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1 Bennett St, Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA 02138-5707
(617) 661-5050
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Ranked #72 of 548 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
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
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

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
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

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
45 helpful votes 45 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
62 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The atmosphere is wonderful, the food inventive, sophisticated and pleasing. The prices are a bit high for routine visits, depending on one's budget. A must if you are staying in the hotel.

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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I had dinner here during a recent stay. The food is good, especially the dessert tasting plate which is exceptional. The bread however was cold inside. I was pleased they offered both a bar and dinner menu option in the bar area. They were quite busy and didn't have many servers so service was quite slow. It can get loud... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Not the best meal of my life, but still a really nice meal and more casual dining on the patio. Rialto has been around of a good number of years and is still producing high quality food. Not quite the trendy atmosphere that it once possessed though. The insalata salad was lovely - super fresh and light. We shared a... 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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