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107 Salem St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211342.363634 -71.055791
Neighborhoods: Central, North End
Overrated – The night did not start off well. We had an 8:30 reservation and didn't get seated until 9:30. We weren't offered complimentary drinks or apologies until I complained about the wait at a little past 9. Any quality restaurant would have tried to keep the experience as pleasant as possible by offering us drinks or seats at the bar prior to us getting upset. It was restaurant week, so it was no doubt busy. But the reservation manager did not plan appropriately for the crowd and the hostess' response to the unhappy customers was a poor display of customer service.
The bruschetta appetizer was nothing more than a slice of bread, a slice of cheese, and some tomatoes. I thought the presentation was poor and the taste mediocre. The caprese was average, but nothing I couldn't prepare at home. For dinner I ordered veal florentine, and the veal was overcooked and gnocchi was dry.
The only part of the cooking that was worth complimenting was the tiramasu, which was light and tasty.
Great restaurant – Bacco Ristorante is a unique restaurant in the North End. The atmosphere is fun and romantic. The bar serves great cocktails and the food is even better. I love the carbonara and the butternut squash ravioli. i have never been disapointed with their service or any other aspect of the restaurant, if your looking for a great north end experience, you should definetly try Bacco on Salem st.!
Best North End Scene – I had the opportunity to wine and dine at Bacco the other night and was very impressed! The open windows and beautiful flowers present a very inviting look as you walk up to the restaurant. I saw a busy bar as soon as I entered but was happy to see the bartender clear off two seats as my date and I walked in. TJ was happy to recommend a nice glass of red wine to my date and for me a delicious Mai Tai made from 8yr old rums! We intended to sit at a table for dinner, but found the bar to be very comfortable. For dinner I had the Gnocchi and was happy I did. The dish had a hearty bolognese sauce and fresh mozzerella tossed on top. My date loved the Butternut squash ravioli made with a butter cream sauce! I will definitely return to visit the Bacco bar scene soon!!
Burnt Orange Martini rock! – Went to Bacco on my friends recommendation after work. Started off at the bar with some Martinis and $5 appertizers special( from only 5-7pm). The bartenders were super friendly, TJ made us a burnt orange martini and a ginger Mojito. which was out of theis world. We also had some calamari and antipasto. Both were delish. Love the ambiance and the service. Checked out the dining room and got lots of windows seats, can't wait to try out dinners there.
Great Food – I had the opportunity to eat at this restaurant with my family and loved it. I will absolutely dine there again and will tell others to eat there as well.
High price for low value service and food – As someone new to Boston, I was hoping my first experience in the North End would be a good one. Bacco did NOT provide that. We were told by the hostess that the wait would be 35 minutes. An hour and a half later, after asking twice and being told "Only a few more minutes" we were finally seated upstairs. The tables are crammed together, which really wouldn't have bothered me if people, especially the waiters and waitresses, wouldn't have kept hitting my chair and knocking my purse off evertime they walked by.
After the waiter gave us our drinks, it took him 20 minutes to come over and take our food order. Maybe I should have ordered a specialty platter, but I thought I'd stick to the traditional chicken parmigiana. Big portion, subpar taste. I'm not the best cook, but I have made a better chicken parm than that! And for the pasta....it tasted like it had been frozen, thawed, and reheated. The next day, when I was eating the leftovers, my rooomate tried it and asked if I had opened a can of spaghetti. No joke.
On the plus side, my friend seemed to like the squash ravioli, no matter how small the portion...
Beware – Mediocre at best. Calamari was rubbery, tough, and cold. Tasted as though it had been microwaved. Entrees were bland and unmemorable. Anyone with modicum of good taste for food will not enjoy Bacco.
Best Italian Food in Boston – I had a chance to go in there two weekends ago. As I was walking up I noticed its by far the best looking restaurant on Salem St. I ate at the bar and had jumbo shrimp scampi. WOW. The sauce was amazing and it was filling. It wasn't too little of a plate and not too large, it was just right.
My girlfriend told me to try the apple martini and the chocolate martini. Im not much a martini drinker but those were the best Ive ever had. I also like the big open air windows to the restaurant. It was a nice day out and brought a nice breeze in the restaurant. The bartenders were exceptional and always attentive.
If you want good Italian food, especially in a quieter part of town this is the place. Ive eaten at plenty of Italian restaurants and this one is right up there.
Taste like keylime pie – North end has so many restaurants, took me a year to try out all the place. So far my fav is Bacco, great bar with nice open windows. Very romantic for a date. i requested a window table, overlooking quincy market.
The place is a bit crowded but the food is exceptional. the risotto di giorno is the best dish. Lumps of lobster meat , shrimp and scallops. feel like being in Roma... I highly recommanded.
I would suggest book a table ahead of time. I noticed with the reservation in the north end, they still make you wait. Thank god they had a Bar with my favorite drink, keylime martini.
best service and delicious meal – I went there for Restaurant week on friday night, the place was very busy... I got the veal florentine with pumpkin gnocchi, the dish out of this world. I was impressed with the good food and the service consider they were packed. My family had the butternut squash and seafood scampi. Will definetly go back and revisted my favorite place now in the North end.
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