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Sportello

4.6
1771 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:30pm
Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday 4:30pm - 10pm
Thursday-Saturday 4:30pm - 11pm
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Phone number
(617) 737-1234
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Barbara Lynch
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Catering
Barbara Lynch Gruppo catering company 9 At Home offers unique and exclusive catering from No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop and Sportello. Please contact 617-423-4200 or info@9athome.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
A Street
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Parking details
In addition to evening valet ($18) and on-street parking, there are 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 & Congress Street.
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Public transit
For those taking public transportation, we are a short walk from South Station.
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Additional
Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1771 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipHonestandHungry (Miami)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Local gem. Black garlic pasta was delicious

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great setting, very helpful staff. Food was great. We will definitely dine at Sportello again.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Sportello is one of our favorite restaurants and never disappoints. We went for a sunny, Sunday afternoon lunch. Our server was friendly and attentive. My husband had the gnocchi which was, and is, always sublime. Light, creamy with delicate flavors. I had the cod...perfectly seared on top and cooked to perfection. Would give this 8 stars at least if I could!

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vipAlison (New England)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

We chose Sportello to celebrate my birthday. We were unaware that the majority of the seating is comprised of stools around a counter. We wish we would have known (no indication of this on the OpenTable app) as it was as intimate of a dining experience as we would have hoped. I would recommend marking the seating as *alternative seating on the app/website so it's clearer for those that are booking.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Sportello has been on my list of places to try for awhile. While my boyfriend and I enjoyed our meals, we didn't think the entire dinner was worth the price.

We ordered the cheese plate, and all we got was a little slab of cheese. It cost $5 just to get a side of bread to go with it.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Had fun time. 4 of us. Did family style which was OK - appeared they forgot it was for 4 people - salad could have had a few more lettuce leaves, bruschetta type appetizer could have had 4 slices versus 2 slices, things were not cut/sliced for 4, and since it was family style, there should have been some serving utensils provided. All in all was delicious and pacing was perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We love the food. The service. The atmosphere. Everything

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Not worth the $$. Pacing of meal was SLOW AF.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day menu was tasteless and boring. Small portions. Wildly overpriced. Service very slow - took 2.5 hrs to get through the meal.

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Beavo (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Loved this place. The food is fresh, imaginative and tasty. The service efficient and friendly. Sitting at the bar is fun. I will be back.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was quite good, and there are good options on the menu. It's a bit pricey for the food preparation, we got the bolognese ($28) which is stored in tubs in a refrigerator and reheated over fresh pasta. Sometimes the concept of being able to see in the kitchen can work against you.

The service is strange because it's diner seating, so we never felt like we had great service, but waitstaff was friendly and relatively knowledgable.

I'd caution folks, because of the concept it's not very private, and you'll sit next to your date vs across from them, but it did make it easier for us to share.

While a lot of this review seems negative, we actually had a really solid meal, good wine, and for a pair of parents that don't get out much, it was a great night out.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Not sure what the hype is about...food was very unimpressive and really not worth the money. $30 for gnocchi with lobster and there were only a few flecks of lobster to be found. Service was absolutely excellent, unfortunately food did not at all live up to hopes or expectations.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Always wonderful food on point and always delicious and consistent.

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vipenowsh (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was excellent but the menu was very pricey and limited. Amazing service though!

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vipPhepsie (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

The service was impeccable, and the food sublime. We shared the beet and prosciutto salad, the tagliatelle bolognese, and the pork shank. The presentations were simple and elegant, and the tastes were fantastic. They made it easy to share and we felt welcomed and happy to be there. Do wish that the stools at the counter had backs!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and casual ambiance!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was friendly and perfectly paced. Food was bliss! Never a disappointment!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was delicious. We were 4 people so we decided to order the tasting this way we could try more things. The portions are family style but not enough food for 4 people. Next time we each order our own appetizer and main course.

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vipkennethllaw (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The food and ambience were spectacular. We chose three courses for myself and my partner along with wine pairings. All were excellent with one exception. The braiser rabbit pasta was a bit too salty but other than that everything was wonderful. Our server was attentive and extremly knowledgeable about the food as well as the wine.

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vipZoeyBoston (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Great wine list, pasta and service! Lobster gnocchi was awesome, light pillow gnocchi and a generous amount of lobster too. I loved the peas in this dish, made it really fresh. The bolognese was also great, tasty pasta. I would stick with pastas, I had the mussels, they were mediocre.

Totally recommend for great food, great service and fun date spot!

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

Food and service were good but I have had better there. Soup was not hot and tortellini too salty.

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trisaratops (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

At first I was surprised at how casual the restaurant was (barstool seats), but I came to love every aspect of our visit: quickly seated, cozy ambiance, friendly service, and delicious food.

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DavidF (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

The reviews acclaimed Sportello for the food. That's true, but the portions (at least of the pasta dishes) were minuscule . So if you're hungry def order appetizers and don't be surprised at the bill at the end. I really don't understand how these portions can count as entrees, esp at a restaurant pretending to be an upscale diner

Otherwise, service is warm and attentive, really interesting wines by the glass, and close to the ICA

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SCapp (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Creative combinations well conceived and prepared. Outstanding service was attentive and warm yet relaxed.

Only shortfalls were that the veal cheek/mushroom pasta was much too salty and 2 of the entree serving bowls were chipped which was concerning and unexpectedly sloppy.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Visiting from out of town and wanted to experience one of Barbara Lynch’s great Boston standards. We had cocktails at Drink downstairs and then were able to carry them upstairs to Sportello for our reservation when we weren’t finished in time. It was lovely to be able to just enjoy them and not have to rush!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Wonderful- we love it at sportello!

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rkotty (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Always amazing. Never disappoints. Service is incredible and the food is fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
4.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

Get the aged Negroni, better yet, get two.....

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

I mean come on. Stop reading this and go now. I mean, now.

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MicheleandMax (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

We were honeymooning in Boston and were told by other servers from different restaurants that we had to try Sportello, and well, it was our favorite spot. We started with drinks at Drink, which was such an awesome experience. Then had reservations at Sportello. We sat at the U-shaped table and Ethan was our waiter. To be honest, Sportello has the whole package! We had the most romantic dinner, with the best waiter around. Ethan was knowledgeable, friendly, quick to meet our needs, and made us feel like we were friends from the moment we sat down. Now for the food, we were blown away. We did the family style option where we received a 3-4 course meal and chose to have the wine paired with each part. It was splendid. Each course was delightful and unique and well, delicious. We can't wait to come back to Boston to see Ethan and do the night all over again! I definitely will be recommending Sportello to other friends and acquaintances traveling to Boston!

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