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PRICE RANGE
US$15 - US$30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Italian
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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All reviews pasta bread antipasti the north end vodka sauce italian food large portions small place saturday night an early dinner seated right away entrees homemade leftovers servings spinach waitstaff
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Colleagues and I had a business dinner at Al Dente last week. We had been to another North End Italian restaurant last time around, and so wanted to try somewhere new. Al Dente was chosen for the old world vibe and excellent food reviews. Between...the three of us we ordered an eggplant parmesan, a chicken parmesan, and a chicken cacciatore with a glass of wine each. The food was delivered to our table piping hot and the portions were gigantic! (We were all so glad we elected to skip an appetizer or salad.) WOW was this food good! It was like our own nonna's made it by hand! It was a little on the expensive side, but for good food I will happily spend the money... While our wine was nothing to write home about, the meals were legendary. I will definitely be back on my next trip to Boston!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went for pasta and were not disappointed, One Liguine and one Fettuccine both cooked al dente ! One Amatriciana and one pomodoro with sausage added , both delicious We had the antipasti to start and it was perfect for sharing! Its small so book...online Would definitely return next time we are back in BostonMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 19 October 2022

This was our first time at Al Dente though we've tried numerous other restaurants in the North End over the years. While the overall appearance of the place is nothing special and doesn't compare to the fancier places in the area, the quality, taste and...freshness of the food as well as the attentiveness of the waitstaff raises my rating of Al Dente to on par with my other favorites. The homemade ravioli, risotto, and the filet special were outstanding. The menu is extensive without being too overwhelming. And the price was reasonable. I think Al Dente is a great representative to Boston's North End dining.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 16 October 2022 via mobile

We had a early dinner while staying in Boston and visiting the North End. The antipasto salad was huge and the eggplant rollatini was delicious. The marinara was great. I had the veal parmigiana with fresh pasta. I recommend if your in the area.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 13 October 2022

Small lively no frills restaurant with a great menu, super waitstaff and wonderful food. Everything came out hot and fresh. We would definitely go back again.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 10 October 2022 via mobile

We really enjoyed our food. Followed recommendations from the awesome staff and wasn’t disappointed. Lobster ravioli, pesto sauce and vodka sauce were delicious!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 16 September 2022 via mobile

Ate here at the recommendation of a staff member at our hotel. Hubby had a chicken special that was amazing- he says it was his best meal of our ten-day NE trip. I had lasagna which was very good. Our server, Lisa, was friendly and...when asked shared some other recommendations for restaurants in the area.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 7 August 2022 via mobile

Al Dente was unfortunately quite unclean inside. Flies around us, sauce on the wall next to my seat, and my date pointed out how dirty the floor was with food not being picked up. The meal was subpar, especially when considering the price point. It...clearly departed from real Italian cooking with cubed ham steak and an unnaturally sweet sauce on the chicken Marsala. The mushrooms tasted far from fresh as well. The only good thing was the bruschetta and that is more owed to it being tomato season than any skill of the restaurant. There are many other places on the North End where you can get a better meal and experience for the same price.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 27 July 2022 via mobile

Made reservations for a Saturday night (830pm). We arrived about 20 mins early and were seated right away. The indoor seating is intimate as there are only about 20 tables. They do have a sidewalk patio as well for those who prefer the outdoors. The...service was attentive and most excellent! My son and I ordered the chicken Parmigiana and the veal parmigiana. The serving size was generous to say the least! Home cooked and delicious. Would absolutely return if we ever set foot in Boston again.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 20 July 2022

Great food and service! I have eaten there a few times and had several items from the menu. Everything was delicious. The outdoor seating is very nice. I highly recommend.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 17 July 2022 via mobile

What a wonderful dinner!!! Italian food at its finest!!! Soooo glad we ate here!!! You will be too!!! So many places to choose from in this area~would highly recommend!!! Tasty lemon cello shot after dinner~such a nice treat! Service was very friendly!! It’s a small...place~big taste!!! We were able to eat at an outside table. Called in the afternoon for reservations & they were able to get us in that night!! Thank you!Little wait since they are so busy~but it’s so worth it!! Enjoy the people watching as you wait outside!! We would definitely go back if in the area again!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 14 July 2022

After tons of research, and asking others what was their favorite North End Italian spot, we selected Al Dente for our last night in Boston. Excellent service, really great food, and a lot of fun. The calamari special was excellent, the bread was fresh, and...drinks reasonable. My wife had the Sea Bass, and said it was the very best she’s ever had! We will definitely be back!!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 18 June 2022 via mobile

This is our favorite Italian restaurant. The food and service are excellent. Servings are always more than we can finish. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 18 May 2022 via mobile

A small, bustling place with excellent food, fast service, friendly people and good wine. Complimentary leminciello at the end was a nice surprise.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 4 May 2022

Al Dente is a warm and inviting restaurant with delicious food and friendly staff. Large portions add to the value of this place. We will be returning.

Date of visit: April 2022
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We also use the Faneuil Hall parking garage. We travel in from NH, so parking & walking to the North End is a part of the day. Walking back allows for picking up dessert @ a bakery, stocking up on honey & cheeses at the... More
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I am not sure, but the table next to us had 6 children seated and eating. I saw pizza on most of their plates.
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Al Dente is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4