MIDA

4.7
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1018 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
MIDA is a South End neighborhood restaurant, inspired by the simplicity of classic Italian dishes . Our menu focuses on many regions of traditional Italian food and culture, using fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Reservations are accepted nightly starting at 5:00 PM, with a portion of our dining room held for walk-ins. For parties larger than four guests or if you do not see your reservation time listed, please contact the restaurant directly for assistance.

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 5:15PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:00PM

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CR
New England
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent service from the host to our waiter, everyone was super pleasant. The food was very tasty, unfortunately we didn't think their desserts were very good. The ambiance was great, very lively and fun.

DA
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Current events w/COVID-19 near peak the restaurant definitely did a 4 of 5 stars. Venue was packed from bar to dinner tables with good ambiance and lighting. Nearly all front staff doing bar service. Aware of service notes before arrival, with reservations and called to re-confirm; the staff noting bottled water will be served table-side along with plastic cutlery to reduce contamination. Unfortunately the industry (no fault of MIDA) has created a trend of pre-setting water bottles (germs) along with pre-set cutlery (guests no longer wants to dine, leaves and server has to reset an entire table, or the random cough in the air... as an example.)
MIDA: once seated the initial hello through main course served...service atmosphere a bit tense (short staffed presuming) it was clear the steps of service in a non crisis are a bit unique (ideal to touch tables with detail to retain clientele.) Totally get it. Not tonight. Server was a bit short versed, and ready to move. 10min pre-water w/just menu's, and 15min post water before an inquiry on menu options. I warned my table about the "service-mood" of the room with awareness to make a selection and be ready once the server returned. We did so, though when basic questions were asked about preparations it was clear that our server was waiting for just the right person to blow a fuse on. Not having that at our table as it wasn't needed, we continued with passe compliments in order to lift this server's spirits. 10min into dinner service the server did lighten up with a compliment from the kitchen...I also realized the dinner push (7PM-8:30PM) was over. Concluding with all smiles.
NOTE: Use pre-rolled cutlery in the future (paper napkin and tab of scotch tape...looks tacky but its visually hygienic) instead of placing each piece bare handed per setting. Linen napkin pre-set still works!
Also please verbally inform clientele (in light) of the rush, crisis, short staffing etc...my table saw the rush...other's saw chaos.

v
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

great meal - chicken was excellent ! service was great too.

DM
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

OUr favorite in the City. We pray for Chef Doug and his fine staff that they may all get through this difficult time in our city. He is a gem and an honor to the city and we feel badly that he and Mo and the entire team have to suffer through these 3 weeks. Hoping that you get time to see the world anew with fresh eyes and we promise to be among your first back. We are keeping you all in our prayer

M
New England
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great birthday outing during restaurant week

B
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Did not go because of restaurant week, but the lamb parpadelle sounded so delicious we opted for the special menu. Clams in broth starter was tasty, asked for a spoon to drink the broth, (the bread was good too!). The lamb parpadelle did not disappoint, glad I opted for that! Ate every last morsel. Ended with the biscotti gelato, my friend had the cake(can’t remember the name), put them together and voila! Drinks were good, wine list interesting, got some help from the staff choosing a glass of red. Service was attentive, water always refilled, always nearby but not hovering. Refreshing to find the chef in the kitchen, cooking and advising staff, in a very understated manner. Will be back often!

J
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service at MIDA was incredibly attentive, the atmosphere was lovely and the food was delicious.

CW
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service was friendly and exceptional.
It is an attractive place, with a “buzz” and therefore a little louder than my personal preference but conversation still possible across the table.
The beets in the beet salad were firm and mildly pickled, the best I’ve ever had, and overall the salad was excellent.
Diver scallops were also very good and in a plentiful portion.
The braised lamb papardelle was delicious.
I rated the food 4 rather than 5 only because it was a little saltier than I liked, but was fine for others.
Carrot and lime sorbet was also delicious, refreshing, and a little different.

Definitely a place that deserves a return visit.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Couldn’t believe a glass of grand marnier was $17

B
New England
29 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it from the moment I walked away n the door. Great ambiance, warm and competent service, excellent food!

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Long time regular at the restaurant, first time going for brunch, was stupendous. The fried chicken sandwich is unreal, as is the lemon pancake. Chef's James Beard nomination is well deserved.

SB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing flavors and terrific staff made this a great night out without typical South End prices.

S
New England
34 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

We loved the food and service however the ambiance was void of Italian atmosphere.

JA
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

House specialties were excellent. Service very friendly with appropriate frequency. Access off of Mass Ave. a plus.

J
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My partner and I went to MIDA for Dine Out Boston. It was a great tasting menu for a reasonable price and the server was really helpful with recommendations for a bottle of wine. I was impressed that she was happy to help us stay inside our price-range without being judgmental or pushy. Our only small complaints were that the music was a bit loud (we arrived for an early reservation at 5:30) and that the lamb pappardelle, while super delicious, was a bit salty for my taste (and I really like salt). The food and service were wonderful and we would be excited to return. Also, the negroni cocktails were delicious, a must try!

