3 North Square
Boston, MA 02113Neighborhood:
ItalianPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.mammamaria.com/
- Phone: 6175230077x
- 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
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
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- Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
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Mamma Maria reviews from OpenTable diners
291 reviews since June 24, 2014
- Ambiance4.4Noise LevelModerate
special occasion (202)romantic (188)fit for foodies (165)neighborhood gem (138)notable wine list (96)scenic view (54)good for groups (32)hot spot (16)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (7)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (3)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
- Not worth the $$OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 10/18/2014Nice 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.
- luvgdfoodDined on 10/15/2014One 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Dining ExperienceQueenbee102845Dined on 10/13/2014This 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:
- FantasticOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/12/2014What 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:
- Wonderful ExperienceTHBostonVIPDined on 10/12/2014In 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- View of north end squarePressyDined on 10/12/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fine dining in the North EndKrisJDined on 10/11/2014We 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:
- Perfect dining experience!OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 10/10/2014The perfect experience, Mamma Maria's delivered it all! We were seated immediately even tho a bit early for our reservation, our waiter and assistants were amazing: attentive ,pleasant, knowledgable and efficient and the ambience was just as we imagined and geared to make the diner feel very special. The upstairs tables look out to the square in front of the Paul Revere house. The food was wonderful, we started with warm tomato and buffalo mozzarella which they plated separately so my husband and I could share. The bolognese was amazing! The raspberry tiramisu which we shared for dessert was the perfect end to a sumptuous meal. Wine pairings suggested by our waiter hit the mark and coffee served with fresh cream and brown sugar cubes, yes!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very good experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/10/2014This is a beautifully maintained restaurant in the north end one block off of the very busy Hanover St. I had let them know that this was a 15th anniversary and a romantic table would be appreciated. We were seated at great table overlooking North Square, warmly greeted with a Happy Anniversary and given champagne. From the manager to the bus person all of the staff was warm, friendly, greeted us with a warm smiles an were not even the least bit rushed. Our food was excellent and the tables are spaced so that you are not right on top on each other. Overall a great experience.Special Features:
- Fantastic Evening!BostonDinerDined on 10/10/2014Mamma Maria is a great choice if you're looking for a truly first-class dining experience in the North End. Based on the name, you might be inclined to think that it is simply one of the dozens of standard, middle-of-the-road Italian restaurants so abundant in the neighborhood, but nothing could be further from the truth. The food, service, and ambiance are all top-notch. The menu changes regularly based on whatever is fresh and in-season, so it's hard to recommend specific dishes, but everything we ordered was delicious. My only suggestion would be to include some more moderately-priced wine selections on the menu. Most bottles were at least $60, and many were considerably higher. Some $30-to-$40 options would be nice.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent for business dinnerAC14Dined on 10/8/2014Excellent food and an atmosphere that works for business dinners or a special occasion. It was a treat to be in a high end restaurant where you could actually hear the people you were with. Expensive, but not more so than other upscale Boston restaurants.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- the rabbit is worth itlisalu60Dined on 10/7/2014We had our last dinner in Boston at Mama Maria's located in the heart of little Italy and the atmosphere was perfect. We had the oysters to start, with the rabbit and striped bass for our entree's. The wine was great as well. Service was a little slow, but overall it was a great way to finish our trip.Special Features:
- In a word: Phenomenal!IndaknowVIPDined on 10/7/2014Absolutely awesome service, from the maitre d'hotel who seated us to our server who knew the menu well and she sensed what to steer us to after only a few moments of discussing a beautiful and varied menu ::: We never felt rushed, the plates were gorgeously presented, the pasta starters were sublime with fine, house-made pastas bursting with flavored fillings and the Osso Bucco was a melt-in-your-mouth classic sitting on top of perfectly prepared risotto, topped with finely shaved and crispy-fried strips of yam, served with a marrow knife to dig all of the goodness out of the bone... We would be in dining heaven if this restaurant were in our home city, but sadly San Francisco doesn't have anything even remotely close to this... W-O-W!I would recommend this to a friend.
