Aqua Pazza

4.6
145 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Oyster bar & Italian Kitchen
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Italian, Oyster Bar
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Hours of operation
Monday closed
Tues-Thurs 4pm-10:30pm
Friday/Saturday 4pm-11pm
Sunday 4pm-9pm
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(857) 350-3105
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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may also valet with us at Bricco 241 Hanover st.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 145 People Are Saying
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GM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant with a very nice atmosphere. Very comfortable and clean and is a modern day take on nice Italian North End dining. Food is exceptional. I was super hungry so the only not 100% positive comment would be the pasta dishes could be a bit larger. Other than that and it’s not a big deal, the place gets 5 stars all around. Forgot to mention they have a bunch of different unique beers. The owner, a nice young guy, came and talked with us for a while and has a passion which is great to see.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small charming addition to the North End culinary scene. Not for those seeking meatballs and red sauce dining. Missed opportunity not to feature Italian music.

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JM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Grand dining room features contemporary Italian food, with an exceptional wine selection. You must try the coconut tiramisu.

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New England
171 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We really enjoyed everything! We didn't know when we booked that it is the old Mare space but we love that place and it's the same owners. Everything is really fresh and they strive to make it right! If I had to nitpick I'd say the entree portion sizes are just a little too small and the server was slightly scatterbrained but that is just nitpick, everything really was great :-)

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Chef and owner called on day to discuss dietary questions. That attention to detail carried through the entire meal. Everything fresh. Unique flavor blends. Not your typical marinara smothered Italian meal. Great cocktails. Chef very involved to the end. On our list now of top Boston restaurants.

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RF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

My husband and I had dinner here with friends. The pasta was homemade and excellent. We ordered whole sea bass- amazing. Service was okay. Wine list was limited but passes. We enjoyed the evening thoroughly.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10/10 would recommend to a friend.

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JD
New England
32 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love that most of the menu is gluten free. They use rice flour is some if not all fried items and the risotto is dairy free. They also have gluten free pasta available. The service and was good was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Would definitely recommend this restaurant if you have time to spend, like wine (they do not have a full bar) and want to enjoy some beautifully imaged food.

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BP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night with my wife! Food was outstanding. We had the orata, bolognese, and the zucchini trio. They were delicious. Cocktails were unique and well-crafted. Key lime dessert was a great finish. Service was excellent and friendly!

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d
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

AquaPazza is charming and intimate dining and the food is several notches above the majority of North End restaurants. It’s a little gem.

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JW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic. The infused olive oil was out of this world. GET THE BURGER. Fantastic fresh seafood as well

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m
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A favorite spot in the North End. Quirky and fun, great food, interesting cocktails...I return every year when I am in Boston.

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EW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous. Brought foodie friends who had never been to Boston and they were extremely impressed. The space is small (but not jammed) so a reservation is a must. Staff were extremely friendly, helpful and patient. One friend has an odd allergy. The owner, who also crafted all dishes, came to the table to discuss the menu and show her everything that would be ok. Everything we had -- seafood, meat and vegetarian; starter, primo, secondi and dessert -- was delicious. If it's available, definitely order the key lime tart. A full meal will be expensive (extremely expensive if alcohol is ordered). But, Aqua Pazza is, without question, worth the splurge. Looking forward to dining there again!

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c
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat at this local neighborhood gem whenever visiting our daughter in Boston. Always good service, good food and hip vibe.

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BB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great North End option if you are looking for gluten free, vegan, dairy allergies.

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I have been there three times for sooner in the last year. First time one year ago was very good, unfortunately the quality of food had substantially decreased. Ask for aspresso, the machine was broken 🙄

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DW
New England
136 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We were quite happy with MOST of our food last night, but sadly had one major complaint. The Bolognese was not a normal bolognese, and that was most disappointing! It was not a tomato red sauce but a white cheese sauce, which was not at all what we wanted. The scallop dish was delicious, as was the octopus appetizer was also great; both had a beautiful presentation as well. Crab cakes were quite small, but tasty. We had a nice pinot grigio which wasn't expensive. In fact the prices on the whole were very reasonable. Really too bad the waitress, who raved about ALL the food, didn't share the unusual preparation of the bolognese.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haves lived in the nNorthend for over 18 years. This neighborhood is full of awesome restaurants. Living in a neighborhood of great food is amazing but this is my favorite restaurant. The food is fresh, incredibly well prepared dining fantasy. Every dish scallops, Waygu burger, sea food risotto or the incredible grilled Black Sea bass. This is cuisine you will dream about. All this happens before dessert which is equally incredible. Please try The tiramisu challenges the any presentation ever imagined. Don’t stop there try the refreshing key line pie and and berry shortcake. All. Magnificent. If you
Make the trip to the Northend stopat Aquaazza for dinner. Paul
Revere’s house is three doors down so you
Can enjoy a little history before you dine at Aqua Pazza who writing modern day cuisine. Come

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AL
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Second visit to Aqua Pazza and the restaurant is reliably good. I would have liked them to comp a birthday dessert since we were 5 people eating dinner and multiple appetizers and we were celebrating a birthday.

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B
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent. Fresh, fresh, fresh seafood, beautifully prepared. I've been a regular since they opened and every time I recommend it to someone, they love it as well. The corner location, with the windows open is lovely. Our servers let my friend and I linger for quite a while after we finished eating, which I appreciated. One of my favorite restaurants in Boston.

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AC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time to Aqua Pazza and both the food and services were once again amazing. This is one of our top favorite places to eat in all of Boston. First time we were walk ins and sat at the bar and it was so good we've been dreaming of going back. Now a year later, Aqua Pazza still impresses! We brought friends and made a reservation and it was still just as noteoworthy. We plan to make a habit of visiting every couple months! LOVE!

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f
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite north end spot! Great food. Wonderful drinks.

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LG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb seafood, both fresh and creative. Local vegetables. Also excellent pastas. You could make a banquet of their appetizers. Fantastic service. My favorite in the north end. Take people there whenever I have the excuse.

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c
New England
51 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience - from the amazing apps: zucchini three ways, bursts, smoked salmon bruschetta; to dessert: amazing key lime tart w earl grey whipped cream. Our server Patrick was the absolute BEST. Thank you for making our dinner at Aqua Pazza a memorable evening.

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A
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped for dinner after a show. An adorable and lively corner restaurant. I had the scallops and my husband had a pasta dish. Both were excellent. Cocktails are superb and creative. Everything was so fresh. Looking forward to another visit.

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S
Cambridge
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great. The dishes are light but very tasty.

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b
New England
30 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It is a great location and a well-designed space, so it's a pleasure to sit in the space and look at the people walking down North and Richmond streets. We were four, and the best dish was a Branzino - with very bitter (this is good) broccoli rabe. I had the crab carabonara, and I couldn't find much crab in it, although a lot of that italian bacon. The service was strange - as there seemed to be plenty of service staff, yet service was surprisingly lethargic. A very nice waiter but we were always waiting a little bit for food / drink, etc.

Maybe it was an off night ....

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SC
New England
21 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect—especially the food—and we can’t wait to return!

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and the wine selection recommended by Michael was absolutely delicious. 5 star experience and we will be back!

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food; clean and elegant ambiance, not a bit pretentious; friendly, approachable service; a real gem in the North End. We were seated by an open window- a light breeze cooling us off.
Two of us had the tuna crudo - flavors and textures were incredible in such unexpected combination - black garlic purée has some sweetness, rich, smooth, a ‭little heat from finely sliced chili pepper, nice crunch of pickled watermelon rind, and the super fresh fish
Crispy smelts, very light crunch and two dipping sauces
Orata- very light dish, perfect for summer, crispy skin, so moist it melts on your tongue
And the so highly recommend Aqua Pazza branzino. This is a whole fish braised in very delicious wine and lemon sauce. It is surprisingly easy to eat, it falls off the bones and is fantastic
Easily the best dinner we’ve had in Boston!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has restored my faith in the North End. Started with amazing Gavi wine and a fantastic Spuma alla Pesca (sparkling rosè with white peach foam). Began the meal with amazingly curated oysters. We originally only ordered 9 but got 6 more bc we were so happy with the quality. We also had the zucchini trio with zucchini flowers that were spectacular. Our meals were the pomodoro, which tasted exactly like my grandmothers, a risotto with delicate scallops and shrimp, and a vongole with Manila clams so tender. We tried all the desserts and can not even describe how great they were bc we have reached the food coma stage of the day. Our waitress was so knowledgeable and enjoyable. We even met the owner and chef bc we were so overwhelmed with the quality of the meal and the drinks and really everything.

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KK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian food just a block from the hustle bustle of Hanover Street. The risotto was expertly prepared and delicious! My husband loved his branzino. It was so much quieter than Hanover St with better food-we went back during our stay we liked it so much

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Extremely understaffed with no restaurant manager on duty.

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KD
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing. The burrata with tomato jam is one of the best things on the menu, and the oysters were delicious! The place is small but still feels very open and is extremely cute. This place would be great for a first date or dinner for a special occasion. The price is reasonable, but it can definitely add up quickly depending on what you get. 100% recommend this place!

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MM
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a family dinner here while on vacation (disclosure: my kids eat like grown ups) and it was spectacular. The waiter Phillipe (who was also one of the chefs) gave us excellent suggestions and every course was amazing. Will definitely return on our next trip to Beantown!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, plating, in a nice ambience. There are window seats where patrons spent long hours enjoying food and conversation. The service is relaxed and attentive and accommodating. Really enjoyed our experience here.

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CF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice North End spot with good food, excellent service and reasonable pricing.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Only one salad- Arugula. Salmon only came with leeks- no sub allowed. Salmon was good not spectacular. Risotto was good and carbonara
Not the best restaurant. No one walked out saying that was great. Tables very tight, could hear the conversation next me - very close.

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