Sportello

4.5
2367 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 or by request.

INDOOR DINING:
- Reservations can be made 14 days in advance
- Due to the small nature of our restaurant, a table is not guaranteed for parties less than 4

OUTDOOR DINING:
- Please note reservations for our patio are WEATHER PERMITTING and may not be able to be honored in the case of inclement weather

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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
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 2367 people are saying
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Richard
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant! The gnocchi was outstanding. My only regret was they ran out out bread, thus forcing me to scrape the bowl clean with my spoon the best I could. I recommend it highly.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, good service and very nice ambiance!

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vipTodd
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a terrific dinner at the counter corner table. It was loud with amazing food and a great wine list. Highly recommend.

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vipSlsnp
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Spicy tomato soup , tagliatelle and spaghetti with clams all on point ! Great evening of dining :)

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DwightF
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall a very good restaurant for Italian food in Boston.

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TroyH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent. Modern Italian. Really good Italian wine list. Very noisy and great for couples at counters to talk and share. Would love to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Just alright

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vipashleyv
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sportello literally has some of the best food & decor in the city of Boston - would highly recommend

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JoeB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my father

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved that you can watch the staff cook while you wait! Everything was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience. Our server was very knowledgeable and so polite. The food, especially the focaccia and tagliatelle were perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Asked for tap water and were brought bottled water. Ordered gluten free gnocchi, got tagliatelle one hour and 40 minutes later. No communication from our server. Asked for the manager and he was very gracious. The table next to us also struggled with service.

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JanetO
New England
34 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Fabulous food and happy we could sit outside during Covid. But outside was very noisy - when trucks went by (very frequently on a week night) conversation had to stop until they passed. Would not go back until I was comfortable eating inside.

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vipSamadams
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tastes. Amazing wait staff. We are not regulars to the Seaport but this little gem would be our hangout if we were!!

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1DiscriminatingTaster
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The 3 guests I was with ordered bolognese and one received spaghetti with clams but the server quickly resolved his order. They all received a very healthy portion and I was told it was very good.
I ordered spaghetti with clams which was a significantly smaller portion, about the size of a small coffee cup tipped upside down and had only 6 clams which were the size of a dime. I left with room to spare

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HarukoE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, ambiance were all wonderful. We very much enjoyed our dinner.

JP
vipJilP
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

overpriced place with very small portions. charcuterie was good

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

More of a casual place than one for a date

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Modern, clean design with tables and large countertop seating. Reminded me of a diner on some level. Bustling energy with lots of activity. Service was good, although I could see other servers that were more responsive to their tables than ours was. Our table looked out into the street and it was great to see all of the activity around us. Food was excellent. It is expensive, but the gnocchi I ordered was sublime. I had no ideas it could be so light and delicious. I would absolutely recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Bad service, food, and ambience. Table chipped all over top. Food over cooked and over salted. And service borderline rude. Would be ok for 18 dollar food. Not for prices charged.

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MicheleG
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. Thanks for a wonderful meal and experience.

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George
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

The food and service were good, but my wife nearly passed out during our anniversary dinner because the AC in the restaurant was not working during the summer heatwave. We ended up asking to get our entrees as takeout since it was so hot inside and my wife was not feeling well, and of course, pasta this good isn’t nearly as enjoyable when taken out of a plastic container. Moreover, since we drove over 1 hour to check out this restaurant, it also didn’t help that the seating situation is uncomfortable at the bar (especially when we couldn’t hang up or check-in a suit jacket and a purse and work bag). We had booked our reservation for a special occasion, thinking we’d be seated at a table. Instead, we overheated, were uncomfortable, felt anxious about the lack of social distancing when it came to seating at the bar amid the latest Covid surge, and left prematurely.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Lots of wasted potential here. Staff stretched too thin (servers making cocktails…seriously?). Hospitality lacking (esp the host. Really hope she wasn’t the GM). Food has potential but needs some serious oversight. Under seasoned, missing ingredients. Owner should have a serious look in here. Hoped for a better night…

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vipbarrington
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

pasta was very good, but took over an hour just to get bread. 1 1/2 hours to get our meal and the appetizer came out after our dinner....

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food and service was good but counter seating is tight and awkward. A little over priced for what it is.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio was a great option

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DianaL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Best Bolognese ever. Noodles are delicate in texture and broad enough to capture the perfectly balanced sauce. Gnocchi is a garlic lover's delight offset by the sweet lobster. Arugula soup, served cold, whispers it's flavor; a perfect restorative for hot summer nights. The Gelato and Espresso dessert combines into cascading temperatures and textures. It's just fun to see the components swirling in a confluence of taste. Ambiance is a let down. To name the décor is difficult, but "neglected Spartan" comes to mind. The music is a good eclectic mix, lively enough to fill lulls in conversation but not intrusive otherwise. Do not deny yourself the pleasures that emanate from Sportello's kitchen. All else fades to background with your first taste.

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drPK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pasta was excellent. Great flavors in all our main/ pasta dishes

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CindyC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food, drinks and service were top notch!! First time here, definitely coming back. The gnocchi dish I had was one of the best I’ve eaten! Compliments to your chef’s!😍

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

You’re probably going to be drawn to Sportello for all the same reasons that we were: Barbara Lynch, the feature in Best of Boston 2021, the lively Seaport location. Unfortunately, it seems like the buzz that has surrounded this restaurant for years is probably just flies. My boyfriend took me here for dinner to celebrate my new job, and it was just a bummer from the moment we walked in the door. The counter seating is fun and kitschy, but the lighting is harsh and the noise overwhelming. The layout of the restaurant should make it such that the waitress is easily accessible, but ours (albeit friendly) was always just out of reach. Our 90 minute timeslot stretched to well over two hours, mostly due to a delay in getting our food. The ricotta appetizer was by far the highlight, super yummy, but everything else was a miss. The salad was too anchovy-heavy, the pork belly was fatty and bland, the lobster gnocchi was under-seasoned and the bolognese was just underwhelming. The affofato was nothing more then a stale biscotti drowning in a cup of cold espresso. Then the bill came… We are happy to spend good money and good food, but this was just such a waste. I wish I had heeded other reviews to steer clear! If you must go to Sportello, try to order off the ciccetti menu, which looked more promising. But honestly, you are better off at any of the other restaurants in the area. Note to Barbara Lynch: Time to pop in on your waterfront wunderkind. It needs your attention.

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Andrew
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved being back at one of my favorite spots in Fort Point Channel / Seaport

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This place is very expensive for slow service, mediocre food and a very bright, loud, and unappealing ambiance. Won’t be back.

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SuzanneP
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bolognese was delicious as usual. I like it when it has some heat added which it didn't this time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very yummy!

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vipKennedy
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music was a tad loud.

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vipJeffN
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First off our waiter was fantastic. He made great recommendations in regards to both food and wine. The atmosphere was really fun too. Would definitely go back.

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acal
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Loved the Food and Service. It was amazing. Not crazy about set up. Think more tables than bar stools. For the prices and the quality of food, you want to sit with your party at a table.

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vipMargie
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Arugula soup with burrata which was light and interesting. And we had the bolegnese which was amazing. Service was great.

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EmmaM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food, great service, really cool ambiance! Highly recommend :)

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vipLammy
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The pasta was just fair. Not worth the price. We were disappointed. The old menu and chef was better.

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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 4.5 stars by 2367 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.

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