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About Cantina Italiana

A tradition in Boston’s historic North End. We have been serving generations of families,locals and tourists in the North End since 1931. People crave the taste of our food. Some say their mouths water just thinking about eating here. That’s why when we change even the slightest thing,they let us know it. Some things should stay just as they are.

346 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Fleet Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 723-4577

Website:
http://www.cantinaitaliana.com/

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

Parking Details:
We offer valet parking after 4:00pm daily. The cost is $20 per car. We also validate @ the Parcel 7 garage near Haymarket Square.

Public Transit:
Closest stops are North Station and Haymarket

Executive Chef:
Charles Colella

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
"2 for $25 Sunday Special" Cantina Italiana will be offering a set menu on Sundays from Noon-10:30 pm. An appetizer and an entree all for $25 per person.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Experience a night of Italian Romance and make your Valentine’s Day reservation with us today!

Cantina Italiana Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (32)
Casual (29)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
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Good for Groups (20)
Cozy (18)
Fun (17)
Special Occasion (16)
Comfort Food (14)
Good for a Date (14)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Romantic (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Business Meals (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined on January 17, 2018

Our Uber driver recommended this place and we're so happy we dined here. Outstanding meal and service. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Great place to eat dinner was fantastic!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Lovely neighborhood restaurant. Casual environment. Great food. Like going to an old friend's house for a great dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was a great place to dine in the North End! My friends an I were greeted as we walked in and were immediately seated due to our reservation. The service was incredible and the food even better! Nothing better than homemade pasta with homemade sausage in a garlic/Parmesan sauce!

Will definitely return for another visit when I come to Boston!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We have been to Cantina Italiana several times. Food has improved- we almost didn't go back after our last visit in the summer. But the wait staff is so friendly, the family-friendly atmosphere so enjoyable, we were happy to return on New Year's Eve. Glad we did!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Good food and the valet service is a plus, especially on cold nights

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Made a reservation. Once we checked in, were seated immediately. Service was prompt and food was tasty.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We chose this restaurant based on the largely positive reviews. Arrived about 20 minutes before our scheduled reservation time and were promptly greeted and seated. Our server was very friendly and meals were quickly prepared with a very short wait. Food was average at best. I ordered a veal dish which had little flavor & my wife had a similar dish made with chicken. No sides accompanied our meals so I asked for a half order of pasta. A small bowl with marinara cost $7. Four small slices of cold bread came with some plain olive oil. No more was offered but was provided when we asked for it. I wouldn't return or recommend based on this experience.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Traditional, classic Italian restaurant in the North End. Best lasagna I’ve ever eaten!

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Bread was bland, very surprised. Fish of the sea was lacking enough seafood.

Pasta was outstanding as was the mushroom appetizer. Bruzetta very good but just one slice of bread. Ordered Johnny walker got jack daniels. Ordered kettle one got grey goose. Ordered pasta side dish which never appeared.

Marco the waiter and Host were very sociable and outstanding. Some mixups on orders.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

5 star already recommending to everyone and will be back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I had always written this off as a tourist destination and avoided it without much thought. Well, what a mistake I made in doing so. The food, service and ambiance are fantastic.
I will certainly return again for another satisfyingly delicious meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We went there three years ago at Christmas. It was good then and was good now for this Christmas. Not as much sea food on the menu as we would have liked.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went to Cantina Italiana for dinner Christmas Eve. Very poor service, waited a long time to have orders taken and to have food served.
Food quality fair at best compared to other North End restaurants.
Party of 4 was squeezed into both better sized for two people. Seats were very uncomfortable.
The one good thing was the fine service in the bar area while we waited for seats!
Perhaps service and food quality was off due to busy Xmas Eve,
but my experience was not at the high Open Table rating this restaurant has.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner with our 2 kids.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Good, simple Italian. Moderately priced, good service, easy to get a table last minute with reservation but busy on arrival.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Our family enjoyed an impromptu night in town and were pleased to get a reservation with immediate seating on a Thursday (game) night. The food was deliciously prepared and our server was courteous and attentive. So pleased to have found this place amongst dozens of North End choices.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We planned an early dinner for our family who were arriving at the airport after a long trip back home for Christmas. This was our first time dining at Cantina Italiana. We chose it because it has great reviews. It was a very fun evening and the staff were all so welcoming. What a wonderful start to the Christmas weekend. The food was very good, our waitress was terrific and the vibe in the restaurant was relaxed and fun. Clearly this place is efficiently run and cares about their guests. Everyone was so gracious and welcoming to our group of weary travelers. We will return soon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Authentic Italian. Old school atmosphere with plenty of roof and great service. Home made pasta was to die for and the meatball app was out of this world

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The reservation was available right on time and the Host was great. The food and wine were excellent. Unfortunately, our table was next to a small group that spoke very loud and our waitress, although very nice and polite, knew nothing about the food or menu. She had difficulty with the ingredients in the specials as she described them and wasn't even sure if pasta came with our dinner so we ordered a side of pasta to be sure.
The food was "North End", but the atmosphere and service was more like a "Chili's" or "Applebees".

