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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.0

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (53)
Neighborhood Gem (43)
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Comfort Food (31)
Good for a Date (30)
Special Occasion (29)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Cozy (27)
Worth the Drive (21)
Fun (20)
Romantic (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Kid-friendly (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Creative Cuisine (8)
People Watching (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Business Meals (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Quick Bite (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Healthy (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Bar Seating (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

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
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 (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.

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 (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
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (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
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 (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
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 1, 2017

I love this restaurant. The food and service were the best!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

My friend and I went for lunch; hardly anyone was inside, and our food came quickly.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Food was amazing. It’s a tiny spot so the noise level can get loud. Definitely recommend a reservation or you’ll be waiting

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

We were recommended this place by a friend......food was great

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were here with two of our friends. It was a lovely night and the food was AMAZING. I don’t normally order lasagna but because it was rated one of the best lasagnas in Boston, I took the risk. I’m so glad I did! The sauce in particular was outstanding. Our waitress was JoAnna and she was so fun and spunky. She also helped us pick a bottle of wine. If you do go, make sure to make a reservation. You won’t get in without it on a busy weekend night!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Delicious food, fantastic friendly service, cozy atmosphere, right on Hanover Street in the heart of the North End. We’ll definitely go back and highly recommend Pomodoro for anyone looking for a wonderful dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 27, 2017

First time in Boston and was told I had to go here. It was amazing! Delicious food, friendly staff, good wine. Glad I was told to have a reservation though. I will definitely be back next time I'm in Boston!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Fantastic food and wonderful friendly service our waitress was incredible

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Love this traditional Italian restaurant.....You feel in Italy ......Food amazing.....Loved it ❤️

Tags: Cozy, People Watching, Casual, Healthy
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

was very nice but i wasnt as hungry as i thought. had a very nice,and pricey tenderloin steakand i thought i would have a very nice lunch. when i open to go container that i was given i was surprised- not my steak but crappy pasta

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Take all out of town guests here first - LOVE this place! Homemade pasta is incredible! Basically every dish is better than the last! Do yourself a favor - go!

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 (Key West)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Always an excellent meal. Worth the trip.

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Noise deafening worst ever. Hostess unpleasant. Waitress nice. Ordered a glass of wine. Never received it. When I questioned where was my wine, the waitress stated, pleasant, I did not think you wanted it. Offered it but my meal was half finished. Tortellini over cooked. Mushy. Bread fair. Thrown on table. My husband had a shrimp and broccoli dish. Said across the street much better. Do not bother

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I had the most amazing Lasagna with bolognese sauce. I tried my friends Gnocci which was delicious! We also had the special fig and goat cheese salad and a side of eggplant rollatini. We rolled out of there with happy bellies 😋 and capped it off with a shot of their special limoncello! Annette our waitress was fun and attentive!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Go for the lobster ravioli

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

This is our favorite North End Spot. Traditional food, great wait staff, and the food was great!
The price also very reasonable for the amount of food we had.
The chicken and Veal Marsala was fantastic. The sauce was cooked down properly. It had that nice sweet syrup wine sauce taste. The shrimp scampi and Chicken Parm was very good too.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Wonderful dinner. Fantastic lobster ravioli! Great service.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We ordered the Bruschetta to start with and we all remarked on how fresh and juicy the tomatoes tasted along with the raw garlic. It was delicious and you definitely should get it as an app! I got the pesto sauce with homemade gnocchi and the gnocchi was so soft and you could tell it was freshly made. The pesto sauce was creamy but very flavorful. My friend got the Pumpkin ravioli - a seasonal item - and it was sweet yet had a kick to it, get it if you come this fall! My other friend got the Chicken Parm and while it was good, I think there are stronger menu Items. Lastly, we ordered a single meatball, and it was truly the best meatball i've ever tasted - Get one!!! Will be coming back! Also, the portions are pretty big and definitely a good bang for your buck.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

A great truly local spot. Food drives the spirit of the restaurant. Daily specials are always worth consideration.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Had an authentic feel of a family-run Italian eatery. Good food with incredible portions.

We went there for our anniversary. Had a bowl of minestrone, which could have fed a family of 4. It was excellent. Had two great pasta dishes, with wonderful meatballs and a great bottle of wine. Pricing was reasonable. Portions were insane.

The wait staff was very friendly and efficient and were plainly invested in the place.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Lovely restaurant, very friendly and helpful staff

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

We were seated right away and the waitress was very prompt to get drink orders and inquire about appetizers. The food didn’t take any much time at all to arrive. The portions were perfect and tastes absolutely delicious! Would definitely dine there again!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Maybe a off night. Been here a few times and always enjoyed it. Wasn't quite there for us this time

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food at Al Dente never disappoints. It is one of our go-to restaurants in the North End.
This particular visit our service was kind of slow and rather impersonal, however it won't keep ups from going back!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food, the servers are all great, ANGELA is the best!

Tags: Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This is very much like many North End restaurants in that it is small, crowded, and very loud. BUT, the food is AMAZING! The excellent service and delicious food more than made up for being seated 40 minutes after our reservation time. This place is wonderful and was worth the wait. Just don't go on a first date, unless you're ready for yelling across the table to hear each other. For us it was lively and fun.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food,great service. Have been many times and will always go back. Best in the North End.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 19, 2017

The wonderful food and pleasant ambiance would make me recommend this to everyone. Though from the outside this may not look like a gem, but it was absolutely wonderful. Our waitress was great (can't remember her name sorry), the food was plentiful and delicious. Good value and big portions (possibly a little too big, but that's not a complaint). Delicious.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

This place is amazing! It was the best place we ate at in the city. Everything tasted homemade. The prices are a little high, but it is totally worth it.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food was outstanding and service was excellent. The only issue I had was that if was very small and the tables were quite tight which made it very, very noisey.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Loved this North End Restaurant. Food delicious and service was superb! Cannot wait to go back next time I'm in Boston. Easy access from the T Haymarket stop!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Cozy, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Loved the restaurant but the noise level was extremely loud and I found myself yelling across the table to have a conversation! Also the tables were very close together which I'm sure attributed to the volume in the restaurant!
The food was delicious and I would definitely go back! Although maybe due to the noise level I did get the wrong dinner but it was delicious!

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Excellent restaurant!! Great food, service, and atmosphere. I'll be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The food and service was Excellent as always. This is a great place for special events or just having lunch.

Tags: Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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