Vinoteca di Monica

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
Located in the heart of the North End, VINOTECA di MONICA is Chef Jorge Mendoza-Iturralde latest culinary venture with an emphasis on Rustic Regional Italian cuisine and Wine Spectator’s Grand Award for one of the largest Selections of Italian wines in the city. You no longer need to travel to Italy to experience the marriage between regional Italian food and wine. The menu focuses on the preservation of traditional regional dishes, with an unpretentious dedication to the true flavors that make regional Italian cuisine so popular. The art of pasta and bread making are carried out daily, for your sampling, where the freshest ingredients is an everyday affair. VINOTECA di MONICA is the result of Monica’s Restaurant evolution and its chef‘s passion for the Italian culture and the big role food and wine plays in its preservation. Reservations Recommended.
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C
New England
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The maitre d's, bartender and waitstaff were all fantastically helpful and nice. We love this place! The food is great, It's a pretty setting, with nice windows. The wine is delish.

w
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very nice brunch . Food was very good and service the same. Nice place!

C
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

We had reservations for 8:45 and were not seated for almost 45 minutes. The hostess was extremely kind and did everything she could. We ended up being seated in a tight corner of the bar. It was loud and not the feel we thought we were getting. Food was okay at best. We enjoyed the fried olives, but my pasta was nothing special. Only one of us really liked our meal.

HG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

All of the food we ordered was fantastic but we were very disappointed in the bread. Stale, cold, and with an odd dipping sauce...

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of town family

GD
New England
51 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The waitress was attentive and accommodating.

b
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in Boston. I would highly recommend.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was excellent but the noise level was way too loud. Birthday parties going on all around our table made the conversation almost impossible. Seemed more like an Olive Garden experience.

DC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had mentioned in our reservation that one person in our party was gluten free. When we arrived, the hostess to asked which one of us was gluten-free. She said once we were seated she would come over and discuss the gluten-free options on the menu. I thought that was exceptional customer service

LS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place int the North End didn't disappoint! We had company visiting from Italy, and have alway been hesitant to take him to a "Italian" restaruant, but we're so happy we brought him - he loved it! He was specifically impressed the the gnocchi! The service is always fantastic and with such a vast menu with a long list of daily specials, there's always something new to try. A must for anyone visiting Boston!

LK
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun lunch with great food and drink

HC
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For pre dinner drinks, we recommend the Black and Yellow ( black tea vodka and lemonade). The three of us shared 2 appetizers- both specials of the day, eggplant parmesan and a platter of meat and cheeses and enjoyed both of them, . All three of us had pasta- lamb ragout, mussels and mixed seafood. Again all 3 dishes were excellent. The best part was our waitress- she never rushed us, even when we were the last 3 in the restaurant. The restaurant wasn't crowded as it was a Monday night, so the noise level was very low. Definitely worth a return trip.

D
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in the North End. Would highly recommend!

PG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food every time. Our favorite North End restaurant!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and the manager was very helpful with food allergy

HF
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful restaurant in the North End. Nice menu. Full bar. Good wine list. Food was very tasty. Only negative was that it is a small restaurant & tables are very cramped & crowded. Rather noisy. All that said, will definitely return.

C
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

LK
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely lunch with friends. The food was delicious. Thank you.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always outstanding. Thank you for making it so easy for us to enjoy a meal with our daughter’s complex food allergies. One of the main reasons why we keep coming back, beyond the amazing food.

NY
New England
33 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall an amazing and solid Boston restaurant! The food is delicious, service excellent and value outstanding.

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved spending time with my boyfriend here! The food was so good he refused to share his pasta!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent but it was a little pricey. They were very accommodating as I was a half hour late for our reservation due to parking and we were seated within 5 mins of me getting there. The parking situation is horrible, but that is no fault of the restaurant, it’s just that busy in the North End on a Saturday night. I would recommend this restaurant and would definitely return if I’m ever in Boston again.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Clams were overcooked & so was pasta.
Disappointed bc this is the only restaurant I go to in North End.

CC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

So bummed that I have to say I barely finished my meal..Special of shrimp & scallop risotto had no taste at all it was awful I was looking for salt shaker on table (but none) so sad cause we have eaten in past and it was good but this time it was barely eatable. :-(

D
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall1food4service2ambience3

I never write reviews but management needs to know about our experience. Food was good, no real complaints other than my dads $46 Fra Diavlo having the lobster still in the shell, just a poor presentation and impossible not to get sauce everywhere trying to open it. Our server was great! Zero complaints there.
Issues were with host and hostess. I called a couple hours prior to our reservation to let them know there was another group we were meeting there. Instead of asking to sit us all together and really mess yo their reservations, I simply asked if it was possible, they try to sit us near them. The guy I talked to was incredibly rude and said we don’t accommodate those requests. Or something like that.
Once we arrived, our table was in the corner next to the bar. Standing in that area was the other group waiting for there table (everyone had to be present before they sat) so we ordered drinks from our table server. some people stood, some sat as we talked with the others near the bar. The hostess came over and was incredibly rude, telling us that we had to sit and eat because there were other reservations after us. We told her we only had a short period of time because we were all going to a show. The hostess continued to be rude and finally walked away.
I would never go back to this restaurant. So many other great options in the north end and throughout the city. Owners/managers/hosts don’t seem to understand how much money parents are spending with sitters and everything else to go out and have a fun night. The last thing we want to deal with is lousy customer service.

HW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in wonderful ambience.

MR
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was amazing- as always! I rated the service 3 stars because:

-a worker (not our waitress) asked twice to remove our wine glasses. Once right after we sat before we could even order. Second time was after we finished the first and before we could order a second. Not a good look- it made us feel rushed.
-wine glasses were dirty
-pumpkin ravioli was not salted
-waitress didn’t proactively offer specials- I had to ask her for them.
-we weren’t offered bread, I had to ask
-we weren’t offered grated cheese, I had to ask.

I used to be a server at upscale restaurants so all these things have been ingrained in me. I might have been able to put it all aside if she didn’t offer these things to the table right next to us.

2
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always delicious!

d
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and appropriately friendly service. This is the best North End restaurant we've been to in some time. They are known for their pasta but we thought the meat dishes were done beautifully. Portions were just the right size as we left feeling just full enough. Very nice ambiance - busy but still manages to stay romantic and European-feeling.

L
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food in a lively atmosphere.. lots of wine choices as well!

ML
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely lunch. Restaurant was not crowded, therefore the noise level was low. Pasta was delicious as was the prix fixe lunch menu I chose. Looking forward to visiting again if I’m in Boston.

EC
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent

w
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another perfect meal at our favorite restaurant. I totally enjoyed the lobster raviolis; my son ordered his menu favorite, the grilled salmon, cooked to perfection. This was a belated birthday dinner so I was happy every detail was to the same highest level we have always enjoyed at Monica's!
thanks and see you again soon

MT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You can’t get better value in the North End. Food is always fantastic and fairly priced. Good selection of wine as well at all price points. Our server was very helpful and enthusiastic. One of my favorite North End spots!

MR
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience. Excellent food, drinks, and service.

OT
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Vinoteca di Monica is my favorite Restorant ever! The food is so yummy. So good, that we wanted to lick the plates. I know it's sounds funny but that's how delicious it was! We had the Fradiavlo and truffle gnocchi it was outstanding. I definitely recommend people to try it. The service was amazing too. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and gave us great recommendations.

PH
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were referred to Vinoteca di Monica by a northside Boston resident. She said it was her favorite Italian spot in the neighborhood. We took her word for it, and gave it a try. It was outstanding, the food was fantastic, the service warm and welcoming and the surrounding great. Would go back again in a minute.

j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

we enjoyed another very good dinner at Vinoteca di Monica. my only complaint was that the pasta was not piping hot, but this is a personal thing, most people would have found it to be satisfactory.

KU
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

It was our 40th anniversary and I noted this when I made the reservation. There was no mention of this when we arrived. Although restaurant was not busy, server did not approach table for 5-7 minutes after we were seated. We had to ask for bread as it was not offered. After meal was served no other contact made. She did not ask if the food was okay. There was no offer of cheese, or even salt and pepper, which were not on the table.

Food was just ok. We expected much better based on their rating, but was very disappointed. We will not be back.

F
New England
72 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Everything was great but the service. There were long stretches when we felt like she had forgotten about us and everyone was in need of a drink refill. The worst was when she brought the wrong entree and wasn't at all apologetic. She tried to almost make it seem as if that was what he had ordered and she had not gotten it wrong. We love Monica's and have been many times. We will come again but it was this time was a disappointment.

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