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Viale, Cambridge, MA
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Viale

4.5
4.5
948 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

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue, Sun 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 576-1900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Greg Reeves

  • Private party contact

    Mark Young: (617) 576-1900

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    Brookline St.

  • Parking details

    There is street parking and multiple public parking lots within a 2 block radius of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    We are located just steps away from the Central Square T and bus stops.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 948 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. E

    Ellie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    We were sat outside right next to the road. Bikes were flying past us a foot away. Also next to no lights so very dark. Both of us god pasta. Both dishes were too salty and mine was overdone with garlic (hard to do since I love garlic). Pastas were nearly the same price as the steak? Overpriced for both the quality and quantity.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Quality of the pizzas and burrata were really poor Restaurant doesn’t deserve rating it has
  3. S

    Silvina

    New England

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oysters, great food, drinks and they make you feel like welcome. What else could you ask for?
  4. P

    Peony

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The wait staff here is always so nice - friendly and accommodating. The food is really always amazing. Three of us had the seafood pasta dish and it is one of the best I’ve had and not an exorbitant price. Have been here multiple times over the last year and literally everything that I have tried from pizza to salads to mains is absolutely delicious. It is also wonderful to have such a range of dishes and prices, you don’t always want to spend a lot when going out to dinner in the neighborhood, and, on the other hand, sometimes you want to splurge. Wine selection is good and you can even get a bargain carafe. Love Viale!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent, service was great - a fantastic time always.
  6. E

    Eliza

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been going to Viale almost since thier inception. We have watched them grow and eaten everything on their menus, many times over! We love them as people, as restauranteurs. The family of workers they have hired are just that. many have been there for years. That tells you something. Always going back, even though we’ve moved a little further from Central❤️
  7. CC

    CarolineC

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious food and wonderful service. It is our favorite spot!
  8. DP

    DanielP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious. One of my favorite places around the city.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience. They were very accommodating to our needs and even brought my dog a bowl of water.
  10. MW

    MichaelW

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The music could have been a little less energetic. Long wait for entree; other wise very enjoyable.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent $1 oysters - 2 varieties.
  12. PW

    PeterW

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I go to Viale every 23rd of every month as a memorial to my long-term partner (it was the last place we ever had lunch in August, 2018). I've come to know Shauna & Greg (the owners) pretty well and the restaurant is truly one of the jewels of Central Square, Cambridge. A smallish menu, but varied, and always prepared with skill, taste and love. Servers (whom I have also come to know) are exceptionally polite and attentive. I highly recommend Viale to anyone: the salads are great (shaved brussels sprout/quinoa/blue cheese being one of my favorites); the signature single-serve pizzas totally outstanding and the pasta offerings the best you'll find outside of the North End (and much of the inside, as well). Added to which Viale boasts the best cannoli (top-quality, soft ricotta: not too sweet) and an exemplary tiramisu; perfect with their beautiful latte or cappucino - even the decafs are great. Also: the wine selections are terrific and extensive. Highly recommended to anyone for any occasion. Outdoor as well as indoor seating. Also, dollar oysters (for seafood lovers) are often available. And Shauna and Greg are simply great - they've created a beautiful place.
  13. Z

    Zander

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious from the first course to the dessert, excellent service, overall much better Italian food than you can find in the North End!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    $1 oysters were great. The octopus was also very tasty. The place has a fun atmosphere. Just not crazy about the service. Sometimes I felt like the server was avoiding us but it was quite busy so I get it.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar. Service was intimate and personal! Drinks were delicious and prompt! Food was incredible and quick! Everything came out hot and perfectly prepared! Amazing dinner and amazing service!
  16. GJ

    GJMSH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm and professional staff. Interesting and unique wines but not over priced. Great cocktails. Cool vibe. And most importantly, the food is consistently great. This is the type of place you can keep going back to and never be disappointed. The owners and staff care and it shows.
  17. MG

    MarcoG

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oysters were excellent—- our happy hour favorite spot
  18. CG

    CaitlinG

    New England

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I want to stress that I completely and totally understand that restaurants are understaffed, and patience is important. But our waiter almost pointedly… ignored us? He would serve the table next to us, turn around and speed off? The server with the bread basket would tend to the tables around us but wouldn’t come back with more breadsticks when it emptied… our water was empty for most of the meal. We had to wave another server down to put in our meal order… The food was good, a little pricy for the portion, but just when I thought “ok this is nice,” my second to last bite of gnocchi had a big shard of plastic in it. With tip, my portion of the bill for a handful of $1 oysters, 1 drink, & a smallish plate of pasta was $68… I kind of regretted it. Overall, it was a disappointing experience.
  19. YW

    YWong

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were helpful, efficient, and attentive. Food & drink were great; they don’t skimp on their cocktails! Lastly, buck a shuck just as advertised - come earlier on a weekday to guarantee a table without reservation.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food and fun atmosphere
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was fantastic! The food was excellent, our server was kind professional, and fun! Will absolutely be back!
  22. TK

    TaylorK

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got dollar oysters and sat outside. It was wonderful, would highly recommend.
  23. 1

    13feather

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This remains one of the finest restaurants in Cambridge--"routine splendor" is my phrase.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful birthday dinner at Vialé. They were extremely busy for a Monday, and the service was still excellent. Always recommend!
  25. PW

    PeterW

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great night sitting outside and enjoying first-class food and service. Thanks to Greg & Shauna and the team for another great night at one of Central Square's brightest jewels.
  26. JM

    JohnM

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Sat outside; nice ambiance; waiter was excellent; great wine selection; food was very good.
  27. AH

    AnnieH

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for a date night!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was outstanding!
  29. SW

    SteveW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Viale is a great spot! Highlight recommend it to others.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and Zack was a great server!
  31. PH

    PatriciaH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our dish - wish I could the recipe! And the server was wonderful!
  32. PW

    PeterW

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Viale is an old friend. It is always a great experience being guests of Shauna & Greg. A jewel in the middle of Central Square
  33. s

    shaz

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Overpriced. Portions were small. Asked for a few items we never got.
  34. AI

    AyeshaI

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Sunday Brunch was relaxed and lovely. I got shrimp and grits, and asked for sunny egg on the side (for my husband). He ordered the gnocci with wild boar and a side english muffin. The side English muffin made in house was the best we HAVE EVER had. So fresh and perfectly grilled. Everything was very flavorful and nice. Thanks for an easy, fun brunch date !
  35. WG

    WelshGirl

    Detroit

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    A bit "used up" but staff is nice. I've eaten there more than once and the quality on any given dish can be hit or miss. Hence my rating of "good" rather than better than that.
  36. R

    Raveena

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Small and concise menu. Good wine and cocktail selection. Don't forget to try their daily specials. They are delicious and worth the price.
  37. R

    Russell

    New England

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, negronis was amazing and bartenders were so friendly!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food and ambiance here is amazing. We were a little turned off after getting chased out of the restaurant and being accused of skipping out on our check, when really they gave us the wrong tab. My friend had to end up charging two $200+ amounts to her card. Additionally, it is short staffed but there’s a hiring crisis right now so that’s not their fault. Food is nearly perfect every time so we will be back regardless of the embarrassing and inconvenient incident.
  39. SW

    SusanW

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    While the duck app was not that flavorful, the cocktails, the Hamachi crudo and the potatoe gnocci were just outstanding!!
  40. a

    anne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Oysters were good, but food was not worth it and pretty plain for the price. Servers also could have been more attentive. We kept getting dishes and utensils that were dirty/weren't washed well. We got the duck croquette that was decent but mushy on the inside.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 4.5 stars by 948 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Brookline St.

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue, Sun 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American, Oyster Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is street parking and multiple public parking lots within a 2 block radius of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    We are located just steps away from the Central Square T and bus stops.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Greg Reeves

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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