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Rabia's Dolce Fumo, Boston, MA
Rabia's Dolce Fumo, Boston, MA
Rabia's Dolce Fumo, Boston, MA
Rabia's Dolce Fumo, Boston, MA
Rabia's Dolce Fumo, Boston, MA

Rabia's Dolce Fumo

4.4
4.4
1081 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Located in the heart of Boston¹s North End, Rabia¹s is a cozy Italian restaurant with seductive scenery and delicious dishes. The lively yet romantic atmosphere is the perfect place to linger over one of our acclaimed seafood specials or famous pasta dishes.
At Rabia's we takes great pride in being a Boston seacoast Restaurant with access to the best fishing grounds on earth.
Our high standards mean you get a quality product that's artfully and skillfully prepared- with a dash of Love....
Voted top Italian cuisine and Raw Bar in Boston.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 11:45 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (617) 227-6637
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    Located in the heart of Boston's North End, Rabia's is a cozy Italian restaurant with seductive scenery and delicious dishes. The lively yet romantic atmosphere is the perfect place to linger over one of our acclaimed seafood specials, famous pasta dishes, or fresh oysters served on the half-shell.
  • Private party contact
    Ahmad Hayek: (617) 835-9988
  • Neighborhood
    North End
  • Parking details
    Validated parking located at Parcel #7 near North End Garage
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,081 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

1,081 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    When we arrived I thought I found the gem. Food didn’t come out for 1:30 and when it did it was terrible. The stuffed lobster had zero lobster, cold shrimp and calamari. The lazy fra Lazy Fra Diovolo came out with ziti instead of linguine. The lobster Mac and cheese was terrible. They did comp the food. Who cares! Oh and be careful if you sit in the room to the left of the door. You’ll freeze. NOT good. I should have read the room. When the whole restaurant gets limon cello shots bc of poor food you know you’re in trouble. SKIP!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was extremely slow. I hour waiting for the starter.

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  3. asccarl

    Greater Boston

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was looking for a great restaurant in the North End to celebrate Valentines Day with my wife. I wanted a nice ambiance with a menu that combined seafood and Italian - I was so happy Rabia's Dolce Fumo was available! It was perfect. The food we had was so good and the seafood so fresh. We had great service all night - and being serenaded by an accordion player just made it that little bit better. Great night! I would certainly go again!

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  4. ChristineC

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    the food was very good, especially the minestrone soup. the service was excellent

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Amazing food but the owner was having a party; we were definitely the second class citizens. The waitress was fine but it was clear it was the owners group was being helped first. That said it was honestly fantastic food wise, and they brought bread whenever we asked, and we asked a lot. Not the old spot it used to be when it was just Rabias but the food is still the same.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent!!! Great experience and fun time. Food was 5star.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fresh and delicious. The staff was very nice.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for New Years Eve and the food was phenomenal. Host was very energetic and made sure our “date night” was going well throughout the night.

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  9. EGFood

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Delishious food! Service was a bit slow - we waited for about 30 min before we were able to order drinks. Watch out for their goblets! Absolutely delishious and surprising but do ask about the price before ordering! The menus has no prices for these drinks! Overall we enjoyed the visit!

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  10. MarisaS

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Rabias has the best seafood dishes. Everything is outstanding there from the food to the service. One of my fav north end spots

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  11. KarenM

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and ambience! Highly recommend the restaurant.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful evening out , my husband and I . We were hesitant when we walked by prior to our reservation time , and we noticed the restaurant looked empty . Upon our arrival for 7:30 reservation, we entered a bustling restaurant. Our food was delicious! The egg plant parmigiana and lobster ravioli in addition to the bruschetta was superb. We will be back again !

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff was incredibly friendly and attentive! The food was delicious too.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommended. Super welcoming staff. They make you feel like you’re family. Amazing food and at a great value for the amount of food you get. We’ll be back!

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  15. Kimberly

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great experience for dinner. We celebrated a birthday and they went above and beyond. Food was fast and amazing. I’ve come multiple times for lobster risotto.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing but service was super slow. Sat down at 8pm even though reservation was at 7:30pm and didn’t get out food until 10:15pm.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Took us an hour and a half to get seated with a reservation.

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  18. EmilyC

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Sorry to say but this was literally the worst dining experience we've ever had in the North End, and I lived there at one time! The wait was unbearable- 1 hour with a reservation. We did not get served bread for 40 minutes after we sat down and our waitress ignored us while fussing all over a table of older men for the entire evening. She realized we were unhappy and gave us a free appetizer but honestly- it was a terrible restaurant. Food was greasy, too oily and salad was not fresh. Please, Rabia's, do a better job. Respect your patrons.

