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'This spacious, romantic eatery pairs contemporary Italian cuisine with great views of Boston's historic North End. Bacco's first floor is home to a beautiful mahogany and granite bar where patrons drink from an extensive wine list and catch sports highlights on one of two flat-screen TVs. The restaurant's French doors are open during warmer months, allowing guests to feel like part of the action along Salem Street. Diners on the more formal second level devour plates of linguini carbonara, chicken cacciatore and lobster ravioli while enjoying views of the city.'- Citysearch Boston
Boston, MA 02119
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm-11:00pm, Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm sunday 4:30pm -10pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Validated parking nearby- Parcel 7 garage - $3 for 3 hours
Bacco-Boston Ratings and Reviews
My fiance and I had both been to Bacco's on separate occasions and had a great experience and that's why we chose to celebrate New Year's there but our visit was so poor. First off, we were seated downstairs next to the crowded bar. When we asked our waiter if we could sit upstairs, he said it was closed off for a private party, yet when leaving we were told by the hostess we could have sat upstairs if we requested it(thanks a lot)! The food was very blane-my mushroom ravioli had no taste and required extra salt on my part while my fiance had the veal piccata and it was butterflied instead of pounded out, was overcooked, and overpowered with lemon sauce (he's an executive chef). Overall, just not a plesant experience and wouldn't go back
I went there on a date, and I had the best time. Sure, part of it was the company I kept, but the restaurant itself just lent so much to giving us a great date. The first floor is the bar/lounge area, which was crowded, but not too crowded, when we walked in. Our table was on the second floor, and we sat by a window, which led to a nice view of the small intersection of Salem Street and one of the small cross sts. It was a very romantic spot - and so nice that it was out of the way of busy Hanover Street. Our waiter, Robert, was great. At the end of our meal, we decided to take things back down to the bar, and we had a great bartender whose name I cannot remember, but she was fab. The night was so good I wish it didn't have to end.
I took my husband to Bacco-Boston for his birthday. I asked for a nice table, and we were given a nice window side table. The service was very basic and almost rushed. The food was very good, however I had requested no scallops in my entree and instead extra of whatever they decided. When my dish arrived it came with the scallops, so that was kind of disappointing - I just removed them to my bread plate and ate the rest which was very good. My husband got the porcini raviolis in a leek cream sauce which was delicious, he ate every bit. We decided to go elsewhere for coffee so I can't comment on their desserts. Overall, a very quick dinner, not very romantic, but very good food. Not sure I'd go back though.
Wow, did we have a great time! At first glance, we were worried that we would be rushed through a basic menu. However, days later, our group is still talking about how nice it was to catch up with each other in an unhurried setting with a delicious and heartily-porportioned meal. The appetizers were delicious, the entrees were outstanding (and served hot!) and the dessert (tiramisu) was some of the best I've had in the North End. Wines were reasonably priced. The server was interactive, accessible and prompt, but never overbearing. We will definately be back!
Our visit to Bacco-Boston was not what we expected. We expected Italian dining that would be a little different. It was average. Since it was our Anniversary and made advance reservation, we expected a nice atmosphere. Instead we were seated by the bar where neighborhood crowd seemed to congregate. Another couple was seated near by and they requested to be moved to the upstairs dining area. Overall our experience was a disappointment. With all the other choices in the area, I don't think we will return.
Prices are about average for the North End, which means higher than what you would pay elsewhere. One of the ten people had to wait another 5 minutes for his entree while the rest of us started eating, but overall it was a good night out. A plus for Bacco's is a full bar compared with other North End eateries.
We got to Bacco after a 4 hour ride from NYC. We ( 5 people) entered the restaurant while 1 person parked the car. They would not seat us at the table until the 6th person came. I told them we were ready to order the appetizers and drinks, but they would not seat us, so we had to wait. The food was mediocre and the service was fair. The waitress forgot some things that were ordered and she gave us the dessert menus then didn't come back for our order! There are a million restaurants in the North End, this seemed to be the only one not crowded. I now know why.
