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#276 of 2,566 Restaurants in Boston
#323 of 2,994 Places to Eat in Boston
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Beacon Hill
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89 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114-4608
(617) 227-0499
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Mon 8:00 pm - 11:00 am
Tue - Wed 10:00 pm - 11:00 am
Thu 10:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely meal and very friendly staff

Our party of four enjoyed a delicious meal at Artu last night. The restaurant is very cosy being located under footpath level in the charming Charles Street in the Beacon Hill area. I would recommend the gnocchi and also the meatballs.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 23, 2015
Catherine O
Brisbane, Australia
via mobile
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Boston, Ma
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142 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

There 4 of us for dinner and the restaurant was not full. We ordered a salad and pastas. The portions were extremely large and pretty tasteless. I have been coming here for a long time and this was a bad meal. Even worse, they brought the entrees with the salads. And, then when they served the entrees, it was obvious... More 

Thank HalzBoston_Ma
Brisbane, Australia
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74 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Our party of four enjoyed a delicious meal at Artu last night. The restaurant is very cosy being located under footpath level in the charming Charles Street in the Beacon Hill area. I would recommend the gnocchi and also the meatballs.

Thank Catherine O
London, UK
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37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

We called into Artu without a reservation and were told there was a 30 minute wait. We called back half an hour later and were glad we did. Top quality ingredients all the way, cooked by talented chefs. Simple Italian comfort food. Beautiful and plentiful calamari. Both the gnocchi and the bolognaise were amongst the best we have ever tasted.... More 

Thank Jus_and_Ju
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Not cheap, but all the food was good, and the staff were friendly. The only slightly disappointing thing we had was the Veal Gnocchi, though that was more a matter of personal taste than anything else, as there wasn't actually anything you could fault.

Thank weezercam
Durham, North Carolina
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67 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

The menu of Italian dishes seems aimed toward basic comfort food, and the pasta we had was OK. It took effort to get grated parmesan added. The capuccino was watery - I would suspect it was made with instant coffee. There was only 1 waiter, and when the room filled up, he was hard pressed to keep on top of... More 

Thank 12trvlgirl
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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269 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We only stopped here for drinks. The bartender was not knowledgeable and the bar is not well stocked. It is very nice and well located, so it gets points for that. It is not my favorite, but it will do in a pinch. Maybe for food, it would be better.

Thank Russ H
Tacoma, WA
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

I read a review mentioning the lasagna here was melt in your mouth good so that is what I ordered.... Twice in four days! Call me a rube, (ok I admit it, I AM a rube!) but I didn't want to take the chance on being disappointed the second time around so I just let the rest of the family... More 

Thank northcedar
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Artus's in located below street level so you could easlly miss it ! Don't!! We had made reservations which they honored promptly. It is a war, cozy atmoshere with the open kitchen on one side of the restaurant. We had the special appiteizer of the burrata cheese & peppers. It was delicious. We all went with the pasta entrees &... More 

Thank GMA1203
Derby, England
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78 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Cosy little place you could easily miss - all the tables are located below street level. Quite small and intimate, we were lucky to get a table, 15 minutes later they were full. The food is all prepared in a kitchen area within the restaurant so you can watch the chef at work. Excellent service, great food, lovely wine. Not... More 

Thank dizzy33Derby_England
Little Rock, Arkansas
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351 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

A delightful place to eat with a great menu. Our wait staff was a hoot and very personable. The food was great and plentiful. The lasagna literally melted in your mouth. Everything we ordered was so yummy. Wish we had more time to spend in Boston as we would have eaten here more often.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 89 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114-4608
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Beacon Hill
  • Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
  • Phone Number: (617) 227-0499

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 pm - 11:00 am
10:00 pm - 11:00 am
10:00 pm - 11:00 am
10:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Beacon Hill

Neighborhood Profile
Beacon Hill
Visit this historic and ritzy Boston neighborhood to soak up its classic New England charm as you stroll down cobblestoned, gas-lamp lined streets. Bring your walking shoes, camera, and select a nice day to wander through the hilly neighborhood and check out its exclusive addresses. Louisburg Square, Mt. Vernon street, Chestnut street and the extremely narrow and widely photographed Acorn street make a nice walking path. Make sure to meander down Charles street to poke into boutiques and antique shops, cafes, and restaurants on this quaint shopping street. Don’t forget to catch a glimpse up close of the State House with its beautiful and iconic dome.