1
New England
95 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

OMG! What a SPECTACULAR SURPRISE! I reserved here because of the many hundreds of reviewers that gave them lots of stars, and boy were we delighted with this new find!
Charming little place with a bustling bar scene, creative drinks menu and a short but sweet menu for dinner. I wish I had been hungrier because now I wanna try everything on the menu! We'll be back as soon as we can, and we're looking forward to the pizza place in the North Station and another restaurant he's opening in Newtonville! Douglass Williams is the chef-owner and I will eagerly follow him anywhere! We also noticed that the bill was more like what we spend per person in Boston! Douglass mentioned he keeps the pricing neighborhood friendly so you can return often. I forgot to mention the wines by the glass are thoughtfully selected too! 10 stars!

JP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great!

L
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Great service and liked the ambience but food fell short of our expectations

F
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great experience overall. And gluten free pasta! Did have to wait for table despite having reservation.

TE
New England
24 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great menu and bustling scene. I should have done my homework, I was prepared for a quiet Monday night dinner and didn't realize that I had picked a hot spot, we arrived at 5:30 p.m. it was fairly empty, but got crowded fast. The tables are fairly close together, so be prepared to make friends. We spoke with the diners at the tables on either side of us all night.

The staff were all very accommodating and knowledgeable, which made our options between the dine out pre-fix, the regular menu and the Monday night all you can eat pasta offering easy. They also accommodate dietary restrictions, i.e. vegetarian, pescatarian, etc. The wine list is fun and has all the Italian grapes you would want to pair with your dinner, or just sip on. Their cocktail list is okay, I like to have a pre-dinner cocktail and order wine with dinner, but I didn't see anything that spoke to me and I didn't want to have the bar try to make me my specific drink, so we just drank wine, and it was good. We had no room for dessert and would definitely go back with friends or alone for dinner.

a
New England
118 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This meal was amazing. We came for restaurant week, but have been here during regular weeks and it is always A+!. The restaurant week menu was exceptional. The clam appetizer was phenomenal, a really special dish. We loved the salmon and the pasta dish as well and the gelato was very very good. Our waitress, Erin, was also amazing. I don't think the works here regularly anymore, but hopefully she'll be back. We will be back for sure.

J
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was phenomenal. Planning to go back often!

CD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Restaurant week! Every week! Best pasta in the city. Thoughtful menu, great deserts!

c
New England
24 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great pasta, neighborhood vibe. Good values on both the bottle and by-the-glass wine.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Lovely helpful staff
Tasty food
Would definitely return

B
New England
27 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Birthday for our daughter. Delicious!!!

LS
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The services was friendly. But the staff lacked coordination. We were not offered bread with our salad or meal. It was bright after our plates were cleared.

BB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always have an excellent meal at this neighborhood gem. Love it!

m
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our second pre-Symphony Hall visit to Mida and we were twice as pleased. The staff was attentive to the time we needed to leave for our event yet we weren't rushed. The food was very good. After sharing an Arancini appetizer I had a blistered spaghetti with Jonah crab and my wife had ricotta raviolis. We shred a citrus cake for dessert. The value was excellent.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is amazing. We had the chef’s table and it was such a pleasure to watch and interact with the kitchen. Everyone at the restaurant was so pleasant and knowledgeable and gave great recommendations. We will definitely be going back! Highly recommend this restaurant!

LB
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really amazing experience. The workers were great and treated us very nicely. The food and drinks were amazing

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, brought us over a shot after our meal as a thank you. Class acts all around.

The Bolognese though!!!!!

FF
New England
19 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My new favorite neighborhood place. Love the vibe. Food is incredible and service perfect: knowledgeable and non-intrustive. Happy bar scene too.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love loved loved this place. Can’t wait to go back and keep eating our way through the menu. Had the chicken and the lobster linguine and wanted to lick the plate. Absolutely stellar. Bravo!

GS
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This was well worth the extra wait and the money we spent ! The food quality and quantity was perfect and the staff couldn't be more delightful

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Overall great service. The menu was limited but choices were delectable.

n
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fresh, creative dishes and warm, informed and professional staff.

B
New England
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance, pasta was amazing! Had a really great server as well. Overall great experience & worth the money spent.

AM
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

MIDA was excellent! My boyfriend and I celebrated Valentine's day here and we had a lovely time. Everything from the food, to the service, to the romantic vibe, was amazing. I would definitely come back and recommend this place to others.

CL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

We went for my boyfriend's birthday and upon arrival, we had to wait about 15 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. My crab pasta was cold and there was not much crab and we asked for bread which never came. Then, I asked our server if they could do something special for his birthday and he said yes. We were disappointed 3 times when the server had told us about the gelato selection and kept coming back to say they were all out of what we had ordered. Then, when the dessert came, there was nothing for his birthday. I wanted the dinner to be special, but the poor service and food was disappointing.