Rabia's

4.1
672 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Italian
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Hours of operation
Sun - Thu 11:00am - 10:30pm
Fri & Sat 11:00am - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 227-6637
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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.
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Private party contact
Ahmad Hayek: (617) 835-9988
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Parking details
Validated parking located at Parcel #7 near North End Garage
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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New England
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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San Francisco
99 reviews
Dined on October 9, 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
5 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 October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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BB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 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
1 review
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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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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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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j
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by a stranger at the bar in LAX on our way to Boston and best recommendation ever. Really good.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

My veal piccata had 2 tiny pieces of veal over boxed pasta. My huz had Bolognese, there was not much meat and it was over boxed ziti pasta. They should serve homemade pasta!
Total ripoff

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B
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had oysters for an app and they were very good, opened perfectly saving the juices and sliding off in one piece. Unfortunately they only have small lobsters (1 1/4#) and I went here specially because they promoted themselves as a place to get lobster. I chose a risotto with mixed seafood which was soso. The shrimp was very over done and the rice under done.
While I’m not a wine expert it seem like the Super Tuscan was very good and reasonably priced.

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SM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Very poor service. Appeared to be one waitress for half of the restaurant. When we inquired about our dinner, we were told that "the large group seated at a long table needs to be served together". Very average food. North End has better options.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious & fun way to experience Little Italy/North End by night

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JS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

Not very clean. Fake grapevines on ceiling were loaded with dust. Non-pleasant odors close to kitchen. Penne puttanesca not flavorful. Very disappointed this time. Have had better meals there in the past.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Mediocre Italian food in North End. Decent but not exceptional and certainly better options available.

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JG
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I really liked Rabia's . Great food, Great service. I really liked the wine too because they had California whites which many of the Italian restaurants don't offer! I would definitely go there again. The only thing was it was extremely noisy and a little on the warm side , probably because it was so busy . This is def a family place and not one for a romantic date .... overall like I said really like Rabias!

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OT
East Texas
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food!

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DC
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great meal, service was slow but we had an enjoyable evening.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance and just what to expect from an authentic north end dining experience

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ER
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Was seated 30 minutes after reservation (no problem, it's the weekend)
Folks with later reservation were seated before us (same size party)
Silverware was disgusting (honestly think that the set up was taken from the wrong bin)
Finally seated, 35 minutes to get water and drink orders taken
We waited for 1 hour after ordering our food before we finally left (keep in mind the equal party was already long gone and the folks at the same table already had their food)

Long story short, can't comment on the food but I can tell you that it's one of the worst managed restaurants I've ever seen.

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AW
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great combination of seafood and Italian! Had the Linguini and Clams and it was the "real deal" -- clams in the shells and fresh pasta. The sauce was not too heavy. Very tasty. This is close to downtown and easy to walk to. I would definitely return next time we are in Boston.

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EH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

My friends and I usually go to Rabia's prior to a concert event at the Garden. The food is really good, the North End is always a great idea and it's a nine minute walk to the garden from there.

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Anniversary. They did not acknowledge

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DD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mussels, salad and veal saltimbocca were very good. Reasonably price. Typical North End Italian ambience. Enjoyable dinner.

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Amsterdam
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We weren’t too confident we made the right choice when we came in but after a warm welcome we had a nice evening with a good meal.

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D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Went here because of its rating for seafood, which turned out to be overblown. Appetizers and entrees are overpriced. Food was average and the service was slow and inattentive. There are many better restaurants in the North End.

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FE
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Rabia's. Stopped in with the family for an earlier dinner after a day in Boston. Totally enjoy the raw bar... great local oysters.
Love the Lobster Caprese and the Warm Spinach Salad!!! That is my goto meal. Prepared perfectly every time.
KId's went with their standby Chicken Parm and Lobster Salad which are always great. Was laughing when we were all done as it was clean plates all around! As always, the service was exactly what I expect. Things served quickly as needed. Water Glasses always filled. Drinks always watched and refills as needed.
I find the Tira Misu excellent. It is a unique recipe and my family has decided (with lots of travel) that it is one of the best in the world (at least for my taste!!),

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FD
New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Crowded as I expected but our waiter was not attentive. Did not ask if we wished grated cheese or come back to ask how the food was. Did not suggest or offer coffee/dessert. A man (manager? owner?) associated with the restaurant, who was sitting outside the open window, spit twice onto the sidewalk (not very appetizing). Food was good, however, but nothing special. I had answered on the Open Table form that we were dining for a special occasion, our Anniversary, but no mention was made that anyone saw that.

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GO
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

We were very disappointed in our dinners, and cannot recommend this restaurant.

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PT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Great for seafood and Italian

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d
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Lobster did not have any taste to it. The waitress took the signed receipt and never said thank you

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JE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here one afternoon, passing the line out the door at the "other "raw bar a couple doors down. So glad we chose Rabia's!! My husband got luscious oysters, I got clams. So fresh. Also shared some Lobster ravioli, best I have had - so filled with lobster, and a tomato cream sauce. Couldn't wait to stop back for dinner. So for our Anniversary, we got a reservation no problem on Wed nite.Everything we ate was memorable: soft shell crab app, barbecued octopus, panzanella salad, the raviolis again, and a raw bar platter. My mouth is still watering. GO. TRY IT. Three menus : seafood, Italian food, and specials.

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MC
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We were very disappointed. The rating we saw on TripAdvisor was largely positive but those reviews were off base in our opinion. The food wasn’t very good, the service was “forced” and even the wine wasn’t close to what we ordered. There are tons of good Italian restaurants in the area. You’re best served going to a different restaurant.

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JP
New England
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was very good. Service was a little slow. We had a larger group (7) with some seafood dishes, but it took over an hour for our food to be prepared after we ordered. I'd still go back, but the service could be improved.

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KF
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We were vising from Austin, Texas last fall and discovered Rabia's. We ate there three times during that week. We returned to Boston last week and also ate there three times. They have the best lobster roll I have tasted so far. Their lobster bisque is also outstanding. Other dishes we have had and enjoyed were the mussels, clam linguine, and gnocchi in pesto sauce. We will definitely be returning when in Boston again.

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D
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding food - from the lobster caprese appetizer to clam chowder to the entrees. Everyone loved their meal.

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FC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation for my husband birthday, I love place, the manager,the server everybody was happy. Oh man, I love seafood, my plate was delicious but small then again I enjoyed it. It was seafood,can't resist. We had four glasses of red wine. Oh man oh man , that's was extremely good,tasty. We had a good time there. The piece of cake was delicious. The bread was yummy. Everything was perfectamente bien. La comida esta muy bien,muy delicioso. You pay for what you ask for. Yo no puedo escribir nada malo de Este Lugar. It was nice and clean. Muy bien! I was happy to spend some great time there.

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