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Caffe Paolina

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646 Humphrey St, Swampscott, MA 01907-2637
+1 781-593-6455
08:00 - 21:00
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love this place! Great little mom and pop place. Paolina and Vincenzo are wonderful and the food is amazing. I love the gnocchi and the eggplant is super delicious as well. BYOB is also a huge plus.

Thank Diana B
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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112 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Caffe Paolina is well located across from the football field in Swampscott. It's a classic mom and pop operations. Mom works front of the house and Dad is in the kitchen. The food is good but you better not be in a rush. The atmosphere is slightly indifferent.

Thank Milo01945
salem ma.
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

I love the food here..I usually go for brunch and have the omelette with spinach and feta cheese....delicious..I usually have Italian toast and fresh fruit...what else could u want...coffee and we r done!!!

Thank steph
Swampscott, Massachusetts
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016

Great food, quaint space. Terrific value since you can bring your bottle of wine in with you. Very popular for breakfast as well.

Thank Heidi W
Boston, Massachusetts
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50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2016

Nice cozy, quiet little place in uninspiring looking strip mall. Literally mom and pop. Mom will meet you when you come in and Pop does the cooking. Having visited several times I would say the food is consistently very good, if not whiz-bang spectacular, with an adequately varied menu for a small place. BYOB is encouraged as they have no... More 

Thank 84larry
Lynn, Massachusetts
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448 reviews
365 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2015

A person in our party asked if a certain dish could be made with shrimp instead of chicken. Was told no since it could not be punched into computer. Really!!! The eggplant was just ok. Salad was fresh and service was good so there are some nice things to say.

Thank lash23_13
Swampscott, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2015

This husband and wife owned and operated cafe in a small strip mall on Humphrey Street is easy to overlook - that would be a mistake. Paolina runs the front of the house while husband Vincenzo can be seen cooking in the glass enclosed kitchen. The menu features both traditional Italian items and specialties from the region the couple come... More 

Thank Paul R
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Small family run operation. Authentic Italian cooking. Home-made pasta. Great breakfast also. Perfect for family and friends. BYOW.

Thank SKCK13
Wakefield, Massachusetts
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112 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2015

We loved the food, and the atmosphere, in this small restaurant. Prices were high for small portions, though.

Thank Jake C
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111 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2015

We live nearby and eat here often, over many years. The food is always good and the service, mostly by the owner, is friendly and attentive. I cannot say anything bad about it. Prices are low compared to other similar places in this area. When the family opened this restaurant, I recall that they were unable to get a wine... More 

Thank MattS.24

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 646 Humphrey St, Swampscott, MA 01907-2637
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Swampscott
  • Phone Number: +1 781-593-6455

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?