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Carmelina's North End

4.4
608 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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About

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Carmelina�s North End serves traditional Italian cuisine with a twist. The restaurant has a full bar including an extensive wine selection which includes both domestic and imported wines from Italy. Carmelina�s North End offers takeout services as well as an area available to rent for private parties and corporate events.

Try the fried calamari or the spicy shrimp to start out your meal at Carmelina�s North End. Choose from entr�es like the gnocchi al forno or the stuffed center cut pork rib chop. For vegetarians, the restaurant has plenty of options like the palermitana. Top off your experience with a cup of specialty coffee and a homemade dessert.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Sicilian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
We are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner
Sunday - Thursday: 12 noon - 10:30 pm
Friday and Saturday 12 noon - 11 pm
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Phone number
(617) 742-0020
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Damien DiPaola; Chef di Cucina Michael Hollenkamp
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between Richmond and Prince St
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Parking details
The Parcel 7 garage, which is under a 5 minute walk to us, offers deeply discounted parking with our validation.
They charge 3$ for 3 hrs. Bring us the ticket and we will validate it for you.
If you don't get back to your car within the 3 hours they will charge you the normal rate. This is the link for more info

http://boston.citysearch.com/profile/map/4719119/boston_ma/parcel_7_parking_garage.html
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Public transit
Haymarket
Government Center
Aquarium
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Entertainment
Watching our chefs cook in the wide open kitchen
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Such a great experience. The good was fabulous! I keep telling everyone how great it is. Can't wait to come back!

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5.0Dined on August 28, 2016

The food and atmosphere were spectacular! The Ahi tuna was the best I've ever had with a combination you'd never think of. Next we had the short ribs which were absolutely delicious my mouth exploded with all the flavor not to mention the risotto- just amazing. I could go on for an hour so I will just say this restaurant is worth the drive and I will be going back for sure! Thank you Carmelina's for the best meal I've had out in a long time!

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2016

AMAZING food and really quick helpful service. Only wish we were able to sit near the window or in a slightly less cramped spot as I requested. It was very hard to hear each other.

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3.0Dined on August 26, 2016

Food good, but they served entrees too fast.
Noisy, noisy not comfortable for dining.
Loud conversations, plus dragging chairs. Poor acoustics.

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3.0Dined on August 26, 2016

Music much too loud! Atmosphere just ok. Small, tight tables. Was not a comfortable place, even for the North End. All four of us couldn't wait to finish our meals and leave. Would not return.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2016

I thought the food was very good. Service could be better. Not quite sure why restaurants feel their servers and waiters should have an attitude ..... No reason for that type of treatment for 3 women out for an evening get together.

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2016

Service was exceptional! Our waitress earned 5 stars for the way she handled two mishaps. Neither was her fault; still she was graceful and gracious.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2016

One of my favorite restaurants in Boston. Their specials are always GREAT!

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3.0Dined on August 25, 2016

Decent Italian spot. Red gravy underwhelming and tomatoes on caprese weak for this time of year (August). Probably better options in North end.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2016

The veal chop brought tears to my eyes. The caprese salad made me giddy. Terrific service. Great location and lively atmosphere. RUN don't walk to Carmelina's!

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2016

Nick is great! Always welcoming and accommodating. This is my husbands and my favorite spot!

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2016

We absolutely loved it!! Everyone's dishes were delicious. We will return!

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4.0Dined on August 15, 2016

Absolutely get reservations. It's a small place so they book up quickly. Food outstanding. Service was very good but a bit stretched thin so a couple of things were missed (offered cracked pepper but never brought it, etc). Very minor complaints. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2016

Some of the best Italian food I've had. I especially liked the mushroom risotto.

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3.0Dined on August 13, 2016

My Wife had lamb lollipops and they were great I had Pollo Cardinale and was only fair to poor, the maitre d was awesome, moved us to another table when friends showed up. Not so much the waitresses, never checked on our food, never were around for a drink order or water refill. Not friendly poor service.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2016

Food was delicious. Best veal parm (special that night) ever according to my husband. Second visit and we'll be back!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2016

The food at carmelinas is absolutely top notch. Some of the best in the north end which is a huge statement.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2016

Great food - not the average fare but not strange combinations - a perfect mix of ingredients that were delicious.

Unfortunately no dessert.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2016

What a meal! Carmelina's was probably one of the best Italian dining experiences we've had in a LONG time - thanks to the delicious food, great wine and attentive staff. The manager also deserves a huge round of applause, because if it weren't for him - we would have missed our dinner reservation completely!

The menu is awesome. We ordered the meatballs, salad and several pasta dishes. The two most notable dishes: The 4 Mushroom Rigatoni and the Sunday Macaroni. Both were to die for. We also loved that the restaurant was kid-friendly. Our 5 year old and 15 month-old had a wonderful time as well.

