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“Fabulous Lunch”
Review of Rino's Place

Rino's Place
Ranked #125 of 3,263 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $12
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed November 7, 2013

I was traveling through Boston and was treated to lunch at Rino's. A small Italian restaurant. I heard about the wait but we got in immediately before the lunch rush so we were seated immediately which I hear is not usual. The wait for the food was normal and the quality of the food was excellent. I had the handmade lobster ravioli with a vodka sauce, one of the lunch specials. Great flavors. For dessert we had tiramisu and cappuccino, the best I've ever had of each. Prices were a tad high for lunch from my experience but I figure probably pretty normal for the Boston area.

Overall an excellent experience. I would definitely do that again.

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Thank Rick F
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

We have been longing to go here based on the reviews & on spur of the moment at 2:30 pm in the afternoon decided to go. Lucky to find a spot to park on a crowded East Boston street nearby there was a line at 3:15 pm to get in. It was a beautiful day with great weather so we decided to wait & chat with others in line. All had been there & said the best food they have ever had. Small restaurant & we were seated at about 4 pm. White cloths under glass on tables but very casual feel to place. Our waitress, Lucia, was wonderful with suggestions, service & great conversation. The menu was fairly extensive with the usual Italian specialties but there were some twists here & there. We started with shrimp lemoncello on a bed of spinach & also a boar sausage stuffed with cranberry & wine on a garlicky broccoli rabe. Fabulous! Italian bread was served to dip into the sauces. Lemoncello sauce was not sweet as you would think & the sausage was perfectly cooked. Each entrée came with a garden salad & creamy Italian or house Italian dressing. (Some entrees can choose side of pasta) . Basic salad which we mostly had growing up in Italian families. But then the entrees: The Lobster Ravioli in a brandy cream tomato sauce was like nothing I have ever had. Chunks of lobster knuckle & claw mixed with fresh ricotta filling fresh ravioli pasta. The sauce also had tiny chunks of lobster as well. It was sublime. My boyfriend had the seafood cannelloni which was 2 enormous (seriously never saw a size like this) of freshly made pasta stuffed with fresh ricotta & shrimp, scallops & lobster topped with a basil oil served on a roasted yellow pepper sauce. The roasted yellow pepper sauce was light & perfect for the filling. It was light yet rich due to the filling. Absolutely Delish! We each ordered wine by the glass: a Crios rose for me & a malbec for him. Prices under $9/glass & nice selection of wines by the glass as well as bottles. Ended with wonderful cappuccino with great foam & pumpkin crème brulee. Desserts are not homemade but very nice & saw the waitress torch the crème brulee just before serving with a raspberry sauce. We saw dishes go by us that all looked wonderful & all were huge. You definitely have leftovers no matter how much you think you can eat. And you want them. Yes, there is a long wait to get into this place because the food is that good. And for those reviews that are complaining about the wait to get in--hey you read in advance in many of the other reviews posted & on various t shows about the long wait. So if you can go when the place opens at 3 pm or earlier & wait--do it. You may not want to wait for a table on a lousy weather day or you arrive & they say it's a 2 hour wait & you don't want to. Aside from the wait, this is the best Italian restaurant food in Boston--maybe anywhere!

