Mother Anna's

4.3
981 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 981 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall2food2service4ambience1

we were the only people in the restaurant. the pasta was cold and tasted bad. lobster ravioli was okay. only good thing was the sangria. ordered chicken marsala, it was more like honey with chicken. dont come here

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OpenTable Diner
New England
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was amazing !

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StephW
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was delicious. Our waiter Tommy was very attentive and helpful. We ate way too much food.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!! Never disappoints!! Food spot on!! Staff extremely nice !!!

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michj
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was tasty and very big portions! One of my better North End dining experiences. Decent prices too!

CP
CsProf
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They handled a group of 10 remarkably well. The wait staff were friendly and helpful when it came time to order. Thank you for letting us come early to get in out of the cold!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Food was delicious

JB
JenniferB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, an excellent meal at Mother Anna’s…chicken marsala was perfect and my daughter got the steak and it was perfectly cooked as well. Great rum punch too!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and food was excellent

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vipDawnL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was very quiet during lunch which was nice because we were able to catch up and talk. The food was amazing. It was my first time there and I will definitely go back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent! The red sauce is amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Mother Anna's is a Hanover St, North End classic. It's been there for as long as I can remember.

The service was on point - everyone attentive and helpful! The food is meh and frankly, disappointing. But. You can say you've eaten at Mother Anna's.

Less for locals who know better, more for the tourists who need an easy North End experience.

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JaniceG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Mother Anna’s for years and never disappointed

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AlC1
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Ok for a night out. Good location in the North End. Food was good, service was great.

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vipGetbubbly
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience1

Some of the food was overcooked and in other instances drenched with oils or sauces to cover the overcooking. There were little flies just around us the entire time. The carpet was just so bad and not well maintained. But the bright side was the service staff was very friendly and tried their best. This place needs a renovation at least.

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BradM
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I took friends there before the Bruins game and it was their first time...you didn't disappoint! Great as usual :)

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were wonderful! The apps, meals, drinks and desserts were delicious! Great authentic atmosphere! Will definitely go back!

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SarahS
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall1food5service3ambience1

Fruit flies flying around while we ate.

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Rose
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service, food came out quickly, very reasonably priced. Loved it!

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vipChrissyR
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town for a swim meet, great meal !

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ronl
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinning experiance. Great food, staff was top notch

RM
RicardoM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Teodore steak was good, peppers and onions on point!
Server was kind and professional!

BC
BrianC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The. whole experience was awesome and the food was even better. Great atmosphere. Our waitress was very good and guided us to make the best decisions. The Wedding soup was phenomenal.

GT
GlobalTraveler
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The wait staff was not particularly attentive, although we were by far the largest party in the restaurant. The food was just okay.

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karenb
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation for 11 people and then added 3 more gusts at the last minute- the staff were very accommodating and made our special occasion extra special!

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heyjude
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian cooking. Eggplant Rollatini was perfection!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely Delicious!!! Hannah our waitress was lovely she recommended a great Chicken dish. If you are looking for a Good Old Fashion Family Generational Italian dining experience this is it!

DL
DeniseL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

At 7:30 they ran out of bread!!!!!The red sauce was good but the veal was a bit tough. We sat at a table next to the bar and when we got a beer and asked for a glass, the waiter dashed off saying he had to get someone's meal out. Note- we sat 2 steps from the bar.

JJ
JoJo
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there with a group of former co-workers. Food was delicious and plentiful for lunch. Drinks were good. Service was excellent and friendly. I would go back.

BB
vipBigB
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Wish portable heaters were available as we ate outside

RR
RhodaR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The only negative comment is there was a lot of fruit flies flying around.

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vipDinner
New England
96 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful out door area. Excellent service. Food was god

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annio
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food! Service was speedy; almost too fast as we had not finished our appetizer when salad arrived and then dinner right after. Lobster risotto was awesome! Creamy and chunks of lobster. Lobster ravioli was also very good as was the calamari apps. Lovely evening outside!

JW
vipJohnW
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Seated quickly. Service was slow. Food was good, just long wait time to get anything.

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Mike
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

food was outstanding - loved the outdoor dining experience

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Boston marathon
Only bad thing we were downstairs and my husband sat by a door the employees had to keep getting into .. so he had to keep getting up ...

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vipChrissyR
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took my daughter and her roommate to Mother Anna’s last night. They go to BC. The food was excellent. Chloe our sever was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Service was not great. An Italian restaurant should have grated cheese ready. Things were forgotten multiple times We had to ask 3 times. and then we opened the cover of the cheese and the aluminum inside was All rusted with pieces of rust in the cheese.

CB
CrissyB
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebration for my mans birthday ! We had a wonderful meal and our waiter Calvin was fabulous ! He went out of his way to make sure our little
Celebratory dinner was special . We were not rushed at all and he took care to make sure we were happy. The portions were enough for us to bring home for another meal! However , the antipasto salad was out of this world! My favorite ! Calvin was sure to bring the birthday boy some cake and a cannoli for his special day and that was “the icing on the cake “ so to speak!
We will be back …. A LOT !

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Boston Italian experience. I’m this place was recommended to us by a local and did not disappoint. Would recommend

FAQs

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

Mother Anna's is rated 4.3 stars by 981 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.