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Rabia's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rabias.com
  • Email: info@rabias.com
  • Phone: (617) 227-6637
  • Hours of Operation: Sun - Thu 11:00am - 10:30pm
    Fri & Sat 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Located in the heart of Boston's North End, Rabia's is a cozy Italian restaurant with seductive scenery and delicious dishes. The lively yet romantic atmosphere is the perfect place to linger over one of our acclaimed seafood specials, famous pasta dishes, or fresh oysters served on the half-shell.
  • Private Party Contact: Ahmad Hayek (617) 835-9988

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking located at Parcel #7 near North End Garage
A word from Rabia's
Located in the heart of Boston¹s North End, Rabia¹s is a cozy Italian restaurant with seductive scenery and delicious dishes. The lively yet romantic atmosphere is the perfect place to linger over one of our acclaimed seafood specials or famous pasta dishes.
At Rabia's we takes great pride in being a Boston seacoast Restaurant with access to the best fishing grounds on earth.
Our high standards mean you get a quality product that's artfully and skillfully prepared- with a dash of Love....
Voted top Italian cuisine and Raw Bar in Boston.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Rabia's is one of the good Italian restaurants in the North End. The menu offers both a choice of traditional Italian & creative dishes several of of which have a north African influence. The restuarant also offers a separate seafood menu which include a variety of fresh caught fish caught fish. In addition Rabia's has a raw bar with a good selection of fresh oysters, clams, shrimp, lobster and crab legs. There are two rooms, both with a quaint atmosphere one itlaian the other a sea theme. The service is efficient, pleasant and knowledgeable. Your sure to find something to please your palate."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Always great. Hidden jewel. Good food, good prices."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Loved the ambience very European in feel. the seafood was fantastic, and the wine delicious. The tables are close together so if you are looking for privacy this may not be the place but was a fantastic dinner for my husband and I."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Nice place, not spectacular. There are better choices in the North End. Quality of the food was ok. It would be nice to get an accompanying vegetable with a main course. It looks very bare when you just get served a meat dish with nothing else on the plate. The caprese salad appetizer was served with rock hard tomatoes. I know it's winter, but they could have used campari tomatoes which are readily available and have much better flavor."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Love Rabia's! Been there 3 times so far and each time has been a unique experience. Every dish is authentic Italian. My son spent 3 months in Florence, Italy and claims this restaurant is the only one he has been to in the States that reminds him of true italian food, not American Italian. He especially loves their seafood dish which includes everything from fresh shrimp, mussels and baby octupus. Wine list is expansive also. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Oysters and appys were excellent! Linguini vongole, clams over cooked. Lobster Risotto was mushroom risotto with lobster and was under seasoned. Lazy Man's lobster was excellent as was the Squash Raviolli. Good wine list."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "My husband and I had one of our first dates there 18 years ago. We try to come back once a year. We love it! The food is always great and the service is excellent!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Been at this establishment many times over the past years. Food is great, good selections and fresh. I have tried other places in the area but continue to return here. I like the fact that they have so many varieties to choose from. The menus are not limited to the food that many only stock for that week. LOTS of choices. You will not regret this place. I do suggest during weekends that have multiple local events - make reservations on open table. I have sent many friends here who were just as satisified. You won't regret it!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The seafood overall was really good. Mussels, clams, baby octopus, oysters all over linguine was quite good. The place is fairly small and nice for a romantic occasion. The service could have been better and for the price you pay you would expect some more interaction with your server besides one word responses. Overall it was an above average seafood restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Tough to make a poor quality antipasto, but with 4 slices of cheap salami and 2 pieces of mozzarella and a couple of pieces of pickled peppers you've got it. Dinner was a total disappointment with a small piece of veal and nothing but some sauce and cheese over it. Couldn't really find the eggplant. Should have know when there was no one in the place on a busy night in the North End."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Good food. Friendly, attentive service. Fun, relaxed dining experience. