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Sportello

4.4
4.4
2406 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
With two U-shaped counters situated around an open kitchen, Sportello (Italian for counter service) offers a menu from Chef Barbara Lynch featuring trattoria-inspired Italian dishes for both lunch and dinner. A modern interpretation of a diner located in the Boston Fort Point neighborhood, Sportello features an approachable, artisan wine list. Snag a stool at the counter and enjoy a bowl of handmade pasta!

Please note: Sportello is primarily counter seating, but does have several tables for more conventional seating. Tables are available for parties of four or more. For parties of 7 & up, please fill out a form on our website.

INDOOR DINING: Reservations can be made 30 days in advance, and due to the small nature of our restaurant, table seating is limited.

We are currently not offering outdoor dining at this time.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Wed–Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 737-1234 ext. 1

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Barbara Lynch

  • Private party facilities

    Sportello does not have a private space, but the restaurant is available for a full buyout of our space. Prices vary based on date, time and number of guests. Please fill out our private events form available on our website.

  • Private party contact

    events@sportelloboston.com: (617) 399-8513 ext. 108

  • Neighborhood

    Fort Point Channel

  • Cross street

    A Street

  • Parking details

    Please note due to COVID-19 restrictions we are currently not offering valet services however there is on-street parking, several open air lots and garages within two blocks of Sportello. There is a large garage on Stillings Street, a small lot on Farnsworth and several large lots on Boston Wharf Road and Congress Street.

  • Public transit

    For those taking public transportation, we are a short walk from South Station (Red Line) or Courthouse (Silver Line)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,406 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    The food is amazing here, but we were surprised to be seated at a bar style table for our anniversary. It made it a little hard to have a romantic dinner.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was knowledgeable and friendly and the food and cocktails were amazing!
  3. T

    Tfamily

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    While the food was very good, the prices were quite high for the tiny portions. If you are thinking of getting a pasta OR a main for dinner, you should get both if you don't want to leave hungry. The bread basket was really good and the crudo appetizer was good but very small. Unfortunately, the dessert was disappointing and we should have skipped it but we were still hungry (ha ha). The tiramisu was really dry and the panna cotta was just okay. The was something really bitter on it that was a surprise. Finally, the service was awesome!
  4. JK

    JeffreyK

    Naples

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was AMAZING. But not inexpensive. Left full though.
  5. C

    Caro007

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good place! Small menu but great choices! The food is very good and the pasta are definitely fresh. The staff is awesome and makes everything to make you confortable. We waited our meals for an unusual long time (they had some issues in the kitchen) so they offered us a glass of wine as well as the deserts - we didn’t ask for anything… I don’t know a lot of places which would do that so great customer experience. I will definitely come back!
  6. RC

    RickC

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience2
    Excellent food and good service were overshadowed by our table location which was within arm's reach of the entrance/hostess station and 8 feet from the restaurant's 3 washrooms. When someone opened one of these doors, we were a victim of a bright flash of light.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everythinv was just perfect.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal! We got the salumi and cheese and it was huge! Then shared the strozapetti with rabbit which was simple and delicious. I had the duck confit and hubby had the wagyu beef, both very good, but I liked his better. Would definitely go again!
  9. g

    gb2292

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Terrible seat at the counter. Wedged in between two couples with a post blocking my view. Normally the counter is an ideal seat for a lone diner but not here. My seat was so bad that I couldn’t enjoy the food which I would rate as average under the circumstances
  10. LO

    LizO

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Wonderful service, delicious food, cool Boston ambiance. Had a great meal before a show @ Leader Bank Pavilion in Seaporr district (10 min walk from restaurant) loved that they recognized and were subsequently able to accommodate the special requests in Open Table app.(which many miss) great cocktails too. You won't be disappointed! Thank you for a great night!!!
  11. N

    Noiseman

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, wonderful food and excellent service. Staff friendly but not intrusive. A perfect experience!
  12. V

    Vincent

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best meal we have had in Boston. My ravioli was an absolute mind boggling experience. Watching the chef, we were mesmerized. Like a machine. Will definitely return when possible. Thanks for the great experience.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food ! Everything was delicious and out of this world good. Highly recommend this place . Definitely coming back
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food delicious - there was just a hiccup in service with nobody coming to see me for around 5-10 mins after being seated, which was unfortunate. Great after that through.
  15. MS

    MichaelS

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sportello is very cool and the food is outstanding.
  16. GH

    GrahamH

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Average food, overly salty ravioli. American style Italian food. Service very mediocre. Open kitchen looked dirty and staff looked unhappy and stressed.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    The environment was nice but the food was terrible and overpriced. $44 for a duck leg, $29 for 7 raviolis….. this restaurant is not worth it.
  18. CD

    ChrisD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a couple of very simple dishes and they were excellent. The place is crowded and loud but the food is definitely worth it.
  19. GV

    GreatValue

    Philadelphia

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent meal in a unique, open dining environment. Perhaps the best food we had while in Boston and a great value. Great for a semi-casual date night. Get the wagyu!! The tagliatelle was awesome, too. Would definitely dine again!
  20. TM

    TMLPrivat

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I had been to Sportello pre-pandemic and it was excellent. This time I was disappointed. The meat and cheese plate was what you would expect at any Italian deli - nothing special in the prosciutto or Salcicce, and the cheese was way too cold for a cheese board. The snapper was a filet on top of canned artichoke hearts and baby leeks, with a romesco sauce that was blah - not a hint of spice or zing. The strozzapretti was good but lacked any color or contrast. Not a place I would return with a business client.
  22. TG

    TracyG

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    A great meal overall. All of the antipasti were delicious, well balanced pastas, perfectly cooked steak. I would say avoid the vegetable sides as they were bland and didn’t add anything to the otherwise excellent food. The tiramisu was the perfect ending.
  23. R

    Regulardiner

    New England

    501 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    501 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful to be back. This is one of my favorite places in the Seaport where my office is located. I treated a friend from NYC and she liked it.
  24. TV

    TVP617

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    I've made reservations for a table well in advance, nevertheless we got seated at the bar (although there were some tables available). As fun as it is to have the bar seating, this time we really would prefer the table, it was a special occasion, which I indicated on my reservation. We celebrated not one, but two birthdays. If this is not going to be acknowledged in any way, why ask if there is an occasion? The food is good, the wine is good, but the service was impersonal and dampened the whole experience, going from mediocre to worse, as we had to wait a long time for the dessert menu and even longer for the check.
  25. L

    Luckyfuso

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    It just so happened it was their first day opened for lunch. The staff was friendly, but even though the space is not large we had to flag down a server a few times. For an inaugural event, they did well. I am not familiar with restaurants in the area, but to me the portions seemed small and the prices for both alcohol and food on the higher side. That said, the food was incredible. Great ingredients, superbly prepared, and carefully plated.
  26. BO

    BOND

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    $14 for a small bread basket - this should be included if you have sides for $20, pasta dishes starting at $30, and Entree's $40+. Overall the food and service were great but way overpriced.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    I wish they would add items to their menu. I also have been coming for years for the gnocchi and feel like the portions get smaller and smaller and the price gets higher and higher. I was bummed with the limited selection of cheeses as well. The service and ambiance were just okay, especially for Mother’s Day. The server didn’t know much about the menu, perhaps they were new but also wasn’t very personable. The woman behind me kept accidentally bumping me with a chair because it was so tight. I used to think of this restaurant as a nice option for special occasions/dinners but I think my days at Sportello’s might have come to an end.
  28. H

    kimH

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food is amazing but it is extremely expensive.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sportello is my neighborhood go-to. Always excellent.
  30. C

    Connor

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, great service and a great location.
  31. MO

    MONICAC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant! Food is always fantastic. Had the Burrata, tuna tartar, gnocchi, ravioli, waygu, brocolini, Pana cotta, sorbet. Everything was incredible
  32. s

    seano

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was delicious hands-down. Very pricey, $14 for a basket of bread is excessive. After dinner we went around the corner and bought a pizza… It would not take much to increase the portions a little… Dinner for two was over $150, no appetizers a glass of wine and a cocktail. Plus dessert that we shared. It was very good but I won't be going back.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sportello makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. Except the kid is 34 and the candy is pasta. Plus great drinks and espresso!
  34. F

    Frenchyp

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    The staff were excellent! Food was not bad but not worth the price. Not a bad experience though.
  35. DC

    DisappointedCustomer

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Lovely location. Nice atmosphere. Food tasty. Service left a lot to be desired and was bordering on rude.
  36. DL

    DevonL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    This place was incredibly overpriced. I ordered the rabbit pasta and it tasted like salty water with slimy pasta, absolutely not worth the $30!!!! Price tag. I’m from london in the UK, a similar pasta restaurant would charge $10 for a plate of pasta in the centre. The prices are obscene. Add to that a 20% service charge (optional but also not optional)… would not recommend
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Overhyped, food was decent but way better Italian places in north end
  38. ML

    MeganL

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Prices increased by way too much recently and they were out of stock of their lowest priced bottles on a busy Friday night! The alternatives costed significantly more. Poor
  39. FF

    FabianaF

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    This place is usually good but this last time it was a hot mess. I’ll let this one slide because it was super busy during marathon weekend and they were training the wait staff but everything just went wrong: no drinks menu provided until we asked, drinks served after we finished the appetizer, food and bill placed on the wrong table, the saddest duck confit ever, skin wasn’t even crunchy (looked like a chicken leg) and the 2 pieces of fennel/citrus accompaniment didn’t warrant the $44 price tag. At least the tagliatelle delivered in taste and portion. Maybe next time is better?
  40. F

    Frida

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service as usual. Food was amazing, tenable ready on time

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Sportello using the Order Online button. Sportello also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 737-1234 ext. 1.

Sportello is rated 4.4 stars by 2406 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for Sportello

348 Congress Street Boston, MA 02110

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    A Street

  • Neighborhood

    Fort Point Channel

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Wed–Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Please note due to COVID-19 restrictions we are currently not offering valet services however there is on-street parking, several open air lots and garages within two blocks of Sportello. There is a large garage on Stillings Street, a small lot on Farnsworth and several large lots on Boston Wharf Road and Congress Street.

  • Public transit

    For those taking public transportation, we are a short walk from South Station (Red Line) or Courthouse (Silver Line)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Barbara Lynch

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 737-1234 ext. 1

  • Private party facilities

    Sportello does not have a private space, but the restaurant is available for a full buyout of our space. Prices vary based on date, time and number of guests. Please fill out our private events form available on our website.

  • Private party contact

    events@sportelloboston.com: (617) 399-8513 ext. 108

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