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Cantina Italiana

4.3
4.3
2188 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
An iconic tradition in Boston's "Little Italy", Cantina Italiana serves the tastes that make the North End famous. Started in 1931, Cantina Italiana is the oldest restaurant in the historic North End of Boston. We boast over 90 years of tradition in providing the best in homestyle Italian American and authentic southern Italian cuisine, the freshest New England seafood, and unparalleled service and experience. Cantina Italiana's warm, charming, and traditional atmosphere gives our restaurant a relaxed setting to enjoy you meal amongst the most important parts of your dining and drink experience: family, friends, and of course...food! Enjoy and cheer among us as we would at home: Mangia, Beve, e Buona Salute!

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 47 times today

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 723-4577

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ciriaco Colella

  • Catering

    Catering is available upon request.

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Cross street

    Fleet Street

  • Parking details

    We offer valet parking after 4:00pm daily. The cost is $24 per car. We also validate @ the Parcel 7 garage near Haymarket Square.

  • Public transit

    Closest stops are North Station and Haymarket

  • Entertainment

    We are offering a special menu on SUNDAYS from 12:00pm-10:30pm, 2 courses for $25.00.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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What 2,188 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. S

    Sash

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Very fast service and amazing food! I had the pappardelle with pesto and the mussels! It was super tasty and the portions were huge! I will say that our waitress wasn’t very welcoming and friendly. That is why the rating is the way it is.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, wine and fabulous service. We love every visit.
  3. M

    Miguel

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was great as always i think this time our server was new and overwhelmed a little attention from him. Other than that we take family that was visiting from PR everybody love this place atmosphere and food always exquisite. Thanks for a great night until the next.
  4. JP

    JenP

    New England

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and all of our meals and apps were delicious!
  5. CB

    CristinaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, will definitely come back!!
  6. n

    neilm

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The food and service were ok not great. It is not expensive so you get what you pay for.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Anna is the best!! Met her once before and she remembered us. Wonderful server and even a better person. Can’t wait to see her again. Kevin & Sherry
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing night at Cantina Italiana! Omar, our server, was absolutely amazing and was truly genuine. What a gem! The food was very very great and we enjoyed celebrating our friends birthday.
  9. D

    Diky

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great food! Will be back soon. I wish I could remember our server's name because she was excellent.
  10. CT

    ColoTourist

    Denver

    37 reviews

    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Nice authentic Italian restaurant in the North End of Boston. Most of the customers were local, which is a good sign. Delicious bread and olive oil complemented our entrees.
  11. FF

    FrancieF

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Extremely disappointing. Not up to usual North End standards. Bad, bland food.
  12. BS

    BadService

    New England

    17 reviews

    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Waiter doesn’t write orders down- and of course, got it wrong from his memory - always a bad thing Food was average- pasta was mushy overcooked So many good restaurants in the north end - go elsewhere
  13. CM

    ColinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cantina Italiana is consistently the best Italian restaurant I've been to outside Italy, and I fully expect to go there for special occasions for years to come.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was not up to par compared to other restaurants in the North End.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Just OK. It was fun to be in the north end, but the Italian food was just OK. Bread & olive oil were nothing special. Gnocchi was so good, but sauce was bland. My husband had the gnocchi with sausage & the garlic over powered the meal- but we like garlic so it was yummy. Overall, just OK
  16. CW

    CharlesW

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Italian food in the North End of Boston at a reasonable price.
  17. D

    Doug

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    This place is a classic of the North End. It was the first place I ever ate in Boston with a local and that was almost 30 years ago. I always think it will be meh Italian tourist food but I have never been disappointed with what I ordered here. It is loud inside and out so it's not a quiet, conversation place but the food is great. It is cheaper than a lot of the other places nearby and while it is not a Michelin Star type place, the food is really good. Service is usually quick. You need to make a reservation pretty much all the time and there is no parking on this street so you will need to use a garage. If you are trying to get to Hannover street, ride the orange line to Haymarket and walk up there (not far). I recommend this and have been recommending it since the first time I went.
  18. DM

    DeniseM

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Only complaint was no air conditioning
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very old school authentic Italian. Homemade pasta in most of the dishes, all fresh ingredients. Service was great. Definitely recommend
  20. C

    Courtney

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    All pastas are homemade! The truffle gnocchi was out of this world. I’ve been to Europe several times and this was the best gnocchi I have ever had. I could have licked the bowl clean. We had arancini and Caesar salad, both were delicious. Service was great. Staff was attentive and friendly. My boyfriend had the Americano. It was bland but we would definitely go back again and try something new.
  21. SA

