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Central Maverick Square - Paris Street
1.5 miles from North End
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All reviews lobster ravioli salad bread fresh pasta east boston worth the wait italian food portions are huge guy fieri long wait an appetizer red sauce small restaurant come hungry an hour wait the north end an early dinner
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Reviewed April 20, 2020

We had a layover at Logan, stayed at the Hilton, and ate and drank our way through East Boston, right after Covid-19 fired up. I did a ton of research for which Italian restaurant to dine at and Rino's was it! When we arrived for...a late-ish lunch, we were seated with no wait, ordered a glass of wine and a beer, and then told we couldn't each order an appetizer for lunch after we had already started drinking our drinks. The waitress was fairly curt until we asked her to ask the owner could we PLEASE just get appies because we had already eaten lunch a few hours earlier but really, really wanted to eat SOMETHING there. There were only about 4 other tables with patrons so it wasn't like we were taking up space for a bigger check. The owner (a lady) was very nice and had the waitress explain how we could order and still fall within the guidelines and boy am I glad we worked it out. We got something I don't see on the online menu (must have been a special), but it had scallops, spinach, and some amazing sauce and presented beautifully. It might be the best food I've ever eaten anywhere. We also got the crab stuffed mushrooms, which were also perfect, along with some bread. It all ended up great and the waitress turned out very nice. If I'm ever back near East Boston, you can be sure I'll re-visit Rino's but this time on a very empty stomach!More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 6, 2020

You will walk away full and happy you stoped to eat here. The food is all prepared fresh and made the way you want it. I would recommend the Rino’s special as it hits the spot and you will be very happy you ate here....The staff is very helpful and will help you with selections. The waiting time might be long but as they say if you want the best it’s well worth it.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 11, 2020 via mobile

The wait is weird (they don't provide you with a time...they just call your cell), so we sat on our parked car. Baring this, the food is phenomenally good, reasonably priced ($80 for two with 4 glasses of wine), and in large portions. The steamed...muscles are so good, you will drink the broth with your spoon.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed November 12, 2019 via mobile

Great Authentic Italian restaurant. So worth the wait. Called ahead and waited for them to call us to let us know table was available. Hung out at Kellys Square Pub (Fantastic Pub) until our time. Every thing we ordered in our party of 9 was...dynamite. The Lobster Ravioli that we were told was out of this world was just that... the Frutti De Mare in white sauce and red sauce....knocked outta the park. Al The apps... we had Calamari, Stuffed Eggplant, Mozerrella balls/sticks all made to perfection. All the homemade pasta insanely great....gnocchi, pappardelle, penne....all was phenomenal. You want great Italian food without having to go to the North End....this is your stop. Service was out of this world also. And on top of all this the price was right. With what they are kicking out of that kitchen you would expect to pay those insane North End prices but not here. This is top notch and we cant wait to come back. A++++ #BuddhaReviewMore

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 3, 2019

I've never written a review before, but after my recent experience I'm compelled to do so. I'd like to begin by saying that the food is outstanding. Wait staff are lovely. That said, customers are put in a position of feeling disrespected and insulted by...the absurd process of actually receiving the honor of being seated. We were staying nearby before flying out of of town the next morning and warned by the concierge that there was often a long wait. When we checked in with the hostess, we were told that there were four parties ahead of us, and we should walk 3 blocks to wait at an Irish Pub for them to call us. We checked in by phone every 30 minutes. When we were finally told that we could return to be seated, it was two hours later and the restaurant was nearly empty. We found the experience frustrating, but loved the food. When we returned from our trip, we decided to grab dinner again, and thought that since we'd be arriving at 4:30, we'd have better luck and enjoy an early dinner. Once again, the place was packed (the food really IS that good). The hostess told us that there were 3 customers ahead of us. This time we decided to wait in the car, since it appeared that many tables were finishing up. After waiting nearly an hour, we walked back to check on our table and noted that there were 5 empty tables. One for 4, and 4 for two. We walked in were told to go back outside and they'd let us know when we could come in. After approximately 10 more minutes, she invited us in and sat us at table for 4 (there were 4 tables for two that were also empty). During the hour and a half that we were there eating, the four tables for two sat empty, along with a table for 6. Couples continually came in and were sent to wait. By the time we left, there were 18 couples on the list and it was 6:00pm. At NO point were ANY of the tables for two seated, and in fact sat empty the entire time, along with a table for 6. It was actually heartbreaking to watch frustrated and hungry people repeatedly check in and walk out in complete confusion. About 15 minutes before we left, a group of 8 came in. A gentleman in the party walked back into the kitchen and came out with a smile. Tables were put together and they were immediately seated, while earnest customers waited. They claim to have a system, but clearly do not. Unfortunately, the reality seems to be this. The food is exceptional and the service is good, but if you actually want to be treated with any consideration, avoid this restaurant or order take-out. The frustration and disrespect of paying customers just isn't worth it.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 19, 2019 via mobile

