Sportello

4.7
1905 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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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Delivery or takeout
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
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4.7
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4.5
service
4.2
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4.1
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The best Italian food I've had in Boston. The Bolognese was outstanding, potato gnocci perfectly light and fluffy. Service was a little slow, but the charm of the waiters made up for it. We drank a bottle of good Lambrusco and enjoyed watching the staff and other diners in the unique counter-style environment.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The food was well-prepared and tasty. Would definitely go back again!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We were in Boston at the beginning of a 2 week trip around New England and ate at Sportello on our first day in town. We loved it so much that we went again at the end of our vacation. Wish we had Sportello back home in Northern California. Food is simple, well-prepared and so delicious. Service is excellent, atmosphere is light and fun. All around great dining experience.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We tried this place for restaurant week. The food was very good. The bread to start is soft and flavorful. The salad app was great with kale, pears and goat cheese. I had the sea bass which had a wonderful crispy skin and it sat in a flavorful broth. I'd get that again. For a dessert, I got the sorbet & gelato - yummy!

Only down fall is that they do not have a full bar. There is a cocktail menu, but they can only make those cocktail. We asked for a vodka soda & old fashioned and it wasn't possible. Not a huge deal, but important to note.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

My husband and I had a fabulous “date lunch” at Sportello. Our food was amazing, the service was attentive, the table next to the window was perfect!! We had such a great time! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

It was a packed restaurant, but they service and food were excellent and we were seated quickly after checking in.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Ethan was a fantastic and very engaged waiter. Food was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

If you love quality food, this is the place for you. We chose the meal option where they just cook and bring you three courses. At $55, this was an amazing experience. You can tell thought and love go into each plate. Portions were perfected. We topped it off with the chocolate delice. Would definitely go again!

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3.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Creating 1/2 portion entrees would be an attractive options for those with smaller appetites wanting to try more than one course. The kale salad was one of the best ever; massaged with the perfect amount of dressing; zesty and sweet with a balance of flavor, texture and satisfaction. Chocolate mousse with plum sorbet and caramel was a beautiful combination of flavors that made tastebuds sing!

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

We had a great restaurant week dinner at Sportello! The Heirloom Tomato salad was absolutely perfect, as was the tomato soup. The Snapper was also excellent, but I was underwhelmed by the Cacio de Pepe, the portion was very small (especially for the price!) and the flavor was a little thin. Both desserts were terrific also, and I loved watching the action in the kitchen.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

First time here. Had an early reservation at 5.00. Was quiet but still eno Huh atmosphere. By 7 the place was jumping and maybe a bit too loud tbh. Food was really excellent. The crostini apps were amazing. Buratta anyone. Wow. Had the whole Dorade for entree. Stunning. Would recommend. I will probably aim for earlier slots so a bit quieter. Cools sitting at bar but they also have tables. Very attentive service.

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2.0Dined on August 7, 2018

For all the hype this restaurant gets and it’s menu prices, I was expecting it to be a great place to get together with our friends and catch up over dinner. Unfortunately, the noise level and extremely uncomfortable seating leant neither to easy, audible conversation nor a long, lingering meal. And I don’t know what audience the diner seating dinner scene is catered to but it’s certainly not our style. Finally, I know the Italians are known for their Campari and Aperol but I can only handle so many cough-syrup-colored/tasting cocktails. The one saving item was the outstanding and creative octopus carpaccio. But this was perhaps the only thing I would want to repeat about our experience.

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Food was underwhelming!

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Place was good, but not over the top, but not as great as I was told. The food was well prepared. The server was outstanding. Atmosphere was better for lunch and it was very loud.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Our new favorite restaurant in Boston!!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We had wonderful, very attentive service and an even better meal! We started off with antipasti & cheese with the bread. Highly recommend the crostini options. From there we ordered the cappelletti (which might be tied for the best italian dish I have ever had in my life: roasted corn, baby shrimp, and pancetta) along with the Strascinati. We both enjoyed our drinks and our desserts -- cherry sorbetti and blood orange sherbert -- were oustanding.

