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SRV

4.6
4.6
129 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

In Boston�s South End, the Serene Republic of Venice, or SRV, is a Venetian restaurant and wine bar specializing in small plates called �cicchetti� with house made pasta and risotto. SRV is centrally located in the community with an Italian wine list and modern dishes. Guests will find a sophisticated and casual dining experience accented by quality service. The arsenale menu at SRV is a whole table experience with multiple courses that showcase the uniqueness and prosperity of Venice and represents the SRV team. Other menu items include sweet potato tortelli, squid ink bucatini and a variety of risotto dishes.

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Menu

Cicchetti

  • Salumi Misti$10.00

    cured italian meats, marinated olives

    • Baccala Mantecato$4.00

      black bread, herbs, garlic

      • Nervetti Fritti$2.00

        beef tendon, black pepper, parmigiano-reggiano

        • Mozzarella in Carrozza$3.00

          preserved tomato, bonito

          • Soft Boiled Quail Egg*$4.00

            white anchovy, caper, garlic pangrattato

            • Polpette$4.00

              pork and beef meatball, tomato, pecorino romano

              • Olive Fritte$3.00

                castelvetrano olives, fennel sausage, montasio

                • Fresh Crottin$3.00

                  rhubarb confettura, green almond, aperol

                  • Baby Octopus$4.00

                    preserved lemon, pine nut, celery hearts

                    For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                    What 129 people are saying

                    Overall ratings and reviews

                    4.6
                    4.6 based on all time ratings
                    • 4.6Food
                    • 4.5Service
                    • 4.5Ambience
                    • 4.1Value

                    NoiseModerate

                    96% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                    1. a

                      arugula

                      New England

                      7 reviews

                      5.0

                      7 reviews

                      Dined on July 14, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Top Italian restaurant in Boston very unusual menu

                    2. F

                      Fish5

                      New England

                      155 reviews

                      vip
                      4.0

                      155 reviews

                      Dined on July 12, 2016

                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                      Third visit and still enjoy SRV. Love the maltagliati with lamb sausage and the vongole. Miss the beef crudo (tartare) that was amazing. Really find the space to be comfortable as well. Only issue is the outdoor seating. We were sitting at the table immediately to the left as you come out. The bench runs along the wall and is right over the exhaust fan. It was miserable sitting there and I was melting into the chair. I'd say this seating should have never been put in. It really made for a horrible start to the evening until we were moved - thank goodness!!!!!!

                    3. TS

                      TeresiaS

                      New England

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on July 11, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Without a doubt one of the finest dining experiences It was a feast for all the senses Definitely one of Bostons best and one of the most delectable meals I have had The small plates are perfect as the amazing complex flavors can be savored and are more filling than expected This is a genius menu!!!

                    4. JW

                      JonathanWanathan

                      New England

                      15 reviews

                      5.0

                      15 reviews

                      Dined on July 3, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                      One of the best restaurants I know of in the Boston area. Highly recommended for the food. Why else does one go to restaurants anyway? It's very unusual to find combinations of flavors and textures that I haven't had somewhere before. Their dishes managed consistently to surprise and exceed expectations based on other Venetian-style foodie restaurants. Waiting staff was exceptionally pleasant -- not "Hi my name is Bob and I'll be your server tonight" but some real conversation, and brief enough not to be intrusive.

                    5. EN

                      ElizabethN

                      New England

                      6 reviews

                      5.0

                      6 reviews

                      Dined on July 2, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Excellent food and service. We ate outside in the back and it was magical

                    6. R

                      Regina

                      New England

                      10 reviews

                      4.0

                      10 reviews

                      Dined on July 1, 2016

                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                      Enjoyed all the small plates this place has to offer ! Drinks were great. Will definitely come again

                    7. RM

                      RetaM

                      New England

                      2 reviews

                      5.0

                      2 reviews

                      Dined on July 1, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Fabulous food. Great service. Can't wait to go back!

                    8. NM

                      NancyM

                      New England

                      1 review

                      vip
                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on July 1, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Service is friendly, helpful. Food is outstanding. Ambiance is relaxing, gracious, assured.

                    9. c

                      chas

                      New England

                      21 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      21 reviews

                      Dined on June 30, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Great people, service, interesting menu of very fresh and well paired ingredients. Keen courtyard seating -- avoid the exhaust fan tables.

