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Ristorante Saraceno

4.5
4.5
1196 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Born out of our love of fine wines and traditional food, Ristorante Saraceno Italian/Napoletana style cuisine has become the premiere location for fine dining in Boston’s Historic North End. After traveling the Italian regions and sampling different cuisines, we decided to make our way back home and bring Napoli’s best to Boston. Our biggest challenge was finding the right, high-quality ingredients for the dishes we wanted to serve. We are dedicated to offering only the finest and freshest foods. We have also taken great care in assembling a team of only the best chefs and experienced kitchen and dining staff. Come and taste the experience yourself.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily: 11:30am - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 227-5353

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Joe Catinella

  • Catering

    No

  • Private party facilities

    Please call us at (617) 227-5888 for more information.We do have private rooms for large events

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Cross street

    Hanover Street

  • Parking details

    We gladly offer our customers parking validation for up to three hours. We also have valet parking outside of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    The closest train stations to us are Haymarket, Aquarium, and North Station. We are approximately half a mile from each of these stops.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

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What 1,196 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service!
  2. CP

    CamilleP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner our servers were lovely and the owner was so generous! Will definitely go back again.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We had a group and everyone enjoyed their food. A couple things made the experience less than perfect. First of all we had to pay $30 to park on the street in front of the restaurant instead of the free two hour parking that the signs indicated. Secondly, as soon as we sat down, the owner asked us if we wanted a salad for the table. No reference was made to cost and one of our group agreed, and most of us thought it was gratis (now looking back that was silly but it would’ve been better if the owner would have clearly stated the cost per person which was $10). It was a little loud and hard to hear the waitress, and she was very annoyed with us when we couldn’t hear the nightly specials. There was a lot of confusion about the bill at the end, including charging one of the six of us $19 for the salad instead of $10 which we had all been charged. We were unable to find the valet to get our car at the end of the evening so we had to go back into the restaurant and ask the owner to track him down. We were all in town on business and I would say if we were to go back, we would not go to this restaurant.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Saraceno’s’! It’s been our favorite North End restaurant since 2016. The atmosphere, service, and delicious food is always the best!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Worst night ever. Was my birthday. Why reserve a table when they have no one at the front door? They didn’t even ask us if we had a reservation. My husband had called ahead to make it a special night and have a tiramisu waiting after dinner. They just plunked us in a corner by a waitstaff station and laundry room which was open and loud. You could hear the spin cycle! The bussers threw the dishes into the bin on the floor right behind my husband’s chair. They couldn’t get our drinks right. We asked to speak with the bartender but girl said no. We left. No birthday dinner. No memories to what we thought would be a great night. SO disappointed. Never going back!
  6. CM

    CyrusM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, wonderful food, fabulous atmosphere. We will be back!
  7. MM

    MichaelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In my opinion, SARACENO’S is the best Italian restaurant in the North End.
  8. KA

    KarenA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite North End resturant! The portions are good size and the price is fair! Always had a good meal when we visit! There are several floors to the resturant and all a little different! The owner always greets people at the door and the staff are very pleasant. Love the lemonchello at the end of the meal!
  9. IF

    IF36

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dining experience was outstanding from start to finish. I wish I could remember our servers name but he was excellent. He even surprised us with a dish that we thought about ordering but didn’t. The ambiance was perfect and made for a perfect date night out. Thank you!
  10. C

    Cgorham

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! We would recommend this restaurant for anyone seeking an authentic Italian quaint dinner in the North End. Definitely quality over quantity as the portions were perfect so we could enjoy each forkful!
  11. L

    Lily

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Our waitress was kind and helpful. Great environment. Can not stress how good the food was.
  12. CB

    CindyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Ristorante Saraceno is a must do! It's an authentic Italian experience from the moment Franco greets you at the door until the last sip of Limoncello is enjoyed. You step inside and feel like you are in the heart of Tuscan, a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of Boston. The staff is hardworking, friendly and helpful. The food is delicious and a great value in the North End.
  13. P

    Pavel

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a nice choice for New Year's Eve dinner. We were afraid of potential waiting time, but we were seated right away according to our reservation. The meal was delicious, wine great and employees very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our dinner and the only thing, which was not OK, were very loud guests sitting next to our table, but that was not a fault of the restaurant and it was also understandable on the New Year's Eve.
  14. NP

    NatashaP

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We made a last minute reservation on NYE to eat here based on the nice reviews. We, however, found the food to be very bland and not good. We sat in the dank downstairs of the restaurant which smelled of mildew. Definitely not a good experience.
  15. b

    bgourmand

    New England

    321 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    321 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Glad to have Saraceno re-opened after they had a fire recently. We enjoy the atnosphere and food and had our favorite server, a woman who I believe is from Romania. They have good seafood and serve spaghetti alle vongole with little white clams that come from Napoli!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Shreveport

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service, the atmosphere was wonderful
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was tasty but the prices were expensive. An espresso martini was $18. They have a full bar which is nice. Loud since the restaurant is very small. One server so service was slow.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Pasta, chicken and most of the seafood was good. Lot of calamari in the dishes but it was all tough. House wines were good. Few of the dishes came with sides and the ones that did were basic and portions were barely enough.
  19. JQ

