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Cantina Italiana

4.6
1311 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Authentic
  • Casual
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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 1311 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.3
ambience
4.4
value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 7 days ago

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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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I love this place! The owner is very gracious and the staff are friendly and attentive. And of course the food is excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The owner is always gracious and welcoming and the food is fantastic. We make it to Boston once or twice a year for business and this is our go to place in the North end.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

St Patrick’s Day weekend in Little Italy. It was great fun. Good awesome.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Lovely old-fashioned North End restaurant. People were warm and welcoming. Quiet enough for conversation but not uncomfortably quiet. Waiter was exceptionally polite and accommodating. Menu was extensive and included many traditional Italian-American dishes. Food was fine and we left comfortably full. Not an exciting restaurant, but a very satisfying one.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

WE have been here several times and it never disappoints. In a neighborhood known for excellent italian restaurants (and we've been to almost all of them) it's our favourite.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great food and great service! Very enjoyable!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Cozy and welcoming is how I would describe it. Our waitress was very pleasant and most accommodating to one of our group who has dairy allergies. The food was delicious. We would recommend the mussels in wine sauce and the arancini. It was a very pleasant evening

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

My friends and I visiting from NY were looking for a great Italian meal and we found it! The staff was friendly, the seating comfortable, and the food delicious. We had a wonderful experience and would highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

It’s amazing! The owner and waitress were so helpful and the food was amazing. It’s been open since 1931 and should stay open forever. Such a north end gem, and easy to get a reservation.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We walked out of a restaurant due to poor service down the street and decided to try this one. The host couldn’t have been more welcoming. The waitress was one of the nicest people and was very honest as to what was good that night. The food was perfect from appetizer to dessert. Classic North End Italian food!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The food is fresh and the waitstaff is terrific. Classic Italian fun!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

The best Italian food in the North End! The service from the bartender to the host, General Manager, and our waitress was 5 star!

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Pizza was great, so was the tortellini, thought looks bad

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

The service was outstanding! It started with Sam as our bartender as we waited for our table. Very helpful and friendly. Then we got to our table and Marco was our waiter. He was excellent. My wife had the salmon with linguini. Very good! I had the chicken saltombocca, the best I have ever had. The pasta bombolottis outstanding. We had the bombolotti. Fantastic pasta, great atmosphere and very capable and friendly service. I highly recommend Cantina Italiana.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Perfect dinner with family and kid friendly. The food was very good and I would definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

My girlfriend and I went to Cantina Italiana for a North End Valentine's Day experience. We had no complaints about the place as it had delicious food and excellent wine options. Definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

It is a great place with my favorite chicken park and my vegetarian wife loves the bake gnocchi.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I went here on valentine's day with my girlfriend. The service was great, the waiter i had was always asking if we needed anything else. The food was excellent, and the prices were a great deal for the quality of the food.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Trip to Boston’s Little Italy and we chose the Best Restaurant. Amazing in all aspects.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service, very friendly and attentive. Couldn’t ask for better

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Had a cozy neighborhood feel. The food quality did not match the price despite the large portions.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Service was perfect, from the time we step foot inside, we were greeted with warmth! It was a nice cozy atmosphere! Can’t wait to go again!

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Super food and service. Homemade pasta, veal and chicken parmigianan. Bread was also homemade. Service was the best in many restaurants I have been in.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Love this place!!! Well worth the walk from Copley to the North End. Food is great. Service is awesome.. The price is right

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Marco and staff were Great

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Great place to eat dinner was fantastic!

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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