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Artu Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.artuboston.com
  • Phone: (617) 742-4336
  • Hours of Operation: Dining Hours

    Monday - Sunday: 11:30 AM - 1:00 AM

    Bar Hours

    Monday - Sunday 11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary Italian
  • Executive Chef: Donato A. Frattaroli / Gabriel Perez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Please visit: http://artuboston.com/functions/

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hanover Street
  • Public Transit: Artu is accessible from the Haymarket T stop (green and orange line) , the North Station T stop (green line) Government Center (green and blue line) and the Aquarium Stop. (blue line)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Artu
Artu was founded on the most basic Italian technique, great ingredients, simply prepared, that is what Artu is all about.

In February of 1992 Artu opened its doors to the world, starting with outstanding sandwiches and mouth watering roasted meats, we continued to evolve and grow. Since then we have steadily added to our repertoire. From those sandwiches and roasted meats, we have produced old-world comfort food dishes to current interpretations of those classics that still make the most discerning eater reminisce of their childhood.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had a group of 5 celebrating a special occasion. Our server suggested serving family style and we had a lovely 4 course meal made uip of small plates so we could taste everything. Especially good was the home made pasta with meat sauce, lamb and their special bruscetta."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Wonderful food, but a little loud for us older folks."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Great evening...food was outstanding. Pasta was homemade and delicious. Service was also great! Will be back."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Revisited Artu after a three-year absence. It is still excellent. The food is prepared perfectly, and the service is friendly and efficient."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I've visited Artu three times and the food is consistently spectacular. For the most recent visit, the Frutti di Mare was perfectly prepared over a bed of linguine and red sauce. Also, the staff kindly accommodated our last-minute large-party changes."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We had a delicious meal at Artu! Try the stuffed zucchini flowers, they are out of this world. My sister ordered shrimp scampi, and I ordered a veal with mozzarella on top - both were delicious. FYI - this is a busy loud restaurant on the weekends... Had to speak up to have a conversation, but overall, we had a wonderful time!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Ate at Artu August 2nd and service was excellent. Very quick even though they were quite busy. Food was well prepared and delicious. The restaurant was freezing in regards to AC but that's okay. Overall great experience"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Artu was a very rewarding dining experience. After seeing a small story about the owners and their North End experience we ventured into Boston to experience the Artu Restorante The service was great the food was well prepared and presented and the atmosphere and ambience perfect. Would recommend and will visit again."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Service was great, food was fantastic. Would reccomendation, not disappointed. Took a group of 8."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Food was delicious; portions could have been slightly bigger for the price but still left very satisfied. Service was impeccable."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The prices were reasonable and the portions were good. The service was very good he knew the specials and was right there when we needed something. I would definitely recommend this place to a friend."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Solid food and authentic wait staff that was very accommodating especially to children and gluten -free diners."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Let me first say that the service in this restaurant was outstanding. Attentive and not overbearing. And even the restaurant was packed, crazy busy touristy, they had our table ready when we arrived, even a little early. We would not have eaten without our Open Table Reservation. The negative part of our experience was that the food on the menu was not made as described. A Zucchini flower dish with Ricotta came as a very oily,mozarella filled pancake like dish. (Not ricotta). We had to send it back. This was replaced with a bruschetta, that was OK, but not really put together well. For our main dish, based on our diet the waiter was very accommodating in switching chicken for the sausage. That said , the dish itself was not really tasty"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great menu. Delicious homemade pasta. Service was so charming and warm. Perfect location in the heart of the North End. Would go back in a heart beat."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Four adults, one 5 yr.old..where to go? Artu was an excellent choice! This is the kind of restaurant that's so easy to go to. The staff made everyone feel comfortable. Our server was attentive & helpful. The food & prices terrific. ARTU is a neighborhood gem!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The service staff was very nice, and the place is pretty and more sophisticated than previously thought. However, food was just OK, nothing special or unique."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The bread was stale, and the food quality wasn't impressive. Overall I wasn't so impressed. Though the staff did turn down the AC for me, which was very sweet, so I have nothing bad to say in terms of the service"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had a large group so we wanted an energetic and fun atmosphere. This restaurant was a great find. Food and service were wonderful. We would highly recommend Artu!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Recommended by a resident of the neighborhood when we were viisiting Boston. Loved the freshness of the food. Had an antipasti plate starter with grilled eggplant, Brussels sprouts. cauliflower, broccoli, and zucchini lighlty coated with olive oil and salt and pepper. So fresh . The stuffed manicotti with spinach was fantastic. The filling was puréed with just the right amount of cheeses to balance the spinach. Sauce was obviously home made. Also had Shrimp Scampi which was cooked perfectly. Service was excellent. Young man was genuinely interested in us and our visit to the city. Great bottle of wine suggested by our server perfectly matched the food. Would recommend highly"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great dinner at Artu. Good good, homemade Taglietelle was wonderful! A bit loud upstairs, but great for a large party; and we had 8."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "excellant service I have been here many times and everyone has been very friendly and accmodating"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I went to Atru with some clients for dinner. The staff was very friendly and food was amazing."