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Vinoteca di Monica
Vinoteca di Monica

Vinoteca di Monica Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.monicasboston.com/MonicasBoston/Index.aspx
  • Phone: (617) 227-0311
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Friday, Saturday & Sundays: 5:00pm - Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jorge Mendoza
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private space available.
  • Private Party Contact: Jorge Mendoza (617) 227-0311

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hanover St.
  • Public Transit: Haymarket, Gov't Center & Aquarium
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking directly across the street. Validated Parking at Parcel 7 Garage. 136 Blackstone St Boston, MA 02109 Phone: (617) 973-6954 (On the corner of Sudbury St. and Congress St.)
A word from Vinoteca di Monica
Located in the heart of the North End, VINOTECA di MONICA is Chef Jorge Mendoza-Iturralde latest culinary venture with an emphasis on Rustic Regional Italian cuisine and Wine Spectator’s Grand Award for one of the largest Selections of Italian wines in the city. You no longer need to travel to Italy to experience the marriage between regional Italian food and wine. The menu focuses on the preservation of traditional regional dishes, with an unpretentious dedication to the true flavors that make regional Italian cuisine so popular. The art of pasta and bread making are carried out daily, for your sampling, where the freshest ingredients is an everyday affair. VINOTECA di MONICA is the result of Monica’s Restaurant evolution and its chef‘s passion for the Italian culture and the big role food and wine plays in its preservation. Reservations Recommended.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Love the north end's vibe. Vinoteca di Monica's menu was quite extensive. Loved all the selections we made. Restaurant allows their customers to split entrees for just $2.00 and it shows that on the menu. After a couple of appetizers and saving room for dessert, it was the smart way to go. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Another good experience on our second trip to Monica's. We will likely go again. We like the coziness of the restaurant. The food choice and quality has been very good. Waiters are able to help with Italian wine selection to suit our tastes."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My friend and I stopped in for an early dinner at the bar. We split a white from Avellino which was good. (Their whites are all reasonably priced.) He liked the meatball app and scallops over black pasta. I had grilled calamari and a salad with lobster. It was a perfect hot-weather meal. The bartender is very nice."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The tasting menu was a gastronomic tour for your tastebuds. Adding in the wine pairing took the delicious meal to added heights. Go here and mangia!!!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Let's face it - there are no shortage of options when having Italian in the North End. This is a restaurant that shows why going there is a great experience. We were seated promptly and had a very good server for our meal. Service was not rushed, even though it was a fairly busy evening. The food is all fresh and presented excellently. We had a charred octopus appetizer that was fantastic, then moved to the Caprese salad. Every ingredient was fresh and delicious. For entrees we chose the salmon special and Papparadelle in boar ragu. Both were amazing. The wine list is all-Italian with every region properly represented. If you're looking for great food and superb wine in the North End, you owe it to yourself to check out Vinoteca di Monica."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food was great and timely. We had a very nice waiter The noise level was low and we had a great seat by the window. Awesome calamari!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "There are lots of good restaurants in the North End; we've tried many of them. This was easily among the best. Lots of good choices on the menu, plus a lot of specials. We went on a Tuesday, but the place was still quite busy, so the word is out. We'll be back."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The service was a little slow, but our waiter was pleasant (albeit overwhelmed.) The food was fantastic and exactly what I was in the mood to eat."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food was good, but certainly overpriced. Service was terrible. Our waters were refilled only once the whole time we were there, so we sat with nothing to drink the majority of the warm summer evening....with the windows open. Table too small eve for two people, tucked away in a very small corner with two other tiny tables. Won't be back."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Monica's was recommended to us on a food tour of the North End so we tried it and loved it. We go each time we visit Boston and have continued to love it. We've also recommended it to friends and family when they visit Boston and have never heard anything but raves!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Before the crowds and our evening at Cirque de Soleil we wanted a great meal and a place to relax and watch the Belmont leg of the Triple Crown. Monica's never disappoints in any regard. Although the fried artichoke hearts have been better, they were a little small and the leaves chewy. The accompanying ricotta sauce is right on and great with their bread selection too. The lobster salad has the best not too lemony dressing and the plate is filled with egg, tomato and lobster. The beef ravioli was rich and tasty and we followed all that with the waiter's suggestion of the chocolate cake - more a mousse/cake, not too heavy but definitley shareable."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We enjoyed the homemade pasta. We had a very relaxing dinner and the wait staff knew his stuff!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Went here with 6 of us to celebrate daughter Monica's graduation....loved the food and wine and of course the sign!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Had an outstanding meal experience with my family (older parents and adult children). Wine list was extensive (obviously heavy Italian emphasis) and contained good value. We tried multiple dishes with no disappointments (Veal chop was outstanding!) There were several daily specials (pasta, seafood) and all meals were expertly prepared. Ambience was terrific, open air atmosphere in this cozy restaurant in the midst of the vibrant north end. Parking is difficult but valet was available and convenient. Overall, highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Food was superb and the ambience and service were also great. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Always have a great meal. I wanted to say thank you but I guess I have to do a minimum review of 50 characters so I'm hoping that this sentence puts me over that threshold."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Great food, portions were perfect size. Recommend ordering a few appetizers to share. Pasta is home made. Had the gnocchi with Wild Boar ragout, which was a special. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Will be back for sure. On the list of keepers for the North End"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We're fairly frequent diners at Vinoteca di Monica and always enjoy it. The staff is friendly, the wine list interesting, and the food delicious. Many things on the menu you're not likely to find elsewhere, such as the nudi (like ravioli without the pasta) and the Piedmontese tajarin, which are as good as the ones we ate in the Langhe last month."