Dante

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1174 reviews
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Italian
Boston's beloved star chef Dante de Magistris presents classic Italian
cuisine with a twist at his eponymous hot spot. Enjoy food that's playful
yet familiar in a sophisticated space that evokes the serenity of the
Mediterranean, featuring magnificent views of the Charles River and Boston's
skyline. Dante has a little something
for everyone. Whether you're looking to sample the chef's latest creation or one of his classic fresh pastas, you're sure to discover an experience you won't soon forget! Boasting distinctive cocktails, an extensive wine list,seasonal patio dining, dante is the perfect spot to refresh your mind,
restore your spirit, and reinvigorate your taste buds. "Best Upscale
Italian, 2011" -Boston Magazine. O, The Oprah Magazine says: “one of
Boston’s cool new restaurants” for it’s “airy, minimalist room with views of
the Boston skyline and its superb cucina (haute cuisine, Italian style).

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PB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Went to dinner for NYE. Seated at 915. Was a 4 course pre fix menu. Serving staff were not prepared for a crowd. Got my entree after midnight and just skipped desert due slow service. Had to order drinks directly from bar due to server being too busy. Food WAS good but difficult to give accurate description due to New Year’s Eve.

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C
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fun for new year's eve! Delicious meal, view of Boston, dancing!

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AV
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The room is lovely and the service was good. The menu is nice. But the kitchen had a heavy hand with the salt, making several dishes unpleasantly salty.

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m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Granted it was Xmas Eve so probably the usual staff was not there, but I checked in with my husband for my 6:30 Reservation for 4 at 6:00, and was seated, no problem. The server DID move us to a nicer, quieter table when we asked to be moved from the large loud table next to us. So I did appreciate that. The rest of my party arrived at 6:30 and were told there was no reservation under my name. They waited 20 minutes trying to find out where we were (inside the restaurant the entire time). When I realized the late hour I checked my phone and found they were on the brink of leaving as the restaurant said we were still not there. Bad enough, but when they were finally seated, we waited another 20 minutes for their drink order to arrive. Sorry, but they should do better. Ruined what should have been a lovely Xmas Eve dining experience. Food was ok.

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DM
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

We had the pre-fix meal for Christmas Eve and were very unsatisfied. The food was too salty, bass was bland and soggy skin, overpriced.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Very Good pasta, Good options of wine.
The service was Good, friendly

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JC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The main thing to be said is that the food taste and quality were exceptional and that is what I would return for, though the service was also excellent (when we commented on the high quality of the olive oil our server returned later with a picture of the label - not a market brand). Tables were somewhat close so noise level varied with the persons seated nearby, sometimes distracting but never prohibitive. Price was also quite reasonable.

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R
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Extremely salty entree. Chef recooked slightly better. But not great food just ok but not great. Again too much salt in each dish for each person. We all got different dishes.

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GP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Was pleasantly surprised at the selection, quality, and amount of food. Great meal and good service.

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P
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I had great dinners at Dante. This one wasn't. The Octopus was outstanding, but the rest were nothing special and very overpriced.

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R
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service; polite and attentive servers; service prompt; food preparation and presentation outstanding; great low-key, elegant ambience.

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s
London
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent in all respects. Food and service very good and Italian cuisine was authentic. Having lived in Italy, we are sometimes disappointed in "Italian" food. No disappointment here, palpate, calamari, pasta and banga cauda shrimp was outstanding. Would visit again.

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M
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal to celebrate 17. Food was excellent. Wait staff very diligent. Nice pace to the meal.

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OT
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great spot to sit at the bar and have a glass of wine and great food. They have TVs so we could watch the redsox during dinner. Friendly staff.

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AS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

I’m so disappointed. My friend was visiting and I wanted to take her to a nice restaurant. Dante patio has been my favorite place in cambridge. But they closed it at the day. When i book, i said i want to be seated outside. If Dante was planning to close the patio, they should’ve let me know so that i can change plan or cancel.

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b
New England
241 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

While Dante has very good food, the service on the night we went was unfortunately terrible. We sat for over 15 minutes without anyone coming over to even offer water, then finally decided to move to the bar as the patio was getting dark and chilly - we thought there was more light at the (still outdoors) bar and it would be warmer. Additionally, l thought we might get some service, but again, the bartender was more interested in talking to her co-workers than providing service. A restaurant needs to provide more than just good food. Service and welcome are an important part of the experience! I hope they take note and try to do better, as the chef is putting out some very nice dishes.

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OT
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was gorgeous along with the view of the Charles and Boston skyline! My food and our waiter was spectacular!! Highly recommend

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L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The air was a little chilly (it was the beginning of Fall) and the staff brought us light blankets to cover our knees, very nice touch!

