Viale

4.6
826 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

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 826 people are saying
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vipFoodie
New England
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently good neighborhood restaurant. Can count on a nice meal, good drinks, friendly staff every time. Not many restaurants can do this. Highly recommend

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Icarewhereishop
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benefit for Food for Free

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vippursuingfood
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Bad music was playing too loudly over the sound system.

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ElizabethW
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful dinner! drinks fabulous! really enjoyed the brussel sprout sad, oyster appetizer, and pepperoni mushroom pizza! music was really cool.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food, good covid barrier set up that made dining more private. Loved it.

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DonnaT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good food with smallish portions. Was nice for pre-theater dinner.

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DavidT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place.

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DrBeth
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All pleasant and positive experience. We brought friends who were new to Viale and they were very impressed!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my wife and mine 1St Dinner as a married couple post honeymoon. Chef and his staff Made the experience that much more special by coming by and talking to us. Staff is very welcoming felt at home! Not to mention food and desert and apps phenomenal

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came to Viale for the first time last night for a special occasion, after seeing their Instagram account! Every dish and cocktail was absolutely delicious and fabulous. The subtle touches and attention to detail were not lost on me! The owners were extremely warm and friendly, especially Shauna who made sure to send over a celebratory cocktail. I highly recommend Viale and can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Viale is our go to in central square, and we live in central so we come here fairly often. Service is always amazing, and I’ve never had a bad meal here. Whether it be everyday dining or a special occasion they always hit the mark! Some of my favorite staples on the menu include the duck croquettes, strip steak, and wild boar ragu. If you’re looking for more casual/comfort food the pepperoni cup & mushroom pizza is maybe the best pizza in central square, and the fettuccini is super good too. The branzino special at my last visit was amazing. The menu changes seasonally/daily and also includes dollar oysters from 5-7 each day and a well curated wine menu. Can’t recommend highly enough!

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Arcades
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Robust flavors, fresh ingredients. I come here often and I’m never disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great, as were the drinks. The croquettes, crudo and meatballs were all great, but the papardelle stole the show.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Viale never disappoints! Their wild boar bolognese gnocchi is the best.

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vipRobin25
New England
57 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We always enjoyed Viale in the past, and this was our first time back since the pandemic. I worry that staffing issues are the cause of this so I hesitate to be too critical. But our server was just not very interested in us. After someone dropped off our eggs benedict it took quite a while to get anyone''s attention to point out that the eggs were hard-boiled rather than poached and runny as they should be. Most servers pop back after a few minutes to be sure that everything is OK. Disappointing in terms of food prep and service, I'm afraid. The potatoes on the side were fantastic, however.

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vipYohY
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Short-staffed, like everyone these days.

Best meatballs, period.

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Anri
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love Viale! Great food made with quality ingredients, very flavorful! great service, great drinks!

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BenC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Viale is a neighborhood favorite and always a treat for cocktails, dinner, and/or brunch. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I had made a note and checked in with host about a birthday which was not acknowledged even after the multiplier attempts. I also 100 percent booked a table inside - and they sat us outside. The host basically said nothing we can do about it. Take your table outside or leave. It was a special night for us so we were dressed to go to a party after and I didn’t have a coat. I was really disappointed overall.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow the food is delicious here. I recommend the pistachio pesto pie (flatbread) and the fettuccine. 10/10!!!

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AnaC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious cocktail and cauliflower dish. Very good service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic and would recommend to others.

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AnneL
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good to dine at Viale.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots in Cambridge! Food is delicious and the service is spectacular

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AbigailR
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live near Viale and this is our 6th or 7th time. Never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and great food, our server was super nice! He offered to make us a simple custom spaghetti with meatballs off menu. We appreciated him!

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vipWiniskis
New England
65 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A good range of food oriented more towards pasta and pizza. A great casual Friday dinner with friends. We will go again but do not feel compelled to do so. The manhattan was very good

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JohnS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and excellent, friendly service. Not cheap but worth it,

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My date and I had an incredible experience. Shauna and the team we so hospitable and kind. Truly made out night! Definitely will be coming back :)

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vipMichCam
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every dish was delicious! We ordered family style and loved every bite! The smoked beets are outstanding, salmon and pasta dishes delicious. Tuna crudo divine! And the tiramisu is the best I have ever had. Great, friendly service to boot!

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Sandi
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fun spot with great food and friendly service. My only complaint is that when we arrived they tried to seat us at a booth that was literally in the service (kitchen) area. I'm not sure why they even have this table located where it is. There were several open tables and I had noted on the reservation that it was a birthday celebration. They ended up seating us in the bar area which was fine, but it was very strange.

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silversteinS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a beautiful late summer evening, we dined outside on the expanded patio. The food was so flavorful and presented artistically. The service was amazing !

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SaraPix
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good place with tasty food options and amazing wine.

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AilsaB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Love this place - food was amazing - a little slow to get service at first but then it went smoothly

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DanR
New England
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
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
4 reviews
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
5 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

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 826 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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