Al Dente Restaurant

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
Snuggled in the heart of the world famous North End, Al Dente Restaurant lets you feast on a bountiful array of Italian specialties. The outstanding menu, featuring pasta, chicken, veal and seafood, highlights a spectrum of lavish Italian specialties that are sure to please discriminating palates. The open kitchen lets you in on the action behind the superb dishes, and you'll enjoy their lavish fare amid a cozy, casual setting.
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MarkF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

4 of us dined out and had a great evening. Lisa was our server and she was exceptional. No rush and we took our time. Appetizers and dinner was great. Restaurant is small so there will always be some energy and volume.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joanne was amazing! 10/10 would come back!

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CatherineH
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

They put us in a corner and I was sat face to face with a glade air freshener plugged into the wall. All I could smell was chemicals pointed at my face, not the food.
Food was ok, not the best, healthy portion sizes.
The waitress gave us the check right after we finished dinner, didn't ask if we wanted coffee or dessert. I thought that was a bit rude.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always grew at food. People complain about the atmosphere and service. It's the north end. Get use to it or go back to the olive garden

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jessicar
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect night in the north end!
Everything was delicious!!! The favorite was the scallop & shrimp dish on homemade fusilli with a vodka sauce, OMG!

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StephanieH
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing with huge portions for the price. Make a reservation! Waitress Joanna was friendly, kind and helpful. Everyone loved their meals and I would go back again.
We had lobster ravioli, spaghetti wjth meat sauce a meatball and and Italian sasuage, a dish with scallops in it and the caprese salad.

Downfall is
Super small place and tables are tightly packed.
No changing table in restroom for baby/toddler
Not very handicap accessible so as my child gets older I might not be able to take her here anymore

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JeniferL
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

LOVED our waitress. Food was delish. Had a reservation and they were able to take us early.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very good experience - I had been here once before and really enjoyed it. The arrabiata is amazing for anyone who loves spicy food!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely dinner at Al Dente! We were greeted at the door by name of the reservation and brought to a cute little table against the wall. The place was busy! But still extremely enjoyable. The food was outstanding!!! The service was great!

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JuliaB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Server was uninterested. We were sat at the table closest to the door and in the middle isle. So not only did we get the constant cold air and people coming in and out but also server butts rubbing on both sides of our table. Found a hair in the caprese salad. Shrimp and scallop a la vodka tasted like it was made yesterday and nuked. The gnocchi on the specials section had significantly more mushrooms than gnocchi and if I’m being nice maybe 2 sundried tomatoes. Will not return. Go to Beneventos.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time. My coworker and I were the only ones when we got there and we were greeted and sat down immediately. Our waitress was so sweet and helpful in giving us suggestions and being very attentive. She refilled our bread basket without being asked which, for a bread lover, sealed the deal for me. I just wish I asked for her name. Anyways, I got the carbonara and added chicken while my friend got the chicken parm and we both enjoyed our meals. The portions were huge. We both didn’t even get through half of our plates and we both starving when we got there. I would definitely come back again. Nice waitresses, great food, good vibes.

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Matthew
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our third visit to Al Dente and the food was incredible as always. Small crowded place with a fun environment. If you are looking for quality Italian food, then don’t hesitate to check this place out.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, service, and energetic environment!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great every time!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Requested for sausage and peppers appetizer (not listed on the menu) and it was overcooked. The rest of the meals were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing lunch with even better service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since I am Italian, I enjoy Aldente's tomato sauce very authentic.
Pasta cooked aldente! Just right.
Very much enjoy the waitress, reminds me of my Italian aunt!
Excellent service, we have been coming here for years.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Host at the door was very rude. The fresh pasta was thick and almost meaty in texture. The Al Dente Special is literally a crockpot of veal, chicken shrimp and pasta- it tasted completely unseasoned and its just not clear how something like that can come out of a professional kitchen. The staff was nice however and prices reasonable for North End. A disappointing attempt at a mom n pop italian joint.

