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About Mother Anna's

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!

211 hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:


Lunch & Dinner:

Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 11:30am 11:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Cross St. and Richmond St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 523-8496

Website:
http://www.motheranna.com/

Parking Details:
Parking Validation is available at Parcel 7 Garage:

Public Transit:
Congress St @ Hanover St (191, 192, 193)
Haymarket Station - Outbound (Orange Line)
Haymarket Station - Inbound (Orange Line)

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access

Mother Anna's Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (20)
Authentic (16)
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Good for a Date (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Fun (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Cozy (6)
Romantic (6)
Scenic View (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Business Meals (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
People Watching (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Waterfront (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

First visited in 1958. Much is still the same. Love the antipasto! Sorry spumoni was not available. Had not been back in many years, left Boston in 1969. Happy to find something I remember. My companion had to consider the menu at length, and we were not rushed. Enjoyed seeing and hearing a large fraternity group, which I'm told visits regularly. When visiting the ladies room downstairs, wondered what you do about handicap accessible to facilities. Thanks mother Anna's for still being there ☺

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Was seated in about 10 minutes so not bad. Bar is tiny!!! The food here is awesome. Service was very good. Only negative was we were seated in a basement room with no windows. Felt like a dungeon. From now on i will request table for main floor. Location is great too. Almost next door to modern pastry which was excellent for dessert.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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·Dined 5 days ago

great food and service.
reasonable prices
great specials
everyone in our group loved it

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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·Dined 7 days ago

This restaurant was recommended by a friend as we hadn’t been to the North End of Boston before. We went early to avoid crowds and the food was good. Salad was 90% lettuce (could have put more than 1 olive, 1 cuke slice & 1 tomato wedge). Bread was awesome but no pasta with parmigiana. View of Boston’s skyline was beautiful.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had a reservation for 7:15 on a Saturday. It was very crowded and the host staff seemed a bit overwhelmed. Other people with reservations ahead of us were also frustrated. Staying on the staff we got seated in the basement ( not a bad thing) at 7:30. The food and the wait staff were both GREAT!! And by the we left after 8 there was no wait and more relaxed upstairs. So definetly go but consider a bit off prime time! Enjoy!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Service was great the waitress remembered that we had been there in Aug and waited on us again. The food was very good and tasty. We did not have to wait for a table. Even meet the manager Fabio who was great and could not do enough for our party of 4. All the meals were hot and tasty and plenty of food for the meal and the next nights dinner. We will be back again when in the Boston area. Thanks for a great dining experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Casual, comfortable, excellent Italian menu, terrific location, reasonable prices, and good service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Authentic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was good however, we were seated in a side room next to the front door which was very noisy. Wait staff was excellent and food was very good. Food was hot when brought to our table.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Waitress wad incredibly patient and friendly with our large group, including 2 babies.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent service. Delicious Italian food but excellent quality.

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Fun, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The most amazing Italian food I have ever had! I had the gnocci with seafood and it was incredible. We had a large group and although it was a small space they were able to accommodate, which was greatly appreciated.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent service. Food was decent

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Admittedly, it was a busy Saturday night crowd, but there was no room at the entrance for more than one party waiting to be seated and there were about four groups jammed in front of us all waiting. The hostess did not show for several minutes and we were not seated for our 7:15 reservation until about 25 minutes later than that. Our table was in the back - had to walk through the kitchen to get to it.

The food was OK at best - expected better. Service was mediocre. Ordered a bottle of wine and it did not come until after our meal had been served and we had to ask what happened to our wine - we were half finished with our meal when the wine arrived. Salad was served with no balsamic or oil and had to ask for those to be brought to the table. Waiter was friendly but not very effective.

