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Cantina Italiana

4.4
4.4
2114 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!

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 29 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 723-4577

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ciriaco Colella

  • Catering

    Catering is available upon request.

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Cross street

    Fleet Street

  • Parking details

    We offer valet parking after 4:00pm daily. The cost is $24 per car. We also validate @ the Parcel 7 garage near Haymarket Square.

  • Public transit

    Closest stops are North Station and Haymarket

  • Entertainment

    We are offering a special menu on SUNDAYS from 12:00pm-10:30pm, 2 courses for $25.00.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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What 2,114 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. G

    Gonzo

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Hard to review since they did not seat my husband w our open table reservation
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    The food was pretty good. It’s too bad the service was SO atrocious that I would never ever go back to this establishment. It’s a wonder that this place has stayed in business for as long as it has. Perhaps it’s because we came on the 4th of July, but the staff working this evening clearly did not want to be there, nor did they want any of their customers to be there. There were two busboys working, neither of which who were properly trained. We ordered appetizers and finished. One of the busboys brought our entrees out without first clearing the table, and basically left us to clear the table for him so he could set our food down. I asked for more water, an extra plate, and some lemon for my daughter’s water. He brought exactly none of those items. The server came by to “check” on us, so I asked for the same three things. We got 2/3. We saw our server twice: once after we asked for someone to come take our order (she did not take a drink order, and had some words with the hostess prior to coming by our table), and the second time as previously mentioned. Once our plates were empty, nobody came by to see if we wanted dessert or bring us a check. We got tired of waiting after about 20 minutes, and asked the hostess to pay. More waiting. My dad, who has been in the service industry, had had enough and did not leave a tip. The server then had the audacity to ask for one! As I’m writing this review, it’s hard to believe that we actually endured such a ridiculously terrible experience at a place with reasonably decent food. I asked my husband if we were on Restaurant Impossible, because a proper restaurant owner would be utterly embarrassed by the behavior we experienced tonight.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and amazing Italian food! The signature homemade bombalatti pasta is incredible. Generous entree servings. I had the Bellini for a cocktail and it was delicious!
  4. LS

    LilaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meal was delicious and came out very quickly. Service was excellent. Right in the heart of the north end so excellent location. Can easily walk to Italian dessert places or get dessert there. Highly recommend any pasta they have and the calamari.
  5. D

    David

    Miami

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A little warm but excellent food and service!
  6. NN

    NaomiN

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Food was average a best. Red sauce might as well have been poured from a can. The pasta was not freshly made. Service was very good and outdoor seats provided a lively atmosphere.
  7. Z

    Zappa

    St. Louis

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was very good,, but the Service was OK. Primarily the bar area had issues with serving the right drinks.
  8. AA

    AtillaA

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    I have eaten at many places in the North End of Boston over the years. This was my first time trying Cantina Italiana. Overall reviews looked good. We may have caught them on a bad night. Service was so slow, at lease 10 minutes went by before someone came to table and took a drink order. We ordered appetizers and meals at that time also. Appetizers (Calamari) was dropped off in a reasonable amount of time, but we had no plates , napkins or utensils. Food came out quite a bit later and was slightly warm and tasted OK at best. Cheese for our meals was offered as we were finishing. Oil for the bread came out as we finished the basket. We then didn't see a waitress for at least 30 minutes after we finished eating, after about 45 minutes we asked the hostess for our bill. She was prompt and efficient.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Slowest service ever. My salmon was way overcooked. My 2 extra sides of broccoli were cold. No one ever checked on us after being served. Never eat at this place again. Definitely do not recommend.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    I have never left a poor review before now, but feel compelled to leave one now. Unfortunately the service was horrible. We interacted with our server twice, once to order and once when we asked for our check, thank God for the food runners. No one ever checked on us, cleared our appetizer plates or even bothered to refill our water. In addition to the service, the food was mediocre at best. The “housemade” gnocchi was dense and doughy. Overall the good was edible, but if you’re looking for something more than edible keep looking.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We had an amazing dinner last night. Everything was perfect!
  12. JO

    JayO

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reservation was perfect, like everything else.
  13. C

    Chrisc

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was fantastic, GM was incredibly attentive and engaged. Definitely going back!
  14. DB

    DoeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. We sat outside on Hanover Street for 5pm reservations. Hanover Street was vibrant and alive with many people. Car traffic was moderate. Too bad they can’t shut down Hanover Street to traffic….
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing homemade pasta and delicious wine! Bartender helped recommended wine and server was outstanding!
  16. LL

