Mother Anna's

4.3
917 Reviews
$30 and under
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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 917 people are saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CarW
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience4

We had to ask for everything from menus to drinks to the check. Waited 1 hour for drinks. They were not equipped to handle a post-covid crowd. Food was decent but overshadowed by the lack of service.

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vipHoustonTom
Houston
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience2

5 generations running this restaurant, due for some upgrades. Menu a little limited when comparing to all the completion around them.

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jessbuck
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience2

when we arrived hostess was not paying attention and we were waiting outside for a while before she frantically came over and said she forgot to seat us. when we finally were seated we weren’t served or even attended to whatsoever for 30 minutes before we flagged down a waitress who was apologetic and helped us. food was delicious but clearly this restaurant needs more employees/some help.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food. Just very tight seating. Service was great too!

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JeffreyT
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal with an ambiance that we enjoy. This is what keeps us coming back again and again.

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MarkS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great dinner when meeting up with family! Service was outstanding and gods was delicious as well as hot when it was served especially on a busy night.

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vipAmyB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst experience in the north end. Food was terrible, place was dirty and no air conditioning in the disgusting side room they put us in. Absolutely awful and embarrassing that we took our out of state guests here. So disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was fantastic. It started to rain and they needed to bring outside people inside and get to didn’t affect how smoothly the house ran. Everyone was friendly and delightful and I could tell how much the owner/manager cares and was respected.

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Food
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Mother Anna's is an old school southern italian restaurant. The food arrived hot and well made with tasty sauce and spices. My eggplant was sliced thin and covered in fresh tomato sauce. My wife had equally tasty brown sauce for her chicken marsala. All this with good service and good wine. We highly recommend Mother Anna.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there for my birthday….I did go there many years ago and got the same meal.

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MelP
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and whenever we're here, we always come back!

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gator7jax
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic. Delicious food. Lovely outdoor seating. Wonderful servers. Really enjoyed our North End experience.

JB
JonathanB
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. I cannot wait to go back!

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HarryG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for outdoor dining with skyline view and great food

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vipMags
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Mother Anna’s was so accommodating after our other dining option fell through. They were so welcoming and I wish we initially just chose to dine there. The food was amazing - chicken Marsala where the chicken was so tender and tasty. The rest of my party enjoyed their meals as well. Service was top notch without being being patronizing - these were just nice people. Thank you for the dinner. We will be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

They forgot my order, then used casual conversation to see what I ordered after a long wait, and never apply. My side dish came first and the entree came out much later. A lot of waiting for service, and they still never refilled my water glass.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food. The only downside was having to point to the menu to show the waiter what I wanted because she couldn’t understand me saying mozzarella and manicotti as someone with an Italian heritage would. Not what I’d expect in Mothrr Anna’s in Boston’s north end.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I’ve been here before with a party of 11 and had no problem. However this time, I went with my boyfriend for dinner. We waited 40 minutes before even seeing our waitress. Once she finally came over to us, we ordered a bottle of wine. It took another 30 minutes to get the bottle. We wait an hour and 10 minutes before we were served a drink. Once our food came, it was very good, but the service was extremely poor. It wasn’t even that busy. Lots of empty tables. Not sure what was going on but very disappointed with this experience.

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ChristineG
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We arrived early and they happily seated us. The waitress was very busy but still managed to take care of our large family. Loved the people watching patio seating! Will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was traditional old-school Italian food at its finest. The place is a little loud, a little crowded, but excellent service , oversized portions enough for two or take home, Very flavorful. Many options. Highly recommend it. While it’s loud, you could hear yourself talk.

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BobC
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good with friendly staff, large portions and reasonable prices

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience with excellent food! Great place to get good authentic Italian food!

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Cerise
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food is always excellent, I particularly love their creamy italian dressing and usually get it to take home when I can. I ordered the chicken parmesan for lunch and my husband had the lasagna, both of which were very good. My portion size was huge and I couldn't finish it all. I wish I could have taken a doggy bag, but we were going to the game. I always look forward to dining at Mother Anna's when I am in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner after a day of touring in Boston. We had a party of 11 and every single dish was fantastic!! The service was outstanding as well! Highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

They were understaffed, and the owner kept seating more walk inside forcing terrible and slow service. Table next to use took an hour to pay the bill. We didn’t receive our food until 90 minutes after sitting down, and the sides were forgotten. Chaos and obscene mismanagement

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KateG
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner on the patio. There was a lovely breeze. The setback was excellent and food was as advertised. Gluten-free options were available too.

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RichardB
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food,moderately priced. Wonderful atmosphere. We had a great evening.

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RosannD
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Night!!! My daughter was home from LA and we needed to meet up with friends and family that could not come to the Cape. Mother Anna’s was able to accommodate our party of 15, fairly last minute. Gabby was our server, she did an excellent job handling a large group. Cheers to the bartender who kept up with our librations going. There were a couple of other large parties in the restaurant, we were all bantering and laughing through the evening. Great might was had by all!!!

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vipDeana
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

No frills Italian restaurant. Thought it would be more authentic (I'm 100% Italian American). My husband loved the chicken parm. I had fettuccine with 1 meatball and 1 sausage - it was very good but the marinara could have been better.

Out waitresses was excellent!

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StevenA
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious; the service was fine, and the portions were large. This is a great value for dining on a budget.

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MarleneM
New England
16 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great time sitting on the patio. Food was wonderful as usual.

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vipWilliamC
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Service, below average.

RL
RickL
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening with a group of friends; great food, wine and atmosphere

MC
MandaC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

So disappointed in this place. We were sat and then no one even came to take a drink order for over 20 minutes. The food tasted like it was all frozen. The drinks were bland. I was hoping for authentic Italian in the north end and this just wasn’t it. There were many more restaurants that I wish we had tried over this place.

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vipPaulaC
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

food was disappointing, doesn't seem authentic Italian to me

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vipTimD
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was outstanding. I haven’t had Italian food this good in several years. Also, everything is very reasonably priced. If you are in the North End make sure you try it out!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in the North End.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very accommodating on a rainy night when ALL of the outdoor tables had to be empty. Good traditional food with lively hosts - service not particularly friendly but did the job just fine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

it was fantastic

FAQs

Mother Anna's does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Mother Anna's is rated 4.3 stars by 917 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.