Generally the food was excellent. The Vesper martini was superb. Wonderful meatball appetizer and nice mixed salad. Vongole was good but not outstanding--littleneck clams were very good but there were tough clam bodies also outside the shell. Spumoni sundae was an interesting take on a deconstructed traditional spumoni but the classic version would have been better. As with many trendy restaurants the noise level was very high and it was difficult to carry on with quiet conversation.
Our dining experience was decidedly mixed. First the good. The room is very attractive and some of the menu items were really delicious, including the lobster linguini, and the summer pasta special. The tortolllini cacio a pepe was very tasty too as were the salads. Now for the bad. Some of the items were very bland, even tasteless, including the pasta with clams and the gnocchi with pesto. More generally, the pasta portions were really too small, more appropriate for a primo than a main course for nearly all, even though they were priced as a main course. The bigger problem was that our main course took much, much too long to arrive. The waiter was distraught and the restaurant gave us desserts to go gratis, as it was too late to stay for dessert. Worst of all is that the intolerable delay unfolded literally right next to a table occupied by the restaurant's owner and some of her friends, who were regally attended to, while being completely oblivious to what was going on at our table. For a $$$$ restaurant, i would expect much better.
Ok, so we understand on a Saturday night we might be seated late...45 minutes? Then the waiter disappeared. Seriously, took us almost an hour just to order. Finally, the pasta was dumped on the table along with the mains...did someone not read up on the Italian concept of primi and secondi?
the food and service were excellent. The homemade mozzarella and garlic bread to start were delicious. We also had the pesto gnocchi and Bolognese, both were superb. My only complaint would be the tables for two are very close to each other.
Amazing service, great ambiance, creative drinks, best Italian food in boston
Nice ambiance, modern vibe at new Italian restaurant in the Fenway area.
Great bar and scene.
Orfano Ceaser was tasty with a spin with added avocado.
The tuna carpaccio with sliced olives and vermouth and really fresh.
The swordfish with eggplant caponata was delicious, moist and flavorful.
Linguini vongole was also tasty, good clams.
Great new option in Boston. Service was great, if a little serious -- it's just food, folks. Food was delicious. Good wine selection. Our only real complaint was the tiny font size on the menu. They handed us light-up magnifying glasses, which tells me they know it is a problem. Maybe just fix it instead of making older customers feel like awkward dinosaurs who shouldn't be out in public after dark...
Awesome space - very positive energy - experienced and friendly staff - amazingly creative food - can’t wait to go back!
The ambiance and decor of the restaurant is great. We were seated in a cute corner booth. Our server was ok.
We ordered the garlic bread which was awesome and a Chianti that was also very good. There wine selection was pretty good. Next we ordered the clams orfano and the caesar salad to start. The clams weren’t great; there was too much panko or bread crumb and it was served on a giant pile of sea salt. One of the clams fell from my fiancé’s fork into the salt before we realized it was salt. Needless to say that clam was incredibly salty and not good. The presentation was kind of like a field of land mines. The Caesar salad was drenched in grated Parmesan cheese. I have never seen so much cheese on anything in my life. Maybe it was done as so for aesthetics or food pictures but it completely drowned out what was a good Caesar. It was a mess and even trying to get most of the cheese off the salad still left it with way too much. We mentioned this too the server for feedback and she just poured us some more water and walked away.
For dinner we had pasta. My fiancé ordered the vodka pasta and I had the cacio e pepe pasta. I thought the vodka pasta was good and a good portion. My fiancé found it too creamy and heavy. The cacio e pepe is very different from what is known as a classic cacio e pepe but the flavor was great. The taleggio cheese made it special. However, the portion size for the cacio e pepe was more like a tasting menu portion size. The price for the pasta warrants a larger portion size. My fiancé’s portion of pasta was a normal entree-esque size while mine was tiny.
The end of our meal did feel a bit hurried by our server but I understand wanting to turn tables. However, it would have been nice to finish our bottle of wine in a more leisurely fashion.
I think this place has what it needs to be a great restaurant but needs to iron out some dishes and portions.
Lovely Italian dining in the heart of Fenway.
