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La Cantina Italiana

911 Waverley St, Framingham, MA 01702-6839 (Formerly LA Cantina Restaurant)
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Ranked #31 of 183 restaurants in Framingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $25
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Wed 3:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Italian
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
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63% Recommend
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English first
Boston, MA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I went here recently after almost 20 years. The inside has been completely made over. It was clean and comfortable and yet there is an odd arrangement of booth chairs that seem to date the restaurant despite the make over. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. The food was nothing extraordinary but tasty enough. The portions were generous. We started... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The dishes are considerably over-valued, meaning only fair quality for the price. The sides were abominable and did not even resemble Italian cuisine. The all-you-can-eat salad was pure iceberg lettuce. The server worked hard and for the most part succeeded. The dessert tray consisted of what appeared to be either plastic replicas or last week's leftovers.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Saturdays my wife loves to dine here as that's the day that they serve 'tripe'....served just the way her mother made it....and no surprise, both my wife's family and the owners family came from the same town in Italy's Marche region which is located on the Adriatic Sea just west of Umbria Many of the recipes are the same ones... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This place was just renovated so we thought we would give it a try. Ordered steak tips which were terrible! They tasted like pot roast. Salad was good, but no chance the tips came close to tasting like steak tips. Price was 10.99 (early bird) but I'd rather be charged more and get actual steak tips. Guess we should have... More

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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87 reviews 87 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We have been dining here for 20 years and it's hard to write a negative review on such a mainstay, but unfortunately it seems to be going downhill. Over the last 3-4 times eating here the food consistently came out cold and had to be sent back or took an absurd amount of time to get. When we complained on... More

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Norwell, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We went last night for an Aunt's 90th birthday gathering. For that event, it was perfect. Very casual with helpful, attentive service. It is the kind of place to go if you can't figure out exactly were you want to go, but just know that is isn't your own kitchen. The place was packed when we walked in at 6:30... More

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Boston, MA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

La Cantina was my favorite restaurant for YEARS. I still think the food is good but the quality of the overall experience and customer service has gone WAY down lately. (And this is coming from someone who was once chased out of this restaurant by a waitress in 2001.) I went there for lunch with my mother the other day.... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We have visited this restaurant frequently and it's always a good, but not great neighborhood experience. The service is always good and the food generally fine. A few years ago the menu was broadened and the place redecorated. Many improvements were made. I would have like to see an improved green salad offered instead of the mostly iceberg salad that... More

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I am from Framingham so have been going to La Cantina for decades. This is a family run restaurant that cant be beat. I only go a few times a year now but I always see people I know from way back. The food is great - pasta sauce cannot be beat. Last night we had different dietary restrictions -... More

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Norfolk, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Went to La Cantina the other night. We have been going here since my wife was at school "up on the hill" at Framingham State College. It was good then and is still good and reasonable. The salad can not be beat, anywhere! Food was great and our waitrees was wonderful. Our friends were delighted we took them there. It... More

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