Cantina Italiana

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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 North End of Boston. We boast over 80 years of tradition in providing the best in homestyle Italian American cuisine, the freshest New England seafood, and unparalleled service and experience. Cantina Italiana's warm and charming 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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vipKimO
New England
86 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Tables too close together. Hanover Street extremely noisy and disruptive. Many people without masks. Waited almost half an hour to be seated. No time limits in place as required. People sitting drinking at bar in restaurant without food. Food was delicious but our meals were mixed up and just an apology was offered. Prices high. $7 to add pasta to your meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is 100/10. The service here is 10000/10. I would recommend this place to every single person. I felt like I was eating dinner with my family. Honestly exactly what I needed in these COVID times. This place brought me so much joy. Thank you !

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AlyssaD
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Did not follow proper Covid-19 procedures, very overcrowded. Had a reservation for 730 outside, got sat at 815 inside... will not be back

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JoanneB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great and the service was amazing !
Would definitely go again.

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BostonBound
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely staff. Excellent service🥰

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Ebor
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect. Manager Omar took a special interest. He didn’t have to. The food and service spoke for itself. Two manhattans, Castelvetrano olives appetizer, Milanese veal chop, and a beautiful slightly spicy sausage and broccoli rabe pasta. Just delicious. Matthew our waiter was spot on. Will definitely be back when in Boston.

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vipBGBV69
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another GREAT experience. Food was wonderful! Filippo, our sever was awesome. He makes us feel like family and is a real professional. We will be back soon.

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Marisa
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the best experience at Cantina Italiana! It was definitely a busy night, but our waiter was doing an amazing job. Such good food and the drinks are great too!

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vipHanddoc
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here! Great food and service. Staff was fantastic

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vipBGBV69
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was are first time dining at Cantina Italiana. It was a beautiful evening and because of Covid, we were sat outside. It made the night wonderful, like dining it Italy. We had a 6pm reservation and we were seated right on time. Our server, Filippo, greeted us with a smile we could see even through his mask. He was amazing. Very efficient. You could tell he enjoyed his job and had been serving for a long time. The food was served with no delays and was traditional homemade Italian with fresh ingredients. All four of us enjoyed our meals. We will be back very soon. Thank you to all.

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BigAl
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal. Good service. Outdoor dining on Hanover Street may be one of the only great things to come from this pandemic!

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RickR
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and attentive. Food was delicious and hot. Great value for the North End.

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JamesB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and value was unbeatable for the north end in Boston! Best experience I’ve had on Hanover St!

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NicoleM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went for restaurant week. Eggplant parm was amazing, calamari was decent. Server was awesome & very friendly. Service was slow due to high volume of people on a Friday night but he offered us limoncello on the house for the wait.

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Molly
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I specifically selected the outdoor option when making the reservation. When we showed up, the owner tried to show us to a table inside and when I pushed back and said our reservation was for outside, he said there wasn't a table available and we had to wait an additional 15 minutes. When we sat down, it took quite a while for our drinks to come out. By the time we got our entrees it had been an hour. The raviolis were clearly frozen and bland. Food was not great. When we were wrapping up desert, the owner came over to us again and said we were up against the 90 minute time limit and started clearing our plates before we were done. We had already given the waiter our credit cards and were being pushed out the door when it took the kitchen an hour to get the food out to begin with. Wont be back, and definitely dont recommend.

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JessicaZ
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, normal portions. Service is very good.

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vipRichardW
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service from our waiter (Anthony?). Sat at the window and loved every minute of it. Pasta was fantastic, as were the tiramisu and cannoli.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was super respectful, manager greeted us warmly, food was fantastic, experience was amazing

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vipRarphantom
Miami
92 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Second time here and just as good as the first. The only caveat is that you can still end up waiting in line as they can’t distinguish outside reservations so they get too many people wanting those tables. We waited about 15 min which was fine. The food was awesome as was the service. We had chicken parmesan and shrimp & lobster fra diablo. The last time I had the veal Parmesan which was amazing. Don’t know why more people aren’t talking about this place. Worth the night out and outside seating is a plus but know that it is a bit tight out there.

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vipBlairK
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was solid, nothing above average across the six of us who dined. Service was subpar, just incredibly slow and disorganized. Also, despite having an Open Table reservation and arriving a few minutes early, we were told to wait in line, which we did until eventually a table for six opened - about 35-40 min later. What’s the point of the reservation?

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vipHelenZ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of my favorites! Good food, service and these days, you can eat outside. Highly recommend.

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vipTimothyB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been going to the Cantina for years. The meal this evening was the best ever. Delicious veal chop parmigiana. Excellent service. Great night.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was great sitting outside. Tables were a good distance apart. Food was great except my chicken cutlet a bit burnt and when they messed up on an order it was not a fresh dinner just recycled the mistake. But I would still go back. I have been there before and it was great. It is not the most amazing restaurant in North End but a good staple for traditional Italian.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Their food is not fresh at all

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Made a reservation for outside seating at 815pm and when we arrived there was a long line outside of the restaurant. We assumed they were walk ins but come to find they were also reservations for outside seating as well. They overbooked and did not abide with the rule for parties to stay during the planned time frame. We were told it would be just a minute and we waited outside for 20 minutes then told the manager we would eat inside. It was apparent they were understaffed when we waited an additional 30 minutes at the table to put a drink order in. The waitress was extremely nice and was obviously busy but I would not recommend relying on your reservation being available.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never served, seated 45 minutes after reservation. HORRIBLE service. Had to beg to get water. Eventually got up and left after almost 2 hours of waiting without our order even being taken

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Come here very often. Had a reservation and when i arrived i was told to wait in a line that didnt move for 20 minutes. At that point we decided to just leave but it was a busy friday night and couldnt get a table anywhere else. Ended up just ordering take out down the street. Brough friends who were visiting and wanted to show them a good dinner. Very disappointing

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vipRockyG
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

To be clear, we did NOT actually eat here. We intended to. We made a reservation for 7 pm. I specifically said we wanted a table outside. I said if the restaurant could not guarantee outside seating, we understood, but we would not eat there. When we booked, we received a message through Open Table that the restaurant might contact us about our reservation. I totally get it. These are very difficult times. Restaurants are challenged to meet all the demands placed on them. The restaurant did not contact us about the reservation. We arrived for our reservation on a busy Friday night, presented ourselves for our reservation and were promptly told that we could have a table inside now or we could join a line of 25 people that were waiting for an outside table. I said we tried to reserve an outside table. The host did not really respond, but said “all these people want an outside table too.” So I said no thank you and we went to a different restaurant. I’m not really surprised or frankly that disappointed. I tried to do the right thing and tell the restaurant what I wanted. They could have said there are no guarantees as to tables, and we would have understood and gone elsewhere. Perhaps I should never have expected a different result from what happened. After all, it’s Friday night and the restaurant needs, in these times more than ever, to fill every table. I get it. I just won’t go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious outdoor experience!

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andrew
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding attention to detail, service and food..
The owners are extremely attentive our server - antonio I believe is his name..was very professional and courteous.
We were there Sunday the 16th of August - party of 6- front window for my wife’s birthday

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The table next to us was filled with loud drunks but the food was awesome and the service was great. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. It was a dinner out before my daughter returned to college. The food and service was excellent. I felt very safe since the staff wore face masks and tables were equipped with hand sanitizer spray.

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vipLisa
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We booked an outdoor reservation, but then upon arrival were asked if we wanted to sit inside. This resulted in us waiting for our outside table for ~15 minutes. The couple behind us also had an outdoor reservation and probably had to wait another 10-15 minutes after we got seated for their table. Our waitress was lovely and the food was decent, but beware if you want to sit outside.

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amandac
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In the midst of the Covid outbreak they really went over and above. We felt safe and really enjoyed our night out! Highly recommend!!!!

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Raja
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. The only word to describe this experience. Everything was amazing. Food, service, ambiance. This is our new favorite place in Boston.

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vipPamelaS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor experience in North End!

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NancyP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful hostess...meals came quickly..

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DanielD
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and the food was awesome. Will be back again!

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Alex
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks would definitely recommend and go back

FAQs

Cantina Italiana does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Cantina Italiana is rated 4.6 stars by 1807 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.