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Molinari's, Dorchester Center, MA

Molinari's

4.9
4.9
300 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
“I wanted to do a place with good Italian comfort food. The simplicity of it, the freshness of it, the quality of ingredients that you get to work with.” They specialize in that quintessential Italian comfort food – pizza. “I think it’s great that the city of Boston is turning around and starting to become known for pizza like the other big cities in the country,” he said. “It is such a simple food but it all comes down to the quality of ingredients.” It’s all done out of an open kitchen where the star of the show is Molinari’s wood burning oven.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (617) 825-1700
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jeffrey L. Cincotta
  • Catering
    Catering menu available
  • Neighborhood
    Dorchester
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 300 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Greater Boston

    Italian

  • Boston

    Best Overall

  • Boston

    Best Food

  • Boston

    Best Service

  • Boston

    Italian

300 Reviews
  1. ChrisH

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great spot! Mussels were excellent Tight quarters tho!

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    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always. Abundant & always arrives "piping hot". One of the best restaurants in the Boston area!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Exceptional!!!!!!!!! Excellent food service and atmosphere

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great meal. Very clean, friendly and welcoming.

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  5. ShannonP

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was Absolutely delicious and great service. We will be back.

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  6. AnthonyL

    Greater Boston

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a neighborhood gem. Feels like you are with family!

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  7. BillB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious ! Sat at bar watching the chefs non stop filling orders was amazing ! They all moved like a well oiled machine !

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  8. Abanannie

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Arrived for our reservation on time and we were seated right away. Love sitting at the bar where you can watch the food being cooked. The waitress was attentive and friendly. We had smoked eggplant and chicken wings for an appetizer. The chicken wings were good, but didn’t have a lot of flavor. The eggplant was delicious. We shared a pasta dish that I cannot pronounce that had broccoli rabe and sausage. It was very good. The place was hopping busy and the noise level was humming. We were able to have a nice conversation without feeling like people were listening to us. Love this place.

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  9. JoanneG

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Staff was great! Food was excellent. Espresso martini was not good . Open kitchen. Loud, but I like that atmosphere .

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  10. Patti

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite new place…delicious, reasonable for Boston and quality of service will keep us coming back!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Molinari’s. Food is always amazing and prices are great for what you’re getting. Great experience

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  12. Diane48

    Greater Boston

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, food was fabulous, great service & price is right.

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  13. AnthonyL

    Greater Boston

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Place is always great!!! We rate regulars for a reason. Great food and people!!!!

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  14. SusanF

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently good food and great service. Many delicious menu options and a good value for portions sizes. Highly recommend.

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  15. Mamalora

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    My wife and I began with a Caesar salad, which was very good and large enough to share for two. My wife had Pumpkin Ravioli and I ordered the Fruit de Mare, both nicely presented. Mine had LOTS of garlic, which I enjoyed but the wife not so crazy about my scent that evening. 😉 They make their own pasta. For dessert, we had their Zeppoli, which were like Italian “donut holes”. Drizzled with Nutella and sprinkled with powdered sugar. DELICIOUS!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience overall. Meal was wonderful and there was a gluten free Chicken parm option for the one in our group with an allergy. Can’t wait to come back. 10/10 for the Black pepper fettuccine dinner

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious special appetizers Perfect fresh pasta and Wellfleet clams Always a wonderful time

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Best meal we have had in along time . Better Italian food than the north end ! Great atmosphere :) very friendly staff

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  19. JohnE

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great meal. Haven’t had a bad meal yet. Better than most North End restaurants.

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  20. Joeyballs

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We go to this restaurant at least twice a month and it is usually amazing...tonight was just OK. Service was not good, one item came out cold and one burnt...overall the food is always good.

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  21. Craig

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have such pleasurable experiences at Molinari's . The owner the managers , the staff make me feel right at home . The food is off the charts !!!! This is a must try !!!!

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  22. CaitlinS

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great! Food and service were perfect…we love Molinari’s! The lasagna bolognese is my absolute favorite!

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  23. Eric

    Denver

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Molinari's. It's a neighborhood staple with excellent food, great service and a cozy dining room. I've been here a few times, but this was the first time having dinner at bar. It's incredible how attentive and organized everyone was given the small space that the open kitchen and bartenders both share. Enjoying drinks and watching the food as it's cooked is a lot of fun and really adds to the atmosphere. My Lamb Bolognese was excellent and my friend's Fruit di Mare Ala Vodka looked delicious. The Bruschetta was a nice snack to start, while the Zeppole with a light lemon and chocolate drizzle were a perfect way to finish the meal.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot! Service was great, our bartender Jackie was fantastic! Food was delicious as always. Highly recommend

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  25. KarynK

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We loved everything about Molinari’s except for how loud it is. The food is spectacular.

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  26. DGK1228

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Definitely planning to go back.

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  27. MichaelS

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of our finer restaurants! Love everything about it. Portions good, selection superb.

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  28. deirdrem

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    wish their was a littlest but more room on the table

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  29. AmieS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic fresh, homemade Italian! Great neighborhood spot.

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  30. JohnE

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Italian restaurant hands down.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious Italian food. We had aranchini, meatballs, chicken saltimboca, chopped Italian salad. In one word YUM!

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  32. JosephineG

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect neighborhood restaurant. Food is always delicious and great service!

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  33. MikeT

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    People extremely friendly and welcome + food excellent. Great spot.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious as always. The staff is friendly and helpful with out being overbearing.

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  35. RockyP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Quality ingredients. Good service. Loads of good choices from apps to entrees and pizza

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jimi was an amazing waiter!!!!!!!! What a guy!!!!!!!!

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  37. melanies

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was fabulous per usual!!! Thank you Molinari’s! ❤️

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  38. DonnaP

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Haven’t been here since the pandemic, very glad to be back. When my daughter was in college she and her roommate sometimes worked as waitresses for her roommate’s uncle who catered affairs for a country club. He now owns this restaurant. It was just as good as it was three years ago: superb Arancini and fabulous bolognese that we shared. Our intention had been to then share some of a pizza and bring home the rest, but we were too full and ended up getting some takeout instead for our grandson who had just mowed our lawn and he was thrilled. Very good waitress who figured out early on that we wanted to be left alone but was still attentive enough. All in all the excellent experience that we recalled from before!

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  39. Erin

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was so excited to bring my friends from out of town here. We shared the arancini, a pizza, and the carbonara - they were all absolutely delicious.

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  40. LisaN

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My first visit, certainly won't be my last. I wanted everything on the menu so took home a few dinners to try later. My husband LOVED the lasagna and the chicken parm got high ratings we well. Next time I might ask for fettucine with the Bolognese to make it a little easier to eat but the flavors were spot on.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Molinari's using the Order Online button. Molinari's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 825-1700.

Molinari's is rated 4.9 stars by 300 OpenTable diners.

Molinari's does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Molinari's

789 Adams St, Dorchester Center, MA 02124

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Dorchester
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jeffrey L. Cincotta
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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