The Florentine Cafe

4.2
141 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
The Florentine Café is an Italian lunch and dinner café, with a full bar, draft beers, and a great wine selection. Stop by with a friend for drinks and a meal or come to lunch with business colleagues. We now offer outdoor seating, as well as, indoor seating with a great view. When the floor-to-ceiling windows open, they let in a nice breeze, allowing the fresh air to circulate, adding to a beautiful dining experience, in, or out. We also have a separate dining area downstairs that seats up to 50 guests It's perfect for any private event, rehearsal dinner, or business function. The casual atmosphere makes it easy to relax, and enjoy a meal with fine company. Join us, start with complimentary, home-made Focaccia bread and seasoned olive oil, and you must try our signature dish, Ravioli di Aragosta. Other best dishes include, the Fusilli Alla Vodka, Pollo al Limone, and a new favourite, the Salmone D'estate.

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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 141 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, great food and great service. A Boston fave.

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vipKarenC
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was mediocre at best. chicken dishes were bland and no flavor

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Azucar
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food. The lobster ravioli was the best I ever had. The bruschetta was wonderful as was the Caesar salad. Would highly recommend this place,

CS
CarolynS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Worst service I have ever had at restaurant. 2 of 5 dinners were wrong.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always at Florentine Cafe! Great service and great food!

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LarryO
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great location and hotspot in North End. Same owners as Cafe Vittoria which is also great.

Excellent food here always and do not miss the Key Lime cheesecake.

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Tomas
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was nicely presented, and perfectly seasoned and cooked. (We ordered four different dishes, veal, chicken, lamb, and fish - all excellent!)
Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable, but could have used more support as the restaurant was very busy. The noise level was moderate since the inside music had to compete with the street noise - which sometimes made it difficult to converse. All in all it was a wonderful place to dine out with friends!

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun, noisy, tight, good food. Open window seating was charming.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The Italian food here is fantastic. Service was very very good. I had the chicken Marsala and my husband had the risotto. We loved it!! The only negative is that it was really dark at our table. Would have like to not only eat but see our dinner.

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NancyM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pollo al limone was incredibly delicious! Loved sitting next to the large open window.

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vipYuck
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food is not to the standards of the "real" North End. Tourist trap!

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vipLaurie
Raleigh
47 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We sat outside. Our server was attentive and helpful with drink orders. The antipasto was huge and delicious. We also got the STRACCIATELLA PESCHE E SPECK (grilled peaches & burrata) which was delicious. My VITELLO AI CARCIOFI was delicious. The veal was perfect. The other two dishes we ordered were just meh… The bolognese was dull and didn’t have a lot of flavor. The veal marsala was just ok. The veal was great, the pasta fantastic but the Marsala sauce was thin and didn’t have a lot of flavor to it.

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vipLorie
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and loved the experience! Waiter was charming and food, delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! Also very good bread

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Joni
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Fantastic ambiance with great food. They could use a few more waitstaff.

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vipJeannie
New England
25 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We went twice. Each time we had to wait much longer than expected for them to get our table ready. We had a reservation the second time and first time they said they could seat us right away. For our reservation, We waited 20 minutes for our table and another 8-10 minutes for our server to come. Once I found her she was lovely.

I ordered the chicken caprese both times. The second time. My friends chicken Parmesan was over cooked and our salads were overdressed. Pasta and sauce were fresh and good

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DanielleM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Began with a warm welcome at the door brought directly to our table in the prime spot service was excellent friendly waiter knowledgeable about the menu

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Florentine! Great food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Poconos
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were asked for proof of our

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was good, service was dismal. There were two servers who were rude

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HaleyT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience for a last minute reservation for 11 after our previous plans fell through. The service food and everything was perfect!!

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AndrewD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it. It was my girlfriend and I's one year anniversary, and I'm happy that we picked this place

MM
vipMangiaMaven
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Our waiter was very attentive and accommodating - very good service. The food was very sub-par on the night we ate there. The red sauce was completely unseasoned, not a speck of basil or oregano in sight.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always this restaurant never disappoints. Loved that there was outdoor dining!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The food was okay, the service was horrible. It was not that crowded in the restaurant, yet no one came to our table until 15 minutes after we were seated, at which point we got water. Then another 15 minutes they took our drink and food order. The waiter was pretty much MIA the whole meal. Overall decent food, awful service.

