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Mother Anna's
Mother Anna's

Mother Anna's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.motheranna.com/Mother_Annas/Home.html
  • Phone: (617) 523-8496
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch & Dinner:

    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 11:30am 11:00pm

    Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Cross St. and Richmond St.
  • Public Transit: Congress St @ Hanover St (191, 192, 193)
    Haymarket Station - Outbound (Orange Line)
    Haymarket Station - Inbound (Orange Line)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking Validation is available at Parcel 7 Garage:
A word from Mother Anna's
Four Generations of Fine Italian Cuisine! Boston’s historic North End is known for its many Italian restaurants. Over the last 80 years, many of these establishments have come and gone. None have stood the test of time quite like Mother Anna’s. Established in 1932, Mother Anna’s has passed through four generations of families. John Caparella, along with his three sons, have carried on the tradition that his grandmother started 79 years ago.

The last 20 years have brought on many changes in the North End. The number of restaurants have gone from the single digits, back in the early days, to close to a hundred. Also, the old Central Artery that had divided the North End for so many years, has since disappeared.

Mother Anna’s has now become the gateway to the North End. On a beautiful summer night, a table on the now famous patio gives customers a view of the Boston skyline that can only be experienced at Mother Anna’s. Mother Anna’s should not be missed!
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Diner Reviews
  • "Although short staffed, they a handled the crowd well. Pur waitress was running between the patio and indoor tables but she always stopped to make sure we were all set. Often, when overworked, staff is irritated and easily forgets tables, but she was phenomenal. Portions were a little small but the food was good. It was overall a very good experience. I would most definitely attend again."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Competing with so many other Italian restaurants in the North End, this was our first time at this long standing establishment at the end of Hanover Street. It was a quiet Sunday night and at times it felt like we were the only customers. Service was friendly and for the most part quick. Food quality was good and serving size large, we ended up taking home almost 1/2 of what we were served. And those leftovers tasted just as good if not better when we re-heated them a couple of nights later. Prices were comparative to others ion the area."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to most of the restaurants in the North End over the past 30 years, but had never been to Mother Anna's. Frankly, it just didn't seem Italian enough, when contrasted with Lucca, Strega, L'Osteria, and Bricco, the NAME doesn't seem to fit! However, we were attending a concert and I wanted something on the far end of Hannover street and Mother Anna's is on the end, so I made reservations for 6. The food was surprisingly great! I had the sausage cacciatore and love it! Others order fairly standard fare: seafood fradiavlo, chicken and broccoli ziti, etc. All tasty. There seemed to be lots of room between tables compared to other places. The ambience was okay, not great -- kind of plain. I'll definitely go back!!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The four of us had a wonderful lunch with great Italian food. A must visit."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Went there for my birthday lunch for the first time and it was nothing to write home about. Food was ok. The best part was the bread"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The perfect place to experience the North End. The food is amazing so go hungry."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food is quite good, and lots of it. Perfect for a large group of hungry college football players. Excellent service, friendly, fast, and excellent value"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Love the high quality Italian red-sauce (gravy) dinners"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The service was a bit slow but the waitress was very sweet when she was at our table. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. The portions were very large... we actually ended up sharing dishes because they were so big!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My wife and I went here for a Valentines day celebration. There was a loud group of slightly inebriated people when we first arrived, and the decorations in the "side-room" with a view of the street was a bit odd. However, the food was absolutely delicious: best fettuccine Alfredo I've had in a very long while. In general, we enjoyed our time there and would definitely recommend "Mother Anna's" as a fun place for a small group of family or friends."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food, service and overall experience at Mother Anna's was outstanding!! A couple of us had the veal & proscuitto - and it melted in your mouth. Will definitely go back!!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Mama Anna's was a very nice experience for me and my out of town guests."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Portabella mushroom appetizer was excellent. Salad was fresh. We each sampled a different chicken dish. I especially like the red sauce and had lots of cheese on the chicken parmesan, which I loved. Large portions. We appreciated that they validated parking. We would recommend this establishment and plan to revisit it ourselves."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Last fall when yet another North End restaurant Ida's announced it was closing, we made a beeline to Mother Anna's ! We like the food. Gnocchi was very good and the veal was good. Table for two usually sits in the section that gives a view of the Custom House. In the Summer one could sit outside on the patio."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This is the first time we ate at Mother Anna's. The food was outstanding as was the waiter and overall dining experience. We'll definitely be back again!!!!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Was in the North End with the family (two adults, three kids under 8). It was easy to get a table with very little notice which was nice. The restaurant was clean and service was nice, but not someplace I would go to again. I understand it is good in the summer when you can sit outside. That might be worth checking out."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Food was very good, service was attentive, dining space is small so definitely need reservations but our table was set up and waiting for us. The other diners appeared to be large family or party groups. Defiantly will eat there again. Prices were reasonable for the area."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "This is a hidden gem of a great place for an Italian Dinner. The food is excellent, service is great, ambience wonderful. We went there for my wife's birthday and will continue to go again. We are repeat customers who walk by lines of others waiting to get in other establishments down the street. What they don't realize is, this place is a gem and equal to or better than what the others wait for! I've brought customers here and always been greatly satisfied."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Good service. Good eats. When Big Daddy's happy, were all happy."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "I frequently attend Mother Anna's and was disappointed in my last visit. I alwasy get the gnocchi with seafood and was very disappointed in chewy gnocchi and tough seafood. In an area filled with excellent Italian it is disappointing to have experienced such a poor meal."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "I have eaten at Mother Anna's a number of times and I am never disappointed. The food was superb and the service was friendly and attentive. I highly recommend this restaurant to diners wanting authentic North End experience with fantastic food."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "At the beginning of the North End, Mother Anna's is a fine place to stop for a meal. The food was good. I really liked my chicken and eggplant parm. You get a lot and it's reasonably priced. It's tight quarters so it's not a place for a big group. The dessert menu I think was just 3 items. The $7 cannoli was not worth it. But I would go back for the main meal and get dessert elsewhere."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Ordered pasta with shrimp and clams, and shrimp marsala. Both dinners had no taste. Shrimp and clams arrived smelling like fish. Place is in need of a significant renovation especially the rest rooms."
    Dined on 10/9/2013