Monica's Trattoria

4.5
1448 reviews
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Italian
Monica's Trattoria is located in the heart of Boston's North End. At the corner of Prince and Salem Streets, you will find this 49 seat candlelit dining room with a full-bar, beautiful brick walls, and a modern twist.
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Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had a reservation was 12 min late due to traffic. And then they put us on a wait list. Had to wait 25 min since we were a little tardy. Very loud place. Hard to have a conversation w a group.

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J
New England
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Monica's Trattoria is like many North End Restaurants; small and noisy...this is to be expected. We had 7:30 reservations on a June Saturday night. Though extremely crowded the hostess went out of her way to make us comfortable and honor our reservations. We were seated by 7:30. The serving staff was friendly and welcoming. The food was absolutely delicious. I have eaten in many North End restaurants over the years and this was one of the finest entrees I have been served. We plan on returning in the fall when things will not be as hectic to enjoy another fabulous meal.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a perfect anniversary dinner here. I had noted “Anniversary” in the reservation and they placed us at a gorgeous table for two right in the window. The bruschetta had the most delicious heirloom tomatoes we had ever tasted, the Cabernet Sauvignon we drank was perfect, and we each loved our entrees. My partner got sweet potato gnocchi with sausage and broccoli rabe, and I ordered the chicken Marsala. Both were delicious and generous portion sizes. The service was quick but we didn’t feel rushed. We’ve now found our new special occasion spot!

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New England
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was very prompt

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E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Overall experience was good. Busy Friday night. Restaurant is pretty loud (brick walls, hard floors; and open kitchen). Probably could have dials down the background music, though the playlist was good.

Good food. Kitchen was out of mussels so we had calamari and a coup of bruschetta options. For main plates we went for pasta options. Lobster fra diavolo lacked any bite (no diavolo), but otherwise good. Gnocchi spinaci and linguine al la vingole both very nice.

Service was generally attentive, perhaps a little too eager to clear plates as soon as the last bite was eaten.

Worth a visit.

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S
New England
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food as always but was a little too noisy and packed but that’s also to be expected on a Friday. Was a little confusing as we had to request the same thing such as a bread a couple of times before it came to us.

Definitely worth it for the food but if your looking for the most personal service and a quiet place try to go there on less busy times than probably earlier in the evening.

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

Brought my wife to her favorite restaurant for her birthday- excellent as expected.

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MJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food and service, nice selection of Italian fare - classics, but also some you don't see in every restaurant.

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EP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm never disappointed when dining at Monica's. Tonight I ordered teh squid ink fettuccine with scallops, leeks, and carrots in a light white cream sauce. It was delicious. Came with three jumbo sea scallops perfectly seared over a bed of house made fettuccine, the shaved carrots and baby leeks gave it just a little touch of additional flavor. I think it's my new favorite dish...

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LI
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved this cute little place a little off the beaten path. Great food, super service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome wait staff!! Very personable and kind. Also the best Anti Pasto Plate in the North End

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MC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best on Boston's North End. A must go restaurant. Any occasion will have a great night.

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A
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food! Service was exceptional. It's very crowded...it's that good....reservations are a MUST!

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M
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We had a 7:30pm reservation and didn't get seated until 8pm. It was like we didn't even have a reservation. The restaurant was super crowded and noisy. The food is good, my spaghetti carbonara had handmade pasta and you could really tell, but it wasn't worth the money we paid for the experience we had.

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RB
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was lovely. Nice meal in a quaint spot

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AM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A superb North End (Boston) Italian restaurant. Food incredibly wonderful, with a friendly, knowledgeable, all female wait staff. Very noisy, but expected in this venue. Highly recommended.

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T
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and competent friendly service. Will definitely return.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 1

Food was garbage. They also sat us by the bar and the trash was right there with the bucket they threw the filthy dishes in.

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a
New England
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Been here numerous times, service was never this bad.

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e
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

From the manager / owner getting his hands too busy with the hostess (no wonder she was in a mood) to the first waitress (thank God they sent another one) service was terrible. It's a shame because we love the food here.

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CM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The food is AMAZING. The service was phenomenal! I have been to just about every place in the North End and it is one of my few favorites. The menu is simple which I believe allows them to perfect each meal. I never thought I would say I enjoyed the bread & oil, but WOW!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Jamie, our server was great! Will definitely return on next visit to Boston.

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S
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good service and decent food. Great for a group event!

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PS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and Pat was awesome! Great service! Very personable staff! Love love love this place!

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BN
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! From apps to deserts, amazing! Very friendly and warm atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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New England
30 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was fantastic! We had reservations but they must have overbooked since we had to wait for quite some time to get seated, but, the food was phenomenal! We will definitely go back! Fabulous meal!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere were top notch. We had one of our best meals in Boston ever!

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BK
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this family owned business! Chef Franky makes the best pasta dishes and Pat takes good care of the customers on the floor.

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EK
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The space could benefit from some acoustic absorption

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e
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful meal. Restaurant is too noisy.

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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! Awesome location right before a Bruins game.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was very nice but food was just ok. Bruschetta was on bread that was a bit soggy but the flavors were good. Ravioli was very salty- almost like they made a mistake. The pollo Marsala was very tasty.

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JG
New England
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was very good. However we ordered an appetizer and dinner at the same time. We were still enjoying our appetizer when the dinner came out. A big pet peeve of mine. The table was also too small to accommodate the dinner appetizer and drinks for 2.

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y
London
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Go there for the amazing food - ignore everything else.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Monica's is simply amazing. My wife and I were visiting Boston over the weekend from Atlanta, and ate here on Friday evening. We were so impressed, we immediately made reservations for Saturday night as well. Both nights, the food was perfect. The truffle "special" gnocchi was a spiritual experience. You will NOT be disappointed.

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KA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We have been coming to Monica’s for 17-18 years. I am saddened by our food and experience on Friday night April 26. We were deciding between 2 apps. The waitress was right there with us and saw the whole conversation. She brings us both and charged us for both. I ordered bucatini amatriciana. The bucatini was way undercooked for 25 bucks it was like chewing on red licorice. we sat at the counter that was our choice. It was at times fun and at times disgusting. The chef was constantly reaching in the food canisters and eating from them bare handed. He has a temper too. There was a guy at the front counter who had huge sums of money on him and was taking out of a fanny pack all the time. It made us wonder what he was up to. We cancelled our Sunday night reservation. This place used to warm, friendly with great food at a reasonable price. Not any more

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WT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good but waiter brought wrong appetizer. Other staff didn’t understand English.

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EL
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was a bit too crowded as the tables were so close I could clearly hear the couple's conversation next to me. I didn't like how prominent the tv screens were, either. In contrast, great food overall!

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DC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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MM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything on the menu is delicious.

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