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Cantina Italiana

#69 of 2,865 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
North End
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346 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-1911 (Fleet Street)
Closest stops are North Station and Haymarket
617-723-4577
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: We have been serving generations of families, locals and tourists in the...
We have been serving generations of families, locals and tourists in the North End since 1931. People crave the taste of our food. Some say their mouths water just thinking about eating here. That’s why when we change even the slightest thing, they let us know it. We’re set in our Ways and Proud of It!
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 132
    Excellent
  • 75
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fresh & Delicious

Visited during a business trip with coworkers & the food was phenomenal. Service was crap & waiter definitely had too many tables to attend to each one (never had the chance to order a glass of wine because the waiter didn't stay at the table long enough to take the order) but based on past reviews... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Tricia O
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Mahopac, New York
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Mahopac, New York
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Visited during a business trip with coworkers & the food was phenomenal. Service was crap & waiter definitely had too many tables to attend to each one (never had the chance to order a glass of wine because the waiter didn't stay at the table long enough to take the order) but based on past reviews I'm assuming it was... More 

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St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canaa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My colleagues and I decided to try authentic Italian while visiting Boston and we were not disappointed. Our server, Omar, was absolutely fantastic and made the experience that much greater. If I could rate him higher than 5 I certainly would! Our appetizers of calamari and gnocchi were incredible and perfect. Our entrees of lamb and risotto and a seafood... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

A delightful dinner with coworkers took me down memory lane to a long ago trip to Italy. We all ordered different dishes and shared the evenings featured red wine. The staff was knowledgeable and offered great recommendations. From the featured seafood pasta to the risotto with wild mushrooms, everything was delicious and served promptly. Loved it!

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Arlington, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

Everything is perfect at this restaurant... Food, service, and atmosphere. The seafood dishes taste fresh and the sauces are amazing! Desserts are the best! Even the appetizers are wonderful! We've visited several restaurants in North End... But after every meal we always just regret not having dined at Cantina Italiana.

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Coppell, Texas, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Went to dinner here with my adult daughter and teen age son. It was during restaurant week which I actually find a little annoying if you are just there regardless - but it was one of the more flexible menus we encountered during our week of vacation dining. The staff made our evening. Our waiter was Omar and he was... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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487 reviews 487 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We stopped in a mini-mart across the street to buy something and asked a local the best place for lunch. She told us Cantina Italiana. It was delicious! We were seated immediately. Our server was pleasant and friendly and knew the menu well. I had the special of the day, which was an eggplant dish, we also had gnocchi and... More 

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Barnstable, Massachusetts
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53 reviews 53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We went to Cantina Italiana with another family so there was 8 of us. They easily accommodated our part as the restaurant is large with lots of separate rooms. It was okay, but not worth the price. Families beware - there is no kids menus (at least for dinner), no pizzas, nothing except sides of pasta for kids. I had... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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112 reviews 112 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I come to Boston maybe once a year when my wife needs to come on business. I like to loiter in the North End as much as possible and while my wife has been to numerous restaurants all over the city, Cantina Italiana is my "go-to" sit down restaurant. Today we went for lunch which was a 1st for us.... More 

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New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We come every whenever we come to Boston but not often at all. Our waiter was friendly and attentive and answered my numerous questions. Our meal was fantastic. I typically order the gnocchi but instead ordered the daily pasta special which I was extremely pleased with. I love the sauce here!! We didn't order a dessert because we were bakery... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Travelling on business from Melbourne Australia. Lovely inviting restaurant with great staff. Sat at the bar and had one of the Dinner specials - tomato based home made pasta with muscles, clams, squid, swordfish. Had a lovely red recommended also. Was a little expensive - around the $60 mark (ex tip) for pasta and 2 glasses of generously poured nebbiolo... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 346 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-1911
    (Fleet Street)
  • Public Transportation: Closest stops are North Station and Haymarket
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
  • Neighborhood: North End
  • Phone Number: 617-723-4577

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine

Description

We have been serving generations of families, locals and tourists in the North End since 1931. People crave the taste of our food. Some say their mouths water just thinking about eating here. That’s why when we change even the slightest thing, they let us know it. We’re set in our Ways and Proud of It!
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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