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Boston’s beloved star chef Dante de Magistris presents a fresh Italian cuisine at his eponymous hot spot.

Enjoy food that’s playful yet familiar in a comfortable space that evokes the serenity of the Mediterranean, featuring magnificent views of the Charles River and Boston’s skyline.

Serving dinner daily, dante has a little something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to sample the chef’s latest creation or one of his classic fresh pastas, you’re sure to discover an experience you won’t soon forget.
Boasting distinctive house-infused cocktails, an extensive Italian based wine list, local beer selection and seasonal patio dining, dante is the perfect spot to refresh your mind, restore your spirit, and reinvigorate your taste buds.

Restaurant dante specializes in private events for any occasion, visit our private events page for more information.

Chef Dante

Dante de Magistris is the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of the eponymous, Restaurant dante in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as il Casale in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Raised in an Italian-American home in the Boston suburb of Belmont, Dante de Magistris always loved to cook. At the age of four, the Belmont Fire Department responded to the de Magistris home to put out a kitchen blaze created when the budding chef attempted to prepare stovetop eggs in Tupperware. His talent and technique evolved with age and by the age of 18 Dante was prepared to take his career to the next level.

Dante’s culinary journey is packed with unique and impressive experiences, including a sojourn in Italy, where he not only honed his own skills but touched the lives of those he met along the way. After culinary stints in Bologna and Florence, the young chef made his way to the Amalfi Coast, where he debuted as sous-chef at Ristorante Don Alfonso. What happened next is the stuff of legends. The chefs left Dante in charge while they traveled to France. While they were away, Michelin came to visit. The young “understudy” helped the restaurant win its third star in their absence, and won rave reviews of his own.

Returning to Boston with no shortage of praise and respect from his colleagues, Dante found himself working alongside some of Boston’s finest chefs, including: Michael Schlow at Café Louis, Eric Brennan at The Federalist, Lydia Shire, Susan Regis, and Daniele Baliani at Pignoli. However, it was at Micheala Larson’s blu in The Sports Club/LA, located in Boston’s Ladder District, that Dante mastered the art of sophisticated simplicity, turning blu into a major destination for discerning diners.

In 2006, Dante, along with his brothers Filippo and Damian, opened Restaurant dante in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to critical acclaim from Food & Wine and O Magazine, as well as being named one of Bon Appetit Magazine’s “Hot 10 Restaurants” of 2006, Boston Globe Magazine’s “Best of the New” for 2007 and winning Boston Magazine’s coveted “Best of Boston” award for Best Italian Restaurant in 2008. At Restaurant dante, de Magistris has flawlessly established his culinary paradiso as one of the premier dining destinations in Boston.

Located in the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Restaurant dante takes a fresh, modern approach to traditional Italian cuisine with Chef de Magistris’ unique use of ingredients, innovative techniques and invigorating twists on Italian classic. A true family affair, Dante works with his brothers at his side every day. Brother Damian manages the front of the house at il Casale, while Filippo manages Restaurant dante.

In April 2009, Dante and his brothers joined forces again, combining their expertise in food, wine and stellar service, to open il Casale in their hometown of Belmont. In a stroke of poetic justice; the rustic cucina Italiana is located in the old fire house which once housed the department that had responded to the blaze in his family’s home when Dante was a child.

il Casale’s talented team has perfected century-old de Magistris family recipes and created a menu that is equal parts traditional Italian comfort food and exclusive family classics. Separated into Sfizi (small tastes), Primi (appetizers), Secondi (entrees), Contorni (sides) and Dolce (dessert), il Casale’s menu is designed to create a culinary experience reminiscent of the way the brothers were taught to dine by their Grandmother.

Dante’s following as well as the extraordinary success of the de Magistris brothers premiere establishment, made il Casale amongst the most anticipated openings of the year. In the few short months that it has been open, il Casale has earned the attention and praise of national and local culinary critics, including being named in Esquire Magazine list of “15 Places Not to Miss”, and earning an almost unheard-of three and a half out of four stars from the Boston Globe’s Devra First, an A- from the Boston Herald’s Mat Schaffer, and two Best of Boston awards from Boston Magazine.

Press

12.4.11 Boston Globe Magazine (1) A Home for the Holidays
See how the de Magistris Family celebrates the holidays in their Vermont home.