There are several Italian restaurants in Boston and although it’s not located in the touristy North End, Rino’s is provably the best Italian I’ve had in Boston. All of the pasta is homemade, the portions are huge, the food is amazing (it really changed my...standard for Italian food) and the staff is so warm and welcoming. It feels less like going to a restaurant and more like visiting a friend’s house for dinner (inviting, cozy, simple decor), in the best way possible. I had the chicken parm with ravioli which was amazing, the ravioli was two large pieces that were probably like 5 inches long instead of the smaller ravioli that I’m accustomed to so I was surprised when I saw it but it was amazing, the veal parm is also great and the scallop lobster tail pasta, and the calamari. You can’t go wrong with any of the options on the menu. There’s street parking if you can find a space and unfortunately no reservations for parties less than six and they won’t seat you with or without a reservation if your entire party isn’t here which is completely understandable since it’s such a small restaurant with limited seating. They’re also great with kids, the table next to us had a small child and when the waitress noticed that she liked the Parmesan cheese and was eating it straight off the plate, the waitress brought her a big bowl of cheese and even gave her an extra bag to take home without anyone asking her to. It’s little things like this that also set Rino’s apart from the other Italian spots in Boston.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 16, 2019

Was first introduced to this amazing place by the Capitals training staff. Went to eat with the team a few years ago (St. Patty's weekend) night before a game. There is limited seating but they bought a place across the street and transformed it into...a bar so you can grab a drink/app there while you wait. The wait can be long but it's 100% worth it. Ordered a handful of apps to share with the table and the lobster rav which came highly recommended. It was worth the hype! Great service and overall experience. I tell everyone about this place. It's a hidden gem and close to the airport!More

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed October 9, 2019

They only allow reservations for parties of 6 or more. If you dare to try to eat at this restaurant without a reservation you will be asked to stand outside and wait to even talk to the very rude hostess. She will basically tell you...nothing. She said "I can't tell you how long the wait will be" and suggested we walk to a bar 10 minutes away. However if you don't make it back in time they will only hold your table for 10 minutes so you better jog! Why do people patronize these type of restaurants? we did not end up eating here so this review is solely about the process of attempting to eat here.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 8, 2019 via mobile

As I stated it was delicious Italian food. It took us 2-1/2 hours of waiting to taste the food. Unless you go right at 3:00 pm or have a reservation for 6 or more people you won’t get in too soon. Even if you get...there at 4:15 like we did, they could tell you there are 10 before you. Those ten have to fit into the walk in tables. Saturday night they only had 3 walk in tables available. We will never go there again without a reservation for 6 or more. And even with a reservation they said it might be an hour wait. The food was fabulous. We made the mistake of giving our order before we got our very tasty Calamari. Salads came during the calamari then about 5 minutes later the main meal cam. Too fast. Make sure you wait in between courses. The portions are huge. Don’t bother with dessert. The are brought in from somewhere else. I even saw a boxed carrot cake. It was good but not fresh. So , I’m being very honest about this restaurant. I loved the food hated the wait. It will be worse in winter, the waiting room is only outside.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 7, 2019 via mobile

We chose Rino’s to celebrate a very special day for the two of us after we saw Guy’s visit on Triple D. This was the perfect way to end our trip to Boston! Lobster Ravioli and Seafood Cannelloni were the entrees we chose and they...were both delicious beyond words. Portion sizes are HUGE. We have more than enough to feed us lunch before we catch our flight back home tomorrow. And the house made vinaigrette on our salads was divine. Our server was friendly and attentive and helped to make our evening special. We hope to return someday!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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