Rabia's

4.4
690 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.
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NC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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B
Atlanta
9 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
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 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
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 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 16, 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
1 review
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
1 review
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 8, 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
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 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
16 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
6 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
10 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
105 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
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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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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N
New England
6 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
31 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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OT
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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OT
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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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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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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