Salvatore's-Theater District

4.3
258 reviews
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Italian
With 5 locations in and around Boston, Salvatore’s is the destination for the best Italian food outside the North End. Salvatore’s Restaurants was created by Sal Lupoli, known for his Sal’s Pizza empire, and is the result of Sal’s and his undying passion for high quality, authentic cuisine at an unbeatable value. Unlike the pizza stores, Salvatore’s is a full service restaurant complete with private dining rooms, full bar and a warm ambiance reminiscent of the Lupoli family’s Italian roots. Situated directly between the Opera House and Paramount Theater, Salvatore’s features classic menu favorites as well as Express Dining options for guests with limited time to make the show.
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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Attention to detail was missing. We were a party of 4 but table was set for two, we had to ask for fork, knife etc.
when food came had to wave down waitress for cheese, salt and pepper.

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s
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great but it’s very loud and it’s hard to carry on a conversation.

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ML
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were seated right away for a reserved time. Waiter very kind and professional and accommodating. My husband ordered off the menu and they accommodated his request. Informed waiter that we were pressed for time and he delivered greatly. Perfect place to go before the theater.

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b
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

After several nice outings at Salvatore's, this week's visit was most disappointing. The food took an hour (we told our server we had theatre tickets), two of the three meals were burned, and the pasta dish was undercooked and the pasta clumped together. Our server apologized and comped the meal.

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N
New England
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good. Waitress was slow and forgot to ask if we wanted drinks. Little noisy.

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m
New England
39 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

When we arrived at Salvatore's they had no record of my reservation. Luckily, I had a reminder from you guys on my phone. The place was jumping and everybody was having a nice time. And it was very crowded. Luckily we were able to get a table but I must say I really felt the hostess's attempt at intimidation. We were waited on promptly. Our server was friendly, gracious and professional. I ordered risotto which I had had the month before and thought was excellent. Unfortunately, the risotto was more like a rice soup this time. My friend's hamburger was fine, no problem. We were eating before theater. Our meal was unusually slow coming out. Because of the long wait for our dinner we had to pack up most of it in order to make the show on time. I have to say that if this had been our first experience there we probably would not go back. Any place can have an off night . Our hostess needs to learn how to be more gracious.

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D
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect restaurant to go to especially if you going to the opera house which is right next-door . If smaller menu choices which is great if you just need a bite before the theater . The wait staff are super nice and the food is great! I would suggest a reservation if you plan to go before the play

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JC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going to Salvatore's before each play at the Boston Opera House! It's our favorite place!

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N
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had dinner here before the theater. The service was friendly and informative. It was very busy but our server kept us informed on our orders progress. No one rushed us at all. Dinners were delicious. I had the risotto dish. My husband had steak tips. We shared the hummus platter as an app and it was good. Delicious hummus! The noise level is quite high but we adjusted. This was our second time here and will return. It’s a worthy option.

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TC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I have never written a bad review, in fact I rarely write reviews unless our experience is exceptional. Unfortunately, from the moment we arrived to a table that was cleared but not wiped clean and had sauce rubbed into it that stained my husband's shirt, we were hoping things would improve but they did not. The hostesses were young and inexperienced and seemingly no one took issue with the fact that they were inappropriately dressed and were on their cell phones most of the time. The appetizers were tiny portions and by the time the waitress checked on us, it was too late to order more. The main courses did not impress and were not finished by any of us. This was more like cafeteria dining but for upscale prices and it was a tough bill to pay. That night two of the four of us got sick to our stomachs and this was our only food of the night so that was the last straw. The location is great for theater tickets in that neighborhood but I really can't say anything else positive about the experience. I'd suggest picking a different restaurant on the theater's list.

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JD
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

After theatre at opera house. Very convenient + food good+reasonably priced

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JS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Too expensive for what you get. Hated the sauce on the chicken and eggplant parm. Noodles not cooked. Not great.

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BF
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salvatore’s is a terrific restaurant for lunch or dinner. The waitstaff are welcoming and offer excellent service. The menu has many delicious dishes. It offers excellent quality for reasonable prices.

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GH
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our to go places before a show. We have always had great service and the food has consistently been really good. Definitely recommend.

