Cantina Italiana

4.4
2076 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2076 people are saying
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HeatherG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made reservations for a party of 6 to celebrate a birthday. Our waiter was extremely rude and service was as slow. Over 20 minutes to just put in our order. Sides were cold and not very flavorful! They waiter really made the experience that much worse. I didn’t even feel comfortable sending my food back since he had already yelled at me twice.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, good drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall a lovely restaurant! We went on a Saturday night for date night. I would recommend making reservations, as they were very full. The food was delicious, especially the gnocchi! The only down side is that it was very loud and hard to hear our waitress, which resulted in being brought the wrong dish. Luckily, she was very understanding and put in the correct order right away! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for some good Italian food and decent portions!

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DebraL
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as well as the service. We ordered an appetizer and salad as well as come drinks and all came out very quickly. Our meals arrived shortly after that and the four of us enjoyed them all. Two of us had to bring leftovers off. The only negative was it was chilly inside. I had made reservations and called a day before to see if we could come earlier and the person that took my call was friendly and accommodating and said it would be ok. It worked out great.
We would definitely go back again in the summer and request the front table by the windows.

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DaphneT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place in the North End! We’ll definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent NewYears Eve Meal
Great Service
Very friendly and prompt

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AmyF
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Main meal was good. Bread was terrible. Service was bad.

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ClaireD
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Our waiter was friendly and very personable. 3 out of the 6 meals were good. Not much flavor to 3 of the meals. The gnocchi was enjoyed by two patrons. My expectations were a bit higher as we had been so excited for a trip into the North End.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

The food was amazing but unfortunately they were understaffed.

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KellyS
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the food, the server was awesome!! I would go back often.

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CraigP
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service!!! We would definitely return

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DEEPAKV
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super tasty food. Had a good time. Nice service .

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Short staffed but managed to get the orders in time. There were a few errors as staff was handling greater customer base. Overall a good experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was great. The restaurant was packed. Service was slow.

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NealO
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went on Christmas Eve. Very busy yet we were seated within a few minutes. Decided on just appetizers and a bottle of wine. Excellent food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Christmas Eve dinner and had a wonderful time! The food and service were excellent!

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SarahS
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place! Amazing food and great service. Would definitely return.

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Notworththetime
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with some of the best service you will receive in Boston

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vipPatrickC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service ! A must try in the North End !!

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VickiS
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time my husband and I have had dinner there the food is amazing and the service was wonderful. Our waiter Steve was very helpful with menu suggestions. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipCarolynD
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go back to Cantina Italiana every time we are in the North End. it is the most authentic, consistently good italian food we have found. our party of 5 had several different meals and all were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite of the north end! The service is spectacular- great wine options and handmade pasta regularly! Our server Luigi Pier was a blast! Highly recommend

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vipBrandon
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always exceeds expectations, one of my wife’s favorite spots in the North End

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AndresC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was alright, not great. Good location and ambience

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MarkN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been coming here since I was a child. This trip introduced my step daughter, husband and twin male grandchildren. It was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Greeted and sat promptly. Service was perfect. Courses were ordered all at once but were spaced out by the server Omar. Brushetta, chicken Parm, Cheese Ravioli were all fantastic.. finished with Tiramisu that was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Great experience! Our server, Judy is the best!

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to cantina Italiana on 12/11 had 5 o’clock reservation. Checked in a little early and they seated us right away in the back. Nice atmosphere. Soon as we were seated water and bread with dipping oil on the table. Waitress came over soon after and took our drink order.

Ordered the Arancini app and it was delicious. I ordered chicken saltimbocca and wife ordered Fettuccine Alla Carbonara. Portions were generous for price.All food was fantastic and came out rather quickly in about 15 or 20 minutes. Had the Tiramisu for dessert it was delicious as well
Would go back again and bring some friends.

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MattK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal, exceptional service (Judy!) and a lively vibe. Everyone was very happy with their choices I had the Gnocchi w/mushrooms and truffle oil and they were fantastic! Nicely priced wine list and an all around lovely time!

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vipAlissaE
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food was ok, atmosphere was loud. Small place with many tables. The service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my moms 75th bday. The staff was excellent! Super attentive, food was great and we will be returning!

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Diner5
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

This restaurant is very crowded, they put 6 people in tiny booths that should fit 4 people.

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Junto55
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in Boston.
Not the trendiest but the best best food!

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TomB
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The personnal set ice and attention to detail was excellent

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Mgenerelli1958
New England
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent!!!!!

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Dominic
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience2

Had a reservation for 6pm but did not get seated until 6:25. Then put our food order in at 6:35 and it took about an hour to get our food. The food was great but the duration of waiting was a little much. It seems they took far too many reservations than they could handle for the night. Very loud place. I would not go here again on a Friday or Saturday night and endure a wait like that again, especially after making a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seemed like they may have overbooked but the owner took care of us! GREAT food!

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RichardG
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Party of 4 4:30 reservation Sat night. Hostess acted like we we're annoying her for coming in. Waitress was very sweet. Appetizers: calamari average could be from bertuccis in norwood. Entree Spaghetti and meatballs (can't screw that up right?). Meatballs ok again could be olive garden. Gravy was watery no flavor. Others had fettuccine said it was ok. 3 drinks. $180 tax and tip. I'd pass.

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JackiA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Worst service possible . Food however was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Average-above average Italian food. Solid choice.

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 4.4 stars by 2076 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.