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Giacomo's Ristorante

South End
  • RatingAvg. Dinner Entrée
    $$$$$Greater than $25
    $$$$$18.01 - $25
    $$$$12.01 - $18
    $$$7.01 - $12
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  • Italian, Vegetarian-Friendly
  • 431 Columbus Ave, Boston MA02115 42.343974 -71.077612
  • (Btwn Holyoke St & Braddock Park)
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  • (617) 536-5723
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User Ratings (Based on 11 reviews)

Food 4.3 Value 4.0
Service 3.5 Atmosphere 3.1

Other Restaurant Info

(617) 536-5723
Cash Only
Mon-Thu: 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm Sun: 5pm-9:30pm
Family Style, Take Out, Wheelchair Accessible

User Reviews

  • Giacomo's Ristorante

    Posted by D, Eitkowski on 04/11/2015

    No Frills - Great Food

    My son and i spent a couple of days in Boston looking at colleges. It was our first time to the city, so we researched online reviews for a decent restsurant. Giacomo's was close to where we were staying soi it was a logical choice given the great reviews we read. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent. I had the linguini putanesca.,,. So good. The amaretto cake for dessert was the best I've tasted. The service was just ok but the food more than made up for it!

  • Giacomo's Ristorante

    Posted by anonymous on 04/28/2012

    Outperforms the herd

    This place may be "boring" for some but this is a clutch Italian restaurant in Boston located in the South End. Plenty of great options and not over priced in my opinion. I haven't had the cod but if seafood is what you desire there are other options here like the frutti di mare that are quite good. There are plenty of other great non seafood options too. I would say for the quality and price this is one of your best bets when it comes to Italian food in Boston. Bring your cash they do not accept credit/debit cards

  • Giacomo's Ristorante

    Posted by From out of town on 06/07/2010


    Such mediocre food. Good points were service and wine. The restaurant is so loud you can only talk to the person sitting next to you. The fried calamari was good. I had the Cod - which was mushy and bland. Everyone else ordered pastas - which were ridiculously huge portions (looked like family style portion size). But just boring options - chicken and broccoli on penne, shrimp and marinara sauce on spaghetti. So boring. My husband ordered the amatriciana and basically found it inedible. I don't recommend.

  • Giacomo's Ristorante

    Posted by juju on 12/22/2009

    Good for a cold night out

    Was very cold winter night, but was worth the wait and the cold outside!~ Great food , great service, small for the amount of tables, to much noise, no debit cards. We would go back !! You have to take debit card!! we are on the 21th century!!

  • Giacomo's Ristorante

    Posted by Anonymous on 07/15/2008


    This place is awesome. It is a regular hangout for my husband and I, and we totally love the waiters. Sometimes the service could be better - for example, don't always expect to get seated at your reservation time. The food is always impeccable - the gnocchi and butternut squash ravioli are amazing dishes!

  • Giacomo's Ristorante

    Posted by A neighbor on 07/14/2008

    Food lacked flavor

    I realize veal parm and pasta perhaps aren't the most unique of dishes, but on my last trip mine was so bland I thought perhaps it was Chef Boy Ardee or something. My dining companion said her fish was good, but not excellent. Service was good. We had to lean forward and shout to be heard. I live nearby but had not been in for a while. I'd love to make it more of a regular stop, but now I'm in no hurry to return.

  • Giacomo's Ristorante

    Posted by Keith from DC on 06/18/2008


    I visited Boston this week and the Sheraton recommended this place. I walked to it in the afternoon to just find it and met the chef (Richie) while I was walking. I chatted with him for about 10 minutes - a great guy. I told him what I liked, and he told me to come in and sit at the small bar near the open kitchen and he would take care of me. And did he ever! I started with a small portion of unbelievably delicious fried calamari - perhaps the best I have ever had, with a delicious red sauce as a dip. For my main course, I had pasta with frutta di mare. It was loaded with clams, shrimp, scallops, mussels and more calamari in a HUGE portion. I had it with the Giacomo's sauce (a red lobster/cream sauce) and I asked Richie to spice it up for me. It was perfect! A huge portion, the pasta was perfectly cooked, and the fish was fresh and tasty. I'll definitely visit here again - and tell Richie that Keith from DC sent you!

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