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "When we arrived 10 minutes before our reservation, the maitre'd was extremely rude and told us to leave the restaurant and return at 7. It was very embarassing since we had out of town guests, who commented on his rudeness. It was a Sunday night and we chose the prix fixe, which is available Sunday-THursday, according to the menu. They told us that they would not offer us the prix fixe although they agreed the menu offered it."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Great location, friendly staff and excellent food! Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Our first experience at this restaurant, and it was for a special occasion.The ambiance, service and food were superb. We will be back!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "A very pleasant wait staff, even with the restaurant being full an busy, made for a very relaxed and enjoyable Mothers Day. Wide variety of brunch menu choices offered something for everyone. And all were excellent!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Our friend recommended this restaurant for our anniversary dinner and we were not disappointed. Loved everything about it and will most definitely return with our teenage girls. We highly recommend it to all. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "While I realize that many people consider the tomalley a delicacy, I just couldn't get past the green dyed into the meat and running all over my plate into my pasta. Tomalley acts like a liver and pancreas in that it filters pollutants that the lobster digests. Like crab, I like to avoid eating that. My daughter had the Boar meat and gnocchi and said she probably wouldn't order it again. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We spontaneously decided to try a place we haven't been to in north end. All the usual spots on Hanover were packed. Found this place a block down with a fair number of people it in. Good selection on the menu and attentive service. We had a Cesar salad, grilled asparagus, clams linguine and spicy mussels with linguine. The salad was great. Asparagus a little over done. Fresh pasta was great. Preferred the spicy mussels over the clams dish. Would go back again. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The food was excellent, but the atmosphere was extremely noisy. It was difficult to carry on a conversation. Again the food was great, but the noise was too much to give it an excellent rating."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The best of the best in a neighborhood of what seems to be hundreds of Italian restaurants. Food was outstanding, pasta was perfect, personnel were friendly and attentive. Just the best."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The waitstaff was excellent. Didn't need to wait for our table. The food was excellent as always. This was our friends first time in boston and this restaurant was the perfect place to start the experience. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We enjoy coming here several times a year as the food is always very good and the wine selection is excellent. The wait staff always seems harried and goes through an extensive list of specials very quickly. This is not generally a place where one can linger over a meal - the courses arrive quickly as well. Highly recommend asking for a table away from the door when reservations are made. You might not get one, but worth a try - it's cold near the door. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Our reservation was forfeited, as members of our party were not there 5 minutes after the res time. We understood and were told we would have a table in 20 min. An hour and 40 min later we were seated. It was worth the wait, as the food was delicious. Just be prepared to wait."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We had wonderful food and wine. The waitstaff was knowledgable. The food was outstanding and the dessert was even better!!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Delicious homemade pasta and dessert! Great service and atmosphere. Upscale without being snobby."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The restaurant was very nice and the service was great as well. I knew it would be a little pricey but, I was disappointed the portions were so small. It was nice for a special occasion or holiday!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We like to try a new restaurant in the north end every time we visit Boston. We had a party of 8 so I booked a reservation way in advance. The food was very good and we had a very nice experience here. Mostly typical Italian entrees. They offered a very good risotto that night. Prices were reasonable, too."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We were offered specials of the day and we made the mistake of not asking the price, we ordered courgette battered flowers , capellini with scallops and veal, and other dishes from the menu. The food was unremarkable, just standard Italian food, but the bill was very expensive as they had charged us more than double for the recommended specials of the day than for any starter or main courses in the menu. We would not recommend this restaurant as obviously they take advantage of tourists and overcharge them."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Good Food, inattentive service, cramped seating, even for 2 with a reservation. We were ready to order after sitting so long with the menus the hostess sat us with, when the server came over. Even though we told him we were ready to order he abruptly left to get us waters, and then came back and wanted to tell us the specials. There was nothing seemingly special about the list of dishes he rattled off, as long as the menu, except no description provided. The service continued well off pace and so slow that after we were done, our plates cleared, had ask for the check, there was still a huge delay while we waiting with the credit card in hand, and the server still seemed off guard when we had to remind him. Maybe an off night?"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Enjoyed the visit. Very energetic environment. The background music was an odd high energy jazz fusion that we had to work to ignore. I prefer in a decent restaurant to ask for recommendations and was pleased with the wine and dinner suggestions. The food was great and service fast and competent. We had zuppa di pesce which was plenty for two people and a nice wine.. The only clinker of the evening was the hostess. When we approached the host stand, the young woman just looked at us. We had a staring contest for a bit until my finance' broke the ice: "Table for two, please." She then seated us next to the bathroom, which I mentioned was unfortunate, and again she said nothing and walked away. Training would be appropriate."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We often have dinner at Monica's both the Trattoria & Vinoteca. Tuesday was no exception. We had friends in town from Hong Kong and they loved their dinners. Great friendly service too. A very enjoyable evening. Thanks!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Our experience here was wonderful. The food was delicious. The service was excellent. The menu has so many interesting choices and the wine list was great."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We made a reservation for 4 people and had 3 of our party ready at our reservation time. But they refused to seat us until everyone was there. So we stood at the bar, which was crowded and right by the bathrooms. We kept on getting pushed around by waiters, guests, and staff but we had nowhere else to go. Once our fourth arrived, they told us in a really rude tone that it would be 10-15 minutes more before we could be seated. Our entire interaction with the front of house staff was verging on unprofessional and haughty. Honestly, the food's not good enough to warrant any kind of snark like they gave us. There are plenty of other (and better) restaurants in the North End. They won't get any more business from us."
    Dined on 4/5/2014