Mother Anna's

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$30 and under
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Italian
Four Generations of Fine Italian Cuisine! Boston’s historic North End is known for its many Italian restaurants. Over the last 80 years, many of these establishments have come and gone. None have stood the test of time quite like Mother Anna’s. Established in 1932, Mother Anna’s has passed through four generations of families. John Caparella, along with his three sons, have carried on the tradition that his grandmother started 79 years ago.

The last 20 years have brought on many changes in the North End. The number of restaurants have gone from the single digits, back in the early days, to close to a hundred. Also, the old Central Artery that had divided the North End for so many years, has since disappeared.

Mother Anna’s has now become the gateway to the North End. On a beautiful summer night, a table on the now famous patio gives customers a view of the Boston skyline that can only be experienced at Mother Anna’s. Mother Anna’s should not be missed!

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Come join us and ring in the New Year! Regular menu all evening, close at 10:00

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 710 People Are Saying
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FS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best little Italian place that we have tried. The baked ziti was incredible and so was the gnocchi. We will definitely be back and bring more people next time. Incredible food at a great price too.

JF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother Anna’s hosted my party of 20 people. The food was outstanding and the service was terrific. They were willing to handle multiple checks and the food preparation was exceptionally fast.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Accommodating our large group was no problem for the staff of Mother Anna’s. The food was great; the location, charming. Definitely would go there again.

LB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this place. The best Italian restaurant in the North End! The red sauce is amazing.

SS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service price value location, and our waitress was excellent always checking on us

AS
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was very good, there was 4 of us and everyone enjoyed their meals. Eggplant and veal parm was delicious!!

MB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was in Boston to visit my daughter, took her and her friends out for dinner here. I got the gnocchi Valaria, it was excellent. Large portions and a very friendly atmosphere. I would definitely go back there again.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Overall good experience!

FK
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Wasn’t too busy midday on a Saturday. Staff was ok. Food took quite a while to arrive with appetizers & main course delivered at the same time. Food was well prepared BUT everything was way over salted. Probably won’t go back.

SP
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch, ordered Veal and Eggplant parmigiana (very good, served with marinara, plenty of food, maybe a bit salty, served with side of linguine with marinara, also very good, but also a touch salty) and the chicken exquisito (excellent, exquisite like it's name, a chicken breast, lightly egg dipped with a marsala and brandy sauce, topped with mozzarella, really delicious, also served with linguine and red sauce, again pasta a bit salty). Despite slight saltiness of pasta, a really outstanding meal, and great value for lunch.

J
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in Boston- we heard this was a MUST go to spot for dinner. The food and service were top notch. The gnocchi was the best. Also get an order of meatballs for an appetizer.

KA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food came out very quickly and timely. The only thing that wasn't outstanding was the balsamic salad dressing. Veal marsala, shrimp marsala and lobster ravioli was divine

CV
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

All of the Italian restaurants in the area are smaller in size. They were able to accommodate our party of 10 with a reservation (plan ahead if you are a group). Our server was attentive and the food was excellent. The menu features many classic dishes that you cannot go wrong no matter which was you go. None of our party left hungry thanks to generous portions at a reasonable cost.

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I brought my three kids there to dine with my uncle who was traveling from out of state. We made the reservation on open table yet when we walked in the bartender/host audibly said “people think this is a kiddie playground.” They then proceeded to put us in the basement, which very much looks and smells like a basement. Our server was actually lovely so I was happy to have her but the food was awful. Even my kids who indiscriminately eat spaghetti-o’s found it tasted like a block of salt. I would gladly pay those prices for food if it is meh....but this didn’t even register on that scale. Lesson learned. Won’t be returning.

D
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was plentiful and good. The waitress had great recommendations. We would go back. A busy, hopping place.

L
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Average food but staff was very friendly and attentive. Not the best food in the north end but respectable.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

We arrived six minutes late tonight our table him and give them to another party. And then waited 40 minutes to be seated. Our meal was not very tasty. Would not go back.
There are too many excellent Italian restaurants in Boston to waste your time going here.

