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Sportello

4.5
4.5
2424 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
With two U-shaped counters situated around an open kitchen, Sportello (Italian for counter service) offers a menu from Chef Barbara Lynch featuring trattoria-inspired Italian dishes for both lunch and dinner. A modern interpretation of a diner located in the Boston Fort Point neighborhood, Sportello features an approachable, artisan wine list. Snag a stool at the counter and enjoy a bowl of handmade pasta!

Please note: Sportello is primarily counter seating, but does have several tables for more conventional seating. Tables are available for parties of four or more. For parties of 7 & up, please fill out a form on our website.

INDOOR DINING: Reservations can be made 30 days in advance, and due to the small nature of our restaurant, table seating is limited.

We are currently not offering outdoor dining at this time.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Wed–Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 737-1234 ext. 1

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Barbara Lynch

  • Private party facilities

    Sportello does not have a private space, but the restaurant is available for a full buyout of our space. Prices vary based on date, time and number of guests. Please fill out our private events form available on our website.

  • Private party contact

    events@sportelloboston.com: (617) 399-8513 ext. 108

  • Neighborhood

    Fort Point Channel

  • Cross street

    A Street

  • Parking details

    Please note due to COVID-19 restrictions we are currently not offering valet services however there is on-street parking, several open air lots and garages within two blocks of Sportello. There is a large garage on Stillings Street, a small lot on Farnsworth and several large lots on Boston Wharf Road and Congress Street.

  • Public transit

    For those taking public transportation, we are a short walk from South Station (Red Line) or Courthouse (Silver Line)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,424 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. SR

    StephanieR

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience1
    Fruit flies all over the walls, looking into bathroom entire dinner, food was ok, nothing to go back for.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delish and they accommodating seating changes and an early arrival beautifully
  3. RR

    RochelleR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are foodies and both my wife and I said this was one of the best meals we’ve had in Boston. It was perfection from entry to exit. Bravo to the team!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Went because I had a gift card. Did not like decor or ambiance - very stark and cold. All white - chairs uncomfortable. Food was just OK and overpriced. You even have to pay for bread. Some chefs try to make everything too fancy and it isn’t a success. Will not return.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious, service was great, drinks were excellent
  6. JL

    JLH2862

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Menu at lunch had a lot of meat dishes so it was hard to find something if you don't eat meat but we settled on the portobello mushroom panini and the orchiette pasta. Both items (and the foccacia bread) were fresh, good sized portions and delicious. Very happy that we chose to dine there.
  7. DC

    DCfoodie

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Yummy tomato soup, great service, central location!
  8. MS

    MeganS

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful service and food was amazing! Atmosphere was lovely…. We will be back!!
  9. AC

    AlexC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food, great service, clean and somewhat expensive. I recommend making a reservation because this restaurant is a bit small.
  10. CH

    CassieH

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    Incredible food. We had reservations for a table but were seated at countertop when we arrived. They stated table not available- only barstools. Hostess said the tables are first come, first serve despite our reservation. We were not late for our seating. I would have made reservations elsewhere if I had known they don’t honor “table” reservations as we had a member of our party with a physical limitation which made the barstool uncomfortable ( more than the usual). Important information to know. Otherwise, food and service were amazing.
  11. g

    geertv

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great pasta with lovely ingredients and a fantastic waitress.may she find her eternal love in London
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Penelope was an incredible server and the attention to detail is incredible! The variety of grapa’s provides an incredible digestive experience
  13. P

    Phiesta

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Penelope was awesome, Food and Drinks were great The Roasted Maitaki Mushroom were the Bomb!!!
  14. Z

    Zofia

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Food was good, but… gnocchi had very little lobster and very over done with cream sauce. Tagliatelle was also good and pastas was nice and light but it could have been better seasoned. Tiramisu was ok, cherries and the sauce was delicious, but overpowered the actual tiramisu which lacked a good tiramisu flavor. Our server was wonderful and we had an overall nice experience, but we did have to talk very loudly to hear each other.
  15. JL

    JimL

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant! The rabbit pasta is to die for! Sea Port is really cool.
  16. DJ

    DavidJ

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was fantastic, and the service was even better. Worth every penny to have been taken care of so well.
  17. EC

    EC1989

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best tagliatelle around. A favorite date night spot of ours with consistently amazing food and casual vibe.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    The food is amazing here, but we were surprised to be seated at a bar style table for our anniversary. It made it a little hard to have a romantic dinner.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was knowledgeable and friendly and the food and cocktails were amazing!
  20. T

    Tfamily

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    While the food was very good, the prices were quite high for the tiny portions. If you are thinking of getting a pasta OR a main for dinner, you should get both if you don't want to leave hungry. The bread basket was really good and the crudo appetizer was good but very small. Unfortunately, the dessert was disappointing and we should have skipped it but we were still hungry (ha ha). The tiramisu was really dry and the panna cotta was just okay. The was something really bitter on it that was a surprise. Finally, the service was awesome!
  21. JK