My wife and I wanted to check out this place, so we asked the chef, Marion to help us to order. Everything was fantastic! We got: "Nona's" garlic bread with sophisticated Parmesan spread, Clams Orfano and Meatballs alla Raia for starters and Lobster bucatini + Monkfish picatta as main dishes.
The service was very attentive as well.
Everything was fine but not much special here. Out of six dishes that we ordered only one ( lobster bucatini) stood out. Too many other places to go to return here.
Absurdly overpriced food and the driest tiramisu. The "caramel" on the dessert was brown liquid... clearly no one is tasting the food before it's sent out. Good (expensive) drinks though!
The drinks and ambience were amazing. The gnocchi was amazing, but you got very little for the price. My rib eye was also very fatty, and I ended up not being able to eat half of it. Overall pretty disappointed.
Beautiful setting and the Cacio e Pepi surpassed it's hype. Wonderful cocktails, wine list and fantastic service.
One of the best dining experience I have had in a while. Food was exceptional, wine pairing was perfect, and every person we interacted with was so warm
A bit too pricey But the service was great the food was good but not great
We had a great time at Orfano! The food was incredible and service was great! The staff was very knowledgeable and pleasant to speak with!
We look forward to returning and recommend everyone to make a reservation!
Great! Good food and excellent service
Amazing time at the bar with phenomenal service from Mike who made great recommendations on food and drinks. The food was incredible again on this second visit.
We ended up deciding to sit at the bar for dinner. Our bartender, Mario, was amazing. In addition to being very professional as well as a great conversationalist.
We had a fabulous dinner at Orfano to celebrate a family birthday. Our waiter was great: friendly, attentive and efficient. We shared garlic bread and the house mozzarella to start and had a variety of dishes, although we didn't delve too deeply into the menu, mostly enjoying an assortment of pastas. All was delicious. We'll hope to return and sample the Secondi soon.
Overall I’d say the experience was good. The food was quite good, the ambiance and noise level great, and the wine and water staff was very attentive. Unfortunately our waitress was not good. We were there on a Monday and the restaurant was mostly full. She seemed to want to rush us out from the moment we sat down. However, once we had ordered, received our entrees before the appetizers. Additionally I alerted the waitress I had an almond allergy at the beginning of the dinner. We decided at the end of the dinner we didn’t want dessert and the waitress brought us almond cookies on the house. Overall she just seemed very distracted by other parties, which is unfortunate because it left a bad image after an otherwise great evening with delicious food.
Very nice decor and general ambiance. The food itself was barely mediocre. Overall poor value though given the very high prices for not that great food. Don’t recommend this place for food. Cocktails were nice though.
You'd expect a brand new restaurant to struggle a bit during the first few weeks, but Orfano has blazed into existence as a fully functioning, smooth-as-silk operation, with outrageously delicious food to boot. The atmosphere is both playful and elegant, which is mirrored in the food; dishes that could be stoic old-school Italian-American are modern and elegant but also whimsical at the same time. Both the garlic bread and the Summer Maltagliati made me feel transported (back to "home" on Long Island, and to a tiny restaurant in Florence, respectively). But it was the service that made every moment shine. Our waiter was charming and personable, the sommelier had great tidbits to share about the unique bottle we requested, but best of all was the palpable camaraderie shared by both the front and back of house staff. Everyone seemed happy to be there, everyone was willing to go the extra mile, or grab that empty plate off the table. It's clear that there is impeccable top-down leadership that has molded the culture here, and it shows when Chef Tiffani Faison makes her rounds of the dining room, checking in on every table, folding napkins, and keeping an eye on her flock. I couldn't have asked for a better meal or a more enjoyable evening. PS. The chocolate cake menu description LIES- it's a portion for four people, not two. But get it anyway and save half for breakfast, trust me.
Excellent service and delicious food. Everything is well thought out, from the decor to the coffee stirrers. Can’t wait to go back!
Restaurant is beautiful, starters were great, pasta dishes were underwhelming. Next time would go back for an app and a cocktail.
The ambience is nice, the menu provides a lot of options, the food was very good, it is not inexpensive.