SC
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is a great place if you are looking for great Italian food at a reasonable price. The menu is that of classic offerings and the portions are substantial. Note, this is a very popular restaurant so it can be crowded and a bit loud if you are in the main dining area. It does seem quieter if you can secure a seat in the room with the windows on the right or in the dining area downstairs. One more thing, if you have mobility issues you should know the bathroom is downstairs and somewhat small which may not work for everyone. We will definitely go again.

BB
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner and everything was very good. I would recommend to others.

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We had a larger party and there were no bad meals or issues.

r
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding....very delicious and portions were great.

JH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great spot for a last minute reservation for a party of six on a Saturday. Good meal. Heavy pour of house wine. Friendly waiter, good service. No complaints. BEST eggplant rollatini I have had in the North End!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made an online rsvp and had to change it a couple times with no issues. Restaurant is easy to get to, validated parking at one garage, food was amazing, service and drinks good!!!

SD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside it was a beautiful night. Great free street music from across the street. Good with tasty huge portions great value for money

m
New England
81 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sat outside on a beautiful night. Waitress was prompt taking our orders. Food was very good - decent amount at a fair price, for the North End.

d
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

good basic italian food, rivals most north end restaurants. seating in the inside dinning room best. We were seated in the alcove area (not outside) and it was cramped and ruined the ambiance, despite a reservation. considering the options would not return unless guaranteed the dinning area. for the north end $$. bottles of wine high. we had multiple seafood and pasta/gnocchi dishes that were fine.

j
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food5service5ambience1

At 7:05 were greeted by the host who asked if we were still 6. We were and the restaurant was FULL. He told us it wouldn't be long. 15 minutes later we were led downstairs to a room with three long tables that also served as storage and bathrooms -- so the traffic was continuous. Food was good and service was very nice -- those girls work hard. The crowning glory was the drip that started toward the end of our meal -- looked up and there was a pipe that was wrapped in a towel, but the drip was continuous -- over my brother and his wife. I made the reservation more than two weeks prior. Perhaps the restaurant should honor reservations to be served upstairs. The restaurant was packed, but with a reservation made more than two weeks in advance, the leaking dungeon shouldn't have been an option the restaurant made -- we weren't asked if we wanted to wait longer for an upstairs table.

NR
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The Services was excellent despite the fact that they were slammed. We had a reservation and zero wait time. We'd have loved to have been seated outside - but were put in the basement. It was nice and quiet, but the ambiance was lacking. That was just a little disappointing. The food was good. The pasta was definitely the highlight.

JA
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated on the patio, and the staff was very friendly and accommodating to our group of 7. Although they don't have a kids menu, the server suggested some side pasta options that worked well. Portions are large, so come hungry!

OT
New England
33 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another great meal celebrating my husband’s birthday!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

3 couples got together fir great food and conversation. We had a fantastic experience. The food and service were fantastic

TF
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The pasta that my girlfriend and I got was amazing. I highly recommend.

FR
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service, convenient location, good value. Will definitely dine here again

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place. Food was amazing and the service was also excellent. Highly recommend for a group dinner or just a date night.

PC
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect. Best red sauce anywhere!

OT
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and atmosphere! Great value!

KR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always stop in and eat at Mother Anna’s when we are in town. It is always beyond amazing! From the minute you walk in the door- the staff is the friendliest group of people. The meals are delicious (esp the eggplant rollantini and chicken Parmesan). The desserts are also exceptional! Best Cannolis in the north end! Always more than exceptional!!!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I thought it was strange that our waiter, who was polite but clearly overwhelmed, had to make his own change from his own tips.

PC
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect. Best Italian food this side of Rome.

DL
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great small restaurant. Service was acceptable. Food was authentic and ample portions. Would go again if in Boston.