Ristorante Saraceno

4.4
620 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Daily: 11:30am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 227-5353
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joe Satinella
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Private party facilities
Please call us at (617) 227-5888 for more information.
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Cross street
Parmenter Street
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Parking details
We gladly offer our customers parking validation for up to three hours.
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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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
What 620 People Are Saying
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New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Tourist trap in the north end of Boston. Don’t bother eating here, I have had better food from Chef Boyardee. They served us used bread, obviously from a prior customer, the butter was half used. There are so many better restaurants in the area. Service was terrible, our waiter took our order , after that couldn’t be bothered with us, his second time speaking to us when he brought the check.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going there for years and all the chicken dishes are great.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! I love my carbonara. I will be back!

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DC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. Can't wait to get the chicken piccata again.

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KC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

It can be difficult to find great Italian cuisine in the North End, while it's easy to find run-of-the-mill, bland, uninspiring food. Unfortunately, Saraceno fits the latter group. There were seven in our party. One person had bolognese, which was sub-par: weak sauce that was salty and drowned the pasta. Doubtful that the pasta was homemade. The bread was terrible, like a something that might have been purchased at a local convenience store with no texture, stale and spongy.

The atmosphere was fine. We were seated downstairs in the cavernous basement. We were surprised to see three rooms (or more), a labyrinth of cozy dining spots. Service was attentive. The inexpensive ($40) red wine we purchased was very good.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place.

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j
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

went there sat night with friends...everything was great until the end...my left overs were put in a brown paper bag which leaked all over my husband carrying it...it was a messy ending to a great night

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V
New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Smell of mold and cockroaches in the basement eating area.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family get together

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T
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Pasta was homemade and tremendous. 2nd floor = odd ambiance.

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T
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, the service was great. We arrived early for our reservation and was accommodated right away. Would definitely return to this restaurant!

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Doesn’t actually take reservations. You have to wait when you arrive until they have an opening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. Took nearly 2 hours before we were served. Sat down at 7:45 and had our meals served at 9:25 pm. Barely had time to enjoy the meal as we were going to be late for an event. Server didn’t care nor made any effort to treat us like patrons of the restaurant. Will not be going back again and strongly advise you consider other options given the amount of others in the North End that do treat customers well.

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H
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday. The food was excellent and food allergies were accommodated.

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LA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

First time there. We were seated right away which was good. Simple and authentic food but terrible service otherwise. The wait staff all seem overworked, they are brusque and unfriendly. I don’t mind being seated in a ‘dungeon’ but the space is so tight that the buspeople are constantly brushing by you carrying a huge plastic bin of dishes. I am tired of tight spaces with unfriendly service labeled “authentic experience “. They all treat customers with ‘take it or leave it’ attitude.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience!!! Felt like I was back in Italy- very authentic.

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SA
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Italian from NJ, the food was very good with good size portions and reasonably priced.
All Good

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k
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Very strange experience. We walked into the very very densely crowded first floor— and we were not acknowledged. Suddenly a woman in a puffy coat hat and boots came from behind us outside and asked if we were waiting for a table. Without speaking or explaining or greeting us in any other way she gestured and we followed her Thru another outside door up very very steep stairs to another loud crowded Sedona floor and we were abruptly seated at a jammed in table in the back.

We ordered an app and a bottle of wine. Then ordered entrees. The calamari was hot and fresh. The lasagna was outstanding. But we waited over 90 minutes for our entrees. We finally asked for our check from another server as ours disappeared.
It got late and the place was empty by the time we left. No one spoke to us again or said thank you.
Again the food was very very tasty but I don’t like to be treated so poorly. Would not go back.

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D
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to have dinner in the North End. We have never been disappointed!

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RB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good value for the price. Friendly staff.

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a
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went prior to a show! Service was quick per our request and service was attentive. Food was delicious! Quaint restaurant!

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M
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

From the outside, and even upon entering the front door, this restaurant looked like a hole-in-the-wall, but it actually turned out to be a hidden gem... the food was excellent - my husband had lasagne and I had eggplant Parmesan - and the atmosphere was quaint and delightful. Our server was very sweet and did a good job. We were very comfortable there, had a very enjoyable time, and will definitely go back the next time we return to Boston!

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TL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far one of my favorites in Boston!! They treat you like family!!

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JS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the service and the food was superb. I had the scallops and shrimp pasta special and my friend the veal chop. Nothing remained on our plates.

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Delicious food, but terrible service. We had to ask for bread twice, it took way too long for the main courses to be served, and we asked more than five times just to get water. They charged an automatic gratuity of 20 percent for our party of 6 (which I would have no objection to paying if the service were better).

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a table on the top floor and loved the ambiance. The food was excellent too - I loved the gnocchi. The servers were really inattentive though. We waited a long time for menus, and had such a hard time tracking ours down for anything. Also, we got a bottle of the house montepulciano, which was not very good - I’d avoid it. On the whole, we would still come back to this place.

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K
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent. We were there on a very busy night so service was slow. We had a reservation it were seated at a table that was normally for 5 but they used to seat 7 so needless to say it was very tight quarters

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KV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a gem....lived in Boston area for 60 years and there is not a more pleasant and fabulous place to enjoy an amazing evening. Service is great, atmosphere is awesome, and food could not be better.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent attention to our dairy allergy!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Group of 8 and everyone really enjoyed their meals. Great quality food. Sergio was our waiter and he was fantastic. Very attentive, great personality. Will definitely go back.

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KM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, they were very accommodating to my group and me.

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s
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service. Very friendly owner who came by to check in and chat with us at our table - fun atmosphere excellent Embiance

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KC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going since my college days for over 19 years and Just as good as ever! Amazing lasagna!! Romantic and quaint especially lower level seating which you should request!

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AA
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was exactly the experience I wanted for out of town guests who wanted to eat in the North End. The food was delicious and the staff could not have been nicer. Will return again and again.

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L
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as was the service. The amount of food is very generous.

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P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we are in Boston Ristorante Saraceno is on our must do list. The food is absolutely delicious. Our party had linguine bolognese, lobster ravioli, chicken parmesan, tortellini, and chicken francaise over linguine. Every thing was delicious. The staff is very friendly, and the owner makes you feel as if he's known you forever.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Met every expectation

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G
New England
37 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been back here on a while. Mistake....food and service wonderful as expected. Our favorite in North End. Veal was perfect, stuffed mushrooms delicious. A perfect lunch. Will be back soon.

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The waiter and hostess were rude from the moment we sat down informing us that we only had 20 mins to order because the kitchen closes at 930pm. Who closed their kitchen the middle of a customer meal on a Saturday night? its fine if that’s the policy but don’t let us make a reservation in that case. The food came out and it was a joke of an Italian meal. The chicken Alfredo looked like microwave pasta from Trader Joe’s. Would not go back here. I’ve explored many gems in this neighborhood with amazing and authentic Italian. This is NOT one of them.

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C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Saraceno's is always our "go-to" restaurant in the North End. There is never a long wait, the service is outstanding and the food is always consistently good! There is a great menu and the food is very reasonably priced! It is definitely a hidden gem of the North End - we love the top floor!

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