Tony & Elaine's

4.7
423 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Tony & Elaine's is a red sauce Italian joint located in the North End at 111 N. Washington St.

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Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
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  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
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  • Waiting staff wear masks
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 423 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlyannaJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside, and the ambiance is so charming! The food was great (definitely order the mozzarella sticks), and the service was prompt and attentive

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ColleenC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible experience! Three out of six meals were so salty. Nothing came out at the same times. We had to wait 20 minutes for other entrees to come out for the rest of the party. No bread It they did give us the oil for the bread. Service was horrendous and just utter chaos.

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vipJamesL
New England
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The outside seating in the alley is wonderful. The staff works so hard and quite friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really really good food. Love the cold salads, garlic bread, eggplant parm. Been here three times and it’s my kind of old style Italian joint that I use to find in NYC little Italy decades ago. In April I had the Spaghetti Bolognese, garlic bread and a couple of Peroni’s. Simple yet great!

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Tabitha
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Made a reservation for outdoor seating however we were seated inside, ended up being ok though. The ambiance is very cute. Service was good, no complaints. The food was excellent, garlic bread, gnocchi, chicken broccoli ziti, and pasta alla vodka were all delicious. Highlight were the meatballs and the house made limoncello! House wine was also wonderful. Great experience overall, would highly recommend for someone looking for a casual Italian place in Boston

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JulMurr
Poconos
17 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service, delicious food. Nice, casual atmosphere

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Jmcp
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good Italian American food. If it's sunny, try to seat outside.

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BethanyW
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was a little slow, but we weren’t in a hurry and the server was very friendly. Great overall experience.

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Sunshinegerl22
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Young server was horrible, understanding to find out it was just first day but we had to ask for more water three times. We sat at our table alone for about 15 minutes until one person in our party asked the young boy if we were finally going to get served in which he replied “oh yeah sorry”. Our aranchini came out frozen in the middle twice and we finally just asked for the server to take it away.

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DougD
El Paso
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early for our reservation as google indicated the restaurant was open. A nice man named Connor said they would open at 5 pm. We asked for suggestion for an appetizer and he did not steer us wrong! Alcove nearby was exactly what we were looking for.

We arrived for our reservation and were promptly seated. Having just had appetizers at Alcove, we opted for the garlic bread only. Wow! What a great choice! Their garlic bread paired with the dipping sauce (tomato-based) was the perfect match!

For entrees, we chose spaghetti and meatballs (excellent) and shrimp scampi (the best I've ever tasted). This is a hidden gem and we will visit again when we are next in Boston!

Do yourself a favor and try this excellent restaurant!

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Veemak
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The only reason why I didn't give this 5 stars is because they ran out of bread before we got there. We love to soak up the extra sauce, which was spectacular, or eat it with our salads and there was none. But the vodka sauce and the bolognese was very delicious! A very small but super quaint space, like you're at a family party. I would send my friends here if I know they'll be in the North End. Away from the crazy traffic of the main North End drag, this was a gem.

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BarbaraJ
New England
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We chose Tony’s and Elaine’s because the ads promised huge portions of traditional Italian fare. The portions were actually on the smallish side. We were upstairs and it wasn’t terribly “Italian.” It was sort of nothing. Our waitress was nice but busy and distracted. I’ll stick to Hanover/Salem Street for the street ambiance at least.

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vipWendy
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Repeat meal for me and my daughter. The food is outstanding. They ran out of Diet Coke (my favorite) but that will never sway my love for Tony and Elaine’s!

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AmandaNick21
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service. Can’t wait to go back again!

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TimR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We enjoyed our dinner choices and service but it was a hot and humid day and it turned out their air conditioning was not functioning. It was very stuffy and sticky in the ground floor dining room, with no fan or air circulation -nor even an acknowledgement of the situation or apology. Overall, good basic Italian cuisine but not as pleasant as it could have been.

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AmyC
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tony & Elaine’s is a very quaint restaurant with excellent service and food. My husband and I had the baked gnocchi and chicken parm. Both were to die for!

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vipGreatSpot
New England
17 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent old school Italian

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vipElla
New England
17 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A great meal as per usual

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AmandaE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with great food! You could tell that all of the food was made to order and the pasta was made there. The meatballs were fantastic. Inside there were about 7 tables, very small. There is an outdoor seating area that is not covered. Definitely recommend reservations any time that you plan to go. Definitely go to this restaurant!!

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DavidV
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good service. Friendly waiter. Ambiance nice. Proportions good. Chicken parm too dry. Eggplant parm good.

