Strega North End
Strega North End

Strega North End

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.stregaristorante.com/
  • Phone: 6175238481x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Salvatore Firicano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For catering inquiries please contact Fruittie at fruittie@thevaranogroup.com or at 617-737-0290.
  • Private Party Facilities: Strega can be rented out for private functions
  • Private Party Contact: Fruittie Nguyen 617-737-0290x
  • Entertainment: Join us on Tuesday nights for Street Magic!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Fleet St. and Clark St.
  • Public Transit: MBTA Blue Line

    Aquarium, Government Center

    MBTA Orange Line

    Haymarket Station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking available for $20.00
A word from Strega North End
Strega is a hip Italian restaurant in the North End. Come enjoy fantastic food and a great atmosphere!
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Strega North End reviews from OpenTable diners
136 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (74)fit for foodies (53)special occasion (47)notable wine list (35)hot spot (30)romantic (27)good for groups (14)great for lunch (12)late-night find (10)scenic view (9)vibrant bar scene (7)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • First visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    My wife and I have had many dinners in the north end but the food was never like this we had there signature seafood dish half lobster calamari mussels clams shrimp over fettuccini with a garlic white wine sauce it also was available with spicy red sauce it was amazing and the service was also great and despite being full the food came out properly timed. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over cooked pasta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Our pastas were all mushy instead of al dente, waiter mostly ignored us- enjoyed our appetizer more than the mains and the tiramisu was pretty good
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Very Best in Boston
    Runners
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been frequenting Strega's North End for about 10 years now and the food, the service, and the experience have been consistently phenomenal. An extensive and excellent wine list serves to compliment the variety of authentic and delicious italian cuisine. For anyone looking for a great meal in Boston, this restaurant is always the first I recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Experienced Hostess needed
    BUParent
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Assume the food is excellent. I say assume because I was not able to taste it. I made a reservation for 8:30 and I finally decided to leave at 9:15. I arrived 10 min early at which point I was told by the hostess to come back to her at 8:30 (rude!). Came back to be told she's working on it and they're a little behind. At 8:45 I asked will she come outside and get me, response was "that's what I do" (rude again). At 9, "still working on it". 9:15 I finally asked her why did they take a reservation that they KNEW they could not honor. More importantly why not communicate that at 8:30? A simple "I know you have a reservation but unfortunately we are 40-50 min behind". Thank GOD for Cantina Italiana accross the street! Seated in 10 min:)
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Truly a Gem!
    WisconsinDiner
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Strega North End surpassed our expectations. It was recommended to us by locals as their favorite, so we knew that it would not be just the "current hot spot". Highly-skilled wait staff, fun atmosphere and most importantly of course---fabulous authentic food!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rushed
    MTC57
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Despite making a reservation, we felt rushed. No place to wait for your table (bar is very small and cramped), so it was either be cramped or outside. If the weather is inclement, you are out of luck.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great wine!
    johno
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We arrived early and it was not a problem. Our appetizer was a wonderful combination of seafood and our main courses were delicate, full of flavor and perfectly prepared. Overall among the over 350 restraints in the North End Strega is amoung the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    ShakenBakeVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Place was loud. Wall of TVs running Godfather movies was a little cheesy. Service was good - a bit laid back. Had to vie for waiter's attention a couple of times. Noted a special occasion (birthday) and saw it noted on hostess station computer but nothing was offered. Food was good. Authentic Italian no doubt. Tasty homemade pasta. Picked the restaurant based on high Zagat reviews but did not think it was exceptional.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding as always
    Vince
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I have been here several times. Carlo is always the best. Let him choose your appetizers. You will never go wrong.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice way to enjoy the North End
    foodisgreat
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I took my cousins from Poland here and we all enjoyed the excellent food and atmosphere. It has a great feel to the restaurant from the time you enter until you are ready to leave. Definitely worth returning to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jimd
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    we had to wait 45 minutes past our reservation. no apology from the hostess 5 large TV's showing 5 mafia movies all the time, crowed , load and average food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too many tables
    Jilly
