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La Motta's Italian Specialties

4.4
4.4
212 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

La Motta’s is the modern neighborhood Italian Osteria, boasting a menu that is elevated for the tastes of this century but still genuine, satisfying and generously wholesome. The restaurant has a 12-seat bar, a 70-seat dining room comprised of cozy booths and rustic table tops that create an intimate, romantic and nostalgic ambiance. There is a 30-seat seasonal outdoor patio that emulates the feel of a back-alley urban escape and a 28-seat private dining room perfect for any special occasion.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Thursday-Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday, Sunday: 10:00am-3:00pm
    Bar: Sun-Wed:5-12am Thurs-Sat:5-1am

  • Phone number

    (617) 338-5300

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Justin Winters

  • Neighborhood

    South End

  • Cross street

    Waltham Street

  • Parking details

    Valet, street parking, free at 560 Harrison Avenue with validation from La Motta.

  • Public transit

    Silver Line at Union Park

Menu

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What 212 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Visted during New Year’s Eve but was sad to hear that the restaurant will be closing. It offered lovely service and a wonderful atmosphere to sit down and gather with friends.

  2. BD

    BostonDan

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2017

    overall3food5service2ambience4

    Waitress gave us the wrong drinks and was slow and unresponsive. Also one meal came out 10 min after the others. I expected better from this highly rated restaurant.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for New Year's Eve and had a wonderful time! Sadly, the restaurant closed that night. It was a really great place, too bad!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We made reservations for La Motta through Open Table. The restaurant was closed when we got there. No sign, nothing. We had driven in all the way from Millis MA, and paid for parking. The restaurant was scheduled to be open for brunch until 3. Our "reservation" was for 2:15. There were other people who had made reservations outside waiting, too. We ended up going down the street to The Gallows, and thankfully, they were open, as it was a bitter cold day. I sent an email to the manager, no response.

  5. MC

    MCM1

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent. Sorry they are closing!!!

  6. AK

    AmandaK

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Table was a little small.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    great night with friends! amazing food and the waiter was very attentive.

  8. MT

    MichaelT

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal fantastic service

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great ambiance, food and service were excellent.

  10. PG

    PatriciaG

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The fixed price brunch option was a great deal and the food was delicious! The ambiance was perfect for a friend's brunch. Great drinks, good service, would recommend!

  11. RA

    RAM25

    New England

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The omelet from the prixe fixe brunch was excellent, and the smoked trout hash can't be beat!

  12. F

    Foodtraveler11

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    The food quality is not worth the money paid. The pasta was soggy and the wine menu was very limited.

  13. NL

    NancyL

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    So sorry that it is closing. It is consistent and a great value 2 things that are not easy to come by these these days.

  14. SR

    StephanieR

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    This restaurant has been a favorite of mine since it opened. The food never disappoints!

  15. g

    giacomoc

    New England

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We had a very good experience here. Food is good, the pasta with boar ragu sauce was absolutely amazing, the chicken was really tasty and the cannoli were great. The offer with on the carafe, which is a good option if you don't want to go for a whole bottle.

  16. u

    urdiner

    New England

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A great neighborhood restaurant. The food is good, service is prompt, friendly but not overbearing. Their chicken parmigiana is very good. Nice atmosphere. Nice place to go to with family, friends or just by ourselves.

  17. s

    sandyfeet12

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved the vibe of this restaurant- great music while we were there for Sunday brunch. Our server was attentive, and the food was delicious! Will definitely return.

  18. TF

    TF2014

    New England

    104 reviews

    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always amazing dining for brunch here. A hidden jewel, yummylicious. Good services, thanks !

  19. ED

    EdmundDantes

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    My date and I had a great time, arriving around 8 on a Saturday night and closing the place down around 11. It was quite busy with a higher noise level when we arrived - not in a bad way, but quieted down around 9. We both enjoyed the food - the chicken parmesan was delicious and not too heavy, as it is in some restaurants. We loved the tiramisu - we shared it and we only made it through half of it because they gave us such a large piece. Also, love it that they have valet parking!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An excellent neighborhood find!!!great atmosphere and friendly staff

  21. c

    chrisk

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    My wife and I have lived in the south end for three years and this was the first time here for us. Typically we would go to Gicamos, Coppa, or Luca, but we felt like a walk. The chicken parm was awesome and my wife loved her made to order meat lasagna. The menu was a little sparse, but it's ok if every dish is done to perfection. Great value for the meal. Their wine list could use a few more options for by the glass, but that's just me being picky. Would definitely go again although I hear they might be closing so you better go soon.

  22. KH

    KerryH

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love this place. Literally cannot believe you are closing. We are heart-broken.

  23. JA

    JANAKJOSHI

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2017

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    Good overall. Pizza's are over priced so I would stick with the pasta and entrees.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    It's a big restaurant that is often quite empty; yet, they often seat parties directly next to each other and immediately adjacent to the drafty front entrance.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great and these guys are fun. This was my second time there. After the first i had to come back for more.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We came here for my boyfriend’s birthday and had an excellent experience. The food was delicious and not too expensive. The drinks were creative and also delicious. The atmosphere was very calm but not too quiet. I can’t wait to come back!

  27. r

    robrook

    New England

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    La Motta's is so warm and cozy!Great service. Bread and complimentary olives started our meal. Our swordfish was prepared with a delicious tomato parsley sauce; the chicken parmesan was tender and came with a linguini and olive oil. We can't wait to return!

