Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.12mi
  2. Distance: 0.15mi
  3. Distance: 0.15mi
  4. Distance: 0.16mi
  1. Distance: 0.12mi
  2. Distance: 0.15mi
  3. Distance: 0.15mi
  4. Distance: 0.16mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.12mi
  2. Distance: 0.15mi
  3. Distance: 0.15mi
  4. Distance: 0.16mi
  1. Distance: 0.12mi
  2. Distance: 0.15mi
  3. Distance: 0.15mi
  4. Distance: 0.16mi

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
View Larger Map

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

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (37)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Casual (31)
See All
Special Occasion (22)
Cozy (21)
Comfort Food (21)
Good for a Date (19)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Fun (14)
Romantic (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Local Ingredients (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
People Watching (6)
Business Meals (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Tapas (1)
Sort by
S
1909 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Great time! Awesome food and service!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined 4 days ago

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

 
·Dined on January 5, 2018

Very nice staff and good food!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent food! Great service! Will definitely return.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Vacation with family

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 24, 2017

Best Italian food in the North End. We love everything about it. Can be tight quarters but fun and friendly. Food is amazing. The fresh pasta is unreal. Call ahead or use open table. Getting a table can be a little rough.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Got seated at our designated reservations time. Food And service was very good.

Tags: Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

A great value in the North End. Excellent food with a friendly service staff all at a good price. It's a cozy, warm place. Great for a family outing, getting together with friends, eating after a game, or just grabbing a hardy Italian meal. Lots to choose from. Will return again.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Very delicious Italian food with large portions at a reasonable price! Well worth it!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

 
·Dined on December 23, 2017

My wife and I had an incredible meal- wait staff was awesome. Highly recommended!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 20, 2017

This continues to be a favorite of ours. It feels like a neighborhood place from days of old. Not fancy or pretentious just great food done the old way and friendly wait staff.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 20, 2017

Food was good but there are better options in the North End. Bread and butter were cold.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4
value4

vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent Italian restaurant away from the hustle and bustle of Hanover Street in Boston’s North End. With so many options in the North End, I will definitely be returning. House-made, fresh pasta (cooked al Dente of course) held the flavorful sauce perfectly. The Veal Saltimboca was perfection, and the gnocchi was light and fluffy, not doughy like at so many restaurants. Very attentive wait staff. Large portions - two of us brought home leftovers. I highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I eat dinner at Al Dente about twice a year. The food, service and atmosphere are always excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

I’ve been there dozens of times for business and pleasure and it is always great. From the host out front who always has a quick story, to the experienced waitresses, the personal service is second to none. The dining room is small but the menu is not- homemade pasta great sauces, exceptional veal and delicious shrimp & scallops with vodka sauce over fresh made pasta. Everything is tasty but don’t expect coffee or dessert as they’ve done away with that since there’s many options for that nearby. Go right up the street to the coffee bar.
There are tons of choices in the Northend but this is my favorite!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

great old school italian spot in the n end! meatballs raviolis pasta all delecious

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Sat near the door and it gets very chilly..

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

 
·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very happy with the food! Authentic and large portions. Reservations are an absolute must, we were right on time and still had to wait about 10-15 minutes or so; I can only imagine how long the wait without reservations is on a busy Friday or Saturday night! I got chicken parm with tortellini and my girlfriend got the shrimp & calamari diavolo. The place was jam packed and our food came insanely quick. We were in an out within 50 minutes. It's a little dark and fairly loud but otherwise I definitely recommend Al Dente!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2017

This just became our new favorite North End Restaurant. The homemade pasta was outstanding, cooked perfectly al dente. Generous portions of veal parmesan, shrimp and scallops with vodka sauce, and shrimp marinara (prepared by special request!) arrived to the table hot from the kitchen. Delicious food was complimented by exceptional service and a warm friendly waitstaff!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This place is small, but nice and authentic. Very hard to park close to it, but the walk around the neighborhood is invigorating and interesting. Just allow enough time. The tables are close together, and this would not seem to be a great spot for a large group. The food came out quickly, and it was delicious. Tables were cleared quickly, and our 82-year-old server was a doll. We had a great time.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food and service, from the host to our server was outstanding. Noise was VERY exuberant due to a couple of rowdy birthday parties...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food is delicious. The service impeccable. You feel like uou are eating with family. Never have I been dissapointed with a meal here. Good wine list. Will revisit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 2, 2017

Dinner was amazing, I had the chicken parmigiana. It was truly the best I have had in the north end. the staff were outstanding. I can't wait to go back! Thank you for a fun delicious evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 1, 2017

Am Dente was a place I spotted on this website and as I proceeded to check out the menu my choice was made. Many options for authentic Italian dining. Wine choice was great for my significant other. My overall dining experience was fantastic. Highly recommended for a quick date night in the North End of Boston.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great meal and loved our 85 year old waitress. Made us feel like we were having dinner with an Italian grandmother lots of energy spunk and personality. Made for an enjoyable time

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food and service is always top notch. Good wines at an affordable price

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Tallahassee)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Highly recommended. Al Dente has a classic North End feel with great prices and an awesome selection. It can get crowded, so be sure to show up on time for your reservation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The North End can be imposing. But if you are in Boston, how can you not go? Narrow streets, great smells from every direction. Just go. Take your kids. Order a big pasta. Enjoy a glass of Chianti. Kibbitz with the server. Just go. The food is very good, the experience is excellent.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Small and cold in the winter. Food is well worth eating with your coat on.

Tags: Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great place, staff are fast and courteous. Food is outstanding! Best sauce I have ever had. Priced fairly as well. One of my favorites it’s Boston. Make a reservation!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and service! I️ liked the family-style atmosphere and that you could feel free to chat and socialize.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Nice North-End restaurant, small space and tables. Great service, food is very good. Wine prices are reasonable.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 10, 2017

Small restaurant with awesome food. Be sure to ask your server for recommendations.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great service and delicious Chicken Marsala. Also a plus that it had a Kids Menu. We'll be back!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I went to Al Dente for my birthday dinner with some of my friends and we all had a great time. Everyone was talking about what a great choice of restaurant this throughout our meal. Marge, our waitress, was wonderful and attentive. The food was yummy and flavorful! I am a vegetarian and I had no issue finding food to eat. The restaurant was adorable. I will definitely be going back!

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.