IL Molo

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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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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LK
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

R
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

CD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice meal, prompt efficient service.

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MS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

EP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

M
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

J
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

J
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

TM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere, but food was completely underwhelming.

ED
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All really good

c
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

YR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente calidad muy buena la comida súper recomendado

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B
New England
23 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time in a month. Simply one of the best seafood restaurants in the North End. Standouts where the grilled calamari and razor clam appetizers. Seafood stew and stuffed trout entrees. Well done by the staff and kitchen!

GM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed out dinner with out of town friends at Il Molo, both food and service we excellent. Look forward to returning.

AA
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Our server (I believe her name was Olivia?) was excellent - so pleasant and helpful! The food was magnificent - very fresh, fish cooked perfectly, seasoned well. The decor was simple yet elegant and modern and the overall experience was marvelous. Will be coming back for sure!

B
New England
23 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Despite an initial snafu with our 8pm reservation that had a 40minute wait, and not adequately communicating this issue, the staff and manager recovered phenomenally. A bottle of Prosecco and a couple appetizers took the edge off, and deserts to-go sealed the deal.

Once we were seated, the staff was friendly and professional and the food was some of the best seafood we've had in the North End. All six of us raved about both apps and entrees. Bottom line, we will be going back soon.

MB
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Went For a girls night out, but Was very disappointed in their food. The mini lobster rolls - the meat was mostly from the claw. We also ordered 4 different Pasta dishes and all were very bland. As for the lobster pasta, I only saw two small pieces of lobster claw meat and that’s it. At least the charred octopus was good and the bottle of Prosecco. Also it was very loud in the restaurant so very hard to have any type of conversation.

B
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is excellent, service great, despite a lot of work. A place to go and return

VJ
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Fresh seafood, cocktails are good, more of a wine place -big variety. Service is excellent. Ambiance and seating is fantastic, feels like you are under the sea!

EN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class from start to finish. Lovely ambiance, a nice change from the usual bustle of the North End. Seafood is expertly prepared and beautifully presented. Service was welcoming and top-notch.

BK
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, great ambiance and service. Specializies in seafood.

JK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in all aspects - the food is tremendous !!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was good. Service was practically non-existent, at least for our table of 2.

p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Wine list was way over prices. On 2 wines I was considering, they were 3 to 4 times wholesale - way out of wack.

JB
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance, food, service. Fantastic dining experience! Strongly recommend!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Having never been we took the advice of the waitress on what to get and how much to order. While her recommendations were good the quantity of plates was far too much for the people we had, resulting in wasted food and us paying more then needed. Good food, lousy service.

d
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great bar and great Italian food!

MW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

First sign of trouble was when they didn't have at least two of the menu item in stock. It was only 6pm mind you. They had no lobster crab cake and they had to replace any item on the menu that had crab but of course the cost of the item wasn't adjusted. Second our server also oversold us on the sides. They are totally shareable. Third, my scallops were slight overcooked. It was a bit rubbery and chewy on the outer layer.

DB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

We have been to Il Molo many many times and rarely disappointed. This was an exception. We were seated at the worst table in the restaurant - back room next to kitchen. Dark as lights above don’t dim so too bright to turn on. Very loud Disco music all night - Donna Summer to an extreme. Given the patrons seems like a big miss And could not turn music volume down ??
3 of us had daily pasta special - lobster truffle butter pasta - dry, bland we didn’t eat much of - brought home to doctor it up for a lunch
Fruite de mare very good
Scallops with pasta very good
Server very nice and knowledgeable but stretched so not as attentive as have had in the past
Food came out of kitchen slow.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was incredible as always. Service was poor with the server forgetting requests and taking too long to fulfill drink orders with a fairly empty restaurant. Surprised red wine is served warmer than room temperature.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was incredible. We’ll definitely be back again. We both got fish based dishes that were cooked to perfection.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this place before. So understated - the ambiance is clean, modern, and welcoming. The staff were super friendly, efficient, and the cocktails were some of the best I’ve ever had in the city of boston. So glad I was able to experience this place before I move across the country! Absolutely recommend.

J
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Asked for 2 seats at the bar, which Vin had available for us. All was very good, and Vin was convivial, as always.

ME
New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect and the staff is amazing!

W
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hidden gem
Delicious food

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Our dinner took a long time to come out of the kitchen. The appetizers came out timely, but it was almost an hour before our food came out.

m
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

great hide away spot - perfect for business or a date - food was excellent - service from the bar was a tad slow - will gladly go again

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great. The dishes were well portioned but a few items such as salad were slightly over priced. The place was not busy at all. Over all a very pleasant experience.

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