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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KO
New England
69 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was sub par

SK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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
27 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere, and service.

A
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great music.....Music for the Customers not the staff!! The food is off the charts and the wait staff rocks!! Go for a birthday.

A
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for late lunch. Had the place to ourselves. Food was very good.

CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sweet place. Quaint. Good for families. Small to medium size groups would fit nicely. Delicious food. I had the pasta alla vodka. So yummy. Would eat there again.

KO
New England
70 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Menu small and basic but that’s ok when it’s done well. Small and cozy setting. Service was very attentive. Will definitely return and recommend.

JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fine dining in a uniquely casual setting. The food was phenomenal and the environment is a throwback to the 80's. Definitely worth a visit.

JC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't wait to go back. Food and wine were fabulous along with the great service!

B
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary with dinner at Tony and Elaine’s. The menu isn’t very large yet still offers quite a variety. Everything was so fresh and tasty. The staff was so attentive without being overbearing.
We’ll definitely be back!

A
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This Restaurant requires 6 or 7 Stars!!! Food, Management, Wait Service....off the charts! Still Hidden!!

T
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

By far the best Italian-American restaurant in town: Reminds me of growing up in Jersey and going to classic, old school places where food was prepared thoughtfully and where it was so convivial that we felt as if we were in someone's home. Tony & Elaine's is better in some ways than those places because the wine list has good wines by the glass, and the food is more refined. I do wish the veal for the parm was pounded thin, maybe next time, but even in the current, thick iteration, flavor was evident. Before a Celtics game, this is THE place to go.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had recommendations for the meatballs and chicken parm..
They did not disappoint. The saltimbocca was very good as well!

LW
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and waitstaff are both exceptional. Such a fun place to dine out!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome neighborhood joint. Good food, service, ambiance. Glad we made a reservation!

AJ
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend this place! OMG the cacio e pepe, the meatballs, the mozzarella sticks, the cannoli, the chicken parm...it is just traditional done to perfection...and the ambiance is so cool! Love it and will be back again and again!

B
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food, service and low key vibe at Tony & Elaine's. great food at a reasonable price especially for the North End. definitely order the mozzarella appetizer, chicken parm and the hazelnut cannoli. chicken is 2 huge cutlets served with pasta - the side of pasta is almost full size and is made fresh in-house. Best cannoli is the North End filled to order with a crunchy shell. service is friendly and attentive.

H
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Traditional Italian. Just what we were looking for and we were not disappointed.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food and wine. Classic 70s rock music which we all loved. Great service. Slightly pricey but par for the course given the location. A little loud. Overall great place.

MV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! Best Cacio e Pepe I’ve ever had! Our waiter was very sweet and recommended all the best dishes too. Will definitely be back!

m
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A nice variation to the 10 page menu. Limited one page menu. Best mozzarella sticks around!!!All of the four entrees at our table that we had were homeruns!! Server was vey attentive as well as rest of staff! Definite return visit next time in the area!

r
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

I’m not sure what the hype is about this restaurant. I must say I was very disappointed. I got together with two other friends and made a reservation ahead of time. We were seated at a tiny cocktail table that hardly fit our drinks and plates on it. It wAs very cramped and not very comfortable. The service was pretty good, but the food was just fair. I ordered the chicken parm. It is something I often order as I enjoy it and enjoy having leftovers. I ate about 1/3 of it and really didn’t even want the rest for leftovers as I just didn’t enjoy it.

JW
New England
27 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dined by myself and wish I had dined with others so I could try more of the menu. The spaghetti and meatballs were really delicious, and while I was too full for dessert, I ended up ordering a traditional cannoli and I was not disappointed! Loved the ambiance of the basement level seating and hope to return next time I am in Boston.

KA
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious + the portions were HUGE! The chicken parm should 100% be split between two people. We had the arancini, mozzarella sticks, mussels and chicken parm and everything was absolutely amazing! the service was also great - super friendly wait staff!

OT
Naples
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was fair. I would have given a better value rate if the salad was not 9.95. The price for food seemed fair until Ii got eggplant parm and saw how small and boring it was.
Meatballs were not like any Nonnie makes that I know. Cannoli was fair.
Much better choices in north end

k
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Menu is small, and making accommodations/adjustments to dishes was very difficult.
Asked if Instead if possible to do Chicken, instead of swordfish piccata, and said all chicken was already pre-breaded.
Food was just ok. Had higher expectations.
Has the potential to be better.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great!

NT
New England
26 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal and overall experience.
Great good and service.
Incredible value especially for the North End.
Definitely recommended.
Going back again.

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