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vipSher
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

We had a 8:30 reservation and we felt very rushed to leave. They should change the cut off time. Waitress was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The Gentleman “greeter” at the front door was a poor representation for this tiny restaurant. He was not friendly nor especially helpful and it tainted the experience from the moment we walked in.

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HannahR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made our reservations for 9pm and when we got there at 8:45pm, they hadn’t even taken in the 8pm reservations. We stood on the street for 30 minutes past our reservation before we gave up and left.
Never got to try to food or even make it in the door. I’m sure the place is fantastic but we were extremely disappointed with their lack of organization.

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DinaB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

It was Valentine's weekend. They were well overbooked even with a reservation we were stuck waiting outside in the cold for 45 mins before we were allowed in to be seated. Our waitress was great! The food was delicious and they give you complimentary Limoncello shots. We had a good time once we were seated and out of the cold.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic as always! Great friends weekend dinner.

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Charissa
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience every time we dine here. Angela V. was the best server we’ve probably ever had at an establishment. We even got the doorman’s name, Michael.. because he was such an friendly and personable guy. Very happy with our experience here.

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delicious
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service with large portions all at really good prices.

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vipShamus
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was just OK! Our waitress was excellent but the dishes were on an average par with other Italian restaurants we've been too!

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vipRobertA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently outstanding

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SweetTooth
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience5

The food was fine. The low rating is because of how rude the door man (the one who seats you) is. We had a reservation, and when I told him he said irritatedly “you are early. ” We were 10 minutes early and there were tons of empty tables. I said we don’t mind waiting. He then grunted and said come. He pushed through the door and didn’t hold it, and I almost got smacked in the face. It was extremely rude.
It’s really important to treat customers well, I hate this snobby attitude that some places have. We had no issue with our waitress.

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vipKCap
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My vendor/friend was in Boston on business and she let me pick where to have dinner. Al Dente did not disappoint! The pumpkin ravioli appetizer was surprisingly delicious. Our entrees were generous portions. The pasta was fresh and they have a great wine selection. Lots of seafood dishes came out while we were eating and I’d like to get the diavolo next time. Highly recommend! Great service.

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KevinT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience as always!

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SteveL
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the tenderloin Al Dente and it was the BEST!!! Portion was just rite not to big not to small. The people that work there are very pleasant and attractive to your every need. Menus makes it hard to choose from all the authentic Italian that just makes your mouth water 😀
Will definitely be back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Disappointed that the prices on the opentable menu do not reflect actual prices. We went on a Monday night and were some of the only people there.

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okaaay
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Celebrated two birthdays. Our table was crowded against the wait staff stand and just wasn’t cozy. Otherwise excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent gluten free offerings. Impeccable service

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CIndyS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience2

Fastest service ever and very gluten friendly for celiacs! No dessert here though and it’s quite noisy.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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Greg
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We arrived quite early, 45 minutes before our reservation on a busy Friday night. We were greeted by a friendly man, possibly the owner, who escorted us next door where we ordered a glass of wine at the bar of an associated establishment. At our reserved time he came over to bring us back to the restaurant which was buzzing and crowded. Tables were small and tightly spaced consistent with a small venue in the North end. We were provided good crusty bread, but with small packets of generic tasting butter, but when we asked for it olive oil with balsamic and parmesan were quickly provided. We had calamari as an appetizer, which was hot, tasty, and of generous quantity, actually too much for two people. Main course was pumpkin ravioli for my wife, and shrimp scampi with fresh pasta for me: Very tasty and light for both dishes. Overall, great food and good service at a pretty reasonable price. We will definitely return, but probably pass up the appetizer so we can do justice to the main course!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt like I was at home with my family. And all of the amazing Italian dishes. So happy I came here. What an amazing meal!

RB
vipRBKL
London
20 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Food is always hot and tastes delicious!

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Al Dente Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Al Dente Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 523-0990.

Al Dente Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 2621 OpenTable diners.

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