Gennaro's 5 North Square
Gennaro's 5 North Square

Gennaro's 5 North Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.5northsquare.com/
  • Phone: 6177201050
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Marisa Iocco
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Gennaro's 5 North Square is an excellent location for business meetings, special occasions and Holiday Parties. We have two dining rooms that can accommodate from 25 to 65 guests. Gennaro's is situated in a gorgeous 19th century building overlooking enchanting North Square, the oldest square in America, former home to Paul Revere and the earliest Italian settlers to Boston. Our menu boasts of traditional home style Italian cooking, made with the freshest ingredients available, prepared by Chef Aldo. Audio visual equipment is available upon request. We look forward to having you dine with us!
  • Private Party Contact: linda riccio 6177201050
  • Special Events: Great spot for all your special events.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Haymarket, Aquarium, & Government Center T Stations within walking distance.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Call ahead for parking. Parking available steps away from the restaurant.
A word from Gennaro's 5 North Square
Welcome to Gennaro's 5 North Square, located in Boston's historic North End. The restaurant is under the management of Gennaro, who brought you the Caffe Vittoria,Florentine Cafe and Stanza dei Sigari. Gennaro's is located at 5 North Square the oldest square in America, a quite retreat located steps from busy Hanover Street. With it's cobblestone streets and gas lamposts, North Square is one of the most romantic spots in the North End and Boston. The cuisine at Gennaro's is traditional Italian home cooking with fresh seafood specialties served daily. We would love to have you visit us at Gennaro's and look forward to serving you!
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Gennaro's 5 North Square reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)romantic (23)special occasion (20)fit for foodies (17)scenic view (15)good for groups (10)notable wine list (9)great for lunch (7)late-night find (5)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great Meal in The North End
    BobthebuilderVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had "Chicken on the Brick" and the "Chicken Marsala". Both were perfectly prepared. I would highly recommend this restaurant and it's only a block off Hanover Street!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice place
    DCTarheel78
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    this is a great spot for a low key dinner in the North end. The menu was nice, and the food was pretty good, but service was painfully slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over rated.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    In a sea of authentic amazing small family owned restaurants, this is the Americanized "McDonalds" of the North End. It seems to be self promoted and very over rated on several review websites (esp Urban Spoon) Do not fall victim of their inflated marketing. Good was a HUGE disappointment compared to the sea of amazing eateries surrounding this place. Word of mouth way to choose in thee North End.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem Among Gems
    Roberto
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    There are a number of great choices for fine Italian dining in the. North End and I'm glad we chose Genaros. It's just off the bustle of Hanover on North Sq. overlooking a small park. We had a great upstairs view. The service was excellent on a busy Sat evening and we were well attended to. The wine choices were good and the food was fabulous...Caesar salad, spaghetti w mamas Sunday gravy and meatballs...like home....and Veal Marsala we will be thinking about until our next visit. Reservations recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Peter
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    One can always be sure of a great meal when Marisa is charge of the kitchen and this prooved true again on our 4th visit to Gennaro's 5 North. The restaurant is very attractive and the food delicious. I would advise asking for a 2nd floor table as it is quieter and more intimate. The view is of quaint North Square, away from the hubbub of Hanover St. The waitstaff is experienced, pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu. The wine list has a good selection and besides the usual division based on color it is grouped by price with several bottles at each level, making it easier to find a wine to fit your budget. You can count on great experience when dining at Gennaro's
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ButchVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was not anything special. The veal was tough. Gnocchi was bland. The waitress was very nice and attentive. Desserts were good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nanj
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Can't say enough about this restaurant. The food is wonderful and the staff is very knowledgeable. Have never been disappointed each time we dined there. The fresh pasta was delicious and my husband and I had different fish dishes that were so good I ordered it again when we went back. Would definitely recommend this restaurant. The restaurant is decorated very tastefully. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible
    Anthony13
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The experience here was incredible!. Gennaro's has a very nice homey, classic Italian feel to it. I went with a date to have dinner, the ambiance was perfect for a quiet romantic dinner. The service was superb and our waiter was the best, his recommendations on food were delicious and spot on to what we were looking for. Best Italian food I have had so far!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great neighborhood place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food!! Nice view onto quiet square, great waiter! We had a lot of fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the food
    Corrie
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This is our third time going to Gennaro's, first time for dinner. The food was wonderful and our service was outstanding. We have been in the past for lunch and couldn't wait to try dinner, we were happy with our choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Time to Go?!?
