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.
Boston, MA 02113
Hours of Operation:
Sun - Thu 11:00am - 10:30pm
Fri & Sat 11:00am - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Rabia's Ratings and Reviews
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
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.
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.
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...
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.