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J
New England
36 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Long wait to be seated even with reservation. Nobody in restaurant were still put upstairs with no other diners. Service slow, food overpriced. Will not be back

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AS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Servers are not professional. They are really bad at timing and we often walk around to find servers.

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BM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the food. The service was excellent. The portions were small, and the tiramisu was a little disappointing. It was very dry and not fluffy the way I prefer. The restaurant overlooks the Charles River and it was very pleasant.

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L
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and the prices fair. The starters were yummy which we shared. The staff was friendly and good. We enjoyed the wine wine and our dinner and will return!

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TL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We made a reservation for this restaurant hoping the weather would be good and we could sit outside and enjoy the view of Boston. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate and we sat inside, which was fine but nothing to rave about.
The food is not something I'd rave about either. The appetizers were okay to good (i.e. fried calamari and meatballs), but the entree pastas were terrible. I got the spaghetti vongole (with clams), and it had about 8 very small clams (out of the shell), in a sort of congealed, flavorless weird sauce. This is such a simple recipe - clams, wine, olive oil and garlic, and it was the worst pasta I've ever had. My husband had the gnocchi and supposedly "SPICY" sautéed calamari and both were bland and flavorless. I suspect Olive Garden would be better pastas than this restaurant! The only reason I'm giving it 2 stars is because the appetizers were okay.

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P
New England
29 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food served at a leisurely pace
Great views of Boston skyline and Charles River

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EL
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food and atmosphere were excellent Italian with Charles Riverfront and Downtown Boston views.

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N
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Date night for my husband and me. Loved being on the Charles! Pleasant evening. We had several cheeses and prosciutto for appetizer, very nice. I had the salmon with risotto (ate it all ) and my husband had the special Pork Chop which he enjoyed greatly. Service was pretty good but we ran out of water a couple times.

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NC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was very good but portion size was very small. The restaurant wasn’t very crowded . In spite of that our server was not very attentive. Has to flag down another server to get water refilled

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the patio. Bartender knows what he/she is doing. Food is quite good.

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JC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Visiting Boston

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Z
New England
30 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We always try to visit during the warmer months, when outside tables offer great views of the sun drenched Boston skyline. Since you are out by the bar, it can get a little exuberant but generally it is not too loud. Drinks are not inexpensive, but you are paying for the view.
I enjoyed the polpette (3 large, tender meatballs ..well flavored with a nice tomato sauce) and a half size portion of shell pasta with shrimp & scallops. The dish was ample in size and very good, with just a little heat in the cream sauce. My wife was a little less impressed with the octopus.

Usually it is not hard to get a table, but call ahead or check OT to be sure. It often works out, even under spur of the moment circumstances.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Hostess was extremely rude. Food was good but a little overpriced.

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b
New England
241 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We chose Dante because we were hoping to sit outdoors on their nice patio, but alas a thunderstorm prevented that! I like the food, but am not crazy about the rather dull grey interior of the restaurant. That said, my salad and pasta were delicious, as was my husband's veal chop, and the service was very nice as well.

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RS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

2nd time at Dante. The first time, the wind blew menus and olive oil everywhere and service was indifferent. This time, winds were calm but service still indifferent. The outdoor dining and views are the main draw. The food, though quite good, is a tad on the expensive side ($30 salmon) but the views, with sunset reflections off the Pru and downtown Boston, are worth at least a 20% premium. One hint: Forego the hotel and Cambridgeside parking and take your first right AFTER the hotel entrance - a backstreet that abuts ArtBar, Dante and Waterfront with free parking. Savings there can be applied to menu. But a beautiful sunset spot.

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KC
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was good and service was excellent. We celebrated father's day last Saturday.

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

I really can't say too much about the experience as we were never served anything besides water. The two servers on the patio walked by my husband and I repeatedly but never stopped to even take our drink order. We left in disgust after 20 minutes.

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SB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Food was not good at all - very disappointing

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JP
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were guests at the hotel. I was attending the Harvard course on Internal Medicine.

My wife and I were pleasantly surprised by the menu. The bruschetta was outstanding.

Thank you for the superb service.

Dr and Mrs John Peto
Toronto, Canada

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M
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Very please with the food but service was very slow. Don't think I'd hurry back unless I wasn't in a hurry.

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KF
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was fantastic, almost as good as the view of the sunset over the Charles. Service was a little slow but that worked for us as we were able to spend longer chatting.

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RV
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

What a wonderful place! The food was excellent and the location and view are fantastic. We will definitely be back!

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