Dante

4.0
1147 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Casual
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).
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
DINNER MENU
Sunday
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Monday - Thursday
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM


Friday & Saturday
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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Phone number
(617) 497-4200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dante de Magistris
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Private party facilities
Facilities: From business dinners and luncheons to weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings dante’s dynamic layout can accommodate any event of up to 250 guests.

Restaurant Dante consists of eight different areas that flow seamlessly together, each with its own unique flair: two separate dining rooms, two bars, two lounges, a private balcony for parties of up to 26 guests, and a large outdoor patio overlooking the Charles River and Boston’s skyline. Our team will work closely with you to craft an event that reflects your needs and expectations.
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Private party contact
Kelly Early: (617) 497-4219
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Catering
dante caters any event, from business luncheons to weddings. Also ask about our special Private Chef Dinners, have chef Dante de Magistris cook exclusively for you and your guests in the comfort of your home.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
The best option for parking is across the street at the Cambridgeside Galleria. Parking at the Galleria is $4/vehicle.
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Public transit
Green Line to Lechmere, Red Line to Kendall/MIT, or Orange Line to Community College
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Special events & promotions
dante accommodates events for every occasion and every size group. Multiple event spaces allow cocktail style receptions, sit down dinners, brunches and lunches. Contact Kelly at 617-497-4219 or events@restaurantdante.com to ask about specific spaces and dates, and/or to receive our reception, passed appetizer, sit down and buffet style menus.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Reviews from verified diners
1,147 reviews
4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
38%
Very Good
38%
Good
14%
Fair
7%
Poor
3%
4.1
food
3.6
service
4.1
ambience
3.5
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Visiting Boston

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Z
New England
27 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
225 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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KC
New England
9 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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RS
New England
5 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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E
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
8 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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OT
New Orleans
5 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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p
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It was a Sunday evening and perhaps they had a some inexperienced waiters. They seemed young, insecure and tentative. They tried but they clearly need more practice. Also, the choice of music was annoying and the noise from a private party made it even worse. We have enjoyed this restaurant in the past and the view and location are appealing.

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MA
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Fairly small menu, but fair variety. Well presented food.
Recommend the salmon and risotto.

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JH
New England
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice place, the food was delicious and the ambiance is perfect for a private conversation. Wait staff are very good too.

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service incredibly slow, though place was not busy. Repeated attempts ordering a bottle of wine from wine list only to be told choices unavailable after long wait and offered a more expensive choices Finally gave up.

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OT
New England
23 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Salmon from Denmark! Loved the big pour of wine and the $2.00 appetizers at the bar. You can’t have a better view of Boston than from Cambridge. Can’t wait for the outdoor patio to open!

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JL
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great View and good food. Attentive staff. Enjoyed when we visited Cambridge

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YW
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is simply delicious. We went for family Easter lunch and enjoyed the Easter menu. We ordered two appetizer size of pastas, both of them beyond expectations. The lamb was baked to perfection with the fat melt in the mouth.

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G
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Meal was excellent. Food was creative and the blending of different ingredients and tastes worked well. Service was not up to snuff. The waiter was preoccupied with friends who were dining and did not pay attention to our table. He did not ask if we would like a second drink and we had to hail him for coffee to finish the meal. Very satisfied with the food and the overall surroundings. We were staying at the hotel and it was convenient. We would definitely eat there again but, I would hope the service is more attentive next time.

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S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The arancini was delicious and the salmon was perfectly cooked.

What was not good was that when we ordered "gnocci" we were served pasta, and the "lemon risotto" was nicely flavored white rice. Each one tasted good enough, but don't say gnocci or risotto if it is not.

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p
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very nice Italian meal with a great view.

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MG
New England
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have gone to Dante many times and are always satisfied.

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OT
New England
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great views of Boston. Food and service is top notch. Love the $2 appetizer selection before 6pm. Thank You.

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Ridiculously overpriced. $28 for Spaghetti Carbonara, mid size portion. What a joke

I liked the Calamari starter though. Good value there. Strange

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BF
New England
20 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. Great service. Incredible dinner!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The kitchen "forgot" about us halfway through Christmas Eve Dinner. We came to Dante specifically for "The Feast of the Seven Fishes." After waiting for 35 minutes between courses, my guest needed to leave. He is a physician on call snd needed to check the ER he covers. I explained to the Captain, paid & tipped 18% and asked to have out desserts to go. Then the waited tried to force to stay to explain to someone why he (the waiter) was not at fault. When I repeated that both the captain & the waiter agreed to have our desserts to go, I was called "rude and impatient." We left - over $200 poorer - no dessert, no entree, no parking validation (the dowdy cashier refused to validate our parking ticket). Merry Effing Christmas. .

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SC
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The waiter was alternately unaware of us and unhelpful. Our meatball appetizer was served cold. I'm pretty sure that the case of tummy flu I experienced in the middle of the night was the result of undercooked chicken. Great location, but the current operation is underachieving.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was outstanding. The music fit the atmosphere. Food was perfect.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special birthday celebration for my son's 20th! Our waiter was professional and friendly. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Hotel is a personal favorite, very nice to have a signature restaurant to dine. Would recommend for great bar scene or special gathering!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing server from brazil

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New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing views and amazing service! Ask for Rashid! He was absolutely accommodating and made us feel welcome!

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c
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a great time at Dante. It was our first time back there in almost 10 years. The food was just as good as the first time we visited. I'd definitely go back and highly recommend Dante.

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LM
New England
66 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were married at the Royal Sonesta and go back each year for our anniversary dinner. We had a lovely meal with very good service. There was a very large group dining at the hotel which made for a crowded and noisy room that night. I assume it also prevented us from getting a nice table with a view. -- we were in the corner to accommodate the large group. Dante is a very nice restaurant with friendly staff, and it is a favorite tradition for us to go there.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Our waiter was inattentive and seemed slow to understand questions. He disappeared for most of the evening and forgot to bring part of our order. Fortunately we were able to flag another waiter who helped us.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining with a view of the Charles River, sitting on the terrace was fabulous.
The wait staff was excellent, discrete & very accommodating
All the dishes met or exceeded our expectations.

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OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Went to test it out to hold an event there. Food was awful. Calamari was so lemony you were not sure what you were eating. Meatballs ok. 2 got hanger steak so salty you could not eat it. One got char he said worse he ever had. I got chicken melinase chicken ok toppings horrible. We split the sides all bad. Snap peas, eggplant and broccoli.
Staff was ok at best and not one person ever asked how our food was.
Needless to say I will not be going back.

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SC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Very disappointed that the menu on OpenTable was not remotely similar to the dinner menu available. However the food we had was good. The restaurant was nearly empty but hostess decided to sit a large and loud group next to our table, which was not good for ambiance or for a romantic dinner.

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b
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

The staff was very accommodating. We wanted to be seated at a quiet table. Food was good but a bit pricey. We liked the half order options.

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