- Exceptional!Btown2Dined on 10/7/2014Perfect portion size, very well balanced stripped bass with warm bean salad, very well executed. A little noisy but we could still hear one another at the table. Service was very attentive and pleasant, fast in spite of the full house. Great Amarone.Special Features:
- Crowded and NoiseyEmptyNestersNowDined on 10/4/2014Glad we had Saturday night reservations, but our upstairs table for two was crammed between larger tables making it very tight quarters. Because of the noise I had great difficulty communicating with the waiter (logistically he could not come near my side of the table) and felt he spent more time with other diners explaining the menu and wine choices. The food was good, yet pricey - but had anticipated this after looking at other reviews. Especially enjoyed the lobster ravioli. I would come back again, but only after trying other similar restaurants in Little Italy first.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Food, Even Better ServiceOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 10/4/2014We had almost forgotten about Mama Maria, and had not been in several years. What a shame because we have missed out! The food was excellent, and our serve was as good as they come - he even tracked down a special bottle of wine for us at a neighborhood shop.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- North End Dining at its FinestpfdoyleDined on 10/4/2014If you're looking for an authentic, classy North End experience, this restaurant is it. Ambiance is amazing, very intimate with multiple dining rooms, looks like it's right out of the 1700s. The food is incredible, my date and I had lobster ravioli for an appetizer, which was great but the portion was a bit small for $16. Dinner was rabbit pasta and clam, crab and uni pasta, both of which were outstanding. Dessert may have been the best part, however. The raspberry tiramisu was to die for, absolutely would recommend it to anybody dining here. The chocolate lava cake with mint ice cream was very good as well. Amazing food, fantastic service, only thing I didn't like was the cost, it was very expensive for two people.Special Features:
- North End Italian gemwcrmtrDined on 10/4/2014Charming North End Italian restaurant in a wonderful location at North Square. I had the Bolognese Pasta (Bolognese as prepared in the village of Serralunga di Crea with spicy artisanal pepperoncini pasta). My wife had a spinach and corn ravioli. Both were excellent and worth coming back for. The waiter, James, provided attentive service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Feedback on Mama Maria'sElmleaDinersDined on 10/3/2014(1) The menu was generally not Italian -- we were looking for top of the line Italian and got few choices (2) Service was rushed -- the waiter served the main course while we were still eating our appetizers and the busboy tried to take away our plates when we were clearly not finished. (3) Lovely setting and nice view, but: One of our four entrees was excellent (steak). Otherwise, the visual presentations were mixed and the taste of the food was not memorable or special, particularly for the $$$. We went on a Friday night at 7:45 and the staff should all have been at the top of their games, but they were not. We had guests from out of town and were embarrassed at the mediocrity of the food and the substandard service.
- JaneDined on 10/3/2014A lovely restaurant with excellent food and service. Great for a special occasion or any time you want an excellent meal.Special Features:
- great foodsmilieDined on 10/2/2014we were party of 3, and our reservation was from 9:15 which means we were the very last guest of the day. Although the restaurants runs only for 17:00-22:00 for dinner, no one was rushing us, but very generous. We had a great wine, apetizers, and nice pasta. Desert was not too sweet, and we enjoyed all the dishes.Special Features:
- Just about perfectChuckDined on 9/28/2014We especially appreciated the low noise level. Even though our dining rooom (the Verdi room) was full, we could carry on a conversation normally; not always possible, even with high-end establishments like this one.Special Features:
- BostonvisitorDined on 9/28/2014Waiter with phoney Italian accent was not too helpful after we decided against the specials. After just getting some pasta for me and my wife and half bottle of wine with salad, still most expensive meal in Boston.Special Features:
- Great North End restaurant!LynneVIPDined on 9/28/2014Some friends took us to Mamma Maria last year when we were visiting them in Boston. This year we were back for a high school reunion, and even though our friends were out of town, we decided to return to Mamma Maria - and once again we had a wonderful meal!Special Features:
- Anniversary DinnercohibalouVIPDined on 9/27/2014Everyone was outstanding..............from Mo when we arrived, our waiter, the food and the "Happy Anniversary" from Mamma Maria!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- bowling300Dined on 9/27/2014Friendly atmosphere. Appetizers were good. Entrée was very good! Osso Buco was garnished nicely! Service was good! Wait staff friendly, made recommendations! Would eat there again!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Mamma Maria does not disappointEdMurphDined on 9/26/2014The Osso Buco was amazing! This is a terrific and authentic Italian restaurant in the North End of Boston. We will be back!Special Features:
