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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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Marchello (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

Awesome place with excellent service

Cew203 (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

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

DTK360 (New England)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipGrands (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

Sorry to see you go

danB (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

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

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2016

Great vegan menu

Chris (New England)
2.0  Dined 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.

Ferro (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2016

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

kmk425 (New England)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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.

STG11 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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 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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 11, 2016

Nice to have vegan options. Service was outstanding.

yogabea (New England)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipExpectantDiner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on October 9, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined 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.