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I thought there were too many tables in the restaurant. We had to squeeze between our table and another diners' so that our clothing and butts rubbed across their table. Once we got settled everything was fine. The hostess was there for her looks only, not her people skills.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well kept secret
    Manusman
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Restaurant was recommended by a friend. It was absolutely fantastic. Had our dinner at the bar. The bartender was outstanding helping us with great selection of wine and food. - Note that this restaurant is different from Strega waterfront!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tiny place with big attitude
    McJilek
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The restaurant is small, but has an energetic vibe. I loved all the mafia movies playing on the well. It set a neat mobster atmosphere. We waited nearly 30 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. Our server was friendly but quite pushy with his recommendations. The food was very good. We had the gnocchi and the oso bucco.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite North End Restaurant
    jodiebasket
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This is the third time we have eaten here. I love the food and atmosphere. The service is so good. I highly recommend Strega.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the wait!
    ChicagoanInNYC
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Although we were not seated until 9:45pm with a 9:00pm reservation, the food and service was worth the wait. The bartender is amazing at talking care of guests, the servers know the dishes and the food is served promptly - hot and delicious. I highly recommend the burrata as well as the carbonara! The atmosphere is noisy as it's a busy neighborhood place, we are so happy with the experience that we cannot wait to visit Boston again. Thank you, Strega!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rude and Awful
    RUDE
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a reservation for 6 here this past Saturday evening at 9pm. We arrived at 8:50pm. The hostess noted that they were running "a bit behind", which we said "no problem". We were told rudely that theres nothing she/they could do about it and we could wait at the bar until she tells us its ready. We waited exactly ONE hour. ONE HOUR LATE for our reservation, and the hostess was completely inappropriate and rude and basically told us to suck it up. The restaurant didnt offer us anything, no wine no compensation..nothing after being 1 hour late to sit us. We had friends who had to pay extra for a babysitter d/t the lack of organization of Strega to sit us on time. I would not recommend Strega to anyone. Rude. Late. Food was just ok.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like sardines? Want to be one?
    DCDabVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    If you like sardines then you'll love this place because you are treated like a sardine in a can; jammed into small tables with virtually no room. We made our reservation through Open Table months in advance and were rewarded with the table closest to the rest rooms. The hostess was a dimwit with no crowd management skills. Even with a reservation, there was nowhere to wait except on the street. The little bar was set up for people eating so if there is a wait, and I guess there always is, you have no place to go. The food was above average Italian but the noise level is ear shattering, especially as it gets later and people get more sloshed. Absolutely, do not go on a weekend. Actually, don't go at all if you are serious about Italian food
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    sprice9161
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I organized our yearly dinner (13 attendeesthis year) for 9/6...everyone said its the best place that we've been to i the North End
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great resturant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was amazing service was amazing people were amazing just didn't like that we made 800 reservations and they made us wait a half hour.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience!
    birthday
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My husband and I ate here recently for my birthday. We had the most wonderful night. The food was fantastic and the waiter was extremely helpful. We will most certainly be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • peabodyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was great. Service was a little rushed and not attentive. I think more emphasis is put into the Strega Waterfront than on this location. But if the North End is your destination, you can't go wrong for good food and wine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good choice for the North End
    OhMeOhMy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Although it can be very noisy during the dinner hour, after 9:00 the noise drops radically. None the less, the food is excellent quality (our table had seafood, and the chicken, and the famous veal, too); and the service is wonderful. The Senior wait-person was very helpful in his recommendations -- not at all pushy -- had a great sense of humor, and made us feel at home. His helper wait-person was very attentive and quietly removed plates while replacing wine glasses and silver, without interrupting our dinner; his professionalism definitely showed. Be prepared for in-city Boston prices -- but it was worth it. Recommend using their valet service, if coming in from out of town, because most of the parking lots in the area were full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    KKT603
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I have dined at Strega and its sister restaurants many times and as always the sevice is attentive and friendly, the food is classic meets innovative, and the quality is top notch. Whenever I want a great meal in Boston's North End I head to Strega or Nico.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Pasta
    IsaGVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    A small cozy place, the food excellent, try the mozarella and proccuto,and all the pasta variety. Excellent wine list, and the service very nice. I little bit noisy, but you really feel like you are in Italy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Strega Review
    maryl
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We visited Strega for lunch during restaurant week. Food and service were excellent. I will return to try offerings from their regular menu which also looked good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Strega is definitely overrated. The restaurant was NOT busy, but it still took us a long time to get our food. The waiters didn't come over to ask how everything was but instead just stood around doing nothing. I would not recommend this restaurant if you're looking for a good meal with good service, but if you're looking for something quick then this is the spot for you.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NickVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Waiters and Staff connect with you and we felt at home, food was outstanding, a great find
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MUCH better in the North End
    jjpm
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    For years I have heard the obnoxious ads for Strega and for this reason I thought I would never eat there but since it was a Boston Restaurant choice, we decided to give it a try. Service offered by Bruno was great the food was average. Fried calamari was extremely rubbery and the entrée was about what you would get anywhere. the tiramisu was very average. Glad we got to try it but except for great service, would not return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 1NOC
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food & drink enjoyed by all. 50 minute wait beyond reservation time was frustrating and it did not seem to bother the staff at all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but rushed by wait staff
    iloveeating
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I made a reservation online for a large group. We were celebrating a friend's birthday and I informed the hostess of this when we arrived. When our food arrived, they tried to take our plates almost immediately after serving us. I had to tell the wait staff at least 5 times that I was not done eating. There were still full glasses of wine on the table so it isn't like we were going to chug our wine and leave the restaurant in 5 minutes. I understand they had a line outside the door; however, I am paying to enjoy my meal and receive great service. I did not like feeling rushed to eat my food in 5 minutes. The food was good, but I won't return to this restaurant. There are too many other options in the neighborhood with better service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    dixglata
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We recently had several things to celebrate, birthday, work promotion, successful project, etc. We chose to dine at Strega based on past experience. We had a wonderful dinner, as expected. The difficulty for Strega is meeting expectations that have been set very high. But, they managed to pull it off again. Everyone agreed that their dinners were delicious, and the suggested wine was fabulous, while not breaking the bank.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food
    PAGS57VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great food and experience. Will return. Sauce is fantastic.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Strega
    RAGAZZA
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Magnificent! Starting with Carlo, the manager, down to the ever attentive busboy, Strega is one of a food aficionado's dreams! Flavorful gnocchi, tender braciola, and a shellfish-lover's menagerie over homemade fettucine. Whenever we come into town, we visit Strega!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Night
    Mike2423
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I couldn't have picked a better place to celebrate our 42nd wedding anniversary. The food, service, wine and dessert could not have been any better. Our waiter Gianni was fabulous and couldn't do enough for us that night. We did make our reservation with open table and when we arrived our table was ready. This was our first time at Strega and I can say it won't be our last. We have been to Strega on the waterfront and that was also great. Thank you for a wonderful night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wib2
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Service was awful. Would never recommend to anyone.
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  • ok
    FoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I went there for Dine out Boston and they didn't ask or give me the dine out Boston menu until I asked. Food was ok. Their tiramisu is awesome. I won't go back there again.
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  • enjoyed lunch
    PlymouthPilgri
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Met friends for lunch during restaurant week. Had never been there before, enjoyed the meal and the waiter was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service
    Palm6
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our waiter was amazing. He knew the menu like he created it. Went for a birthday and they brought delicious dessert out. Food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night at Strega
    salfropuglia
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a great night and wonderful anniversary dinner at Strega. We made reservations thru OpenTable which was a life saver as the North End was packed with people and long lines. We arrived late at the restaurant due to lack of parking in the North End which is no secret in that area. Strega was very accommodating and had a table ready and waiting for us. Great service from our waiter, Carlo from Avellino!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic