Dante
Dante

Dante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.restaurantdante.com/
  • Phone: 6174974200x
  • Hours of Operation:
    DINNER MENU
    Sunday
    5:00 PM - 9:00 PM


    Monday - Thursday
    5:30 PM - 10:00 PM


    Friday & Saturday
    5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Dante de Magistris
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: dante caters any event, from business luncheons to weddings. Also ask about our special Private Chef Dinners, have chef Dante de Magistris cook exclusively for you and your guests in the comfort of your home.
  • Private Party Facilities: Facilities: From business dinners and luncheons to weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings dante’s dynamic layout can accommodate any event of up to 250 guests.

    Restaurant Dante consists of eight different areas that flow seamlessly together, each with its own unique flair: two separate dining rooms, two bars, two lounges, a private balcony for parties of up to 26 guests, and a large outdoor patio overlooking the Charles River and Boston’s skyline. Our team will work closely with you to craft an event that reflects your needs and expectations.
  • Private Party Contact: Kelly Early 6174974219x
  • Special Events: dante accommodates events for every occasion and every size group. Multiple event spaces allow cocktail style receptions, sit down dinners, brunches and lunches. Contact Kelly at 617-497-4219 or events@restaurantdante.com to ask about specific spaces and dates, and/or to receive our reception, passed appetizer, sit down and buffet style menus.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Green Line to Lechmere, Red Line to Kendall/MIT, or Orange Line to Community College
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: The best option for parking is across the street at the Cambridgeside Galleria. Parking at the Galleria is $4/vehicle.
A word from Dante
Boston's beloved star chef Dante de Magistris presents classic Italian
cuisine with a twist at his eponymous hot spot. Enjoy food that's playful
yet familiar in a sophisticated space that evokes the serenity of the
Mediterranean, featuring magnificent views of the Charles River and Boston's
skyline. dante has a little something
for everyone. Whether you're looking to sample the chef's latest creation or one of his classic fresh pastas, you're sure to discover an experience you won't soon forget! Boasting distinctive cocktails, an extensive wine list,seasonal patio dining, dante is the perfect spot to refresh your mind,
restore your spirit, and reinvigorate your taste buds. "Best Upscale
Italian, 2011" -Boston Magazine. O, The Oprah Magazine says: “one of
Boston’s cool new restaurants” for it’s “airy, minimalist room with views of
the Boston skyline and its superb cucina (haute cuisine, Italian style).
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Dante reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (39)scenic view (33)fit for foodies (13)special occasion (13)romantic (13)neighborhood gem (8)good for groups (7)vibrant bar scene (6)notable wine list (4)late-night find (4)great for lunch (3)hot spot (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • chow
    Sammy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The service was spectacular. The view is romantic. It was a little cold and we were wishing they took out the flame lamps but they did not. They offered us blankets. The pasta was good. I was hoping for great. It is certainly worth a visit. Bar is inviting. Staff is exceptional. View is spectacular.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Nice ambience but way overpriced for the quality of food. Wines are ok but not special. Food selection rather limited and expensive. Rather empty for a Friday evening, a message to management to lower prices?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    Bizzy57
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The hostess NEVER smiled and we overheard a male server complaining about our table being sat. The food was ok. Our server (a woman) was very good but she couldn't make up for everyone else. And the food was mediocre.
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  • Great summer outdoor dining!!!!
