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Giacomo's Restaurant

#23 of 2,352 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
North End
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355 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-1910
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Saint Charles, Missouri
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We waited in line for over an hour, but it was a beautiful summer evening, so we didn't mind. But, I'm sure we could have had a comparable dinner elsewhere in the North End. However, the specials we ordered were awesome! If you wait in line be prepared to only eat an app and entree cause they want to keep... More 

Thank jennastl
Camden, Maine USA
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35 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great Italian with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Excellent seafood food at very reasonable prices for the North End of Boston. Possible the cheapest restaurant in the North End with good food. Definitely the best value that I have found. I have eaten here many times.

Thank sailorman04843
Seattle, Washington
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316 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A couple of tips. They do not take reservations and they only take cash. If the line goes around the corner there is a reason that the line goes around the corner. We waited in line for an hour and a half and yes you have to wait in line you can not put your name in and come back.... More 

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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The food is awesome and we had a great time. To get the most of this experience, you need to be aware that it is cash only, the restaurant is small and it will be very crowded. Go early enough as you will stand in line. Also, parking is very limited. It is worth it as it is different. The... More 

Thank Mike R
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We heard great things about this restaurant, that we assumed must be true when we approached the restaurant and saw a line out the door. However, I have to agree with the previous review that reports the rush to turn the table over and get another guest seated appears to be top priority. After we ordered, the waitress said "Are... More 

Thank jillpillrn22
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Considering you are in a haven of Italian eateries, this place falls short of all expectations. The food is ok - nothing makes you want to scream out for more. The service is rushed and rigid, where turning tables is more important to the owners than a complete meal experience. Honestly if you find yourself in the north end, there... More 

1 Thank mcaloo
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This seems to be an authentic Italian restaurant. We waited in line a little over 45 minutes, but we didnt mind. The place is very small and sometimes during our meal it was loud. If you have a problem with people getting into your personal space, then this is not the place for you. I personally enjoyed the homey atmosphere.... More 

Thank Faustin2
Lewiston, Maine
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79 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a great video review of the North End that includes this location look up the series on youtube channel vahidrvahidr titled "Boston Down". This place will have a line that takes a bit, but to me it's definitely one of the best places to eat at in Boston. There is a Back Bay location as well that does take... More 

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Elgin, Illinois
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98 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We waited patiently for over an hour to eat as they do not take reservations. It was quite overcrowded once we got in there. Small, hot, and noisy, cash only... but if you have ever been to Italy, it is just like being there. The motto I think is to get in, eat, and get out, which works for us...... More 

Thank Erica J
Columbia, South Carolina
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69 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dining at Giacomo's was fun, cultural/tourist experience all in one, and was well worth the wait. We got there on a Monday evening after walking all around Boston and the North End, saw the line and figured why not. We weren't starving yet and one of us could stay and hold our place in line while the others roamed around... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $25
Italian, Seafood
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 355 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-1910
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
  • Neighborhood: North End
  • Phone Number: 617-523-9026

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in North End

Neighborhood Profile
North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.