- disappointedlovetoeatDined on 9/26/2014While the food was delicious and inventive, we were rushed from start to finish. We were hovered over to order, entrees were brought while one member of the party was still eating an appetizer, dishes were cleared before the entire party had finished. If Mamma Maria wants to be an upscale experience, they need to re-think how quickly they turn tables.Special Features:
- interesting spot in BostonOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/25/2014The restaurant was highly recommended and we found it an interesting spot in the Italian District of Boston with good food, efficient but not friendly service, crowded and somewhat noisy. While we enjoyed our dinner, it was not a spot to enjoy a leisurely dinner as we felt our table was needed for the next seating.Special Features:
- Horrible WaiterokayDined on 9/25/2014Our waiter was incredibly rude. He didn't greet us. We had to ask repeatedly for drink refills. He was incredibly rude to me when I asked where the bathroom was and refused to show me. He told me if I wanted to know where it was, I had to ask the hostess because that wasn't his job. The food was incredible but the horrible waiter made the experience very poor.Special Features:
- Disappointing EveningOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/24/2014Dinner for two on 9/24/14. Reservation was on time. Food and ambiance were ok but not anything extraordinary. Service was excellent. Seating was "close". Noise level in the second floor dining room was unacceptable and well above that of a busy restaurant. We couldn't talk to each other over the "impolite extremely loud speakers" from two nearby tables. Certainly neither a "romantic" or "formal" setting. Bottom line: okay restaurant but a poor value. We would not recommend it to others looking for a special night out.
- Not as good as the last timeTrishaDined on 9/21/2014I do like this restaurant , especially the interior decorations. I requested a table by the window in my reservation but we we're put at a table by the bathroom and the waiters station.Special Features:
- always great!marnyDined on 9/18/2014This was our second time here. Food was delicious. It is a small, quaint place and can get louder considering you are sitting next to other tables. Highly recommend this spot!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ReunionBillnicDined on 9/18/2014Took my cousin from Scotland to Mamma Maria last Saturday and it was great, we had our own little table away from the main area and that made it even more special and the food was great also. Can't say enough about the place, its a night I soon won't forgetSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food, great ambianceFredDined on 9/18/2014The restaurant, in an old North End house, is a cluster of small, elegantly furnished rooms, with the walls painted a soothing taupe, a white chair rail, and big windows looking over North Square. Quiet Italian opera plays over the PA system. The service is attentive, if slightly too intrusive, but the food is first rate. The menu is excellent but not overly extensive. We shared prosciutto and warm figs with gorgonzola, has entrees of seared scallops on spaghetti squash and pappardelle with rabbit sauce, and desserts of an individual peach crostada with peach mascarpone and panna cotta with fresh berries. All were superb. The wine list has excellent but unfamiliar Italian wines, with most wines falling in the $50-70 range.Special Features:
- Great place in Boston's North End.HappytobethereDined on 9/17/2014Mamma Maria is absolutely outstanding. Great food, perfect service and charming atmosphere.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely dinner in the North EndwestenderVIPDined on 9/17/2014Not the usual Italian restaurant. Mamma Maria's is located off Hanover Street with windows looking out on historic North Square. Many small dining rooms in a lovely old townhouse that feels like a private club. The menu is high-end Italian, changing daily based on what is available in the markets, and the service matches that quality. Our Mission fig & gorgonzola appetizer was wonderful. Main courses were scallops, lovely and sweet, and a ravioli with corn and mushrooms. Both excellent. No room for desserts, though.Special Features:
- Excellent foodJustagirlintheworldVIPDined on 9/16/2014If you get beyond the surly maitre' d', you will be rewarded with excellent upscale Italian inspired food. This is not typical "veal parm" North End fare. A little more refined. Excellent ingredients.Special Features:
- Excellent Dining ExperienceFrederickJayDined on 9/16/2014Fantastic ambiance....in the heart of Boston's Little Italy in historic North Square. A well rounded menu from the anitpasto to the main course. If you are looking for red sauce and pizza by the slice Mama Maria's is not for you.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Location rates higher than the foodOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/15/2014The location is great; pretty, quintessential New England feel. Feels like you are dining in someones home inside of a cobblestone street. However the entrees were mediocre at best. I had the Osso Bucco and it was missing flavor and depth. Wine was delicious, so were the apps. I would come back here for appetizers, and wine, not for entrees.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.