Al Dente Restaurant

4.6
2315 reviews
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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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GC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service. The place is fairly small and moves quickly.

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H
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first visit and it was very good, so therefore expect to wait even with reservations. What is ideal is the adjoining restaurant with bar, go there until called they work together.

We started dinner with mussels marinara which were very good. My wife ordered the raviolis and I had ziti broccoli rabe and sausage, both very good. They don’t serve desserts but a complimentary shot of limoncello was a nice finish. Serve was attentive and we didn’t feel rushed.

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SW
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great little place. Food was good. Service was fast. Our waitress was very good. Does get a little loud so maybe not the best choice for a romantic dinner.

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T
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the staff is exceptional! We will be back!

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M
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We found Al Dente to be a good but not great Italian restaurant (I was born in Italy so my expectations are on the high end). The plusses are that the pasta I had was home made and good (I suppose it better be when you call yourself Al Dente). The portion was very large (bordering on too large) and the scallops and shrimp included were large and plentiful. The taste was a bit bland. My wife ordered the Chicken Parmigiana. Again the portion was huge (great to carry home if we hadn't been staying in a hotel), the flavor was good but not great.

Al Dente is a fine rustic southern Italian restaurant. The portions are large, the prices quite fair for the north end and the service was prompt and friendly. For a casual Italian meal with a large to-go box, one will be pleased and get a good value. If you are looking for fine dining Italian food, there are better options in the North End in my opinion.

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WL
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go the night before the marathon! Fast service with a reservation and great food!

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M
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dinner and great service 😊

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SS
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Very small and noisy. Not a place for a relaxing meal. Food was okay but have found other places in Boston to be better so far. Only thing memorable was our waitress.

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EA
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a classic North End restaurant— excellent food, busy, noisy atmosphere, and an intimate setting. The wait staff are personable & attentive. Be prepared to wait, even when you make a reservation— a tribute to this restaurant’s popularity. The pasta is excellent— homemade, but still has that satisfying chewiness that gives the restaurant it’s name.

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DB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place I've been to many times - sisters fav so birthday dinner was in store! Very friendly, food consistently good and service has that true Boston Northend feel :) Definitely not the romantic spot but good food with good friends and this is thumbs up!

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PT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Greeted by the charmingly brusque host on the street who worked us in an hour before our reservation. Great bruschetta and solid drinkable wine list. Joanne, our waitress, was hometown Boston charm personified. Excellent recommendations and tons of vegetarian options. Highly recommend!

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JW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress JoAnn was AWESOME!!

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MM
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fun and delicious!

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

They didn’t have our reservation which was made through OpenTable. We (3 of us) had to wait in a very awkward and tiny entryway (5x5) while our table was readied. The host asked us to grab the menus because we would have had to leave the restaurant for her to be able to retrieve them. The service was quick and efficient (the best part of our experience). You have to pay extra for fresh (vs boxed) pasta. Why boxed pasta in the north end. I ordered the fusilli (fresh) with vodka sauce which was good. Our other two meals gnocchi and cacciatore were disappointing due to their base red sauce.

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EW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience, bread and dipping oil to die for. Nice wine list. Great servers, extensive menu for a smaller restaurant - this is the true 'old school North End experience.' We will be back!

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PS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. Service terrific. Value excellent!

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was like I was eating my Nonnas sauce!! Best Risotto I have ever had, great value and loved the Lemonicello shots at the end!

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CE
New England
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything is very nice it is just extremely noisy. Not great for conversations.

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can not wait to go back here! Our waitress (Angela I think) was so much fun and right on the ball! My one complaint is that they do not serve fresh made spaghetti, linguine or fettuccine. Although they do offer some homemade pasta, it's just nothing I really care for. If that's my only complaint, they aren't doing too bad at all.
Love this place! Until next time!

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SW
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a small restaurant, and we were sitting near the door which opened often so there was a frequent breeze. The noise level was quite high. If you're looking for a quiet dinner spot, this is not it. The food was very good and the waitress was quite a character. Overall good experience.

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T
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service - place was very full but the food still came out much faster than we anticipated and it always get like our waitress was around despite her having a multitude of busy tables. Food was amazing, bread was fresh, it was an overall fantastic meal. The space was a little tight and loud, but no different than your typical north end restaurant

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CH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot that is close walking distance to Boston Garden. Went with another couple, and there was leftovers for each person that were just as good when heated up. Great "casual" atmosphere spot!

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KA
New England
42 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Feel rush by the server. She came multiple time asking us, are we ready to order. Food is very good. Big portion side. Gave us a free limoncello based drink at the end of the meal.

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SO
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good, and our sever was nice and friendly! I got the gnocchi al dente and my boyfriend the eggplant parmesan. The gnocchi sauce (a mix of marinara and wine) was excellent, though there were a ton of mushrooms. The eggplant parm was really good as well. As others have noted, the bruschetta is excellent, and the table bread leaves a bit to be desired so definitely order the bruschetta right away and save your appetite for that to arrive! Overall, this was really good and I would definitely go back/recommend!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best, cheerful fast and delicious ! Huge portions. Our waitress was the sweetest !

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always service , food and staff are top notch. Excellent dining experience!!! This is our favorite of the many restaurants in the North End.

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DC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Six in the party; all said the food was good but no rave reviews. Service was rushed; asked if we were done or wanted to take home left-overs as we were still eating.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Great portion sizes, too! I will defintely be back very soon.

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MT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Service was great and food was amazing!

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OT
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Al Dente was amazing. Bruschetta was spectacular and our meals, including the seafood, were delish. When we have been in the past we are usually given some Limoncello for the road. However our guests hadn’t Ben before so didn’t miss it. Maybe next time. The staff are always super helpful, chatty and friendly! We will be back for our next birthday!

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KB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My absolute favorite restaurant in the North End. Chicken buona boca (spelling) is fantastic as is the lobster ravioli, chicken parmesean... Really anything you get here you can't go wrong! The staff is amazing and make you feel like family!! I would eat here 10/10 times!

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DE
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice family environment with with nice serving sizes and good food. The staff was very pleasant and checked in with us often.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was fantastic. Small, cozy restaurant with a great wine selection.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Best pasta I’ve ever had.

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BH
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely excellent. Accommodated our group of 6 for my girlfriend and I engagement party even though we were a half hour late! Wonderful people and food is amazing

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it from the moment we entered. Owner was funny and very nice along withAnnette our waitress!! Loved it and will come back and recommend

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MH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fabulous meal! Delicious food, genuie staff, and fantastic ambiance. Couldn’t ask for more from a night out in Boston!

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RA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best in the North End

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JL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food! Great waitress. We had a 4:30 reservation and showed up 45 minutes early-no problem, they sat us immediately. Good portion size. As we were leaving the restaurant was filling up. You could tell it was going to get very loud.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible. I absolutely loved the lobster ravioli. We will definitely be back!

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