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  19. ralphs

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I take my family to Rabia's every time the kids are in town. Phenomenal bar tender makes a great Aperol Spritz. The meatballs, zucchini flowers, bruschetta, are our favorites. The Risotto Ai Frutti di Mare is my personal favorite. You will always be treated like family. Their pride to do the best for you shines through out the staff !

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  20. LupitaC

    Orlando

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant! It is a gem. The food is excellent. Yaya, our host was very nice. Everyone was nice. My lobster dish was exquisite. This is a wonderful evening.

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  21. kathrynm

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious seafood appetizer and entrees. The ambiance was vibrant and lively which added energy to our family dinner. We highly recommend!!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food really the best. Small very authentic, definetly go and have seafood or pasta!!!!

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  23. SarahP

    Raleigh

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Family friendly spot with really delicious food. I loved the Caesar salad, pasta puttanesca, and a pasta dish with shrimp, scallops, and artichokes in a cream sauce.

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  24. RaquelV

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Made a reservation to celebrate my daughters bday at 7:30…was not seated till 8pm….ordered food at 8:45, had to ask the owner at 9:45 why my food was not served yet, she was to busy socializing to be aware. People next to use were seated after us and were served before us. Very disappointed in their service and upset that my daughters bday was ruined. I guess you have to be white to be treated with respect

    1 person found this helpful

  25. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our family’s meals were fantastic, and our server did an excellent job.

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  26. BobS

    Exclusive

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed our dinner experience,,,, and will make another reservation in the future

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed our dinner at Rabia’s. The food was excellent

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good, table was sticky, leaky vinegar bottle dripped vinegar over the table and our hands, a bit overpriced on house wine, charged for cold bread. They were aware we were celebrating our anniversary but did nothing and said nothing. Our experience was ok.

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  29. ErinB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! The wait staff was wonderful and we truly enjoyed our dinner!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food. Super friendly wait staff- a little mix up with our order- but it was remedied. A fun place- a little noisy by the time we left. Would definitely come back!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    linguine con vongole, bellisimo caesar salad with anchovy was excellent quiet location great service

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  32. Carolyna

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I will start by saying we had a reservation on a feast day in the North End, so everywhere was busier than normal, and very loud. With that being said the service was attentive, once we were seated. To get seated took way to long considering we had the reservation and the place is small so there are only so many places they could have seated us. The food was very good, except they under cooked my fish, it was raw on the inside. How do you charge $50 for sea bass and not cook it? The service was very accommodating and had the kitchen make me another plate. My group debated once we received the bill if restaurants actually removed incorrectly cooked items from the bill any more…this place did not. So i essentially paid for takeout last night.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Family friendly staff and the food was amazing. Noise level was not bad. Love the family type atmosphere. Prices are reasonable.

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  34. JimO

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The tables were sticky which should have been a sign to go elsewhere. Several mixed drinks we attempted to order were unavailable and for an early dinner, food items were also already unavailable. Overall food was just ok. Our server was pleasant, but nothing else about it was.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall, the food was good. Drinks were very good. It was quite hard to enjoy our meal because they used Fabuloso to clean the tables between customers. So every other bite was filled with the smell of cleaning solution. I hope they find a non-toxic alternative soon to make dining there much more pleasant.

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  36. nnnn

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice traditional Italian food -- good on the seafood and pastas.

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  37. HappyEating

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yay Yay was awesome! I’d go back just to have her again!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding raw bar, oysters were on point. The entrees were excellent. Food and drinks price point was worth it. Our waitress was a sweetheart. Recommend it, we will be back.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best place for authentic Italian food . Have been a loyal customer for more than 8 years

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Our dinner experience was so bad we will never be back. It’s a shame because the food was pretty good. It is apparent that they are nickel and diming customers at every turn. We had to ask for bread several times before we were served. The service was slow and the absolute worst part was that when we got the itemized bill it was one amount but then when the credit card receipt came the amount had changed. They had removed the itemized bill so we couldn’t compare and we had to ask for it. We were then told that it was an extra 4% charge for using a credit card. So sleazy. If you’re going to charge it then be open and put it in the menu and on the website.

    1 person found this helpful

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Rabia's Dolce Fumo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 227-6637.

Rabia's Dolce Fumo is rated 4.4 stars by 1081 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Rabia's Dolce Fumo

73 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    North End
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 11:45 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Validated parking located at Parcel #7 near North End Garage
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (617) 227-6637
  • Private party facilities
    Located in the heart of Boston's North End, Rabia's is a cozy Italian restaurant with seductive scenery and delicious dishes. The lively yet romantic atmosphere is the perfect place to linger over one of our acclaimed seafood specials, famous pasta dishes, or fresh oysters served on the half-shell.
  • Private party contact
    Ahmad Hayek: (617) 835-9988
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