    EC2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was good. But being told they needed the table for other reservations after we were there for 1 hour is unacceptable service. There are better restaurants in the neighborhood
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A taste of Italy in North Sq Boston
    MedicFoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Came across Gennaro's on a review site and every compliment I read came true in person. Perfectly romantic location and ambiance, friendly, knowledgable staff and food that speaks of love and effort in each bite. Nice wine list as well although we didn't have wine with dinner. Entrees are priced on the medium high side but price is soon forgotten when you taste. I will visit again and recommend you do as well. 5 stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but great food!
    Victoria
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I loved the fresh pasta and sauce was delicious.Waiter was good. Not good for elderly because of stairs. Would come back again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SO-SO
    Maggianos
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Found the food to be average. The service was slow and inattentive. Tables for 2 quite small. Noisy atmosphere. There is better in the North End.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    RigsVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    It began with the server. She only made eye contact with me so my wife was a bit put off by that miscue. The highlights were the appetizers - Caesar salad, the grilled octopus, and the wine we wanted was not available, so a substitute was found and the wine was very good. Our entrees were less than ideal. The eggplant parm was mushy and the bolognese was filled with ground beef...not quite what it said on the menu. All-in-all, we will be finding another restaurant in the North End.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Restaurant did not honor my request for a window table even with almost 6 weeks notice on reservation. Food was flavorful and sauces delicious. Service was friendly and knowledgeable, though I had to ask twice for butter.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jimbo
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Just a wonderful location, with great service, food and ambiance. It is a real Boston experiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gennaro's, North End, Boston
    fangman22
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My wife and I like this restaurant very much and enjoy taking visiting friends there. The location, surroundings and ambience are superb. The quality of food is good to excellent. On our most recent visit one main course was a disappointment because the pasta was overcooked and another lacked flavor. This would in no way deter us from going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gennaro has never disappointed...
    BettyLou
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Gennaro has become one of our very favorite restaurants in Boston. The food is wonderful, and the restaurant itself is lovely, and cozy. We had a wonderful dinner on a Saturday night, and had no trouble conversing. We recommend this place often, and will return again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant!!
    agaig123
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    When my family and I got to the restaurant, we were a little put off by how long we had to wait, but our waiter was charming and went out of his way to make it up. The noise level was a bit much; but it was by no means was it overwhelming. The food was absolutely outstanding. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Italy
    Jimmy134
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Great location on North Square all tables overlook lamplit cobblestone street Marisa,owner/chef greeted us upon arrival quiet and quaint , away from the bustle of Hanover St. five star food !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers Day Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    One of the finest establishments Ive visited in all aspects. Service, Menu, Atmosphere, Food, Price, Staff, Portions etc. All 3 of us enjoyed everything we ordered and will definitely visit again as soon as possible.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tony
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My wife and I went to Gennaro's for a Saturday night dinner; the area at North Square I think is the best in the North End; not too noisy, not too many crowds, and very historic. The restaurant was very nice inside, well-decorated, and very clean. Staff was very helpful, friendly, and a pleasure to work with. The chef came to check on us during dinner and was genuinely interested in our opinion of the food. As others have noted, the wine list is ample, and has plenty of good, mid-priced options. My wife says it is her new favorite spot in the North End. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant
    Robbie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I love this restaurant; the food is delicious and the service is sensational. One of my favorite restaurants in the area. It’s perfect for a date or a special occasion. My boyfriend and I visit this restaurant frequently. We were there on Saturday night. The food was delicious and the service was phenomenal; we even got to meet the chef and she was so friendly and made sure we were happy with the food. Great restaurant and we can’t wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    Susan
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    While the food was very good, our experience was very disappointing. The dining room is crowded and the servers were oblivious to the customer experience. Our server showed no emotion or care for us. When he could tell things were going downhill, he ignored us. We will not be back.
