Al Dente Restaurant
Al Dente Restaurant

Al Dente Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.aldenteboston.com/
  • Phone: 6175230990
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 9:45pm, Friday and Saturday: 11:30am - 10:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parcel 7 garage is within a 5 min walk to our restaurant located at the corner of Sudbury and Congress St; $1.00 for up to 2 hrs; $3.00 for up to 3 hrs; Validation void over 3 hours; Show your server your ticket to validate
A word from Al Dente Restaurant
Snuggled in the heart of the world famous North End, Al Dente Restaurant lets you feast on a bountiful array of Italian specialties. The outstanding menu, featuring pasta, chicken, veal and seafood, highlights a spectrum of lavish Italian specialties that are sure to please discriminating palates. The open kitchen lets you in on the action behind the superb dishes, and you'll enjoy their lavish fare amid a cozy, casual setting.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Al Dente Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
215 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (145)fit for foodies (73)special occasion (61)good for groups (37)romantic (36)great for lunch (29)kid-friendly (29)hot spot (28)notable wine list (15)late-night find (10)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great Restaurant.
    LynneBVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Highly recommend Al Dente as consistent food and great flavor. I can see why the Spaghetti Carbonara received the best in the North End - it was wonderful and a dish I would highly recommend. Food is great and Bryan is an excellent Waiter with great taste level and personality to always make lunch a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Good food, service and reasonably priced. Too loud to have a discussion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food is amazing, the service is wonderful. They made me feel like family! Be sure to make a reservation, but this is by far my favorite restaurant in the North End.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Family Restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great food, huge portions, family owned...bustling scene outside passing by in the window. Fun and friendly place to get a great Italian food experience!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner in Every Way
    WinfieldManVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    What you might expect of an energetic, top-notch Italian restaurant: great food, loud clamoring, personal service. But the owner took it a notch higher by accommodating a last-minute request from visiting friends & relatives (from Europe) who crashed our dinner and surprised the heck out of us. Made a great experience even greater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu, good food, very noisy
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Extensive menu, all of which looked delicious. Our appetizers and food was very good, especially the canollini and the sautéed calamari. Portions are huge so easy to split, and for a North End restaurant these days, the prices were reasonable. Our waitress was very friendly and accommodating, telling us to take our time ...despite it being a Friday night and a completely full restaurant with pele waiting on the street....(hooray for OpenTable!) The noise was the biggest problem, as it's a small place, was crowded, and and nothing to absorb the sound inside. Would be awesome on a less crowded night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Everything was very good, both food and service. Menu has so many choices it was almost impossible to decide. Large portions. One of the better North End restaurants I've been too
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian
    Fdlver17
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Not fussy or fancy just good traditional Italian with large portions. Had the fusili the risotto and the carbonara. All delicious!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay, but not great
    Susan
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I've been to Al Dente before, but my latest experience won't bring me back. The restaurant is very noisy. Our group of 4 had to yell to be heard over the other patrons so basic conversation was difficult. The meal took too long time to get to the table. In fact, several others around us who arrived after we did were served first. The waitress apologized and reported it would be one more minute, only to disappear for another 15 minutes. When asked about our meals at that point, she again apologized and said we would be served soon. Two plates were brought out and we had to wait for the other 2, while the meals turned cold. The waitress did not offer anything as a comp, not even a dessert. I'll try another North End restaurant next time.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Out-of-state visitor
    Granite1
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The restaurant was recommended by another and we were told that it was way worth the trip form New Hampshire. She was so right and we were not disappointed. It was great!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comforting Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Was very pleased with our trip to Al Dente. We found the staff to be very friendly, especially Angela. Feels very family like, small and filled with conversations all around. We had the lobster ravioli, which had a velvety creamy tomato sauce. Also had the eggplant lasagna, which was dense and cheesy and served with the best meatball I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food like my grandma used to make
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food at Al Dente was fantastic. The owner, Joe, was in the kitchen this night, but still found time to come and introduce himself to our table along with many other tables in the restaurant. Our server was from the neighborhood, and was excellent. We were a party of 5, and even though we were 15 minutes late for our reservation on a Saturday night, they seated us shortly. We chose not to order appetizers, which was the right move considering the size of the portions that they serve. My father had their homemade fussilini pasta with shrimp and scallops, and it was unbelievable. You can substitute their homemade fussilini with any other pasta dish and I would recommend. The ravioli, gnocchi and linguini shrimp/calamri were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Winnie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Excellent food, excellent service in a nice neighborhood. Waited only a few minutes before our reserved table was ready. Had two young children who liked the place too. Highly recommend for authentic Italian food in the Boston area!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bostons Excellent Italian.
