Dante

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$30 and under
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Italian

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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).

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Restaurant Dante will be offering a pre-fixe menu for Valentine's Day on Friday February 14th 2020. In addition Dante's will be celebrating "Lonely Hearts Party" on Saturday the 15th of February, Dancing to the tunes with DJ Adilson. Call the restaurant directly or go to our website for details.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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Sun 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Mon 5:30PM - 10:00PM

What 1227 People Are Saying
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BM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful dinner. I had the buccatini with shrimp, scallops and calamari....amzing. great wine too.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great deal for NYE dinner w/friends!

TJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food was cold and late.

LG
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service, the view of the Charles River, the glass of wine, the pasta, the 3-pie desert, the dining room—it was all perfect, thank you. The staff was friendly and attentive but not intrusive—perfectly perfect, in other words. My son and I enjoyed our experience.

LA
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience1

room is small (loud party inn adjoining room) paint chipped on wall next to table, no table cloths, seemed like what you would expect from a lunch restaurant not a dinner on Saturday night

NR
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Dante is great for high end unique Italian food. Their pasta is really special and we loved the calamari and meatballs too. Nice views of the river and lots of free parking on the nearby streets.

NL
New England
49 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Horrible service

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Fell sick with stomach cramps afterwards. Very expensive for what you get

CR
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Won’t ever go back to Dante. Slow and poor service. We have to keep requesting things they kept forgetting. We split the bill in two credit cards and we were both charged double. Food was ok but not worth it with all the inconsistencies. Won’t recommend or bother to go back.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food was pretty good, fairly standard. Service was ok, we never got water or more wine. The view of the city was great and it was nice to eat outside.

BR
New England
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joanne made sure our large party that showed up early was accommodated and made to feel special
The dinning area has spectacular views, the food was fabulous and the entire staff were always available for us Put in on your to do list!

SL
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time-- even though we had wanted to be outside--- but the rain stopped that-- we did have a great seat by the window! thank you

M
New England
90 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Our family of 5 enjoyed a great meal here on a nice Sunday. There had been a quick shower so sat inside but I was tempted to move outside when the weather cleared. I was very surprised more people weren’t out enjoying the view. Our meals were very very good - the cod was amazing, and all the pasta dishes delicious. Our starters were yummy too - the calamari and the mozzarella. Highly recommend.

HK
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal at Dante's. The food was tasty, the wine excellent and the wait staff were very attentive. We would definitely go again.

LR
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I liked the options of portion sizes... Excellent meals for the four of us..

A
New England
28 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Waited 30 minutes after being seated, all the waiters ignored us so we left

SB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful by the river on a nice evening

H
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We wanted to be outside on the patio but it was intermittently raining so they would not seat us outside. It was really loud inside, I could barely hear the person across from me speak. The wait staff was incredibly slow and inattentive. We had to beg for service. The food and drink were really good. We had the cod, which was terrific. It’s a fabulous outdoor place. Given the service, not sure inside is very special and probably better to go somewhere else given the choices in Boston.

NM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great outdoor patio spot near the water. Was able to have a wonderful 3 course meal that I shared with my date. Did not feel rushed and had a lovely night. The pasta was great. Espresso Martinis were made incorrectly with cream and they made a new batch without and showed great hospitality throughout.

B
New England
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We had a reservation for 10 on the patio on Saturday evening and I was happy the restaurant was able to accommodate 2 more on same day. The patio is outstanding with great views to Charles River and Boston skyline, there was a nice breeze and the food was good.

The service was a problem. Our waiter was very nice, and I admit our table was challenging, but

a) our food arrived at the table more than an hour and a half after ordering; appetizers and main dishes then arrived within minutes of each other so there was no space on the table and your main dish gets cold while you eat your appetizer. (Another waiter then came a minute after I received my appetizer and took maybe 2 bites and asked me if I was still working on it)

b) All dishes arrived except for one entree, which took so much additional time that my friend ended up cancelling it and sharing food with her table neighbor.

C) Water: somehow sparkling water bottles kept appearing on the table and being replenished without asking us but we had to chase down waiters to get regular water refilled.

d)The check: again, I admit it was a challenge to split our bill into individual checks, but the amount of mistakes (mostly around charging full price when someone had half the dish, and charging someone else with my bill that I just sent back for fixing instead of fixing and returning it) were astonishing and it took a very long time to get it all sorted out. (Reservations at 7, still waiting to settle bill by 11pm)

I want to acknowledge that Dante ended up taking off the very late entree and a bottle of wine from the bill, after some of my friends complained to the manager about the amount of time everything was taking.

I would probably not seek out Dante for another visit with more than ~ 4 people.

r
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food and drinks were great; however, it took a long time to receive them. The restaurant was practically empty.

l
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Our meals were pretty good, however the seating and resulting ambiance (or lack thereof) was very bad. We were somewhat responsible for this, admittedly, when the hostess said outdoor seating was "very limited", all but steering us toward indoor seating. We could not see either the dining room or the patio from the hostess station. We were seated in a large dining room, with only one other couple in it. The patio was visible from there, and was lively and it was a nice evening. After awhile the other couple left and we were the only ones there. Customers and waiters streamed by us, all going out to the patio. Seating couldn't have been that "limited" then, and we did have a reservation. Our waiter was very good but the kitchen was very slow. And we felt like were were in the isolation room.

In sum, we feel misled by the hostess, and we should have looked more closely before acceding to the suggestion of indoor seating.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Inattentive service

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J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful view of the city skyline at sunset

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Staff was very nice but service was slow and they forgot about our order. Food was pretty good!

DF
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Dante is not what once was. Terrible food -- dry, salty, cold steak and pasta. Just terrible. Not worth the money or your time.

c
New England
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

main dining room was an icebox - everyone was sitting outside
service was slow - incorrect main dish was served - serving staff clearly disorganized
food was tasty tho

P
New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sat on the patio for a big family dinner. Great food, great conversation and a beautiful view of Boston as the sun went down. Couldn’t have been better.

M
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nasir and Joanne are wonderful and made our evening special!

I
New England
38 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Brunch at Dante's...Always a pleasure with the great view of the river, boats, small sailboats, kayaks, walkers and bikers galore. I had the eggs Purgatorio and felt like I was in my grandmother's kitchen. Everything was so perfect but it was spoiled by the poor service. Long waits, forgetting coffee, cream, water, too bad. But we were so mesmerized we forgave a poor performance. Management tried to help out and spent time with us on the patio and did alleviate any frustrations. Definitely would return.

F
Philadelphia
119 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Note gluten free options, including pastas so you can enjoy Dante's great sauces!!

A
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

AO
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

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.

LS
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

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.

TD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a reservation for a large group on a Sunday afternoon. The sun was pretty intense and there were limited umbrellas for shading, but the staff really did immediately jump into action and worked to try to get us as much shade as possible. They arranged one big umbrella and as soon as another table cleared, they got us another one. The service was super quick and super friendly. The food was good and the portion sizes on the shared plates was pretty good! All in all, a really good experience.

ER
New England
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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.

MM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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.

CC
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food! Thank you!

DD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

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

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.