    LeslieL

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is always superb and food is amazingly flavored Italian
  17. EB

    EricB

    Houston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Bar - meager, watery Martini. Food - meh. Our server was very attentive and caring. She really tried, but the kitchen was poor in performance. Calamari was fried to toughness. Pasta dishes weren’t impressive. Menu is dominated by very traditional Italian American choices, and nothing special. Ambiance is stuck in the 1960’s, including the background music, and stereotypical. We won’t be back. Love the people, but the rest was disappointing.
  18. AS

    AmandaS

    Austin

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience1
    Our server was WONDERFUL! The food was very average and overpriced. One dish (the bolognese) was quite awful and had no flavor and the pasta was too thick and stuck together. It was very, very loud and just felt like a big tourist trap. I think there are likely much better options for North End Italian food. Skip this one.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our meal was delicious, service was very good as well. If you’re looking for a quiet dinner spot, this is not your spot. Very loud but fun environment. We’ll definitely go back!
  20. JR

    JenniR

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and service was excellent. I would recommend to anyone.
  21. A

    Andrea

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server Omar was excellent. He was a true hospitality professional and made our family dinner extra special. He was spot on with his order taking and special requests. Food was great.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Food was nothing special. Antipasto … not aged Italian meats and cheese… just store bought uugh. Seafood pasta was okay. Seafood was cooked well but pasta and sauce was not anything to rave about. Expected so much more having dined in the North End many times before. Won’t return here.
  23. Z

    Zappa

    St. Louis

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly enjoyable night. This was the first time we went to Cantina Italiana, and was happy to experience a great night where the food was great and Anna our server was even better. I would highly recommend trying Cantina Italiana!!
  24. GD

    GastronautDC

    Washington DC

    114 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    A nice spot in North End.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting family
  26. PC

    PatrickC

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood spot, the food and staff are wonderful
  27. TT

    TeresaT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So amazing!!! Best ever! Service was awesome!!! I will go back a thousand times
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went there for my graduation dinner. The food was amazing, and they had gluten-free options, which I didn’t realize when I booked it. I was really pleased with that. We ended up being g able to sit outside, which had the perfect breeze. The entire street is adorable with really cute restaurants and amazing smells. The only thing that we didn’t like was the wait to be seated. We made reservations, but it still took 20-30 minutes for the hostess to seat us. There were empty tables, she just couldn’t keep up. But the food was worth it. Yum.
  29. MF

    MikeF

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food as usual. Will be back the next time we are in Boston.
  30. A

    Andrea

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  31. JY

    JoelY

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing from start to finish. Our waitress was charming and well acquainted with the menu. Her recommended plates were perfect. It made our anniversary more special. Wonderful.
  32. PK

    PaulK

    Savannah

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cantina Italiana has been our #1 choice in the North End for years. The service is always great, and the food is outstanding.
  33. SK

    SusanK

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great food with good presentation. Very authentic.
  34. LL

    LeslieL

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and delicious food from beginning to end
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Waitress was great however booked an outdoor reservation and was told upon arrival that it’s only first come first serve and we had to sit inside which was the reason I booked there. Should update OpenTable
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service… bad acoustics and super noisy- Hard to hear people in your own party.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Was not my favorite North End experience. Had good memories of this place but this time it felt like a tourist trap. Arancini appetizer was excellent and we enjoyed some good cocktails but the pasta entrees (bolognese and alla vodka) were a bit pricey and underwhelming. Attentive waitstaff. Front of restaurant is nice with light from front windows but the back (which is where they seated us) is a bit dreary. So not a bad experience but not great either. Felt like I could have made a better choice.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, great food.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Mother’s Day dinner
  40. RS

    RobertS

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cantina is always spot on, authentic Italian food. Best carbonara in the North End.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 2114 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 29 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Cantina Italiana

346 Hanover Street Boston, MA 02113

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Fleet Street

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We offer valet parking after 4:00pm daily. The cost is $24 per car. We also validate @ the Parcel 7 garage near Haymarket Square.

  • Public transit

    Closest stops are North Station and Haymarket

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ciriaco Colella

  • Entertainment

    We are offering a special menu on SUNDAYS from 12:00pm-10:30pm, 2 courses for $25.00.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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