Rabia's

4.2
657 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Casual
  • Special Occasion
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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Neighborhood
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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
What 657 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
3.9
service
3.9
ambience
3.8
value
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68% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

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

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

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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2.0Dined 6 days ago

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

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Very good food!

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Anniversary. They did not acknowledge

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on July 17, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Fantastic food and service. Great for seafood and Italian

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

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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1.0Dined on June 24, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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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2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Our group ordered from both the seafood and pasta menus and everything was good. However, the service was poor with uncomfortably long waits at every stage - from being seated to a drink order to ordering food and finally the food’s arrival. Two rounds of drinks and a one course meal took a total of two hours. It seemed nothing happened without our having to flag someone down to remind them we were there.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Great oysters. Chowder and lobster. Wait staff was polite and attentive.
I’d go back !!

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The food was good as with most of my previous visits. The service was inconsistent. When greeted and told I had a reservation I was seated but then ignored for a while. Staff was not attentive even though it wasn’t a particularly busy night. I feel they didn’t make an extra effort to make us welcome.

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1.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Served warm beer twice, service was not good and food was overpriced with no value.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

We had eaten here before when visiting Boston and enjoyed it so much that we actually decided to stop in the area just to eat here again. This was not a mistake! The food was as spectacular as we remembered and well worth the cost of the T and parking to get there. We had the Lobster Ravioli and the Lobster Risotto. Both were excellent. The ravioli could have used a tad more sauce and we should have asked for Parmesan, but those were minor details as they were huge and stuffed with flavorful lobster. The risotto dish was a multi-mushroom risotto with 1 1/4 lb of lobster meat perfectly cooked on top. The flavors blended perfectly. The staff was attentive but not intrusive or hurrying. Very enjoyable and will be on our list next time we visit the area. Best kept secret in Boston!

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3.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Food was average. Restaurant is tight on seating so crowded and loud. Service was adequate but slow.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Only complaint is we had an 8pm reservation and were not seated until 845...and we had plans to be at a show after dinner which were ruined.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Always busy, crowded and loud - guests come for the expansive seafood menu AND the meat and pasta. Rabia’s must be doing something right.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Met fiends

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Waitress was a little over eager, but food was really good.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Rigatoni bolones superb. Lobster bisque excellent. Service attentive but not overwhelming. Montepulchiano was good wine choice for the rigatoni dish and the Beal dish.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

I've been here several times and the food is always delicious. They always have great dinner specials. It gets pretty crazy on Saturday nights, especially if the Bruins are playing, so plan accordingly.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great lobster rolls!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Food was great and service was super friendly. Would definitely eat here again!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Absolutely delicious. We split crab balls, lobster and tomato salad, lobster bisque, I had lobster ravioli and my husband had a lobster roll. The bread served with tapenade was amazing

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