  28. LN

    LaraN

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2017

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    We had a group out for my husbands birthday this weekend. Our server seemed totally unprepared to take care of us. She didn’t know much about the menu or wines, and gave us wrong information. The restaurant had asked that we put in the apps and entrees at the same time but that really stretched out our meal. We sat at 7pm and didn’t leave until after 11. One of our friends ordered the special but without the meat and it wasn’t until the food was being put on the table that the server told her that they couldn’t make the dish vegetarian. So she sat hungry for an extra ten minutes while they made another dish for her. All around it felt like service was lacking, and our friends who had been there before noted that service was notoriously bad in the past too. The food was good, but portions were small for the cost. Will likely not return.

  29. SE

    SamE

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I don’t put 5 stars only because I reserve it for truly exceptional places, but I LOVED La Motta: the food (try their pizzas and the Canoli desert), the service and the atmosphere. All for very reasonable price. I definitely recommend it!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We tried La Motta for the first time and really enjoyed it! The food and wine were delicious. We've been looking for good pizza and this is at the top of the list. The pasta dishes were also some of the best we've had in the city.

  31. TT

    TomT

    Birmingham

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    La Motta's is a very attractive and spacious restaurant and the quality of La Motta's food is very good but the selection is very limited except for a fairly extensive pizza list. We had beef carpacccio, a mixed salad and a gnocchi dish all of which were very good. However, the service was uneven as our waitress failed to bring our wine order until we were 2/3 done with our meal. Eating at the bar may be a good option for 2 people.

  32. MG

    MinooG

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    La Motta's friendly service, great food and ambiance are my reasons and wanting to go back. Thank you! I have gone back to La Motta twice since my first visit in July 2017.

  33. J

    Jozzy

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Anyone who knows me knows that I've enjoyed La Motta's ever since I first stumbled upon it - I have since recommended it to many others and am always astounded when they say they haven't heard of it before. This night was no exception. I wish I could remember the name of our waiter, because he was phenomenal - great recommendations for wine and food, and dealt with our indecisiveness. Can't wait to come back!

  34. b

    bostoneats

    Columbus

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2017

    overall3food3service1ambience3

    Food was fine. Nothing super special but all tasty and good. Service was TERRIBLE. Asked three times for water, never got it. Drinks took forever. Small request with entree was ignored. Took forever to get check, pay check. Restaurant was largely empty at the time.

  35. D

    Denise461

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    great restaurant! Chicken Parmesan is the best we've ever had

  36. S

    Salem68

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A nice neighborhood spot with great comfort food! Charming atmosphere with terrific service.

  37. n

    nolagal

    New England

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We met at La Motta's to celebrate a birthday. We had a lovely table for 10 right by the window. Service was perfect: responsive, fast & friendly. Everyone enjoyed their cocktails and wines. Great food. The only suggestion would be to have more sauce on the pasta dishes. My Boar Bolognese was tasty but I'd have liked more sauce. Ditto for a couple of other pastas. Still, wonderful and a neighborhood favorite!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had a great family dinner at La Motta and the service and wait staff paid great attention to us. They were very accommodating and never rushed us. The food was fresh and delicious. Homemade pasta and sauces were authentic and very flavorful. We highly recommend the Bolognese. Gluten free pasta is available with most of the selections.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2017

    overall2food3service2ambience5

    I'm usually quite pleased with any of the Aquataine Group restaurants. And I have been going to them for over 10 years. They're always my go to in the city. I came home to visit and immediately knew I wanted to dine at one of my favorites. Both the food and service is usually exceptional. This time however was not my experience. I do the believe the people in my party who ate meat and fish found their meals enjoyable. If you're a vegetarian though, good luck. I guess their chef isn't capable of creating a meal just as delicious without the meat or fish. Too bad. One of our dishes was a pasta dish that requested everything but the clams. The server asked if I would like more vegetables. What I got, a dish of 1/2 pasta and 1/2 mushroom with butter. Last time I checked, mushrooms weren't a vegetable... The other vegetarian option was pretty much just as bland but had a little broccoli in it. The server...very nice. Very polite. Perhaps not the best memory though for a server. He couldn't remember much of anything but again was very kind. I'm disappointed I had one evening in the city to meet with friends and this was the outcome. Perhaps it was a fluke, I certainly hope so. It's 2017, vegetarian options are not a crazy request....if you put them on the menu, it might relieve the chef from having to try(I use that loosely) creating one right then and there. I hope my next trip back with one of their restaurants is better!

  40. f

    ftlaud

    New England

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Wanted to like mota. Stopped by because our preferred local Italian eatery Giacomos was closed. Our server was great. The place was empty on Labor Day. 4 of us shared 3 items. Pizza was ok not great. I did not like the consistency of the crust which seemed fried to me. Too much oil? Chicken parm was good but accompanying pasta needed salt and was overall bland. Homemade pasta with clams was good but also lacked salt and taste. The clams are so tiny as to have no impact on taste of dish. For this caliber of restaurant it would have been nice to have a few bottles of wine in the 25 to 35 $ range. Decor was contrived. Felt like a chain. Giacomos has better food and is a better value. Was expecting better from the group that owns this spot. Union was a lot better.

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La Motta's Italian Specialties is rated 4.4 stars by 212 OpenTable diners

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  • Cross street

    Waltham Street

  • Neighborhood

    South End

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Thursday-Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday, Sunday: 10:00am-3:00pm
    Bar: Sun-Wed:5-12am Thurs-Sat:5-1am

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet, street parking, free at 560 Harrison Avenue with validation from La Motta.

  • Public transit

    Silver Line at Union Park

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Justin Winters

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