Cantina Italiana
Cantina Italiana

Cantina Italiana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cantinaitaliana.com/
  • Phone: 6177234577
  • 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
93 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (56)special occasion (25)good for groups (23)fit for foodies (23)romantic (13)kid-friendly (13)notable wine list (12)great for lunch (6)hot spot (6)late-night find (4)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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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  • 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
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    • 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.
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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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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will go back!
    Northshorevisitors
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Execellent, authentic Italian food, all fresh, natural ingredients. Special attention to all special requests at my table and there were a few! Service was great and catered to our needs with recommendations. Not a trendy place in the moment, but a long term spot full of history.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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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
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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
  • Jackie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    thing was great, we arrived much earlier than our reservations but they still took us without issue.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch on a Sunday was not busy.
    luv2dineout
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We eat here several times a year (at least 15x) and have never been disappointed in service or the meals.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad.
    mike492
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip the tourist spots
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great dinner without the tourist mobs. Skip the lines and you'll have a great meal here. Authentic. Good service. Quaint.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time but not the last!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great server!
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business lunch
    dinner4two
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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 !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite restaurant!!!
    Jaswasey
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food here is traditional Italian & delicious! Good size portions. Comfortable atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice find in north end
    love2wineanddine
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    i was introduced to this restaurant during a food tour of the north end and i have been back twice - and can't wait to return! they have great vegetarian dishes and even make some of their meat dishes into vegetarian! looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 753 reviews are from the Cantina Italiana reviews archive.
  • A Great Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved it!
    BostonNewbie
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never experienced this before
    Arett
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
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