Sportello

4.6
2045 reviews
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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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New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was unimaginative, basic elements such as salt and acidity were off in several of the dishes. For the price there are restaurants preparing similar menus that I will go to in the future. I find this is becoming a common thread across the restaurants in the Barbara Lynch Group.

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M
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time. The strazzapretti and bolognese are our favorites, no pasta compares. We tried the duck this time too! Really good and well cooked, but it's hard to stray from the pastas. The crudo was also fresh, complex and a great starter. The best server is Ethan as always, he's hilarious and gives the best recommendations. I'm a regular now.

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MK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place with great food. Close to the harbor.

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CK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent pasta and wine list. Service friendly but slow. A little noisy. Would go back for the pasta anytime!

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VG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and exceptional service. Ethan is great at his job, welcoming and makes us feel special every time we come.

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VR
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit was amazing! First time trying this restaurant. Food and service was on point! We enjoyed the entertainment with the chef behind the line. Our seats were up close and personal! Amazing experience!

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TC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Simple and delicious italian food in a nice open style kitchen setting.

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EC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Its a very nice restaurant, staff is friendly and courteous. I will go back.

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M
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sportello has spoiled us for other restaurants. The food is always exceptional, the service excellent, and the drink menu interesting and good. Great wine list with knowledge to match. Although we never have trouble talking and hearing, we tend to go early before it gets packed.

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IR
New England
38 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Ethan, was fantastic!!! Ask him about the spoon in his apron pocket. He advised us well on the drink and food options, was present without being in our way, and gave us more than a few laughs. Cannot wait to go back. It had been a long while since my last visit and I'm not sure why. Looking forward to this being a semi-regular spot for me again. p.s. - they now offer a full bar!

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h
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We went on a Sunday night. Food was delicious but it was hard to get pass the lack of service. We will try again.

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GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

great service- a little pricey for the quality. staff is excellent

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P
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Unfortunately I was very disappointed after looking forward to dining at Sportello. The service was terrible, food served cold and the food lacked flavor.

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h
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bright, clean, white aesthetic is very modern. The servers had great personalities and provided wonderful service. I went with friends for Dine Out Boston, and every dish we shared was absolutely delicious. I would definitely go back again and I highly recommend Sportello to anyone for any occasion!

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CR
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall very good. Service was attentive. Drinks were good. Staff helped with drink recipe we requested for one of the great drinks they offered. Will go back

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KL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

All pastas are amazing! The gnocchi was my table’s favorite. Some of the best I’ve ever had

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R
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great. Our server was inattentive and visibly on her phone as we sat with empty drinks. We asked for our daughters food with apps but this did not happen. We regularly had to ask a manager/buster for drinks/more bread/cheese etc. for a restaurant that has such good food the service was very disappointing.

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DD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food here is a bit inconsistent. Overall quality is very good. Service is great. I made the mistake of ordering the same meal as previous visit and I was a little disappointed. All in all I can’t wait to go back.

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great option in the Seaport. Quieter, better food and cooler ambiance than Trade or Nebo.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Very knowledgeable server (wine and food). Exceeded expectations, which were already high. Will return soon.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an awesome dinner. We did the three course with wine pairings. It was a lot of delicious food and they were generous with the wine pairings. Barbara Lynch restaurants always have interesting wine pairing with grapes you’d never try yourself all in it was about $100 Which for the quality and quantity was a good deal

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I have been to in Boston. The food was amazing and incredibly original, the restaurant is beautifully decorated, and the value combined was perfect. A perfect place to go to on a date, with friends, or with your family.

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LW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day dinner

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Atrocious. We came for Valentine’s Day and for $95 per person, it was extremely disappointing. The meal was underwhelming and the food was something I could have made @home. Literally one of the dishes was a vegetable tray. Not impressed. Will not be going back.

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SL
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We love Sportello, but the prixe fixe valentines menu left a little to be desired. The food was great but the portions felt really small for the price, and one of the courses especially felt lackluster. Definitely recommend their regular menu - more pasta!!

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C
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

That was the worst dining experience of my life. Total waste of money and we will never be going to a Barbara Lynch restaurant again. Menu was a lie ... lobster tail? Half a lobster tail... oysters? One and my wife got cauliflower. It was a total disgrace. Our second course was a damn vegetable plate ... 100 bucks a person without alcohol for total garbage.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a lunch visit. The ambience was a bit dull. A bit disappointing since I had been in the evening before. Food and service were still great.

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k
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was fantastic. Unfortunately, the service was a bit slow and the stools were uncomfortable (I’m tall and my knees kept hitting the counter wall). Nevertheless, our server was friendly and our experience was enjoyable. I highly recommend for anyone looking for quality Italian.

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C
New England
125 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How can you eat at a large , well lit counter and have an A1 experience? Only Barbara Lynch can create that at Porrell’s. Great for two people who want to dine somewhere with a flair for fun and excellent food and service. Highly recommended
-C

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't order too much! We had the Fava bean dip and the cod entrée to share as appetizers, and a pasta each as our main and we were sooooo full! You really only need a pasta and a glass of wine. The bolognese is really worth it!!!

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B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Prices seem to have increased quite a bit. Service was excellent but food seemed to have gone down a little bit in quality. Somewhat disappointed in our overall experience. We probably will not be back.

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DD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic lunch. This is a FOODYS Resturant!! The braised rabbit pasta dish was delicious . Knowledge server paired it the perfect wine. Can’t wait to go back. Also don’t skip the tomato soap with taleggio cheese crouton.

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A
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! The best Rainbow trout since my mother's. Not to be missed intense blueberry sorbet as part of the chocolate delice. Would love to return with friends.

Downsides: Most seating consists of counter stools, and they're hard and uncomfortable. Also, difficult for a single person to put together a meal without spending a fortune; most parties I observed shared plates.

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JP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Counter seating, especially for groups of 3 or more, can be uncomfortable. But even regardless of party size, counter seating is uncomfortable.

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R
New England
66 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I really enjoyed our dinner at Sportello. We sat at the counter which was great for people-watching. The food was delicious as was the wine and cappuccino. The wait staff was attentive. We look forward to returning!

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SA
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

1) Made a reservation, but almost got sat at the bar. The reason we made reservation was for a table, not a bar seat. Bar seats are stools, which are not easy on the back for a long meal. Also, did not have seat in time for reservation.
2) The wine was awful. Not sure who picks the wine glass selection, but absolutely horrendous. I had “Barbera” or something of the like and either it was rancid or simply gross.
3) I ordered tagliatelle bolognese. It was way too saucy. The pasta was good, but the aauce was too much and too rich. The bread was mediocre at best. The other person I was with ordered Bigoli, it was nothing to rave about.
Overall disappointing.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Salad and oil with bread way too salty. Main meal was succulent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The vibe and ambiance is casual and fun. The food is excellent. It is loud and you can hear the music from Drink below the restaurant. They have the best bread that I have ever eaten. We had olives, prosciutto and coppa for apps and all were excellent. We had 2 different handmade pastas as a main course that were also excellent. Service was attentive and suggestions were spot on.

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b
New England
30 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. I felt like I was in Italy. Wine list was perfect.
Our server was so nice and professional. We’re already planning to go back.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant for a lunch business mean. It is quiet enough for conversation and the food and service are fantastic.

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