    JeffreyK

    Naples

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was AMAZING. But not inexpensive. Left full though.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food is ok but not impressive, gnocchi is wonderful, decor is old, our table has a lot scratches and black spots on it since it’s white and looks obvious
  23. C

    Caro007

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good place! Small menu but great choices! The food is very good and the pasta are definitely fresh. The staff is awesome and makes everything to make you confortable. We waited our meals for an unusual long time (they had some issues in the kitchen) so they offered us a glass of wine as well as the deserts - we didn’t ask for anything… I don’t know a lot of places which would do that so great customer experience. I will definitely come back!
  24. RC

    RickC

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience2
    Excellent food and good service were overshadowed by our table location which was within arm's reach of the entrance/hostess station and 8 feet from the restaurant's 3 washrooms. When someone opened one of these doors, we were a victim of a bright flash of light.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everythinv was just perfect.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal! We got the salumi and cheese and it was huge! Then shared the strozapetti with rabbit which was simple and delicious. I had the duck confit and hubby had the wagyu beef, both very good, but I liked his better. Would definitely go again!
  27. g

    gb2292

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Terrible seat at the counter. Wedged in between two couples with a post blocking my view. Normally the counter is an ideal seat for a lone diner but not here. My seat was so bad that I couldn’t enjoy the food which I would rate as average under the circumstances
  28. LO

    LizO

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Wonderful service, delicious food, cool Boston ambiance. Had a great meal before a show @ Leader Bank Pavilion in Seaporr district (10 min walk from restaurant) loved that they recognized and were subsequently able to accommodate the special requests in Open Table app.(which many miss) great cocktails too. You won't be disappointed! Thank you for a great night!!!
  29. N

    Noiseman

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, wonderful food and excellent service. Staff friendly but not intrusive. A perfect experience!
  30. BC

    BearCakes

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Overall: Great food, excellent service, and fairly priced Food: They take food preparation seriously here. So much so in the layout you are seated in a full open space where diners meet chefs. The food here was all amazing. Pasta is the specialty but they have rolling specialties using local ingredients. Service: Staff were attentive and formal in the cozy space. Ambience: The place is cozy with U shaped community seating with a few independent tables for those that want more elbow room. It's has a modern youthful feel that welcomes older patrons as well. Value: Food and drinks were fairly priced. Quality was high and delicious.
  31. V

    Vincent

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best meal we have had in Boston. My ravioli was an absolute mind boggling experience. Watching the chef, we were mesmerized. Like a machine. Will definitely return when possible. Thanks for the great experience.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food ! Everything was delicious and out of this world good. Highly recommend this place . Definitely coming back
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food delicious - there was just a hiccup in service with nobody coming to see me for around 5-10 mins after being seated, which was unfortunate. Great after that through.
  34. MS

    MichaelS

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sportello is very cool and the food is outstanding.
  35. GH

    GrahamH

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Average food, overly salty ravioli. American style Italian food. Service very mediocre. Open kitchen looked dirty and staff looked unhappy and stressed.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    The environment was nice but the food was terrible and overpriced. $44 for a duck leg, $29 for 7 raviolis….. this restaurant is not worth it.
  37. CD

    ChrisD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a couple of very simple dishes and they were excellent. The place is crowded and loud but the food is definitely worth it.
  38. GV

    GreatValue

    Philadelphia

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent meal in a unique, open dining environment. Perhaps the best food we had while in Boston and a great value. Great for a semi-casual date night. Get the wagyu!! The tagliatelle was awesome, too. Would definitely dine again!
  39. TM

    TMLPrivat

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I had been to Sportello pre-pandemic and it was excellent. This time I was disappointed. The meat and cheese plate was what you would expect at any Italian deli - nothing special in the prosciutto or Salcicce, and the cheese was way too cold for a cheese board. The snapper was a filet on top of canned artichoke hearts and baby leeks, with a romesco sauce that was blah - not a hint of spice or zing. The strozzapretti was good but lacked any color or contrast. Not a place I would return with a business client.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Sportello using the Order Online button. Sportello also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 737-1234 ext. 1.

Sportello is rated 4.5 stars by 2424 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Sportello

348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    A Street

  • Neighborhood

    Fort Point Channel

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Wed–Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Please note due to COVID-19 restrictions we are currently not offering valet services however there is on-street parking, several open air lots and garages within two blocks of Sportello. There is a large garage on Stillings Street, a small lot on Farnsworth and several large lots on Boston Wharf Road and Congress Street.

  • Public transit

    For those taking public transportation, we are a short walk from South Station (Red Line) or Courthouse (Silver Line)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Barbara Lynch

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 737-1234 ext. 1

  • Private party facilities

    Sportello does not have a private space, but the restaurant is available for a full buyout of our space. Prices vary based on date, time and number of guests. Please fill out our private events form available on our website.

  • Private party contact

    events@sportelloboston.com: (617) 399-8513 ext. 108

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