Al Dente Restaurant

4.6
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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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PS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

LOVE the pumpkin ravioli!!!

MM
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The people who work here are amazing. From the excellent food to the most friendliest amazing customer service. I was nervous about bringing my one year old and they were so welcoming and accommodating. Our waitress was attentive and one of the sweetest women I have met. They validate parking if you park in parcel 7. We only ended up paying $4 for parking. Thank you to everyone who was there this past Thursday night! Food is fresh and portions are huge. They give you a complimentary shot at the end. Will never go anywhere but here in the north end. Can’t beat the prices.

EH
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We go to Al Dente once a year right after Thanksgiving with friends. We have never had a bad meal and as far as I’m concerned they are the best restaurant in the North End. The creme limoncello they give you at the end is a perfect end to a perfect meal.

JC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food for all 7 of us.
Seated in time with reservation.
Will return!

M
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and they had a gluten free menu. Would go back in a heart beat.

AT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and plentiful at a better than expected cost. Everyone was very friendly and attentive, without being annoying. It’s a smaller place so expect some noise, but definitely recommended!

PH
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A small but charming place, the food was terrific. Parking is an other story!

e
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Lobster Ravioli and Chicken Francese. The staff our great, as returning customers we have gotten to know them. Angela is the best server, makes you feel welcomed each visit even if we don't always get her.

BN
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server made our experience awesome! She was friendly, fun, fast and on target. The pasta was delicious. The portions were large and could be shared or you could bring your own containers for leftovers. We will be back.

DG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a great experience! The pasta was fresh and homemade. I felt they were reasonably priced and the meal was delicious.

K
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I would not recommending coming here if there is a game at the Garden. This restaurant definitely crammed in extra tables to get as many game-goers as possible in there. As a result, we sat right beside the door and were frozen every ten minutes as people came in and out. If the food had been incredible, I wouldn't have minded so much, as this isn't the first time I've been in tight quarters in the North End. However, the food was just ok. We weren't even offered coffee after dinner as they were trying to turn over tables and get as many customers in there as they could. Not a particularly pleasant dinner experience and I can't say I'll be rushing back.

RA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anytime we eat there, it’s always outstanding.

CS
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a reservation for 6:00 and they could not seat us until 6:15. That was also agreeing to set with another couple at a table for four. Food was good, place was busy and it was a decent experience.

MK
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Somewhat noisy with pretty tight seating due to small size of dining room. The great food and service more than make up for the limitations of the venue--definitely recommended!!

TF
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I very cozy restaurant with amazing food. If you are a Celiac looking for good Gluten free italian pasta, this is the place to go. Amazing GF gnocci!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious, we had the pumpkin ravioli and chicken parm.

S
London
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been coming up annually with a group of college friends for many years! This year, we had 9 people and everyone left full and happy! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. For party's over 4 I would make a reservation as it is a small place.

m
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious pasta and gluten free gnocchi!

C
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for an early lunch and it was wonderful! We will be back and it is very quiet if you go before 12 noon. Big bowls of pasta and we finished them!

DR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al Dente is our "go to" restaurant in the North End,
never disappoints. Greeted at the front door by
a lovely gentlemen, had a great waitress, Joanna.
A pleasure to spend my money there.

AC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al Dente was by far the best meal we had in Boston! The service was impeccable and the food was delicious! I would highly recommend Al Dente to anyone traveling to Boston.

JH
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal and service!

p
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food with experienced, friendly waitress.

M
14 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was authentic with fresh made pasta. Prices are reasonable. Ambiance was great felt like I was in my grandmother’s kitchen. Highly recommend this restaurant and looking forward to retuning.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - great service

KA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Terrible. We had to wait 40 minutes for our table even with our reservation. We were then moved from our table without even being asked if that would be okay. The food came out and it was terrible. The bread is supermarket quality with packets of lukewarm butter, the Caesar salad was bland, and the pasta was not good at all. AVIOD!

B
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My Wife and I walk in and turn around and walk out the noise level was over the top It reminded me of high school cafeteria this was our anniversary and this was not the place to be.
sorry the food might have been great but we were not going to stick around to find out!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

The food was fine, but came out so quick and we couldn’t even enjoy our wine and bread before the food came out. The host was brusk and a little rude to us when we arrived early to our reservation. The food was nothing special, and we were rushed to eat and pay so that they could turn over the table. I will not be returning to Al Dente.

SH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Cozy North End restaurant with great value, high quality food. Gluten free options available.

H
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was packed but we got in on time for our reservation. Gluten free options were numerous and our waitress was incredibly helpful. Would return in a heartbeat!

n
New England
76 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! We especially love when Angela waits on us. My friend had the shrimp scampi and I had chicken parm. Delicious as always!

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is simply the best Italian in the North End! Every time Im in town I come with customers or meet friends who live in the area. Food is to die for and the people are great. It’s everything you would want in an Italian restaurant.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Definitely recommend upgrading to the homemade pasta - it's perfect!

B
Atlanta
51 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was good. The restaurant is "cozy", not particularly comfortable for larger people. The server must have been having an off day since she took a long time to take care of is, was confused about the order, was dropping stuff such as knives

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect Italian food and Hospitality.

HH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I made a reservation on open table and received a confirmation # and a call confirming from the restaurant on Saturday the day I was going. When we got there they did not have the reservation. I did have my confirmation number with me but we just had to wait to be seated. My reservation was for 8:00- PM on Saturday the 19th under Helaine Hyzen.
Somone dropped the ball on this.

D
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Show up JUST before your reservation time because you will wait until that exact time but be taken in right when you’re scheduled. The food is outstanding and the staff was top notch. Our waitress was so fun & friendly. Another nice touch was that the gentleman who took us inside came over at one point and referred to me by my name to ask me how everything was. Small detail, and all it took was the check my reservation name and what table I was seated at... but that was a really nice thing. Made you feel you were a regular there even on your first visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service and the atmosphere was out of this world!

MM
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was very good and friendly service. Will go back next time I’m in Boston.

S
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Al Dente is fabulous. Service is great!
We had a group of Ten for a business meal and everyone had a wonderful time.
I would highly recommend it.