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Rialto

1 Bennett St, Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA 02138-5707
(617) 661-5050
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Ranked #78 of 540 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price range: $30 - $80
Hours:
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
Cambridge
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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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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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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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Osterville, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I went as an invitee to this restaurant. It is located in the Charles Hotel, but is certainly a standalone dining experience. Our waiter was very nice and attentive, although some of his peers were less so. We sat in the bar area which does not offer the full menu. Our table ordered an array of small plates and each... More

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Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Hard to believe this restaurant will soon celebrate its 20th anniversary. We've been meaning to go for some time and missed out 2 years ago when we first visited Boston. Planning this time around, we made it a priority to get out to Chef Jody Adams' restaurant. Took the subway from our hotel near Boylston station to Harvard station &... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Went to Rialto on Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Overall, a nice meal. Started with Fisherman's stew which was terrific. Had lamb chops which were well prepared but not served as hot as I would have liked. My wife had Long Island duck which she loved. We sat outside next to the bar. It was a pleasant evening and it... More

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Orleans, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I had waited so long to try it...and boy was I disappointed. The setting is very nice, elegant even. But why was mariachi music playing? And why did my lasagna have giant jalapeno peppers on it? And why did the smell of the dish almost make me gag? I waved my arms wildly but no one came over... for quite... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Rialto has it down pat. Scrumptious food, excellent service, comfortable and subtle surroundings. Servings are the right amount, neither too much nor too little. Perfecto wine list. Also delicious mocktails! The one thing that makes Rialto real and not ideal: needs more chocolate on the dessert list. Watch out for the licorice-chocolate gelato -- not for unsuspecting victims. If you... More

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Harrold, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Business dinner with two colleagues, service was attentive without being pushy as (sorry to say) some USA restaurants can be. Excellent wine list and interesting without being bizarre menu with something for all tastes and appetites. I had the "Tuscan Steak" which was cooked perfectly and was superb. Worth a visit if in Cambridge.

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Middlebury, Vermont
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

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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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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