– Boston Globe, December 2011
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Included in the Best 50 Restaurants of 2011

“The Royal Sonesta hotel, a stone’s throw from the Cambridgeside Galleria, isn’t everyone’s idea of a posh spot. But ignore the glowing P.F. Chang’s across the way. Once you pass the glass entry into Dante, you’re in another world – one where gnocchi are fluffy, never leaden, and flirt with roasted peaches. A world where Brussels sprouts with pancetta are good enough to build a meal around. When you finish dinner, you won’t want to return to that neon-lit madness outside. But leave you must. Otherwise, how can you come back?”
– Boston Magazine, November 2011
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Best of Boston 2011 Award Winner for Best Upscale Italian from Boston Magazine

“Okay, so the guy went and named a restaurant after himself. Clearly, chef Dante de Magistris is focusing his subtlety elsewhere—on, for example, his nuanced dishes. In actuality, each is served with a side of humility; he and his brother Filippo are in the house most nights, seeing to it that the eatery is far less about fanfare than about making regulars out of newcomers. The offerings range from humble (arancini with truffle honey) to homey (handmade gnocchi with pancetta, almonds, and pecorino), and by virtue of the high-quality ingredients (bavette steak with truffled cauliflower), ultimately soar.”
– Boston Magazine, July 2011
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Winner of Improper Bostonian’s Best Outdoor Dining
“You come here for the sfizi, particularly the cotechino sausage, which picks up hints of smoke as it cooks under a pile of almost-spent ashes. And you wouldn’t miss Dante’s mafalde done up sweet, sour and just a little bitter with raisins, capers, pine nuts and charred octopus. But the obvious draw to this upscale modern Italian restaurant? It’s one of the few riverside dining venues in the city—and on a sunny day, when that dirty water sparkles bright, it’s stunning.”
– Improper Bostonian, July 2011
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“Don’t be misled by the hotel setting: Dante deMagistris is no banquet chef. Since opening his eponymous restaurant at the Royal Sonesta two years ago, deMagistris has found his voice (part Italian homeboy, part fancypants chef)… Formal European training gave him discipline and technique, which means the pasta and fish are perfectly cooked and every sauce is fresh. Oh, and the view, across the Charles to downtown Boston, is priceless.”
– Boston Magazine, Best of Boston Award, August 2008


“If sherberty sunsets melting into the Charles aren’t your thing, you’ll want to give dante’s festooned riverside porch a miss. Or simply roll with it: By the time you’ve inhaled a plated of spaghetti with crab, guanciale, and crunchy lemon crumbs and two or three liquor-infused Italian ices, all that pesky picture-perfection will seem blurry, anyway.”
– Boston Magazine, July 2008


“When Dante de Magistris moved from Blu to his eponymous dante in Cambridge last year, he took just one dish with him: a dreamy “lobster PLT.”
– Boston Herald, August 2007
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“Dante’s “Perfect Little Burger” lives up to it’s name. Some say it’s the chipotle aioli, others the bun. It could be the all-natural lean beef, but the best guess is that it’s the combo that makes more than the average burger. And grilled under the stars, overlooking the river as Boston twinkles behind, it tastes even better.”
– Boston Globe, June 2007
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“At dante, located in Cambridge Royal Sonesta Hotel overlooking the Charles River, dishes on the seasonally changing menu range from inspired sustenance to pure inspiration.”
– Boston Globe Magazine, “Best of the New,” January 2007


“I wouldn’t be surprised if the Michelin people head straight for dante, should they ever decide to publish a guide to Boston. Original homegrown talent eager to make a national mark – and up to the challenge – is rare, so of course they would find their way to the new restaurant at the Royal Sonesta hotel in Cambridge.”
– Corby Kummer of Boston Magazine, August 2006


“DeMagistris has a deft touch with pastas and the wine list has a bottle for all palates and pocketbooks.”
– Matt Schaffer of the Boston Herald, July 2006


“At Dante restaurant, the views are ethereal but chef Dante de Magistris’s cooking is down-to earth delicious. Tucked inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, the restaurant offers unparalleled views of the Charles River and Boston’s skyline, especially from the 200-seat patio.”
– Bon Appetit, June 2006