    spoton2
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My wife and myself enjoyed great lobster ravioli as an appetizer. Her veal parmesan was good not great, my chicken, broccoli and bow tie pasta dish was excellent. It was a quaint place with only about a dozen tables. We arrived about 15 early for our reservations without a hassle and we were seated in about 10 minutes even though the restaurant was experiencing a 45-60 minute wait. They bar was located in their sister restaurant next door but the drinks came out in a timely fashion. I actually thought that to be pretty cool to have the server go outside and walk next door to fetch our drinks. Our waitress was very good. When we go back to Boston we will definitely go back to Al Dente.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place In North End
    Schawby
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food is always great and I have never been disappointed. The quality and quanties are excellent The servers are personable and a lot of fun. You feel like your part opf the family when you go there. Mike at the door runs the door and keeps you happy even if its a long wait. Be sure to make reservations and still plan on waiting as its a busy place. Its worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy Vibe and Good Food!
    SCdiner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Reservations at 7pm but needed to wait outside until 7:35. It was a Saturday night and every good restaurant in the North End was packed. Once seated the service was excellent and the food came quickly. The Eggplant Parmesan, a chicken dish and the Alfredo was very good. It was crowded and noisy, best for eating and not group conversation. Prices good, food excellent! Recommended for very good Italian in the North End.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waited 45 mins with a reservation
    redfaced
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This restaurant left an entire crowd (about 20 people all in separate parties) outside waiting even though everyone had reservations. Had to get the check as soon as the mediocre food arrived to make it out to a show I had pre purchased tickets to. Waited 10 minutes inside for waitress to show up and never received an apology. I was embarassed to bring a party of four here and will be sure to never visit again. Extremely disappointed with this restaurant and food was certainly not worth the ridiculous wait.
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  • Worth the trip
    Beachclub
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Outstanding food and service from beginning to end. Generous portions.... Definitely a little on the tight side and very energetic but I ended up actually liking that
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Basil
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had family in from out of town and wanted to give them a true North End experience and we go it here. It reminded me of the North End of years ago, starting with the straight talking host out front and continued with the sassy/friendly servers. Great prices and portions. From this one experince my nieces will carry on the tradition of going to the North End with their friends/families.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No place better!
    BeachwalkerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The place is small and noisy but it is like coming home! Like having a loving energetic relative serving you dinner. A dinner beyond delicious. We would never eat a morsel of food in the North End anywhere besides Al Dente. Dishes are plentiful and flavorful and you simply must finish every last bite because you will never find such incredible food anywhere else. Long Live,l Dente. And Michael and Angela and Marion!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Annual fave for B-day celebration
    LovetheNorthEnd
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This is our 2nd time to Al Dente for our annual August birthday dinner for 4 of us in our family with August birthdays. The 2nd time was even better than the first. Our server, Marge, whom we also had the last time we went, is a terrific waitress, and couldn't be nicer. Everyone's food came out of the kitchen hot and fresh, from the Al Dente Special to Chicken Parm to Fried Calamari, everything was delicious! Portions are big, so plan to take some home. Definitely worth the trip, and we'll be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok food-services a bit questionable
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food is fine, basic Italian, huge portions, so if you want a lot of food for your money this is your place No dessert . Problem with our check at the end. We all paid in cash. Big party so tip included and we added another $10. After the waitress took our money she came back and said we did not pay enough. $100 was missing. Two of us had counted it. Before we made a scene, they found the money, but very strange. $2.50 a person fee (times 8 of us) to bring cupcakes in and they don't even have dessert! Too loud. I would not go back.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slightly disappointing
    CherrypieVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Despite having a reservation, we had to wait on the street for 45 mins for our table. You are made to feel a little like they are doing you a favour finding space for you. I understand it's a small restaurant, but if you're going to do two sittings, you need to make sure that you allow time for the first set of diners to finish before scheduling the second set. Fig and goats cheese salad was delicious. Seafood Risotto a bit dry and the muscles weren't the best quality. Scallop and shrimp pasta with vodka sauce was tasty but i would have prefered linguine or spagetti instead of the think chewy fusilli that it was served with. Lobster ravioli was a highlight. Portions were huge and reasonably priced. I've had better in the North End.
