Strega North End

4.3
2844 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Strega is a hip Italian restaurant in the North End. Come enjoy fantastic food and a great atmosphere!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2844 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were seated right away, according to our reservation, and our waiter was friendly and attentive. The good was timely and delicious. The four of us shared dishes - osso bucco, That's Amore, octopus, and pumpkin ravioli. We highly recommend all of those!

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JulieK
Northern MI
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Italian food. Willing to accommodate special requests/changes to the menu items. Lively, fun server. I do not like Italian food prepared with heavy garlic. Strega excels at flavorful Italian food rather than killing everything with garlic. I recommend Strega!

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Sarah
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food took literally HOURS to come, and the server is a 40 years old dude who ignore all our requests and only tried to flirt with my friend.

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MDjj
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food1service1ambience5

Tiny space with overcrowded table placement. Music so loud you need to YELL to hear the person directly across from you. Service was inconsistent, food was cold and bland.

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ABDELB
Indiana
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I will not go there because of bad service and unwelcome

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Honestly the food was mediocre, and the service was terrible. My appetizer plate and water cup were both dirty with remains from the previous person. You would think clean dishes is the bare minimum at a nice restaurant. The server was rude and didn’t bring us new plates. Not to mention my pasta was ice cold when it was served. Wouldn’t recommend this restaurant, there’s way better places in the north end.

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MichelleP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Had a reservation and had to wait an additional hour after our reservation time. Our server was not attentive or friendly and made the experience not great. The busboy was fantastic and helped us get everything we needed.

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vipsrhf
New England
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Subpar service and they wouldn’t let us sit until every person in the party was present which is a pet peeve of mine. They could have let us sit and order apps and drinks but instead made us stand on the street which is a disservice to them.

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Brian
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

I wouldn’t go back again . The food was cold, service was very poor and far too little value to ever go back. Too many better restaurants on Hanover St to put up with the poor service.

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Mainetraveler
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service will be back next time we r in boston

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Eric
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fun atmosphere, laid back with tv’s to watch sports. Food was delicious, service was excellent and attentive.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Take your parents to DJ brunch they’ll love it…if they’re cool😝

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Truly awful

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LisaH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Music was to loud. Service was awful. Food was bland. Loved Strega, what happened? I can understand the service as its hard to get employees. I think they should stick to inside dining only because obviously they can't handle the numbers. I've been going to Strega for years and was very disappointed. The meatball was good. Never had a chance for dessert as instead of a menu, which we asked for, we got our bill and 3 to go boxes because we couldn't tolerate our food.

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MichaelR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I hate wine lists that list vintages by year and then have a disclaimer at the bottom that substitutions are possible. A 2017 Barolo is not the same as a 2014 Barolo in 2021. Everything else was great but this is unacceptable.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Waited 45 minutes from our reservation time to get a table (1 hour total). Poor service once we were seated

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DianaW
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A - MAZE- ING made a reservation on open table and it only got better from there. This is a five star experience. From the smiling hostess to the doting waiters. Carlos was fun energetic and loving his job. He went above and beyond to make sure our dinner was spectacular! Specifically choose this restaurant for their dish That’s Amore’ a vodka pasta prepared tableside in a wheel of Parmesan. You must get this dish! the meatball appetizer, burratta and calamari were a perfect start. we were a party of four no one was disappointed. Smiles and happy bellies all around. A must experience in the Northend restaurant scene

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

I love this restaurant, but it’s frustrating that we had wait an hour to be seated despite having a reservation. Other than that, food was amazing, but the service was a little disorganized and chaotic.

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88mdgrad
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Second time to Strega and the food was consistently amazing. Meatball app was great. Veal Piccata was good as well.

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jenniferp
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a home run when in the North End. Food is great and waiters are attentive. Must make a reservation or you will be waiting a while.
Worth every penny

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vipClaire
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience1

This is my favorite restaurant in the world so I was so excited to take my family from out of town here. Unfortunately, they sat us outside next to the street even though I requested a table inside when I made the reservation weeks in advance. I really don't ever want to speak poorly about customer service but the hostess was so demeaning and rude when I asked if we could be seated inside. She told us we could "leave" if we didn't like the outdoor option. The waiter was terrific and the food was great but for a $600 meal... I would've liked the option to sit inside as planned or at least would've hoped for a more polite response from the hostess that didn't put a damper on my group's attitude. Will probably just go to the Seaport location next time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience1

They were shooting some tv commercial or something so seating was 45min late from

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vipRosie
New England
20 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing! Our server was very attentive. It was a gorgeous Friday evening so the crowds were a bit lively/noisy. I would totally recommend this restaurant!

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RobertR
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and impeccable service at the North End’s premier dining experience.

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vipLisaD
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a crowd pleaser for locals and out of town visitors. We tried a few apps and main dishes. Everything was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

A let down from the start - two of the four glasses smelled and were smudged with oil or something. The coke was watered down. The bread was mediocre and, when we agreed to have additional bread it was never brought. The waitstaff asked once if we needed anything - all other times they needed to be flagged down. The person making the pasta in the Parmesan wheel sighed through the time the pasta was being prepared. The sauce, while appearing to be authentic, tasted like vodka sauce out of a bottle. The music was playing so loudly we had almost yell across a four person table.

Highlights: beef carpaccio and fried calamari.

Unfortunately, the food and service was significantly less than what was expected and we will not go back or refer anyone there.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Our experience for such a highly spoken restaurant was underwhelming to say the least. The server was borderline rude, rushed us to order, and didn’t introduce himself. We were sat outside which was nice until we realized there was trash throughout the shrubs that were right at food/dining level. The food itself was decent but compared to other locations in the North End was mediocre. Unfortunately, it was not the great experience that it was rumored to be.

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vipAlexP
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was friendly, the menu was creative, and the drinks were very well put together, from the cappuccino to the aperol spritz! Highly recommend the tenderloin Benedetto and the brunch bolognese!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Disappointed with the new menu

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vipSTCRealtor
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way. We sat inside and guests were well-spaced. Service was attentive and the pasta dishes were excellent! Highly recommend this restaurant.

EG
vipEmilyG
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service! Went for a birthday and they made it extra special!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely friendly staff who went above and beyond to make our experience enjoyable. We were disappointed to learn that the table side cheese wheel pasta could not be done while we were dining outside. However, the staff made this up to us by letting us come inside to watch our pasta get tossed in the cheese wheel and put on an entire party for the restaurant while they did so! All of the food was extremely delicious as well.

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steve
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Even on a slow night the service was terrible. Food was mediocre and over priced.

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vipGregM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Great food. Lively place. Just make sure they do not seat you anywhere near the restrooms or you will smell them the entire dinner.

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DavidR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We normally go to Strega week nights. This time we went on a Saturday. The food was not up to Strega standards this past Sat night. Usually, they have the best food in the North End. Service was great as usual. My guess is this was a one-off situation. We will certainly go back.

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vipedwinef
New England
25 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Tasteless food, bad service.Overpriced. I wouldn’t return.

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vipClaire
Cleveland
26 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I’ve been going to strega for several years now. I do not live in MA, but came across the restaurant and fell in love during a visit. So much so, that I make it a point to visit Boston primarily for strega. I have not been since 2019, but when I made it back over the weekend, I noticed that things have drastically changed.

Firstly, the atmosphere. Previously, it was a classier setting with the Italian classic movies looping on the screens. Classic music playing. A calm setting. Now, upbeat music is played rather loudly, there is a new flashy sign on the exterior which immediately caught my eye, and the food quality is also different; not for the best.

As I noticed the visual changes, I was nervous that the food may have taken a change, too. It did. The burrata was served completely different than before. Previously there was a platter with prosciutto, cheese, fresh tomatoes, etc, but this time it came on a plate with a very different presentation in addition to an ambiguous orange and green sauce. The flavor was not enjoyable.

I was getting even more nervous after I ordered my entree — the strega fettuccine. This is the pinnacle of dishes at Strega and the flavor, noodle quality, seafood has been something that I have not found elsewhere in all of my travels. This very dish would have me taking flights to Boston. However, after the other differences I picked up on, I had a feeling it too, would be different. I was right :(

The sauce was not the same. And that was the main attraction of this dish. The noodles were over cooked. The quality took a major hit. It truly made me sad. What a perfect dish the Strega fettuccine was, and for it to be compromised is truly unfortunate.

I am not sure what the catalyst for change was at strega, however if you could please revert back to your previous recipes, I can confirm your patrons would be pleased. Taste differences are noticed.

The staff is extremely kind and pleasant. Always a pleasure and this has not changed.

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vipfinn
New England
48 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious authentic food in an entertaining atmosphere

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vipMarc
Cleveland
21 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointing meal at Strega with everything always being perfect for the atmosphere to service through the meal. Strega is our favorite North End restaurant.

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vipAmyP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Our waiter was not very attentive. The food was just okay. Unfortunately not my favorite restaurant in the North End.

FAQs

Strega North End offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 523-8481.

Strega North End is rated 4.3 stars by 2844 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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