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Al Dente Restaurant

1942 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
Snuggled in the heart of the world famous North End, Al Dente Restaurant lets you feast on a bountiful array of Italian specialties. The outstanding menu, featuring pasta, chicken, veal and seafood, highlights a spectrum of lavish Italian specialties that are sure to please discriminating palates. The open kitchen lets you in on the action behind the superb dishes, and you'll enjoy their lavish fare amid a cozy, casual setting.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 9:45pm, Friday and Saturday: 11:30am - 10:45pm
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Phone number
(617) 523-0990
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Parking details
Parcel 7 garage is within a 5 min walk to our restaurant located at the corner of Sudbury and Congress St; $1.00 for up to 2 hrs; $3.00 for up to 3 hrs; Validation void over 3 hours; Show your server your ticket to validate
Non-Smoking, Wine
What 1942 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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B1C1 (New England)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

Last time at this restaurant about 2 years ago. It was much better. Had reservation for 6:30 PM, however that seemed to have no meaning as we waited to 7:00 PM to be seated. Service was fine. Staff friendly. My wife's veal and shrimp was fine. Lacking some flavor and mostly pasta and not much on the shrimp. My Veal Parm was overdone and dry. Not much flavor. Per glass wine prices on the high side for producers names. Not a memorable visit or experience this time. Most likely will not be back as their are many more better restaurants in the area.

5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Al Dente made for a great place to bring my gf on a date for Valentine's day. The food was excellent, reasonably priced, and our server Annessa was so nice!

Charissa (New England)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

I love this place. I come here probably one per month. Staff makes you feel like family, especially Angela.. We try to request her as often as we can! Love this place. Food is fantastic.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Some of the best Italian food I've ever had. Their lobster ravioli is probably the best in Boston.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Highly recommend! This bustling, cozy, authentic restaurant is our favorite stop when we're in Boston! The best Milanese in the North End and the chicken parmesan and gnocci are also amazing! It's crowded, loud, high energy and a meal that will be exactly what you hoped for when you think of authentic Italian food. Must go!

5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

It was just great portions ,quality ,service and Value !!!

Haley (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Nothing special here. Staff not very friendly. Not worth time or money go somewhere else to experience much better North end food! Pasta was not even homemade.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The food wasn’t that good compared to all the restaurants in North End. Wouldn’t recommend.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The food is so amazing that this was our second time coming here for our anniversary! I HIGHLY recommend the carbonara, and the vodka sauce is delicious...will definitely be back.

MaryM (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We made reservations so were seated very quickly upon arriving. I'm a vegetarian, so looking at the menu, I was happy to see quite a few vegetarian options for me. I also happened to notice that they offer gluten-free options for an additional fee. We were given bread and butter while we looked over the meal, which was tasty. The bread was cold and hard, which surprised my husband, but did not stop him from eating a ton of it.

We decided on our meals and placed our orders. To our surprise, our food was being served to us no more than 15 minutes later (possibly sooner). I ordered the pesto pasta made with the thick, homemade noodles. It was beyond delicious with the rich, creamy pesto sauce. The dish was extremely filling and the portions are generous so I ended up taking at least half of it home. My husband ordered the veal marsala, which he had never had before. He was slightly disappointed, mainly because he didn't know exactly what he was ordering. He did end up completely clearing his plate at the restaurant, so he didn't dislike his meal. Would he order veal marsala again? Probably not, but this had nothing to do with Al Dente. Once we were finished with our meals, the waitress brought us our check promptly and we took care of the bill quickly. We were in and out of the restaurant probably in the matter of an hour.

Overall, we enjoyed the food and the authentic Italian feel of the restaurant. The tables are placed pretty close together, which gives it an intimate feeling, but can also get pretty loud. We went on a Friday night around 7:30 PM, which is a very busy time for any restaurant. That being said, it was very impressive with how quickly we received our food. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and will certainly return for another delicious Italian meal in the future.