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About Rabia's

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.

73 Salem Street
Boston, MA 02113
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Sun - Thu 11:00am - 10:30pm
Fri & Sat 11:00am - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 227-6637

Website:
http://www.rabias.com/

Parking Details:
Validated parking located at Parcel #7 near North End Garage

Private Party Facilities:
Located in the heart of Boston's North End, Rabia's 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, famous pasta dishes, or fresh oysters served on the half-shell.

Private Party Contact:
Ahmad Hayek: (617) 835-9988

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Rabia's Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for a Date (11)
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Casual (10)
Romantic (9)
Authentic (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Cozy (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fun (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
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Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
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Paleo Friendly (1)
Business Meals (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great customer service for a “fun” 6 person group!!

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Rabias will always be my favorite north end spot. The seafood dishes are unmatched amywhere else. I came here for the first time on a trip to Boston 4 years ago and have continued coming back ever since.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

I have never been to this restaurant before. We went with a group of eight people. The waiter was not friendly at all. The average meal on the menu is $23 the specials did not have any price. We all ordered specials and then asked the special meal prices and were told they were $45-$65 and a special appetizers with $30. We did end up changing our order to order off the regular menu but very very turned off that they did not have prices on the special menu. Will never go back

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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Service was unfriendly and inattentive. Food was spotty - my husband's chicken francese was delicious, but my chicken piccata was tough and inedible. I would avoid this restaurant if you have kids in tow. There is no kids menu (not a problem, I just wish I'd known in advance) and the menu makes ordering for kids a bit difficult (ravioli is made with smoked mozzarella, which was not a big hit with my kids). The waiter never offered a wine menu and never checked on us once he took the order. I would try somewhere else next time and would recommend the same to others. They do take reservations, which is nice for the North End.

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Classic Italian preparation of seafood—very fresh seafood. Best meal of our several days in Boston.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Haven't been in a while, but it never let's me down. Food was amazing!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Casual, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Cozy atmosphere. Prompt knowledgeable service by Henry. Food was great. Enjoyed outstanding fresh lobster dishes. Gnocchi w/ pesto was delicious. Nice wine list. Will be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always an amazing experience. My go-to place for years in the North End.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing food, pasta and seafood superb! We wanted another bottle of wine but the waiter never checked on us- oh well, saved some $, their loss!

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Overall everything was great. There was a price difference of about $10 for some items on the menu vs what was listed on their own website. Plus some items like the baby octopus did not exist and were substituted with octopus tentacle instead. Made me feel baited on an enjoyable night.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service and Food is outstanding!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Second time eating here and loved it. Oysters and dinner were great. Will definitely be back

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This place was great, not on the main drag in the north end but just a few blocks over. We were seated at the exact time of our reservation, no wait, service was great, they are on it. Food is amazing. We will go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 20, 2017

What a great place in the North End. So glad we found it! Small but authentic, staff is attentive and loyal, food is wonderful. Seems to specialize in Italian and Seafood, take your pick! Would go here again and again!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was amazing, service was great! Nervous from some other reviews but our party of 7 had a fantastic time

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, People Watching
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Some of the best italian food I've had in my life!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Clearly overbooked on a Saturday. Had to sit at the bar as our table was not ready.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

As could be expected, the North End is packed on a Saturday night. We arrived at Rabia to find a long line of people waiting; fortunately, we had a reservation, so we didn't have to wait long for our table. The place is small, and the tables are jammed in pretty tightly; don't think you could fit any more tables. The result is that we were essentially dining elbow-to-elbow with a very nice couple (who appeared to be on a first date).
The food was good, but not exceptional. The wine was good, and not too expensive (that's a rarity in Boston).
so overall, nothing terribly bad, but not very good either. Kind of 'meh...
Won't repeat.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Awesome experience. Thanks

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Amazing Service - absolutely delicious food - what more can I say. Had never eaten here before and came on a recommendation of a friend - so glad we did. Very busy but service was amazing.

Will be back

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent all around

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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

I picked Rabia's because of the picture on Open Table and the reviews. We were on time for our reservation and were seated promptly. The service was a bit slow initially but not tot he point of being "where did our waiter go?" slow.

We split a Caprese salad. The portion was just right.

We both ordered our mains off the special menu. My wife had the red Apple Ravioli. I had the seafood medley off of the special menu. Both were prepared well and delicious.

Including the 4 glasses of house wine our total bill about $80 not including the tip.

I recommend for you to try Rabia's and we will be back again.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Fabulous place for a relaxed meal -- and a good value -- in the North End.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Every time I go the meal is better than the last. I was with two visitors from Zurich, Switzerland and two from Hartford. They made a special trip to Boston for dinner, so I chose Rabia's because I knew they would love it. They did.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2017

My friends and I really enjoyed our meal. They loved the oysters and the main dishes were excellent as well. They were visiting from San Diego and several times said, "Wow, this is really great - I'm so glad you chose this place". So kudos to Rabias and thanks for impressing my friends!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We walked in with no reservation and were seated promptly. Very timely service and good food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual, People Watching
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

The risotto is really good but the server didn't bring us the olive tapenade which he had given to everyone else. Also I had ordered oysters right after the couple next to us and I didn't recieved mine till 25 min after the couple revived theirs.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Love this place! Food is fresh and fun!! Staff is great. Really really good!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Horrible food and service. Chicken in chicken piccata was all grizzle and gross. Server didn't recognize and accommodate the issue. Would not recommend..many other spots on the street would pick over this every time.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Rabia's is ok. But given the number of wonderful Italian restaurants in the area, it's not a first choice.

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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Overall I'd give it a B-. I expected more based on other reviews. Good not great overall. Service was too showy, spotty and light on substance. For example the waiter recommended a wine which included a way-too-long speech about its superiority and then didn't have it. Food met expectations based on menu descriptions, and waiter speak but just. Fun, interesting room and retro ambiance but the restroom is to be avoided if possible. Misses high-end standards by a long iron.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Excellent pasta & seafood!

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Although nothing was terrible it also wasn't that great. Small portions and seafood didn't seem very fresh. Oysters were great!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 31, 2017

We had a blast! The chowder out of this world, service was personable and genuine. All the meals were superb.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Love this restaurant. The food is spectacular. Seafood abundant. Had a party of 9 there last night and it was the best.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Will not return. The entire place needs to be cleaned,especially the bathrooms. The staff were not very attentive and the room was uncomfortably warm. We did not want to stay but ordered the Antipasto appetizer before leaving. The appetizer included a large serving of marinated vegetables that were extremely salty, however the Portobello mushrooms and artichokes were ok.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Rabia's has well-prepared food and fantastic service. When we went, the place was mostly empty, so we were seated immediately. The prices are expensive, but we had a very generous groupon.

Great free bread with so-so oil and tapenade.

We tried the oysters from the raw bar. They were shucked to order and served over ice with the usual toppings. They were delicious. However, the waiter did not describe the oysters served nor even point out which were which.

Next we tried the lobster rolls. I had the hot buttered lobster roll and my wife special ordered the same, but without the butter. Both were perfectly prepared, although the roll with the buttered lobster got a little soggy.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Cozy, Fun
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·Dined on July 20, 2017

Good but disappointing that they didn't serve liquor
Might not have gone if this was known before

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Hidden gem! Very good food!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2017

The wait staff was not very friendly nor were they responsive to our needs. The food was very disappointing. Four people had seafood that was overcooked and poorly seasoned, two had chicken that was dry, chewy, and tough, and one had meatballs that were not seasoned well and had a curious texture/consistency. Overall it was not a great experience and I would not recommend it to anyone.

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