    JavierQ

    Chihuahua

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Hard to rate because our reservation was not honored. We had a 7:30 reservation, arrived at 7:25. No host at the door and 2 other parties waiting at the door with reservations. Restaurant was full. After waiting 20 minutes, none of the 3 parties had even been acknowledged by the staff. One table became available and the gentleman who appeared to run the place opened the door, walked past the 3 parties waiting without so much as a word, and went next door and returned with 2 folks who were given the table. Not even a “hello” to those of us waiting (it was about 29F and we were all outside. I went inside to inquire about honoring our reservation and was simply told to wait. After waiting a total of 25 minutes and still nothing from the staff, we went across the street to another place that immediately accommodated ua and had a fantastic dinner.
  20. MA

    MattA

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a first class experience.
  21. LM

    LMAC

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorites. I’ve been going for a long time, and the place doesn’t disappoint. The service, food and atmosphere are what I love. Introduced my daughter on Christmas Eve, as we had some change in our plans this year. It was a great evening; we will be back. Kudos to the owner, keep up the great work. A very happy customer.
  22. PB

    PatB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, authentic Italian food and great ambiance. Ask for a table downstairs.
  23. a

    alex

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food and good service. Space was tight between tables.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice small restaurant. Everyone was super nice and welcoming. The food was amazing! Highly recommend this place if you are ever going to be eating in the north end.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gamberi carbonara and tiramisu were outstanding
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Feels just like having an authentic Italian dinner in an intimate setting. Food was outstanding, service was wonderful and overall experience was phenomenal.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    No regard for reservations. Basically first come first seated. Food was right portion and good Getting seated was an awful experience and rude hostess
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    The restaurant seating is extremely tight. Decor very dated. The food was very good but not outstanding. Good Value overall
  29. J

    John

    New England

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    With regard to meals, the linguini clam dish was heavy on the sand. Server said this was due to "freshness" of clams; our experience is that this is about the process of prepping the clams. Another person in our party had a pasta dish she described as great. A request by a vegetarian for a mushroom & pasta dish was accommodated, but the dish was meh. Not particularly flavorful. Had hoped for a better experience given feedback about the restaurant that led to our reservation. We arrived for our 5:30 reservation and were not seated until 6:15 pm. We were seated at a table near the entry way, which because of the numbers of people coming and/or checking on availability meant a constant cold draft. We waited 15 minutes before a server came to the table once seated. These factors would have been less consequential had the meals been fantastic. I'd recommend with caveats - maybe it was an "off" night.
  30. PA

    PamelaA

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food and great service. The only downside was the volume, we got lucky being sat in a small room that wasn't populated. But the two rooms we walked through on the way there were incredibly loud. I mean, uncomfortable to walk through it was so loud. But the food was pretty delicious and the service was quick and attentive. One small downside is they don't have a space to wait for your reservation inside or have cover outside to wait under. On a clear night this is okay, it's nice to look around. But if it's sleeting out this would be a lot less fun. Just fair warning on that!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is another level. Location is a small dining room that makes you feel at home. Everyone is so attentive. 10/10. First time seeing a server talking about food like a chef. Thank you Selvin.
  32. p

    paul

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really just felt like I was IN italy. WOW !! 10/10 Recommend!!!!
  33. M

    Marv

    New England

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    Not the best Food place was crowded because it is so small @
  34. MA

    MattA

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Frank’s hospitality is always A plus!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere!
  36. PC

    PatriciaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Restorante Saraceno- will be back.
  37. CF

    CaitlinF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, a classic North End hidden gem. Definitely want to go back. But be warned! It is a SMALL restaurant
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent family restaurant with outstanding food.
  39. M

    Mutta

    New England

    40 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    I eat quite a bit in the North End and wanted to try a place I have walked by and never dined there. I wish I had kept walking. The menu does not offer wine by the glass, but they serve it. I ordered Pinot Grigio and when the check arrived it cost $15. This is ridiculous for Hanover Street when you can get a "house" wine for less than $13 in most places. The food was mediocre. Bread served were two small medallions with pats of cold butter. No olive oil. The caesar salad was tasteless. And the special I ordered (pasta with shrimp and scallops served scampi style) was made with chunks of onion. The price was $45. Outrageous amount for a dish that was prepared very poorly. It is hard to believe they can stay in business when there are many outstanding restaurants on Hanover Street given the overall poor quality and over-priced food and wine.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We were placed at a table in the front of the restaurant that was difficult to have a conversation despite the fact that we had a reservation. Food was brought out so quickly that we didn’t have time to sip wine and enjoy the evening. The wine is overpriced.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Ristorante Saraceno offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 227-5353.

Ristorante Saraceno is rated 4.5 stars by 1196 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today
Google Map for Ristorante Saraceno

286 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Hanover Street

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Hours of operation

    Daily: 11:30am - 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We gladly offer our customers parking validation for up to three hours. We also have valet parking outside of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    The closest train stations to us are Haymarket, Aquarium, and North Station. We are approximately half a mile from each of these stops.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Joe Catinella

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 227-5353

  • Catering

    No

  • Private party facilities

    Please call us at (617) 227-5888 for more information.We do have private rooms for large events

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