Al Dente Restaurant

4.6
2653 Reviews
$30 and under
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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vipmikes
New England
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Angela, the server was incredible as was the food!!!

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vipAnneN
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

This was the first night of Boston being all open and I think maybe the kitchen was overwhelmed. Food wasn't as good as in the past. Willing to give them the benefit of the doubt first night with everyone inside and full!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We return often for a great tasting meal every time!! Make a reservation!!

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DaphneN
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Pasta was bland.

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Mellieduck
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was outstanding. Service was wonderful. Eating at 8PM outside with no heaters was miserable.

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Matt
16 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is outstanding the atmosphere is a bit to be desired. Angela our waitress was top notch we enjoyed her sitting with us and talking History. We live 30 mins outside of Boston and don’t know everything about the north end so it was great that we learned something while eating a fantastic meal.
Definitely will visit again!

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Bumblebee
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating everyone in family being completely vaccinated against Covid!

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vipSueB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was great and the portions were generous. It was a lovely lunch on the outdoor "patio".

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LindaL
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't say enough about Al Dente! Love everything about it. The food is unbelievable. The only restaurant I go to in the North End.

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vipAllisonD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Food was really tasty! Welcome was not so great. We arrived at 6:38 for our 6:45 outdoor reservation and the host was grumpy that we were late for our 6:30 indoor reservation. When I showed our confirmation email, he said that they don't do reservations on the quarter hour and that open table made a mistake. Either way Al Dente or Open table need to sort out the miscommunication. We wound up eating inside and the food was very yummy! Just not a great start to our first indoor dining experience since the pandemic.

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AnnetteP
New England
19 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Love that they validate parking. Will definitely return.

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Linda
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back. Delicious food and great service with precautions in place.

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Love2DineOut
New England
41 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hopped down to Boston for a night out. We made reservations at Al Dente for dinner. It's a quaint spot in North End that reminded us of some of our favorite spots on our last trip to Italy. It looks like the whole family is working there, even Nana. The service is great and portions are large. People Are friendly and happy, and the music selection was fantastic.
We started with caprese salad which was fresh and delicious. The mozzarella was so creamy and rich.
Hubby had linguine with clams for dinner and it was absolutely perfect. Pasta was al dente in a light white wine sauce. I had the veal valentino and oh my gosh!! Tender veal, mozzarella, mushrooms, roasted red peppers in a pink sauce. So delicious! We had a beautiful Sangiovese wine with dinner. I will be happy when the Covid partitions come down, but I understand the current need in such a small place. We will definitely be back.

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Alyssa
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the servers were quick and kind - we will be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The food is to die for.

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vippb100392
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Service was fantastic! Appetizer of fried calamari was just average. Grilled fig salad was delicious and main entree of sausage and broccoli rabe was amazing!!

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vipbruins4eva
New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal,as always. Favorite place to eat . Highly recommend

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RobfromNE
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a covid lunch with family - a first in a year. The food was all excellent. Linguine with clams was perfectly al dente - rate in my experience. And despite the great food, the waitress was even better. Bravo al denta!!

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vipBrianS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was a very nice dinner out for our family. The food was very good, and the service was great. Angela was fun and a really good server!!! It was tight in there but it is listed as a small place. Everyone enjoyed their dinners and cocktails!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Atmosphere

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AnnetteP
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch and was seated right away. The feed here is delicious. Made to order. We had bread to start with butter. I had the gnocchi al dente and my husband had linguini Alfredo with chicken.

Our server was very attentive and answered any questions we had. There was enough food to take some home. We finished the meal with a shot of limoncello. I loved it. Would return.

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MichelleB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Gnocchi was the bomb! Huge portions and very fresh. Can't wait to return...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best. Lovely time as always!

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Brendan
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and amazing food. Would definitely reccomend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can’t beat this place for food and service. It’s old North Emd. We came back to Boston from Charlotte for the week and this was a must visit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Ang as our server and she was phenomenal. Made us feel right at home. Our glasses were always full and she made sure we were taken care of the entire time. Thank you Ang!!

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Lexy
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al Dente exceeded my expectations. The food was delicious and the portion sizes were big. The staff made you feel at home, and they took great measures for coronavirus. Will definitely return for some good Italian food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Felt like we were on a date with the other table because they were connected, barely any table space.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Bday party had to wait for 40 min

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kelseyk
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing and our server was great. Portions are massive!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely amazing experience. best pasta i have ever had!!!

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MarkF
New England
6 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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RyanK
New England
3 reviews
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
10 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
5 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
New England
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!

FAQs

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 2653 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.