40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA | Directions 0214242.366887 -71.075206
Monday-Thursday, 5:30-10:00 PM
Friday-Saturday, 5:30-11:00 PM
Sunday, 5:00-9:00 PM
2:30 PM - close (Monday-Sunday)
Neighborhoods: East Cambridge
Delicious food and excellent service – When my family wanted to try one of the area's new restaurants, we decided on dante after enjoying the chef's work at blu. We had a great experience and want to highly recommend it. We were seated on the patio on a warm Saturday night, and it was lovely to be near the river; we could even hear bits of music from a concert at the Hatch Shell. Our waiter could not have been nicer or more knowledgable, really enhancing the evening's experience. All of the food was delicious, from the chewy bread and crispy crackers, to the appetizers that we shared--an onion tart and to-die-for gnocchi. I may have a full order as an entree next time! I had the crespelle, which is phyllo wrapped around vegetables. I had tastes of the juicy chicken that came with a stuffed pepper, and the scallops. All were very flavorful with lovely side dishes. From the beginning of the evening I had announced that I would be having dessert! and I ordered the most delicious, creamy lemon encased in something coconut. My sister ordered fried dough with four dipping sauces, and that was equally yummy. We are from outside the Boston area and found it very easy to drive to the Sonesta, with parking right next to the restaurant. The restaurant stamped our parking receipt and the cost of parking ended up being inexpensive for a night out. Do try dante and order some gnocchi with your dinner!
great at first sight, but falls apart upon close look – The food there is trying to be high-concept, which is great. But when you do high-concept, low-quantity food, the trick is really in the quality details. But my recent visit disappointed on that front. The lobster claw in a pseudo-bouillabaisse base is an expensive appertiser but the bouillabaise base is bland as a canned soup from Campbell's. Similar thing can be said for the main dish I had. As for the view, the patio is right by the river but I circled around and found that most seats would not have a view of the Longfellow Bridge and the Boston skyline due to the trees planted by the river. The service is a bit slow and careless, but since it was Sat evening, I give them a break on that. In all, I think it is a nice place but not as hailed by some of the enthusiastic reviews.
Gorgeous river view – Since opening, dante has added to its inside restaurant and bar by opening its patio on the river, complete with an outside bar. You won't find a more beautiful view of the Charles or a better place to spend a summer evening. Try some light appetizers (or stay for dinner), browse their menu of half modern, half classic cocktails, or ask to see their extensive wine list. You won't be disappointed!
Also, although the site doesn't say it, you can smoke on the patio and at the outside bar -- both of which are open until 2 AM.
A clear passion for great food – For Mother's Day, I made reservations to bring my mother, who loves to eat out, somewhere new. We had to cancel due to weather on the actual date, so when we finally made it to dante a week later, we were shocked to find the hostess remembered our party and seated us in our requested booth with a gorgeous view of the river.
Our server was friendly and really accommodating, especially of me as a vegetarian. He seemed eager to answer our questions about the menu and went out of his way to help me order. Although dante is listed as Italian food, you won't find any eggplant parmesan or pasta with red sauce - their menu spans a range from elegant seafood and vegetable dishes to the downright unusual and playful, like a grilled baby cuttlefish, a "mini lobster clambake", and the micro greens and baby asparagus we saw garnishing appetizers on tables across the restaurant.
On our server's recommendation, we shared three small plates to start: the cremini & zucchini salad, the onion tart tatin, and a few oysters, which we were told they ship in fresh every day. We only wished we'd ordered more while we waited for the next course. For entrees, I had the potato gnocchi (ordinarily an appetizer topped with pancetta), my mother had the scallops with truffled tapioca, and my sister had the mustard-glazed salmon. Even though we'd ordered these individually, we couldn't stop sharing them as well.
We were full when we finished, but we tried the coconut lemoncream from the dessert menu -- and the pastry chef himself came out as we finished to ask what we'd thought of his latest dessert! My mother couldn't have been more thrilled. The care and passion of the chefs here is obvious, and it showed in the food - some of the best we've ever eaten. We had a great time, and we'll definitely be back.
a fun time for all, including my boyfriend !!!!! (he had a little too much fun actually....) – I haven't been compelled to write any reviews lately but this must be heard. My boyfriend can be really REALLY picky and particular about.... everything. So I rarely take him out to dinner. However, when we made it to dante, something changed. I made reservations in advance and requested the patio, luckily we got sat right away with a beautiful view of the river. Then it happened.... We were greeted by a big smile from a friendly server. It was almost shocking how happy the server was to be there. She had a big smile and it looked like she was having fun. And she wasn't a ditz.... When my boyfriend tried to quiz her on the wines (his way of showing off) she easily rattled off some interesting info on some cool wines. My boyfriend was finally impressed and even more impressed by the wine. The food was well, gorgeous and tasty, I can't wait to try some more. And best of all, it's the type of food that doesn't make you feel bloated and stuffed, even after dessert. It's healthy food and yet it's so satisfying. Since my boyfriend is so health conscious these days and still insists on being a lush, he was in heaven. I couldn't believe how at ease he was. I was really impressed that a restaurant can have such an effect. We spent a good three hours staring out on the water, talking, laughing, nursing a bottle of refreshing sauvignon blanc. On our way out we enjoyed a few cocktails in the lounge snuggled on cozy couch. The music was HOT! Everyone was feeling it. I will never forget that night, and, you know, I think we're heading back. However they did it, dante has some great atmosphere, happy people, and serious food. Mmmmmmmmmm.....
