Tresca

4.7
1962 reviews
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Tresca is an authentic Boston North End Italian restaurant featuring hearty multi-regional cuisine with an exceptional wine cave, offering a large selection of the finest vintages. The warm and cozy atmosphere features a fireplace lit dining room both in the lower level and the beautiful Tuscan style upstairs seating overlooking famous Hanover St. in the heart of the North End, only a short walk from the TD Garden. Bruins Hall of Fame Legend Ray Bourque co-owns Tresca with partners including Chef Richard Ansara. The service is exceptional and the menu remarkable, a delicious dining experience inviting patrons to make return visits.
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CG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously, this place is amazing. Quiet, no line (can't figure out why), great service and great food. Bolognese nachos (ask for extra ricotta, it's delicious) are original and tasty. Great eggplant parm and awesome carbonara. The bread and oil? Also wonderful. We just went this weekend and I'm already planning my next trip.

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RI
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and everyone couldn’t have been more attentive. This was our second time dining at Tresca and the food was fabulous, as usual. I have a gluten allergy and our waiter, same one we had on our first visit, was so helpful in making sure my food was prepared safely. The only thing that would have topped the night is if we got to meet the man himself, Ray Bourque!!

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j
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional food and service, their calamari is over the top!

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DR
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came tonight to celebrate my aunts last day of cancer treatments and was not disappointed. She loved every bite. I havent seen her so happy about food since she got diagnosed and we ate like Queens to celebrate. It was quiet and the chef came over to make sure we liked our foods. Lobster mushrooms, bolognese, pork chop, everything was delicious. She cant wait to come back for another dinner.

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C
New England
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Tresca is amazing! And one that about them that is really unique is that the Chef, Rich, goes around to many tables to chat with the patrons and ask them if they'd like anything that isn't on the menu. He went over to the table near us and there was a woman who wanted vegetables with her pasta and he said, "Sure...what kind of veggies?" and she responded, "Anything!" and he said, "Ok, I'll put in all the kinds we have!"
Talk about service!!!!
Tresca is our go-to spot in the North End. We brought friends there for the first time and they loved it! We are all going back!

Tresca
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for the great review Carol. We are glad that you and your friends enjoyed your experience and you got to see first hand how Chef Rich accommodates our guests requests. Please come back again soon!

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DH
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been to Tresca a number of times and it is a solid place for food and service

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Asked to be seated on 2nd floor on reservation & didn’t get that. Food was excellent as always but took longer than expected. My first dining experience with Tresca was superb, but this second time was just okay.

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R
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!!! Delicious dinner, fabulous atmosphere and service!!

Tresca
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you! Always good to hear.

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KF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I came in for a college visit from LA. I had read about the vegan ravioli and wanted to try it- we were not disappointed! Everything we had was amazing and the service was phenomenal.

Tresca
Responded 6 days ago

Glad you enjoyed your visit to Tresca. Thanks for the nice review.

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WS
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved it!
It was a lovely way to celebrate Our 33rd Wedding Anniversary. The Food outstanding, our table #33 was perfect and the staff warm & welcoming.

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DY
New England
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Service wasn’t great, we weren’t told specials or offering parm cheese like we saw other tables being told or offered. They tried to rush us out.

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MM
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding dining experience at Tresca North End. From the moment we were seated and welcomed back to our table by the window we felt all tension from the week melt away. I am so impressed with how Chef Rich remembers what his guests love and had our appetizer of lobster stuffed mushrooms waiting for us and served them himself - piping hot! The wait staff is impeccable and while it doesn't seem possible that the food could get any better, it does with every time we dine there!

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DR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love Tresca. I've been here maybe 5 times now and the food is always mouth watering. Coming on a game night is going to be noisy but watching Ray Bourque go from table to table and have conversations with everyone is awesome. The chef makes his rounds too which is something I've never seen before. They make sure it's a personal experience for everyone. Table 77 is a must bucketlist experience. Definitely recommend making reservations for dinner. I drive an hour each way to have dinner here. Staff is super friendly and attentive as well. Lot of poor reviews are from a different owners and different head chef. I recommend Tresca for any occasion! Sister dinner, romantic date, dinner with friends, or to watch a Bruins game. I literally say enough about it. Just go there and eat!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, also wonderful location!

Tresca
Responded on June 14, 2019

Thank you for your comments and business!

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LC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was my husband’s birthday and we got together with our grown children in the North End. The service was wonderful and our server was very at attentive and pleasant. The birthday dessert was a nice touch! We will be back again.

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HP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tresca is a MUST if you are in Boston, the food is out of this world. Service was prompt, Richard the chef and owner came to our table and suggested the stuffed meatballs. To die for, is all I can say. Better than the food in Italy!
I’ll be back again when in Boston.