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NurseAnnie
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Located just outside the immediate North End, Hanover, Salem street area. 3 minute walk. Casual dress for sure. Hot spot for people going to the Boston Garden for a game. Small space (as most North End restaurants) with two levels. We were seated in the basement level which is cute and cozy. (It has an exit door within feet of all tables) Red & white plastic table clothes and bottles of Chianti line the brick walls while 80's music plays, cute retro feel. Our table was right next to the servers station so we asked to change and they happily obliged and gave us a cozy, corner table. We started by sharing a Caesar salad which was excellent and HUGE! Easily shared. Then we each had what we came for, their spaghetti and meatballs which is fantastic! We've lived in the NE for 4 years now and it's the best around. There's a reason they won the meatball contest at the festival! Their prices are very reasonable. Shout out to our great waiter Connor too. We never waited for service, he poured our wine when the glasses were low, and made sure we had all we needed but was never hovering. Great place.

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vipmiltonb
Atlanta
44 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The good….meatballs are fantastic and a must try. Pasta dishes are very good and the service is also fantastic. Prices are reasonable. Detractors….it is really cramped, even by North End standards. The portions are small because the tables are not large enough for a plate of any significant size. Even getting in and out of the restaurant is via a steep set of stairs. The location is not in the quant part of the North End. Overall it is good and some aspects very good, but with all of the choices in the North End, this is middle

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MattM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The food was terrible! This was our second time going, the first time everything was perfect! This time, the chicken was so clearly reheated…absolute rubber!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our group of 7 ate outdoors. Food was terrific! Service was very good, despite our being a larger group. This was the first time any of us dined at Tony & Elaine’s. Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at Tony and Elaine’s! Good value for delicious food and a fun ambiance. Our server was fantastic.

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WesleyM
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing character in this small North End spot. If your looking for a smaller casual spot than the others this is it. Not a lot of tables, get a reservation. Food & ambiance 10/10.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprisingly good food. Was afraid it may be a bit of a tourist trap. It was legit good food. Friendly and accommodating staff. I will go back.

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Kfarms
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super delicious old-school Italian food. Casual place with feel good vibes. Great for friends or family to get a good solid meal. All pastas made fresh daily. The meat sauces are delicious and so is the homemade limoncello!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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JackK
4 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Solidly prepared and tasty food, including house salad, calamari, Bolognese, and eggplant parm. We sat outside in the charming parking lot set up because of COVID.

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JayL
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Chicken Parm was great, as well as the meatballs! Also, on Thursday’s they have a great date night special for 2.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere and the food was the perfect accompaniment to it!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The only thing positive was the ambience of outdoor seating. The waiter after we asked for bread forgot and never brought us bread. We asked another hostess and she said she will be right back with bread and never did. My spaghetti was cold I think it was sitting out and the meatballs were not cooked through pinch in the middle. When I asked the waiter to split the check he said you can just cross out your amount and figure it out. It was not a very friendly or service oriented atmosphere. For the price you are paying it should be much better.

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jj40
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this neighborhood institution. The basics done right. Actually, the basics done spectacularly well.

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brokeinnapa
31 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We decided to come to Tony and Elaine’s in spite of the fact that there were a hundred or so Italian Restaurants in the North End. We were drawn to the written description of the casual atmosphere of an Italian restaurant of the 50s. At first, entering a dark, rather run down building and being shown to a downstairs room, I was wondering what we had gotten ourselves in to. However, we were more than pleasantly surprised by the quality of food, the service from our excellent waitress, and the casual/neighborhood feel of the restaurant. We Would definitely come back.

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vipKirkR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to Tony and Elaines was terrific. It was a relaxed setting with traditional Italian dishes that were super tasty. They had a nice variety including a shared 4-course option that they call "Cheap Date" and a good wine list. The service was outstanding. It is on the edge of the North End with indoor and outdoor seating. Great location. We will definitely be back.

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ToddE
New England
20 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The midweek “Cheap Date” special was great and a really great value. The food was amazing and although a bit noisy from Washington Street traffic, the outdoor dining was quaint and cozy.

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Zipp
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Lasagna had a soulful sauce that included chunks of braised short ribs.

Best ever!

Excellent apps & desserts.

Service was spot on; every employee paid attention to the details.

Enjoy!

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Teddyb54
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. It was our first time here and we enjoyed it very much. Highy recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place to eat but limited in terms of alcohol because it does not have a bar.

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You can order delivery directly from Tony & Elaine's using the Order Online button. Tony & Elaine's also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Tony & Elaine's also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 580-0321.

Tony & Elaine's is rated 4.7 stars by 423 OpenTable diners.

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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.