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Lise
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about it! The atmosphere was fun, the food just about made you melt in your chair! I had the most tasty lobster ravioli. Drinks were delicious. Our server was engaged, funny and sweet! My favourite restaurant and im from Nova Scotia! We have great restaurants but one is the next level!

MP
MarcP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal as per usual!!!

MM
MamaM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lively setting on Hanover added to the fun ambience outdoors. Great prompt service.

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vipAmyF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Service was horrible. Food was ok at best hence the rating but appetizers came out with the mains. The restaurant is tired and dirty, wish we realized that on a day with other restaurants having lines this one was basically empty. The sad part is it’s pretty from the outside and is in a good location, this should be one of the better places to go.

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vippeabodyfoodie
New England
75 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Florentine was packed for our 6:30 reservation, but we were seated right on time. Our waiter Ross was friendly, and gave us time to have a glass of wine before ordering. We shared the Caprese Salad and the smoked salmon app, which were delicious (and huge). For entrees, we ordered the fusilli with chicken, and the fettuccini positano. Both were excellent, and way too much to finish. Service wasn't rushed, and the apps and entrees were spaced out just right. Overall, a great North End experience.

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SamanthaM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing! Beautiful atmosphere, I was a little dissatisfied with my server. As a server my self, I could tell me did not care and not to just my table. He made asking for recommendations seem like a lot to ask for, the dinner could have been absolutely amazing if we would’ve just had someone that even smiled and said hello. You have to give good service to get a tip, I hope he realizes this.

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Sean
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and very helpful with kid friendly options. Outside seating was great.

MC
MisChelle
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most amazing experience. The hostess worked with us and gave us a window table - even without a reservation being made. The bar tender was so detailed and friendly. The espresso martini was delicious! Our waiter was the best! He shared his thoughts about the menu dishes and gave us great information and service. All smiles and we loved our food choices- lobster ravioli and lamb chops- both were perfectly prepared and presented! High ratings! Would definitely go again.

SZ
SamZ
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

This operation is not ready for reasonable sized crowds let alone heavier traffic meal time. Extremely slow kitchen and understaffed wait service which induces lost orders and no follow up. Get more help in servicing and kitchen staff. Too bad for a great location.

AO
AndreaO
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent as always. Great food and great atmosphere.

MM
MichaelM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We sat as five people but only 4 settings. Had to ask for fifth set up. Took quite a while for server to check on us initially. I actually had to get up and ask the hostess if anyone was going to come to our table. This is a place I have gone to often but last two visits, one before pandemic and now this one, service not the best, not particularly interested in providing a good experience. Food was not the hottest as there was a delay in between bringing everyone’s dinner. Not the best experience overall. I would still recommend it as I hope things will improve but don’t think I will be back.

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vipJohn
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Seated promptly at the reservation time. Provided menus then water. No server came for 40 minutes while other parties seated after us ordered, received drinks, and received appetizers. When we finally were able to flag a waitperson there was an apology that assignments had been changed. Unfortunately the experience still did not improve with the wrong wine served. Salads arrived okay but no offer for pepper, etc. After another more than 40 minutes chicken Parmesan was served cold and dry likely after under warmer. Pasta with the meal arrived about 10 minutes later. One pasta entree arrived after the others had been finished. Again toppings like grated cheese did not come until several minutes later. Water glasses were not filled for over an hour.

This is our worst visit to Florentine in 21 years. No manager even took the time to speak with us.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Server was just not a very good server, we had to wave her down for everything.

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GregB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Having gone to Nando the night before, The Florentine was a big letdown. Nothing really special, in terms of food or service. Instead of fresh grated parmesan, you get it in a shaker. Instead of tasty, savory Bolognese, you get mostly bland. The waitress seemed like it was not worth her trouble to go to our outside table when there was a very light shower. Oh and my son ordered a dish with Fusilli and got Linguini. Meh.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Too many mistakes and problems. Slow service, missing orders, cold food, bathroom door lock broken.

FAQs

The Florentine Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 227-1777.

The Florentine Cafe is rated 4.2 stars by 141 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.