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food is absolutely outstanding - authentic Italian fare and homemade pasta! Absolutely delicious. I had reservations with my family, and the four of us thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The wait staff was also wonderful - very engaging and helpful - had a lot of fun conversing with him. Would highly recommend as a North End treasure - there are a lot of fabulous restaurants in Boston's North End, and this has got to be one of the tops!

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

EXCELLENT! Food and service was wonderful . A happy repeat customer :)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Server was amazing. Very patient

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We had a fantastic meal at Cantina Italiana! The decor is typical North End - somewhat outdated, but still manages to be charming. That being said, our food was outstanding. We had an antipasti platter to start that couldn't have been better and our pasta dishes were superb. Their homemade sausage had tremendous flavor that really added to the dish. I would highly recommend going to Cantina Italiana!

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

We had an absolutely fabulous dinner for a holiday gathering with friends. Every person raved about their entrée and the meals were served piping hot and with generous portions. I am not a wine drinker although my friends loved the selection and I appreciated the wide array of cocktails. Relaxed but lovely atmosphere, we really felt like we were being entertained in someone’s home. Would definitely recommend it !

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My friend and I popped in sort of last minute on a Friday night and were brought to a table straight away. I got the Saltimbocca di Pollo and it was very good. The Caesar salad was a great appetizer as well. The staff was excellent and hospitable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was hot, good portions. Nice warm crusty Italian bread served. Great wine list. Prices reasonable and there were specials offered. Will go again. Had a nice dinner with friends.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food is very good, homemade pasta. Desserts were limited but all three were outstanding and made in house. I have been to several restaurants in the North End this is an excellent choice for Italian dining.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We deeply enjoyed our dinner at Cantina Italiana! It reminded us of our trips to Italy in so many ways, and especially appreciated the warm welcome we received. Our waitperson was super-attentive, and our dishes were delicious! They also gave us a quiet table in the corner, exactly as we requested. We'll be back!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

OMAR was our server he was amaaaaaaazing! I would recommend this place ro everyone. very friendly and authentic!!

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The food at Cantina Italiana was amazing. We spent a week in Boston and ate at several Italian restaurants. While they were all good. Cantina Italiana was over the top. We had the frutti de mare special. It was loaded with seafood, the sauce was fresh and perfectly spiced. Everything was fantastic. I wish we would get such good food in Colorado.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

As always Cantina has great food and great service. Their wines are always great!

Tags: Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We were warmly greeted by the host and seated immediately. Our appetizers (Arancini, Meatballs and Calamari) and main courses (Chicken Parmagiana, Fettucini al Salmone, Cavatelli with Sausage and Broccoli and were very very good. The restaurant was spacious (unusual for Hanover St. establishments), well lit and continuously full throughout our meal. We had other plans for dessert so our meal ended after the main course. We would recommend this establishment to our friends as a very good neighborhood spot.

Tags: Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 17, 2017

DELICIOUS food and fantastic service! Made us feel like one of the family. Would definitely recommend!

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Such a great experience! The staff was very fun and friendly. Everyone was helpful and polite and the environment was cozy and not loud at all. The food was excellent! I would recommend coming here for some authentic Italian!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Romantic, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

After arriving, I realized I had been there before with my husband. This time we were with a large group of 6 adults and 3 young children (ages 4-8) and n infant. I'd imagine we'd be a lot to handle for the most seasoned waitstaff yet Andrew (and Amanda who was in training) managed our party with ease. Andrew and Amanda were friendly, easy-going and attentive, which helped make our 'experience.' Turning to the food, every last one of us was satisfied with our lunch choices. It was tough to choose from the start with so many great appetizers, pasta dishes and entrees. We ordered two calamari for the table and bruschetta--both delicious! I don't remember all the dishes on the table, but each looked as tasty as the next. I went with a favorite--potato gnocchi. We really enjoyed our time and never once felt rushed. A True Italian Experience! I'd definitely go there again so I have no problem recommending it to others!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent time, great food and service. Classic North End.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Catalina Italiana is always our "go to" spot in the North End. The food is just delicious and if your lucky enough o get a seat at the small bar, all the better.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This restaurant is my new North End favorite! I have dined quite often in the North End but this place is cozy, comfortable and very reasonable. Wide selection of Italian dishes and the wait staff could not be nicer. I came with my Italian family and we loved it!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Excellent all the way around. Great service at the bar. The food from the appies to the meal was perfectly done. The before and after drinks also hit the spot.
Would recommend this restaurant to everyone 😀👍🏼🤗

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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