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Sportello

4.5
4.5
2449 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

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 2,449 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience2
    Food was very well done, homemade pasta. We sat at a table but they offer “counter” seating which looks a little cramped. The service was extremely slow and the waitress was not attentive but the support staff made up for it
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    I rated four stars but our experience was really three stars. I don’t want to hurt a restaurant I like, but I hope they’ll see this and make some changes. Service was full of gaps. Food was good to mediocre. Like many restaurants post Covid, there seems to be a lack of training and/or full staffing. Meatballs were served cold. Server disappeared so we ate them anyway. I hope Sportello can return to form soon.
  3. l

    lpwins

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I thought the Red Snapper app was the most inventive and tasteful plate we enjoyed. the pasta was very good lobster and the bolognese. The duck was overcooked and not a wow factor.
  4. C

    Corey

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Our experience was good— relatively slow service but decent food. The duck was overdone but was still tasty. The most upsetting part was that the restaurant no longer accommodates bringing you down to Drink for a post dinner cocktail— that was the whole reason we chose Sportello was to get into Drink afterwards for a nightcap. I was on a date with a friend from out of town and would've chosen a different restaurant entirely if I had known we would not be getting into Drink after dinner. Unfortunate but won't be back with the new policy.
  5. m

    mobilevito

    Detroit

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pasta bolognese was as good as any I’ve ever had. Even something simple,like the salad and bread basket, exceeded expectations. Our family recipe for meatballs is the best I’ve ever had, so it’s hard for me to be impressed by meatballs. These were one of the better ones I’ve had, but still not as good as our homemade ones. The wine by the glass was better quality than you usually get by the glass. The tiramisu was more modern and elevated. I love the ambiance, and the service was impeccable from a team that works well together. I will be back.
  6. DG

    DanielG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitstaff was incredible. Our waitress was very friendly and accommodating. The manager was very helpful in locating our gift certificate. The food from beginning to end was fabulous. The breadbasket had a wonderful assortment of breads. The Waugh beef melted and your mouth. The broccolini and potatoes we prepared perfectly. Between the incredible food and terrific staff it was a wonderful way to celebrate our 50 anniversary.
  7. J

    Jonesfk1

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Did not live up to expectations The first option I chose was not available, then after taking my order the side we ordered was not available this is on a Sunday evening at 8.30?? The starters lamb meatballs were tasty but did not look appetising .Our mains was a pasta dish that was supposed to have lobster in it there was no more than a small claw and it was too salty. As I said disappointing
  8. KQ

    KimQ

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    The service was exceptionally slow and often incompetent. The food is an odd, or distinctive, riff on real Italian food. It may appeal to some but not those looking for dishes from the mother country. And it was noisy. II would not recommend it to friends.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sara G and support staff were amazing! Food and drinks were so good there wasn’t anything I would change. Already planning a trip back
  10. BR

    BridgetR

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    I heard good things about the restaurant and I was pretty underwhelmed. Service was very slow to start and the restaurant was empty. Food was fine but nothing exceptional. Overall everything was just fine
  11. C

    Charlie

    New England

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Thank you for offering outdoor dining! My partner and I have been going back to Sportello at least once a year since our first date there in 2011, but we have not been back since 2019 due to COVID. We did take out in 2020 and skipped 2021, but we were so glad to see now in 2022 that you have outdoor dining available! We dined in the parklet tonight and had a really wonderful time. The food, drinks, and service continue to be fantastic!
  12. b

    brucec

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Creative and delicious versions of classic Italian dishes. Superior service. Very noisy.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    I’ve eaten at Sportello many times and so I was surprised at how poor the food had become. Lobster gnocchi with almost no lobster, bland appetizers, and a tiramisu that tasted like an entree rather than a dessert. And the kicker was a $225 check which would have been fine if the food had been like I remembered from past trips. I won’t be returning.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Food was average. Pasta (fettuccine) was too thin, lacked bite and salt, and the overall dish was missing texture and balance. The cutlet was dry…
  15. M

    Marinella

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Very long wait between when our appetizer was cleared and our dishes came. The ravioli was cold and far chewier than just “al dente.” Not a lot of food for a very high price although beautifully plated.
  16. c

    chris

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Quality food, friendly service, convivial (loud) atmosphere. No bar in which to wait to be seated because they seat people to eat there.
  17. M

    Myopinion

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    always wanted to go, finally made it! Enjoyed food and service. All pasta dishes we had were very well made. Burrata with tiny chanterelles and huckleberries - so refreshing to see there are other versions of burrata out there, not just tomato and fruit heavy creations. The restaurant itself reminds me of an upgraded tech-company cafeteria. It’s somewhat minimalistic and not very inviting. White tabletops and chairs combined with the stainless steel of a commercial kitchen. Wine selection is almost exclusively Italian, which is appropriate but advice from knowledgeable staff is necessary. If you can ignore the ambiance and come for the food, you’re in good hands.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On a family vacation. Food and service were phenomenal. I am Italian and I never go to “Italian” restaurants nor order pasta anywhere bc I’m used to homemade sauce and noodles. The Tagliatelle In bolognese sauce was just like my grandma’s who was born in Italy. AUTHENTIC!!!
  19. K

    Kasangula

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It was fine, overall, not quite up to the breathless hype. The gem salad would be improved by bringing the lettuce to room temp before serving, and a more liberal hand with the dressing and garniture. The prix fixe lacks vegetarian options, with very limited vegetarian choices in the menu overall. Service was charming and attentive, and coffee was excellent.
  20. B

    Bostonian

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Go to Sportello if you’re looking for a gem of a restaurant while in Boston. Food was amazing, service was great and atmosphere was welcoming! Can’t wait to go back…
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small place with a great, lively vibe. Both pasta dishes we had were incredible. Hands down would return again.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was good but the service was odd…maybe they were understaffed for the night but everything seemed out of sync. Overall the experience was pretty good but I feel like the service didn’t 100% live up to the food.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Service was slow, food was nothing special and overpriced. Overall, disappointed, will not return or recommend.
  24. D

    David

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Good food, not outstanding but unjustifiably expensive
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the restaurant for my second visit.
  26. TC

    TomC

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Bar tender the best.
  27. SR

    StephanieR

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

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

    RochelleR

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    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!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 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.
  31. 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
  32. JL

    JLH2862

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 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.
  33. DC

    DCfoodie

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Yummy tomato soup, great service, central location!
  34. 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!!
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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!!!
  40. 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.

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 2449 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


Booked 24 times today
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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