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Giacomo's Ristorante
Giacomo's Ristorante

Giacomo's Ristorante

9.620 reviews
$$$$
Seafood, Italian, Wine Bar
Ranked #10 in Boston restaurants
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  • 6.2
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  • 5.9
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355 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-9026
http://www.giacomosblog-boston.blogspot.com/
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The service at Giacomo's is speedy and the food is moderately priced - that's two reasons why people throng to this place throughout the week. Also, the Italian food will have you drooling - the ... Read more
pastas are fresh and cooked to perfection. You can start your meal with a caprese salad and move on to the chicken parmigiana, shrimp scampi, grilled tuna or swordfish steak. This place is always crowded and no reservations are made in advance, so be there early. Also, credit cards are not accepted.

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Bedford, New Hampshire, USA

This restaurant always has a line out the door - but I finally did the wait and it was so worth it! Seafood is the specialty, but the other dishes looked amazing as well. I highly recommend the Giacomo sauce on anything! The restaurant is very small and it is cash only, but overall it was probably the best meal I've had on Hanover St.

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San Diego, California

Excellent Italian! Their house special is a seafood pasta. Yum! House sauce is excellent as well. Expect a wait in the small restaurant. No reservations, no credit cards.

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montreal

This place has some of the best seafood ive ever had. Its not very expensive and has a large selection.

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Columbus

Amazing place be there at 4:05 if you wanna be seated in the first round of tables. They only have 9-10 but it's worth the wait. Plus it's reasonably priced for a place that lines up erryday.

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Dublin, California, USA

Small place but arguably one of the most popular at North End. There is almost always a wait outside the tiny door, the interior is crowded but customers get to be up and close with the kitchen staff and see how the chefs operate. The waiters yells out your order to the kitchen, quite a sight and experience. The food is absolutely delicious and not pricey at all. Be sure to carry some cash.

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Melbourne, Florida

Giacomo's Italian Restaurant is the best Italian restaurant on the north end. The food is delicious, and you only have to watch were the lines start to form to see which restaurant the locals love the most. Giacomos always had the longest lines of any of the north end restaurants.

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Local from Boston, Massachusetts

Fabulous Italian food but remember to bring cash as they only accept the green no plastic!

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San Jose, California, USA

Butternut Squash Ravioli...mmm. And any of the specials, like the Burrata or Lobster Fra Diavolo with Homemade Fusili. It's a teeny place with teeny tables, but it's worth the wait. The line goes out the door, but moves quickly. Just go! You won't be disappointed.

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Vienna, Austria

A taste of the North End without leaving the South End just minutes outside our door.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Small, small, small. I can't emphasize it enough. This place its not good for big groups. The lines are long and even four people is pushing it. The food is fantastic here. They give big portions here and the sauces here are flavorful. Be sure to order a large of calamari to share.

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Los Angeles

Giacomo's is tiny and cozy Italian restaurant with the most ridiculous line ever. The food is great but standing outside for two hours in the winter makes the experience a little rough. Send a friend across the street to get some pastries from Mike's to pass the time and to keep yourself from starving in the cold.

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Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Seriously delicious!
Two watch-outs right off the bat. There are 36 seats in the restaurant--at least that's what it was when I counted them. There will probably be a wait.
This is a cash-only restaurant.
I had linguini with 1/2 lobster, mussels, clams 1/2 Giacomo's sauce and 1/2 Fiorno (spicier) sauce.
The platter was piled high. I was not disappointed in the amount of seafood on the plate--it was perfect. It was steaming hot. The dish was only $20.00 and my glass of unknown Cabernet Sauvignon was perfect and only $5.00. I can't tell you the last time I had a glass of wine in a restaurant for $5.00.
FYI, I went on a Sunday evening (Father's Day), got in line around 6:45 and I waited for about 45 minutes or an hour. I had a book with me so I was good and perfectly hungry by the time I was seated.

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Santa Rosa, California, USA

I visited Boston's Italian neighborhood called North End in March and entered into a food coma. By far, the best Italian food I've ever tasted.

Giacomo's was featured by Rachel Ray's show, $40 a day, which is probably why the line is out the door and the wait can be anywhere from an hour or two. Fortunately, I did my research and arrived for a late dinner (8:30) so our wait was only 10 mins.

The restaurant is small and crowded. The waitresses were so-so. And the wine list, eh, could be better. Because it was so crowded we got stuck sitting on the corner of the bar overlooking the open kitchen, which was unique and I guess added to the experience. Now don't get me wrong the food was excellent but I'd rather go two blocks down to Al Dentes, where the experience and food will go down in my books as one of the best.

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Irvine, California, USA
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Call me a glutton for punishment, but I was one of the people who was willing to wait in line, out in the cold, for an hour and a half for a taste of Giacomo's. The restaurant is very small, which is why the wait can get long. However, once inside, the amazing lobster ravioli and shrimp and scallop pasta make you forget about the long wait. The fried calamari and caprese are also worth a try. If you get too hungry, have one person stay in line while others run across the street to Mike's Pastry for some cannolis.

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Greater Los Angeles, California

Delicious

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