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
132 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (71)fit for foodies (47)special occasion (47)notable wine list (31)hot spot (26)romantic (24)good for groups (15)great for lunch (14)late-night find (10)scenic view (7)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • peabodyfoodie
    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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
  • Great atmosphere and service
    Eltjr
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great restaurant! Small as all are in this area but very nice atmosphere. The service was excellent. Very accommodating with any special request. The waiter knew his menu and was attentive to our needs. We even asked to relocate after being seated and they did so without even a frown. I would highly recommend !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Always great. Always can count on excellent food and service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible service. very rude
    NorthEndEats
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Hostess was rude from the start. Waited 45mins after reservation and still never got seated. Kept telling us table would be ready in 5min however it never was. People came after us and we're seated before because they seemed to know the staff. Overall terrible experience. would not recommend to anyone. There are much better places in the area with accommodating and much friendlier staff.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Strega is amazing!
    SuzeQ2
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had the most wonderful dining experience here. Highly recommend if you are visiting Little Italy. Must make reservations or you'll never get in. Lobster Ravioli was amazing as was all our courses.!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with Michelle
    Romance
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It truly was our first sit down dinner that we had prior to our first date 2 1/2 months ago. We had a table overlooking the street and the atmosphere was energetic. Service was good and the food was fantastic. The wine was a little overpriced but for the evening money was not an issue. The restaurant made a great start to a fantastic evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just great!
    CharlotteTraveler
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Went to Strega on the recommendation of a friend. A little put off by the movie screens, fortunately my husband sat facing them. Strega is a small place, though bigger than some in the North End. Tables close together but the ambiance of the restaurant is very friendly, so it works out well. The food is excellent - the Fettucini Strega was loaded with seafood - the quality of the shrimp and scallops was very high. Homemade pasta, perfectly cooked. We also had the lamb chops and they were also excellent. Unfortunately out of the braciole. As others have said, the place has many regulars, an acapella singing group on Tuesdays (good singers, fun, not obtrusive). Hostess seated us promptly and was very professional. Server knew his stuff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal!
    PAGS57VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was excellent. Great meal on a Sunday. Will be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food - movies a bit much
    kellioso
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    While there was nothing particularly special about the inside of this small North End restaurant (other than the six movies playing on the side wall - which are fun, but also a bit much after a while), the food was very good. Both pasta dishes that we had were very good as well as the appetizers. The dessert - tiramisu - was not great. Would definitely go back for dinner and then go elsewhere for dessert. Not a restaurant for children, though. It is a tight space and the movies playing are not appropriate for children at all - extremely violent and nudity. Again, good food but not an amazing dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but could have been Great
    CathyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Location was great, food was really good as well but the staff didn't add to the experience to make it GREAT. There are a lot of good restaurants in the North End and we were surprised at how little effort was put in to make us feel welcomed and make our dining experience GREAT. If you want a good meal check out Strega but don't expect a warm welcome or friendly wait staff to accompany the good food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strega North End
    JulieG
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had a delicious meal at Strega North End on Friday night. Window seat for four was great for people watching as the North End was crowded with locals and tourists for the Saint Aggriappe Festival and/or just out to enjoy a warm, summer night. The North End was busy, as was Strega. Although a bit loud and crowded, the food and service were excellent. We did not sample the traditional Italian fare - my group enjoyed the filet mignon, Porterhouse steak and the veal chop special. Everyone's meat was grilled to perfection and prepared to their liking. The sauce that accompanied the filet was delicious. The service was wonderful - a head waiter and two junior waiters/bus boys hustled, and yet they were not hovering over us either. Perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed and aggravated!
    Shulady
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The woman at the door was a snob. We had a reservation and had been waiting 20 minutes but she kept seating everyone else first - people who just walked in. We figured it was because they were men in suits and we were tourists in shorts. She kept telling us to have a drink at the bar. Two seats finally opened up at the bar and she said we could sit there or wait another 15 minutes for a free table. We opted for the bar. Then she came over and asked us if we used open table a lot. When i said yes, she then told me she had cancelled our reservation since we were sitting at the bar but would go ahead and give us the 100 points anyway. What?!?!?! We showed up. We were going to have dinner? Why she thought she was doing us a favor I'm not sure!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect restaurant w/ great food!
    Ashleyjeanne
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I took a bachelorette party here for dinner this weekend and it was fantastic! From the hostess to the waiters everything was perfect! The staff was friend and the food was delicious. I will return soon!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, expect to be ignored!
    katieinnbpt
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We have been to strega several times and each time I'm left wishing for a better experience. We were all but ignored due to the many regular customers there. The food is excellent, but not enough to make me return due to the service. We sat down and watched 2 different tables of regulars get waited on before us. Everyone I asked said "your waiter will be right over" but it took forever. Then he told us the specials but he took so long to come to take our order that they ran out. We won't be back, although I honestly want to love this place.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food and service
    HealthspeakerVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Helpful, friendly wait staff, well-prepared, high quality food. We were warmly greeted by each staff member and given a very nice table. I would not hesitate, to return, particularly if wanted to impress an out-of-town guest. I would rate overall higher if it were not for the prices which I felt were on the higher side even for Boston, my hometown.
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    • Noise LevelModerate