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Viale, Cambridge, MA

Viale

4.7
4.7
904 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Eat Your Veggies

  • Kale Panzanella$14.00

    burrata, radish, asparagus, torn bread, lemon-oregano vin

    • Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad$12.00

      crunchy quinoa, red pepper, blue cheese, dijon vin

      • Smoked Beets$13.00

        black garlic yogurt, pickled mustard seeds & pepitas

        Pizzas & Sandos

        • Margherita Pie$14.00

          tomato, mozzarella & basil

          • Spicy Sausage & Fennel$15.00

            ricotta & tomato

            • Pistachio Pesto Pie$16.00

              ricotta, balsamic & caramelized onions

              • Pepperoni Cup & Mushroom Pie$16.00

                tomato & mozzarella

                • Chicken Parm Sando$16.00

                  the usual suspects & house made chips

                  Choose Your Own 3 Course Menu

                  $42 per person (oysters / crudo $3 upcharge)

                  • 1st Course From 'Eat Your Veggies' or 'Snacks'

                    • 2nd Course From 'Pizza & Sandos' or 'Pastas & Large Plates'

                      • 3rd Course From 'Dessert'

                        Snacks

                        • ½ Dozen East Coast Oysters$18.00

                          cocktail sauce, champagne mignonette & lemon

                          • Saffron Arancini

                            fontina, spicy tomato sauce

                            • each$3.00
                          • Halibut Crudo$17.00

                            candied lemon, crispy quinoa, rhubarb, chili oil

                            • Duck Croquettes$14.00

                              sage-brown butter aioli

                              • Viale Meatballs$11.00

                                marinara, buffalo mozzarella

                                • Fried Artichokes$14.00

                                  chive aioli, calabrian chili, gremolata, breadcrumbs

                                  Pastas & Large Plates

                                  • Fettuccine Alfredo$16.00

                                    black pepper & parsley

                                    • Potato Gnocchi$26.00

                                      wild boar bolognese, rosemary

                                      • Pappardelle alla Zozzona$27.00

                                        guanciale, sausage, egg yolk, grana

                                        • Squid Ink Spaghetti$28.00

                                          shrimp, calamari, seasoned breadcrumbs

                                          • Atlantic Halibut$32.00

                                            asparagus, snow peas, spring onions, lemon-thyme butter

                                            • Grassfed Strip Steak$32.00

                                              parnsips, ben's mushrooms, red wine reduction

                                              Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                              What 904 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                              4.7
                                              4.7 based on recent ratings
                                              • 4.7Food
                                              • 4.6Service
                                              • 4.5Ambience
                                              • 4.5Value

                                              NoiseModerate

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                                              1. JC

                                                JudithC

                                                New England

                                                7 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined 2 days ago

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                Love this restaurant! We ate outdoors, taking in the energy and diversity of Central Square. The food was great, service was good, drinks were good--the Pappardella alla Zozzona was excellent. I always recommend this restaurant for Cambridge dining.

                                              2. WG

                                                WelshGirl

                                                Detroit

                                                16 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                16 reviews

                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                overall3food3service5ambience3

                                                The service was great however it was very loud in the restaurant and the pizza we ordered came to us dry and over cooked, it was the pizza margarita. The shaved brussels sprouts salad and the beats are both delicious.

                                              3. PW

                                                PeterW

                                                New England

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Viale is one of my favourite places - always exceptional and memorable. Highly recommended. Thanks again!

                                              4. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                We find Viale overrated. Some of the interesting dishes presented in the web site we not availble. It rendered the experience less interesting than it could have been.

                                              5. DB

                                                DonaldB

                                                New England

                                                6 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                Good spacing of tables makes noise level good for conversation. The service was attentive but not smothering. The food was very good. Unique fried artichokes. Wish we had room for dessert.

                                              6. GK

                                                GaaK

                                                London

                                                2 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on May 21, 2022

                                                overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                Tasty food, complimentary breadsticks. A bit on the pricey side.

                                              7. CP

                                                CarolP

                                                New England

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on May 19, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Went there for the dollar oysters and was pleasantly surprised by the cocktails, duck fritters, and artichokes. I tried the pizza, but it wasn’t very good, so avoid that, but try the other plates.

                                              8. NG

                                                NinaG

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We had an A++ brunch at Viale. Our new favorite brunch spot!

                                              9. AD

                                                AlejandraD

                                                Guatemala

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great food and great service. Just be aware it gets really busy and it can get loud.

                                              10. 1

                                                13feather

                                                New England

                                                9 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                9 reviews

                                                Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Viale consistently delivers routine splendor--bravo!

                                              11. OS

                                                OrkidehS

                                                Los Angeles

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great service and special touches (flowers for mother’s day) made this a great restaurant!! Thank you!

                                              12. v

                                                vicm

                                                New England

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Amazing food, amazing drinks. Absolutely charming servers. It's a bit on the noisy side, but frankly, if you're in the mood for it it's great, it definitely helps the ambiance. Viale does not joke around with their alcohol and I'm always coming back for it (this was my third time back lmao); every time I've been here the cocktails have been stunning. Anyway, thank you for a great graduation dinner, Viale team!

                                              13. H

                                                Hugo

                                                New England

                                                7 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                A shout out to our waiter, Zachary, who navigated the Saturday night crowd with finesse and good humor! The food was very delicious.

                                              14. L

                                                Leyla

                                                New England

                                                16 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                16 reviews

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Superb meal, as always.

                                              15. J

                                                Janet

                                                New England

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                Viale is consistently excellent. The arancini were amazing. The gnocci with wild boar bolognese and the shrimp scampi were great. Last, but not least, they have $1 oysters until 7pm! Our waiter (I'm sorry, I don't remember his name) was super. Very attentive but not intrusive. We will be back.

                                              16. BB

                                                BernieB

                                                Washington DC

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Really great staff and service. The food was great! Really good wine.

                                              17. BL

                                                BobL

                                                New England

                                                17 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                17 reviews

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                Good food. Limited wine and dinner menu.

                                              18. RW

                                                RickW

                                                New England

                                                15 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                15 reviews

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Delicious steak and fish dinners. Creative salads. A gluten friendly dessert, other than ice cream, would have made a perfect meal.

                                              19. BM

                                                BostonMK

                                                New England

                                                19 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                19 reviews

                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                Great place for a Friday night dinner. The food was very good, varied, different. Really liked it.

                                              20. s

                                                saltshakker

                                                New England

                                                3 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                Service was a little slow, especially cocktails, but the staff was pleasant and the food and drinks were EXCELLENT. If you're in a hurry, you should let them know (I didn't). I will definitely go back!

                                              21. B

                                                Beaa

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great food and ambiance. I loved all the appetizers and drinks.

                                              22. KE

                                                KELSEYB

                                                Richmond

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Everything was delicious, the cocktails are great and the service was amazing! Can’t wait to come back and try more things!

                                              23. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New England

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                The food was awesome, as usual. Service was a bit off, not typical for this restaurant in my experience. But, servers were lovely anyway.

                                              24. SG

                                                SoupG

                                                New England

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                The food was delicious. Ambience/service was good.

                                              25. MK

                                                MikeK

                                                Minneapolis

                                                42 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                42 reviews

                                                Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                overall4food5service2ambience3

                                                Waitress took drink order. After 15 min we had to remind her. Then another person showed up and we told them. Then another person. 40 min before the drinks showed up. To their credit, the manager took over our service and comped the round of drinks which was nice. Food was great. I’ll chalk up the waitress thing to bring a one off type of thing.

                                              26. K

                                                Katz

                                                New England

                                                19 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                19 reviews

                                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Nice ambience, busy but not crazy. The service was friendly and attentive. When I asked about the name of the oysters, the waiter went to find the name of the farm- they were excellent and not from the usual location. We had the Arancini, Brussels sprout salad, oysters and carbonara. The homemade breadsticks were an excellent addition to our meal. We will definitely Italy return again!

                                              27. ER

                                                ERINS

                                                New England

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The arancini are what I come for with a dose of delish cocktails. So good!

                                              28. PW

                                                PeterW

                                                New England

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Always excellent. Thanks again to Shauna, Greg and Steve for another excellent evening. Viale is THE best!

                                              29. J

                                                Jess

                                                New England

                                                46 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                46 reviews

                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Met a group of friends for brunch, food was very good and our server was terrific. Great spot for a get-together.

                                              30. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New England

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We were seated twenty minutes late, but the staff responded incredibly. We we’re treated very well and the food was impressive. I would definitely recommend this place.

                                              31. N

                                                Neophyte

                                                New England

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We have never been disappointed at Viale. The service is always impeccable and the food has been consistently fantastic. This was our first visit after a pandemic hiatus and where we wanted to go first to dine out. It was wonderful.

                                              32. PW

                                                PeterW

                                                New England

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Usual excellent dining experience. Steve was our excellent server, just one of the reasons why Viale is one of my favorites. Great food, great presentation great service. Thanks to Shauna, Greg & Steve!

                                              33. R

                                                Rumi

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Viale is consistently excellent in every regard; last night was magical. Viale is my go-to for any guests, any occasion, any reason. Viale is so good I almost don't want it to be discovered, but since the owners are amazing people, I feel I have to tell everyone how amazing this place is.

                                              34. ML

                                                MichaelL

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Three of us dined at Viale for the first time and each our selections were delicious. We have it on the top of our list to visit again next time we’re in Boston.

                                              35. S

                                                Steef

                                                New England

                                                2 reviews

                                                2.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                overall2food4service1ambience1

                                                Unfortunately we were seated in the back and served poorly. My wife had a pasta with tons of salt. I fortunately had a green spaghetti that was delicious. The seating was near the loud kitchen and the staff hardly noticed us. So in the end the experience was not good.

                                              36. CM

                                                ChaitraM

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Fantastic place! Would definitely go back with my bunch ❤️

                                              37. A

                                                Anon

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                Food items were hit or miss; would come back for the pasta but only when I'm feeling like eating a heavy meal.

                                              38. MP

                                                MarlenaP

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 13, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Absolutely LOVED this spot. We had a lovely naturally sparking white wine with $1 oysters, Saffron Arancini and the Margherita pizza. Everything was the perfect temperature and they even came around with hot breadsticks TWICE. My birthday is coming up in May and I am already planning on having my dinner there. The service, food and ambience was all 10/10. Also, reasonably priced.

                                              39. v

                                                vicm

                                                New England

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on April 6, 2022

                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                The food was incredible. The potato gnocchi???? Godsend.

                                              40. s

                                                sudysox

                                                New England

                                                6 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on April 5, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Such a fun and unique place. The menu has something for everyone, the service is impeccable- warm and attentive but not overbearing. So nice to go someplace that isn't formulaic. Why didn't I know this existed before??

                                              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 4.7 stars by 904 OpenTable diners.

                                              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                              Google Map for Viale

                                              502 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02139

                                              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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