Sportello

4.6
2309 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
OUTDOOR DINING:
-Reservations can be made 7 days in advance
-Please confirm your table selection (Regular;Indoor, Outdoor;Patio)
-Please note reservations for our patio are WEATHER PERMITTING and may not be able to be honored in the case of inclement weather
-If you reserve a regular (indoor) table your reservation will be honored regardless of the weather.

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 five or more or by request. Requests are honored based on availability.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 2309 people are saying
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vipAndrewJ
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Regular at the restaurant before COVID. Immensely understaffed. One server for the entire indoor restaurant. It took 45 minutes for us to put in food. It took 90 minutes for us to receive entrees. Won’t return until things normalize.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Had an amazing lunch. Loved the scratch pasta, unique antipasta and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable food and wine! Knowledgeable, wonderful staff!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal

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vipfoodiesnobmom
New England
61 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food despite Covid restrictions. Thank you for staying open!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience1

A lot of restaurants are trying to create an atmosphere when dining outside. There were metal barriers and nothing really decor wise. Thank you!

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SouthEndBosDiner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great! Wish the menu was a bit more expansive, perhaps with a few more options in the starter and entree categories

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vipAnnArborLover1
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Love coming to sportello, great flavors and ingredients but this time did not live up to what we would expect from sportello. We have ordered the gnocchi dish here a few times before, but this time it barely had any lobster or mushrooms so this was very disappointing. The tomato tart was supposed to come with black truffles, there was no truffles on this dish.

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EliA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The look of the place was nothing special but tasty food and good cocktails. Got the meat platter, yummy; 36 dollars is a bit steep though. Would go back.

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Skjh
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Need to invest in ambience to justify the prices .

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KateP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was delicious. The best meal we had in Boston. We will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Steak was overcooked and cold and food was served with 5 or 10 mins between first and last item.

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sully
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience here! Cute little patio out on the street. The food was excellent from start to finish. Definitely recommend the Burratini, Bolognese and coconut cake!

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StacyK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently my favorite restaurant in boston. The quality and creativity of the dishes are off the chart.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The gnocchi was absolutely remarkable, and the tagliatelle was incredible. The homemade focaccia was amazing. Our server, Tommy, was extremely knowledgeable of all the menu items.

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PeterV
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Extraordinary spaghetti and salad. Micro portions and small drinks made us feel a bit short on the end: $140 for two people's entrees, a salad, and two drinks just wasn't worth it.

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vipNYCexpat
New England
40 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around. Consistent and amazing thanks so much

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KusMunds
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

good food, good wine, good ambiance, but a tad expensive.

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TravisM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I made a reservation for my buddy’s bday. They didn’t make it special or do anything for the occasion, which is disappointing. The service wasn’t great and it was pretty loud outside. Otherwise, the food was amazing.

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QueenV
New England
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very authentic Italian food experience. Homemade pastas, fresh ingredients, incredible recipes paired with excellent wine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They have the BEST Bolognese in town!

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Krispy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Good wine and salumi, but the entrees were frankly underwhelming. If you do go, the pasta dishes are probably your best bet. The dining space is somewhat uninspired, even at the lower price range it comes at. Somewhat disappointing experience from one of the most significant chefs in Boston.

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MPTA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everyone was super nice, we didn’t have a bite we didn’t like and it exceeded high expectations.

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vipFishgirl
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and fabulous service. Go for the pasta which is out of this world.

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vipvinrouge2
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Can’t get a better pasta dish in Boston, and their is plenty of competition. Wine selection was eclectic and something for everyone

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ClaudiaH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing as was the service. The only issue I had was that I thought our reservation was for an outdoor table but there was not one available when we arrived. This could be an issue. with OpenTable, though. The pasta with the braised rabbit is incredible!

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vipRaqs
London
28 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We got cocktails fairly promptly however it took our waitress 35 minutes to take our order. We ordered focaccia which was dense and not well executed. The fig salad was just ok. My husband had gnocchi with lobster which was beautifully done, light and yummy. However my caramelle pasta was heavy and the pancetta wasn’t properly rendered and the dish was too salty. Dessert didn’t happen as the coconut are we wanted had finished. The entire experience was extremely underwhelming!