With so many good Italian Restaurants in the area, our next trip to Boston we will try somewhere else.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great authentic Italian!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Mother Anna's has the sauce. If you want to feel like you are eating authentic Italian food like your grandmother made, this is the place. The sauce is what makes everything taste so great - whether is is on shrimp, chicken or eggplant. We have been coming here for years, and though our kids are now teens, they still love it. We do too.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

This place was a disgrace. Surprised to get a reservation on open table since it was last minute for a Saturday night reservation. All the other restaurants on Hanover Street could not take me until 9:30. They took my 8:00 reservation. The problem is that did not honor it. I was with my senior citizen parents (who had to stand for close to an hour) and diabetic husband. The hostess was completely unapologetic and did nothing to help the situation (she should have offered some bread or a drink especially for my diabetic husband - I told her that his blood sugar was getting low because he waited to long to eat). Instead the hostess just insulted her customers for sitting too long and being unpleasant. After we started to complain, the wait staff was so overloaded and angry that they said we should just leave the restaurant. I have never experienced anything like this in my life. This is a definite NO. Especially knowing that these people openly talk nasty about their customers while they are patronizing their restaurant. Horrible!!!!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always reliable. Good basic Italian spot. Never disappoints.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Went here for my birthday and had a blast! Perfect little spot to celebrate close to the bars. Bonus... such a gorgeous view of the city lights!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Busy night. Busier than they expected so things were slow. Very large servings. The sauces were very good - lots of flavor. The pasta was disappointing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Service was beyond slow, took almost 25 minutes to even get a drink order taken and then another 15 minutes before drinks arrived. food was good, but overall we had to ask multiple times for anything before we received it. not sure if they were short on staff or just don't manage their seating and staffing well, but it was beyond painful waiting for initial service and then any follow up took far too long as well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Very comfortable and casual place with simply prepared food. The entrees are delicious (esp. chicken marsala, veal roberto, and pollo venezio) and come with a side of pasta with simple house marinara or salad so the portions are big although they say it's not family-style. The side pasta can be a bit bland.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Front entrance is super crowded. We had a reservation for 6:45pm and were not seated until after 7. The hostess didn't even acknowledge our presence or those of other folks with reservations. Seemed really unorganized. Other than that we were please with service and food. Both were outstanding.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great staff, wonderful food for family and friends’ dinner.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Really yummy food and super service. We really enjoyed the relaxed non rush atmosphere

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Restaurant appears to be runned down and not well maintained. I understand it is an old building but not very clean. Bathrooms were terrible. Food was good. But environment poor.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great food. Great service. Worth the drive. Dined before concert at the garden.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Excellent food, big portions. The Linguine with Littlenecks was especially good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our wait staff seemed unhappy, although informative about the menu. The chef refused to make any menu accommodations for dietary requests, very disappointing. Will not return.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on September 4, 2017

excellent server very knowledgeable food all wonderful great antipasto plate scallops lasagna and pasta super definitely would go back

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Good food ambience was Ok

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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We went during st.Anthony's feast in the end of the summer. They're old school so making a reservation 30 minutes before you show up puts you at the front of the line but we still waited 45 minutes. Food TOTALLY worth it. Really liked it.

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

I was visiting Boston with my wife and 13 year old daughter. We were looking for good Italian food in the North End without having to dress up after a long day of sight seeing. Mother Anna's fit the bill. We sat on the outside patio and people watched. The Eggplant Rollatini was excellent. Great red sauce as well.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Really great food, wonderful outside seating and our waitress (I wish we would have gotten her name) was maybe the best server I've ever had!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

My family of 10 had a great time. Great food, great vibe. Fun was had by all.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Wasn't anything special. In a sea of Italian food, this isn't worth the trip.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2017

love the restaurant, location, and the food. it's always consistent.

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Was not impressed with the food at all. All three of our plates were oily and buttery and just overall nasty. I would try going somewhere else

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great experience, food was great, service was good, and very accommodating. We asked for seating for 12 outside and they gave us a wait time of 5-10 min and set up extra tables and chairs just for us. Great views of the city and perfect spot. Would recommend to anyone

Tags: Kid-friendly, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Just awful. Started with bad bread. Food was absolutely terrible. From the cheap silverware and glassware, to very limited wine list. We we're very sorry that we wasted one of our two nights in Boston on such a low class experience. It was suggested by a friend. I should have trusted my instincts and turned around and left immediately. With so many other choices, stratch this one off your list.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Great service, great prices. hearty portions of good old school Italian dishes.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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