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Permanently Closed - Gennaro's 5 North Square

4.2
650 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

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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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Cuisines
Italian
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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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Neighborhood
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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.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Awesome place with excellent service

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

We had dinner here on New Year's Eve. The food was fabulous and the service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Very nice location with outstanding menu and food. Service was attentive with a very good wine list. Overall a great experience.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Sorry to see you go

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Very comfortable. Great staff and wine selection. Food was good. But not a big fan of the sauce. Overall good

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2016

Great vegan menu

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2.0Dined on December 10, 2016

The ambiance is great, and the menu and service are good, but my girlfriend ran into a strange problem with her food: her pasta dish was full of shell fragments. She ordered the pasta dish off of the specials menu, knowing that it came with shellfish (mussels, I believe). When the server brought our meals, my girlfriend was surprised to see that the shellfish were still in their shells, and the shells had been handled roughly and bits and pieces had broken off into the surrounding pasta. The result was that she was pulling little shell pieces out of her pasta and her mouth with every bite. We told the waitress, who told the chef, but that was the last we heard of it. We didn't press the issue, but a visit from the chef or manager would have been a good gesture. They have a vegan menu, which is great if you or a dining companion is vegetarian/vegan.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2016

Excellent food, service attentive but not "hovering". Quiet until about 8:30, then becomes lively.

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2016

I always like to try a new restaurant in the North End when I come to Boston once a year. Gennaro's 5 North Square was very good,but I can't say it was outstanding. The ravioli was delicious and so was the recommended bread pudding for dessert, but I think they may have been a little short handed this Saturday night. There was a large party that was seated nearby which was a little unexpected for a cozy, romantic restaurant. My husband and I sat upstairs in a lovely appointed room near a window (although we had to move the table a little bit since my husband's chair was very close to the stairwell). Service was a little slow, waiter forgot about my martini, another server brought the wrong salad...but , they were very apologetic. Gennaro's is situated in a quaint little area near Paul Revere's home. The North End is a great place to walk around after a nice dinner. I would give Gennaro's another try on another night that wasn't so busy.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2016

The food and the ambiance were outstanding. The service was exceptionally slow. It was a lovely leisurely dinner, but we filled up on bread waiting for our food and it was therefore hard to finish the fabulous meal.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Sweet gentleman host seated us in the bar until our table for two by the window was ready. He kept checking in with us. Bartender made us his own version of an espresso martini...it was delicious! Our meals (butternut squash ravioli and gluten-free pasta with white wine clam sauce) were excellent. Service is rated a three because our server was flaky and forgot to come back after HE asked if we wanted Parmesan cheese, and it took a while to get his attention for the check...and we were the last guests in the room. I would still go here again.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Nice to have vegan options. Service was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on October 27, 2016

We had an early 6:30 reservation to celebrate two family birthdays here and had a really nice time. Our cozy table in the window was wonderful for a rainy fall night. The meals were well portioned, not overwhelming. The butternut squash ravioli was the best I have ever had. The wait staff were very attentive and extremely accommodating of one family member's physical disability . I would recommend Gennaro's and look forward to coming back.

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3.0Dined on October 9, 2016

So so Italian food. Very heavy. Good service. Could find better in Boston.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed the setting, the service and the atmosphere and the food was absolutely outstanding. Our Server was knowledgeable about the menu and prompt. I would highly recommend Gennaro's 5 North as an outstanding venue for the location in the North End and for the food and atmosphere.

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1.0Dined on October 2, 2016

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

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

Daaaaa dotttishhhh aaaa booiiiiccee!!!👌🏽

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4.0Dined on October 1, 2016

Service and atmosphere were great, food is of good quality

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2016

Absolutely wonderful...my 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..

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2016

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

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4.0Dined 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

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2016

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

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3.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on August 28, 2016

1st tint I was amazing!

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2016

Food was excellent and the vegan options were very good. They should definitely advertise their vegan menu much more as the options for vegans and vegetarians in the north end is limited. Service was a little slow, but very friendly. The AC on the second floor was lacking a bit. Would definitely return again.

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5.0Dined on August 14, 2016

Excellent food - nice place - fine with children - really enjoyed it

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2.0Dined on August 13, 2016

Food was not all that --big disappointment considering the price. Friendly staff and attentive.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2016

I had great service, great food, and great service!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2016

Great pasta!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2016

This was our second visit to Gennaro's and it was another memorable experience. The waitstaff are very polite and attentive. The food is delectable. We will surely return again when we visit Boston.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2016

Managed to snag a table at this North End gem the day before heading up to Boston. Which was fortunate, because it is extremely popular and the North End in Boston, in general, on a Saturday night in the Summer is jam-packed with people going to the restaurants that dominate the scene there.

Gennaro's is my favorite type of place. Really a solid restaurant without being too pretentious or trendy, etc.

The emphasis is on the food. I had a prosciutto and fig with shaved Parmesan cheese on it for an appetizer. Black ink risotto with shrimp, calamari and baby clams for an entree. Both were specials. Both were about two of the best and most interesting dishes I have had in a long while.

Would highly recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2016

Great evening with friends; the staff is especially good.

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3.0Dined on August 2, 2016

Food was great, consistent with what we had heard. Service was oddly off the mark: Upon arrival staff unaware of OpenTable made request for upstairs seating, initial contact with waitstaff at table delayed, wrong wine presented at table, wrong wine included on bill. Just an odd sequence of errors, all that happen from time to time but usually not all at the same meal. So recommend with concerns for whether this is now normal Gennaro normal.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2016

I love the gluten free pasta here, the cabonara is amazing! Amazing spot for brunch also

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