                    10. G

                      Gourmand111

                      Atlanta

                      37 reviews

                      vip
                      4.0

                      37 reviews

                      Dined on June 30, 2016

                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                      Had the tasting menu. Great value. At 45 dollars 8 courses -we couldn't even finish the last pasta course. Will return to sample other items.

                    11. B

                      Bostondiner

                      New England

                      16 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      16 reviews

                      Dined on June 28, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Every course in the tasting menu was interesting, flavorful and creative. At the same time, it was approachable for a 12 year old. The service was very attentive, particularly to an allergy in our group. The space is beautifully designed.

                    12. M

                      Marco

                      New England

                      33 reviews

                      vip
                      4.0

                      33 reviews

                      Dined on June 28, 2016

                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                      Excellent and authentic Venetian fare. Beautifully designed restaurant, with bar, indoor and outdoor spaces. Service is excellent, with all of the staff willing to help you if your waiter is occupied/overwhelmed. These people run a tight ship and fill a niche with great aplomb.

                    13. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      New England

                      4 reviews

                      4.0

                      4 reviews

                      Dined on June 26, 2016

                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                      Great service, wish there were more poultry options and fin fish but it's a great restaurant with a great menu. Would highly recommend

                    14. MM

                      MasaakiM

                      New York Area

                      2 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      2 reviews

                      Dined on June 26, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      It is great restaurant. I strongly recommend to family, couple etc. Outside is one of big feature and recommend to request when you book.

                    15. M

                      Mikey

                      New England

                      80 reviews

                      vip
                      3.0

                      80 reviews

                      Dined on June 25, 2016

                      overall3food3service4ambience4

                      A unique atmosphere - with nice outdoor space for a nice evening. Food was generally good - if a bit uneven. Some of the dishes (especially the small plates) were superb. Some of the larger dishes were a bit disappointing. All-in-all, a very pleasant experience.

                    16. s

                      steveg

                      New England

                      322 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      322 reviews

                      Dined on June 24, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      great restaurant...our third visit. Took a friend who had never been. All the small plates and pasta dishes were excellent. Server friendly and knowledgeable. Will return

                    17. D

                      Deanmeister

                      New England

                      3 reviews

                      5.0

                      3 reviews

                      Dined on June 23, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Went to SRV to celebrate my daughter's birthday. What a night--sat outside on the sheltered patio on a beautiful June evening. All of us had the tasting menu and were wowed by the range of flavored and presentation. Every offering was exceptional. Staff was solicitous without being obsequious. Offered helpful advice about wine and brought a special dessert--complete with candle--to my daughter to celebrate her 13th. All in all, one of the best celebratory meals our family has had!

                    18. BJ

                      BubbaJimmy

                      Key West

                      9 reviews

                      5.0

                      9 reviews

                      Dined on June 22, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                      Perhaps because it's relatively new, SRV hasn't yet acquired the reputation that some other Boston-area restaurants enjoy. That anonymity won't last long. SRV's menu, from small plates to entrees and desserts, is innovative and well presented. The blandly-titled "radish salad" was remarkable; fresh, locally-sourced, and nicely dressed. Malale al Latte (pork dish, tender and delicious), Ricotta Gnudi (delicate, subtle), and Squid Ink Risotto were all delightful. SRV grinds the wheat for its house-made pastas, and that extra effort pays off on the plate. Good selection of Italian wines. Our server, Mara, was friendly and helpful; she didn't hesitate to recommend a less-expensive alternative to the Italian varietal that we had been considering.

                    19. SL

                      StephanieL

                      New England

                      6 reviews

                      vip
                      4.0

                      6 reviews

                      Dined on June 22, 2016

                      overall4food4service2ambience4

                      We ate at SRV on my fiance's birthday since we both love Venetian-style Italian. The food and atmosphere were great, but the service wasn't exactly warm -- our server was a little abrasive. Regardless, we enjoyed our meal. Shortly after we left, my friend texted asking if we received the dessert she sent to the table. Nope. They had already charged her credit card and assured her it would be no problem... Unfortunately, her sweet gesture was muddled by the restaurant. Give SRV a try, but don't expect too much from the service.

