Viale

4.5
612 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.

Specials

$1 Oysters Daily

Everyday, we offer $1 oysters at the bar from 5pm-7pm.

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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 612 People Are Saying
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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and atmosphere were perfect to enjoy a delicious meal, drinks, and good company. My only complaint is that the server was trying to rush us when we were trying to enjoy our wine and talk. Happened more than once and there were other open tables.

A
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing brunch!

ME
New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chilled corn soup was extraordinary – light, smooth, with a fantastic combination of flavors

EH
New England
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places to eat in Boston! Everything on the menu is superb

JF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the $1 oysters were very fresh and served perfectly. The entree of bluefish was cooked to perfection. Waiter was great. All the mixed drinks were done very professionally. I'm going back soon. My new go to place for fresh well prepared food!!

IM
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The portions were perfect. I got the gnocchi with the caramelized onions, kale, cheese and sauce - it was fantastic. My boyfriend got the chicken, which was a generous portion and he enjoyed it. We got the $1 oysters (pretty good) and fried cauliflower (that plus the sauce it was in was delicious!). I got a castle island beer on tap, it was great. Our waitress was also wonderful, very sweet and attentive.
I didnt love the decor (specifically, the chairs) but the overall ambiance was nice. We had a great time, would recommend to anyone looking for well-prepared, good quality food in the mid range price.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Just ok service.

DP
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and wonderful service.

x
New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Food was too salty; felt pretty overpriced for quality

JS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I love taking business meeting here. Also a great option for people with dietary restrictions.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Fourth of July

MW
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner attentive staff

LA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great choice before going to Central Square Theater. Very good food and service. The shaved Brussels Sprout salad was excellent and perfect for two to share.

OT
New England
107 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Viale is a great choice when you are in Central Square. A friend of mine introduced me to it, and we were meeting there to catch up with one another. When my friend was delayed, she called the restaurant to let me know and the hostess came right over to let me know. Steve, our server, was attentive while I waited. When we then had to hustle a bit to get in dinner before I had to leave, Steve made sure everything was fine. The food was excellent, as always. We'll be back!

SA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lunch in boston

JS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I was here with 2 friends during a busy Tuesday night dinner. Viale was consistently full, but the wait staff kept things moving, and our server hustled to get us the appetizer special during happy hour. The Italian-influenced entrees were generous and expertly prepared. While it's not a very large menu, the choices were interesting and offered good variety. We enjoyed the experience and hope to return soon.

J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and considerate service. The space is pleasant too!

J
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Great oysters, nice Muscadet, good service. Great ambiance, only thing is that is a bit noisy. But overall perfect!

EW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Viale! Such a great place to meet friends for drinks and dinner. Will be back again soon.

P
New England
48 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We loved our two visits to Viale. We were a party of six (different friends) both times, and ordered all four pasta dishes on the menu, plus a flatbread, as the main course, passing all the plates around. This made for great variety and was plenty of food, especially following four vegetable appetizers. The restaurant is a bit noisy, as is par for a popular place. The food was uniformly delicious, and the waiter (we had the same waiter both visits) was friendly and helpful. We felt very welcomed in the restaurant and put it high on our list.

F
New England
34 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Viale never disappoints. This restaurant is a small jewel in the neighborhood. I've been there in the last month with several small groups for meetings and celebrations. The staff is welcoming and very efficient. The menu is excellent. There are always interesting specials. Go early and often. I can't say enough good things about this restaurant.

L
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met friends visiting from California, so we had lots to talk about and took way too much time to look at the menu, etc. But our server was super patient and let us stay at the table without any pressure to get moving. The food was delicious. We shared everything so got to taste almost everything on the menu. The grilled cauliflower was especially tasty. A real gem of a restaurant.

L
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atomosphere and reasonably priced for how wonderful the food was. Lots of gluten free options!

EG
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The linguine verde was out of this world. The wild board gnocchi was delicious as well. The brussel sprout salad was at the top of its class in flavor and consistency. This was an exceptional experience and cannot wait to come back. Highly recommend this for all parties large and small.

JS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good, but the cocktails were terrible.

BK
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dinner. The restaurant has a great vibe, is comfortable/casual. The service was great, both our waiter and one of the owners were super helpful, welcoming, and friendly. We enjoyed several appetizers -- fried cauliflower in a delicious sauce, and grilled broccoli rabe that are both easy to recommend. For entrees, I had the bucatini and my wife had the blue cod and both dishes were really great. The wine was also very nice. We'd definitely return.

T
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We ordered a shaved Brussels sprout salad which was very good, maybe a little heavy on the blue cheese. The wine was fine. Then one of us ordered the green lobster pasta dish. He said it was pretty good. One of us ordered the bucatini, which she liked. I ordered the lamb ribs, which if you like fat and molasses, might have been okay. I couldn’t eat them or the rolled couscous that accompanied the lamb. The couscous tasted like pure vinegar. I gave up on my meal. The waiter was very good: attentive, understanding, and patient. He removed the charge for the lamb ribs from our bill.

MP
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best of Cambridge! Hands on owners provide wonderful food...a sophisticated cocktail menu...and the staff are all great.

GF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food but limited menu

TS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I felt we ate relatively healthy and really had great food. I had the beat salad and the potato gnocchi and the portion was perfect - i.e. good enough. Most restaurants give you too much food this was perfect to fill me but not over fill me. Brought my daughter for her birthday - she really liked it.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!

m
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had a great time
good food
good ambiance
good service
what more is there to say? oh we will be back. and we appreciate the connection with the local central square theater.

JJ
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation, but at 5:00 on a Tuesday, it wasn't necessary. By 6:00, though, it started getting crowded. We both had the chicken entree, and it was excellent. I didn't want the brussel sprouts that came with it, so the waiter offered other vegetables including potatoes. The service was excellent.

TJ
New England
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional! The beets, gnocchi and cod were out of this world.

IE
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience with ample light. Delicious food — I highly recommend the flat iron steak dish!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the portions were reasonable for finer dining. The volume of music was perfect and I was able to hear my friend throughout our dinner. The waiters always made rounds to make sure we did not meet anything else. Overall great experience. The only thing that may put off some people is that their menu is small, but they seem to be helpful in accommodating dietary restrictions. Can’t wait to go back when they have their octopus again.

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Limited menu for me equals expectations of perfectly cooked meal. Small portions but heavy handed on the salt. I had the gnocchi with braised wild boar. Very salty. The price was higher than expected.

JB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a birthday celebration for a 25-year old daughter, hosted by her mom. Her boyfriend, same age, and her brother, 21, were also in attendance. The pizzas we ordered for appetizers were scrumptious and just right for keeping the hungry horrors away while we waited for the rest of our order. The boyfriend is still talking about the pesto pizza two days later. The oysters were super fresh and the sauces served with them were just right. We ordered a fantastic Erbaluce white wine with the pizza and oysters, sounds unusual but they went together well, and the birthday girl appreciated it very much. The menu was posted online and looking it over in advance was very helpful, especially for the appetizers and the wine menu. The primi piatti were limited in choices and the brother with lactose intolerance was more limited than mom had expected, but he was also the designated driver and the coffee was good! We asked for the red wine to be decanted before serving, which was also accomodated and the non-red wine drinkers were happy. Some of us shared plates, and that was accomodated well. The dishes were served au point, the fish and vegetables were not overcooked. The arugula salad was sublime. Also wonderful were the desserts -- the olive oil cake and rhubarb dressing and ice cream is miraviglioso! The only tricky part was that even though we had made a reservation about a week in advance, we had a 4-top table in the middle of the floor, and we arrived exactly on time, and asked for an alternative spot table, but it was not possible due to full seating capacity in the dining room. We were in the middle of the traffic pattern. It felt like every person, wait staff and diners, walking past our table was grazing my chair, and it happened many times because it was a busy early Sunday evening dinner hour.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

nice food maybe a little pricey given plate sizes - overall pretty good

J
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re regulars because we love this restaurant. We have plenty of choices in Cambridge, but we seek to gravitate to Viale because we know we’ll have a great meal in a friendly ambiance.

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