Rialto

  • 3.3 star rating
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3.3 rating over 5 reviews

617-661-5050

1 Bennett St ( )

Cambridge, MA 02138-5707

Neighborhoods: Harvard Square

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Tags: American, Liquor Served, Wine Served, Good for groups, Delivery, American (New), Spanish, Casual Elegant, Eclectic, and French
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Tips:
  • Avoid the struggle to find parking in Harvard Square: Leave your car in the Charles Hotel garage ($10 with the restaurant's validation stamp).
  • Avoid the struggle to find parking in Harvard Square: Leave your car in the Charles Hotel garage ($8 with the restaurant's validation stamp).
  • Partake in the bar menu in the lounge area, with resoundingly affordable antipasti, delicious Italian plates and a beautifully tended bar.
  • Every Monday at the bar, Island Creek oysters go for $1 each. Every Tuesday at the bar, $5 nets you 15 fresh local Maine shrimp dusted with cayenne.
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Unwind, Italian-style, at Rialto, where James Beard Award-winning chef Jody Adams brings an Italian perspective to New England ingredients. Menu changes monthly to reflect the best in seasonal ingredients and highlight different regional cuisine of Italy. Current menu offerings include: Citrus Braised Octopus with a potato-garlic purée, tomatoes, capers,and coriander, Whole Grain Cannelloni pasta with chanterelles, porcini, ricotta, pancetta and hazelnuts, Roasted Duck Sandwhich with Gruyère, gingered figs and hand-cut fries and an Apple Almond Cake with apple-lemon curd, chestnut honey and almond gelato.

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." Visit www.rialto-restaurant.com to learn more about private and special events, cooking classes and new menu offerings.

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Reviews for Rialto

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I think that the problem with Rialto is that...

I think that the problem with Rialto is that it’s over hyped, and the chefs don’t pay enough attention to detail. Though the decor and ambiance is pretty cool.

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Although this was restaurant week, one of their busiest w...

Although this was restaurant week, one of their busiest weeks of the year, I found that Rialto did not stand up to its reputation. The service was rushed and quite poor, the food so-so, and the rooms quite noisy. I felt that they could have done a better job with being attentive and that their menu offerings need a little more flavor. Restaurant week should be when they’re at their best, being the chance to advertise to a large audience about the quality of their restaurant, and Rialto made me feel that it would not be worth my time again.

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July 27, 2010

  • 1 star rating
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Not worth the wait

I attended a patio party here in mid-July sponsored by St Germain liquer, thanking patrons for supporting Jody Adams and Rialto through her time on Top Chef, etc. So for the food, drinks, service, and the patio space: Food: Was hit or…

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January 6, 2010

  • 3 star rating
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contemporary Italian

Food is solid, as you'd expect from a James Beard winner. Wine selection is sufficient for even snobbish palates. Service is excellent, decor is crisp and clean. All in all, it's a good meal for a good price in a good location. All…

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October 26, 2009

  • 4 star rating
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Rialto is Cambridgean, yuppie Italian goodness!

Jody Adams' Rialto is a hit in Cambridge. It is a white linen, yuppie Italian restaurant serving high-class dishes like gnocchi with rabbit bolognese or squid ink ravioli. I tend to gravitate more towards traditional Italian fare done…

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Rialto is located near the cities of Jericho, Somerville, Mid Cambridge, Allston, and West Somerville.
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