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1 Bennett St, Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA 02138-5707 (Eliot Street)
Red Line to the Harvard Square T Stop.
(617) 661-5050
This restaurant is at Charles Hotel
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Rialto is a welcoming gathering place for the community and Charles Hotel...
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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Visitor rating
  • 88
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Outstanding service

My husband and arrived at the hotel late and hungry due to a delayed flight. All other restaurants in the area had closed for the night. But our waiter at the Rialto suggested a couple items that were NOT on the menu, saying he was quite sure they could serve them up to us. He came through and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Barbara E
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Bondurant, Wyoming
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Bondurant, Wyoming
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

My husband and arrived at the hotel late and hungry due to a delayed flight. All other restaurants in the area had closed for the night. But our waiter at the Rialto suggested a couple items that were NOT on the menu, saying he was quite sure they could serve them up to us. He came through and we were... More 

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Boston, MA
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Boston tries sooi hard to to be a great restaurant city..and Rialto has tried to be at the forefront. But alas it comes up short soo often i have decided never to return When you spend 100 per person for dinner you expect great ambience , great service and of course great food Tables at Rialto come in two flavors... More 

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Boston
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65 reviews 65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I've had some wonderful special occasion meals at Rialto over the years, but this review is for the bar...and Monday night $1 Oysters. Three of us thoroughly enjoyed our three dozen bivalve molluscs. The waiter's wine recommendation, an Italian white that had a nice lemony finish, was spot on for our oyster-fest. The duck sandwich was superb, the calamari was... More 

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Riverside, RI
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The food was good, but the service was AWFUL!!! We were refused drink service by the waitress after 6-7 drinks for a party of 12. The waitress also stated our birthday celebration was a "little too loud" which was one of her reason for making a "judgement call" regarding drink service refusal. She also believed few people in our party... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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131 reviews 131 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Definitely for special occasions, and worth every penny. Beginning with our wine all the way through to dessert as well as an unexpected visit from the celebrity chef - an evening to remember!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

we went there for restaurant week, and it was really amazing food at a very reasonable price. We had the mushroom soup, the nocchi, and the ice cream sandwich for dessert. We were really impressed with the quality food and service.

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Good bar menus for late night snacks. Staff was attentive and friendly. Met at door and promptly seated

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Recently, my friends and I had dinner at Rialto Cambridge. It was amazing. The food was incredible, the service was spectacular and the setting was perfect. The drinks were terrific as well. We had decided to try the restaurant week menu and I am so glad we did. Delicious, exciting food explained in great detail by the staff and expertly... More 

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PJackkand
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56 reviews 56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Bravo to the entire team at Rialto! I had an amazing dinner last night, as part of restaurant week, with 4 friends. Ruben was our server, he was wonderful - took time with the menu recipes and handling all of our many questions. The short ribs were to die for! The win list was amazing, and the service and presentation... More 

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Hudson, New Hampshire
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

This dinner was for a couples retreat for the night seeing that we were meeting with some friends for a Valentines dinner. Service walking in was fast got us to our reserved table next to the bar quickly. I do not drink wine but the list of wines was endless. The sea food dishes looked great as much as they... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Bennett St, Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA 02138-5707
    (Eliot Street)
  • Public Transportation: Red Line to the Harvard Square T Stop.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: (617) 661-5050

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 80
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Mediterranean, Healthy

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Scenic view, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions

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.
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?