Aqua Pazza

4.5
154 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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Phone number
(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 154 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was ok, maybe a little too expensive for the quality of the food to be honest but the ambiance is very cute!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, eclectic menu. Not traditionally Italian but a nice departure from everyday Italian.

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BW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was great and made a great call on a bottle of wine. Food was amazing! You need to get some sort of pasta with whatever you order for sure! Overall great experience

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Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding. The service was exceptional. The only downside was a limited wine selection.

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SL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Awful service. They took 45 minutes to bring us two glasses of wine. Slowest service I’ve experience so far. Had to chase the waiters to order food. Food was good but the service was so bad that I didn’t have a good experience at all.
To apologize for the delay they offered us two complimentary glasses of wine that ended up being charged to us in the bill.

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OB
New England
23 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and our waitress was very knowledgable on the menu and the specials, and helped us choose our food. It is a small and cozy restaurant with some unique and delicious dishes.

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KG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Apps were great. The entrees were not as good. Ordered the scallops and they were A LITTLE OVERDONE AND TOO MUCH TRUFFLE. Other fish dish tatted very fishy

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food at Aqua Pazza is amazing. Every dish we tried was better than any other equivalent we've had before. Even small dishes such as bruschetta are made with creative and flavorful ingredients. This is definitely a restaurant worth trying multiple antipastos before enjoying primi and secondi dishes. Their oyster and whole fish selection looks like they get updated periodically and our waiter was very helpful in explaining the flavor profiles of any of the dishes we asked about.

The cocktails were very unique as well. Not your typical vodka, or whiskey cocktails but more eastern European liquors and plenty of Prosecco.

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GM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
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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OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty and beautifully presented food that we really enjoyed! The server was outstanding in every way - knowledge, personality, and impeccable service. Only downfall is no vodka or other liquors available; only beer, wine and aperitif offerings..

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d
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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OT
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
33 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
5 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
138 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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N
New England
5 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
6 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
9 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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OT
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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