Cantina Italiana

4.6
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$31 to $50
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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 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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vipKingwood
Houston
31 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Learned this is one of the oldest italian restaurants in the area and it didn't disappoint. Our server was actually Italian! Big portions and great food. Well priced cocktails and wine list. If you want a traditional italian dining experience this is a great choice.

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JenBen
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'd eaten here years before. I returned with friends as I still recalled how great the food & service. I misread the menu & ordered the incorrect entree. They were so generous to quickly correct despite this being MY mistake. I'd recommend & return!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and great atmosphere! Main dish took a little long to come out but was worth the wait. Loved the Bombolotti pasta dish.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great spot in North End. Was very busy. Service was slow as a result but still very enjoyable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food was good as well. We ordered two glasses of champagne, did not realize that it offers the champagne on the bottle. We asked the waiter whether we could switch to the bottle instead of the glass, though we have already consumed half of the glass. The waiter was very kind, he offered us the bottle without charging us on the glass order. This is unexpected kindness. Highly recommended for this family run customer friendly place. Must have desert!

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AllyT
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, they treat you like you’ve known each other for years. Amazing food every time I go there

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Boston and had a great experience here. The food was excellent as well as the service! Great portion sizes and great quality.

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TedBGame
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment for casual dining. Best Italian restaurant in the North End!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phillipo was our server and he was such an attentive waiter. Made the evening so special! Food was delicious. We had both items on the menu and the special which was lobster ravioli in the vodka sauce. Phillipo recommended a wonderful bottle of wine to pair with our meals. It was my parents anniversary and they went above and beyond to make it very special. We will definitely be back! 10/10

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vipJasonA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and Matt did a wonderful job taking care of us! We will be back!

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vipAsian1996
New England
35 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The waiter Phillipe was great.

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vipdavidb
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Busy, maybe to busy. Food was good took a little long and came out cool to the touch. You can tell it was sitting there for a period of time. I would try again and hope the food is hotter next time.

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AmyC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner here. We had the best seat in the house, at the front window which were wide open this beautiful evening. Given the COVID situation, the window open, and sanitizer right on the dining table to use as needed, all servers masked, we felt they gave good precautions to this virus.
Our only complaint was that the wine cellar seemed to be lacking. We ordered champagne that was not available and our first choice of wine was out as well. We will give them a pass as it must be hard to keep a full inventory during these trying times as a restaurant.
The place has lots of charm with the hand painted murals and friendly and prompt servers.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Awesome staff.

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StephanieM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very attentive and friendly. Their homemade bread and pasta was out-of-this world. We will definitely go back.

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vipKimO
New England
86 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
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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JulieR
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We picked this restaurant based on availability at 7pm on a Saturday night. We were blown away! We shared the Polpette (meatball appetizer) and the Caprese. Both arrived plated beautifully and they tasted even better. Our waiter Matt was very helpful when we couldn't decide what to order. We all got 4 different dishes and loved all of them. Saltimbocca di Pollo, Parmigiana di Pollo, Shrimp Scampi and Bombolotti with chicken, hot cherry peppers and sweet sausages. I would definitely come back and recommend you give it a try.

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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
93 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
22 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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Cantina Italiana is rated 4.6 stars by 1823 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.