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“Terrific Value & Delicious Italian Fare”

Giacomo's Restaurant
Ranked #31 of 3,275 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner
Neighborhood: North End
Reviewed July 15, 2013

We arrived at Giacomo's on a weekday around 5:00 pm, already anticipating the wait to get into the restaurant. After 45 minutes, we were seated in the cramped dining area. Based on previous reviews, we ordered the Calamari which was piping hot and absolutely scrumptious. For our entrees, I ordered the Lobster Ravioli and my husband had the Homemade Fusilli w/ Lobster and Shrimp. Both entrees were delicious and also reasonably priced. The fast-pace and bustle of the restaurant didn't bother us Chicagoans as we are used to moving quickly and a more tense atmosphere. Remember to bring cash with you as the restaurant does not accept credit cards or checks. The family next to us had to leave a pair of sunglasses on the table while they traveled across the street to get cash at the ATM. The restaurant is also at a good location on Hanover Street-- afterwards we visited the coveted Mike's Pastry and then saw a show at Improv Asylum. Overall, Giacomo's is a rushed, yet enjoyable dining experience that was reasonably priced and left us feeling satisfied.

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Waited over an hour on the street, definitely worth it! It was hot, seemed to not have AC when we went, it was crowded, you'll be sitting on top of people and hearing everyones conversation, but its a fantastic restaurant- best italian food ever. It's a fast paced restaurant, nothing fancy- just get in, eat, get out- don't spend a lot of time there. You must get the fried calamari- best ever. Remember, CASH ONLY!

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Whenever we visit Boston, which is at least once a year, we go to Giacomo's. Last year we were actually first in line for dinner! What a thrill that was! The food is fresh and good and the crazy, crowded atmosphere is part of the charm. We were born and raised in NYC. We know good food and we don't mind the hustle and bustle of this restaurant. My children, now adults, are Giacomo fans, and this year my husband and I will be initiating my niece and nephew into the pleasures of Giacomo's! After dinner, we go across the street to Mike's Pastry and wait on another line to get cannoli's which we then eat in our hotel room. Boston fun!

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Thank Laurie K
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We discovered Giacomo's on our first visit to Boston in July 2013.
Hanover Street has many appealing restaurants, but the line up
we encountered convinced us to give it a try - even thought we had to wait 45 minutes
lined up outside. What the heck, we were holidays!

Our entrees were very good - both for taste, large portion size and price (around $19 each).
Atmosphere was great - open kitchen concept, noisy but not that you can't have a conversation with your table mate.

It is the luck of the draw what table you are seated at; We were lucky, our table was against a wall.

If you have the time, and the cash (no cards accepted) it is worth the visit.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

This lived up to the hype. Great food! We did not feel rushed but could see how some might feel that while there. Service was attentive and good. Would definitely return. We had the lobster and shrimp fusilli and it was great. Cesar salad was good also.

Thank runnonempt
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