Viale

4.6
792 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. $1 oysters daily from 5-7 pm! Grilling and Chilling every Friday with a DJ on our outdoor deck patio starting 4/30/21

Offers

  • 1/2 Priced Oysters 5-6:00 Daily!

    Multiple dates available

    Sun 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Tue - Thu 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Fri - Sat 5:00 PM - 9:45 PM

    Enjoy oyster happy hour everyday! * 1/2 price from 5:00-6:00PM*
  • Fire Fridays on the Patio Deck

    Multiple dates available

    Fri - Sat 5:00 PM - 9:45 PM

    Join us every Friday Night [5p - 9:30p] while we grill on our new patio deck for dinner, drinks and some fire friday exclusive specials.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 792 people are saying
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SaraPix
Cork
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good place with tasty food options and amazing wine.

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DanR
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant evening . . . good food and wine, good service. Not at all busy at 5:30, got steadily busier and noisier til we left at 7:30.

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Peony
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The varied menu enticed me to make an 8:30 reservation for a bite to eat after picking up a friend from NY at South Station. We were greeted and seated outdoors right away by welcoming staff. The outdoor ambiance was great - festive lighting, tables spaced comfortably, well separated from Mass Ave traffic (bike lane runs by the dining area, but kind of fun). We were waited on promptly, ordered cocktails and food, and everything came out in good time. The smoky cocktail I ordered was delicious and the glass of wine I had with dinner was generous. The food was outstanding: pizza with pesto, caramelized onions, and pistachios; smoked beet salad, the shaved brussel sprout salad with blue cheese - literally all so very delicious. I haven't been so pleased with a meal out in a long time. Thank you, Viale!

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PeterF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The reviews I read indicated that it would be fine Italian dining, but it was more like cafeteria food. The salad was over salted and drowned in dressing, the squash appetizer was over cooked, the gnocchi was hard, chewy and tasteless, and the steak was overdone which they tried to hide by bathing it in sauce. The tiramisu was passable, unlike the meal. The servers were friendly, but minimal. This is more like a fast food joint than an Italian restaurant.

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BridgetteS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite hangout in the neighborhood! Yummy food and drinks and kid-friendly.

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LINDA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our brunch experience at Viale was perfect. The cocktails were perfect and unique. The food was delicious and some say the best they've had in Central Square! We will be back and also purchasing gift cards!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Great service and food

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vipEastcoastfoodie93
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food just a bit slow in terms of service. We will definitely return for the great homemade pasta!!!

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vipMolly
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, great service and drinks. Definitely recommend.

JD
JoanD
New England
26 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate inside. The tables are reasonably placed and shielded. The staff is terrific. Pleasant service, good food and company combined for a great dinner.

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vipArunS
New England
72 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. Love the food and service. We are happy regulars

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pretty in Pink cocktail (so good!) and pizza margherita were delish. The staff were friendly and attentive. I'd go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Viale!
It is becoming my favorite place to have a nice light dinner and a drink for special occasions!
The staff is friendly and helpful.
The cocktails are outstanding and bartenders are pros ( the “Social Smoker” is one of my favorite of all time drinks anywhere)!
The food is simple, smart and delicious!

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DrBeth
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue for formal or informal dining. Dishes fresh and appealing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wine & service

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Geebs
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, service and ambiance were quite good. We had an elegant and fun evening at Viale!

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AllieM
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We sat outside and enjoyed a beautiful evening, only occasionally interrupted by sirens and emergency vehicles. The food was stellar; inventive ingredient combinations and perfectly cooked. The cocktails were also delicious. I’d be happy to go back again and again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was meh.

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2J2A
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Four friends enjoying the patio, $1 oysters and sharing small plates. What could be better? Standouts included arancini, fried artichokes and friendly servers.

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Chris
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food and cocktails were not matching the nice atmosphere, nice staff.

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Greg
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Viale was great! The food, drinks, and service were all exceptional. I would definitely recommend to a friend!

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SanjaySri
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Food mediocre and small portions that is exorbitantly priced. A huge disappointment and wasted money.

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Cambridge
New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Cambridge. Great rotating specials that are genuinely unique.

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vipRecommend
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was really good but the service was outstanding! We had the $1 oysters (which is a great deal for this area), fried artichokes, arancini balls, and the gnocchi and buffalo bolognese. Definitely would recommend and will be back!

JC
JayCambridge
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent. We especially enjoyed seafood large plates and smoked beets as appetizer. Staff are very friendly and provide excellent service.

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sharon
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Music was so loud we could not have a conversation.

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vipCeanT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love the ambiance and small dishes to share. Great place to celebrate with family.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. Food was outstanding as was the service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Viale is my favorite restaurant in central square. Always have an excellent time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Low key one of the best restaurants in Boston!! Great food, great service, great ambience. Don’t miss the arancini or the house Negroni. It’s hard to beat a Friday night on the patio at Viale.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the atmosphere was perfect for grabbing dinner with old friends. Would love to come back especially for the $1 oysters.

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AlMJr
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant in all ways: the room, the food, the drinks.
Made even better because of the superb service from our server who is also in the photography business.
We will be back.

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Carlos
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service! They brought me a birthday drink. The $1 oysters were AMAZING!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch choices. Wonderful service, friendly and warm. Will definitely return soon.

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Maggie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Great food, nice ambience, but our waitress was a bit cold and rude at first. Did not let us even look at a menu before she asked us what we wanted to drink and seemed annoyed at our questions.

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WaltL
New England
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Picked this restaurant on a whim. Arrived early for our 715p reservation to get the $1 oysters (5 to 7 daily!). We were seated right away. Service was great. Very attentive without being bothersome. All the food choices were excellent. They brought us an extra app ( duck fritters) because a salad came out late but we were sharing so it wasn't a big deal!

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kate
New England
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great mojitos and the special was a an incredible sea bass with peaches and sprouts drizzled with an incredible glaze that i could have eaten by the spoonful

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ElliR
New England
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The food was okay honestly nothing too special, the outside patio where we sat was very cute and nice. Although they did not have a large variety on their menu

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tkbalt
New England
60 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really spectacular food with friendly attentive service. It was quiet inside because most of the action was outside in their temporary Covid outside seating. Not a cheap night out (well, we did get a couple of bottles of wine), but totally worth it.

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Palais
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The staff is very accommodating under difficult circumstances with tables set up as they are. Food was decent, not exceptional but it was a pleasant meal .

FAQs

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

Viale is rated 4.6 stars by 792 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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