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  • Dinner out
    T1ger
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food was good, and my girlfriend and her daughters enjoyed it as well. I would recommend this place, for sure. I have to thank my son's friend for recommending this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Allison
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    As always, I absolutely adore the food at this restaurant. It tastes so homemade and fresh. I am obsessed with the house-made fusilli pasta. The service, also as always, was a little hectic. Can't complain- the food overshadows the service any day in the North End!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved it!
    Meganhope1985VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We loved our meal we went back again....the same day! The spinach crepes are amazing!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mwlsVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The best the North End has to offer. Noisy and crowded, but great food.
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  • Our favorite place in the North End
    Got2GetAway
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I drive 400 miles for their food. Not really, but it was our first stop after driving up from the Philly area. Owner is very personable and engaging. Wait staff is friendly. Their linguini and red sauce is to die for. Such a simple meal, but I was thinking of that the entire drive! Be sure to get reservations online!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely spot
    12345
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Reserved a table on OpenTable, and really appreciated the restaurant calling to confirm. Ran a bit late, but called ahead and we were able to get a table when we got there. The place was cozy and had great food and wine. Not noisy at all so was able to hold a conversation without shouting across the table. Had a great time.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Day Trip to Italy
    WilWolfTour2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    If you want a little slice of rural Italy in the bustling North End then, Al Dente is the place for you. Small, informal this is a place where the waitresses look straight out of central casting they fit the place so well. The oil dipping sauce is devine and the food was spectacular. Portions are huge, so be prepared to bring some home. Price for lunch was in line with most other North End restaurants. Don't walk, run to Al Dente if you are in Boston.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We are repeat visitors to Al Dente......every time we are there, we are greeted warmly and seated very close to our reserved time slot. Food esp. homemade fussilli is wonderful! It was enjoyed by my entire family. Service was great and love the ambiance. See you next time.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    luv3dine
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food was good, however, the ambiance was rowdy and there were several drunk groups in the restaurant that made conversation difficult. There were also too many tables for the space and it was hard to move without bumping into another table. The bread was cheap and served with prepackaged butter, and the wait staff looked overwhelmed for a large part of our meal.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great
    ames515
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Friendly service and the food is to die for. Loved the bruschetta, Caesar salad, and raviolis. Will definitely come back to next time we're in Boston
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good to the last drop
    Lily
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was our first time there and we highly recommend making reservations! Even with reservations you will have to wait a bit, but it's worth it. The place is small & tightly packed but everyone is friendly and the food is worth a little bump from the people sitting right behind you. We had appetizers, salad& dinner and it was all delicious. The lemoncillo shot at the end of the meal was also a huge hit. (Ask for the olive oil mix with the bread. Then ask for more bread to finish off the sauce from your meal!) :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    CathyVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our first time at Al Dente and it was as good as all the reviews we had read! Great food and great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tedtedowskiVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    reasonable food and pricing. a bit loud. good family place.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food was really good
    Debbiesays
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    food was delicious if this is the only reason you go to dine then this is a place for you. Parking is very difficult and be careful if you park in a resident parking spot your ticket will be $40. seating is a little tight so squeeze your tummy with all your might.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We arrived, we ate well, we departed. The service was very good. The restaurant was packed with lively couples and families.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tender Veal Dishes
    DoubleLL
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This restaurant has the most tender veal dishes. I have been eating here for my birthday for the past 6 years. It is always fabulous! I love all of them but my favorite is the Veal Valdostona - scallopini layered with prosciutto and mozzarella cheese with artichoke hearts and mushrooms in a marsala wine sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant after ballgame meal
    hipeak
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We enjoyed the prompt service. Water and bread right away. Appetizers were good and were served promptly. Entrees were plentiful and delicious. We were time limited (had to catch a train), but thoroughly enjoyed our meal.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate