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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
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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, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Scenic view

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 81
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Dinner to remember and relive again soon

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Robert A
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Hudson, New Hampshire
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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181 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Participated in the super hunger brunch charity this past January with the team at rialto. Was so impressed to see the staff and chef owner come together on a Sunday morning and work for free for a charitable cause. The volunteers were given a delicious breakfast for participating and I cannot wait to return for dinner!

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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Rialto is among the very best of Boston & Cambridge. Expensive, but worth every penny. If you want a really memorable food experience, Rialto should be at the top of your list. We'll be back soon.

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washington D.c.
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I stayed at The Charles Hotel from 2/16 -2/20 and ate at Rialto on the 16th and 19th. The service and food are excellent. on both occasions I ordered the roasted duck and lobster meals. I've had duck on many occasions and by far this was the best I've eaten. Stacy was our very attentive server on the 16th and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

From start to finish everything was amazing. The service was quick and attentive and our server ,Oliver, was very friendly. The food came out in a very timely manner and everything came out flawlessly! If you are in Harvard sq I highly recommend eating at Rialto.

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Dallas, Texas
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The Rialto in the Charles Hotel has very delicious, well prepared food and service to match. Everyone's order exceeded our expectations and the complimentary sorbet at the end of the meal from the chef was such a sweet lagniappe!

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Peekskill, New York
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The Rialto restaurant is top of the line in everything ... Food, service, atmosphere. It is on the quite expensive side but worth it!

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Alamo, California
Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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

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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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: American, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?