Cantina Italiana

4.6
1922 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
An iconic tradition in Boston's "Little Italy", Cantina Italiana serves the tastes that make the North End famous. Started in 1931, Cantina Italiana is the oldest restaurant in the historic North End of Boston. We boast over 90 years of tradition in providing the best in homestyle Italian American and authentic southern Italian cuisine, the freshest New England seafood, and unparalleled service and experience. Cantina Italiana's warm, charming, and traditional atmosphere gives our restaurant a relaxed setting to enjoy you meal amongst the most important parts of your dining and drink experience: family, friends, and of course...food! Enjoy and cheer among us as we would at home: Mangia, Beve, e Buona Salute!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1922 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RUSS55SAYSITALL
New England
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good and never disappoints. Lively atmosphere. Great food. Personable servers. The real deal!

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Adow
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was cold
App was soggy
Waited 35 mins between app and main course and waitress didn’t come to our table much first and last trip

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good. Service was outstanding. Omar made the visit an enjoyable experience. He was an excellent!

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StevenD
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

We brought my husband's 93 year old Italian mother for Mother's Day. The Cantina was where she often met her husband for lunch when they were courting back in the 50's. It did not disappoint! The Sunday Ragu was just the way she would have made it in her own kitchen and she claimed it better than her own mother's before her. Delicioso! How's that for authentic! So impressed. Our waiter was excellent! He was a recent immigrant from Florence/Milan and I forget his name but he was wonderful. He was so courteous to my mother-in-law and was genuinely interested in her history and family from the old country and in the North End of long ago. What a terrific experience. Highly recommend this restaurant if you want great Italian food, generous portions, great wine and courteous, caring staff !

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AimeeG
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outside for mothers day. The food and service was great!

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vipalexp
New England
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great I wish I went to this place years ago

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Kaleb
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Unorganized hostess and extremely loud environment. Def not following covid protocols. Still fun to be in North End!

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DavidG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great and hot hostess and waiter really went out of their way to accommodate our larger party.

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MaryB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is very, very good and the price is just right. A little loud and crowded, but what we expected. Service was great.

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ryanl
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh made pasta in the north end. Veal parm. What more can I say? They always come through with an incredible meal. Love this place to death!

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Ilovefood
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Very impressed with the experience overall and I’ve been to many North End restaurants. I will absolutely go back again!

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MatthewS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is authentic as it gets! Old s hook and delicious. I highly recommend!

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MaryAnn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A very accommodating restaurant for a large group. We were celebrating a birthday and the woman who appeared to be in charge got the whole restaurant singing. Great food, fair prices and FUN atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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LarryC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found the staff very friendly and the food delicious and very affordable. Definite go-to in the North End.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish and great service

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We arrived 10 minutes before our Open Table reservation time, greeted at the outside host stand by someone who didn’t seem to love her job very much (maybe she was just having a bad night). She asked us to stand off to the side and she would let us know when our table was ready. 15 minutes of waiting after our reservation time, seeing a variety of patrons exit the indoors with take out bags of their leftovers, and after seeing a party of four who arrived after us and be seated before us, a staff member comes over and asks us if we are waiting for something. We explained we had a 9pm reservation. She then points to a far off table and tells us we can go sit over there, with no attempt to guide us to one of their several open tables. Mind you, just before she came over we were witness to a server and perhaps a manager (manager is a guess in that she was not wearing the black uniform top like the others) get into an audible argument about clearing tables. We opted to go elsewhere at this time because based on a very poor first impression, and feeling like we were imposing, we didn’t dare risk wasting more of our valuable time on such a beautiful evening wondering what the service and food would be like once we became actual dining customers. We ended up having a wonderful experience just a few doors down.

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Hockey12
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! Was able to get an outdoor table and it was great! Food was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my fiancé’s birthday and everyone LOVED their food! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Arrived on time and were seated immediately. Wait staff was very attentive. Food and drinks were perfect.

