Cantina Italiana

4.6
1954 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 1954 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JimT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent specials. The real deal in the North End.

BB
BackBayBaby
New England
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We said outside on the newly created patio and had ample space between us and the next parties. We started with an appetizer of Italian olives. We were served an artisan bread and flavorful oil which was a nice accompaniment to the olives. We shared two meals which were outstanding. The first was the papadelle Bolognese and the second was the veal and eggplant Parmesan. Recommended for food, ambience and service. The oldest restaurant in Boston’s North End.

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vipImpressive
Austin
42 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service and food were amazing! Exceptional and memorable meal for our first meal in Boston!! Would definitely come back. The meatballs are everything! ❤️ Pappardelle with pesto was outstanding.

MV
MichelleV
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely all around

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for my girlfriends birthday and I will be going back, excellent service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous food and service. Highly recommend.

RS
RebekkahS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We very much enjoyed our dinner at cantina Italiana, the service was wonderful and very quick considering how busy they were. The food was delicious, we especially enjoyed the caprese, arancini, and the chicken Saltimbocca. The only tiny issue we had was that it was so dark where we were seated, we had to use a flashlight to read our menu. but overall we were very happy, and would absolutely come back. Thanks for a wonderful evening!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun to go out after so long! Our waitress was great! Fun! Helped us celebrate my moms birthday - getting the whole restaurant involved and laughing!
Thank you!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great Food but service was very slow

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was EXCELLENT! A must try for good home made pasta!

CB
vipChrisB
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Excellent evening all around!

OT
OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It speaks for itself!

MF
MikeF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going back, The food is always excellent and the staff are very friendly.

NH
NicoleH
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food awesome service. Will be back again!! Only downside was the weather.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!!! So freshhh 🤌🏻

JS
JohnS
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome meal with family from out of town. Fabulous North End experience. Exceptional service and top notch cuisine!

KW
KelseyW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great. Service was good. Outdoor seating was easily accommodated.

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jimN
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I received the wrong beer twice.seemed our waiter had to many tables. Stuck in the back of the building

MP
MikeP
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

very tasty and enjoyable - however we found the food over salted

HR
HonestReviews
New England
14 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Outside dining was average but waitress was somewhat inattentive. Good food. May or may not go again.

KD
KarenD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been our "go to" North End restaurant since our son began his studies at Boston University. Always a great place! The service is impeccable, the food outstanding and always offer specials that never disappoint! Fresh made pasta, and fresh ingredients in all dishes. The service is special with great attention from the wait staff. I can't say enough great things about Cantina Italiana!

SH
StephanieH
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Our server, Matt recommended the most delicious bottle of wine we had never heard of. His service was great, food delicious and the atmosphere was very casual and welcoming.

DO
DaveO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food, great service, addition of outdoor dining is wonderful. Best Italian resuaurant in the heart of the North End.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was great too! The only thing I would say was it did take a little bit of time to get he food but it was worth it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Waited 20 minutes for just drinks. Followed by slow service and an additional 39 minutes to run the card once given to them. Will not return.

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LuvItalian
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, ambiance and waiter were excellent.

MC
MikeC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Judy our server was wonderful-knowledgable and very friendly! Hadn’t eaten there since 1995 so happy we found everything was as good as we remembered. Hope to get back again soon!

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ciableu
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance, the food, everything but especially our waitress who was fun and informative with great service. Unfortunately, I don't remember her name but you probably know who she is (smiley). We'll go back when in Boston.

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RUSS55SAYSITALL
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good and never disappoints. Lively atmosphere. Great food. Personable servers. The real deal!

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Lori
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the outdoor seating. Waiter/staff attentive

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Adow
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was cold
App was soggy
Waited 35 mins between app and main course and waitress didn’t come to our table much first and last trip

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good. Service was outstanding. Omar made the visit an enjoyable experience. He was an excellent!

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StevenD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

We brought my husband's 93 year old Italian mother for Mother's Day. The Cantina was where she often met her husband for lunch when they were courting back in the 50's. It did not disappoint! The Sunday Ragu was just the way she would have made it in her own kitchen and she claimed it better than her own mother's before her. Delicioso! How's that for authentic! So impressed. Our waiter was excellent! He was a recent immigrant from Florence/Milan and I forget his name but he was wonderful. He was so courteous to my mother-in-law and was genuinely interested in her history and family from the old country and in the North End of long ago. What a terrific experience. Highly recommend this restaurant if you want great Italian food, generous portions, great wine and courteous, caring staff !

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AimeeG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outside for mothers day. The food and service was great!

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alexp
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great I wish I went to this place years ago

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Kaleb
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Unorganized hostess and extremely loud environment. Def not following covid protocols. Still fun to be in North End!

DG
DavidG
New England
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great and hot hostess and waiter really went out of their way to accommodate our larger party.

MB
MaryB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is very, very good and the price is just right. A little loud and crowded, but what we expected. Service was great.

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ryanl
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh made pasta in the north end. Veal parm. What more can I say? They always come through with an incredible meal. Love this place to death!

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Ilovefood
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Very impressed with the experience overall and I’ve been to many North End restaurants. I will absolutely go back again!

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 4.6 stars by 1954 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.