Rabia's

4.5
703 reviews
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Seafood
Located in the heart of Boston¹s North End, Rabia¹s is a cozy Italian restaurant with seductive scenery and delicious dishes. The lively yet romantic atmosphere is the perfect place to linger over one of our acclaimed seafood specials or famous pasta dishes.
At Rabia's we takes great pride in being a Boston seacoast Restaurant with access to the best fishing grounds on earth.
Our high standards mean you get a quality product that's artfully and skillfully prepared- with a dash of Love....
Voted top Italian cuisine and Raw Bar in Boston.
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BJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. Especially the oysters and lobster risotto. Tables are fairly close together so noise level is high and it can feel a little claustrophobic. But overall experience was very good. Prices reasonable. Service was OK (got wine order wrong and forgot caprese salad).

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CR
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was delicious but the service was a little slow. We still had a great time and LOVE that they can make almost anything gluten free!

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RI
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food , and nice menu variety , but tight seating and noisy

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NC
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went to celebrate my daughter’s birthday which was noted on reservation.
Food was amazing. Service was good. Did I say food was amazing?!

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MC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Solid restaurant in the North End and affordable. Prompt at fulfilling reservation even though restaurant was very busy. A pleasant suprise.

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DT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was Awesome. Th food, the ambiance, the service, the value, all great

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KD
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so good that I had to force myself to stop eating once I was full. The Lobster Ravioli was so yummy had wish it was my meal instead of just an appetizer.

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VG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food and service rocked, but sewage flooded in the end of our dinner. Like literally toilet over flow into dining area and not a word was said. If this didnt happen, I wouldve been thrilled, but thats gross, unsanitary, and upsetting

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food quality great, overall service could step up, not just specific waiter. Took longer than required to place food order after we ordered apps, water is without ice and not filled often. Would still gladly go again. Halibut was 5 star.

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Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every time I come to Boston, I make sure I go to Rabia’s. Fabulous food, personal service in a cozy environment

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DW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent! Wait staff was attentive but not overly so. If I had a complaint, it would be that our appetizers were not served at the same time.

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CF
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best filet mignon that I have had in YEARs. Seafood pasta was outstanding as well. So nice to get what you pay for. Thank you!

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NC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing amazing food!!!!! First time here and would highly recommend!

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B
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Rabia's is a fabulous restaurant in Boston's North End. Not on busy Hanover Street which lends itself to more intimacy.
We went there New Year's Eve and the food was DELICIOUS.
Great portion sizes.
Lobster Raviolis is among the best ever!
Loved the Veal Saltimboca!

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SP
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food but the service was rushed. Very tight quarters.

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B
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated right away, were warmly greeted by the waiter who was very attentive, and the food was excellent as always.

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GS
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We were seated immediately, however the service was exceedingly slow. Fortunately it was Christmas eve and we were not planning to do anything after dinner. There were some unique selections (different from the other North End restaurants). The food was absolutely worth the wait! Everything was steaming hot and flavorful. Staff was very friendly.

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HS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Rabia's was highly recommended by family that live in Charlestown and the restaurant food and service lived up to its reputation - wonderful dining experience!

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A
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great Christmas Eve dinner with a large party.

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CL
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. We have been enjoying great meals here for nearly 20 years! The only downside was the wait inspite of a reservation.

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WG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I have eaten at Rabia's a number of times - the food has always been good. One recurring problem to note is that they do not manage their reservations very well and it is not unusual to have to wait 30-45 minutes past your reserved time. Otherwise it's a good value with lots of options.

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, a bit slow on the meals, but they were busy. Food was delicious! Great ambiance. Good prices.

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P
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible service. Terrible attitude. Host was an embarrassment to the food industry

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AK
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Rabia's took our reservation through Open Table with no intention of every honoring it. There were 20 people in line outside the restaurant with reservations, waiting to get called. W waited about 20 minutes and went elsewhere in order to eat before the concert at TD Garden.
The reservation was a joke.

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RB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places. I go here to host business dinners, celebrate birthdays, Holidays and special occasions with friends and family. The food is amazing. The wine is great and the service is excellent! And all for a very fair price!
Ask for Henry. He is as good as it gets!

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MG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Mostly, I don't want to tell the rest of you about it so I can always go there and get a table. It's my go-to place in Boston's North End. But since I appreciate other people's reviews I may as well offer one.

I have been going to Rabia's a few times for over 10 to 15 years, but haven't been there in a decade. I ate there two times in the past week with special guests -- and both sets liked it a lot and particularly commented on the pleasant ambiance. I think it is a great place to eat in the North End. The food is kind of expensive (especially the specials, so ask the price before ordering) but almost all food in the North End is expensive. Their Lobster Ravioli is a classic and a reason to go there, and the Alamfi pasta was quite good. I also tried the Diablo and liked it, but it is filled with seafood in shells (mostly mussels, some clams) and so not quite what I was looking for.

The ambiance is nice and semi-romantic without overly romantic -- both groups liked it a lot (and it was not a date). The best thing is it's not too loud. There are two rooms -- the first room is more romantic/classical Italy, the second by the bar is more family-friendly. Again, both my wife and my friends and my kids and their kids liked it.

I'm thrilled they have stayed in business, and hope they continue to do so for years.

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AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it! Will definitely be back next time I'm in Boston!

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JH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant automatically added a 20% tip for a group of six, which was a bit much judging from the service we got. The food was good, and we had a good time.

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OT
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was delicious, service was great. Perfect for before the Celtics game.

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n
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Very tourist friendly place but not great great deals. The food was fair. Their red sauce was extremely over spiced tasting primarily of oregano and basil.

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l
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went out as a family. The restaurant was very crowded so ran a bit behind with everything but we had a great meal and attentive service.

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JB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every time we go to Boston we eat here, great food.

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I
San Francisco
108 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner here. The menu can be described as both seafood and Italian (not the same as Italian seafood) and was very solid all the way around. Clearly the choices are intended to be a greatest hits collection but the execution made up for the lack of inventiveness.

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S
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unadulterated seafood - probably the best I’ve had in quite some time and I am from the area :)

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, nice manageable portions, comfortable atmosphere, attentive service.

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BB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great scene, full of energy and fun. A little loud, a little pricey, but a wonderful atmosphere and truly delicious food. A bit of North End history.

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SI
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Rabia's is a great family-owned place to get traditional Italian food in the North end of Boston. Its a very busy place, make reservations!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Crab legs were water logged and the meat was mushy. Pasta had no taste. When we told our server, she said we were the only people complaining and offered no solutions. Paid $150 and then went and got a pizza. Atmosphere was cool and location is great but not worth the money.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Can’t go wrong with Oysters and Lobster Rolls!

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AL
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. Good wine. Service all good. Nice seafood options. Was not my first time there and definitely would go again!

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