Al Dente Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Italian
Snuggled in the heart of the world famous North End, Al Dente Restaurant lets you feast on a bountiful array of Italian specialties. The outstanding menu, featuring pasta, chicken, veal and seafood, highlights a spectrum of lavish Italian specialties that are sure to please discriminating palates. The open kitchen lets you in on the action behind the superb dishes, and you'll enjoy their lavish fare amid a cozy, casual setting.

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4.6based on recent ratings
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MarkF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

4 of us dined out and had a great evening. Lisa was our server and she was exceptional. No rush and we took our time. Appetizers and dinner was great. Restaurant is small so there will always be some energy and volume.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joanne was amazing! 10/10 would come back!

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CatherineH
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

They put us in a corner and I was sat face to face with a glade air freshener plugged into the wall. All I could smell was chemicals pointed at my face, not the food.
Food was ok, not the best, healthy portion sizes.
The waitress gave us the check right after we finished dinner, didn't ask if we wanted coffee or dessert. I thought that was a bit rude.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always grew at food. People complain about the atmosphere and service. It's the north end. Get use to it or go back to the olive garden

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jessicar
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect night in the north end!
Everything was delicious!!! The favorite was the scallop & shrimp dish on homemade fusilli with a vodka sauce, OMG!

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StephanieH
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing with huge portions for the price. Make a reservation! Waitress Joanna was friendly, kind and helpful. Everyone loved their meals and I would go back again.
We had lobster ravioli, spaghetti wjth meat sauce a meatball and and Italian sasuage, a dish with scallops in it and the caprese salad.

Downfall is
Super small place and tables are tightly packed.
No changing table in restroom for baby/toddler
Not very handicap accessible so as my child gets older I might not be able to take her here anymore

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JeniferL
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

LOVED our waitress. Food was delish. Had a reservation and they were able to take us early.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very good experience - I had been here once before and really enjoyed it. The arrabiata is amazing for anyone who loves spicy food!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely dinner at Al Dente! We were greeted at the door by name of the reservation and brought to a cute little table against the wall. The place was busy! But still extremely enjoyable. The food was outstanding!!! The service was great!

JB
JuliaB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Server was uninterested. We were sat at the table closest to the door and in the middle isle. So not only did we get the constant cold air and people coming in and out but also server butts rubbing on both sides of our table. Found a hair in the caprese salad. Shrimp and scallop a la vodka tasted like it was made yesterday and nuked. The gnocchi on the specials section had significantly more mushrooms than gnocchi and if I’m being nice maybe 2 sundried tomatoes. Will not return. Go to Beneventos.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time. My coworker and I were the only ones when we got there and we were greeted and sat down immediately. Our waitress was so sweet and helpful in giving us suggestions and being very attentive. She refilled our bread basket without being asked which, for a bread lover, sealed the deal for me. I just wish I asked for her name. Anyways, I got the carbonara and added chicken while my friend got the chicken parm and we both enjoyed our meals. The portions were huge. We both didn’t even get through half of our plates and we both starving when we got there. I would definitely come back again. Nice waitresses, great food, good vibes.

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Matthew
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our third visit to Al Dente and the food was incredible as always. Small crowded place with a fun environment. If you are looking for quality Italian food, then don’t hesitate to check this place out.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, service, and energetic environment!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great every time!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Requested for sausage and peppers appetizer (not listed on the menu) and it was overcooked. The rest of the meals were delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing lunch with even better service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since I am Italian, I enjoy Aldente's tomato sauce very authentic.
Pasta cooked aldente! Just right.
Very much enjoy the waitress, reminds me of my Italian aunt!
Excellent service, we have been coming here for years.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Host at the door was very rude. The fresh pasta was thick and almost meaty in texture. The Al Dente Special is literally a crockpot of veal, chicken shrimp and pasta- it tasted completely unseasoned and its just not clear how something like that can come out of a professional kitchen. The staff was nice however and prices reasonable for North End. A disappointing attempt at a mom n pop italian joint.

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vipSher
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

We had a 8:30 reservation and we felt very rushed to leave. They should change the cut off time. Waitress was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The Gentleman “greeter” at the front door was a poor representation for this tiny restaurant. He was not friendly nor especially helpful and it tainted the experience from the moment we walked in.

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HannahR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made our reservations for 9pm and when we got there at 8:45pm, they hadn’t even taken in the 8pm reservations. We stood on the street for 30 minutes past our reservation before we gave up and left.
Never got to try to food or even make it in the door. I’m sure the place is fantastic but we were extremely disappointed with their lack of organization.

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DinaB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

It was Valentine's weekend. They were well overbooked even with a reservation we were stuck waiting outside in the cold for 45 mins before we were allowed in to be seated. Our waitress was great! The food was delicious and they give you complimentary Limoncello shots. We had a good time once we were seated and out of the cold.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic as always! Great friends weekend dinner.

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Charissa
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience every time we dine here. Angela V. was the best server we’ve probably ever had at an establishment. We even got the doorman’s name, Michael.. because he was such an friendly and personable guy. Very happy with our experience here.

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delicious
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service with large portions all at really good prices.

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vipShamus
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was just OK! Our waitress was excellent but the dishes were on an average par with other Italian restaurants we've been too!

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vipRobertA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambienc