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#120 of 228 Italian in Boston
#420 of 1,864 Restaurants in Boston


Italian, Bar
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Takeout
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Reviewed November 27, 2019 via mobile

Initially the atmosphere seemed ok. It had a pleasant buzz. The wine and beer list was decent and reasonable for the U.S. After that it all went horribly wrong when we ordered food. The complimentary bread and dip should have been a warning sign. Our...server was totally disinterested and stressed. The food would suggest whoever was responsible for it in the kitchen was feeling exactly the same way. An experience I will not be repeating.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed September 14, 2019

I was really excited about going here, based on reading the Trip Advisor reviews. But I was pretty disappointed. First, the salad (that comes with an entree) is served with so much dressing on it that it is drowning. So, ask for dressing on the...side. SEcondly, I ordered the orechiette with cream sauce and it was way too salty and heavy. Maybe I am just used to lighter food.More

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

We stopped for dinner after a Red Sox Game. We were pleasantly surprised when the meals arrived. The sausage and orcchetti was a generous portion in a dreamy cream sauce. The Riccardi pasta dish was excellent. A wonderful tomatoe cream sauce complemented the ground chicken...and sausage over ziti. A must if you are in South Boston.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 12, 2019 via mobile

Came for some sustenance after a Red Sox game. It was easy to get a seat. I’m not a booth person, the they were comfortable and intimate. The bar scene seemed active but not overwhelming. The pizza (meatball) was delicious.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed July 23, 2019 via mobile

Stopped in here for a late night beer on recommendation from my Lyft driver. This place did not disappoint. Maine Beer - Lunch on tap and a great atmosphere. Will be back!

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed May 29, 2019 via mobile

This small and narrow restaurant offers some tables in the front and some more in the back. In between you can sit alongside facing the counter or the opposite wall. Although somehow noisy, the atmosphere is interesting. The menu is short, focused on salads, pizzas...and burgers plus some daily specials. Considering the size of portions, we decided to share a Caprese salad (9$) and a Calzone (12$) with extra-onions, red peppers and eggplants (4$). The salad was acceptable and the pizza really great. Good Chardonnay from California (7$ by the glass). Unfortunately, no espresso was available. Gentle and efficient welcome and service. We recommend!More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed May 27, 2019 via mobile

Located right in the middle of the South End of Boston, Anchovies has been here for quite a while. I used to visit when I lived here over 20 years ago. It still has the same dark low ceiling environment, the same decor, the same...New England sports playing on the TV. You’ll find a young, friendly wait staff and a warm welcome. And it’s full of local neighborhood folks. The food here is Italian and good portions. You can definitely share some of the larger plates. if that mixed grill plate is available, consider getting that and sharing it between two people. That with an appetizer would be perfect. Everything is fresh and tasty. Even better than it was 20 years ago.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed April 27, 2019

Long narrow bar. Booths on one side and a bar on the other and a few tables in the back. Good food and lots of drink choices. Nice feel. Will return.

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed April 10, 2019 via mobile

We got lucky when we happened upon this cozy spot. Charming bartender gave perfect attention, fries were delectable, and the warm and welcoming regulars had us laughing our heads off. I’d consider moving to Boston!

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed March 28, 2019

What a wacky place, and I mean that in a good way. I found this place on TA doing a search for dinner near Symphony Hall. As reported by most of the reviewers here, Anchovies is indeed cozy (translation: small) and lively (translation: crowded). It...also offers a well-executed menu of red-gravy Italian cuisine at reasonable prices. We arrived early enough (5:30) to score a table right before the place filled up. Not being a local, I was a bit surprised that a hole-in-the-wall like this could be so popular in a relatively tony neighborhood. Is it supposed to be ironic? Are we slumming? IDK. Anyway, among my surprises here was how many families with small children were dining among the happy-hour crowd. Everyone was friendly enough, but it was one of those "when worlds collide" moments for me. Back to the food...all of our dishes were tasty and authentic. My entree featured the largest meatballs I've ever been served, yet they were light as a feather and not too filling. The marinara was maybe a little too watery, but that's a minor complaint knowing everything was freshly made from scratch. Anchovies will definitely be on my list next time I'm in Boston.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Response from 13Redsox | Reviewed this property |
No reservations. It is PACKED on a Saturday night, but totally worth it.
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