Artu
Artu

Artu

  • 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: Contemporary Italian, 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.
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Artu reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (46)fit for foodies (30)good for groups (25)special occasion (21)romantic (19)notable wine list (16)vibrant bar scene (11)hot spot (8)late-night find (6)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Once again another great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We have eaten here a number of times over the years. Always an excellent experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would definitely recommend.
    Green2
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Artu was great, drinks were fantastic and we had a table of 10 and it was very comfortable. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. I forget the name of our waitress but she was a tall blond girl and she was great. She didn't write down one persons order and got them all right. She was very attentive to when drinks were low and we never felt rushed. She was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We have come to Artu multiple times and it is always excellent. The eggplant parmesan is truly exceptional - the best we have ever had anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worldlycritic
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Artu was great. They easily handled our reservation of 14 with great ervice and attentiveness. Everyone of us siad our meal was great. As soon as my knife hit the Veal I knew it was going to be a tremendous treat...it was!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shared an old fave w/ Cape friends
    BSTR
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I've been to Artu lots of times over the years. Always have loved the bar and the food. For a Saturday lunch with colleagues from the Cape it was perfect once again. Carbonara, check- Bolognese, check - Eggplant check - Brocoli Rabe - check. Only weird one...Panini on a sub roll? Must have run out of bread, but still tasty! Server forgot one of our apps, but all in all still great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what we expected
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    My daughter's chicken marsala was cold. My pasta puttanesca was not al dente but rather crunchy. We were told the two items on the menu that my daughter ordered they didn't have any more. The vegetarian antipasti although large were not seasoned at all, no oil, vinegar, salt or pepper making them bland. There was no butter or olive oil on the table for the bread. We have eaten many times in the North End and this is the first time we have been disappointed.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great food. Lovely atmosphere. Enjoyed the artwork as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service and food!
    Jess
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I went there with friends from out of town, our server was very responsive and the food was very nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice evening out
    fortyfivetrees
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The entrance to the bar is very small and tight and was pretty much filled by 6:30 when we arrived. Our friends were a few minutes late but there was no problem getting seated as soon as they arrived. Again, the seating is very cramped. But, our waitress was right on top of things and we got our food quickly. There were two chicken parms, two eggplant parms, a steak and the spinach manicotti ordered, along with the scallops and burrata and tomato appetizers. Everything was good and we all left full and happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding food + value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I had one of the best meals I've eaten all year! Everyone at my table raved about the food. Even my 10 year son, who has never shown any preference for one pasta dish over anther gave a commented upon his first bite, how awesome his dish was. The waiter was great too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Boston North End Rocks
    Broadwaybob
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Neighborhood Rocks! Food Rocks! Drinks Rock! Seated right on time on a Friday Night...waitress knows her stuff and is very cool.....love this place!!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Artu is always very consistent! They. Can accommodate large parties which we love
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Italian!
    DCdocVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Really enjoyed lunch here. Great chicken Marsala and eggplant parm.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mikieats
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The food was excellent! Four people each ordered a different entree, and each of us was delighted. Of special note was the seafood with. Pasta. Perfectly prepared seafood items were served with toothsome pasta in a spicy tomato sauce. The spaghetti carbonara was superb. Prudencia's service doubled our enjoyment of the food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The restaurant was nice. It was not very crowded, which was at first unsettling, but the food turned out to be pretty good. The restaurant itself was also somewhat swanky. Our waitress was also very nice.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Koder2001
    Koder2001
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Awesome dining experience! Calamari with cherry peppers... Delightful! Overall a terrific experience. We will be sure to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were a party of 5 and had a great meal here. The ambiance was nice and we did not feel too crowded at our table. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our meal here a lot. I would return as well as recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • inamaka2
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    waitstaff and employees were very accommodating and nice
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    ww13VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is a return trip for us. We discovered it on a vacation two years ago, and have been three times, total. Always a friendly staff who knows how to keep you happy without being invasive. The food is creative and always perfection! This is a must for our Boston visits!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great
    dwishart119VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Always an enjoyable meal and good service. Artu is my favorite spot in the North End.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very diappointing
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was bland and none of the 4 meals were good. The bread was stale...grocery stores have better bread in their bakeries. Dessert was okay. I love to cook so for me Artu's was way below par. Very noisy but attentive and very friendly wait staff. They were the best part of the evening. Look elsewhere for a meal. There are plenty of choices in the No. End.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My boyfriend and I live in the North End and don't actually eat a lot of pasta, so we are always looking for places where we can get good chicken/veal/etc. meals. This time around, Artu generally fit the bill. We started with the zucchini blossoms and that was a mistake. While tasty, they were battered and deep fried, and not what our low-carb diets prefer. For my entree I had the Chicken Donato and it was just okay. I found the mozzarella incredibly overpowering. My boyfriend had the Veal Carrozella and ate every bite. They were out of brussel sprouts, so we ended up with the broccolini and I wasn't blown away. Our waiter was good, but was too focused on being a funny, wise guy to tell us about specials and the restaurant week deal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu schizefrenia
    kelliecart
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The menu for the Dine Out Boston week was fabulous! I ordered the fettuccine with seafood and my husband the spaghetti with figs. They both were amazing. However, the usual menu was just that, usual. I would definitely take a look at if for Dine Out Boston week, but not for a night out in between.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad entree
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have been to Artu over a dozen times in the past and the food, service, atmosphere has always been outstanding. We decided to treat our friends and they had never been. Unfortunately it was restaurant week and so we decided to do that menu. The apps were fantastic, but the entree was actually inedible. It was a seafood pasta dish with habanero peppers that were so hot not only could you not taste the food, but it was actually painful. Normally I would not write anything negative, but this was an expensive evening out, of course we had cocktails, and to think we spent over $200 on a meal that was so unenjoyable is such a waste. We expected a bit of a kick, but OMG!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always has been one of my favorites
    jjpm
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Although I would always recommend Artu, I was disappointed in their selection for Restaurant Week, They had an extremely limited menu for lunch with only a choice of two between appetizer, entrée and dessert but not all three. Thee food was great but very limited choice. Service, as always was fantastic
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Artu
    eats
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I have been to Artu before a while ago, and went again because I knew the meal would be terrific. It was. It was Restaurant Week and all four of us debated the full menu v. the RW one. Both had delicious choices. None of us were disappointed. The one jarring negative was our waiter and the service in general. He was not engaging at all - a one-word answer was his limit. We felt like we were doing him a favor. Luckily he could not ruin the meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    marilindy
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great but loud
    LongTimeVisitorVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Wonderful food, but a little loud for us older folks.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service!
    JLMDiner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great evening...food was outstanding. Pasta was homemade and delicious. Service was also great! Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bfk.nyc
    bfknyc
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Revisited Artu after a three-year absence. It is still excellent. The food is prepared perfectly, and the service is friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian
    Junkman
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent service
    Natanyaz
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All around
    JustanotherJoe
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 730 reviews are from the Artu reviews archive.
  • Outstanding
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Service was great, food was fantastic. Would reccomendation, not disappointed. Took a group of 8.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great meal
    Dave
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was delicious; portions could have been slightly bigger for the price but still left very satisfied. Service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and Great service.
    JuieNyDev
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Solid food and authentic wait staff that was very accommodating especially to children and gluten -free diners.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Ricotta
    cornocopiaVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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
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  • lovely experience!
    Henrysmom1
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.