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1 Bennett St, Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA 02138-5707
(617) 661-5050
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Ranked #69 of 554 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price range: $30 - $80
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 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, Late Night
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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English first
Alamo, California
Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Our family went for Thanksgiving dinner. Of course, the restaurant was full and people dining before us were dawdling over their dinners. Therefore, we waited almost an hour for a table. We were a little frustrated because we were shown a table that was ostensibly being set for us. (It turns out, they ran out of clean silverware… busy night.)... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

Fond memories from a number of visits and celebrations over the past 15 years were not to be relived. I dropped in for 930 pm dinner during 4-day hotel stay. Restaurant and bar room temperature were frigid, with outside temperature at 26 F. Yet nobody seemed to care even with guests sitting at the table in their winter coats. Service... More 

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Cambridge, MA
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Their Oyster Monday was used to be pretty good. But the quality has gone down recently. But it's still a nice place to hang out.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

The place was gorgeous and perfect for a date or a business meeting. The oysters were on point: fresh and delicious. The waiters were very attentive throughout the evening. I ordered the swordfish with vegetables, and the meat was soft and moist. They also have 3 course options for a flat fee. I definitely recommend.

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Seattle, Washington
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63 reviews 63 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We dined at the Rialto Restaurant after a long flight across the country. I made this reservation after reading about the restaurant in Atul Gawande's book, The Checklist Manifesto--an atypical and perhaps curious route to a fine dining experience. We shared insalata and octopus before each having seafood stew anchored by a half lobster as the main-course. We shared an... More 

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Needham, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We ate at the bar last night using the bar menu. All the food we got was not fresh feeling and nothing was served hot. The mussels, all eight of them, came in a not so warm broth. The duck sandwich was mostly bread with some inedible duck inside with almost nothing else. The fries were so crisp that it... More 

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Sierra Madre, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Chef Jody Adams has been working her culinary magic for decades with marvelous blends of flavors at Rialto, which features Italian food. Her appetizers are to die for.

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Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Stopped into Rialto at the Charles Hotel as I was meeting my husband in Boston after work and noted that they had $1 oysters on Mondays. We were not disappointed as the quality of the oysters was such that we wound up going through 3 dozen by the time we were through. (we wanted to save room for dinner or... More 

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New Jersey
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60 reviews 60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The salad was fresh. Ravioli was excellent. The pork entree was to die for. Good combination of food, ambiance and service.

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Great Neck, New York
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103 reviews 103 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Rialto has a terrific layout, separating the tables so you almost feel like you are in a private dining room. The menu is inventive and everything we tried was quite good. Unfortunately five of the seven of us all ordered the duck so there was not much else to try. The duck was very good and a bit different from... More 

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Additional Information about Rialto

Address: 1 Bennett St, Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA 02138-5707
Phone Number: (617) 661-5050
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 80
Cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy

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