The Florentine Cafe

4.4
105 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 105 people are saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SamZ
New England
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
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.

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AndreaO
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent as always. Great food and great atmosphere.

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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.

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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.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was subpar for the north end.

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RobertM
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. Food was great, good portions. Was very busy and I thought the server did a good job working all her tables. Only bad thing was it’s a little to dark and could not read the menu, had to use the cellphone flashlight to see.

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vipManny
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

There was no flavor in any of the food
They need to use seasoning at least basic

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Dtrain
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amanda was a great server! Food was delish

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! Everything was wonderful! Reservations helped tremendously. One of the best restaurants we tried in the North End. Setting was wonderful.

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vipKatelynB
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience
Food was just incredible

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Demi
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We reserved a table and got table near the kitchen so we asked to change a table and the lady was nice to change it quickly, however other staff were very unfriendly and looked like they are forced to bring us napkins or new utensils. Food was ok, but not great. We’re disappointed and will check another place next time.

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DianaP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Service, food, ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Mom’s birthday. Lobster ravioli was awesome. Bruschetta appetizer was less than average.

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vipClaire
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

food was average-- I have had much better and more authentic Italian food at other places in the North End. The drinks were good. The outside seating atmosphere is cute. The service is not good. They seem understaffed and the hostess was not friendly when she greeted us for our reservation. Our reservation was at 12:30pm but the lunch options and appetizers were not available until 2pm! I don't that makes any sense because that is late enough in the day to start serving the full service menu. It seemed like nothing that we wanted to order was available. Overall, I was expecting more from such a cute location.

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MarkC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation and arrived 5
minutes early. It was a bachelor party of 4 and the hostess seated us immediately. I felt like we had the best seat in the house. Through drinks, appetizers and a great meal we could not have had a better waitress. She was attentive, funny and just very good. The meal was awesome and we enjoyed the open air environment. Thanks to the staff, chefs and owners who gave us a great dinner!

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FoodieMillbrook
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Definitely gastro-pub food Italian style, not your authentic gourmet meal. We got a table by the french doors, nice spot to people watch and catch up with friends. Server tried to do his job, definitely over worked, serving too many tables, not attentive at all. Gave us the check and never even bothered to ask if we care for desserts or anything else...
Meals are OK, the place served its purpose for the occasion.

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JPEats
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and location in Boston's north end. Arugula salad was especially delicious!

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johnc
New England
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. This is our favorite North End restaurant, been there many times.

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GlennB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good was very good as well as service and ambiance. Really enjoyed our dinner !!

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Hockey12
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Window seats are amazing! Great service and food! Will be back for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Father’s Day

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HvmIIV
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

I was disappointed as I have always loved it here. Service was really just unacceptably slow. Some of the things we ordered didn’t come and silverware was not replenished so we couldn’t eat even when food finally arrived.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Buen ambiente, rica comida

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Matt
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food and outside atmosphere was amazing, but our table was too close to loud people.

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vipEllDee
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food, drink + ambiance were outstanding- perfect night in the north end. Service took review down some notches. Hostess was snippy + impatient with us + others, and our server added an additional $50+ in invalid charges to put bill - likely trying to scam us. Then when we paid + asked for the total amount including the tip to be charged on a card, server tried to add 20% gratuity to the amount we already indicated was inclusive of gratuity. Shady/dishonest tactics.

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vipCathyR
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Celebrating a birthday and wait staff was very attentive. All dishes were delicious but one was a bit bland. Noise level was high but very pleasant atmosphere. Will definitely be back

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vipGrandpanin
New England
137 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Food was nothing special. The sauce was bitter; veal parmigiana was thick and had no flavor. We won’t be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Horrible service. We will not be back.

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vipHoward
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very average Italian food- nothing special. They have a nice outdoor seating area and it’s fun to soak in the atmosphere. But the service was very slow/ inattentive and the food was just so so.

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JillL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time eating here, and again, everything was spectacular! The food was amazing, the service was top notch. The restaurant is clean, and has notable romantic ambiance. I would recommend Florentine to anyone I know heading to the north end for a night out! Thank you :) We had a wonderful evening.

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vipArty
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and service. I'll go back

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DavidA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food we order was delicious! We especially liked the lobster ravioli. Enjoyed sitting by the open window. Feels like your eating outside with the protection of being indoors. Will return!

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MorrisP
New England
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service and reasonable prices for the North End. And we got to sit by the open windows in the front, which is fun!

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vipfinediningguru
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was ok

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vipJohnMcD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Excellent venue for outdoor seating in the North End, quality food at a reasonable price, and great atmosphere!

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vipLisaM
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great location in the North End with outdoor seating. Caesar salad and meatball appetizer were average. Rest of food was good but was expecting better.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The seating inside by the open windows on a sunny weekend is pretty hard to beat in the North End. Our server was very accommodating of multiple food allergies and coordinated several options with the kitchen. Will definitely be back soon.

FAQs

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

The Florentine Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 105 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.