Tresca
Responded on June 14, 2019

Thanks Heather for the kind words and review. Our meatballs are very popular and we plan to sell them soon at retail! We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to Boston.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don’t normally get a filet in the north end, but saw one on the way to another table. It didn’t disappoint. Atmosphere wise, there’s a little more breathing room than other restaurants in the neighborhood. Will visit again.

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RV
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extensive menu, excellent service, good-sized portion, high quality food, excellent martinis.

Tresca
Responded on June 14, 2019

Thank you for the very nice review!

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GB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time great food, great atmosphere. Perfect evening the host and waiter were great

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were so good! I suggest the margherita pizza, probably the best I’ve had.

Tresca
Responded on June 3, 2019

Thanks!

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j
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We went to Tresca to celebrate a special occasion. The food was mediocre at best. (The panzanella salad was just awful). The service was fine. I don’t think we’ll be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food!

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AP
New England
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, beautiful atmosphere and accommodating staff! Definitely one of the best the north end has to offer

Tresca
Responded on June 1, 2019

Thanks so much for your kind review and we're glad you enjoyed your trip to Tresca. We hope to see you again soon!

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m
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding food and service, everything was delicious, service outstanding and even got to chat with Mr Bourque, we go there frequently and gets better every time

Tresca
Responded on May 29, 2019

Thanks for the nice review and glad you had a chance to speak with Ray. We hope you come back again soon!

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R
New England
26 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ray Bourque was at every table spending a few minutes before a Bruins game. Service was excellent and food was superb.

Tresca
Responded on June 1, 2019

Thank you for your nice comments and glad you got to meet Ray. He is usually in before all Bruins home games. Hope to see you again soon!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful!

Tresca
Responded on May 29, 2019

Great, thanks for coming in!

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PB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was perfect. Service was excellent. We even got to meet Ray Bourque!

Tresca
Responded on May 29, 2019

Glad you enjoyed Tresca and meeting Ray!

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GA
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time, we are a regular to many of the fine Italian restaurants in the North End section of Boston. It was a warm night, the overhead door was open near our table to Hanover street conveying the feeling that this would be a very rewarding evening. The service, the food, the ambience and the feel of the restaurant lead to a dining experience that will be difficult to repeat...but we'll definitely go back. Near the end of our meal, we met Richard Ansara, executive chef and part owner. He stopped by our table and inquired about our dining experience, we had an engaging conversation about our visit, a very nice touch. For a superb Italian dining experience, this restaurant would be highly recommended.

Tresca
Responded on May 29, 2019

Thank you for the very informative review and nice comments about Tresca. Chef Rich makes it a point to visit with tables to get feedback and make recommendations. Hope to see you again soon!

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PL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great experience at Tresca. We were able to sit upstairs and the doors were open so that added to the ambience. The food was above average but not the best we’ve had in the North End. The Italian nachos were different and yummy. The kids had gelato with their meals and they loved it.

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TG
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. Excellent service. Relaxed atmosphere. Beautiful place.

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SL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing veal chop!!!

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AL
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed dinner at Tresca. Scallops were excellent as was the risotto that came with them. Nice wine list and was invited to sample before making final selection. A bit noisy by the bar. Would like to go back to check out the upstairs.

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RD
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was ok. Service was a bit slow and it wasn't that crowded as we arrived pretty late. Noise level is high. Had to ask for bread when others got it automatically. The wine was unremarkable for the price. Not the worst experience I have had, but also not the best. Plenty of other options in the North End to try before coming back here

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I
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous night at Tresca! We thoroughly enjoyed the food and the fact that we could all hear each other. The noise level was great for conversation. Our server, Philip, was fantastic and did a great job with our table of 8! Can't wait to go back.

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ER
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food & service were incomparable! We enjoyed it very much.

Tresca
Responded on May 15, 2019

Thanks for the great review and kind comments. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good service, pleasant food although portions were somewhat small, good wine selection, chairs were uncomfortable and seating for older or physically limited customers is difficult being that the main dining room is on the second floor. Overall good experience and worth a visit.

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The chef was awesome!

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G
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was lovely. Chef Rich is absolutely wonderful his interaction with the customers is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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RF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I love the food but the seating arrangements was to close for my liking but they were all very nice waiters that helped us.

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ST
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tresca has become our “go to” restaurant when in Boston. Food, service, value...it has it all. Great drink menu and the bone-in veal chop is outstanding. Never disappoints.

Tresca
Responded on May 13, 2019

Thanks for your review and kind comments. The bone-in Veal chop is one of our most popular items!

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