    Vacationbites
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Loved the view, our server and the food! Saw an article in Bon Appetit 6 yrs ago and saved it. So glad I did. We really enjoyed Dante.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cambridge Gem
    Aron
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Outstanding food with menu changes seasonally. Freshest ingredients. Imaginative Italian cuisine. Spectacular views of the Charles and the City. Wonderful service. Only wish they would accept reservations for the Terrace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hidust
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Overall very good experience, they have a very nice outdoor sitting area, however the weather was not great and we did not get a chance to experience that feature. The food was very good, good selection and quantity for the price. CON: Dante's is attached to a hotel, it was a bit difficult to navigate some of the children and hotel guest while entering the building, however after that point everything was good to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Location and even better food
    BostonDiner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Always enjoy Dante. Beautiful setting right on the River. Outdoor bar/dining patio is perfect for relaxing after a long day. Friendly staff. Must try the Arancini!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner at dantes
    italianlovesitalian
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We've eaten here several times in the past and really enjoyed the pasta. This time, although it was really good, the sauce was much spicier than it was in the past so was not quite as enjoyable. If I returned to dantes and ordered the pasta, I would definitely make sure that the sauce was not too spicy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful but expensive
    AMistry
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great experience dining at Dante but fairly expensive restaurant, especially if ordering drinks as well- however, as a once-in-a-while treat it was a wonderful place!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • George
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Seriously - this place stinks - nice setting for a bar on the Charles but as a upscale restaurant give me a break - went Fridat night Was dead on the inside so ate on deck was is really a bar - service was poor food was average ar best - would not go back on a bet - booooo
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  • A GREAT PLACE TO HEAR JAZZ & DINING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Dante had awesome Jazz music and a wonderful patio to dine on. The food was great as well the as service. And the scenery made it just the perfect night!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    bostonfanVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    There was a special, but very limited, menu for July 3. Service was friendly, but not very attentive. We usually poured our own wine. The pork loin had a very thick layer of fat that was unappetizing. For such a highly regarded restaurant, we were very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the hype
    Rosie
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Dante has a great reputation, but our experience did not reflect that. The server forgot to bring the appetizer we ordered, and the food was just OK - not amazing. The bread was great, though.
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  • al fresco treat
    GastroPubLover
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    A friend and I had dinner on the patio at Dante and really enjoyed ourselves. This spot offers the "other" water view in Boston - a view of the Charles River with the sunset reflecting on the buildings of Beacon Hill and Back Bay. The food, as always, was spectacular - especially enjoyed the ravioli with shaved asparagus. We took advantage of the smaller portion option so that we could try several things. Service was not as smooth as I remembered it (informal, forgetful waiter) but it did not detract much from an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • so so.
    Sierra
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Nothing was bad, but nothing was great either. My salad was pretty good but my dad's chicken fish looked pretty small.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Grove8
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    My friends and I came here for a birthday dinner and were excited to try this restaurant out for the first time. The food was great but the service definitely did not meet expectations. Since it was a Monday night it was not very busy so we were surprised with the hostess' attitude when we told her our party has arrived and asked if we could be seated. She responded with sigh, eye roll, and then led us through the dining area to the patio with an attitude like she had better things to do. Later we saw her laughing and horsing around with the waiters, who also seem less than enthused to be working too. Aside from the level of service, the food is great and has a nice view of the Charles.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK for mothers day
    ThomasVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Very limited menu for Mothers Day. No Bacardi rum.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Watch out for the Special Menus
    garridogal
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    A special Prix Fixe menu should be advertised online at the time of booking. Arrived to find that we would have to pay $50 per person and order 2 plates. And actually, this would not have bothered me if the food was outstanding, which it wasn't. It was pleasant but not worth the price. We also waited way too long for our dishes and felt rather abandoned by our server. I think this may be because we weren't drinking alcoholic beverages, which would increase our bill. I won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Dante is fabulous: food was wonderful; service outstanding; and overall experience 5 stars. Don't wait to get into its brother in Belmonnt, come to Dante.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dante with harborside view
    CharlesRiverview
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Very attractive romantic setting, beautiful view of the river, wild funghi appetizer and ravioli main dish excellent, eggplant parm appetizer good but a little disappointing
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Restaurant but service vaires
    Restaurants
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Each time I've gone to Dantes I've had a great experience but the last time I went with my boyfriend, the waitress was very spacey. She was helpful when we asked questions but after answering she would leave even though we were ready to order. The menu on the website isn't the same as their menu in the restaurant since their chef likes to change the menu based off of what is fresh in season. We were looking forward to certain meals, especially the mussels. Over all this place is great but the servers need to be all up to speed with service.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 894 reviews are from the Dante reviews archive.
  • Just not quite it.
    Ollie
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Upscale presentation meets spotty service. My review is of an all you can eat pasta offering the evening before the Boston Marathon, which may not be the best time to critique...or is it? We arrived early in the evening. Not many people in the place. Yet so much time passed between chance moments with the server that our appetites were thoroughly extinguished after one delicious portion, so we were all in all disappointed.
