IL Molo

4.6
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170 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Located at 326 Commercial Street along Boston's North End Waterfront il Molo (The Pier) is the realization renowned Restaurateur Donato Frattaroli. In the kitchen Boston Native, Executive Chef Pino Maffeo will be focusing on the freshest, locally sourced seafood to create delicious dishes inspired by the Mediterranean, New England Coast and the Globe!

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4.6
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JerryandKate
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Vinny at the bar is all about the service !!

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vipOlivia
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We made a reservation, arrived on time and were told it would be 25-30 minutes for a table unless we wanted to sit in the bar area. Food was mediocre, service was okay. Will not be going back.

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vipMarkL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive service, nice ambiance. Not inexpensive but delicious food and generous portions

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EricT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The stuffed trout was incredible as was the Bolognese. Very pleasant staff.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was amazing! Highly recommend the Spanish octopus and the lobster truffle pasta!

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vipSteveW
New England
26 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this was our first visit and we will definitely be back soon. The food and service excellent!!!!

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vipJohn
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific restaurant with great food and attentive staff. We love this place!

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vipWineGuy1970
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent spot that is beautifully decorated for a below ground location. Outstanding bar and fresh seafood.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I’ve had in a long time. Service was phenomenal. 10/10

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vipHockee
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Molo is always consistently good! Great atmosphere!

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vipSiggy
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Handsome modern Italian space with comfortable seating (high bar stools, nicely spaced tables), Italian (and a bit of Spanish) anthem-like music (think lush strings, loud tenors), excellent service (from Hakim who couldn't have been more knowledgeable and professionally friendly), and superb food (the grilled octopus appetizer is the best yet). And it wasn't overrun with tourists - seemed more like a locals or at least not-the-usual-tourists who were there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I went here back over the summer and had a good/great meal. Most recent visit was New Year’s Eve. The fixed price menu was $85 per person and probably at least $20 more than what I’d expect to pay. And the food was not worth anywhere near that. I had the scallops and risotto. Scallops were cooked well. But the risotto was not good.

I don’t know the economics of the New Year’s Eve menus. And I really like this place and want it to succeed. It is 2 minutes from my home.

But if serving over priced, below average quality for price food cooked and served by the B team you risk losing business.

I’m leaving this review because I really do want this place to improve and stick around. But don’t do New Year’s Eve there.

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Bostonian
New England
24 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bright but calming decor, a noise level consistent with conversation, and fantastic seafood. We were very pleased with our dinner there.

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VinOKC
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An incredible experience. Amazing seafood and wonderful service.

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AparnaC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

my mistake for coming to predominantly seafood restaurant when i don't eat seafood. that said, ten minutes went by before a server came to my table to offer me a beverage; i had made eye contact with a server in my first couple minutes there, and he acknowledged me, but never came by to take a drink order. the next hiccough was that il molo offers no substitutions. i asked to replace the arugula (which i do not like; too bitter) with the risotto from another dish, but this was not possible. per my server, no accomodations may be made regarding any substitutions, but i was allowed to purchase the spinach side. lastly, i was not given a knife to cut my meat with, and the server finally brought one over after i had nearly finished my meal with the help of the fork only. that said, the server was thoughtful and did comp the spinach and drink on the final total so i did leave the 20% tip, but i won't be coming back. inattentive service, inflexible menus, and not worth the $60 i ended up leaving. my guest was seafood-friendly so underwent no problems, but still did comment that the experience this time was not as excellent as previous ones.

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vipJohn
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our “go to” restaurant in the neighborhood. Food is always great with creative specials, service is exceptional, and the staff - Vinny at the bar and Rachel at the door - are always welcoming and and a joy to see.

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MariaG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, wonderful food, highly recommend!

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TFelicetti
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our meal here was excellent: The service, wine selection, food. And it was all a really great value. I will return to Il Molo anytime I am in Boston.

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GlutenFreeJ
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A very loud table made it difficult to truly enjoy our meals. Also the men’s bathroom has a terrible smell every time someone opened the door.

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PatPJ
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 5-6th time dining at Il Molo was a winner! Our guests were in heaven, devouring a seafood tower & the seafood stew. Although we've had a couple of bad experiences (e.g., swordfish was a little dry), our faith is restored when we return and have excellent seafood & pasta dishes. We'll keep going back!

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vipFoodie
Houston
103 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What an outstanding meal - and great service too. As a frequent business traveler I get to try a wide variety of restaurants. The pasta special I had during my visit was one of the 10 best I’ve ever had, including my many trips to Italy. All the seafood was cooked to perfection. The pasta was al dente and the flavor was sublime.

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vipalysonl
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely be coming back! Outstanding food and service

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vipJohn
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat at Il Molo frequently, since we live in the neighborhood. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have this restaurant close by. Food is always good and the staff is terrific.

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ColleenM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In Boston for the evening and looking for a great restaurant. We found IL Molo and could not have made a better choice! The fish could not have been fresher or more deliciously prepared. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable as to the wine and offered us the perfect pairing suggestion. Overall, a fabulous experience. Thank you IL Molo, we will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine! And service!

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PaulaM
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was so perfect! Sat at bar for an hour, Vinnie, the bartender was attentive, made great martini and kept his promise to me that I don't have more than 2!!! Our waitress was excellent, food so good.
We were the last ones to leave (sorry everyone) ! I loved the decor and vibe. I would definitely go back again

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Kelly
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Food was delicious! Service was pretty bad... out waitress kept forgetting about us. She offered to bring us dessert menus, and then we were scolded by the hostess for asking for an update on the dessert menus (because, as it turns out, there are no dessert menus).

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great way to start a vacation with my grandson! First night in Boston and we chose IL MOLO!!! Fantastic!’

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MarkH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very clean and interesting decor.
The.staff were very accomodating. The chef made meatballs to order for my father. Good wine selection, draft beer and wine. Thumbs up

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LynnK
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful little seafood place. Wouldn’t have known how nice it was just walking by, but once inside it was great from start to finish! Great ambiance, great food, and top notch service! Highly recommend!

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vipRepurposed17
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was lovely, and our server very knowledgeable. The noise level was pretty high because of the stone walls. The service was also a bit slow, but then there were two big tables next to us. I would definitely go again, but maybe they can do something to blur the noise by putting something else into the ceiling. It made it hard to hear my companion across the table.

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CarlD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice meal, prompt efficient service.

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MaryS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. The server was not the friendliest but she was efficient.

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ElizabethP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the space, ambience, food and service ! We will definitely be back!

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Martymcfar
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, from their service to food & drinks. If I had to find a negative, the only criticism would be that I did not book a high top table in my Open Table reservation but we were seated at one. (I did not want to make a change once we were seated since we were a party of 6.) The decor & atmosphere are very well thought-out & welcoming.

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vipJohn
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lobster fra diavlo dinner special. The food, service and ambience are always first class

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vipJohn
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar. Had the sashimi appetizer special and the stuffed chicken entree special. Everything was wonderful! Will be back soon.

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vipTMC2015
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great atmosphere, but food was completely underwhelming.

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vipEdwardD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All really good

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vipcharlie
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Upscale space in the Northend. Exceptional caring service. Seafood uneven. Did not help to start the meal with over cooked “tough “ calamari. House made tiramisu ended the meal on a positive note.

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IL Molo is rated 4.6 stars by 170 OpenTable diners.

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