Mamma Maria
Mamma Maria

Mamma Maria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mammamaria.com/
  • Phone: (617) 523-0077
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Geraldo Andrade/Julio Torres
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Farm to Table, Full Bar, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Mamma Maria offers elegant private dining available 7 nights a week. With five separate dining rooms, we are able to serve all your private dining needs.

    Piccolo Room accommodates 2 -6
    Puccini Room accommodates 10 -16
    Terrace Room accommodates 18 -30
    Rossini Room accommodates 20 - 40
    Verdi Room accommodates 40 -50
  • Private Party Contact: Jennifer Mancuso 6175230077x2

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prince Street
  • Public Transit: T to Haymarket or Government Center.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Mamma Maria
Nationally acclaimed Italian cuisine served in five elegant dining rooms within an historic 1830 brick townhouse overlooking America's oldest public square - North Square - in the heart of Boston's North End neighborhood.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Mamma Maria reviews from OpenTable diners
272 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (176)romantic (170)fit for foodies (151)neighborhood gem (134)notable wine list (94)scenic view (49)good for groups (34)hot spot (20)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • special treat
    STUFFEDVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    My husband and I were vacationing in Boston and had read about this restaurant. We knew this would be our most expensive meal while in Boston but we enjoy treating ourselves to the whole fine dining experience and we did have 2 bottles of wine. A lovely evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best in the North End
    Gsquared1959VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Mamma Maria's never disappoints High quality dining top to bottom Great service, cool athmospher and great view of North Square. The Halibu and Bolognese are a must as is the Osso Bucco. Run don't wait to go there, you will not be disappointed. Great wine list as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Date Night
    AliciaR
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We had an early reservation at Mamma Maria's and the experience was perfect. The restaurant itself is unbelievably charming and the food was delicious. After enjoying complimentary bread and pesto, we ordered two entrees, the calamari pasta (~$30) and the bay scallop risotto (~$30), along with a bottle of prosecco ($55). The portions were appropriate, we shared both plates and were full (but not too full) when we left. All members of the waitstaff were very attentive. If you want a more upscale experience in the North End definitely make a reservation!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mwade
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Superior service and outstanding food. We dined at Mamma Maria for our anniversary and the entire experience was both fine and memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over-rated
    EJL1VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Food was not remarkable, noise level too high to be romantic, though the setting is lovely. Tables too close and service just a average.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great authentic italian food and full wine selection as usual. Only complaint is that the restaurant is always so full that having an intimate dinner for 2 is a little difficult.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All Around Great Dining Experience
    Sammy
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Seasonal ingredients, many locally sourced. Beautiful plating. Great menu for both fish and meat lovers with vegetarian options. Italian in style and seasoning. White tablecloths, elegant decor, great architecture. Attentive service. All around perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's the rush?
    adventurousdinersVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Host was unwelcoming, server was nice, but service was very rushed. Some of our plates were cleared before we were finished. Salad was over dressed. Risotto was a bit raw, but the bay scallops were fantastic. Halibut was a little overdone; good, not great. Osso buco was not $44 good. When our bill arrived, it was clear that our server was finished with his pleasantries. He barely said goodbye.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not worth the hype!
    dessert2die
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The chairs were very flimsy, thought it was going to fall apart when I pulled it out to sit! The waiter never told us there were specials. We felt rushed but the noise level was so loud we couldn't have a conversation without raising our voices. Not romantic as stated in there advertising. I have to say the food was delicious but u can get good food at any of the many restaurants in town. Will not be a repeat visitor, Sorry:(
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very nice dinner but
    karenhar
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The restaurant is lovely and has a cozy, welcoming atmosphere on a chilly night. The food was very nice. My only complaint was with the rather supercilious manner with which our server responded to reasonable questions. Two of us thought there might be a special or two so we waited to make a decision. The server seemed to consider the notion of specials as contemptible and pressed us to order immediately. My daughter inquired about the risotto and rather than elicit information, he immediately informed her in a snarky manner that risotto is rice. Of course we all know what risotto is but he treated her as if she was an idiot. He treated her next question in the same way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • juanVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food was good not excellent as it has been in the past Tables were too close together. It felt like you were having dinner with your new best friends. This also added to the noise level being too high
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    Mimi5688
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The service was great. The waiter knew what he was talking about regarding wine which paired with my food. The pear salad was excellent. But I do have to say there food could use a bit more flavor. Overall it was great!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finest of the North End
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Very cozy, romantic dining. Great Italian food, even for the North End. I had the Osso Bucco which was cooked perfect. Very savory and the bone marrow was out of the world. Great salads and appetizers, too. The chocolate torte for dessert finished off the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian conossieur
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Food is outstanding and service superior. It is truly a special treat and the most romantic of places to dine. Have not found better. Wine list is excellent. Staff extremely attentive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    It was rather pricey with small portions. This was our second and maybe last time. This time it was so crowded so service was not great even though all were very polite....The food underwhelmed us.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seahorse
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    A very cozy restaurant with lovely food. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Very nice place to spend an evening with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food I've ever eaten
    nimo956
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Mamma Maria has consistently served me the best food I've ever eaten. I especially love their rabbit pasta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The best word I can think of for this restaurant is fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boston Legend
    HalloweenOwlVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Have been looking forward to going to this restaurant for a long time. Beautiful restaurant, given the table we requested. They certainly go out of their way for their customers. Soup was just ok, lobster appetizer served as a dinner was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Except the on-line website menu and wine list are not accurate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent North End Restaurant
