Viale

4.5
508 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 508 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
12 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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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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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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M
New England
32 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
80 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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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
12 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
158 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
30 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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