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The Dial, Cambridge, MA

The Dial

4.4
4.4
290 reviews
$30 and under
American
Sophisticated yet laid-back, The Dial is a bustling restaurant and bar serving global cuisine with a distinctly local flair. Step out onto the patio when the temperature rises or organize a gathering in our private dining room.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Global, International

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 349-2967

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Justin Urso

  • Area

    Cambridge

  • Cross Street

    Mass Ave

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Few minute walk from 'Central' T-stop on the Red Line.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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What 290 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. M

    Maggie

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Tasty drinks and apps, and great outdoor patio space!
  2. J

    Jehar

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    EXTREMELY overrated! Spent almost $150 on food just to leave hungry 😬
  3. PC

    PamC

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server Becky was awesome! Lamb burger was a fav for all and juice cleanse delish! Sat out on patio and loved the vibe. Overall great experience!
  4. P

    Picklelover11

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The vibe was great and a cute oasis patio in busy Cambridge.
  5. S

    Szaf4

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere, food & drink! The staff were friendly, knowledgeable & attentive. Fabulous night out. Would 10/10 recommend.
  6. b

    bkou

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second visit in two weeks. Consistently great and friendly staff.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Overpriced and under seasoned
  8. s

    spkmck

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our absolute favorite restaurants. It never disappoints
  9. b

    bkou

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was very accommodating to us and some of our group was vegan to which they have many options.
  10. p

    patrickg

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The scallop dish was unique and delicious. Great cocktails as well.
  11. R

    Recommend

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again, we loved our experience at Dial! The food was delicious and the service was outstanding! We sat outside in the courtyard so the energy levels were high as there were a couple of large togethers.
  12. S

    Susan

    New England

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    It's a fun place with good food and great service, but the noise level requires shouting to hear your dining companions. the brick walls and stone floor guarantee deafening sound which ensures that we won't be back. too bad, because everything else worked.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    This was a very disappointing experience for us. We had booked a reservation on the rooftop deck to celebrate a birthday. When we arrived we were told that the deck had been reserved for a private event and that the only seating they had was in the bar area. We also asked when we made the reservation if we could do a little dessert with a candle; that did not occur either. The service was fair. We waited 20 minutes for someone to come and take our food order. Food was OK. Overall it was an expensive dinner that was really not special at all. We will not be back.
  14. R

    Rachel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was excellent. Great for occsssions, we were there for a graduation. Good spot for vegetarians and their meat eating friends
  15. A

    Alex

    New England

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    I was here for a brunch. Personally I enjoyed the shakshuka but for $14-15, just one egg and tomato sauce were a bit lacking (especially compared to the shakshuka at Tatte). I did not get drinks, but friends complained that $5 was too much for a plain iced black coffee. The ambiance was wonderful though!
  16. TC

    TaraC

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, atmosphere and service!! Will definitely be going back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was great! Service was awesome
  18. RR

    RobertoR

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food is ALWAYS soooo good. Never fails, delicious. The service is as slow as it gets. HUGE qualm: The server hands you a portable credit card machine right there at the table. You have to insert chip and give the tip right there as the server hangs out over your shoulder. I hate it. It's like I'm forced to give this excellent tip bc they are literally looking at you to see what you will tip. So I do tip in fact excellently so I don't look like a douchbag, even though the service is truly par to sub par. But again-- the kitchen is the saving grace. The food is so good, we keep going back. Win some, lose some. This review btw is coming from a person who was server/bartender for 2 decades of their life. I know what good service is.
  19. N

    Nickname

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Our server was inexcusably rude and inexplicably unavailable for the first half of the meal.
  20. DC

    DCFoodie

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, drink and experience! Highly recommend. I did read through some of the reviews and couldn’t disagree more with the comments about the wait staff. The staff were awesome, thoughtful and clearly work their tail off. These patrons live under a rock and don’t read the news is my assumption. Anyway! An absolute gem in Central and worth your time!
  21. SP

