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Carmelina's North End

Carmelina's North End Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.carmelinasboston.com
  • Phone: (617) 742-0020
  • Hours of Operation: We are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner
    Sunday - Thursday: 12 noon - 10:30 pm
    Friday and Saturday 12 noon - 11 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Sicilian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Damien DiPaola
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Watching our chefs cook in the wide open kitchen

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between Richmond and Prince St
  • Public Transit: Haymarket
    Government Center
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The Parcel 7 garage, which is under a 5 minute walk to us, offers deeply discounted parking with our validation.
    They charge 3$ for 3 hrs. Bring us the ticket and we will validate it for you.
    If you don't get back to your car within the 3 hours they will charge you the normal rate. This is the link for more info

A word from Carmelina's North End
Intimate Italian dining in the North End. Large open front overlooking all the action on Hanover St, the main street in the North End. Marble tables, brick walls, large Black and White photos of the family in Sicily. This is truly like taking a trip to an Italian restaurant in a little Italian village. The menu offers a combination of the styles of the Chef / Owner's family, and modern inspiration and applications. We are always striving to keep our food fresh, flavorful and true to our culinary traditions. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "After researching reviews of the North End restaurants we decided on Carmelina's for our first dinner in Boston. It was a very busy Sunday night so I highly recommend open table for a reservation as we did. From the service to the atmosphere to the food, we couldn't have more pleased. We eat at a lot of great restaurants in Chicago and I would easily say that Carmelina's is as delicious as the best of them. Would definitely come back."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Carmelina's is located on Hanover St. in the North End of Boston. It is a quaint Italian restaurant with a modern vibe. The food here was delicious. We had the Crazy Alfredo and the Carbonara pastas. Both were flavorful, the pastas were al dente and they were reasonably priced. We had a table near the window which overlooked the street where you can people watch for some added entertainment. The only issue I had is the music playing which was loud and did not fit the Italian restaurant theme. All in all, it is worth it to go there for dinner if you are looking for some Italian cuisine. It also doesn't hurt that it is across from Mike's Pastry."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "So awesome!!! Everything is fresh, homemade and fun. Service is fast and pleasant. Very cool with the big openned windows. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Staff and food were amazing. The Mimmos meatballs were to die for!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Where should I start from the hostess who was so professional and sweet gave us a great table. Our server who did a good job recommending wine and beer for me and my husband. Then comes the most delicious Italian food you can. Felt like I was home with my mother on a Sunday night. Fresh flavorful and great portions. If you are in Boston and in the mood for Italian I Would definitely recommend stopping here. Make a reservation the place is small and very busy. But worth it if you have to wait."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We enjoyed dinner and were fortunate to be seated by the open windows so we could watch the Hanover Street action. We had a couple of small plates - the eggplant, the meatballs and the beets - all very good. We also had salmon, good and it came with a wonderful corn risotto, and a pasta dish. It was a bit noisy, but the place was full and the street noise added to the festive atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Had a 6:45 reservation for 4 people on Saturday night. They sat us a at an awesome table open to the street- prime for people watching. Service was brusque but on par, they gave great recommendations and took our order quickly. Food had perfect timing between salad and main course. Every dish was out of this world delicious!!! Possibly and truly the best Italian on Hanover st. We had house salads, the nightly special "dirty" Caesar salad for the first course. For the second course we had the tuna app, Chilean seabass al forno and Sunday Maccaroni. Would not have changed 1 part of the meal- outstanding and we will be back!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were trying to find a spot that would be quintessential north end dining, but also OK to bring our kids along. Carmelina's was perfect for both....loud enough to drown out the kids, friendly, efficient service and delicious Italian food. The Carbonara was some of the best we have ever had. We found a good, but decent priced Italian wine for $35 off the affordable wine list. The meatballs were moist and delicious. The kids loved the spaghetti. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We love this little restaurant, Fun environment with the windows open "people watching" and "vehicle watching" all the activity on Hanover street. I had the Beet salad......with arugula, YUM My husband had the chicken with artichokes, the flavor of the chicken was beautiful and the arugula salad with shaved parm brought back wonderful memories of our travels through Italy."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Great place waiters very friendly and an outstanding hostess"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I was a bit nervous when we first walked up and found out that we were sitting at a bar overlooking the cooks. Thought for sure it would be way to hot. I was quite comfortable and watching them work was quite fun. The food was very good but came way too fast!!! I had maybe taken two bites out of my app when the salads were served and same thing happened with the main course. I never got a chance to eat the salad. Besides that, the food was excellent! I had the Angry Alfredo but can't wait to go back and order the pork chop! Guys next to us got it and it just looked amazing!!!! Great Place."