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Enjoyed the authentic Italian fare. Had the delicious pasta Bolognese and the mussels for my appetizer. Some of their food and wine prices were up there, but we found items on the menu that were more affordable."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "We had a great meal and enjoyed the atmosphere. The restaurant has two sides but you can order off of either menu."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "It was New Year's Eve and very busy , but the service was still excellent and the Pasta entree's were outstanding"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Wet naps are important. Going from an appetizer to an entree after eating lobster is not the same when you have to get up to wash your hands. A wet nap would do the trick so the customer can hold off until after dinner to wash their hands. This is the first restaurant I have been to that sells seafood and has no wet naps for their customers. Truly a minor detail that goes a long way for the customer. The restaurant is really nice, customer service was great, truly enjoyed it! Thanks."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Wonderful staff, so attentive and sweet. The food was delicious and reasonably priced! We were there on New Year's Eve and the they went around to each table and passed out hats and noisemakers."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Made a reservation for 8, and our table was ready right on time. The servers were extremely friendly and got all of our orders right (including some substitutions). The food arrived promptly and was delicious! Also the restaurant itself is very cute. Located in Boston's North End (Italian district), the restaurant's decorations and ambience felt very authentic. There were several wines on the drink menu. As with most restaurants in this neighborhood, it was a little cramped (although we were all comfortable), but I think it'd be great for smaller parties and/or very romantic for two."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I've been to many of the North End restaurants, particularly on Hanover Street. Rabias was first time for me on Salem Street in years. The place is small, crowded and busy like most in the North End so you will be sitting close to others. Service was excellent, food was very good though a little bland for my taste. Wine list very good. All in all a very good choice for something off super crowded Hanover Street. I will definitely go again and recommended it to friends."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We had a family dinner at Rabia's this pass Christmas Eve, for a party of 8. The food was excellent and the wait staff made our experience very special. We would definitely go back in the future."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "My husband and I always come here when we are in Boston for the lobster roll. What a treat!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Italian food was good, not best in North End but seafood selection is great. Overall nice spot for lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "I love veal and the veal here is fantastic. Of course I love seafood also and that is also great. Raw oysters were cold and fresh. Great bread and deserts"
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Food is good but not such justifying 200$ for two!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Enjoyed a lovely Thursday night dinner with two others. Oysters and muzzles were outstanding for our appetizer, very fresh. The lamb and fish stew were out of this world for dinner. The lamb was a perfectly cooked medium rare, seasoned and sauced wonderfully. The soup was... Wow! So full of delicious clams, mussels, calamari, and on top a half lobster. Our waiter was very kind to accommodate a dairy allergy as well, not skipping a beat and helping select suitable items. A wonderful place for a few friends or a date to enjoy great good, great wine, and a lovely atmosphere."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "This place was recommended by a dear friend and colleague (who is an Italian Boston native) as a small but fabulous neighborhood place. I just ate here with three colleagues and had a very enjoyable meal. Seafood dishes were the stars. We tried lobster bisque, New England clam bake, lobster and seafood pasta and lobster risotto with truffle oil, which was exceptional. We also had the veal saltimbocca which had good flavor but fairly small portion of veal for the price. The servers were warm & friendly. They readily split dishes for 2 of us who we're sharing the veal and risotto and also pushed over next door table so we'd have more space. The overall experience was fantastic. I will not only go back but recommend highly to others."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Had been here earlier in the summer and was extremely disappointed with the service; brought the appetizer with the main course and seemed to rush us out. Nonetheless, the food was good. Decided to give them another try. This time we didn't have to wait for our table and the service was fine. Food is delicious, though pricey"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The restaurant and food were amazing. The staff was prompt and courteous. The Gnochhi Con Pesto was done perfectly and outstanding. Portion was good size and filling. The Broccoli, Artichoke Heart w/Garlic and Olive Oil was amazing and plentiful."