    SaltandPepper

    New England

    64 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The service started out great -- our server was prompt, friendly and helpful. But as time went on she did not check back with us very much and our food was just plopped on the table by a runner who did not remove the dishes we were finished with. We would have ordered dessert and coffee but didn't want to take the chance that everyone would disappear on us again. I am usually a generous tipper but left a 10% tip because the service was so inattentive. Cocktails were great. The food was good but not remarkable. For example, there is a lot of coating on the cod cheeks and that detracts from the simple elegance of that piece of the fish. Fried potatoes were soggy in part because the fish is piled up on them and they steam due to being presented that way. I would return here only because it is a newer place that is probably getting its foothold and there are, of course, all kinds of extra difficulties during covid. Would recommend for cocktails.
  22. O

    Oceanside

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The food was okay. The chilaquiles were bland and the breakfast sandwich was soggy.
  23. JT

    JeremyT

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful 2022 Mother's Day brunch at the Dial. Cody was our waiter, he was attentive and friendly. The Dial atmosphere is bright, upbeat and clean. I would definitely go back to be able to sample some more of the drinks from the bar.
  24. J

    Jenna

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & kind waitstaff ! Always a fun time.
  25. KP

    KPLGMS

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We sat at the bar, but there's also a lovely, enclosed patio out back! All the food was delicious, and our bartender was a delight.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Definitely way understaffed and overpriced mediocre food. I’m not one to leave reviews, but the few times we did see wait staff they were quite rude and then tried quickly to make up for it to get a tip. Cocktails are interesting, not everyone’s cup of tea. Overall, I wouldn’t go back but it was alright.
  27. b

    biancap

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Food was average. Good service, unique drinks. Chill vibe.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful and delicious food. Polite and progressional service. Emma was our server and she was lovely. Will go again and would recommend to anyone.
  29. AT

    AianT

    New England

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience5
    The restaurant has a good ambience but the food is expensive for its portion size.
  30. d

    durjoyace

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely breakfast with friends who haven’t seen each other in a long time. Great Chilaquates.
  31. Z

    Zkkkkkkkk

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always awesome here—good, drinks and especially all staff are simply terrific. I love this place!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was high quality. Drinks were great. Menu was small but excellent
  33. HP

    HeatherP

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Great food, will definitely go back. Looking forward to checking out the patio in the summer.
  34. TL

    ThomasL

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Twice and the food is always oily, greasy, and fundamentally cooked to be unhealthy.
  35. SJ

    SsJj

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Loved the ambience. Great for a date, friends, groups
  36. HS

    HannahS

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is oozing with style and has an amazing menu full of tastes and vegetarian friendly items.
  37. n

    nashvillenative

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Good food! They just need a lot more staff. Drinks took 30 minutes and we couldn’t get the check.
  38. TA

    TinaA

    New England

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Very diverse dishes and quite well-prepared. Would definitely go there again!
  39. NT

    NTown136

    New England

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Decor and ambiance really nice. Two areas- Bar/high top tables louder/ casual vibe. Smallish dining area quieter nice atmosphere. Able to have normal conversation. Eclectic food and drink menu - Asian, Latin, Italian. Small plates but also larger main meal options. Good mixture. Service was somewhat slow but in some ways allowed us to take our time and have conversation. Only real complaint was it was my sons birthday and in the notes with reservation I asked for candle to be put on whatever dessert we ordered. No go. Overall recommended.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was dimly lit and we did the Dine Out Boston menu with a fixed set of items. The food was above average. I really enjoyed the flautas and the pumpkin tres leches.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Dial using the Order Online button. The Dial also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 349-2967.

The Dial is rated 4.4 stars by 290 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Dial

907 Main Street Cambridge, MA 02139

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Mass Ave

  • Area

    Cambridge

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Few minute walk from 'Central' T-stop on the Red Line.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Justin Urso

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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