The owner Tiffani Faison was making the rounds to every table checking in with guests. We had an issue with our waiter which affected our experience, but we mentioned it to Tiffani and she was so responsive, professional, apologetic, and ended up going out of her way to rectify the situation. Stuff happens, but the sign to me of a well run restaurant is how they respond, and the response could not have been better. I would definitely go back, and I do recommend it, the food was delicious.
Connor was a charming and attentive waiter. He definitely enhanced our dining experience
Truly amazing. The service, decor and food are all in the same level: perfection. Home run, Tiffani and team!
We had just returned from a visit to Bologna, Italy and had high hopes for Orfano. The service was warm, attentive and engaging. The decor and vibe were wonderful. But the meal itself was disappointing. I'm no food purist by any stretch. But the re-invention of classic dishes missed their marks. The Cacio e Pepe was not actually a good sauce and the little tortellini "cakes" just weren't flavorful. Similarly, the sauce on the lobster bucatini didn't match with either the pasta or the lobster. Individually the ingredients were good -- but the combinations fought more than they blended. Considering all the hype and expectations, the meal should have been memorable. Instead, it was okay. Next time I'm in the area, I'd be content having a drink at the bar. And maybe a Caesar salad. But even that effort was odd -- there's a lump of sliced avocado lurking under the greens and cheese? Not that anything was bad. Instead, it all felt like too much effort to be innovative and less about the overall result.
We had a wonderful time here, the service was great and everyone was very knowledgeable. The sommelier was very helpful and picked a perfect wine for us. The apps and pastas were delicious but the entrees left something to be desired. I also feel like the sides should come with them, not worth the extra money. Overall a great experience though.
Great food and great service all around! Highly recommend the pasta dishes and the tomato salad with peaches.
We read the Boston Magazine article and were convinced this would be a must try! We booked a reservation in advance , on the day of arrival we called to add one guest to our party, we were told it was going to very difficult, but they would do their best. We were seated at a 4 top with a chair on the end, always an uncomfortable arrangement. Just near the bar we noticed a large booth table with a party of 2 seated on a table for 5-6? why wouldn’t they have seated us at that table?
Our waiter was very enthusiastic and highlighted his specialties on the menu, we had to ask him to take a cocktail order ?
We started with the warm hand pulled mozzarella & warm olives, crispy calamari & clams Orfano, the clams a shell stuffed with dry bread crumbs and a barely a clam were terrible! The mozzarella needed a good olive oil and something to eat it with, Bland at best
Calamari was mostly tentacles and lacking flavor, tough
The Pig Parmesan was a tough cut of pork stuffed with mozzarella, for $29 ? The 15oz milk fed Veal Chop, was under seasoned and maybe 8oz at most, the meat was tough and not your melt in mouth veal
The roasted chicken Scarpariello , was tender no seasoning or sauce, It had the texture of su ve , and had a boiled rubbery taste.
The Cacio de Pepe was good and well executed. We ordered sides potatoes, broccolis & polenta , for the menu price something should come on the plate
We talked to the manager at the end of our meal and expressed our disappointment, he offered to take the clams off the bill.
The t-shirts the on bus staff were horrible, every time they passed by i could hardly look it reminded me of a bad Halloween costume! The Menu print was impossible to read we all needed to use readers and our phone lights.
Very disappointing ! Not worth $500
3d time and best yet Awesome dinner Nothing like it in Boston. Will be back often
Another fantastic meal at Orfano. Great atmosphere and wonderful staff make it a special dining experience...
The design of the space is fantastic. The service is good; love the tuxedo Ts great idea! The martini cart is fun but pricey. The food is quite good parmesan mouse goes well with the bread sticks. Tuna martini was okay nice presentation. The pperoni lasagna was tasty but the size for $26 seemed a bit high. My DC had the pork chop whihc was spot on. The polenta was delish! Few kinks to work out but the place just opned and is packed. Way to go Tiffany and team. A funky old school place especailly good for special occasions.
Loved Orfano! Food was delicious, service was excellent, atmosphere was great for a date, and creative extras like a martini cart and beautifully crafted mini cakes. Highly recommend the brined swordfish and olive oil chocolate cake for 2. Amazing! And the wine list clearly was meticulously created with care. All organic bio diverse wines, which really was impressive. Can’t wait to go back!
Seated by the door.