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Giacomo's Restaurant

#28 of 2,371 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
North End
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355 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-1910
+1 617-523-9026
16:00 - 21:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 16:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 16:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:30
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84 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2014

The food was good. I had one of the specials and my husband had the linguine with mussels. We were there early enough with only a 15 min or so wait and it was nice out we decided to have dinner there. like I said the food is good but I don't get the lines around the block and I... More 

Thank jltmet56
Seattle, Washington
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2014

Giacomo's was recommended to us as a "must do" while in Boston. After a wonderful day in the North End, we joined a short line (it got longer as we dined) and waited just 15 minutes or so to get a table at this tiny restaurant. Knowing what we know now, we would have waited an hour + or longer.... More 

Thank Hawks4Ever
Los Angeles, California
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2014

Hard to find better Italian food in Boston than they have at this tiny restaurant. Delicious food. Great atmosphere. Reasonable prices. The downside is, it's so popular, people start lining up for dinner as early as 3:30-4:00 pm every day of the week so be prepared to stand in line for a while if you want to eat here. Here's... More 

Thank Ron G
Oak Park, Illinois
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2014

we felt like we were at someone's home, not in a restaurant. it's cozy, and you have to wait outside, but they turn over quickly - the food is authentic and delicious! our server (chris) was awesome - i was debating between two items, chose the lobster with fravolo sauce from specials menu, but then chris brought me a small... More 

Thank kristinmarie78
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191 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2014

We had a flight at 8 p.m. so this was my last chance to eat in the North End and it would be an early one. I had seen the line outside Giacomo's at 7 p.m. the night before and was in no mood to wait when there are so many wonderful places to eat in the North End. But... More 

Thank Alison M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2014 via mobile

In the world of fancy fancy foodie places, Giacomo's is not. It's just simply good Italian food. You'll have to wait outside, even it's cold, but for less than a $100 for 2 you'll have a great meal with good wine. I don't think it gets much better than that.

2 Thank Chris R
Gilbert, Arizona
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2014

If you go to Boston's North End, you MUST go to Giacomo's. Yes, wait in the line. The staff is great, food is authentic, and it is brought out quickly. Afterward, head over to Mike's Pastries to top off the night. This is my favorite Boston restaurant and I have been to all of them!

Thank Patrick H
Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2014 via mobile

Only so-so. Didn't have to wait too long but the service was super quick once we sat down. They do have a $20 bottle of wine list. So we started with a bottle of Pinot Grigio. The complementary bread was delicious. I ordered the penne chicken and wasn't too impressed. Very thick and creamy sauce. Big servings.

Thank Lauren M
Los Angeles
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2014

I was already planning on taking my mother to dinner at Giacomo's. I was happy to find out that my cousin, now a local, loved Giacomo's and had been there several times. I was on a mission to get there by 3:45 pm but parking is a total disaster in the North End. Try to walk if you can or... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2014

It is true, you will stand in line and the service is super fast! We got there very shortly after they opened, so we didn't wait too terribly long. It is a different experience. This is not a leisurely meal where you linger over your wine. But, it is a good experience. The food is delightful and our server was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Italian, Seafood
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:30
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:30
16:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 355 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-1910
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
  • Neighbourhood: North End
  • Phone Number: +1 617-523-9026

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in North End

Neighbourhood Profile
North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.
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