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vipRiverNorthMama
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in from Chicago and could not be more pleased with the food and service. More importantly the hospitality was second to none. The wait staff and owner made us feel welcomed, appreciated our business and made us feel like we were eating in her kitchen rather than a restaurant. With so many amazing places in the North End to choose from Cantina Italiana should be first on your list!

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DeniseC
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Would def go again!

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StacyS
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing visit to the Cantina. The hostess was energetic and fun. The service was amazing and the food was out of this world!! I would highly recommend.

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vipManhattan2015
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal!
Next time we are in Boston we will definitely go there to eat again!

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SouthernSherry
New England
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and had gluten-free choices available. The wait staff went above and beyond to serve our table--they were friendly, helpful, and efficient. Maria provided the entertainment with her Italian snark--we loved it! Cantina Italiana will be on my itinerary every time I visit Boston; I would highly recommend Cantina Italiana in Boston's North End.

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Cate
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Cantina Italiana was a quaint Italian restaurant. Service was quick, food was good, and ample outdoor seating with heat lamps.

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vipNeannie
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Safe dining
Noisy Friday night
Good traditional Italian food

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Had a 645 reservation, Started with the hostess telling me to wait 5 minutes screaming my name and telling me let’s go when it was time to be seated. The waitress made my girlfriend VERY uncomfortable as she was flirting with me the entire time.. Food wise the drinks were awesome, calamari was great, I had to ask for seasoning for the olive oil because who eats bread w just olive oil.. I ordered chicken parm which I do at any new Italian restaurant and I’d rate it a 4 very acidic and the pasta was weird and soggy and my girlfriends past was dry.. for dessert we got a cannoli and chocolate lava ice cream which were great. So overall if you find yourself here grab some drinks, apps & dessert. Not a place for ‘fine dining’ or a date.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Made a reservation to avoid waiting. Arrived on time and was told it would be at least a 20-30 minute wait. Told hostess I had a reservation for outside and she said “ya everyone wants to sit outside.” Why bother to make reservation on Open Table? Food was fair. They have no clue how to make Carbonara. Gross! Don’t recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Easter dinner. Enjoyed by all. Food and service was great

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emilyk
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! We will definitely return next time we are in Boston.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So good, we went back two nights in a row!

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Smith
New England
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really good home style dishes and good portion size for north end. Fun atmosphere, cozy, old school restaurant feel. everything makes you want to come back.

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Jayy
New England
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I were visiting Boston for the weekend from out of state and we were looking for a nice Italian place for dinner, and came across this place online and booked a last minute reservation. We are both so glad we found this place, the food was excellent, some of the freshest pasta we have ever had, and the service was also great considering it was a busy Saturday night. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for nice sit down restaurant for dinner!

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NICK
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for restaurant week - WOW was it worth it! The lobster ravioli were full of large chunks of lobster. The Meatballs were to DIE FOR! Would come back again in a heartbeat

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vipDianaL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a DELICIOUS dinner on a Saturday night. The restaurant was buzzing, which is always a great sign! The pasta was delicious, and the portions were the perfect size -- Filling enough but not TOO big! For a busy night, the service was actually really impressive. We can't wait to visit again!

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KarenG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great restaurant in the North End and could not have asked for a better table and food. It was fantastic. Waiter was very nice, table was great and service was excellent.

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KirstenB
New England
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outstanding food and had outstanding service. The soup with beans was the best ever. We ate just a few apps before the Bruins game, but everything is delicious here.

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andreaS
Miami
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great meal and fun night! Our waiter Omar was incredible and the food was fantastic!

JR
JenniferR
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and the bartender was fantastic. It reminded me of the places in Italy. The restaurant was clean and very well run. We will definitely be back soon.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cantina Italiana using the Order Online button. Cantina Italiana also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 723-4577.

Cantina Italiana is rated 4.6 stars by 1922 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.