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KA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location and service in the heart of Boston’s theater district

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KM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pizza was excellent and salad was very good too. Nice large portion.

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CR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a terrific dinner and drinks at Salvatore's Saturday night. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly, the menu had something for everyone (vegetarian, gluten free & carnivore's) and the drinks were great!!

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MF
New England
28 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the food was amazing.

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ER
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic, their menus are easy to read and understand. I ordered a specialty from their drink menu and it was quite tasty.

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PM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Poor wine list poor ambiance glaring lighting . The place is a glorified over charging pizza parlor

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and our waitress was extremely nice. We weren't rushed to finish and leave so that made for an enjoyable night.

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LL
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service & food, very convenient for theater guests. Highly recommend!

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MH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The arincini appetizer and cappuccino were delicious. The meatball sandwich was just ok.

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h
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Stick with pizza. Kale salad was right out of the bag with no prep at all.
Prosciutto on Flatbread was a strange color and had to be scraped off....not fresh.
Menus were also dirty. The plain cheese pizza ordered by the man next to us looked like the best way to go. Embarrassed that I suggested it to friends from out of town. We gave it a 2, a 3 and 3.5 out of ten.

The restaurant itself was nicely configured.

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N
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a delicious dinner here before the theater. The food (eggplant parmigiana and risotto) were both delicious. The wine list has a good selection and we were happy with our choices. The waitstaff was awesome, friendly, funny and attentive. We will return!

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KL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, great service, great value, great waitress, Angelica

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KL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value, great service !! Great place to go !!

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LR
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A nice family meal before a show at the Opera House. Variety of ages at dinner and there was something for every taste at the table. Drinks, apps, and dinner were all on point. Proximity to the theater was perfect!

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NB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My friend and I usually dine at Salvatore's, conveniently located right next to the Opera House, when in Boston for shows.The food is consistently excellent, and we never leave hungry. The restaurant is usually filled to capacity, which makes the noise level somewhat high, and also results in the service occasionally being on the slow side. However, the servers are unfailingly cheery and ultra helpful. If you're a pasta lover, you can't go wrong with the bolognese, and the seared scallop entree is perfection. Would I recommend this restaurant to friends? I have, several times, and will continue to do so.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. You can’t beat the location if you’ve got tickets to a show at the Opera House. Service & food are consistently good.

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JS
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not bad ... not great either

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MH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food as always was fantastic! Service outstanding.

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PR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I brought my two teenagers here before seeing a show. They are hard to please... they loved it! The food was delicious, the atmosphere was cozy and the wait staff was prompt. It was overall a great experience and would recommend it!

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C
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I asked for booth seating in my lunch reservation for two. Upon arrival, we were seated a row of table placed too close together (typical for most restaurants these days). I asked to be seated in one of the open booths and I was told they were limited to parties of three. Of course, that booth remained open for the entire time (1+ hours) we lunched and two other booths opened and remained opened. The restaurant should have emailed their policy in advance given my request in the reservation. This is another reason so many restaurants are failing. And...the food was average.

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AA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Portions for the appetizers were small, the food was flavorless and not well cooked. Scallops had little flavor, weren't seared outside, but were rubbery and overcooked throughout. Meatball sandwich was ok

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

The restaurant was clean and we appreciated the touch of having a curtain blocking the cold air as people entered through the front door, especially as we were seated close to the door. However, we were extremely disappointed with the quality of the food. My wife ordered chicken parmesan. When she received her meal the pasta was cold and tasted like it came out of a box from the grocery store. The sauce lacked any flavor and the chicken had an unpleasant texture. I ordered steak tips which were just ok and were served with fries that I can almost guarantee were from a freezer bag. When I make a reservation at a fine dining establishment, I expect to have a better quality meal than something that tastes like I prepared myself at home.

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V
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was average. It was presented well and was good but only average, nothing special.

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L
New England
20 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal and excellent service - great cocktails as well! Great place to go before a show

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J
New England
21 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect choice for before the show.

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TT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very accommodating as play didnt let out until 430 and our reservation was for 4 pm. Our server was excellent. All 3 of my friends ordered the scallop entree. Not a fan of scallops, but I did try one. Yours was the best I've ever tasted. Thanks

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