Rabia's Dolce Fumo

4.5
866 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 866 people are saying
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Mangia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Rabia's accepted our OpenTable reservation for 9:30pm. When we arrived the staff and manager were locking up the restaurant and going home. They expressed no care whatsoever for ruining our dinner plans, not even a polite apology or recommendation for an alternative restaurant option in the area. Rabia's doesn't pay attention to or maintain their online information accurately, and do not care if it ruins other people's plans for the night.

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vipLaurieM
New England
55 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location, service, and food. Highly recommend in the North End!

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Foodie
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood was fresh and perfectly cooked! Pasta carbonara highly recommended!!

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vipJenj
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved all our dishes except the Charcuterie Board. Very expensive for the 4 pieces of lunchmeat and a few pieces of cheese. We loved the pasta and the seafood, lobster and oysters were fantastic. Good wine, too. Attentive service and friendly yet lively atmosphere. We love coming back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome
We loved everything

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vipnonnie
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing @thiccbuthungry gave us the idea after we saw there post and decided to give it a try . The drinks were amazing and the food and service was exceptional.! I will definitely be coming back !

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GregoryA
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great choice. Roberto (longtime Rabia waiter) was very attentive and always seems to be having fun, no matter how busy it is. The “powered-up seafood pasta” was absolutely loaded and plenty of food for 2 people.

New owners have redecorated a bit, making the place brighter inside.

You won’t go wrong with this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Really slow kitchen. Took us forever to get our food. Others had the same experience. Food was good, not great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious I will definitely be back!

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Nick
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christian (the owner) is the nicest guy always makes you feel like family, the food is unbelievable, great prices and portions can’t beat this place!

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VIvi
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Exceptional food- every appetizer was fresh and perfect and the dinner was even better! Our waiter was attentive and his suggestions were spot on! Thank you!

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JakeE
New England
17 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we had a great experience at Rabia's. We arrived a little early but were seated immediately. Our server cane over quickly with menus, introduced herself have us the specials, and took our drink order. Drinks,appetizers, dinner, and dessert were all ordered in a timely fashion with no lag time in between nor were we rushed in any way. It was a wonderful and relaxing meal. The food portions were both delicious and large enough to satisfy without over stuffing ourselves. It wasn't or first time here and certainly won't be the last.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The owners visited each table and made everyone feel welcome and like part of the family!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing meal and incredible service! The seafood is so fresh and delicious! My favorite place to be!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charcuterie board was exquisite. Seafood Fradiavlo was cooked to perfection. They were VERY accommodating of my 15mo and even gave him a plate of fries free of charge. Great service.

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vipScottoInFoHills
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tampenade!!!
THE LOBSTER ROLL!!!
It's all that.

The clam chowder was everything a clam chowder should be. Huge chunks of potato, too!

They accommodated my request to have a vegetable instead of fries, and they made a delicious sautéed broccoli with garlic and olive oil!

The staff could not of been more friendly, yet they were in no way oversolicitous.

Pretty much a perfect place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh, delicious seafood, impeccable service, drinks were on point, everything was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining experience with an attentive and knowledgeable server.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, the food was fresh and well prepared. Our service was top notch. Can’t wait to go back. Would recommend to everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and nice atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipMorgan13
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

After two hours of waiting for our dinner and the fifth time asking if it was coming out, the hostess told us ten more minutes so we left.

People who sat after us were finishing their dinner. Enough said, I’d never go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was very good, waiter was not at all attentive. The owners apologized and the bus boy was very helpful

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Sandapanda
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been to very many restaurants in the North End. Rabia is now my favorite!! Great choice for the friends we brought in whom had never been to North End. Looking forward to going back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Every dish (everything w lobster) was astounding especially the Lobster Risotto.

Henry was incredible.

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vipBostonMike
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Probably more like 3.5 stars but not because of the food. This has been one of our favorite restaurants to go to for the food over the years. Everything is delicious and the portions are a very good size. However, when it was just Rabia's before they sold it to the new owners the atmosphere and lighting was more relaxing with an old school North End vibe and nice soft lighting. The new lighting after the remodel is just brutal. Way too bright and harsh as they use the new LED lights that in a addition to being very strong is just not very flattering. I would love to see the lighting made softer. That might not be such a big deal to some to me it took away substantially from the atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! Attentive staff

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OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Good was great but the restaurant did but seem clean. Perhaps post pandemic but bathroom was gross and bite into kitchen looked sketchy

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JimA
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the salmon scallop risotto special, cooked to perfection and the Veal Francese, light with a touch of garlic and onion. Also very good. Will return.

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vipManny
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun place, fun neighborhood!! They were busy-busy-busy, which always means great food!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my fav places in the north end. Treat you like family & it’s just a fun vibe

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Muncher
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I made a reservation for 4 people, at 7:30pm, for my birthday dinner, on our first night in Boston. It seems that reservations are really just a way to guarantee customers - without having a table for them. We (party of 4) got seated roughly 45 minutes after our reservation time. There were multiple other groups with the same reservation time who all stood around waiting for a table to become available. People with later reservation times got seated before us, just because a table for, say 3 people, opened up before one for 4 did. It was frustrating to be standing outside waiting until a table happened to open up. Why even have reservations?

Worst of all? When we finally got seated and scanned the QR code to get the menu, the prices on it were MUCH more than the prices of the menu on their website OR the menu they had posted right outside the door - and believe me, I had a lot of time to study it while I waited. An example? The oyster shooter is priced at $5.00 on their site, and $5.95 on the menu at the restaurant. The menu we scanned when we sat down? Oyster shooters were $9.95 - quite a significant difference. This pricing increase applied to most menu items we looked at. Really shady considering you only find this out once seated at your table.

Service was nonexistent. We waited maybe an hour to get 3 appetizers, had 2 bottles of wine... and never got around to ordering an entree. Between how long everything was taking and the price gouging while there, it didn't seem practical to order anything else.

The food we had was decent but nothing special, and nothing to warrant the waits, service, or cost. Truly disappointing experience considering this was our first night in Boston and my birthday dinner. I would not return or recommend this restaurant to anyone. I am thrilled they are busy after the struggles of COVID, but stacking reservations and price gouging customers? Unacceptable.

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judester
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious and fun atmosphere. Zucchini Blossoms, grilled octopus, Lobster Risotto and Seafood Ravioli! All super fresh and beautifully prepared!

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TravelingMan
New England
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic raw bar-Henri is the best!

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vipSarahW
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of my favorite places in the north end. They do not rush you through dinner, and everything, from cocktails to dessert, is delicious.

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mbluvsne
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you need to eat as much lobster as possible while visiting Boston from the Midwest, this should be a stop. Definitely. MANY lobster options, and, honestly, the roll was one of the best I've had recently and I have had MANY types. I am a roll purist and just like butter, lobster and really good roll. Rabia's is all of that, so delicious. I had the expensive but worth every penny 1.25 lb. lobster out of shell on mushroom risotto. Truly perfection. Also loved a stuffed zucchini blossom special appetizer, the large variety of oysters, and eating someone else's cioppino.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks!

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JakeE
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my mother to dinner for Mothers Day and had a fabulous time. The food was great and our server was on point with recommendations and understanding of needs. We had a nice relaxed dinner with the owners also being attentive and stopping by to check on us. The only drawback was waiting when we first entered we stood waiting for someone to acknowledge we were there, we were a little early for our 6:15pm reservation and the place was fairly empty but we were basically ignored by staff who were standing around talking to each other. So while it definitely started on the wrong course it improved quickly when we were finally seated

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 4.5 stars by 866 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.