Monica's Trattoria

4.5
1589 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Monica's Trattoria is located in the heart of Boston's North End. At the corner of Prince and Salem Streets, you will find this 49 seat candlelit dining room with a full-bar, beautiful brick walls, and a modern twist.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Entire staff blatantly ignoring Boston’s mask mandate. With the many options available for dining in the North End, this one is now off my list!

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vipCasslt04
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The staff were not friendly and lingered in a weird way. This place was dead. After passing restaurants that were busy I decided to leave. Staff also didn’t wear masks.

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AmyC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service and delicious food…a bit noisy and full of energy! Waitstaff very knowledgeable about the menu.

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vipMrEdward
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was okay. Service was slow. Noise level was high

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vipMicki
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Once the server finally came over we had excellent service. Loved the menu, would recommend the only problem was my husband’s chicken was dry and the dish was spicier than expected as spice wasn’t a description. I personally loved it but my husband probably wouldn’t of ordered it. My risotto was absolutely delicious

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FrankB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good experience. Sorry the restaurant had run out of most of our original dinner and appetizer choices by 4:15 pm on Sunday.

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vipPJdines
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

It used to be our favorite go to spot! Got way too big, food mediocre at best, service pleasant but extremely slow. Please bring old Monica’s back!!!

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MarkB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Incredible food, wine, service and ambiance keep us coming to this little jewel in Boston’s Historic North End whenever we are in town. Patrick and his amazing team never disappoint!

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vipNancyA
London
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

The food was not good. Watery sauce and missing ingredients. It used to be great but must have lost all chefs.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious! Just not as amazing as I’d expect for a north end restaurant. Service was fantastic.

Fried zucchini was soo good!!

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Abby
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cozy atmosphere, good date night.
The bar area is gaudily decked out with fake flowers.
Bread serving seems stingy and like it may have come from the supermarket.
Entrees were good but pricey.
Excellent server.

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Eric
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant did not honor reservation - instead, the hostess tried to justify taking walk-ins while multiple parties with reservations were left without a table.

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vipRedSoxCarlos
Orange County
61 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful meal and experience. Opted to eat outdoors, which I enjoyed, watching the neighborhood go by and not dealing with the loud volume you often find indoors. (Don’t know how Trattoria Monica is on that count.) Service was excellent, from hostess to waitresses to busboy. And the food was great. Started with the Caesar including anchovies, which included a generous helping of good quality ones. I then had the pappardelle; only regret was I ate all my salad and couldn’t finish the pappardelle. I’d go back anytime.

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vipVince
Denver
68 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional and the menu had a wide variety of outstanding dishes. The service was good and the staff was friendly. I’m Italian and it was some of the best food I’ve ever had

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PaulM
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are a wonderful restaurant with delicious food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Stick to drinks at the bar. The food is just average.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Amazing drinks. The ambient was just perfect! A bit expensive, but definitely worth your money!

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vipAndy
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Terrific food. Very, very noisy. Tables were too close together. Can highly recommend the food, but be prepared for a cacophony.

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TedO
New England
28 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This used to be my favorite restaurant in the North End and one of the best in Boston. But my last two meals there were disappointments. I would love to give specific feedback to the chef.

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LindaM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Beautiful setting. Food is good. Not exceptional

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SMahl
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

After having an excellent experience and delicious meal at Monica’s on Wednesday evening we cancelled a reservation at a different restaurant because we had enjoyed Monica’s so much the night before. Upon arrival I told the hostess we had a reservation and she proceeded to bring us to a table for one, adding a chair would have put us into the hallway. We asked for a different table since the restaurant was not crowded . We were told that people “might” be coming in so we couldn’t be seated at a larger table as we had the previous night. We were seated at a different table for 2 which was fine as it was in a decent location. We were then brought our water and bread but were ignored for 15 minutes, Obviously being punished for asking for a decent table. We got up and left $5.00 for the bread and left the restaurant very disappointed. What a difference a day makes.