Due to such tight quarters - they do not offer high chairs – so bring a booster. Oh… and don’t bother fighting your way through traffic to find street parking. Instead, do yourself a favor and park at the Parcel 7 Garage, located at 136 Blackstone Street. You’ll save yourself a lot of time and energy… Trust us. Carmelina’s will validate your parking ticket for you!

Run – don’t walk to this neighborhood gem. You will not be disappointed!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2016

Visited Boston many times, and love the Northend dining scene. Tried Carmelina's for first time, and it may be my new favorite. Great food, great service, and great value.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2016

So delicious!! My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Our waiter was wonderful and very funny, down-to-earth. Homemade pasta was a hit! Definitely make a reservation or else you will be waiting.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2016

Food was absolutely incredible! It's a bit of a mix in people- there were groups there for special occasions, families with loud kids, friends, and dates. Nothing fancy inside but the pasta was so delicious I dream about it now!

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1.0Dined on August 9, 2016

Raw food
They just didn't handle it well
I was a regular...panza next time

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2016

Food and service were excellent. Kind of noisy because of the festival going on down the street but that's just part of the North End dining experience this time of year, which we enjoy.

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3.0Dined on August 6, 2016

Food above par, but we were rushed through our meal by our server, had to ask a different fellow for our bottle of wine which we had requested to be served with our main course (and wasn't), and we were handed our bill without being asked if we wanted dessert or coffee. We had a nice table by the window, but the space was cramped.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2016

Came to Boston for a visit, and this was the best meal we had.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2016

Carmelina's was a good choice for North End. Very cozy but comfortable, must have reservation. Food was excellent, our server Anthony was great, good recommendations, overall good food, service was great, good choices of food for all food lovers, meat and seafood both cooked properly and very fresh. Definitely a must go to while in North End. We will be back next time around.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2016

Lovely evening...great food and wonderfully personal service. Our server was friendly and attentive, despite the crowd. The venue is small so not many tables.

The food was outstanding and the friendly, personal service we received was much appreciated. We will be back.

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1.0Dined on August 3, 2016

We were seated promptly with a great table by the open window which was perfect. From there it went downhill. We ordered a bottle of wine, but no one ever stopped by to refill our glasses. Likewise, we had to ask for re-fills for our children's drinks. They gave us bread, but no olive oil (again, we had to ask for it - it was delivered with a bit of attitude). We used our utensils for the appetizers, but they did not bring us new ones, so after waiting once they delivered our food we finally went to a vacant table and took those. The food was mediocre, definitely not worth the price tag and the service was truly awful.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2016

Carmelina's is a great spot! Amazing food, service and wine list! Great job!

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2016

Great meal for my sons 14th birthday dinner. Menu has good variety and we all enjoyed our meals.

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2016

Small cozy enoteca. Overall experience was just ok. Daily specials were posted outside with several delicious dishes that all three of us were excited about. Upon sitting we were told that the specials were not available. Coming from a first generation Italian family I was immediately disappointed with the bread that was served ( white and brown rolls). I expected to have only the best hard crust Italian bread especially being in the North End. The meatballs had too much bread stuffing and were somewhat soft and mushy in the center. I enjoyed my swordfish and rapi dish. Gnocchi was average. The Sunday pasta dish came in a very generous portion and the sauce was tasty.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2016

Food and service was excellent! Small place so make sure you gave a reservation!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2016

We have been here quite a few times and Always have a great experience!!!

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3.0Dined on July 30, 2016

Busy, close seating, which would be tolerable if the food had been good. Apart from an exceptional appetizer of figs, prosciutto and blue cheese, the entrees were forgettable. Hubby's pasta dish was not great and my Chicken Marsala.....well, the chicken was dry and overcooked, the potatoes and vegetables were mushy, as if they had been stewed for a few hours to the point where there was no taste or texture...we also felt rushed to eat and leave.....obviously it was important to turn tables ASAP. We made a reservation which we assumed would be our table for as long as we wanted it....instead, it was a conveyor belt of food with thesis of getting you served and out.
Sorry, Carmelina's but we won't be back.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2016

This was the 2nd visit and the food was great. It has some unique dishes -- and the fish and shell fish are very much special.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2016

We all loved it and would definitely go back again when back in Boston and highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2016

This restaurant was absolutely amazing. This was my second time dining there and it just is beyond delicious. The people working there are incredibly nice and thoughtful and its a joy to eat there.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2016

Ihavebeentoseveraltime sandIamneverdisappointed. Theserviceisgreatandthefoodisoutstanding

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2016

The food was delicious and we could tell that everything was made fresh. I would mention that it was very loud in the restaurant between the kitchen, music, and patron chatter, it was a bit hard to hear the 3 other individuals I was dining with. Also, I felt that the staff could use a bit of efficiency training as they seemed to be off their game and looked overwhelmed. Our first waitress took out drink order, then left for the evening without saying anything to us. So we were unsure who we should be waiting for. Otherwise the food was great and it was a pleasant experience. Also note that the venue is very small.

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