Good for special occassion, as it was a bit pricey, but the food was worth every penny. Very knowledgeable, friendly staff and watching the kitchen at work in this open concept is always fun.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Sleek intimate space, located just above street level. The pastas were excellent as was the whole fish (dorade). Great for people-watching.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Love this place. The food is unreal and our waiter was absolutely hilarious (I wish I remembered his name to give him a shout out!)

They also do this manhattan variation drink that's unreal and a must try.

Couldn't recommend more.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Had a wonderful experience! Always recommended.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Excellent meal. Excellent service.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

What a wonderful night! I frequent this place; it is my favorite in the Seaport. This night surpassed my high expectations, and my guests just raved about the place. We had wonderful food, including pasta, and the roasted whole fish. Lots of appetizers and vegetables too. The service was remarkable. My guests, all of whom were from out of town, all went back to their hotels, and called their families to was poetic about the place. The compliments continued the next day. It was a magical night, for which I will always be grateful. Thanks

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

This is my all time favorite restaurant in Boston. undoubtedly we have been here at least 40 times, that is how much we enjoy this restaurant The food is fabulous...very creative. The service is always excellent, as well. Overall, a 5 star restaurant that is very laid-back. The wine selection is also great.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

The food was fantastic. Though the service was pretty immediate, the waitstaff didn't seem very open or friendly. Mostly just trying to get their job done - which is fine but when paying for something that is more high end, would love if it was end-to-end a great experience.

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3.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Had a nice diner at Sportello. The space is charming with two U shaped bars to sit around. The service was attentive and offered good recommendations and insights into the dishes and wine selection. We had the bolognese and gnocchi and both were very yummy.

Overall, it’s a good place to dine but does it live up to the hype? Not quite. On the downside, the bar stools are pretty uncomfortable after a while and they are locked in place so if you’re petite, it’s further from the bar than you’ll like.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

The food was delicious, the service perfect. Definitely a place I would visit again

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

The food was excellent - truly delicious. Wine selection by the glass was just OK. Service was good, had a nice seat by the window. Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Amazing food in a great location. Watching the chefs in action was incredible. Can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Our last night in Boston, so of course, we returned to Sportello! We would go to Boston just for this restaurant. So much attention to detail.
Terrific everything. Lovely to go on Sunday night when families were there.
We tried not to order everything on the menu. After lots of fish in Boston, we had fava bean purée to start and then brilliant, excellent pork chop and gnocchi. Mmmmm... when can we go back?

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Fantastic!

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3.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Service was very attentive, food was good,
Sat at the counter next to the kitchen area.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Food was very good but service was slow and seating arrangements are stripped down.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Fun! Sitting on stools made kitchen and people watching part of the dinner. We were wowed by every dish.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

The wood bench I sat on was very uncomfortable. Needs a pad. I had to change seats with my wife to be able to sit through a wonderful coconut cake dessert.

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3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Sportello is overpriced for what it is. Some fairly basic pasta and fairly basic vegetables, for $30+? For lunch? Not worth it. I've had good experiences here before, but I won't be back.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Best gnocchi I have ever had.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Food was amazing and so was the service! Wonderful night had by all!

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Food was amazing, as usual. Our waiter was arrogant and just plain rude. We were there for lunch so were one of only 3 tables and even though the service was one star, we will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

It was great - eat at the counter if you can

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Food was delicious and our sever was great! We had soft shell crab, so many flavors! Octopus carpaccio had such a tasty sauce. And rabbit stratsopretti was as always amazing. Our waiter knew a lot about wine, and even brought us small deserts! We had an incredible night!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

My monthly business trips from NYC to Boston have become eagerly anticipated because of the opportunity to dine at Sportello. Pasta - yeah man! The meat ragu is something to sing about and the rabbit sauce is delicious - oh, I said pasta; it's house made and cooked perfectly. Start with prosecco and as many of the appetizers as you can get in front of you. My friend and I had burrata crostini, mortadella and soppressata . We then shared a perfectly grilled dorado and finished with (she) gnocchi and (me) strozzapreti with the previously mentioned rabbit. Fish then pasta? Yup - We wanted lively appetites to great the sweet fleshed fish. As soon as I finish this, I'm going to see when my next trip is - can't wait.

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