    SALB

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food is always fresh and hot....appetizer's were amazing - dinner's were served nice and hot.....
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went to dinner to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We have been here many times over the years and have always enjoyed it — and last night was no exception! I had the Shrimp Scampi and my husband had the Short Rib Ravioli, which was a special that day. Everything was delicious. Our server was awesome and all the other employees we encountered were too.
  23. DA

    DATN

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic! Omar was a TERRIFIC server. Looking forward to our next dinner here! Thank you!
  24. JH

    JeffreyH

    Staffordshire

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic. From the greeting to the table to the server to the calamari appetizer to the arugula salad, Caesar salad to the spaghetti with meatballs, homemade pasta with bolognese sauce, seafood fra diavolo to the best desserts lemon sorbet and amaretto cake we have had in a restaurant. Perfect meal!!
  25. JG

    JaneG

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best traditional Italian in North End (and we live here). Great “red sauce” dishes.
  26. MV

    MariaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    5 star service, authentic Italian food, great cocktails. We had a really nice night there.
  27. HG

    HometownGirlSLW

    Columbus

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff and food were excellent.
  28. R

    Reena

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to celebrate my daughter starting college with her new roommate and her roommates family. We had a wonderful dinner!! Everything was excellent and the service was top notch! Thank you!
  29. SD

    SDS61

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cantina Italiana never disappoints. The food is awesome from the appetizers to dessert. The staff is attentive and does a great job despite being so busy from sitting you down to the wait staff and bartenders. I highly recommend this classic Old school Italian restaurant !! My favorite in the North End.
  30. D

    Danielle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    unfortunately my partner and i were pretty much ignored throuought the meal, i had to physically get up and get myself water to drink and oil for our bread. The server offered everyone fresh cheese on top of our pasta except for my partner and i. It felt like my partner and I were getting completely different service because we were the only non-straight couple there. Will not be going back.
  31. H

    Hockey12

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat and great experience!! Will be back again soon!
  32. S

    Sagesarkis14

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Always spot on!! If you are in the North End do it. Gnocchi is the BEST
  33. MM

    MichaelM

    New England

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner and service!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent good, service was amazing, restaurant was a bit hot didn’t seem like the AC was working well, otherwise was a great dinner!
  36. CM

    CiaraM

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family's favorite!! Such a friendly staff and amazing food.
  37. T

    Toeat

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    The food was great and the staff was very friendly.
  38. J

    Joanie

    New England

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I don’t get into the North end much, but when I do, this was always where I took visitors from out of town to show them the north end. It is unpretentious and charming and felt very old world authentic. This experience was so bad I will never return. I know that the whole industry is hurting for staff, and certainly some of the poor experience could be chocked up to being understaffed but that really is no excuse for how bad EVERY aspect of this dining experience was. The outdoor dining was very dirty in comparison to the other north end restaurants (we looked very carefully after we left,) and there was only one server for the whole outdoor section, which was about twice as big as any server should have. She had a backwater but he was useless and we literally had to ask for every single thing twice or more, beginning with plates and silverware setups. We had to ask THREE times. We were dining with little ones so we came early and were hoping to make it quick- just was much for their sake as ours- but it was difficult because other than the food, everything took a long time. It wasn’t her fault- she was sweet and we tipped the poor girl well enough, but it was just so bad. The food was either cold, under seasoned,or otherwise… just gross. The Frutti di mare was super generous with the seafood but had no flavor whatsoever. That might have been resolved if we had ever gotten the salt and pepper. The caprese had under-ripened tomatoes and also needed some salt… which again, we didn’t have. The garlic bread had zero buttery garlicky flavor- these are easy things to do well- just bad bad bad. The gnocchi was so disgusting- it was gluey and the black truffle sauce it was in was like phlegm. It had house made sausage which was flavorless and all crumbly and it resembled dog food, at best. Even the spaghetti with meatballs we got for the kids, honestly would have been more flavorful, and probably at least hot, had we gotten at at the Olive Garden. Save your money.
  39. BS

    BrianS

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Super friendly staff. Great ambiance. Will definitely return. Highly recommend.
  40. M

    Magnoliaqueen

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was excellent. Food amazing Very happy. Great environment

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cantina Italiana using the Order Online button. Cantina Italiana also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 723-4577.

Cantina Italiana is rated 4.3 stars by 2188 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 47 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Cantina Italiana

346 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Fleet Street

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We offer valet parking after 4:00pm daily. The cost is $24 per car. We also validate @ the Parcel 7 garage near Haymarket Square.

  • Public transit

    Closest stops are North Station and Haymarket

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ciriaco Colella

  • Entertainment

    We are offering a special menu on SUNDAYS from 12:00pm-10:30pm, 2 courses for $25.00.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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