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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

4.1

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (42)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Comfort Food (27)
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Casual (27)
Good for a Date (24)
Special Occasion (23)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Cozy (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Fun (13)
Romantic (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Business Meals (6)
People Watching (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

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
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

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

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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Sat near the door and it gets very chilly..

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·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
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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
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 (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
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 (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
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·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
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·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
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·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
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 (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

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 (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
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 (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
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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
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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 (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
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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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