Cantina Italiana
Cantina Italiana

Cantina Italiana

  • 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: "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.
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Cantina Italiana reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (58)fit for foodies (29)special occasion (24)good for groups (24)romantic (15)kid-friendly (14)notable wine list (14)hot spot (6)great for lunch (5)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • This restaurant was very nice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Loved the food and the service. It was larger than we thought which we liked. It was quiet with the real Italian feel to it. Wonderful - would go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    MattmanVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Really enjoyed the food and service! Waiter was knowledgeable and attentive. Larger group and all thoroughly enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kitkat
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    fabulous and will return. great service, great food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Basic Italian Food
    LennyV
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Very good menu selections and assortment of different dishes. Waiter was very attentive and service was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good Italian in the North End
    NYCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Ate here on a hectic Saturday night for the first time. Food was a cut above most North End restaurants I've eaten at. Very good drink menu and wine list. Restaurant could use a makeover - ambiance is really the only thing lacking. Would recommend and will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • like grandma s Sunday mrsl
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Authentic Italian cuisine. Fantastic menu. Everything is made on premises. We will be back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK last resort
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I chose the antipasto special which was good. We had the Bombolotti alla Buongustaia, which was good and the Vitello Fiore, 2 smallish pieces of veal, which were very tender, covered by 2 thin slices of eggplant in a very good red sauce. It was tasty but the portion was small and did not come with pasta. It was on OK last resort, but I know there are much better options in the North End.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time, great food
    F00d1e
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our dining experience was awesome. We had a knowledgeable and polite server, the ambiance and energy were awesome, and the food- delicious. We'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    Amysm
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Made a last minute reservation on a Saturday night. Most places I checked could not accommodate my party of 4 until 10:00pm so I was a little nervous that there was room here. Boy were were surprised. The food was excellent, and service even better. Omar, our waiter was outstanding. Friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. I would not hesitate to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely should go!
    Tamt
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I thought the food was quite good. We even had the meatballs and many Italians don't eat meatballs out(at least the ones I know). The portions were sufficient and reasonable price. It is very loud. I also suggest making a reservation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food!
    KJNH
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was great, as was the service. The restaurant was a little on the loud side. Great place to go with family or friends. Would not suggest if you are looking for a quiet, romantic dinner for two. Thought prices were a little higher than average but the food was well presented and delicious! Will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great North End Evening!
    PJNH
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Wonderful dining prior to the Fleetwood Mac concert! Ample and delicious food, tasty lemon sorbet for dessert, and very nice staff! Costa, the waiter, graciously answered all questions regarding Vegetarian selections. Though busy with chatty people, the noice level was not too loud for my husband with a hearing issue. Very nice choice and we will certainly return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum
    KinderVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Love the just like home Italian dinner. A special dish not on the menu was accommodated. Love the house wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Montanafoodie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Antipasti great but entres lacking in flavor to write home about. Nice atmosphere with energy and yet not too loud. Excellent for small groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food in the heart of Italy
    MikeytodVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Food is amazing and service is friendly. Try the lasagna is worth a try.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Excellent meal, service and knowledge of waiter was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth seeking out
    BostonSpore
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is a Boston suburbs local gem. We drove out from the city especially for our anniversary. The menu changes seasonally and was truly outstanding. Octupus that was incredibly tender, homemade fettucini, wow. Pumpkin creme brulee. Sommelier on hand, we found a small production Italian wine that was outstanding. The service was very attentive, just perfect. Casual atmosphere, a neighborhood place. Considering all of the great restaurants in Boston proper, I can attest it is worth heading to Waltham for this wonderful restaurant. I look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the walk
    ValNik
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I always visit when in Boston!!! The staff is friendly and will actually have a conversation with you. Food is wonderful!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service was outstanding.
    ChalfontfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Don't get there before your reservation. Bar is small and there is no place to wait for your table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Lobster ravioli and cavatelli formagi were awesome and the service attentive. If I had any problem with this place, it was when I ordered a vodka and tonic and was told they had nothing but flavored vodka and they didn't have a full bar. I was somewhat taken aback as there are hundreds of Italian restaurants in the north end somehow I wound up with one without a full bar.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a small group!