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "For similar cost, there are much better Italian restaurants in the North End, with much better ambiance. My husband and I ate there on a Friday evening. Not all of the tables were filled, yet the diners were practically screaming at each other. We did have a very delicious appetizer (shrimp), but the entrees were unremarkable. We each ordered a cocktail. One of the cocktails had almost no liquor in it. I chose this restaurant based on the OpenTable ratings, which I can usually count on. So, I thought to add a review in an effort to keep the ratings a bit more honest. I would not go to this restaurant again."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I love the food here. It's not your typical Italian restaurant. The menu is more authentic than most. Everything from the food to the service is consistent and worth going back for. Love it!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Good food, had classic chicken parm which was delicious. Service a little slow but busy night with all the graduations"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I have dinner in the North End about twice a month and this restaurant is by far my least favorite. We choose Artu because it was one of the only places that was taking reservations last minute last Saturday night. Like got the risotto (the only vegetarian entree) and it was tasteless. I could have gotten the same tasting meal from the frozen section at the grocery store. My boyfriend got the rib eye which was also tasteless, he had to drench it in A1. I would recomend their caprese appitizer. The mozzarella was mouth-wateringly delicious. Small portion compare to other NE restaurants but still very good. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I was looking for an enjoyable Mother's Day Lunch with my family and I found it. There service was attentive - prompt yet never intrusive. We always had everything we needed. The food was perfection! Five people, five different meals - all were spectacular."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went to ARTU to celebrate a graduation. We were lucky that due to needing a place to go mid afternoon we were able to secure a last minute reservation between the lunch and dinner crowd. We also had the option of ordering off the lunch menu ( 3 of us did ) and/or the dinner menu ( 2 of us ordered off the dinner menu). The service was perfect. The food was delicious, however the portions were small on the dinner menu orders. The best part were the homemade sangria ($14 glass), although pricey it was a large glass and you could choose red or white. Our party choose both and we loved them both!!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Nothing special for the North End, as evidenced by the lack of patrons. I had expected the restaurant to be packed, like most other NE restaurants; but this was not the case. Food and service was OK. Décor/ambiance was fair. I'm glad we tried it, but there are much better places in the North End for Italian."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The waiter was very good and helpful. We asked his opinion when we were trying to decide between two appetizers and then when I was trying to decide on a pasta dish. I am a vegetarian so thought I really only had two choices, but he then recommended a pasta that I could get without anchovy and that is what I went with and it was delicious. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Having lived in the N End for several years, my fiance and I had frequented Artu. Unfortunately it seems like things have changed at my longtime favorite. We don't plan on returning for a sit-down meal - we'll stick with the bar (where we typically get great service) and maybe just a few appetizers (love the bruscetta and salumi & formaggi). Unfortunately, our server was very unprofessional, rude, inexperienced, and truly ruined what was a special day, my bridal shower. He was very disrepectful when I sent back a turned glass of wine (Garnacha which tasted like pure vinegar but per his report tasted fine). Lastly, the shrimp scampi was bland, lacking garlic or lemon in the dish. I hope that Artu will take this as constructive feedback."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I had high expectations since this place was highly recommended. From the minutes I walked in I knew it was going to be bad. The staff acted so busy even though there was only 5 other customers. We were seated at then ignored for 15 minutes. When I waitresses finally came to see us, only after my husband complained, she brought us bread and water and left again. She kept walking by and literally ignoring our table. She went to every other table she had but actually made a point of ignoring us. We complained again and she finally came by. She didn't know the menu, and they ran out of basic Italian items like spaghetti and lasagna. She brought the wrong order. We said enough and left. Don't eat there. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "When we arrived, everything was ready, no waiting around and took us right to the table. This was great because we had 3 little kids with us. The server was very accommodating and understanding with the children. we were able to have a beautiful meal that was enjoyable with 3 little kids, the staff and server made us feel right at home. The food is top notch and this place is right around the corner from Mike's Pastry, which was awesome. Bring color books or something to entertain children as the only setback is they did not provide crayons or books."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Overall the food was enjoyed by our party. Although the flavor of my seafood dish was delicious, all the fish was overcooked. We felt a bit rushed even though it was not a packed night."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I went with a friend on a busy night in the city. They forgot about is in the corner, but the food was still tops. There were loud groups on either side of us. It was hard to have a convo. Not a sweet little romantic dpot, but still a good time."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "It is a little off the "main drag" so to speak, so it does not get the traffic of other restaurants. It was very good nonetheless."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Always rewarding. Food is outstanding and waitstaff are wonderful. Just go you wont be disappointed."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The North End has many great restaurants and Artu fits right in with them. The food was very good. We wanted a side of garlic oil pasta to go with our entrees and that was no problem. We started with the burrata appetizer and it was incredible. All in all it was a lovely dinner."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The staff was friendly, the locale great, and the aromas appetizing. Our party of 4 good friends started the evening excited for our North End dining experience. The restaurant was crowded - seemed / full for our midweek reservation - but we did not have a long wait to be seated. From then on, though, the service was very, very slow. Staff was pleasant, but the wait between menu delivery and drink orders was very long, then drink to appetizers, equally long. Midway through the meal, we'd ordered a second bottle of wine (and had to flag the wait staff for that!) and then it was never delivered. We were never asked if we wanted dessert. The food was good but not great, and it was reasonably priced. An ok experience, but nohing special."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Pleasant surprise located off the beaten path. Reservations accepted. Food was fabulous!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014