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Cafe Pompei

280 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-1804 (North End)
(617) 227-1562
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Ranked #1,005 of 2,815 restaurants in Boston
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Diner, Italian, Café
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: North End
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: North End
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
St. Catharines, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The food came very quickly, and the staff was very friendly. It was a little dark in the restaurant, but overall a nice place for a quick meal.

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New Hampshire
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230 reviews 230 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I ordered the mozzarella sticks. They came out fast and luke warm. I was hoping the dipping sauce would have had a stronger flavor. Overall, a 5 out of 10. Again, it was after midnight. If I was closer to Barracuda(near the Omni Parker - where I normally stay), I would have gone there. Their late night food is awesome.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This restaurant has both formal and informal dining space. The formal side had table linens and walls lined with hand painted reproductions of the House of the Eleusinian mysteries in Pompei. The informal side had a gelato bar, no tablecloths, no decor, good air conditioning, and just one friendly but otherwise busy waiter. I had a quick lunch on the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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139 reviews 139 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We ate here for breakfast on several occasions and it was perfectly adequate for breakfast. The capuccino was good which was a pleasant change from the bad coffees we had previously. We ate the French Toast for breakfast and it was perfectly fine. The service was slow and the interior is tacky and the place is well past due getting... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We were looking for a cheap dinner after too many splurges on our holiday so we thought we'd try this place. In short, it was awful. To start with the table linen was dirty, my napkin had a big black mark on it. We were brought bread which looked lovely but was stale. There was very little ambiance despite the... More

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Boston, MA
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

You'll find only the service worse than the food. Even if you want this place for its late-night offerings (i.e., you've enjoyed the relaxant a bit much), you'll find that the owners, though open, resent the very drunkenness they wish to exploit. Take a pass.

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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

Really enjoyed the cappuccino here, the service was slow and the waiter got the order wrong aftet having to ask twice. I had the spaghetti frittata for breakfast - it was okay if not a bit overdone on the sides (could have been from yesterday and just reheated...or the day before).

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Boston, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I always go here when I am hungry and don't feel like waiting in line for a table. I have never had to make a reservation and it never seems that busy even though the food is just as good as other fancier restaurants. There is a takeout pizza/cafe on one side of the space, and a sit-down restaurant on... More

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North Providence, Rhode Island
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72 reviews 72 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Never a bad meal on Hanover st. We looked at the menu outside and decided to go in. Friendly staff. Calamari was very good entrees were perfectly portioned.

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Columbia, Maryland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I don't think you can go wrong in the North End in Boston. We popped into this place for lunch one day on a whim and it was delicious! The decor was ok but the place was pretty charming complete with older Italian men sitting together drinking their coffees, chatting about the weather. The food was fresh and delicious and... More

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