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Giacomo's Restaurant

355 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-1910 (North End)
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Ranked #33 of 2,820 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $25
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon 4:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: North End
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English first
San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Saw the ratings on this restaurant and we waited in line for 30 minutes and weren't sorry! Wonderful, fresh food with generous portions at reasonable price. Made some fun friends while waiting in line. I had the fresh fusilli with shrimp/lobster and giacomo sauce, delicious caeser salad. Husband had Frutti di Mare in scampi sauce and mussels in fradiavolo sauce.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I understand that this restaurant is in all the tourist books, however it is overrated. It is good, but visitors do not appreciate that you are going to wait in line longer than you will be "allowed" to eat your meal. The waitresses hover over you. Locals do not eat there since there are 120 good restaurants in the North... More

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60 reviews 60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I've been to Giacomo's twice in the last few years. It's located in a charming, lively area populated with Italian restaurants. Both times we had to stand in line for awhile (maybe 20-30 minutes around 8:30 p.m.) but the camaraderie among fellow diners is kind of fun while you're waiting. The place is tiny and frenetic but the servers are... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I'm not a the world's biggest fan of Italian food, there are more adventurous things I would rather try but having family in town that was staying in the North End made it an Italian dinner night. The line at Giacomos moves moderately quickly which is nice because your essentially waiting in dinner rotations. Unfortunately, the reason the line moves... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I'd heard a lot of good things about this place, so it was no surprise there was a very long queue when we arrived for dinner on Saturday night - even in a district full of what I am sure are decent Italian restaurants. We had to wait about 50 minutes for a table, in what is a very cramped... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We were told this place is a must when in Boston. So, we stood in line and eventually got a table, it was next to the kitchen, it was very busy and very noisy and all together crazy. But.....the food was incredible. If you are looking for a long leisurely dinner, skip this place. It is so small that they... More

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

They literally pushed is in a line to wait - yes grab and put us in line. No time to eat - or enjoy!!! They are constantly getting plates glasses and utensils of your table. Hovering over you while you are eating so they can clean because they need your table for the long line of people waiting outside. Roach... More

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Denver, Colorado
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63 reviews 63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I'd recommend Giacomo's Northend if you have time to wait in line as they do not take reservations. This make sense, as they are a small restaurant with really good food. A colleague and I arrived at 6 pm and had to wait about 45 minutes on a Wednesday night. I'm sure this has been mentioned before, but remember to... More

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Syracuse, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It is tough to review this restaurant because my husband, two daughters and myself ate here while in Boston and all of us had different reviews of the place. First, I loved it! I had ordered a gnocchi special and everything about it was amazing (except for the chicken–it was a little tough and dry). My husband also ordered a... More

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Cotuit, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

I went there on Friday just as they opened. My wife and I were the first to enter, within 5 minutes the place was full. The meal was good. We had calamari for an app. If there are just 2 of you get the small. The meals are made for 1. I got the veal parmesean, my wife got the... More

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