I went here on date on a Friday at peak hours. It was quite loud, but not more than once would expect with a restaurant with as large a bar as they have.
Each course was excellent. The chef's take on the bruschetta was a nice surprise and very delicious. Even the spinach side was wonderfully dressed. Our parmesans were both cooked to perfection.
The only downer was the service. Our waiter seemed to forget about us after we ordered. Our wine glasses weren't filled; nor were our water classes or our bread basket - once. This put a real damper on the evening.
If I was in the mood for really excellent mainstream-Italian food but was not picky about service, I would go here and recommend someone of similar tastes do the same.
Exposed brick, dim lighting, and beautiful 18th century artwork made for an appealing atmosphere and eating environment. First floor bar with large french windows, window boxes, and mellow lighting gave the interior a cool vibe. The service was quick and the drinks were good. A little tight, but worth it. Upstairs dining room was enticing, service was excellent and the food was outstanding. Loved it. A little loud, but still worth many visits. Will definitely return with new recruits. They do not serve dessert.
It was a very pretty building with beautiful flowers. The North End is such a great place to dine. Being off Hanover St, it is a bit quieter. The open air design windows gave an outside feeling even though you were inside.
The food was good. I had the eggplant parm, which also had spinach, which was a nice touch. We thought the house wine was a bit pricey at $12/glass. We would definitely go back again.
We were seated right away. Great vibe. The dishes were delicious, shrimp scampi and Veal were prepared to perfection. There was nothing out of place. Very relaxed atmosphere, not stuffy. Although the restaraunt was completly packed we never got the feeling of being rushed in and out or the the wait staff was stressed.
We are from upstate New York and visited Boston on 9/24 to celebrate my daughter's 22nd birthday. She recently moved to the North End, and chose Bacco's for her birthday dinner. We sat in the bar area, where the windows were all open, allowing us to enjoy the warm evening and view the activity on the streets. Our waiter provided prompt and attentive service, and our meals were excellent. My daughter was pleasantly surprised when the waiter brought a delicious chocolate-raspberry drink to acknowledge her birthday. We will definitely return to Bacco's again!
Sat upstairs, which seemed like a better option. they were very accomodating since we were late due to no valet. butternut squash ravioli was good, but Tresca has the same and they have valet with better atmoshphere. waitress was very friendly (much better than the waitstaff @ Tresca :)
My wife didn't touch her orecchiette with sausage - it was terrible. The waitress even admitted that the dish doesn't taste that good. Our waitress should have had the presence of mind to take it off the bill - but i guess that was asking too much!! Other than that, the meal was very good, but i won't return - too many other choices in the area.
The food at Bacco was delicious. The portions were generous and the wine list was pretty solid. The hummus was not outstanding - would have preferred olive oil and garlic for the fresh bread.
Unfortunately, the quality of the food was far outstripped by the noise. The noise is almost unbearable, which really ruins the otherwise great atmosphere. They also put my date and I between 2 tables of six people. There was maybe 6 inches of space on either side. I requested a window table, which is much more private, but they did not honor this request. If I'm paying $125 for dinner for two people, I think it is ridiculous to throw us between two very large, noisy groups. I would only recommend eating here with a large group.
Love Bacco. This was our 4th visit and each time has been wonderful. Our favorite restaurant in the North End, by far. Great atmosphere, excellent service, and delicious food. (Would like to keep it our secret, but feel compelled to give it the great review it deserves.)
We thoroughly enjoyed our Restaurant Week dinner last Thursday, 8/20/09. Our food (Calamari with spicy pepper sauce, Chicken Florentine, Seafood Prima Vera and Tiramisu) was fabulous. The service was excellent. We especially appreciated our romantic open window table. We have not tried too many North End restaurants, about six. So far, Bacco is our favorite.
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