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Cantina Italiana
Cantina Italiana

Cantina Italiana Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cantinaitaliana.com
  • Phone: (617) 723-4577
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Charles Colella
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine
  • Entertainment: We are offering a special menu on SUNDAYS from 12:00pm-10:30pm, 2 courses for $25.00.
  • Special Events & Promotions: "2 for $25 Sunday Special" Cantina Italiana will be offering a set menu on Sundays from Noon-10:30 pm. An appetizer and an entree all for $25 per person.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fleet Street
  • Public Transit: Closest stops are North Station and Haymarket
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking after 4:00pm daily. The cost is $20 per car. We also validate @ the Parcel 7 garage near Haymarket Square.
A word from Cantina Italiana
A tradition in Boston’s historic North End. We have been serving generations of families,locals and tourists in the North End since 1931. People crave the taste of our food. Some say their mouths water just thinking about eating here. That’s why when we change even the slightest thing,they let us know it. Some things should stay just as they are. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "With all the newer upscale Italian restaurants in the North End (many of which I love btw) it is great that Cantina Italiana has held to a their more traditional feel and menu. It is a really comfortable place that reminds me of the great Italian places my parents would take me when I was little where my dad would talk Italian to the staff it felt like an extended family dinner. The food is very good (freshly made pasta, more than solid sauce, nice wine list) and like I said, the atmosphere is relaxing and very welcoming. It's the kind of place to go to when you want good traditional Italian food with the family or friends without."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "thing was great, we arrived much earlier than our reservations but they still took us without issue."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Service was great. Food was ok, but not as good as other North End restaurants we have tried. No free refills on soda...$2 each adds up with thirsty kids. When you pay $20+ per meal they could at least give you a free refill."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We eat here several times a year (at least 15x) and have never been disappointed in service or the meals."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I was looking for an old-school North End dining experience. Not the new, trendy, hour-wait, latest Big Thing restaurants. That's what I got. Relatively quiet. Staff was very welcoming, friendly and helpful with suggestions. I ordered the Bistecca di Manzo, hoping for steak with an Italian spin. I got a so-so steak and mashed potatoes for $33. I ordered it rare, and it came out fine. Just a bit gristly and more fat on it than needed for the flavor. Next visit I'll try the chicken parm. My buddy had the veal parm and said it was ok, but nothing to rave about."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Great dinner without the tourist mobs. Skip the lines and you'll have a great meal here. Authentic. Good service. Quaint."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great atmosphere; an attentive waiter and delicious food! Large portions and everyone sampled each others dishes. We agreed that they were ALL good! Can't make a bad choice here. I would certainly recommend this restaurant for anyone who wants authentic Italian food at a responsible price in a great environment!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food is delicious, but I especially want to thank our server, Omar. Simply put, he is the best server we have ever had, hands down! I felt like we were old friends by the time our meal was over."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The occasion was a business lunch and Cantina Italiana worked perfectly . The air conditioning was the perfect, the wait staff attentive and informative and ambience relaxed for a three hour lunch. Not a crowd of tourists ........old school North End Italian !!!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Food here is traditional Italian & delicious! Good size portions. Comfortable atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I am so happy to report that Cantina Italiana is back! The last time I was here was an unpleasant experience but is spite of that, I still brought a colleague from Denver here for dinner. The service was outstanding, the food delicious - everything that I remembered from previous years. Will be going back next week! I still wish they had a full bar, but it remains a North End destination."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Everything about this place is wonderful. Our waiter, Omar, provided expert service. His recommendatons were spot on. The food was incredible -- possibly the best pasta I've ever had. My husband had the chef's special risotto with scallops and loved it. The chef's special antipasto plate was truly special. Get there early. By 7:30 it was noisy and crowded. This is an old school gem amidst hundreds of other Italian restaurants."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I have never been charged for iced tea refills in a restaurant before. The food was Good food but when you get a small glass and then are charged for a refill l'll go somewhere else next time."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Tired of all the hyped restaurants in North End, where people are endlessly lining up, we found this wonderful Italian restaurant on Hanover street which, after the Union Oyster Bar, appeared to be the oldest restaurant in Boston! Not only was the service outstanding, also the food was excellent. This place deserves more recognition!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food was fabulous and our waiter was fabulous, but the ambience......not good."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food wzs great, the place was packed, very noisy, service suffered. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Everything about our experience here was wonderful--and I'm picky about Italian food. I can see why it's been a fixture in the north end for almost a century!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I felt like I was reading in a joint in the 1970s. Did and servings were impeccable! Beer list was not great but the wine list was extensive. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Loved this place! Very accommodating and food was scrumptious! We had a large group celebrating a college graduation and everyone enjoyed. We will visit again when back in town. My only complaint was that the bar was very small and selection was extremely limited. Otherwise, I would recommend this restaurant to all."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We travel and dine a lot. This was my first trip to Boston. My husband wanted to treat me to the same kind of experience with Italian food he had. This restaurant was exactly what he was looking for! The food was homemade and Good. The service made the experience! We made a reservation for 830 and were running 30 minutes late. I tried to change the time on open table but it wasn't possible as they were booked. My husband called and told the hostess she said on see you when you get here. The place was packed and there was a line waiting. Before we had our drinks we were seated. We had Andrew as a server he was very attentive and informative along with a great personality. Andrew is one of the best servers you will find!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had to change our reservation time because we were waiting for my son to arrive from NY. When we did arrive at the changed reservation time, we had to wait for about a half hour. I'm sure this is the norm for the North End of Boston. Two of us had a pasta dish and two had veal. The Bombolotti was truly an original--I enjoyed. Everyone was happy with their entrees and the calamari appetizer. The waitress was helpful and the restaurant had a certain charm. We had a booth, and there was ample room. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We do plan on returning here, but we'll seek a night when it isn't so busy as the noise level was outta sight! We had to yell to one another across the table. They could use some acoustic tiling on the ceiling. The food was great, the service was terrific."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The staff at this restaurant were great. However the food was lacking. I ordered the Ravioli. The actual ravioli itself tasted like it came from the supermarket frozen food aisle. There was very little flavor. The sauce was also lacking in flavor. My companion ordered chicken with ziti in a white cream sauce. The flavors in this were bland as well. The restaurant seems lovely if you plan to sit at the bar and order drinks but I would recommend trying other options in North End."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "That we were able to get a reservation with no problem on a Friday night should have been an indicator. To be fair, we recently relocated to New England from Dallas, one of the premier restaurant cities in the country. Over the last 2 months our dining experiences have left much to be desired and we hoped Boston could offer something more worthwhile, but our search continues. Food was fair to poor. The Saltimbocca di Pollo was so overcooked it was akin to shoe leather. The Ravioli Ripieni di Ricotta had a tangy tomato sauce with a nice bite, but the pasta was overcooked. The lasagna was good as was the Pollo Abruzzese, though neither were worth writing home about. We were pleased with the service and ambiance, though not likely to return. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food was typical of any Little Italy neighborhood restaurant in any large city with one......nothing to complain about....the food was good....the service was good (even though the server forgot to order our 2nd-course salad).....nothing EXCELLENT.....nothing disappointing....I'd go back & have another GOOD meal."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "The food here is outstanding but not flashy. This is genuine southern Italian food. I grew up in a southern Italian family and the food here is spot on. The ambience is the same as hanging out at my grandmother's house. Well kept but not flashy. I took my parents here for dinner for a special occasion and they loved it. Service was excellent and very attentive. Food was ordered and delivered in a timely (but not rushed - I hate being sped through a meal) manner. The owner also owns Fiore which is down the street, another great spot. Pricewise, this place is very reasonable for the portions you get. There are a lot of other great places in the North End, but this one is the most true representation of what the NE is all about. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I recently went to cantina italiana with a group of 6 family members to celebrate my graduation. The service and food was fantastic and everyone liked their dishes! Not one complaint! Wine was great too!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Second time eating at this great italian spot. Don't understand the negative reviews. Food is excellent, service is fast/attentive, and the prices are fair. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Being that it is the oldest restaurant in the North End doesn't hurt. But I find this place one of the restaurants that hasn't given in to (Lets go Eclectic and be high end) it's a great neighborhood place with great food that has survived the times. Bring the kids so they can have the experience to talk about when they grow up"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My partner and I had a 7:0'clock dinner reservation and when we arrived the restaurant was already crowded! The Bruins had won their first game in the playoff and everywhere was crowded! The food was delicious! Our waiter was attentive but not overly so. It would have been nice if he checked in to see if we needed more water or bread. It was very loud in the section we were in but as I said the food was great so we tolerated it and enjoyed the food. We would definitely go back! Hopefully, we will get a different waiter!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Living in the North End for 2 years now, I have chosen a few local favorites, including Panza and ARTU. However, when trying to make a reservation for Friday on a Thursday night those small joints are not always able to accommodate. Cantina is a large restaurant tucked away at the end of Hanover, and a go-to spot if you are trying to avoid all of the tourists and lines. The food is fabulous, and although it may not be as cheap as some of the other North End gems, it is worth every penny. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I've been finding my way to the Cantina for more than 20 years, as my family and I stumbled upon it when I was 10 or 12 years old. I just celebrated by 33 birthday there and while other restaurants in the North End are good, the Cantina remains my favorite. The food is consistently perfect and the service is excellent. You will not go wrong in choosing the Cantina."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Come here every year for my dinner before the marathon. Fly in from Chicago and look forward to my dinner as much as the marathon! Love your restaurant and tell everyone about it! Have recommended it to all my local Boston friends as well! Thank you!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Perhaps it was just the large group that was there but there were children playing their water glasses which got to be very annoying after fifteen minutes. Besides the noise level the food and service was outstanding. I would definitely recommend it and return. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I had the gnocchi. The rose sauce was okay, not wonderful, needed to have more cream and pancetta and mushrooms. It was overpriced for what it was, as is the wine. The spinach salad was good. The portions were good, but the taste of entrees not great."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Delicious! We sat right down and they took great care of us"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My date & I were in Boston this past Wednesday and decided to stay in town (we're from NH) for an early dinner. I chose this restaurant based on the strong reviews on Open Table. I ordered a pasta & sausage dish and my date had the eggplant. We took our waiters recommendation and tried the red wine blend which was very nice. The fresh Italian bread was served with a dish of plain olive oil - too plain for our tastes My meal was good, but nothing to rave about. My date's eggplant was good, but that was all she got. It my experience that a meal like her's would be served with a side of pasta or veggies. We opted to go to Mike's for cannoli's so can't rate the deserts. There are so many choices, I'll try somewhere else next time."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "It was our first time there and it won't be our last. Everything was excellent including Omar our waiter. Great time."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Although we had a reservation, our group of four adults was jammed into a booth built for four small children. Our waiter, while very nice and cordial, was clearly overextended and forgot one of our appetizers. We also got the sense that we were being rushed as if there were another impending "seating". The North End of Boston is full of many excellent restaurants...this is not one of them."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Good food with the no frills pasta selection and no frills wait staff you would expect from a long-standing north end joint. good food and good drinks ( get the homemade pineapple-infused rum) would definitely go back. plus they had gluten free pasta!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014