Mother Anna's

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$30 and under
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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!

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vipACB1122
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Mother Anna's is a North end staple. Their red-sauce is a must-try!

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MilesH
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Door was open almost the entire time so there was a wind draft often.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was some of the best italian food I've had.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic!

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vipTesttaccio
Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always incredible. Fresh seafood and amazingly rich red sauce.

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AmyD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food and overall ambiance was incredible as always.. but we unfortunately found our server to be very in-personable.

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LisaG
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic and affordable North End restaurant. Always love it here.

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jeanM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent-- food was fantastic and service very friendly--- highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food was amazing! Great portions for a great price. Service was poor. Waited awhile with empty drinks, and waited for awhile for our check. The bussers however was very prompt with cleaning our table.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food!

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vipTiki
New England
43 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was just OK. I have eaten at lots of restaurants in the North End, and this place was not my favorite. The services was good and the location was great.

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wellfedbob
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience. From the beginning the restaurant staff went out their way. The food was outstanding as well. I would highly recommend this restaurant

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KathyD
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were a party of 6 (2 adults, 4 teens) New Years night. We arrived 15 minutes early but were promptly greeted and our table was ready. We were greeted by friendly hostess we were quickly provided water, bread and drinks. Menu was in English so we didn’t have to figure out Italian. Sorry but sometimes you just want read what you are eating. Food came fast, hot and was really delicious. We have both picky and non picky eaters and the menu served all of us really well: simple to the gourmet. Staff joked with us and added to our table fun. The only “con” would be the downstairs bathroom; it needs an upgrade. I would definitely go back though. They have an outdoor patio for warmer weather and I will look forward to sitting outside

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CatherineC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family loves Mother Anna’s. When we plan to go in to Boston, we almost always plan to eat there. They are dependably delicious. I have a hard time trying new things on the menu because I love the chicken and eggplant parmigiana so much, but my family has tried different things and they have been pleased with all of them.

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HarryN
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Right on the edge of the true North End, probably gets a walk-in crowd, but families too. A welcome respite from pricier N. End places & portions were generous. But the food was just ok — over salted and lacking inspiration.

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vipSallyJ
New England
61 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our waitress was third generation at mother Anna’s and very nice. Food was delicious traditional Italian.

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MauraB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Seated promptly, everyone in our party enjoyed their meals. Friendly owners, great wait staff. Thanks!

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SteveM
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as always! Service was excellent too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Chose this one based on a recommendation of a North End local. She said they have THE best red sauce and she was right about that! I’m a very picky red sauce eater and this was one of the best I’ve tasted. The main courses were delicious, baked manicotti and a pink cream sauce seafood special. The antipasto left something to be desired but they’re homemade house dressing was really good. The place is clean and the service was good. Will definitely be back!

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RichardS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been eating in the North End for decades and this was my first time at Mother Anna's but it definitely won't be my last. The food was amazing, the service was great. The bartender was spot on! Highly recommend checking this place out. Start with the calamari, it was out of this world good!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Great service.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

To keep it short on why you shouldn’t go here, the pasta was overcooked and yet cold as if it had been made days earlier and then heated up in a microwave. Pasta isn’t that hard to get right but this place leads me to believe it’s a challenge for some restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table was waiting for us. Prices were good. Portions were large and food was tasty.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The food was good, but they had weird rules and fees. $10 added to splitting meals and each person had to have a minimum of $14. None of this was specified on their website prior to booking the reservation.

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GinaF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice team, great service. One piece of advice for waitress, need to space out time. Retrenchment soup , salad and dinner entree, I had my salad for a few minutes, and soup and entree was brought out tooo quickly, wasngg Th even partially finished.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food, excellent service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome anniversary dinner !

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PAULT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

No occasion. A longtime staple of the North End. Whenever visiting North End, Mother Anna is always a consideration. Great value and usually easier to get reservations than most. Never had a bad experience there.

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FrancieS
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
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.

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JoeF
New England
6 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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LynnB
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.

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ScottS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AnthonyS
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
MaryB
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.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Overall good experience!

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FoodieKitty
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.

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SPfromTX
Houston
8 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.

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vipJess
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.

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KARENH
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

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