Rabia's Dolce Fumo

4.4
894 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 894 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, this is a go to place for all and any occasion. This was our first but definitely not last visit!

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EricP
New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food. Always nice, fun service. A gem of the North End.

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JenR
New England
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience3

We had a reservation but were seated almost an hour late. That said, the staff were lovely and we know it’s not their fault. Seems like something should be done to improve the reservation system, though. The backlog also meant that even when we were seated, we had people hovering over us while they waited, and the door was left open resulting in a draft on our table. On the upside, the food was delicious, as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience1

The place is a dump, but the menu looked good, so we gave it a shot. The service was abysmal. It was freezing inside with most patrons bundled up. I had to have my gloves on between courses. Four small fountain cokes cost $20.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It was a good spot. A quiet Monday night so very empty which I liked. There was a wee fruit fly that became our dinner guest but he was harmless. The food was very good and I’d have no problem coming back again

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MarieD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was awesome! Goblet drink was so fun! The seating was just a bit crowded. Once sat you really can’t move until it’s time to go. Just wish we were less in top of each other. The butternut ravioli was super yummy! Would go back for sure!

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EileenS
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and service. $1 oysters got us in the door but the great food keeps us coming back.

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AmyR
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so good. Had the chicken piccata. Also the drink Salem and Patriot!!!! Been here many times and would go back. My favorite place in the North End!!!

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PennyO
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rabia’s did not disappoint. The food was outstanding and beautiful presentation. The service was stellar. Great experience

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JenniferW
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

We waited over an hour after ordering for main dishes to be served, and the interior needs a face lift. However, food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was decent but we didn’t get seated until 55 minutes after our reservation :(

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alexp
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food service can’t wait to return Christian the owner went out of his way to say hello and Roberto’s service was second to none

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DAVID
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal for friends from out of state. Server was attentive without being omnipresent - very nice!

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KarenB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding! We love seafood and the menu had so many seafood dishes to choose from. An authentic North End restaurant. We will definitely return.

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ParkerM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was ok. Not bad but nothing great. The meatball was good, bread was good. The rest of the food below average. Staff is very unprofessional.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Wilmington
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Venue is wonderful- been there before.
Food was very disappointing- party of 6 ordered six different meals and each one was bad ( one not even edible)
Lobster roll had an odd cheese sauce
Fried clams over done and couldn’t eat because so salty
Remaining pasta dishes - way too much salt and hard to taste anything else

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ljcz
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful Italian seafood dinner in the front window! The food was delicious and the service was warm. Great hole in the wall and it was fun to people watch the passersby on Salem street.

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vnp94
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was okay- great bread during the meal. Good oyster deals.

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Roger
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice authentic Italian restaurant. The food was great and the portions were huge. Nobody finished and we took food home.

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AsmarA
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the only place to eat in Boston‘s north end! Unbelievable hospitality even better quality of food! You will not regret it! I will be going back often!

BM
BostonMan
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic all around! Food and atmosphere is top notch! Christian, Kim and the entire staff make everyone feel right at home!

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SallyB
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating for a last minute reservation. Great food, service and ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Had a 6pm reservation, and was not seated til after 6:30. Poor wait service as well.

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vipAndyK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good place in the North End -- very much enjoyed our dinner outside. Food was very good, and their huge "goblet" drinks were a lot of fun.

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Rover84
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was fantastic, nice atmosphere. Wait staff was a bit slow with drink refills and the check, but there was only 2 of them so in the current climate to be expected.

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BradyB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been eating here for almost 22 years and it’s by far and wide my go-to. Always fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

They didn’t have a table for us when we arrived at our reservation time. Wasn’t seated until 45 min after our time. They forgot to give us the wine list. After we asked for it, we received an empty menu binder. The food took ages and was notttt worth the wait OR price. It was also so loud we had to push the table closer to the booth so we could hear each other. Overall meh, so many better places.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and service was fantastic! Definitely a must when in Boston.

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vipJohnnyPop
New England
21 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fun place with great food! Owners went out of their to make sure we felt like we were guests in their home. Waitstaff was very familiar and informative with menu options & preparation. We had several items, each was fabulous. Everything was sized to definitely be shareable. The giant meatballs were perfectly seasoned like nonni’s! Raw bar items very fresh. Seafood special aka frutti di mare was absolutely incredible with outstanding flavors and variety of seafood! Actually a show piece very few could finish! Definitely will go back! Worth a visit if you’ve never been!

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Mangia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
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
9 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!

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 894 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.