Al Dente Restaurant

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian

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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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New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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.

HR
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.

DB
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.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic as always! Great friends weekend dinner.

C
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.

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

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

S
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!

RA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently outstanding

ST
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.

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

Food was excellent!

OT
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.

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

Great experience as always!

SL
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!

OT
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.

o
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

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent gluten free offerings. Impeccable service

CI
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.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

G
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!

OT
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
London
20 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! The best lobster ravioli! Wonderful conversation with the maître d' after dinner and they gave us complementary limoncello shots. Definitely a place to go if wanting an Italian meal in north Boston.

B
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place, great food and service. We have been here a few times and always good

JT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and even better service. Angela was professional and very accommodating. Can’t wait to go back!

LG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love going to Al Dente. The service is great, and the waitresses are always very friendly. The chicken parm is excellent!

MB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal meal with superior service!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. The staff was very attentive and friendly. Very enjoyable experience. The Pesto dish was awesome.

b
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little biased but love this joint...great service and food and I get her about 4 times a year. Love it.

D
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had a group of 6 for New Year’s Eve. We were at our table within 10 minutes of our reservation, which I think is great based on the night. Food was excellent as always, apps and dinner. Place is small and was packed to capacity so noise was louder than normal, again that’s expected. The only complaint was the waitress appeared to be little overwhelmed with the amount of people. There was some confusion with our order which she did fix, and our bill had a small discrepancy which we just worked out ourselves. Overall, considering the night, we were not rushed, food was awesome no one was disappointed with our experience even with the little hiccups.. would definitely go back and recommend to a friend.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

NYE dinner with a friend. Portions big,

L
New England
66 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love Al Dente! Also delicious and authentic. This is the first time we've taken our toddler to the North End, and it was a smashing success! Our server was so great and lovely to him, and we really enjoyed our meal and our time. thank you!

CN
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious food, especially the homemade pasta. Bread was not heated, and there was a cold draft at our table, because it was at the window near the door.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best food and friendly service. We never dine anywhere else in the North End. Michael and the wait staff are wonderful

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal and fabulous service. We will definitely be back!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and excellent service! Can’t wait to come back!

OT
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very classic North End Italian place. Nothing precious or too fancy. Tight space and quite loud -but food was delicious and ample. Service was quick. If you are looking for something that is basic and old fashioned where all the waitresses call you honey ... this is your spot.

C
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We dine at Al Dente every Christmas time. Their food is outstanding and I always order one of their signature dishes. Love ending the meal with complimentary limoncellos. Portion sizes are excellent!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was good but the service was a lil slow and very unenthusiastic about working, maybe it had to do with because they were so busy but overall I would definitely come back again

CE
New England
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going for 18 years and have taken friends, family, and now my wife and kids. It has never disappointed .. not once. A hidden gem in town. Can’t wait until next time!