Al Dente Restaurant
We had a great Mother's DayWe had a great Mother's Day brunch/lunch! Friendly service. Large potions. Very accomodating! We'd go back!!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMLiked so much came two days in rowCame back a second day in a row because it was just that good!5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, great service!We had a great meal here and the best service from Peter that we had anywhere in Boston. Liked it so much I came back again with a work colleague the next night!!!5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThe veal - not so much.Everything was great. Server was tops. And everyone else's dinner tasted really good (I sampled). Maybe I should have stayed with the pasta. Shrimp Scampi before was great too. But the veal Marsala was a disappointment. Too thick, too soggy, limited taste. I will certainly go back, we had a great time, ... but will order something else from their ample menu.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMI've been here a few timesI've been here a few times in the past year and Al Dente never fails to disappoint. It's a small place, so you'll need to make a reservation, and please limit your party to about 6. This one particular time a very annoying group of about 12 promish-looking high schoolers held everything up so that the restaurant could make room for them at the cost of the other people waiting. Once I got in though, everything was perfect. The noise was noticeable (mostly the prom group) but manageable. The bread was amazing, the appetizers were delicious, and I nearly melted into my seat with my entree. Everything tasted as if it came from a native Italian kitchen, which it does. I'm doing it again. You should definitely give it a shot.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWe really love this restaurantWe really love this restaurant and have eaten here multiple times. It is just great, authentic Italian fare - not too fancy, not too expensive but really, really good. Service is also excellent - very friendly and efficient which means we are neither waiting around but the meal is alsways paced perfectly unlike many places where the entrees arrive before the appetizers are done. The chicken soup could be a meal by itself and all of the entrees have been consistently excellent. They even validate parking at the Parcel 7 garage which is a short walk.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMLove this place- almost don'tLove this place- almost don't want to write about it because it is already so busy!! But it is like eating at your Mom's house....lovingly prepared, enormous quantities and wait staff who clearly LOVE what they do and have fun in the process. A standout in the overcrowded restaurant scene in the North End.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMUnbelivable service espicallyUnbelivable service espically considering the late dining our and how busy the restruant was. We were treated like regulars. The only problem with the food was I couldn't finish it all which kept me from ordering more.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMAl Dente is a very small,Al Dente is a very small, authentic north end restaurant. We had a 6:30 reservation and still had to wait, which while we were annoyed, shows just how popular this restaurant is! There was rarely an empty table. Food was awesome, chicken Milanese, swordfish and veal parm was on our menu that night. I had to stop myself from cleaning my plate, the food was so good! The tables were all so close together that I had to keep moving so people could get by. It was also very loud, my dad said he had trouble concentrating on the menu because it was so loud!
They don't have dessert, but that just gives you a chance to experience a North End Bakery.
All in all, a very good experience. Al Dente is one of my favorite restaurants in the North End4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMloved the lobster ravioliloved the lobster ravioli sauce veal was excellent alfredo sauce best in a long time4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is one of favorite restaurantsThis is one of favorite restaurants in Boston. We've come here over a handful of times and enjoy the food, the service, and the all around "family" feel.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMSurpassing Hight ExpectationsSo many choices in the North End, so I looked to OpenTable for a reco. Al Dente was high on the list...and almost sounded too good to be true - great food and fantastic service. My small group of 3 (2 colleagues and I) arrived for dinner with high expectations. Al Dente surpassed them all. Food was fantastic. Our server, Angela, was terrific. Not only attentive, but charming, warm, and welcoming. We made a friend that night...and not in the annoying TGIFridays server kind of way. I look forward to many happy return visits, and will look forward to seeing Angela again, and chowing down some of Boston's finest Italian food.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMGoo d food, friendly service.Goo d food, friendly service. Will return for sure4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat restaurant! AuthenticGreat restaurant! Authentic food and it was absolutely outstanding! It is a great place to go in Boston if you're looking for real Italian food4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMHad to wait outside on sidewalkHad to wait outside on sidewalk for 45 mins after our scheduled reservation time...place was packed and we were told wed have to wait because "we got slammed by open table tonight". Not fun. Once inside the food, decor and vibe of the place was fantastic. Wait staff extremely polite and efficient given the size of the crowd. Also ordered a mid level bottle (Berringer) of Cabernet waiter arrived at table with a much lower grade cab and proceeded to open and pour it. When asked he said " this is our Cabernet were out of the other one or I can get you a J Lohr for a little more". Despite all this the food was excellent and abundant.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways the best in the NorthAlways the best in the North End. Great prices, great food, friendly people.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMAl Dente's has awesome foodAl Dente's has awesome food that was cooked to perfection, the best deal in the North End. The only disappointment was when the meal was over, so good never wanted it to end! Wait staff was awesome as well, fun and very engaging. Took clients to dinner prior to Bruins game and they raved all night about their dining experiance.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and service were wonderful.Food and service were wonderful. Tables were cramped and very close together, which unfortunately distracted from an otherwise outstanding experience.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWanted to take out-of-townWanted to take out-of-town guests to a North End restaurant they hadn't been to before. By chance we went to Al Dente and loved it! Small, great wait staff, excellent food [guests raved to us] - will definitely go back without guests! Shot of limoncello at end of meal was a nice touch.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThe host and waitress wereThe host and waitress were outstanding - very attentive and friendly like they were happy we were there which you don't always find in the North End. The food was an excellent version of traditional Italian food. We dine in the North End about once a month and have for many, many years. We just found this restaurant and will definitely be back.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGood RestaurantVery nice basic Italian fare. Well made and tasty. Service casual and friendly.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food and service asAmazing food and service as usual at al dente. The wait staff are excellent and even helped out with a bored one year old while the rest of us finished dinner. Would definitely recommend without a doubt!3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMWorth the wait.Arrived early for 7pm reservations, and host sat us a bit early despite a packed house. Tight quarters but in a good way. Fast service, great menu, large portions. Group ordered chicken parm, chicken Milanese, chicken Venezia, eggplant lasagna special, veal parm, and a couple other dishes, all to solid reviews. Expect to wait to sit, and definitely have reservations, but highly recommended.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding food, extensiveOutstanding food, extensive menu
Our server , Andrea was very attentive despite busy nite, even bringing specially prepared dipping oil to us when we were identified as first time diners.
Try the veal Valentino !3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food!!! Made reservationsExcellent food!!! Made reservations for 5, got in for about 530. But we'll worth the wait. The dining area was really small, so not ideal for large groups.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMI can't say enough about theI can't say enough about the service, it was exceptional. Our food was delicious, arrived in a very timely manner, and the portions were very generous.3/10/2013 12:00:00 AM