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1 Bennett St, Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA 02138-5707
(617) 661-5050
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Ranked #76 of 541 restaurants in Cambridge
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Price range: $30 - $80
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Eliot Street
Transit: Red Line to the Harvard Square T Stop.
Description: Rialto is a welcoming gathering place for the community and Charles Hotel guests. James Beard award-winning chef and owner Jody Adams embraces New England ingredients with regional Italian culinary traditions. Kitchen focus hops to a different region each month and features dishes like Ricotta gnocchi with sage brown butter and red kuri squash and our Grilled swordfish with Friulian bean stew, white wine braised cabbage and house cured bacon. Patrons enter the restaurant via a white stone path inspired by an ancient Roman road, passing by the illuminated onyx bar into the dining room. Curved banquettes and cozy nooks invite intimate conversation while pumpkin, olive and white draperies evoke the warm colors of the Italian countryside. In 2009, Rialto opened a 28-seat terrace offering guests an al fresco dining option. The Boston Globe awarded Rialto a coveted four stars in three consecutive reviews and Gourmet Magazine named it one of the "World's Top Hotel Restaurants". Rialto offers two classically elegant, private spaces, ideal for wedding receptions, business meetings, recruiting events, celebratory parties, and more.
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65% Recommend
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English first
Middlebury, Vermont
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

I had a terrible experience during my last visit ( we were abandoned by our server) but I ate her twice within a 5 day period and both times both food and drink were EXCELLENT and service was 1000 percent improved. Love the Amaro menu, inventive cocktails, and the SMALL PLATES which are well priced and generous enough to make... More

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Great quiet, private, casual patio in an otherwise more formal, austere restaurant. Perfectly prepared Italian food. Best lamb dish I've ever had. Harvard Square fades away and you are in a perfect little spot. Lovely.

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My dear mom celebrating 80th B-Day. Dear Dad called on me to plan....hmmm....12 people (ages 21 to 80), must be: best food, expert service, beautiful room, TDF B-Day cake, easy parking and memorable in EVERY way....no problemo! Particularly since NO one in our italian/irish clan would judge (insert hysterical laughter)! Rialto delivered in EVERY way! From first connection (holla Maribel),... More

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

There were 7 of us meeting for dinner. Some of us were delayed by traffic but the hostess was very accommodating when I called. Service was terrific. Room was quiet so that one could actually converse food a tad expensive but in most cases worth it. I had the grilled clams which were outstanding the rest had a tomato salad... More

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Have eaten here quite a few times and it never disappoints. The dining room has flowing white curtains and a zen like, elegant feel. Service is discreet but very attentive. The manager checks on every party. The food is fit for "foodies", and beautifully presented. Would make an excellent "special occasion" place, or if you want to impress the in-laws!... More

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Millburn, New Jersey
19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

While spending a night at Cambridge as part of a college visits with our daughter, My husband and I decided to return to the Rialto after a pleasant experience two years ago. What a HUGE mistake. Our experience was so bad that it is hardly worth my time in reviewing it, however, I hope this will prevent others from making... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I went to Rialto to celebrate my graduation with my friends. Service and food were great. The server and manager visited our table. I asked them to recommend the popular food in the place. They explained well to help me choose menu. I had poached lobster, was DELICIOUS!! We also had chocolate crema for desert. It was the best with... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Rialto has brought back its great bar - got rid of the horrible chairs,etc. Although still miss the comfortable high back chairs from years ago. That said - the wine selection is fantastic, be sure to ask for the bread sticks. And the bar food is perfect.

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basking ridge, nj
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We had a nice meal with two very different pasta dishes. This is not your meatball and spaghetti type of menu. One dish was bucatini with lobster and one was a pasta with a spicy red sauce with shredded pork. The menu included many fish dishes and some meat or chicken choices. We were a little disappointed that we could... More

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Weston, Massachusetts
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I took my family (10 of us) recently to celebrate my daughter's college graduation. At the end of the meal, the restaurant double-charged me for the $150 plus (20%) service charge. When I brought this to the attention of the waiter, he confidently told me that I was wrong, but came back a few minutes later with the proper bill.... More

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