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hectorg
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place

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KatieGirl
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Monica’s for many years. Always amazing food and service. After a year of lockdown, I ventured out to my favorite restaurant and found outdoor seating that nearly tripled their table service and still provided the high quality food and service that I love from this fine dining establishment. All my best to Monica’s as they continue to navigate a challenging time in restaurant management. Boston Strong!

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JudiB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I ordered the pomodoro. The sauce wasn’t anything special. It wasn’t flavorful and cooked down too much. Didn’t taste fresh.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early for our reservation and they sat us immediately. We enjoyed everything about this restaurant and will continue to go for their great food. Loved it!

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DeeB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was really excited to visit Monica’s again. Unfortunately what started off as a clearly busy evening quickly escalated. Spending years in the industry, my husband and I are patient, but after being sat at 8:20 we checked on our appetizers at 9:10 and they weren’t even being prepped. Shocked that they wouldn’t get the cold apps out (Buratta), we opted to skip right to our meals. I’m pregnant and was starving by this point. At 9:40, with no meals in sight we made the decision to pay for our drinks and call it. What made matters worse was being sat at the table right by the kitchen, a wonderful lively spot, but the chef was on a tear and screaming at everyone, for the entire hour. Degrading people left and right. I left my 2 year old at home, but could have listened to her yelling for an hour without the price tag and hunger. After all this, the only thing prompting me to write was the chefs youngest daughter telling us to have a terrible night as we left. She has no idea what happened inside but was being a defiant 10 year old. Perfectly acceptable anywhere but the service industry. Honestly such a huge bummer.

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vipMoneyMakerMacEats
New England
67 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST CARBONARA IN THE WORLD! I haven’t stopped talking about it!

The drinks and service was amazing anyway but this carbonara is a must try!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Loved the food and the atmosphere!

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vipZeegirl1
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Hostess and server were very friendly and always followed up for any requests. Plenty of menu items and food was delicious! I like the open kitchen and the flower decorated bar.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! We loved the outdoor seating

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vipGood
New England
119 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Fun night. Excellent service.

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Busctr21
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Slow service even when not full.

Food is overpriced for the quality.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!! I asked the waitress for a recommendation and it was spot on. She was very friendly and good at was she does. Will definitely return!

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JimmyLEX
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Excellent food. Sat on sidewalk patio. Norma was server and was top notch. Too 10 on highest quality dinners I’ve ever had

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We love the pistachio martinis!!!

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RobinW
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We waited 20 minutes for a waitress/waiter to acknowledge us. We asked if we had a waitress to someone bussing tables and she spoke to a hostess, but still no waitress. We left unhappy. Never will I return.

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Matt
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem! We had a wonderful experience! Our server Candy was excellent and extremely helpful. The food was all very good. We enjoyed watching the chefs. All the staff work very hard to make it an excellent dining experience! We will be back again.

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BostonFoodies
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Among the very best, authentic Italian restaurants in Boston, pasta, sauce, seafood couldn't be fresher or better seasoned. A great place to dine, inside or outside, when you visit the North End!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was amazing. Red sauce or white, it’s all done wonderfully here. Meatballs to start, then chicken parmigiana and carbonara. Great Abruzzo wine paired well with both dishes.
The music was very loud causing us to have to speak very loudly to one another. However once we asked the server to turn it down, it was more manageable.
When walking up to the front of the restaurant, we were unsure if the hostess’s were actually employees or just patrons. This was mostly due to their dress. Very casual/club wear and less classy than expected for an establishment like this.
The inside is beautiful and quaint like a classic Italian restaurant should be. We’ll be back.

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vipJune
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was very good. Service was excellent. The fried artichokes weren't as good as they used to be?? But drinks were well made and everyone's main dish was delicious. Monica's continues to be one of our favorite spots in the North End.

FAQs

Monica's Trattoria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 720-5472.

Monica's Trattoria is rated 4.5 stars by 1589 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.