Vinoteca di Monica

4.6
2515 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Located in the heart of Boston's North End neighborhood, VINOTECA di MONICA serves 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 our passion for the Italian culture and the big role food and wine plays in its preservation.

Brought to you by the Mendoza Iturralde Family
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SophieP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food, service, and value were wry good- Ambiance was a bit more modern and less quaint then other place in North End but still very nice

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vipSJP66
New England
34 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! The best food in the North End.

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patriciah
New England
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent, we sat outside and the weather could not have been better.

Everything was perfect!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group birthday brunch here and had a great experience. Highly recommend!

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DonDover
New England
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Noise can be high but was okay as they had the sidewalk windows open.

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Michaelk
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Vinoteca di Monica one of my favorites for 20 years. However...bad experience last night that I hope never happens to you!! Had the meatballs and Pasta with black truffles to start. Always good. Then the chicken parm. It was tiny...but we didn't say anything. Chicken itself was chalky and rubbery. Either overcooked or too much muscle fiber. We tried but had to spit it out. We asked the waiter for something else. He had to escalate two levels to the Bartender Neil who was in charge because they were very thin on waiters and no manager was in last night. He refused stating that we had eaten it. We couldn't believe it. It wasn't like we were asking for our money, just something else. Our waiter said there was nothing he could do. He had only been in the job for 1 month and said he feared retribution if he said anything further. How insulting! I have recommended dozens of friends to dine there. They just didn't care. I wouldn't expect this from a sub shop let alone this fine establishment. Meal was still $200 with wine....but that was not the issue. Very disheartened as was the person I took there to celebrate her new job.

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vipCourtneyM
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always an amazing meal at Monica’s! Thank you for yet another memorable evening.

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vipdiner2
New England
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Great service but very disappointing food! Not accommodating to vegetarians. It was exciting to see what appeared to be a large vegetarian selection. However, fried food was made with the same oil as meat and fish. They would not make it separately in an uncontaminated pan.

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vipcuisineart
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional as was the service provided by Pedro. His attentiveness and attention to detail made the experience special.

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SarahJ
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect location for an outside dinner. Being a block off of busy Hanover St. was perfect. Everything was delicious, especially the artichoke antipasti. Our server was fantastic. Very attentive, personable and easy going!

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Elainecbl
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This was a very nice family owned business. They were not busy bc we got reservations at 3p on a Sunday. Perfect amount of people. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The food was good and came out hot. The location reminded us of being in a street in Italy. We would go back if we were grom the neighborhood.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place! We’ve eaten here a number of times and are never dissapointed. The service is pleasant and attentive. The menu interesting and well executed.
Love their brunch, craft cocktails, consistency. Great spot.

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Sammy
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here a few times, and it’s just so amazing every single time. The service is awesome, the food is fantastic, and the vibe is great!

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KatieW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for drinks and some of our party got food. Great service even knowing they were very busy. Food was excellent and will definitely be going back for dinner.

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vipTTaylor
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was delicious and our waiter very attentive for a busy Saturday night. It was a little tight with seating inside but overall very enjoyable. Can’t wait to go back!

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PattiL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, very helpful and attentive waiter

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal with even better service. Our table was right next to the open windows facing the street and we felt like we were in Italy. Truly the heart of the north end.

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GuillermoM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The restaurant was good. Overall, a wonderful menu and good service. I was surprised that it was bit empty for being a SAT lunchtime, but most restaurants in the area were as well.

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AnnB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Awesome food but very loud. We sat by the kitchen and overheard some choice comments from the staff. They really hustle, so maybe understandable frustration, but we did not need to hear it.

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Jeannie
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious food, great vibe. Service was good. Loved the Zuppe De Pesce

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pasta was outstanding; the mushroom ravioli was absolutely delicious. Our waiter was attentive without being overbearing. We sat at a table inside right by an open window which was perfect.

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mcduffydog
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Louis, our server, was exceptional! Very fine place!

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BodegaLamour
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fantastic service. My food was okay and my companion’s was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. Great service and great food. Love the Tajarin.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a great experience here! Friendly waitstaff and the service is on point!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When my husband and I don’t feel like cooking, we know Vinoteca has us cover. Love seating at the bar where we can still watch our sports. Started with a out of this world mushroom bruschetta, Veal Chop cooked to perfection for dinner and of course bread pudding to end it. Thank you again Vinoteca.

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vipChloeC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Outstanding service

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SeanR
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch. Full menu was available. Great for outdoor seating and taking in the beauty of the North End.

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Georgia
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely enjoyed our Dinner at Vinoteca di Monica. The food and service were both wonderful!

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AdrianT
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luis gave great recommendations and service. We loved everything he suggested. The food was great! A definite must return!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable!!

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vipThanksgiving
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I’ve been to Monica’s many times but was very disappointed with a recent visit. The fettuccine Alfredo and chicken had no flavor, the meatball appetizers were dry and hard and the fried calamari was so heavily breaded and deep fried you could barely taste the calamari. The best thing we ordered was actually the bread under the meatball appetizer. We did not get offered any bread to start. When we got the bill there were items on there that we didn’t order. Hopefully it was just a bad experience.

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vipTheresaP
Jacksonville
40 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIC! Homemade pasta-to die for!! Excellent service, never rushed, wonderful wine lovely limon salad of Bibb lettuce. Beef ravioli & chicken with rigatoni & broccoli. All simply amazing!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just great. Perfect table and food

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JuanC
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The place is nice and the ambiance cool. Food wise only the pasta is good. Risotto we had looks more like paella with a lot of lobster I have to say, that was the good part. Service not that good and price wise a little bit expensive vs the food. Wine selection very good.

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vipBonweats
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a very lovely out door meal. The meals were booked to perfection complimented by a reasonably priced and tasty Super Tuscan wine. Special thanks to Alex for his thoughtfulness and great service!

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent and the service is as well. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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LoriM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pretty restaurant! Good service, nice portions. Italian bread was freshly baked and served with white bean dip. Pomegranate Bellini was spot on. We loved the fried calamari and veal parm. Lobster ravioli had good flavor, but the sauce was a bit runny. Sautéed asparagus was okay. Request a window table to people-watch during your meal. We would visit again; one of the nicest restaurants in the North End!

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JohnD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Vinoteca Monica's brunch and it was great to be back after a year and a half due to COVID. The Colezione alla Romana (also known as Spaghetti Carbonara) is amazing. No matter how hard we try, we cannot get even close when we make it at home. The Fried eggs on rustic toast with Prosciutto was was the other dish that we ordered. It is different from most breakfast options you get at brunch, a rustic Italian version of bacon and eggs, and well worth getting. We split the two dishes and had a lovely time. We enjoy dinners there too, a few outdoors the past couple years and their take-out seafood pasta dishes also travel very well. An all-around wonderful restaurant.

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DianaC
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional. Fresh pasta was perfect. Out of my week of dining out in Boston -half the time being in the North end- this was hands down the best food.

FAQs

Vinoteca di Monica offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 227-0311 ext. 1.

Vinoteca di Monica is rated 4.6 stars by 2515 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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