                    20. RA

                      RemmyA

                      New England

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on June 21, 2016

                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                      We were four at the table and shared everything we've ordered. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

                    21. S

                      Swede

                      New England

                      3 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      3 reviews

                      Dined on June 18, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Wonderful service paired with excellent food at a very reasonable price. We loved the Milan Fashion Week and are happy to add SRV to our list of fav's!

                    22. RS

                      RichS

                      New England

                      9 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      9 reviews

                      Dined on June 17, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Loved the tasting menu (the Arsenale Menu): 4-5 antipast dishes, 2 pasta dishes and dessert

                    23. DC

                      DanC

                      New England

                      10 reviews

                      5.0

                      10 reviews

                      Dined on June 16, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Every bite was special, but it adds up quickly to a hefty bill. Great dining experience, good drinks, expensive wine, but all good in the end. We'll do it again, but not often.

                    24. LI

                      LivingInFrance

                      New England

                      39 reviews

                      vip
                      4.0

                      39 reviews

                      Dined on June 14, 2016

                      overall4food4service3ambience4

                      Another great restaurant in the South End! The welcome was warm and we were shown to our table right away. Soon after, our server came and explained the menu. He seemed tired of doing this and while we got our food in good time, his overall demeanor was indifferent. The menu for the aperitivo has lots of interesting choices; I had an Negroni and my friend enjoyed an Aperol Spritz; both were good. Along with our drinks, we shared dark bread crostini with bacalao which was garlicky and delicious and a few bites of grilled octopus which were well prepared, but served with crushed pine nuts. I would have preferred just a wedge of lemon. For our dinner, we shared the pork shoulder which was delicious, the asparagus with crab which was tasty, and then we each had a plate of the gnudi which were fluffy pillows of ricotta that were, as they say, "to die for." Although some of the dishes are very small, the gnudi plate was generous and we easily could have shared that too. We left happy and full with promises to return.

                    25. r

                      rwinkley

                      New England

                      21 reviews

                      5.0

                      21 reviews

                      Dined on June 14, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                      My party of 4 experienced the Arsenale and it was truly memorable. 4 ciccheti, 2 grani, and 2 piatti were more than ample and the flavors exquisite.

                    26. KS

                      KennethS

                      New England

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on June 12, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      An exceptional place to dine. Our table of 4 went on a Sunday night and it was one of the best meals we've all had in a while. We all had the Arsenale menu which is rare for this group, but all their dishes sounded good, so we just went with the Chefs choices. It did not disappoint. I 'm looking forward to going again and trying some of the dishes that we didn't have. The staff was exceptional, very personable, and it really was a pleasurable dining experience.

                    27. J

                      Jason

                      Nashville

                      13 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      13 reviews

                      Dined on June 11, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Just amazing all around

                    28. JB

                      JayneeB

                      New England

                      13 reviews

                      vip
                      4.0

                      13 reviews

                      Dined on June 10, 2016

                      overall4food4service3ambience3

                      We enjoyed the food very much. I did have a problem with our first table. I usually ask for a nice table for the two of us on the Open Table website. At SRV, we were seated in front of the server's station. Needless to say, three servers bumped into my partner's chair three different times during the first 5 minutes. We asked to be moved and lo an behold we moved to a very nice table in the back room, which was 75% empty. Why does this happen? It actually happens a great deal on the Open Table website.

                    29. s

                      steveg

                      New England

                      322 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      322 reviews

                      Dined on June 10, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                      Terrific restaurant. Can't wait to go back. Every dish ( Italian small plates ) was superb No negatives; just a very enjoyable meal ( and service )

                    30. I

                      Irreverent1

                      New England

                      28 reviews

                      vip
                      3.0

                      28 reviews

                      Dined on June 10, 2016

                      overall3food2service4ambience4

                      Beautiful space and friendly service with food that was more interesting on the page than on the palate. Would you like a plate of butter and pasta with a fancy name? Then order the Tajarin. A few fatty pieces of dry pork (yes, a seeming oxymoron) with overly salty greens and sauce? Get the Maiale al Latte. And a gargantuan order of tiramisu which looked like a home-run was one of the oddest interpretations of the ubiquitous dessert ever tasted; I seriously think they forgot the sugar, it was so bland. Ok...the fried olives are, indeed, fantastic (because, well, fried) and the polpettes were tasty (but again, heavy on the sodium). They also really need to re-think the music; rap for a a solid hour is not my (anyone's?) idea of pleasant accompaniment to Northeastern Italian cuisine. Just sayin, guys.

                    31. RK

                      RosanneK

                      New England

                      2 reviews

                      5.0

                      2 reviews

                      Dined on June 9, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      It was fabulous. I had heard great things about the food and it exceeded expectations.

                    32. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      New England

                      2 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      2 reviews

                      Dined on June 8, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Great spot with open feeling making it quite comfortable. Terrific menu of small bites. Make sure you check out the Aperol Spritz. Perfect for the spring and summer. Excellent Mozzarella in Carrozza. Who would have thought to top it with Bonito flakes?? Superb finish! And don't get me started on the meatballs. Tasty is the sauce. Baccala mousse on black bread - insane. Chef Kevin and his team have created a wonderful experience. I will have to return for the tasting menu.

                    33. s

                      sherpa

                      Chicago

                      16 reviews

                      5.0

                      16 reviews

                      Dined on June 7, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      This was nice find. Great wine list. Lots of small plates which are perfect for sharing. The patio was delightful and the food was great

                    34. LS

                      LisaS

                      Chicago

                      9 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      9 reviews

                      Dined on June 6, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      A fabulous restaurant with delicious food. We sat outside on the back patio and were served tons of dishes that were incredible. The risotto was amazing as was the pasta. We will definitely eat there again next time we are in Boston.

                    35. AT

                      AnneT

                      New England

                      3 reviews

                      vip
                      4.0

                      3 reviews

                      Dined on June 4, 2016

                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                      I was happy to return to SRV for the fourth time and was surprised to know they had outdoor dining. It was fantastic! Loved the atmosphere.

                    36. h

                      happycustomer

                      New England

                      4 reviews

                      5.0

                      4 reviews

                      Dined on June 2, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Great food. Prefect for two to share. We tried a lot of dishes! Hope the cocktail menu is bigger to choose.

                    37. M

                      Megan

                      New England

                      2 reviews

                      4.0

                      2 reviews

                      Dined on June 2, 2016

                      overall4food3service4ambience5

                      A friend and I chose SRV to get together for dinner after hearing rave reviews from some of my co-workers. The space itself is beautiful and open, and the hosts were friendly and welcoming. Our server was also quite good - not overly pushy as we caught up for a bit before ordering food, and helpful with his recommendations on wine. We ordered a few small plates to share and we definitely enjoyed them, but I was definitely expecting more in terms of flavor and presentation. Small plates restaurants are popping up everywhere lately, and there are other locations I would choose over SRV in the future. We only got one pasta plate, the beet-filled casunziei, which was our favorite of the three dishes, so perhaps the pasta is where SRV shines. Everything was good, but nothing was exceptional. I wouldn't discourage anyone from trying SRV out - service was gracious and it was a very enjoyable experience; I think I was just expecting a wow-factor that I didn't find there.

                    38. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      New England

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on June 1, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      This was my second dinner at SRV. Every detail was perfect: food from first plate to desserts, special drinks, wine, wait staff, setting (inside first time, outside this time--beautiful lights). I have recommended SRV to everyone I know in Boston and traveling to Boston. The manager, Ted, is a treasure. He is charming and fun and knows every SRV detail. Both nights were magical. I live in Hawaii, but will always make it a point to eat here.

                    39. d

                      dac8483

                      Dallas

                      11 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      11 reviews

                      Dined on May 29, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      My husband and I were visiting from Dallas and dined at SRV the Sunday before Memorial Day. Everything was top notch - the food was creative, beautifully plated, and DELICIOUS. The cocktails were stellar and the wine list was good, too. Our server was classy and kind, and after we mentioned we were looking for somewhere to dine the next evening, the manager paid us a visit and gave us a list of his personal suggestions. The attention to detail was really phenomenal, and we felt like valued guests. Next time we're in Boston, we'll be sure to visit again!

                    40. m

                      mominma

                      New England

                      17 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      17 reviews

                      Dined on May 27, 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Fabulous - every dish was more delicious that the last. I'll be back, happily!

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