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Thank Marion L
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Having heard all the talk about Rino's via Guy Fieri and previous Trip Advisor reviews, and being in Boston to visit our daughter, we thought we would give it a try. We did know it was small, that the wait might be long (90 minutes was talked about in other reviews), that the restaurant also owned Prima & Dopo across the road for drinks while we waited for our table...but that the food was fabulous, great value and worth the wait. Well, what an eye opener the evening was. When we arrived at 5:20pm the hostess (who appeared to be one of the owners) took our names and when we asked how long the wait might be she said "I have no idea, we have a couple of big reservations and there are 12 tables ahead of you." we cheerfully added our names to the waistlist and when across the road for a glass of wine and to wait. Prima & Dopo was cute, pretty busy with folks waiting for tables across the road, but the waitress, Nicole was great and we ordered a beer, a glass of red wine and the bruschetta. Wine was a generous pour, the bruschetta should have been our first clue that the food may have been overrated. It was very cheap french stick topped with jarred red peppers and a glob of goat cheese. After being there for just over an hour, our daughter went across the road to check on our status (they had our cell number to call when the table was ready but we wanted to see how far we were in the line up). She returned a few minutes later to say there were still 7 tables ahead of us but that one of the table of six was lingering over coffee so they should be leaving soon. Forty five minutes later, my husband walked over to check and was told we werr 4 tables away. 2 !/2 hours later I walked across to ask and was told by the same hostess that there were 3 tables ahead. I asked if she had a sense if it would be another half hour? hour? To which she replied "I have absolutely no idea"...now they've been in business for over 24 years and should have a sense of how long it takes to turn a table, right? She was arrogant and said a table would be ready when it's ready. We were in for 2 1/2 hours so what the heck we might as well wait it out, for the food if nothing else. A short while later (total wait just under 3 hours) we were seated. Our waitress was friendlier than the hostess. We were taken aback by the prices which were higher than what we had heard, but again the food was supposed to be fabulous and the portions huge and our daughter the college student could dine on the leftovers. I had the shrimp limoncello as a main...the shrimp were so overcooked as to be little rubber balls and the portion size was fine (it was an appetizer). My husband had the linguine fruite de mare and while the portion size was large, the seafood was all very overcooked and the sauce was watered down to a thin broth. My daughter ordered the famous lobster ravioli which were good and the portion was generous. Both entrees came with a green salad that was pretty pointless, a few salad greens on a plate with their house dressing which was essentially oil and vinegar. We passed on dessert and had cappucino's which were excellent. Dinner, including one glass of red wine, one appetizer and two entrees, two cappucinos was $115. not including the wine, beer and appetizer we had at their sister restaurant/waiting room. The ambience and service was more like a mom and pop corner italian joint, the food while generous was overcooked and expensive for the quality. The hostess, arrogant and obviously riding on their Diners, Drive Ins and Dives segment. Would we go back...never. Would we try another restaurant based on the show...never. Should you go...well, if a 3 hour wait on a Saturday night, to be abused by a hostess and served overcooked food is okay then go for it, but at least you'll go for warned,

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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Went there yesterday with my cousin, his wife and 2 young kids. Arrived at 1:45 and still had to wait 20 minutes (on a Tuesday afternoon, no less!), but it was worth every minute. Started out with limincello shrimp and 1/2 orders of pumpkin ravioli and wild boar sausages for appetizers. Ended up wiping the plates clean. We then got lobster ravioli, 'open' ravioli (which was lobster, scallops & shrimp layered with sheet pasta in a cream sauce) and lobster, shrimp & scallops in a red sauce over fusilli. The kids split an order of ziti with meatballs. Everything was amazing and the portions were so huge that we had enough leftovers for a full dinner.
The waitstaff were very accomodating to the kids, who were very well behaved throughout the meal. Only complaint was that we had to ask for bread 3 times.
As we were waiting for our table, we saw people leaving in a cab who had their luggage with them; turns out they came straight to Rino's upon their arrival in Boston!

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Thank Fred C
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Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

We stopped in for lunch, at 1130, immediately upon arriving via Logan. We picked up the rental car and followed the GPS right to the front door, parking on the street. Having read all the reviews, we knew we were ordering the Lobster Ravioli and Rinos Special. We ultimately decided to also begin with a half order of the Pumkin Ravioli as an app. Excellent food, all the way around. No wait at all for lunch on a Thursday. My dad travelled to Boston the following week and had dinner on a Thursday night, as part of a party of 5, they waited 75 min for their table lol! The old man ordered the salmon, later saying it was the best he's ever had. During their wait, they drank at a bar across the street

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