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vipBelicious
New England
65 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, drinks and service continue at a high level despite working under difficult circumstances and restrictions. Staff are upbeat and do a fantastic job at making the dining experience a pleasant one.

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vipThiloH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We had high expectations of Sportello, we heard many good things especially about the good food. Unfortunately we were disappointed by the food. The chicken marsala was below par and so was the tomato soup.
Service, drinks and ambiente were all fine and are certainly not the reason for the poor rating.

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vipNYCexpat
New England
41 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, delicious top notch food, great location.

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DeannaF
New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Condition of tables for outside dining was poor. Pricing for food served is a disgrace. Chicken marsala ordered had no mushrooms????? until requested and then sauce presented was disgraceful-watery and made with pre-dried mushrooms. For the cost, the steak was a disgrace-paper thin and definitely not what was expected. Best part of meal was the focaccia bread. Overall the meal was definitely not worth the money. If I did not have a gift certificate, I would have not paid for the meal. Will not return or attend another restaurant affiliated with this group.

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vipNYCDiner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They’ve done a great job adapting to the current challenge and created a nice outdoor space. Service was terrific - well informed waiter who made excellent food and wine recommendations. Delicious food! The bread can’t be missed!!!

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Isabel
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!!!!

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vipBelicious
New England
65 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the 1st time I ate at the outdoor patio. the weather was perfect and it was later in the evening so thee wasn't much traffic.
The staff are doing a brilliant job at providing service since they have to go up and down the stairs multiple times to bring the food and drinks to the patio tables.
The food continues to be tasty and perfect for the summer palate.
Be sure to make a reservation as there are a limited number of tables.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yup
Yes Hahahahaha

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The food was extremely salty and presentation was lacking. I ordered the Braised rabbit while my friend ordered the Chicken picata. Hers was so salty, she could barely eat it. Portions were small and they don’t have bread (we ended up ordering the focascia bread which is the only good thing we had). Did not seem like an Italian place at all with their smaller portions, lack of flavor, and no bread?!

I never mind paying a lot for good food but quality of food did not justify the cost. Would not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Absolutely delicious food and drinks, which is what matters most. The burrata salad, gnocchi, and tagliatelle was outstanding. I love the inside of Sportello and wanted to try the outdoor area because of COVID - I and was a little disappointed in the ambiance, I think some flowers and lights would make a huge difference out there!

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vipTheatregoer
London
22 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience1

We decided to try Sportello based on the reputation of the Barbara Lynch group and their excellent COVID safety protocols. The apps were outstanding and my husband loved the rabbit dish. After reading multiple reviews about the outstanding tagliatelle Bolognese, I decided on that. Unfortunately, I can’t agree with the reviews. It wasn’t hot, the pasta was overcooked and it was more soupy than I prefer. The cappuccino was burned and the coconut cake was dry.
The atmosphere is sterile. It’s a good stop but definitely not for a special occasion.
The wait staff was great and the cleanliness and rule following deserve respect.

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Foodie2000
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Sat outside on the street as requested. Some of the chairs were filthy. It would have been easy to spray them down to get the visible dirt off. Who wants to dress up nice for dinner and sit in a filthy chair? Asked for what type of water we wanted by 2 different ppl. Next, we placed drink orders. Initially, we were told that if we didn't like the drink options on the menu, we had the option to order drinks from their sister establishment "Drink" next door. With that in mind, one person in our party asked for an Aperol Spritz. They said they didn't have Aperol but would make it taste similar. It didn't. (So, Drink doesn't carry Aperol, really???) What they served in place of it had a medical taste. One of the house cocktails on the menu also had a medicinal taste. Two of us got the "Chicken Marsala." The Chicken Marsala had zero taste of Marsala wine and the overall preparation had absolutely no resemblance, both visually and in taste, to traditional Chicken Marsala in any way. Would definitely expect better from this restaurant group. Severely disappointed in the "Chicken Marsala." Someone else in our group had the Gnocchi with Lobster and said it was fine. If I ever went back, I'd probably get pasta. We shared Tiramisu for dessert. It tasted fine. Tiramisu came in a bowl. It filled half of the bowl in height and filled the circumference of the bowl. It had a more dense cake-like texture than a traditional Tiramisu. Service was OK overall.

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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 4.6 stars by 2309 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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