Sportello

4.7
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$30 and under
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Italian
With two "U"-shaped counters situated around an open kitchen, Sportello (Italian for counter service) offers a menu of Chef Barbara Lynch's trattoria-inspired Italian dishes for both lunch and dinner. A modern interpretation of a diner located in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood, Sportello features an approachable, artisan wine list curated by James Beard Award Winner Cat Silirie. 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 five or more or by request. Requests are honored based on availability.
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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. So delicious that I went back the following day to buy the Chef’s cookbook. It was a meal to remember and hopefully replicate. I loved our waiter. I loved my bolognese. I loved the counter seating. I loved everything about my dining experience. I will be back!

MO
New England
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently excellent and friendly

k
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely service and a fun atmosphere. Food was fine but not as good as we remember it being a few years ago.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only is the ambiance so cool, but the food and drinks are beyond amazing. I recommended Sportello to ANYONE looking for a fine dining experience!!

MS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sitting in the main U Bar is by far the place to sit, lot of energy. Can watch the kitchen move....
- Food was superb as always, gnocci is the must get. Meat plate and the cheese of the day was also a delicious treat.
- Waiter was also great, usually we have Ethan help out in the main seating area, Ted was a great substitute, super helpful and knowledgeable.
- You could feel the energy in the place, especially in that U Bar area.
*Would recommend 100%

A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The food was great, however we were not seated until over an hour past my reservation. 2 of my party of 3 were running a little late, and I went in-person to ask if I could push the reservation from 8pm to 8:20ish. They said it wouldn't be a problem and we checked in with the entire party of 3 around 8:20. We were not seated until after 9pm, waiting a while to get a server, and had to ask for bread twice because we were so hungry after our long wait. I will not be going back and risking such a long wait.

b
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I've been to Sportello multiple times and have always enjoyed the food. Recently stopped in for Truffle Week. Service was very good - prompt, friendly, good wine recommendations. Green salad and cannoli for dessert were all lovely. I ordered the cacio e pepe with the freshly shaved truffles - no complaints about the truffles, but the pasta itself was a disappointment. Cacio e pepe is such a simple dish that it should be done perfectly, with a precise balance of ingredients. This version had no discernible black pepper at all. It looked and tasted like pasta and cheese, plus the truffles. I had to grind a substantial amount of pepper on it to give it some bite. I understand that the dish was probably on the menu in order to highlight the truffles, but it surprised me that the pasta wasn't really tasty enough to stand on its own (and good cacio e pepe should absolutely stand on its own). My companions' dishes were both good (branzino & steak) - and I've had good pasta in the past, so I'll probably come back - maybe this was an off night for the cacio e pepe.

AO
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Lovely evening. The price fix meal was awesome and they surprised us with each course.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual great food, we both had their 2 course lunch special, which was delicious. A nice touch, the waiter offered us a second wine option vs the one we had selected. Never had a bad meal or bad experience at Sportello. Keep doing what you are doing!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food from the octopus salad to the rabbit as well as the tagliatelle. The tagliatelle was incredible. Even the bread offered during dinner was some of the best I’ve had.

ES
Cleveland
50 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Taglietelle Bolognese was very good.

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. I just craved some quality homemade pasta and I got exactly what I was looking for here. The fresh baked bread is also fairly impressive. I’d go back any day!!

C
New England
42 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and atmosphere. Informal setting coupled with spectuaclar food. One of the best restaurants in Boston.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food

JS
New England
77 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Sportello is becoming one of our favorites.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was phenomenal and gave us free wine to complement our entrees. It made the whole experience so much better.

F
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Very creative and tasty foods with an ambience on the noisy side. Service, while attentive, was a bit slow.

MR
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live in SF but always go to Sportello when I'm Boston because I love the casual vibe and great food and cocktails ! Service was awesome too!

KN
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cute diner vibe. Love the bolognaise! Very good service

DJ
New England
173 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love Sportello.... we have been dining there and taking guests and friends there since their opening!
Classics remain on the menu....
and each season an array of new items to select from.

The service is very good, food consistent, staff welcoming and friendly but professional.

What more could one ask for!

LG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

In Boston overnight.

SG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Went for our anniversary dinner and sat at a bar style table on top of many other people (elbow to elbow). Was not the atmosphere we were hoping for, however the food was great.

CS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Sportello experience! Amazing food. A little pricey!

LG
New England
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Sportello. This is one of the best meals around. It isn't cheap, but great food never is. Get the pasta, skip the dessert. They now have cocktails, and those are fabulous, too.

FW
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The menu is not extensive, but includes something for everyone. I have some dietary restrictions and they were great about making adjustments. Interesting dinning at a counter which almost dosen't exist anymore. Definitely a different dining experience.

BM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

I had a pretty good experience the first time I went. I was at a table, so didn't notice the booths' experience. I sat in a booth this time - and it was very uncomfortable. Do not go here if you want to catch up with a friend or have a conversation. The food was way over priced. The cocktail was very small and very expensive. Portions are extremely small.

DM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was actually toggling between four stars and five stars. Why? The service was warm and expert. The ambiance was fun, especially the window seat. The staff acknowledged our anniversary multiple times. And the food was delicious, even stupendous beginning with the fresh tomato soup with savory crouton and keeping apace throughout the chef's tasting menu. The challenge? Well, if food is love, we were smothered in love. Every morsel was delicious- but there was so much of it! So much and we were too ashamed to leave a bite behind or take home a doggy bag. So we indulged - down to the cannolis. Stuffed to the gills we rolled out into the night ...

SF
New England
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Some of the best in the Seaport. The bolognese is incredibly rich and delicious. But they save you by giving you just the right portion sizes. Great location for business lunch with an open 2nd floor overlooking the street.

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Food was great, the feel was similar to a fast food chain which just made the meals seem overpriced though it was really tasty

KT
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was phenomenal!!!!! Everything was delicious. The wine list is extensive. The atmosphere is a bit odd. It’s diner counter seating. The bar is tiny. But there is a nice waiting area. I would 100% recommend this place (but not for a romantic date).

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Sportello. The food was creative and delicious, the service was impeccable and the ambiance was friendly and fun.

KC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing! We waited a tiny bit longer than we thought to just get menus and drinks but otherwise it was fantastic! Tagliatelle and Gnocchi was outstanding!

R
New England
74 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sportello has a wonderful atmosphere, delicious food and terrific service. It’s fun to people-watch across the shared counter. Always a treat!

T
Palm Springs
38 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Really good and thoughtful food. Ordered many dishes and ate too much, but how can one deny an interesting menu?

LD
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

It took 1 hour and 40 minutes to get our food. Half of the dishes at our table were served cold and not edible. For the price this should not happen.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Will definitely return when we are in the area again.

FS
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food excellent and wait staff we’re attentive. Unfortunately , we had to wait 45 min for my reservation! They gave us drinks and bread but that’s a long time to wait....
The chefs menu was outstanding, especially the pasta w rabbit.

A
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pasta, wine, and dessert! Will be coming back!

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