    BarryC
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My friends and I were looking for an Italian place in the North End, and chose Cantina Italiana. We arrived early for our reservation, and they accommodated us. We had a great table. The service was friendly and attentive. The food was good. Everything was served at the appropriate temperature. Sometimes, it was a little difficult to hear because the noise level was very high, but such is often the case in a small environment. Overall, a very good experience!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good as always
    wheninboston
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Have dined here every year when in Boston for conferences, excellent every time
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok only
    PAGS57VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife really liked the chicken parm but I did not like the veal parm.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently great
    VegasVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My husband and I have been coming to Cantina Italiana for over 30 years. It remains our North End staple. The food is always delicious,and the service is always excellent. You won't be disappointed. Ambiance is warm and friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WARNING: VALET PARKING RIPOFF
    SomeoneSomewhereVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    What they don't tell you about the valet parking is that it's $20!! That's not service, that's a rip-off. That said, if you park elsewhere or walk, you'll find very good food, with most portions enough for two meals.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over sauced
    bostonflyboyVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Yesterday I had a wonder pasta dish that I raved about: broken up fennel sausage, rabe, with a light sauce that just coated the rigatoni. Here the pasta with salmon and peas was totally over sauced. Too much,too rich and just too much pasta. The sauce overpowered the salmon, which was surprisingly tender in same bites. There are too many other good italian restaurants that prepare pasta dishes with just the right mix of pasta. intriguing ingredients and sauce to draw me back here.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One word -- Bombolotti
    yummo
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was the second time I've been to Cantina Italiana. The last time was probably 3 or 4 years ago (I don't live in the Boston area), but I couldn't forget their signature homemade pasta - Bombolotti - which is long uncut wagon wheel pasta. This is the dish I had both times and loved it! Straight from the menu: "Bombolotti alla Buongustaia - Homemade Bombolotti pasta, tossed with spicy Italian sausage, fresh basil and marinara sauce, topped with parmigiano and fresh goat cheese, baked to perfection." Many of the pasta types are homemade. Everyone in my party of 6 was happy with their choices ranging from seafood pasta to gnocchi.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night out
    ParrinoNightout
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had a great time and really enjoyed the great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time ... Will go back
    CathyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food and service were both OUTSTANDING! The restaurant is dated but it almost added to the charm. We would go back for the great food. Very casual dining
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shecky
    Shecky
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Have never had a bad meal at this place. Had dinner there Friday night, 8/22. I had Veal Saltimboca. Absolutely delicious. My companion had Veal Parm. Also delicious. Service was superb, as always. There are a lot of newer, fancier Italian restaurants to go to in the North End, but we prefer the Cantina. It never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food as always!
    BobO
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We absolutely enjoyed our dinner at Cantina Italiana. We were celebrating my daughters last day of interning at the statehouse and wanted to have dinner at a place we knew would be great. The wait staff was very attentive right from greeting us to explaining the outstanding specials for the evening and making sure we had everything we needed. The lasagna is a favorite and did not disappoint. The seafood ravioli special which was recommended by our waiter was delicious beyond my expectations. We can always count on a memorable experience when we visit the Cantina....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    JXP70
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Last minute reservations for 6 people. Food and service were both great. Veal parm was excellent. No trendy stuff here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    everything from food to service was very good.shrimp appetizer was very good and different.two different veal dishes were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Very good food and service was great. everyone was so friendly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was my fourth visit and every time it has been excellent. The bolegnes is wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AWSOME food and service
    Pauldigi
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Loved the service. Third time going in past 6 months. The broccolirabe was AWSOME. Gluten fee pene tasted like regular pasta and loved the sauce and sausages with it. Wine selection was decent. They had two nice Sauvignon Blancs to choose from. Chianti Classico reserva always a good standby. Omar was a terrific and very attentive waiter. Only problem was the noise level as we were seated next to a party of 10.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tourist Trap
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This is a TOURIST TRAP. There are plenty of other good options that are much better and reasonably priced. Average cost of a dish is 20$ and the price does not match the quality of the food. It's not bad but its not anything I'd write home about. The waiter got my order wrong and tried to blame me. When I placed the order he repeated what I said and yet blamed me for the mistake. He wasn't a jerk about it but he could have owned up to it. I don't think I will be going back. I was offered the dinner that came out mistakenly to be packed. When I left the restaurant I never got it. Guess they changed their mind.
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  • Great Classic North End Spot
    Ctowntransplant
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Cantina Italiana was the PERFECT place for dinner with out of town guests to show them what the traditional North End was all about. Great food - OUTSTANDING service from Andrew - reasonable prices and a good wine list. Couldn't have been happier!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was Highly Recommended
    TiffanyB
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This restaurant was recommended by our tour guide after our tour of Boston. The food was very good. The service was excellent and the ambiance was very authentic for Little Italy. Our only con was the Calamari. Ugh! You just cannot serve chewy rubberband calamari when so many restaurants out there get it right. This restaurant got Calamari very wrong. Such a shame since Calamari is a family favorite of ours and we rarely get bad Calamari. The Lasagna was exceptional. The Veal very tender and flavorful. The seafood pasta dishes were amazing. We really enjoyed this restaurant and would recommend it to all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good traditional Italian
    Tlev
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 764 reviews are from the Cantina Italiana reviews archive.