Boston >Food & Dining > Davide Ristorante
326 Commercial St, Boston, MA | Directions 0210942.365406 -71.051288
5pm-10 pm 7 days a week
Neighborhoods: Central, North End
The best in the North End – The dinner at Davide was outstanding. Prompt seating, excellent service and outstanding food. The wine list was excellent and diverse. Serving my 16 guests for dinner was prompt.
Fine dining? Please! Save your time and money! – Where do I begin?? Upon arrival, we had to wait 10 minutes before anyone acknowledged our party. Then we were told to go next door to have a drink as we arrived 20 min. before our reservation. Funny because the place wasn't half full. Our table service was horrendous-we were told our appetizer and meal order had to go in at the same time and we couldn't get bread at the table until our order was placed. The food was ok-not great as the price and ratings suggested. Our waiter didn't have time to wait on us, he was more interested in impressing the table next to us filled with 21 year olds. It took 20 minutes once we got our check to waive anyone over to take our bill-thank goodness the busboy was on the job! Oh yeah, and check your car before you leave if you have valeted it-our brand new car was side swiped and the marks were obviously tried to be wiped off-they denied it of course.
Where NOT to go – We went to Davide for dinner based on its high ratings and great reviews, but the experience was beyond disappointing. It all started with the cold bread we were served(at first I thought it was probably because of the unusually cold weather) but that was just the beginning to many more disappointments to come. Our appetitzers(soup of the day and salads) were bland and unexciting. The lobster ravioli was so far off I wasn't sure what was stuffed inside the thick 4 pieces of dough. The stuffing was an orange looking whipped cream that had a seafood taste which could be lobster, or not. I've had lobster ravioli many times to know that it was plain rip off at $24 an order. To sum it all up, everything from the presentation to the tastes of the food was nothing to write home about.
This subterranean restaurant's uncomplicated Italian cuisine has attracted a loyal clientele for over two decades. – The Scene
Davide's nondescript location--on the edge of the North End, across the street from a quiet stretch of waterfront--doesn't prepare diners for its charming, Old World interior. Those looking to carry on an intimate rendezvous should ask to be seated in one of the high-backed banquettes. The restaurant's wine cellar, with its extensive selection of domestic and imported wines and champagnes, has won national acclaim. A reserved, professional waitstaff keeps in line with the environment.
Chef/Proprietor Franco Caritano's kitchen dishes up a straightforward menu of handmade pastas, fresh seafood, and classic meat dishes (the house specialty veal scaloppini is sure to satisfy). Consider starting with an order of simple ricotta cavatelli or a flavorful Caesar salad (prepared tableside) before moving onto a hearty veal chop that's stuffed with prosciutto and fontina. Only dessert disappoints, as a bland slice of cheesecake is about as good as it gets among the menu's limited options.
Fine dining at its best! Excellent service and food! – I spent an unbelievable night there with my girlfriend and would suggest no better place to wine and dine a special someone. The beautiful dining room with high banquets can't be matched anywhere in the north end or even boston for that matter. Very intimate and friendly the service was unbelievable. The table side Caesar salad for two is AMAZING, they make it right there from scratch! does anyone even do that anymore? The wine list was exceptional. And the waiter was very knowledgable and you could tell he wanted us to have a great evening and wasn't trying to upsell or rush us. A MUST SEE to know how real fine dining is!
FLORENCE,ITALY BROUGHT TO BOSTON – MY WIFE AND I WENT TO DAVIDE'S ON A RECOMENDATION FROM A FRIEND AND WE WERE SO GLAD WE DID! IT'S HIDDEN AWAY IN A DOWNSTAIRS LOCATION BUT THE DINING ROOMS ARE BEAUTIFUL AND ELEGANT ESPECIALLY THE HIGH BACK BANQUET BOOTHS WHICH ARE PRIVATE AND EXTREMELY ROMANTIC.THE ONLY WAY TO DESCRIBE DAVIDE IS THAT IT'S THE CLOSEST THING TO BEING IN ITALY FROM THE CUSINE WHICH WAS EXTRAORDINARY TO THE WAITSTAFF WHICH WERE EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL AND SPOKE ITALIAN TO EACH OTHER WHICH MADE US FEEL LIKE WE WERE IN FLORENCE NOT BOSTON.(NICE TOUCH).WE INQUIRED ABOUT THE HISTORY BEHIND THE RESTAURANT AND OUR WAITER TOLD US IT WAS OWNED BY TWO BROTHERS AND WE HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING ANTHONY ONE OF THE BROTHERS WHO MADE US FEEL LIKE WE WERE A GUEST AT HIS HOME NOT AT JUST ANOTHER ITALIAN RESTAURANT.DAVIDE HAS IT ALL,ATMOSHERE,EXCEPTIONAL FOOD,AWARD WINNING WINE LIST,AND A PERSONAL TOUCH!!! DAVIDE IS A HIDDEN GEM THAT MY WIFE AND I ARE SO HAPPY TO HAVE DISCOVERED.WE'VE BEEN TO MANY NORTHEND RESTAURANTS AND THIS IS IN A CLASS BY ITSELF.I CAN GO ON AND ON ABOUT DAVIDE RESTAURANT BUT I'LL LEAVE WITH THIS.DAVIDE (A MUST TRY IF YOUR IN BOSTON)
IS THIS A TOP RATED RESTAURANT?? – I recently visited Boston for the weekend and I was looking for a nice Italian restaurant. According to the hotel list of local Italian restaurants, this looked like a great place to eat but looks can be deceiving. First off, the place looked like a dungeon. It was located in the cellar below the ground. Also, when you have to ask for bread, thats not a good sign. The menu was overpriced for mediocore, if not horrible food! As for drinks, I ordered just a soda, which by the way was so watered down, I couldn't tell the difference between tap water and my soda. How can anyone outside of Boston enjoy this place? I guess I have high standards since I come from New York City where we're known for "good" Italian food. I highly "DON'T" recommend this place if you plan on visiting Boston.
Valentines Bliss – My Girlfriend and I enjoyed Valentines dinner at Davide. I had gone years ago with my grandparents and remembered it from my childhood. I was blown away by the attentive service, the great food and an amazing romantic atmosphere. Dinner in Boston doesnt get much better than this, and I should know- I work at the finest steakhouse in boston!
The best restaurant in the East coast – I took my wife to Davide for the first time for her birthday and wow... was I surprised. Davide was from from another league. I was completely blown away by the level of professionalism but yet down to earth attitude of the wait staff. The wine was recommended to us by our server. The wine was moderately priced but yet delicious and flavorful. The table side caesar salad was by far the best caesar salad me and my wife had.
The rest of the meal was to die for. Every course was what my wife refers to as heavenly and sensual. Definitely try the eggplant apt. and the rack of lamb.
Davide is my favorite restaurant in the east coast. Just when I was giving up on restaurants Davide has introduced cuisine that I never thought I will find.
Thank you Davide restaurant. I am recommending it everywhere I go.
WORST SERVICE EVER – i decided to take my boyfriend out on his birthday for an authentic, romantic italian dinner. after reading the reviews of what people said of the service, the food, and the ambience i decided to book reservations. directions to the place were wrong, we called and they couldn't give us directions, it wasn't crowded at all like the reviews said, and the service was horrendous! they were rude, didn't come enough to the table, our caesar salad was not prepared tableside, and the food was mediocre at best. for the price (and the outrageous valet parking--there really are no parking spots), food, and service i reccomend going somewhere else in the north end. don't waste your $$ here.
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