Dante

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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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1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very poor service. 3 different waiters. Ignored most of the time. Got pasta which was of rubbery texture. The sauce was v average. Fish was over cooked. It took 1 hour and 15 minutes to get this un impressive fare.
PLEASE AVOID THIS OVER PRICED PLACE

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AO
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Dante has been one of my favorite Cambridge restaurants for many years. Recently we've often been disappointed. The food is still excellent although has often come to the table with the sense that it's been sitting for a while. And the service has often been extremely slow.

Hopefully this is a temporary hiccup for the restaurant. The patio seating on a warm evening is of course hard to beat.

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LS
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Terrible service, we waited over 20 minutes between a salad and pasta. Pasta came out cold, and when I arrived a patio umbrella fell on me, and landed on my shoulder. Nobody asked if I was okay or apologizes, and when I asked that the umbrella be put away (it was very windy and not sunny at all) they said “oh well it wasn’t screwed in properly, now it’ll be fine”
It was careless, dangerous, and our server never checked in with us except to ask if we had already received and eaten our salad (because she disappeared for over 20 minutes).

Just an awful experience. Don’t go.

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ER
New England
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The location is fantastic, however that was all that was fantastic. I expected more for the price and location. I've been before and wasn't thrilled. Two of us ate two course and one of us ate three. We all had different dishes. Not only did nothing impress, but some food was quite salty, and there was one waitress for the entire patio area. This was a Thursday evening, in Boston, with the temperature in the 70's.
There are other options for this sort of price that are better value and quality.

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MM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The experience at Dante was terrible. We were there over 3 hours, not a single food order was correct on the first attempt, server paid us no attention, and the hostess was seemingly unable to do anything until she called the manager after two rounds of expressing our displeasure.

Will never eat here or stay at the Sonesta again.

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CC
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food! Thank you!

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DD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Aside from the over active children dining with their parents, the entire experience was a positive one.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Mother’s Day and it was delicious! We will definitely be back again. All of the pasta is homemade that day and it is amazing.

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DB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous atmosphere sitting by the windows over looking the Charles River, service was swift and friendly. Food was great!

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K
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

I made reservations for Dante at 6. Upon arrival, "appy hour" was going on and it was a mad house. No hostess was in sight. While the view was great of the Charles River, the dining area itself was chaotic. There was no ambiance. There was one server, it seemed for the entire dining area. We did enjoy the food, I had the gnocchi, which was very tasty. The food was good, but really did not enjoy eating it.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food, atmosphere, and service were wonderful. Dante was an excellent value - much more than I would expect of a restaurant so conveniently located in the hotel lobby.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food ...atmosphere ok

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

While the noise level was initially high, to the extent that we were going to leave, they turned down the music volume and it was much improved. Service was excellent and the view outside was lovely.

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Naples
43 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cod tasted excellent - wish the portion was bigger

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CG
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently delicious at Dante's and this visit was no exception. The server was very accommodating, attentive without being intrusive. It's a great place for a business discussion as our request for a quiet table was answered.

I'd recommend Dante's and will certainly return.

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DT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants. Very cozy place with an amazing view of the Charles and the city of Boston. I highly recommend the grilled octopus and the tuna tartare appetizers. A must try location!!

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NH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

I was quite disappointed in the food. We had a prix fixe Valentine's Day menu, and thought that, generally, the meal was not creative and rather mundane. We do not plan to return.

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SL
New England
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Food was OK - far too expensive for the quality received. Chicken Marsala was dry and the sauce had separated on the way too hot plate ( clearly sat under a sali for a long time).
There is better, less expensive food in the greater Boston area. I will not be returning. Needless to say, the staff were very attentive.

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JB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Our party of three had a late lunch (3:30pm reservation) before attending an event nearby. While the food was excellent, the experience was somewhat odd. We made the reservation on OpenTable, after searching for restaurants in Kendall Square that served a late lunch. Our waiter was extremely friendly and helpful, and presented us with menus and took drink orders (we were the only customers). We ordered, and the waiter hesitated when I ordered the cod entree. I asked if there was a problem and he said no. A few minutes later, a woman came to our table and explained that they were only serving a few appetizers at this time of day, but the pastas that the other two of our group would be fine. She would check with the kitchen to see if they could do the cod. We told her there was no indication on OpenTable that the menu was limited. My daughter had also looked at the website before we booked it to check the menu and did not see any restrictions to having lunch there at 3:30pm. In fact, their website allows you to book a table in the afternoon.

In the end, they did serve us our lunch, which was great, and our waiter couldn't have been nicer, but we did feel that we weren't supposed to be there so it was a little uncomfortable.

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MS
New England
26 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been to Dante several times recently and am never disappointed. Lots of creative selections, food is very well prepared and everything I had was delicious. Good portion size. Mediterranean/Italian influenced.

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PB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
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 December 31, 2018
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
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 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
3 reviews
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
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 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
3 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 13, 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
13 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
255 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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New England
25 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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