Tony & Elaine's

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Tony & Elaine's is a red sauce Italian joint located in the North End at 111 N. Washington St.
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good dinner. Bread before dinner was great. Garlic bread was very good as well. Portion size was to be desired for the price. Overall really good taste and old school Italian ambience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for family with tween kids. Great food and service.

F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Had high expectations based on reviews and vibe, but this spot does not deliver.
We ordered one pasta dish, and one eggplant parm which was also served over pasta.
The pasta was clearly parboiled (plates got to us in 5 minutes...) and the texture was gross. There is really no excuse for not managing to cook pasta or choosing to pre-cook it to save 3 minutes... especially in a "traditional" Italian-American spot. So disappointing.

VS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it. Wish tho the music was more to the tune of Italian vs. 80s rock!

TN
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner! We had great service and were blown away by the cute atmosphere and delicious food.

M
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent red sauce joint. We had spaghetti and meat balls, chicken parm. Generous servings. Both excellent. Seriously can’t wait to go back.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible! Best meatball I’ve ever had.

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great mozzarella sticks; rice balls good. Chicken parm really disappointing- rum of the mill, seemed deep and not pan fried. Not what I expected from a place w such a small menu. Shrimp scampi ok. Waiter was great.

k
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Eh. Eggplant parm and chicken parm were nit good

MM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The mozzarella sticks are delicious and the best ever. They are more like melt-in your mouse mozzarella logs! Large sticks with delicious cheese!

OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

I would not go back. Best thing I can say is meatballs were good- the rest of the food was very mediocre. Big portions and inexpensive but if you want good food, I would go elsewhere.

M
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were EXTREMELY satisfied with our dining experience at Tony & Elaine’s! I wrote in a note for a special occasion since it was our anniversary and we are visiting from Chicago. We rented a car and had issue parking and had to relocate our car right when we got to the restaurant. The hostess and staff were extremely accommodating and allowed us to go move our vehicle (which took about 45 minutes), and STILL kept us at the same table we were seated at. Incredible. So accommodating and amazing. After we sat down, a bit flustered, the server greeted us with complimentary glasses of champagne! For dessert, they ever complimented us with shots of limoncello and a cannoli. WOW. What an experience, a wonderful one at that. I wish we got our servers name, he was so attentive and wonderful. This restaurant is much recommended. The food was incredible and genuine.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastically paced service and incredible food.

TB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food as well. Our waitress was aware of everything and made sure all of our needs were met. I would come back again and gladly refer anyone that was looking to eat in the North End.

DS
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Cozy little Italian restaurant. Loved the old school look with the red and white-checked table cloths. It's tiny, so definitely recommend reservations. Service was great. Food was good too, although not the best Italian I've ever had, but I would come back here.

C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food left a lot to be desired especially when you have so many other awesome Italian restaurants close by.

L
New England
64 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First visit to Tony and Elaine's. Love the decor and the food.
I only wish you offered valet parking.

JB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Spaghetti and meatballs were just so-so. Meatballs weren't very good at all and the pasta was clumpy and drowning in sauce.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice vibe, awesome service

7
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have already recommended Tony & Elaine's to five people! We had a wonderful meal. Every item that we ordered was delicious! The meatballs were outstanding and we really enjoyed the Sausage & Rabe and Veal Saltimbocca. I cannot wait to go back!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food. Reasonable price. Not good for groups over 6 people.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

AC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, generous portions and warm service. Would strongly recommend

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Seriously one of the best meals I have ever had.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was decent.

It was a bit odd, we saw other tables with what appeared to be a basket of bread so we asked our waiter for bread/rolls and he said they only have garlic bread as an app so we ordered that assuming that’s what other tables had. While the garlic bread was very good (and cheesy) we then saw another waiter bring baskets of bread and oil to other tables that wasn’t garlic bread.

Menu is small but has all the main italian dishes you would want. Chicken parm was okay. Large preportions. Shrimp scampi was very good. I would probably go somewhere else next time.

KO
New England
74 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit. Food delicious and plentiful. Basic no frills mostly red sauce. Service was very attentive. Small dining area but comfortable.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, and the food was incredible! Will be back during our trip.

JT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Had an unbelievable meal! Will return again! Meatballs were amazing and the veal saltimbocca was the best I've had in years.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was sub par

SK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was the second time and it was still good. The location is a bit of a challenge for out of towners, but we can deal. Early on Sunday was good cause it was not crowded. The food was great, low key and not complicated. The wine list seemed to be priced pretty high though I realize that is where you make your profit. How about carafe of the house in 1/2 liter or 1 liter amounts?
The play list (Billie Joel channel on spotify?) was quite appropriate for our age group.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great mom and pop feel which is great for every day dinning. Nothing fancy. Food is ranges from pretty good staples to excellent dishes like homemade lobster ravioli.

M
New England
29 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love this place! One of my favorite restaurants in Boston now. Just wish there was one in Jamaica Plain.

OT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Music choice not good. Though I like classic rock. Not at dinner at Italian restaurant. It was strange Service was inattentive More concerned about cleaning used tables than keeping dining guest satisfied Often felt like we were an inconvenience to staff

JT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent basic Italian food priced at a good value.
Attentive waiter. Not too loud. Old fashioned ambiance with Christmas lights for atmosphere.

KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great off the beaten path Italian restaurant! I would definitely recommend stopping here during your visit in Boston.

c
New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second time here and love this restaurant!!
Excellent food, value, atmosphere, and service ! AND it is quiet!!!
A Win Win in every way!!!

BJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very classic dishes done very well, but with very not classic prices. Still not bad for the north end, but there are other similar spots that beat on value for a simple chicken/veal parm. They make their pasta for some, but not all dishes. Maybe this would justify the value a bit more if it was all home made. Also portions were very different sizes for different entrees so be sure to ask. Very attentive staff though! Bolognese was the best.

CP
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great meal. The restaurant is split into two levels - you just climb or descend stairs to get to either one from the street level.

It’s very much “set” in the 80’s in a fun way. The food was very good. It’s comfort food. If you’re looking for light options - you may wish to look elsewhere.

We started with the house salad - made with a delicious home made dressing. Like nothing else I’ve tried - sweet pepper maybe?

We tried the chicken parm and the spaghetti and meatballs. Both were tasty and the portion sizes were hearty.

Service was fast and friendly.

They serve beer and wine only.

Overall, we were happy with our choice.

JN
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I was itching to go to this place ever since I read in a newspaper article. that they had the best meatballs, Well, their good, but not the best. The portions are large, but the food is just okay. I went, got in out of my system, but I will not go back again. Very small, if you don't get to sit upstairs then you have to sit in the cellar. But I would not worry..observing, it looks like they do a lot of take out. We were the only patrons at 5:30pm.

J
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, and service.