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Modern Pastry Shop

#8 of 2,865 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$
North End
Dessert, Bakery, 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
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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
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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  • 504
    Excellent
  • 193
    Very good
  • 52
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 13
    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
Absolutely Silly Taste and Value

Based on a recommendation from our waiter, we bypassed several desserts venues on Hanover street in Boston's North End. On a Monday night , the line was to the door. In 15 minutes, I received the soon to be infamous Lobster tail. More than enough for our party of 3 (including a 15yo daughter with a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
trio556
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Based on a recommendation from our waiter, we bypassed several desserts venues on Hanover street in Boston's North End. On a Monday night , the line was to the door. In 15 minutes, I received the soon to be infamous Lobster tail. More than enough for our party of 3 (including a 15yo daughter with a vintage sweet tooth), this... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Right across the street from the cannoli tourist trap is this amazing bakery patronized almost entirely by locals. Skip the lines and the touristy premade baked goods, and try the ultra-fresh, only filled when you order, real-deal Italian cannoli. All the pastries here are amazing!! The shop is tiny, with seating only for a few people, so you may have... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This establishment has been a fixture in the North End of Boston for over a half century.It was remodeled & expanded for more space about a year ago.Many first time customers are attracted to Modern Pastry, because of not wanting to wait in the long lines at Mikes Pastry which is basically across { Hanover st.} the street.But you will... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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188 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

this is the next best thing in the North End for dessert. There are a few tables with table service. Otherwise stand in line for your yummy desserts and coffees. They also have liquors to add to your coffees. Their pistachio cannoli is the BEST.

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Indianapolis
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We noticed this pastry shop while eating a late lunch across the street in another restaurant. There was a constant stream of people in and out during our meal. . . often a line formed outside. When it came time to order dessert in the restaurant we decided to go, instead, to the Modern Pastry Shop. We were not disappointed.... More 

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Reidsville, North Carolina
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I was on my first trip to Boston. I wanted to try a cannoli and someone told me that this was the place to go. Wonderful advice. The cannoli and so divine. I sampled the cheese cake my friend purchased. I am not usually a fan of cheesecake, however after eating theirs I am. You must try this shop.

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Glendale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Save your time! Don't go to Mike's.. come here!! Service is great and cannoli's are even better!!!!!! They knew us by the time we went home! Didn't go to the bar downstairs for a drink, but walked down there and it looked pretty neat. I will be back!!!!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

but i like the other place better. my daughter likes Modern better though. she's the smart one. the tiramisu was outstanding. the variety was great. the service was great. a 5-star pastry shop.

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

As a former local I often think/ dream of their cannoles. Went back last week. If there are cannoles in heaven they are made at moderne. Though the old proprietor sitting in the back is gone. This one almost brought me to tears

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Braintree, Massachusetts
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36 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I bought Ricotta Pie and St. Joseph Zepole - They were terrible. Costly and bad. Pie was stale and dry, the zepole was stale and left a greasy film in my mouth. I bought a box of them for 4 different families and am embarrassed. I will never go there again. Back to Mike's or Maria's.

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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: Dessert, Bakery, 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

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