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The Florentine Cafe, Boston, MA

The Florentine Cafe

4.7
4.7
522 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed 2:00 pm–12:45 am Thu, Fri 12:00 pm–12:45 am Sat 11:00 am–12:45 am Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Sun 3:00 pm–12:45 am
  • Phone number
    (617) 227-1777
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Call to request information
  • Neighborhood
    North End
  • Cross street
    Hanover & Prince
  • Parking details
    Public lots on Commercial Street
  • Public transit
    Hay Market & North Station
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 522 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

522 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great Manhattan and great food. Lobster ravioli was delicious.

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  2. NHgal

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a table of 6. Apps were scrumptious. Dinner was terrific and unrushed and the desserts were equally marvelous. The Florentine Cafe was choosen due to the menu.

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  3. LindaM

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our dinner and will definitely return !!!

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  4. Alyson

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! I loved the vodka sauce. Waitress was very nice

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  5. DerekW

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and great atmosphere. Great drinks

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  6. Ashley

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great, but restaurant was very noisy and cramped.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We were treated terribly by the staff as soon as we walked in. Our waiter took 15 minutes before even introducing himself but was helping the two tables around us. It was like he was ignoring us. By the time he did come we had asked to move to another table because it was so loud and our table was so small. They said that it wasn’t possible because another party had reserved that table specifically. Well that was a lie. Soon after, the hostess was seating a different couple and we heard them ask if they could switch to the window table and she sat them there no problem. We hadn’t even ordered our drinks because the waiter was still MIA so we ended up leaving because we felt so unwelcome. Never going there again.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Booked this reservation well in advance and was sat at a table not large enough for our group. The host let us know we had a table downstairs but then 10 minutes later squished our party of 5 at a table that made for an uncomfortable dinner. Additionally, our server was not timely or friendly. It genuinely seemed as though we were an inconvenience to him. The food is always great here but will reconsider coming again in the future.

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  9. PeterC

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing! The homemade pasta - OMG - YUM!! I had lasagna and my friend had lobster ravioli. We’ll be back again. It’s a short walk down Fleet Street from big parking lot on Commercial Street and 100 yards from cannoli for dessert at Mike’s Pastry.

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  10. Julia

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was so yummy and our waiter was very kind! Would definitely recommend trying this place out :)

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  11. BigBruinsFan

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We've eaten at the bar and on the floor. Food and service are always on point ! Can't wait for the warmer weather when the windows are open : ' )

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  12. traveler

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best dining in the North End. Meal was delicious and service was excellent !

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  13. Neannie

    Greater Boston

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Usually great appetizers for lunch! Nice atmosphere. Unfortunately this time, my eggplant app was not cooked thoroughly and the sauce was very thin...so they were not prepared for this dish.

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  14. AliceW

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and drinks! Waited was great also! Would definitely recommend.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant, perfect noise level for a Friday night out to dinner, and the food was outstanding

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  16. KA522

    New York City

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect. They kindly combined two reservations so everyone could sit with one another. Beyond that, the food was absolutely excellent and the servers were great. This is my favorite place in the North End and can’t wait to be back in a few weeks.

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  17. MacenD

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tom the bartender was a pleasure. Made my girlfriend “one of the better espresso martinis” she’s had. For apps we did the Meatballs, shrimp cocktail, and oysters which were all exceptional. She ordered the salmon which I was indifferent on. I ordered the fettuccini positano and that was outstanding. Great experience and definitely recommend.

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  18. JonW

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food, service, and atmosphere were awesome. Our waiter was really great with our young friend who had never been to such a nice restaurant, he quickly figured out what accommodations she needed and made her feel at home and comfortable. 10 out of 10 service The scene gets loud when the bar fills up so if you're looking to talk over dinner get an early reservation or try a weeknight (Saturday after 7 when there's a bruins game they're the deep at the bar)

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  19. jonM

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Florentine Cafe is our favorite place in the North End. We recently visited on a busy Saturday evening and there was such a festive vibe. The service was good, food was hot and excellent, wine list was great. And we appreciate the wine prices are very reasonable especially for Boston. We will definitely be back!

