Aqua Pazza

4.7
386 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Oyster bar & Italian Kitchen located on the freedom trail in the North End. Frank DePasquale brings to you the best of all his locations into one boutique restaurant

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Daily 4:00PM - 6:30PM

What 386 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DanM
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marissa the server and "Richard the Bread Man" were fantastically attentive. Food was impeccable.

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vipAndreaD
New England
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first dining experience at Aqua Pazza won’t be the last. The maitre d and wait staff were so accommodating, professional and downright pleasant and friendly. Great and varied menu. Each one of our many appetizer and main meal selections was fresh and delicious. Although it was a beautiful and bustling Saturday night in the North End, we never felt rushed or crowded. Thank you to everyone at Aqua Pazza for an all-around great experience. We look forward to seeing you again real soon.

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ClaudiaN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The outdoor seating was a little noisy but when it is on the street you can't expect it any different. Very good service and very well done classic such as spaghetti and clams and chicken parmigiana. Definitely would go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! Such a fun experience! We will definitely be back again.

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DavidL
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Service was friendly, accurate, quicker than expected. Will definitely be back to try more.

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LauraB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Good eggplant parmigiana and wild boar pappardelle, but the octopus was really terrible. Wonderful service, very friendly waitress and overall ambience.

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TonyC
New England
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

My wife and I had Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail and Oysters for appetizers. They were good. For main course, we had the Gnocchi and the Risotto of the Day (seafood risotto). My wife loved her Gnocchi. The seafood risotto was okay. Nothing stunning. I also tried the margarita di palma. Not my cup of tea to have OJ in it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing good. Great service. Authentic Italian cuisine. Will go back and recommend to all!

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sheilab1
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've eaten at other DePasquale restaurants and they're all good too. This was amazing. Would recommend to anyone and would go back again.

Sheila (Everett, MA)

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vipRobertS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience. Excellent food, great service and pleasant ambiance in always fun Northend.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and amazing food. Staff was lovely and smart. Lively Boston North End. What a fun Sunday evening.

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Alden
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! The wait staff was very professional and the ambiance is fantastic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible service and unfriendly staff that rushed our group out of their restaurant. Food was mediocre at best. Wouldn’t recommend or return, as there are other restaurants nearby with much better food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. All of the seafood was incredible.

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GraceP
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal. This property is gorgeous--modern without being industrial or impersonal. What really set the night apart was the outstanding service we received from Antonio--a true professional. Will certainly be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service was quite poor and menu was way overpriced compared to other restaurants in the North End. The food was good but nothing spectacular.

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vipRobertS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and lovely ambience. The waiter Gio is fantastic. Eating outside is especially nice.

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NickM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Want to be a regular

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vipItalianshopper
New England
81 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening!! We sat at a great table by the windows and had a fun view of the North End. Our waiter Antonio was the best!! He steered us not to order too much. And our fish was excellently prepared and filleted. Definitely the waiter makes for a super dining experience. Loved it!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the North End!

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GnKMizzou
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

They clearly could not handle the number of guests they tried to serve. It was a disorganized chaotic mess. We were not seated until 45 past our arrival (35 minutes past our reservation time), which felt even longer with no comfortable place to wait. Our server himself was great, and he was clearly trying, but so much was out of his control. The food was very good, though it took a long time.
That night was major fail by management.

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Lynn
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Exceptional fresh oysters and pasta. The best we had in Boston. Ambiance was frenetic and loud; not someplace to have any kind of conversation unless you don't mind yelling across the table. The service was rough. That is not to say the staff didn't do a good job because once they got to you, they did. The night we were there, it was very short staffed with everyone's hair on fire. Rough.

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vipJenniferB
New England
17 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner! I had the spaghetti and clams--always a classic! The other folks in the group had lobster pillows, spaghetti and meatballs, and zucchini pasta. There was not a crumb left at the end of the meal--always a good sign!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First night out with friends after a long year! Hostess and manager both so friendly. Reservations were at 6:30, table wasn’t quite ready, no big deal, went and had drinks at the bar. Great vibe including staff and patrons. Table in the corner in front of the window, even though it was pouring, still a great view. Had oysters recommended by our fabulous waiter, spaghetti and clams, wild boar ragu, chicken parm -everything delicious and perfectly portioned. Can’t wait to go back!

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CherylM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The staff was very friendly, the restaurant had an inviting feel. It’s very small, but nice and modern.

The lobster pillows were delicious, served with a tasty sauce that also contained pieces of lobster meat.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were awesome. Super nice!!

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Bostonian
New England
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent all around. Highly recommend. We’ll be back

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MAnd
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

menu contains a wide selection of classic Italian dishes beautifully prepared. The service is exceptional.

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RichardN
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Definitely found its formula since its earliest days as the original Mare. Highly recommend

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vipMichael
New England
94 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We returned to Aqua Pazza for our first dinner out in Boston for more than a year on a lovely June Friday evening. Other diners were having a great time being out and enjoying splendid food and drink, as we were. The restaurant was packed and the vibe energetic, but service was up to the usual quality. The food was excellent. It's hard to top spaghetti vongole at Aqua Pazza -- lovely presentation, perfectly toothsome pasta, and tender clams. The tuna crudo was fresh and excellent -- and the squash blossoms crisp on the outside and their goat cheese filling deliciously creamy. There's a nice selection of wines by the glass -- we particularly enjoyed a pinot noir from the North of Italy, medium-bodied and nicely acidic. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor tables and about 6-8 seats at the bar, so there's something for everyone.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So so good! I got the manicotti and it was amazing! The oysters were also very good. The staff made sure we were never low on drinks and bread. What a great experience!

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vipBouchas
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent food and great service. very pleased!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

1. No need for reservation because you will be waiting either way.
2. Even tho you reserve to be seated outside(they don’t acknowledge such thing) you will be seated wherever there’s an open table after waiting for a while.
3. Waited for about 30-40 min for the main course (we’re no longer hungry)

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CapeCodOBs
New England
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fabulous food! Bread and pesto were delicious. The Lobster Pillows were excellent and the Chicken Parm was cooked to perfection!

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StaceyV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

the services was excellent even on a very busy Friday night! The pasta was excellent, great wine choices.

One small thing (minor) the burrata was very cold so not creamy and tasty because wasn't out of fridge for long enough to make it tasty. But that was very minor.

Great overall experience.

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FrankL
New England
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go- to place. Always impeccable. And there is a great Barolo (Mauro Molino) on the wine list for a very reasonable price .

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DanW
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is top shelf all around! I will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had to wait a bit for our reserved table but the staff and food completely made up for it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful dining experience! Unfortunately it’s about a week out from our dinner so I forget our server’s name but he was so pleasant, professional, informative, and accommodating.

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JoeW
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best spot in the North End for Italian fine dining...no question! Food, ambience and especially the service is top notch! Thank you to Giovanni for a wonderful evening and we will be recommending this place to everyone.

FAQs

Aqua Pazza is rated 4.7 stars by 386 OpenTable diners.

Aqua Pazza does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/355/bricco.

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.