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  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I had a 3 o'clock reservation at Gennaro's and arrived with half my party at 1:30. They happily accommodated us. The waitress recommended her favorite appetizers while we waited for the rest of the party and they were delicious!! Everything was incredible!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Bosox8
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We were surprised by the change in menu and were disappointed to say the least. The service attentiveness was poor (we even had to ask for bread after watching the other tables receive theirs), the music was too loud and the overall ambiance we had experienced in the past was gone. We will not be returning to Gennaro's.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Delicious
    Cici
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Returned to Gennaro's and was once again delighted by the delicious food and wine. The gnocchi were the best I ever had - fluffy, not heavy and the pesto was like what I had in Italy. Great food at a great prices. Have yet to try a dish we didn't love.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 382 reviews are from the Gennaro's 5 North Square reviews archive.
  • Hidden Gem
    jjbird
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Been going to the North End for years. This restaurant is delicious and charming. Both the food and service were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect ending to a day in Boston
    vieilledameVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The Menu is varied enough for to encompass choices for picky eaters, we had 4 different main dishes, shared 2 starters and a dessert - all five stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before Cher
    sportsbostVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    My friend and I walked over from the T.D. Garden for dinner before Cher(10 Min or less). We were early so received a lot of great service and attention. The Caesar salad was fabulous . We split the eggplant parm.( this was a perfect size for 2 ladies to split) It was awesome. This restaurant was called 5 North sq. before the new owner's added Gennaro. Great dinner and experience for a nice night in the city.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solid Italian Food in North End
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    First time at restaurant and very pleased with diverse Italian menu and service. Eggplant parmigiana and calamari a great combination. Gennaro's a solid choice in the North End with so much competition in the area, less "touristy" than on Hanover Street. Two levels with sufficient space for groups, nice to be able to hear across even a large table.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The food was good but not great. The table for two was tiny, against a wall, and neither of us could get in and out of our chairs without bumping the chair behind us or vice versa. I am not a large person. My 6 foot tall husband had no room to move. We used to enjoy this restaurant years ago but always sat downstairs. There are so many good restaurants in the North End that don't have such a space constraint. I wouldn't return.
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  • nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    especially since they totally ignored my note about not giving us a table near the door.
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  • Great food
    Babs
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Dinner was excellent and so was the decor of the restaurant, much bigger than other small restaurants in north end. Live around corner and will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A piece of Italy in Boston
    DcmattVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    It was like getting off a plane and stepping into a family run Italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was expecting more
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I found the food at Genaro's good, but nothing to write home about and certainly not of the level I was expecting. Service was a bit slow, but attentive and eventually picked up. A good meal, but would try somewhere else next time.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I Shall Return!
    Jimmy
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Brought friends from California into the North End for a special nite. Nobody was disappointed. Service was attentive, not overbearing. The food was delicious (I had the gnocchi.....mmmmm). My friend had the house red wine (something I never order), but it was so surprisingly good, I ended up ordering a glass as well (umm, two, actually). I figured it would be very good (after all, Italian in the North End....!), but it exceeded my expectations. Great location, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • North End Gem
    Austinfoodie
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Gennaro's chef is Italian born, who puts a modern twist on authentic recipes. We started with the mescullin greens which featured wine poached pears, sweet and spicy nuts, and a fantastic vinegarette, It was enough for my husband and I to share. The generous portion of ossobucco was delicious and the fried polenta cake on it yummy and not greasy. Two of the diners at the table had the lasagna of the day, one with marinara sauce and one with Bolognese. Both were good, but I preferred the the meaty Bolognese which has a touch of cream in it. The fourth diner had the gnocci with the Bolognese and the gnocci were light and tender. The bottle of their label valpolicella was excellent. We were too full for dessert, but they looked divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • North End offers much better
    CraigBVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The service was awful. We waiting over an hour between finishing our salads and receiving our main courses. What made the wait even worse is that after all of that time, one of our meals was cold but by this point we just ate a little of it, shared the other meal (rigatoni and sunday gravy was very good) and will eat the chicken parm for leftover when it can be heated. The restaurant should also consider printing the specials since our waiter was unintelligible even after we asked him to repeat the specials twice. Overall, the food was good (but there is much better in the North End) but we would go elsewhere next time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate