat iron steak were excellent!!

KJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I've been here several times, and have always enjoyed the service, the food, and especially the cocktails. We had a superb wine at this meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always friendly and welcoming, with great food.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and friendly staff. The meal was delicious!

JP
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service! Wonderful place to celebrate a birthday.

PL
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a gem. We had a reservation and were seated promptly by one of the owners. Always a good sign when the owner is on site. They have a $1 per oyster special from 5pm to 7pm nightly. So we started with a dozen. Served well chilled and expertly shucked. A great start with a nice martini. We then split a pistachio pesto flat bread. Arrived hot, crisp and delicious. My wife ordered the lobster tagliatelle which was perfectly al dente and was infused with seafood flavor. I ordered the wood grilled duck breast with a pumpkin purée and pearl couscous. Outstanding. The duck was served with not only the breast but also the wing portion. The couscous was perfectly cooked and seasoned including roasted pine nuts. The purées was light and delightful. There was also a great reduction as well. The epitome of a late fall dinner. Our server was fantastic. She was there when we needed her but not overly intrusive. The ambiance was modern casual and table separation allows for any easy conversation. Pricing was very reasonable for the quality and service. We dined very well for $140 for 2 including drinks, appetizers and properly portioned mains. Highly recommend this for a date night. I hate to write this kind of review because the next time we go it will be more difficult to get a reservation but they deserve all their success because they care about the food, service and most importantly their customers.

d
New England
22 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

We ordered 5 dishes and none of them were to our liking. The flatbread was inedible - on the plus side our waiter comped it. The meatballs were hard and salty; everything was a bit too salty. The ravioli tasted like frozen ones you heat up from the store. The lobster was overpowered by its sauce. The octopus was a bit slimy. Very disappointing and not cheap.

AL
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Viale. The food is always high quality and delicious. We feel always welcome and appreciated as the staff is friendly and professional. Mass Ave would benefit from having more restaurants like top notch Viale.

n
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I am Italian and felt like I was home in Italy. Totally delicious.

h
New England
35 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good in all ways. Even better, the menu changes regularly, so even though we are regular customers, we're never bored with the food. Bread is fresh and hot when it hits the table, and staff really know what they are doing. They don't have loud music in the background which makes Viale a good place to have good conversation. Thank you !

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service were excellent as always, but the noise! I couldn’t hear the person across the table from me. Honestly, I love this restaurant, it’s a local treasure, but I hesitated because I remember it being loud the last time I went. Decided to try again and it was probably even worse. This kills me because otherwise I really love it.

a
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and creative cocktails. Perfect location!

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The servers didn't seem to know the drinks and menu well. What they recommended was precisely fit the description of what I did NOT want.

w
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Swordfish was perfectly cooked, and Brussels sprout salad was delicious

JC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Like most restaurants today, Viale was too noise. No sound absorbing surfaces on floor, four walls or ceiling. When the place filled up I had to shout at my companions to make myself heard. Fortunately it was time to leave for the theater.

The dining experience was excellent and I would go back when it was quiet, but I would not go back to Viale at a time when it was busy. It's just too noisy for a place where you're paying $30 or more for an entre.

LD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was a lovely place with great food and easy to fit and catch up with friends! W I would absolutely recommend!

C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The bites, entrees, and drinks were great. The desserts seemed to not be nearly as well thought out. We ordered two at the table and both of them went mostly untouched.

S
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. Really interesting and tasty pasta dish, chestnut agnolotti. There was a duck breast special that was yummy. The appetizers were also really good. This is my go to restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was overly heavy on cheese. (Salad and flatbread).
Oysters were decent. Thanks

K
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Not too noisy but cool atmosphere.

M
Greensboro
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Not to miss!!

p
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Please rotate your menu. For those of us who come to the restaurant regularly, we need some menu changes.

1
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great local place, wonderful food and service--this is our favorite

S
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Viale menu is limited and the food is good but nothing that would keep you away but not worthy of a brag

JD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Great food at a affordable price. Service was a bit lackluster, but that's probably due to a slow Sunday afternoon seating.

PG
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and atmosphere, but portions were way too small. In addition, things that one expects with an expensive meal (like bread at the beginning) was there, but the servers carried a basket around and you had to ask for bread whenever you wanted a single piece. It felt like they were stingy with the bread and with all the food. Food was very tasty but far from a satisfying portion.

T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. I would highly recommend this place!

f
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Limited vegetarian options, but tasty

BB
New England
69 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The menu is not overwhelming in terms of volume (which I consider a plus; I'd rather choose from three or five things I really would like to try than 16, which just adds noise to the menu and selection process), but is diverse enough for most tastes. The food is very well prepared (the steak was beautifully seared and served, though the delicious monkfish was a bit skimpy and served on an overdressed romaine and bean salad that, I thought, was not well described in the menu. The roasted corn and mushroom flatbread pizza was beautifully done as well - simple but fresh and delicious.

The service (at least on this occasion) was really really good, as we had a professional but friendly server who really knew his stuff. And the drinks - perhaps the winner in terms of inventiveness - were as great as ever. (I had the "Bad Barista," which was a n excellent rum-based recipe.)

a
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food at Viale was very good, especially the grilled octopus. We dined there during Restaurant Week and so had the prix fixe menu which was a very good value. We tried one of the cocktails - though I don't think it was too successful! Adding orange bitters to a gin martini gave it a weird sweetness which was not welcome!! Overall though, a good experience .

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