The Florentine Cafe

4.3
120 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 120 people are saying
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4.0
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4.4
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OpenTable Diner
Poconos
4 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were asked for proof of our

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

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

HT
HaleyT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
2 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!

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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
73 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.

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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.

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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.

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AndreaO
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent as always. Great food and great atmosphere.

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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.

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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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JamieM
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food and excellent service. Really enjoyed the pasta but the espresso martini after the meal was the best I’ve ever tasted!

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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
5 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.

KB
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.

JP
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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vipHockey12
New England
11 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

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FAQs

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

The Florentine Cafe is rated 4.3 stars by 120 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.