worth the wait – My wife and I went to Dante by suggestion of a friend who lives in the area and has made the bar at dante her new hang out with her neighbors and friends. We made the mistake of going in on a Friday night at around 7:30 and the place was packed and full of energy we had a 1/2 hour wait( i know who goes to a new restaurant on a Fri night and expect to be seated right away,). The nice thing was that there were two seats at the bar in front of a nice flat screen TV showing the red sox game. When the bartender greeted us with the full dinner menu and the cocktail menu we were in heaven. He assured us that we could get the full menu at the bar so we decided to stay put and dine at the bar. This is something my wife and I don't do that offen but the bar staff was very inviting and friendly so we decided to give it a try. The bartender suggested an apertivi made with pims and cucumber and my wife had some thing called a freak cocktail a weird combination of tropical flavors with blue cheese olives, the combination worked. Both bartenders ( girl and a guy) gave my wife and I suggestions for both the play box area( small tasting portions) and the entree side of the menu. We decided to start with a few tasting items and for an entree we split the chicken under the bar top. The cuttle fish and the lobster clam bake were both excellent but if we had to choose just one the clam bake wins. Next came the entree and the bartender was right on with his suggestion this is the best chicken dish ever. Tender, juicy and the stuffed pepper with the chicken breast and cheese blend was out of this world. Durring our entree we had a few more drinks my wife had a glass of white wine A sauv black from S. Africa and I had a champange mojito this drink was the bomb and very generous on the rum and champange. After the entree we were stuffed and couldn't eat another crumb. Eventhough we never made it past the bar my wife and and have become fans of restaurant Dante. Great food and staff...
great bar,great food and good people – All I have to say is if you love great food, great drinks, and more than attentive service you need to check dante out.
best food for "foodies", best patio... – i highly recommend dante for anyone that truely loves food. we arrived in the middle of a busy thursday night and were seated (with a small wait) on a gorgeous patio that we didn't even know they had. our waiter came to us promptly and was exceptionally friendly and then surprisingly knowledgeable when we grilled him on the food and our options for ordering. the chef is into tasting size portions to start and then has a selection interesting entrees with a blend of traditional meets modern. we opted out of the tasting menu that our neighboring table was doing and started with a mini lobster clambake and a spagetti ala guittara. the portions were perfect and Dante respected the classic guittara adding his special touch like the crab and guanciale which i had never seen before (cut of pork). we were not too full to split a salad for a mid course before our main course. the salad was simple with young arugula and the most divine parmigiano reggiano chease. we only ordered one salad and it came out split for us which was a nice touch by the waiter. for the main course i took the waiters recommendation and ordered the chips on fish (we were drinking white wine) and my wife who is not such a foodie ordered the "crazy good steak frites" which is like a french country comfort food dish. both dishes were excellant with my favorite being the frites on my wife's dish and hers being everything about the chips on fish that i had ordered. her steak was slighly less cooked than we had ordered but its good to live a little and the cut was gorgeous. the dessert menu was particularly interesting and it was hard to choose. we settled upon the strawberry rhubarb cobbler and the ginger soda which was the waiters recommendation. the cobbler was delicous, very americana and took us back to our childhood. the unusual pink pepper corn ice cream magnified the intensity of the strawberry flavors. the ginger soda was also delicous and did not disapoint. the ginger with the caramel mouse had the perfect carribean flavor profile to finish the meal. over all food was incredible. we need to return to eat the rest of the menu. our waiter was great and was up to the challenge of us grilling him on the food and we will return definitely for the tasting menu next time...bon apetit...
God Awful – What a disappointment! Very expensive for the quality and service. I felt like a nuisance when I asked for a second olive stuffed with blue cheese with my $18 martini only to find out that the bartender was too lazy to go get me one. And when my wife ordered a second tropical martini and it tasted different than the first, the same bartender replied "we ran out of the tropical juice and I was hoping she wouldn't notice." Dinner took over 3-hours and was definitely not worth the wait. Over $500 for four people. Shame on me for recommending something new.
All-Around WONDERFUL Experience! – This place is my new favorite restaurant and bar in Boston. The atmosphere is amazing: huge windows overlooking the Charles River, comfortable chairs and a lounge area, and a definitely relaxed attitude. The Patio out back is the best I've seen in Boston. It's literally steps from the River, has a full bar, and has plenty of tables, chairs and umbrellas. Can't wait for our Boston weather to improve. The menu is unique, fun and tasteful. Chef Dante deMagistris is brilliant in his combination of complimentary tastes in a delicious and novel way. The wine list is extensive and has a variety of excellent wines over a wide range of prices. The service is honest, diligent, and helpful, with a down to earth attitude. I love this place and want to eat every meal there (dante serves delicious breakfast, lunch & dinner, 7 days a week)!
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