    bostonvisitor
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    3 of us went here for dinner this week while attending a conference in Boston. My wife and I had eaten here previously and were happy to return. Our waiter was friendly and helpful, and the food was outstanding. This is definitely upscale Italian, not the traditional meals like the other Italian restaurants in the North End. The place is small so tables are close together but we found conversation easy without loud noise from other tables in the room. We would definitely recommend this place for a nice dinner, but we also enjoy visiting a number of the other Italian restaurants in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome! But on the pricier side
    HungryGirl
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The food was amazing but for the price of $30+ a plate I was expecting the portions to be a little larger. The food came out very quick and was presented beautifully.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still good but once was great
    MattyAbbs
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Good food. good service. Ten years ago it was amazingly world class. It is still quite good to very good. Maybe I'm a food snob, but I'd like to see more effort in seasoning.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sublime
    BostonianVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is without a doubt THE best dining to be had in the North End, and one of the top ten in Boston overall. The service, the atmosphere, and most importantly the food are phenomenal. We started with the lamb gnocchi and baked oysters, both delicious. Our table of four thought it was the perfect amount of food to share. For entrees, the osso buco is a house favorite and mamma Maria's does it beautifully, the marrow was ambrosia. My dining companions had the rabbit pasta, suckling pig, and steak, clean plates all around. Beautiful wines, we shared a Barolo. Ended our meal with espressos and a velvety vin santo. Service is attentive, not obtrusive, perfect. This is a romantic, warm welcoming spot, go at least once for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty Disappointing
    il2eVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The place is really nice, staff is very efficient, attentive and nice. The food was just blah. We were three and none of the plates were bad but they were bland. We expected better.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Norm
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We were extremely pleased with everything from the moment we walked in until we left. Excellent wine, food, and dessert. The service was also exceptional, a definite "be back!"
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceeded expectations
    MickD
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    An early dinner before a show because the restaurant is on the edge of the theatre district. Next time we will go just for the food. Creativity, presentation, variety and taste are all present with the food. Coupled with a great wine list with many reasonably priced wonderful wines only adds to your enjoyment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food and Experience
    Bird
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Loved the service, the food and the ambiance! Our 1st time to Boston with this recommended restaurant and we were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    sljce
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We went here on a recommendation and it was great. Loved the smaller intimate rooms. The wait staff was really attentive and knew their menu and wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Best food by far in NorthEnd. Every visit better than the last. Food and wine are amazing, not cheap but worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pricey italian
    jfm3VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    warren of rooms, food god - not great and expensive for mostly pasta.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and atmosphere
    RickJames
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    A real classic with traditional Italian food. It feels like your in your grandmas house. I loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the $$
    Lovepasta
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Nice setting in the North End. I've eaten at great Italian restaurants in Boston's North End. Mama Maria's wasn't outstanding. The Bolognese Pasta was described as spicy but it was very plain. The linguini was supposed to be homemade pasta but it didn't taste that fresh. Frutti di Mare Pasta was supposed to have Georgia shrimp, scallops, mussels, countneck clams, poached calamari, and sautéed spinach. It had a lot of clams, no mussels, no scallops, no shrimp and no calamari that I could find. None of it was awful if moderately priced but these were expensive dishes. $28 for a moderate sized plate of linguini with basic sauce. Few wines for < $60.00. Lobster ravioli was ok but $16 appetizer portion was ONE ravioli. Caprese salad was good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lived up to its reputation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Selected this Italian restaurant based on many positive reviews and we were not disappointed. My husband had osso bucco which was perfectly cooked and the waiter said the cut was from the prime section of the shank for this dish. I had scallops which were excellent as well. The cauliflower salad was unique and very good. We both really enjoyed the restaurant and we definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvgdfood
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    One of the best Italian dinners I've had. Every bite was an explosion of flavors! Definitely try the black truffle ravioli. A must visit if you are in Boston. Excellent service and a warm inviting atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Experience
    Queenbee102845
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    This was our first time to eat at Mamma Maria's. The food was exceptional, the service impeccable and would love to go back. We were expecting more traditional Italian dishes on the menu with red sauce but we're not disappointed with our entres. I had Lamb and my husband hat Halibut. The bread was great and the desserts fabulous. Would recommend to others for sure. The view out the window was of the old Boston Architecture. A fun experience. The tables are pretty close to each other so if you are looking for intimacy and privacy, you will probably not feel that. However, it does have nice lighting so it did feel kind of Romantic. A bit pricey but the food and service made it worth the price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    What a great restaurant. Food was absolutely fantastic, service was even better. Waiter even walked us two blocks away and hailed a cab for us at the end of the night. We had just gotten engaged and this topped a great great night. Everyone was so attentive at Mamma Maria.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience
    THBostonVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    In a city of great restaurants, Mamma Maria stands out as a special experience. Located in the North End among dozens of fine establishments, Mamma Maria finds a way to distinguish itself with a unique menu that includes great pasta dishes and out of this world appetizers. Potions are perfectly sized, and the wine selection is outstanding. The service is excellent, and valet parking in the North End, where parking can be a problem, is a great benefit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • View of north end square
    Pressy
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The place to go if you want a changing fresh menu, with old classics. The windows over look the none touristy part of the north end. With a great view of the skyline popping up behind colonial buildings. Been here 4-5 times an enjoyed it each time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining in the North End
    KrisJ
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went to this restaurant on recommendation of a friend. Although the menu is very fancy, we didn't have trouble finding something that we would like to try. The steak was amazing - loved the sauce. Also, the fresh basil pesto and bread to start was delicious and required a refill! This is a pricy restaurant but worth the money if celebrating a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet