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Sportello

4.6
4.6
2493 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

7:00 PM


Booked 47 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 2,493 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. B

    Bostonian

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Italian restaurant and great service! We loved it and we will go again
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    4th time I have been to Sportello. Always a hit.
  3. N

    Noise

    New England

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great vibe. Great service. Since you can see chefs, they should wear gloves. Touching food that I’m going to eat in full view, in this era, doesn’t feel good. Tagliatelle was great. Veal overcooked and dry. I’d come back for pasta and Salumi!!
  4. A

    Amelia

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and a great place for actual conversation over lunch.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was outstanding. Pls fix the door…it was freezing inside.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been coming to sportello for years. Best gnocchi in Boston, amazing soup, and they always have awesome breads!!
  7. N

    Nico

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Food was good, but it did not match the high recommendations we were anticipating. Not great service. Very pricey for what was just "good" food. Will not likely return in a hurry....
  8. K

    Kiwi

    New England

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We split a salad and a pasta for lunch. Both were excellent. The salad was a bit vinegary, which I like. The pasta dish (gnocchi) was outstanding. We wish we lived closer to the restaurant, so that it would be easier to go more often. Or, alternatively, that the restaurant was located in our neighborhood.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Our server was lovely, but I think the restaurant was understaffed. We waited for about 20 minutes before we received water. The team seemed very harried.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New year celebration
  11. a

    aliettee

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Sportello used to be excellent, but the last three visits have been really disappointing. We kept hoping it was just the occasional miss, but at this point we do not plan to return.
  12. MW

    MikeW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food and service were both good. I had the gnocchi - lobster and mushroom - and tomato soup. My friend had the lamb sandwich and he liked it. A good spot for sure!
  13. TC

    TomC

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Penelope great server
  14. CH

    CHILL

    New England

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic pasta dishes! I had the rabbit and pasta. The gnocchi was awesome. Get this dish with the lobster! Have a drink downstairs at Stir too!
  15. SY

    SusanY

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food: delicious! The service: amazing! The servers work as a well-oiled team and our primary server was extremely knowledgable about the dishes, their ingredients and recommended excellent wine parings for our entrees. The atmosphere was more casual than I expected -- it looked a lot like a diner with lots of counters and stools and a few small tables. The kitchen was open so you could see the cooking. It was fun, but has the vibe of a casual neighborhood restaurant rather than an upscale city restaurant. I would definitely go back, but would probably dress more casually.
  16. AN

    AshleyN

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    There was a large (about 1 inch) shard of sharp plastic in the first bite of my appetizer, which was a raw fish dish. I’m deeply worried about the safety and sanitation of a kitchen where plastic shards end up in raw seafood dishes.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    The food was delicious, but the service made me never want to come back. It was not busy night but still had trouble getting people at our table to take our order. And once we ordered they never came back. Shame, because the food was actually very good.
  18. SM

    ShannonM

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food—pricey but that was expected. Don’t skip dessert (amazing panna cotta!)
  19. MG

    MGilly617

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The salad with pickled onions was absolutely delicious, as was the duck entrée, and the bolognese. Fun atmosphere.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The braised rabbit was excellent. The service was also excellent.
  21. a

    apieceoftoast

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely lovely place to eat with friends, for business, casually at the bar, or on a nice date. Excellent level of service, nice atmosphere, and exceptional menu. Work every penny!
  22. L

    Loredog

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience2
    The food at Sportello's is nothing short of spectacular. However, the restaurant is so cold (we have been on 2 separate occasions) we were miserable. Table next to us had puffer jackets and wool hats on during diner, another table near us stood up and left. We mentioned this on both occasions and it seemed to be a known issue. The temperature ruined our meal.
  23. n

    nancym

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The restaurant has very cute atmosphere and open concept. However, it was a cold night and the restaurant stayed very cold. We were sitting next to the window and had to keep our jackets on for most of the evening. The menu is somewhat limited for options but the food was excellent.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was so disappointing. Lamb panini was so fatty and overcooked was inedible. Really poor quality overall so disappointing. Service was nice and wine was great.
  25. JM

    JulesMacrae

    New England

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fabulous evening filled with yummy food :)
  26. N

    Nickname

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience1
    Good going down not good when it came up later. I got sick from the food and couldn’t hear the person across from me
  27. PS

    PaulS

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely want to return: Delicious food / excellent wines!
  28. LM

    LearningMum

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Highly recommend the gnocchi with lobster! The music playing on the PA system was a bit loud for us. The waitperson was excellent! Having to climb stairs to get in was a surprise, though I was able to do it.
  29. MM

    MMKdiner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Some dishes were great, others lacked flavor. Host tried to steer us to countertop seats, even though we specifically reserved table seats saying table seats are typical reserved for larger parties. Service was slow at some points and at others they were rushing us through a course.
  30. CM

    CarrissaM

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was delicious from the salad to the meatball appetizer w fresh bread to the pastas as well as the cocktails. Staff was all friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely no frills but comfortable fine dining. Simple, bright lighting.
  31. TB

    ThomasB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food and wine were excellent, and I expect to pay a lot for good food in Boston. Dinner for two with one cocktail and a bottle of wine was $420. There are other restaurants in Boston and Cambridge that are as good or better, and significantly less expensive, like Pammy's (which is still pricey, but would cost about $100 less). That said it was really very good and I would go back if I were stuck in Seaport.
  32. R

    Ryan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent meal! The food was incredible and Katie, our server, was an amazing guide to our experience
  33. DV

    DianaV

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Love this gem! Had not been in since before covid. So happy to experience again!
  34. KH

    KHPH

    New England

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal I’ve had in a long time! Bolognese and Rabbit were both DELICIOUS! Excellent service as well!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went for our anniversary! We had an amazing dinner with great service !
  36. C

    Claire

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I visited Sportello for the weekend lunch. Showed up at noon but they already ran out of lobsters for the lobster gnocchi. My server suggested to replace the substitute to chicken and I accepted the change. Surprisingly small amount of pinky nail sized chicken dices over the gnocchi came and other dishes were also ridiculously small. After the bill, server brought a bill and found out THEY CHARGED SAME PRICE AS ORIGINAL LOBSTER GNOCCHI. I complaint about the price but they didn’t changed the price Restaurant was very slow but no host at the entrance-waited more than 15min holding my 20lb baby, overall appetizer-sized small portion but extremely pricey, boring menu, outdated tables and interior.. honestly saying this restaurant has no value.
  37. SC

    SC01

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food and service was excellent. Ambience is interesting. Appetizers are creative. Worth a visit.
  38. k

    kathym

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Other a slight upgrade to the seating, I wouldn't change a thing. Fine dining in a casual and lively atmosphere. LOVED IT
  39. R

    Rich

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the atmosphere was lively. A wonderful time!
  40. RP

    RoryP

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent as usual. Great lunch spot! Delicious!

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 4.6 stars by 2493 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today
Google Map for Sportello

348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 2210

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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