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  20. WilliamL

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The fusilli alla vodka was incredible and the chicken Parmesan was massive, definitely enough for two. Place was great

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    we had not even sat down yet before the server let us know we’d only have the table for 90 minutes. When he came back to check on us and we had not ordered yet he reminded us again, that we only had 90 minutes. So i ordered a glass of wine and we ordered garlic bread for the table (the garlic bread was really good) but the garlic bread took 30 minutes to come out because apparently it got sold to the wrong table? Anyways he kept pushing us to order and i let him know we would just settle up and leave. He told us we can’t have the table with only drinks and appetizers. (The appetizer being the garlic bread we hadn’t gotten yet) and that if someone comes in we’d have to leave. We left, went down the street to Riccardo’s and got welcomed by the staff there, were told to take our time and actually got to enjoy our meal. Don’t go here if you’re looking for a place to unwind and eat/ share a meal with friends. Which if you ask me is the whole point of dining out. Xoxo

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  22. Alicia

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The waiter didnt seem very patient or happy. Food was not amazing. Pasta overcooked which is subpar for any italian restaurant, nevermind the North End.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Baja California Sur

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    If you expect to be seated on time to your reservation, make dinner plans somewhere else. The poor staff are clearly overworked and stressed. We were standing for 25 minutes after our 7:30 pm reservation last night, and due to all upstairs tables being full, three parties (us included) were seated DOWNSTAIRS in a dimly lit basement. 2/3 of our menus were wine menus. Noise level was so high it was difficult to hear the 1:1 conversation at the table. And nothing was offered to us in effort to make things right. Florentine Cafe, your customers are going back to the North End classics across the street. Don’t play the big leagues if you can’t handle the crowd.

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  24. ghebs

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dined here for holiday date and was a great meal! Definitely will be back again !

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  25. Elizabeth

    Greater Boston

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for an anniversary and the staff was so lovely!

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  26. JillL

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This place hits it out of the park every time!! I had the fusilli alla vodka which was so delicious. My friends had the bolognese and the rigatoni alla Norma which they said were great. The waiter was knowledgeable and helped my friend pick out a good wine substitute since there is no Malbec by the glass. My other friend wanted mocktail and they were happy to accommodate. The holiday decor and overall vibe were immaculate. This is my favorite restaurant in the north end! Thanks for a wonderful evening from 4 grad students celebrating the end of our first semester. It was such a nice time.

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  27. MaryH

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Placed downstairs when I specifically called and asked for main floor since there were some guest with mobility issue. Food was delivered by a server but our waitress never came over to check to see if they were correct, never offered shredded cheese or another round of drinks/water. One meal came over completely wrong, the wrong special and because we were the only party in the basement no one was around to say anything to. Waitress came over when everyone was done and then offered boxes. The person with the incorrect meal hardly ate because it's not something they like. Again, NO One around or checking on us. I emailed the restaurant and have not heard back in over 24 hours. This is my favorite place and have frequent it many times because the food is DELICIOUS. I will now question whether I bring guests back there. People left disappointed and I was the who arranged this. I feel horrible like I failed them

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  28. MichaelaM

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was absolutely delicious and we loved how the downstairs was more intimate. The only issue we had was with our server - he didn't check on us often, didn't fill up our water, and was also rather dismissive. It just didn't feel like he was very attentive, which we would have liked.

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  29. JudyB

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very good, service excellent and we were seated at our table right away. We were not rushed to eat or move along; enjoyable pace. Got loud and noisy after 6 pm and overflow from bar area crowded near the people dining. Overall very good but not if you are looking for a quiet romantic setting.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing meal, very intimate. Very happy with our experience

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  31. HK16

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere was warm and festive and the host and servers were friendly and attentive. Great place to sit along the windows and people watch too.

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  32. ColeD

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated my girlfriends 26th birthday here. Absolutely wonderful atmosphere and ambiance for the holidays. The bruschetta was phenomenal and our main pasta dishes were a 10. Highly recommend this spot for anyone who wants an authentic italian experience. Oh and the espresso martinis are the best around.

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  33. ErinD

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful birthday dinner with friends!!! We had the risotto special that I am still craving 12hrs later. We had a table top in the downstairs restaurant area. Can't wait to return in the future

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  34. CeciliaS

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing, but waited the whole time for a refill on our waters, and halfway through dinner finally got a bread basket.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Music in the basement was loud. Tough to have a dining experience

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  36. FranL

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I love this restaurant! Everyone there seems to love their jobs and loves the patrons. I especially love how mindful they are with creating a festive atmosphere during Christmas time. Their decorations and lights are my favorite in the North End! And the food...always fresh and perfectly prepared. It is a treat when we can dine here.

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  37. LouisaT

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love Florentine. Always consistent - some of the best Italian food in the North End.

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  38. PaulM

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place, always a great experience! I will be back!

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  39. OpenGlobe

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very nice brunch at Florentine Cafe. Great ambiance, service, and quality food. We will be happy to return.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing!!! The food was soo good 10/10 but the espresso martini was to die for!!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

The Florentine Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 522 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Florentine Cafe

333 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Hanover & Prince
  • Neighborhood
    North End
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed 2:00 pm–12:45 am Thu, Fri 12:00 pm–12:45 am Sat 11:00 am–12:45 am Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Sun 3:00 pm–12:45 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public lots on Commercial Street
  • Public transit
    Hay Market & North Station
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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