The Florentine Cafe

4.5
80 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 80 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.6
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HvmIIV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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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Matt
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
19 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
135 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

JM
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.

PJ
PJK138
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spring evening at a window table. Outstanding service and food. We always try to get here when we are in Boston. It never disappoints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was so nice to eat outside at the Florentine Cafe on a warm spring night. It was our first time at a restaurant in a very long time, the North End was bustling, and it felt great to be out. Service was excellent and accommodating of our special requests for serving food for the kids. Cocktails and wine were delicious, as was the food. Good portion sizes leave you feeling full but not stuffed and the antipasti appetizer was plenty for a party of four. Seating was out on a partitioned part of Hanover street, which can be busy and have some loud vehicles driving by, but it was worthwhile to have the outdoor option. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Had an entire drink spilled on me was charged for it. Never cleaned up the glass under our table and tried to charge us for extra items.

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mamaof2boys
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, great location. When it’s warm enough, the window onto the street are open. Food is consistently excellent over the years.

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BenS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This place was a let down. My lobster ravioli was delicious, everything else was average or worse. Definitely do not get the gnocchi. It tasted eerily similar to Trader Joe's frozen section food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We went for lunch for our daughters birthday and our waiter was very dismissive and unwilling to make an attempt to accommodate her lunch request. Our reservation was for 1:30, we arrived and ordered drinks and an appetizer. At about 2:00 when we asked to order our waiter informed us that they were still serving the brunch menu and could not make a pasta dish until 2:30. Our daughter had been looking forward to lunch in the north end and all she wanted was a basic pasta dish. We asked if they could possibly make an exception and he said no. He then suggested another restaurant down the street and sent us on our way. It was very disappointing.

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local
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food snd service was good, with the 90 min we just felt rushed. Not their fault

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

I reserved an outside table for 7 and when we arrived, on time we were told that there was no table available ( their excuse was that I did not confirm the reservation even though the Open Table app said that my reservation was confirmed) After another 30 minutes my group was given two indoor tables ( close to each other but separated by a glass door) This solution was disappointing as we had a very COVID conscious individual who did not want to join us if we were eating indoors ( he thankfully rolled with the change) and disappointing that we did not get to sit together as a full party. This event was very special as I traveled from California to spend time with these people and felt disconnected during our meal.
On the positive side the food was excellent and the ambiance was great as well.

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Ron11
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great local spot, has large bar for those who like to eat/drink there.

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GMan1212
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service were great for Easter morning brunch! The front door was left open and it was cold inside the restaurant. Otherwise they would have received five stars. I would go back and recommend to others.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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KylieL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The lobster ravioli was amazing! Great spot for a date night. Nice quiet atmosphere and good service. Will definitely be back!

JK
JoshuaK
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic and quaint environment. The staff were great and the food was delicious! Definitely try it out.

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alexis
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going here with my boyfriend. It’s our favorite place. We found it after covid hit and we have always felt so safe and comfortable there. Their ingredients are so fresh and drinks are so delicious. One of my favorite spots if you’re getting a quick drink and appetizer, or having a full course meal. Food and service is spectacular!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn’t get laid but that arugula salad was fire

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks!

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Elizabeth
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Valentine's day, it was very romantic!! The food was delicious. We will definitely come again.

Liz

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vipAnthonyT
New England
41 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, service, the food was spot on and our server Ronnie was caring and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food and not too pricey. Authentic North End meal.

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Jennifer
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt safe and separated from other guests. The service is always great and the food was delicious!

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vipJack
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great espresso martinis

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Sheila
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The lobster ravioli was outstanding and the chicken ziti and broccoli delicious- best I’ve ever had. The sangria and espresso martini both were very good. Our server was very friendly and attentive. I would definitely recommend Cafe Florentine to family and friends!

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KimR
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We celebrated my daughter's birthday. The food was excellent. Each of us enjoyed our meal choice tremendously. Our server was also excellent. The tables were spaced well for coping with Covid. We were seated downstairs and enjoyed the ambiance. I would definitely come again.

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erice
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Eggplant App had no taste!!!

FAQs

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

The Florentine Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 80 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.