Cantina Italiana

4.6
1341 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(617) 723-4577
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Charles Colella
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fleet Street
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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.
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Public transit
Closest stops are North Station and Haymarket
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Entertainment
We are offering a special menu on SUNDAYS from 12:00pm-10:30pm, 2 courses for $25.00.
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
What 1341 People Are Saying
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food
4.5
service
4.2
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4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Delicious meal with great service!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Amazing experience. Owner Alberto welcomed us and our waitress Fatima was wonderful. Food was delicious! Will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We've dined at the Cantina for close to 30 years. Their pasta is great and we've had a positive experience every time we go. This time was an exception. It was busy and the service was sub-par. Our waiter seemed distracted and had a habit of starting to walk away before we could finish speaking. He forgot the appetizer and when asked about it, got unusually defensive. We were seated next to a rather large party which brought the noise level up a bit as well.
We will continue to go here because we like the menu and the food is delicious! Alberto is great too!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Classic Italian cuisine in a comfortable, inviting atmosphere. Food and service were great. Worth a visit if you're in the North End.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service, authentic Italian atmosphere. I would absolutely good back again.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We had a fantastic evening!!! After giving the host my name and indicating we had a reservation for our party of six, he escorted us to a round table and said, "You've got the best table in the house." For the next two and a half hours, we had a delightful experience. Note that it was a Saturday night and we were never rushed. Our food, appetizers, entrees and desserts were excellent. Several of which were recommendations by our outstanding waiter, Omar. It had been awhile since I've been to Cantina Italiana, but I guarantee we'll be back soon.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

From the moment you walk in you are treated with smiles and friendly service. Our waiter Omar was absolutely fabulous! Special diet restrictions for my wife were not a problem, he took care of it for us and so did the chef. The meals were absolutely great with large portions from the appetizers to the fabulous fish and homemade pastas. This is truely a neighborhood gem in the North End of Boston!

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Fantastic classic Italian food served in a very authentic setting

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Cantina has consistently been a wonderful experience over the many years and many visits. Excellent food and service every time.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Quintessential family Italian restaurant with excellently prepared food. Service was friendly and efficient. They also handle the busy North End Saturday crowds well.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The food was very good but the service disappointing.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Overall good experience. Food was delicious and portions sizable. Waitress could’ve been a little more personable.

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Solid well prepared Italian. If you want good solid Italian, with amazing service ... try Cantina Italiana. Get calamari and meatballs for appys...amazing. you will want 2 orders of each!! There are so many good choices in the North End. Theres a reason this place has been around for a while... locals know it. Ambiance... needs a good spruce up... brighten up the space...

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Arrived in Boston on a Friday afternoon and needed a dinner spot so after reading the other reviews, decided to grab a table at Cantina Italiana. From the moment we walked in the doors, you could hear the chatter of happy folks and see the plates of food arrive en masse, the place was jumpin'. Marco our server was professional, pleasant and efficient and we were not disappointed in our dinner choices. Large portions made with care. This is a neighbourhood gathering spot so if you want upscale dine elsewhere, if you want to feel like family, book a table at Cantina.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Great food! I had the saltimbocca di pollo and it was really good! Would definitely go again.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

It was delicious and the service was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Great place for lunch, not too romantic for dinner. Needs to update the ambiance for evening dining (repaint, recarpet, etc)

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

As usual, we had a delicious meal. Omar, our usual waiter, was excellent! He's knowledgeable about the menu and made suggestions to us. He's very friendly, attentive and kind. This is one of the best Italian restaurants in the North End. I highly recommend it. Never a bad meal.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Alberto is the best ! He could work in any great restaurant ive been in.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

When you walk into this place, even for the first time, Alberto (the manager) immediately makes you feel like your the most important people in the place. The service is excellent, friendly, and caring. Our server, Ileana, made everything perfect.

The food ranges from very good to fantastic. My father-in-law had the salmon pasta dish and just kept saying “this is amazing” over and over. My wife had the salmon entree, which is salmon on spinach. Nothing fancy but she liked it very much. I had the Chicken Parmesan, the acid test for all Italian restaurants. It was awesome. Salads and veggies were also great.

We were too stuffed for dessert but I bet they were equally amazing.

You’d think that this would be an expensive restaurant but it’s not. Prices are lower than average for the North End.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food was very good but nothing special. Service was excellent. Old fashioned atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I love Cantina Italiana! Ileana makes the best sangrías of all times and Marco’s service is unique. The staff is amazing and they always make you feel like home. Can’t wait to visit again!

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The food was very good. authentic italian. the portions were decent size.

the service was just awful. I asked the server if there was cheese in my entree, she said there wasn’t. When she served it (after giving us another table’s good btw) - yup, there was cheese in it. the manager came over and rolled his eyes at the waitress when we asked if there was cheese in it. they brought us another dish, which was less expensive (and charged us full price for the original dish). the waitress hurried us out and didn’t let us sit around. I guess they needed the table or something.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Very nice dinner. Warm greeting when we arrived. Very attentive staff. Very good traditional Italian food.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Pre Celtics game - food is always excellent. Our favorite restaurant in the country!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We were greeted by the maître d who was so gracious! We have been here several times and request Omar every time. He is so charismatic and warm! So knowledgeable and always has great recommendations from the menu.
You will not be disappointed!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Cantina is one of our favorite restaurants - wonderful food and the service can’t be beat. Omar is a fabulous server and a great guy.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

We had a great time at Cantina Italiana. They were accommodating to our reservation change and helped us celebrate a wonderful birthday. The waitress that served us also had a great sense of humor, and made the evening even more fun. However, the food is the star of the evening. Everyone in our party was very satisfied with the delicious food and want to come back again and again!!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Alberto greeted us like the gentleman he is. He was warm and inviting.

Food was outstanding.

Overall great experience.

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

My veal dish was not as good as usual

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We were seated in a cramped table near the entry. There was a draft and it was cold, so we paid for our drinks and left.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Recently visited Cantina Italiano and i have nothing but great memories of this place. Very friendly staff. Food was excellent. Priced fairly. I visit the North End whenever im in town and this will be my new go to place 👍😎

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We love Cantina! Best food in the North End. Omar is the best server there - ask to be seated in his section.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

we had a very pleasant evening, in a warm and inviting atmosphere, and were greeted like old friends, though we have not eaten here in a long time. the food was excellent, the service unfailing, and on an overly chilly April evening, this was a wonderful place to go. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We picked this restaurant due to vegetarian options, and we could make a reservation easily for 4 people on a Saturday night. We sat in a quiet area toward the back. Food was excellent, service was great. We will go back again

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Second time visiting Boston second time dinning at Cantina. Both times the service was top notch. This is not a trendy setting however, excellent food, big portions and a true family experience. We will return next year as well.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Fresh and delicious pasta dishes!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent food and service

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I have been coming back for several years. Food is outstanding! Definitely the best Italian restaurant in the North End. Everything from the lasagna, the chicken piccata, the veal, seafood pasta, salads, and the risottos are absolutely the best I've ever had. I have tried other Italian restaurants in the area but I always find my way back to Cantina Italiana. This is one you will not regret. Friendly service too.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Gluten free pasta was excellent

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