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  • Easter Brunch experience
    BostonCanuck
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We went to Dante's for Easter Brunch because of a favorable write-up in Boston magazine. Our experience was OK, but not great. Some of the food was very tasty and well done. Other food was average to disappointing. Where we were seated, we had a great view of the Charles River. But otherwise the ambiance was very average. The service was was top notch and the staff was friendly. However, with the choice of many fine restaurants in Boston, I likely will not go back to Dante's.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5th time wasn't the charm
    MKozVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We have dined here when we visit Cambridge. Every time has been great until this past weekend. The food was not up to par and the service was very slow. Hopefully this was just an off night.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, beautiful site
    Jay11
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    We chose this restaurant for its excellent reputation but also for easy access on a cold day with parking just a few steps from the restaurant. Our meal was delightful. "Upscale Italian" describes this restaurant. The menu offers both small and larger portions of pasta dishes, a feature which allows one to sample more items on the menu. We had visited this restaurant years ago several times and once ate on the lovely patio with a fantastic view. Comparing the food over the years, we believe it has certainly maintained, if not improved in overall quality.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is quite good. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food is quite good. Service could be a bit better. The restaurant is noisy, because sound spills over from the function rooms. For that reason, we probably won't return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was not so great
    Foodlover2VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The food was great but the service was not in that it just took forever in between courses and this was on a Sunday night at 5:30pm! Also, the parking WITH the validation was $18!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Truly outstanding food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Truly outstanding food and perfect service. The hotel setting is unusual but the restaurant itself with the nice view and wonderful food quickly makes up for that. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • The menu was very limiting!
    BocasueVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The menu was very limiting! That said, what we figured out to order was excellent. i would suggest people look at the menu before they go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Something new
    outwithfriends14
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Decided to try something new with my friends. I rarely dined out but I was making with a new year of new experiences. My friends and I wanted to just let loose and enjoy each others company. I chose Dant e's and it's was fantastic. The atmosphere was just right. It has just the right amount light.the wine was wonderful, and the food was to die for. The service we had was great and the view over looking the Charles River was spectacular. I would recommend this restaurant to all my friends. We had a great time. So if your looking for a place with just the right amount of ambiance, a great wine list, and a menu to die for Dant e's is for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch food
    topnotch
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    This is as good as it gets! The food is wonderful - everything very carefully prepared with fresh ingredients. The pasta dishes can be ordered as appetizer size or full entrée. The hanger steak dish was perfectly seasoned and cooked. Their chicken entrée was tender and flavorful. The baked clams were the best I ever had-so delicate and flavorful. Great dessert choices. All capped off with a great view of the Charles River. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Food, ambience, service were all stellar and will go back.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • in a hotel that is being renovated
    3boysmom
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    First I didn't realize this restaurant was in the Hotel Sonesta which is undergoing a major renovation to lobby area and bottom floor. very off putting. Food was ok, but not special but prices were a bit high for what was given. Service was good, attentive without being intrusive and though there were a number of tables the noise level was not reasonable.
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  • A great addition to our staycation
    MalloryVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    One of the best meals I've had in Boston. Amazing service, great food and ambience. Highly recommend the espresso-tini, butternut squash ravioli and arancini with truffle honey! YUM.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience but expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great food and service but VERY expensive (at least the Valentines Day special menu was).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    tgric
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary at your restaurant. The food was great, the view was beautiful. And the waiter was so lovely, he did all his best to make us feel special and served us a complementary dessert. It was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a fabulous dinner.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner. My friends were dubious because the restaurant is in a hotel. They were blown away by how great the food is. And the view is lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian restaurant
    Ming
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    First time visit to this restaurant. Apparently just finished renovation. Served by an entertaining waiter from Italy who speaks fluent "Italian English". Modest menu for both food and wine. Chose 9 course degustation menu. Wonderful pasta and absolutely delicious fish and clams served with Italian bread. Try to get a table by the window as you can get a nice view of the Charles River. A good place to take your date to enjoy a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Amazing food Very friendly and warm service All in all wonderful
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A colleague and I were having
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    A colleague and I were having dinner at Dante, the food was exceptional as always and despite the construction that is going on in the hotel, the restaurant is not affected negatively by it. The only negative point of the evening is that our server was a bit too attentive- she was at the table every 10 minutes or so. The sever scolded my colleague when he pour more wine into our glasses, saying that she should be doing that. Honestly, while it's nice to have the service, this server needed either another table or side work to do, cause she made conversation difficult. This was the only distracting factor. The meal was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet