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About Al Dente Restaurant

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.

109 Salem St.
Boston, MA 02113
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 9:45pm, Friday and Saturday: 11:30am - 10:45pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 523-0990

Website:
http://www.aldenteboston.com/

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

Additional:
Non-Smoking, Wine

Al Dente Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (44)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
Casual (37)
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Cozy (29)
Special Occasion (28)
Good for a Date (28)
Comfort Food (26)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Fun (16)
Romantic (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Great for Lunch (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Business Meals (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
People Watching (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Healthy (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Scenic View (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Great Beer (1)
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·Dined 2 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!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined 2 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 11, 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!

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

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

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·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.

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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·Dined on February 10, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Stayed in the financial district a few days. So many Italian places to choose from. This place was quaint and adorable. I loved the food! The staff was very friendly as well.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Al Dente is my favorite restaurant in Boston's North End. The Italian food is the best, especially the lasagna. Dining area is rather small, which is why weekend nights have a small line outside. The wait staff are very personable and friendly.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Had a great dinner here! The service was very quick and menu had a big selection of food that all sounded fantastic. We had the lobster ravioli and chicken cacciatore and they were both great! Would definitely go back or recommend!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Love this restaurant - staff is great and food is authentic!

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Cramped room to start with. Food was excellent and good pricing. NO COFFEE, Ice Tea refills are charged and they do NOT make any SPAGHETTI. They look hard and want you out quickly. Again the food is excellent but I would NOT recommend this place if you are looking for a nice quiet meal.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The best dishes in the North End of Boston. Atmosphere is perfect and the prices are great

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Amazing place! Cute place with great food and service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Four dishes. Two were very good. Two average at best. Appetizer of calamari was rubbery...

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Eggplant Parmesan for my fiancé and Lobster Ravioli for me, both were superb and the wine pour was quite generous from a very good list.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Incredibly impressed with Al Dente! Just moved to Boston a few months ago and my family was visiting for the weekend so I wanted to find an authentic North End dining experience. Al Dente was the perfect spot and our server Lisa made it even more enjoyable.

Can't wait to come back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food is awesome as is the staff. They both keep us coming back and it's become our regular north end destination! You should always make a reservation as it's small and usually aren't seated without one

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Fantastic dinner and service. Eggplant Parmesan Devine, niochi cloud like. My husband equally liked his lasagna and the meatball was Soo good that we ordered extra to go.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great experience. Our server was the best. Great portion sizes too! Should probably share plates because you get a lot for your money.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Joanne our waitress was so much fun and personable! From her to Michael who sat us to one of the other ladies that came over to the table to chat had us laughing from the time we sat down to the time we left.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

AMAZING fresh pasta!! This was exactly what I was hoping for when I scheduled date night at the North End. As per everyone's recommendation, we tried the pumpkin ravioli. It was just as good, if not better, than what I read about it - sweet and savory, light and creamy, rich and complex! I am dreaming about it now... I will definitely be back again, especially since it's so easy to book reservations!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Good food and service, we had a group of 8.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Excellent authentic, feels like grammas kitchen! Down to earth staff and great food! Easy walk from Garden area!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I always ask for Joanna to be my waitress
I just love her

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

A nice and cozy restaurant in the heart of the North End district in Boston, the portions are huge, the food is delicious, the service is great and there are lots of choices. Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

It’s your average, if not below average north end restaurant. I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat here. Huge portions is a one positive aspect about this restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

My husband and I have been going here for years and never been disappointed! Love it here!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great time! Awesome food and service!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Long time Al Dente fan, they continue to not disappoint ! Everything was very good with outstanding service provided by Annette

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Very nice staff and good food!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Al dente is one of those hands down top 10 best italian places to eat in the nation. Its tucked in the North End of Boston which gives it a wonderful charm and the food ingredients come straight from the neighborhood.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Cozy, Romantic, Healthy, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Classic north end experience. Great food, excellent service, and has a nice yesteryear vibe. Only negative was our seat next to the door with repeated cold gusts of wind.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Yummy food, great service and a fun experience for eating in the North End. Family friendly, many GF options.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Excellent food! Great service! Will definitely return.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great food, great service , vegetarian and vegan friendly. Only drawback we found was that the restaurant was a bit cold, but that is not entirely their fault , with the cold front we have been having lately.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Vacation with family

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We have gone to al Dente many times and it has become our family staple! We can always count on delicious food and drink and wonderful staff. Even better, we have taken our 4 month old son numerous times and the staff is more than accommodating for him.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Great Beer, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Special Occasion
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