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Modern Pastry Shop

#10 of 2,856 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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North End
Bakery, Dessert, Ice Cream
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257 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2322
617-523-3783
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Today
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 478
    Excellent
  • 187
    Very good
  • 51
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best Cannoli Ever

This is a must in Boston. Well worth the wait in line for the cannoli! It was difficult to decide what to get so I just got the cannoli. I could have eaten one of everything!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Maria O
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Savannah, Georgia, United States
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Savannah, Georgia, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This is a must in Boston. Well worth the wait in line for the cannoli! It was difficult to decide what to get so I just got the cannoli. I could have eaten one of everything!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you are a local and you know your Italian pastries, Modern Pastry is the place to go. The Bomb cake is awesome and so are their torrones. They also have gluten-free options like whoopie pies and muffins. They also have a store in Medford which offers pizza and other light meal options.

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The variety at Modern Pastry is terrific! Fruit tarts, eclairs, cookies, lobster tails, HUGE cream puffs, and so much more. I got a fruit tart that was the best I have ever had. The black and white cookie was so-so, and the croissant wasn't worth finishing. The staff wasn't very nice and treated us like an annoyance when my mom... More 

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Nashville, Arkansas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Do yourself a favor and go to this shop and get a few of their pastries, they are fresh and oh so delicious, the cream inside that lobster tail was SO GOOD!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Best tasting pastry in Boston. Always fresh and reasonable! We get birthday cakes here and dessert after dinner. It's not a trip to the North End without Modern!

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Hanover, Pennsylvania
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66 reviews 66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Kids and parents waited the prerequisite 20 minutes to indulge in many delicious choices. Bring your appetite. Seating is tight!! Great service. Just fantastic.

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Naples, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The cannoli was great. We were trying to see which was better, Mike's or Modern, but we can't find a clear winner. We do really like than Modern fills the shell right then, but other than that, you guys are neck and neck. Sorry...The profiterole covered in chocolate though was not that great.

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Bellerose, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This bakery has the best cannolis. You have a choice of shells and choice of fillings. The shells are always crispy and the filling is not put in the shell until you order it. I have never had a better cannoli anywhere else. If you like cannolis DO NOT miss this place. The torrone is also excellent as are there... More 

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Portland, Maine
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

A native North-ended told us all the locals go to Modern Pastry, so that's where we went after an amazing dinner at Panza! We tried the cannoli's, Tiramisu, Florentine Lace Cookies, BUT let me tell you that the Macaroons were the best I've had since my last trip to France! I only wish I had bought more!! Service was amazing.... More 

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Bar Harbor
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

A dizzying array of great pastry choices. Only sampled a few, but nothing disapointed. This may have been the best cannoli I have had anywhere. Cappuccino and hot chocolate were also very good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 257 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2322
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
  • Neighborhood: North End
  • Phone Number: 617-523-3783

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Bakery, Dessert, Ice Cream

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 5:00 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?