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For 2
7:00 PM
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1768 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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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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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
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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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Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1768 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipHonestandHungry (Miami)
5.0  Dined 15 hours ago

Local gem. Black garlic pasta was delicious

vipAlison (New England)
3.0  Dined 4 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 4 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 4 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

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

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.

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.

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

Not sure what the hype is 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.