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Permanently Closed - Gennaro's 5 North Square

650 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Romantic (548)
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - 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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 720-1050
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Marisa Iocco
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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!
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Private party contact
linda riccio: (617) 720-1050
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Parking details
Call ahead for parking. Parking available steps away from the restaurant.
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Public transit
Haymarket, Aquarium, & Government Center T Stations within walking distance.
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Special events & promotions
Great spot for all your special events.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.2  based on all time ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jimb (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on October 2, 2016

Bad all around. Bad atmosphere. Bad service. Dirty bathrooms. Uninspired food.

LaurieG (New England)
2.0  Dined on October 2, 2016

This was our go to place in the North End. We hadn't been here though for at least a year. Very disappointing. I had read a recent review on another site that was negative and dismissed it because we had some excellent meals there in the past, well that negative review was spot on. i became suspicious when i asked for anchovies on the cesear salad and the server looked at me like i had asked the strangest thing. I order linguini with clams. the first time it came to the table it was cold with no broth. The rest of our party had also been served they finally brought my dish back 10 minutes later- this time it was hot and had a nice broth but was salty as all get out. My husband got the Sunday Gravy which was good. Our friend order a ravioli special the serving looked like it should have been an app and not a main course. The server had mentioned the owner chef was away in Italy. i don't k ow who is running the kitchen but i won't be coming back anytime soon. Big disappointment.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

Daaaaa dotttishhhh aaaa booiiiiccee!!!👌🏽

vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

Service and atmosphere were great, food is of good quality

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2016

Absolutely special lady and I were enjoying a weekend getaway and this was the perfect start to the evening. My request for a quiet table was honored with a cozy location set apart from everyone and by the window overlooking the square. The food was excellent as was our waiter who was very accommodating and brought us a complimentary limoncello at the end of the night. It was simply magical..

Ilovethisplace (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2016

I love this place. The service was amazing. Go check it out.

viplauriejnee (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 23, 2016

I had the fettuccine with mushrooms and truffle cheese. It was fabulous and I would highly recommend that dish. Perfect portion size. Lovely ambience in an historic setting

vipPSFT (Palm Springs)
3.0  Dined on September 16, 2016

We were looking forward to dining at Gennaro's based on the research I had done in finding the right combination of location, quality and service in Boston's North End.

We arrived fairly early and were seated upstairs. Beautiful decor; very intimate. The waiter was at our table promptly and soon after took our orders. Two of us were served our wine and we waited for the martini. After two requests into the 40 min wait, it finally arrived with no apology. The calamari took about 20 mins to hit our table and dinner just over an hour after ordering and asking for a status. Of our meals. Again, no apologies for the delay. Mind you when we arrived there were only two other tables occupied.

The food was very good, especially the pasta. Some of the best I have had.

Pros: Location, atmosphere and the food quality of our our dinners

Cons: Service was some of the worst I have experienced in many years, the focaccia bread was a bit on the stale side

Would I return? Unlikely.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on September 14, 2016

Love the place been going there for years, always try and stop when I'm in Boston

Kevoh64 (New England)
3.0  Dined on September 9, 2016

Nice spot to gather for a special occasion. The decor and ambiance is wonderful. Outside the front door you are in the City of Boston, but when you step inside you find yourself in old world Italy. Quit a unique experience!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2016

Our third time there. The first time my wife and I went, we knew we'd be back and we'd be bringing company. Plus, we're vegan, which is admittedly difficult to accommodate with things like fresh pasta. The following two visits had our guests equally as impressed. We also like it because it's off the main drag in the North End, so it's quieter than most of the other restaurants around there.

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2016

The food was amazing! Real Italian food that was just perfect. The service was great.

vipBssdds (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on September 1, 2016

The veal parmigiana and the gnocchi was awesome. Great portions. We were seated upstairs and there was a large party and a bit loud, but otherwise a great find.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 28, 2016

1st tint I was amazing!

vipMichael (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

Very good meal, will definitely return. Wine list was limited but we did find a nice bottle, and it was reasonably priced.