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "There were a lot of small things I had issues with at this restaurant, for example, the dirty menus and glasses, the stale complimentary bread that tasted like it was several days old, the fact that we were served our entrees while still eating appetizers and there was no room on the table for all the dishes, and the lack of good service. That being said, the food was quite decent. Every single dish we ordered was under-salted, but once we asked for extra salt, both the pasta and risotto we tried were quite tasty. Given that you're paying about $20 for a plate of spaghetti with garlic and tomato, though, it's not unreasonable to expect a properly salted dish. But clearly, for this restaurant, it is."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Carmelina's is situated on Hanover St. and has floor-to-ceiling windows that open up wide to make you a part of the vibrant street life of the North End. The sea bass was excellent and the suggested wine spot-on for that dish. Calamari was a bit disappointed, which is surprising because everything else was so good. Quarters are a bit cramped, but that's part of the energy of the place. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Our third time and each time the food declined. An eggplant appetizer that once was a spectacular dish is now a dish to avoid. The Chilean sea bass special was drowning in oil. Sea bass is an oily fish but properly prepared as it was the first time we were there is excellent. This was a marsala version and it was accompanied by four vegetables, all overly sautéed in oil. I had to stop halfway through and most likely won't eat sea bass for a year, The pasta with gorgonzola cream had little gorgonzola flavor. The spicy shrimp appetizer was excellent. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Wonderful place for lunch! The weather was great and my Mom and I sat right in the middle of the window. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went to Carmelina's on Mother's Day and I will never return. Although it was a great spot, right in the middle of Hanover Street and had the large open windows to enjoy the warm day, our experience left a lot to be desired. When we arrived, our reservation was not for the right number in our party, even though I confirmed on my open table app that I booked it right. The hostess was rude. It was not suitable to bring my toddler. And although the food was decent, the service was AWFUL! Our server never checked back with us after dropping our meals, never asked if we wanted more drinks, was too busy sitting with the manager and doing his side work. I'm in the industry and there is no excuse for poor service! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food here is awesome! Everything was cooked to perfection and delicious. The service on the other hand, was not good at all. We had a 7:00 reservation for 6 people. We arrived about 5 minutes early, and the hostess gave our table away to some random people off the street with no reservation! We had to wait for another table for 45 minutes before being seated! When the food was served, a member of our party was told there was a mix up in the kitchen and that her food would not be out for awhile. She had to sit there and watch everyone else eat, and was not offered anything in the mean time! The food is good, but because of the overall dinning experience, I would have a hard time recommending to a friend. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great food, wonderful atmosphere and terrific value."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Known to me from Western MA - a nice addition to Hanover St. Given a perfect table inches from open window and Hanover St. - great service and delish salmon dish and spicy sauce ... try for lunch - separate menu, with some original dishes from restaurant. Nice wine selection ... "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed a Friday night Marathon weekend meal. Small, intimate restaurant - and treated our 3 little kids like they were just as important as any "grown up" customer. The starter arugula salad was simple and very goodt. 2 of us ordered spaghetti alle vongole - and it was excellent. Plenty of chopped and whole clams with a great sauce. The meatballs were excellent - my son called them "epic"! The only dish that fell a bit short was the spicy shrimp. They were good sized with plenty of kick, but not enough flavor/taste depth behind the heat. After dinner, walked across the street and enjoyed cannolis from Mike's. Great meal - and next time we are in Boston we will be back."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This is our second year in a row to dine at Carmelina's the night before the Boston Marathon. What an amazing restaurant. My only complaint is that there isn't another one in my hometown (and we have good restaurants!). If I lived in Boston, I would be eating here on a regular basis!! YUM!!!!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner. Everyone In my party tried something different. All the food was delicious. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Found Carmelinas on Yelp and as suggested I ordered the Crazy Alfredo. It lived up to and surpassed my expectations. My date asked for a suggestion from the waiter and was pleased with his meal as well. We also had the Baby Eggplant appetizer and some amazing wine, all fantastic. The atmosphere is very up to date and borderline classy (we felt underdressed) but still very welcome by everyone. Did feel slightly rushed to leave, although on a busy Saturday night I suppose that can be expected. Make reservations ahead of time if you want to be seated at a table instead of the bar. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "It was super warm here in Beantown the other night, so we ventured over to Carmelina's, hoping they would have all their front windows open, and they did! It is the perfect spot (right across the street from Mike's Pastry) for people watching in the North End. Food was fantastic - as always! They do not have a kids menu, but they'll put together whatever your little ones would like. (My little girl really enjoyed her spaghetti and meatball.) The service was very friendly, and we did not at all feel rushed, as others have mentioned. One thing to note, like many places in the North End, they do not have dessert or coffee. But hey, Mike's and Cafe Vitoria are only right across the street! Did I mention the food? Amazing!!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "A wonderful gem for delicious food. The service was superb. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Carmelina's is our favorite restaurant in the north end! The service and food are impeccable every time. We'll be back again soon!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Excellent service and consistently delicious food. The sunday macaroni is not to be missed!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Loved Carmelina's! The food is amazing and the place has a great vibe. The portions are huge... Definitely a favorite in little italy"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "It is really a shame that the service here is so poor. The food I will say is fantastic and is one of the best I have had in the North End. Sadly, we will not be returning as some of the staff really do not deliver a great dining experience. Our meal was very rushed and the waitress kept coming back to the table to see if we had paid our check. We arrived around 8 and I felt like they wanted us paid and done by 9. The restaurant is really small and I get it is important to turn over the tables quickly but our table was one of the last seatings for the night so it was not necessary to rush us out. I am really disappointed in you Carmelina's!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We love dining in the North End, but it can be frustrating. It's such a restaurant mecca that you often feel taken for granted by the restaurant staff. Our large group of 11 friends and colleagues ended up at Carmelina's because another North End restaurant that we had loved for an annual gathering gave us a very difficult time about our reservation. Carmelina's couldn't have been MORE accommodating. The food was great, and the service was equally great. Our server even accommodated our tricky bill splitting needs."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I've been to Carmelina's a few times and this past time met my expectations. The food was very well done. The calamari and meatballs were both executed well. The meatballs were especially memorable. I had the rollati with prosciutto and fontina. It was in a lovely vodka-esque sauce which I devoured. The flavors were delicious, though I wasn't a fan of the crispiness at the top of the pasta. Since the entire dish was baked, I'm not sure if the pasta should have been covered in sauce to soften it, or if it was intentionally crispy. Either way, I would've preferred soft pasta. My boyfriend had the Sunday macaroni (which he always gets). They were out of short ribs which was sad, but they added extra sausage and meatballs which were both great."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food scant and bland. Waitress never smiled and barely spoke. Will not go back"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "First, the food was wonderful--they can make anything to order and are accommodating of dietary restrictions. However, my first and only experience here has dissuaded me from ever returning again. I went with two other people to celebrate a friend's birthday. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. The meals were expensive and we ordered wine--so we had a considerable check. But we were rushed out after only being at the restaurant for 45 minutes. Both the waiter and hostess paced back and forth behind our table and mumbled "I really need to turnover these tables". I understand it's a small establishment and frequently turning over the tables is necessary, but there is a right way and a wrong way to encourage people to leave."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "A Thursday night - 6 PM: Our waiter was a very nice guy but didn't seem to be really on the ball. My friend & I ordered a bottle of Malbec. The ladies ordered a different glass of wine each. First the waiter brought a bottle of Merlot. He was sent back for the right wine. Then he started to open the bottle and serve us when I said ' What ever happened to ladies first'? He said "We can play it that way" and went for their drinks. Our meals came...excellent food. Then a cook slipped in with the artichokes on a plate that were left off my wife's dinner. A knowledgeable waiter should have caught that. One good suggestion he had was when my friend & I each ordered a side of pasta he said to get one and split it. It was large. Good meal!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "This restaurant was terrific. The food is some of the best I have had in the North End and it is at a great location right in the middle of Hannover across the street from Mike's. The portions are massive and the prices are dirt cheap. The wine list has good options as well at very good prices from $25-50 per bottle for most of the list which is very low for the neighborhood. It is not a quiet romantic spot though, it has more of a bar feel to the place, but not so loud you can't hear. Highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Tiny spot, pretty good food and friendly service but unless I'm searching for a quick bite I probably won't be back. The staff was nice, but we felt rushed at every turn. We were enjoying drinks and chatting but the waiter came over every 3 minutes for our order. He was polite and we assumed it was because we had a 6:30 reservation and he needed to turn the table. Small restaurant, understandable. We were half way through our appetizers when the meal arrived. The bottle of wine we ordered barely stretched through dinner. When we left at 8:30 we were the last ones in the place. Thursday night? We headed down the street and enjoyed some wine at another restaurant. Good food but we don't go to dinner to race through it."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "one of the filets was overcooked but they made it right"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Saw this restaurant on Phantom gourmet and was pleasantly surprised. A small restaurant which was soon full! I consider myself an expert on " good Italian food" and this was fantastic ! Would definitely recommend this restaurant. The little necks were my favorite cooked in a spicey red sauce and plenty of bread for dipping! Can't wait to go back with friends as I am sure they would love it too!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We were very impressed that the chef was able to spontaneously prepare a sautéed wild mushroom appetizer for us when we asked (not on the menu). This dish was superb, as was the baby eggplant. Our entrees included the famous stuffed pork chop, frutte de mare, and a pasta dish. All were delicious, perfectly prepared, and served piping hot. Our only complaint was that the main courses were served much too quickly after the appetizers and 2 of us had to wait about 5 minutes after the others were served. Regarding service, our waiter was not a refined, elegant server. He seemed more like a longshoreman who was recruited to wait on tables at the last minute. A more professional wait staff would be appreciated."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food was exactly what I wanted in an Italian restaurant. The calamari was cooked to perfection and the main courses where just over the top on taste. Would love to go back for Dinner."
    Dined on 2/27/2014