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We went in with the intention of eating italian so we ordered from the italian menu and passed on the seafood. We had the chicken parm, marsala, saltambuca and salmai brocolli penne. We shared tastes of our plates with one another and everything was very good. Although we did not get any seafood, the people next to us did and it looked amazing! The waitstaff was very friendly and attentive to our needs. The only reason this did not get 5 stars was because the wine was horrible. We ordered a $60 bottle of wine to share and it tasted like something that came from the $5 bin at the package store. They need to improve the wine selection to match their great food and it would be awesome! Otherwise, I would defininately eat here again."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Very nice! Food was great and service was pretty fast especially for how busy it was! Made reservations and got right in!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Took 5 Omaha friends and a woman from Zambia for dinner following a tiring conference. No one was disappointed. We all loved it. The food and wine ccouldn't have been better. The caprese salad with warm lobster meat was to die for. The pastas and sauces were excellent and the calamari were cooked perfectly. They graciously took care of one of us with a food allergy. I was a hero. Found Rabia's by carefully reviewing Open Table site. I'll definitely return!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Nice tucked away place, service was very good, food very good helpful staff would recommend this restaurant"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Best veal ever. I prefer Veal Francese but my husband likes the Saltimbocca."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Wonderful Italian food. Felt "homemade," as if Mama's in the kitchen. Very friendly staff, made the dining experience just perfect."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "The seafood was extremely fresh and the 2 dishes were delicious. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "I have been to Rabia's previously for oysters and wine. Delightful. Delicious. Saturday evening, I had supper there with 3 others. As usual, the oysters were delicious, but 2 of the 6 Wellfleet's I had were tiny and rather mangled. For the price, I expect a meaty, intact oysters. I also had the steamed mussels. Very nice. Another in the party had the lamb and was disappointed. My husband had the pasta carbonara and has never had worse. The flavor was overwhelmed by much too much undercooked garlic. It dominated the flavor such that almost nothing else could be discerned in the sauce. A shame. I would suggest sauteeing the garlic on medium heat to golden, then removing it. So......for oysters.....a GREAT PLACE. For entrees, a little iffy."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Everything we tried was delicious. The Warm Lobster Meat Caprese is a must have! The Dancing Crab and the Deadly Catch was melt in your mouth good, the oysters and clams on the half were outrageously succulent. I am jealous of the locals I live in NY but I will be back !"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "This place is very tight, but then again most places are in the North End. The sever was wonderful, we have an 8 year old and he can be a tough customer but she knew just how to handle him. We are a gang of four and we all ordered different plates, and raved how our choice was the best. I would have given this place 5 stars overall, but our table was in the middle of a walk way. No word of a lie, I was bumped nudged and shoved as servers past at least 10 times!!! Kind of unsetting as your trying to enjoy your meal, as your hip checked over and over, other than that it was great..."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Very good food. Items on the "Rabia's specials" menu were very pricey but the à la carte menu was reasonable. Overwhelming number of choices as there is a full seafood menu and a full Italian menu. It was very busy so we had to wait outside a bit. The host doesn't stay up front so we weren't sure if we were forgotten or if he simply didn't care. In the end we realized he knew exactly how many people were waiting outside and for how long and he was doing his best to get us seated as quickly as possible. All the staff were very curteous and efficient. The tables are a little small and the place was a bit crowded but the food made up for it. We enjoyed the atmosphere and had a very pleasant dining experience. Limited parking in the area."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Enjoyed this place - decor was cool. A little bit loud and cramped, however. Food was good, with Oyster bar (I should have asked for a sampler, because the ones I got were small and quite salty). Service was great and attentive, would give it another shot. Overall a solid meal with a family run vibe that I love (Chains Suck!)."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "My party of 4 enjoyed our meals. My sister ordered the butternut squash ravioli which was absolutely delicious. We enjoyed our evening."
    Dined on 10/11/2013