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Ristorante Saraceno

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890 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 890 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ZachN
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, only a slight hiccup in time for getting our food, beautiful atmosphere outside

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at Saraceno! The service was superb and the food was delicious.

SM
ShanaM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing as always! Great service, fantastic ambience and phenomenal food!

CR
ChristinaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my husband and my favorite date night restaurant in the north end. We have been here several times and it never disappoints. The food is delicious and staff is attentive and genuine.

PO
PamelaO
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The servers were not conscious of making certain glasses were filled, plates cleared, etc. The food was good but not great. We found a better restaurant the following day with better atmosphere, caring service and much better authentic food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic.

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Freddie
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restorante Saraceno's is my favorite Italian restaurant, which is saying a lot as I live in Boston's Italian North End, and now with patio dining it is even more amazing.

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GiuseppeO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was beyond average. I ordered eggplant rollatini...and got eggplant soup....a very thin red sauce poured all over. I will say that my party ordered some seafood and they enjoyed it. The staff was very confusing....attentive yet very very dry...lacking personality or friendliness. It should've been an indication that they were literally trying to grab customers as they walked bye. Only two parties in the restaurant at 7:30pm. Plenty of competition on the street. Choose another location.

JM
vipJosephM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience here as usual. Both the service and food were absolutely outstanding. Zuppe di pesce was my choice and it was great. Delicious and a very ample portion as was the other meals ordered. My entire dinner party was raving about the food.

JW
vipJordanWT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Been here a few times & they never disappoint! Always great hospitality and food. Will return again!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I came here for dinner up on the rooftop and it was beautiful! It’s completely enclosed and decorated really nicely. I think most people walked right past it on Hanover because it is upstairs, but so worth it once you do get up there! Great food, great service!

KL
vipKeithL
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A+. Such a wonderful and authentic spot!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food great staff and even better ownership

JD
JoannaD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious, wait staff so attentive. They nail it every time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place great food

LA
LindsayA
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The food was ok, the service was slow but the worst part was that they completely violated the government order and sat us inside 3 days before they were supposed to. Not only did they seat us inside but they are not following proper distancing protocols and they packed the place FULL just like during normal times. When we mentioned it they did not seem to care.

DB
DawnB
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

During the pandemic the staff is courteous and accommodating. The food seemed to be of ordinary Italian fair. For $27.00 tortellini, I would expect homemade pasta and more flavor.

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fredp
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambience!

SD
SharonD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

shrimp scampi was very fresh and taste was superb.
staff where all friendly

PG
PamG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Highly recommend this restaurant!

AL
AlexaL
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Eggplant Parm I have ever had! The escargot was also delicious. Wine by the glass was a little pricey, but we mentioned it was my mom's birthday and they brought out a large piece of tiramisu with a candle and two shots of Lemoncello! Great place.

GL
GeoL
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The food is fantastic, they have the most wonderful Alfredo I've ever had.

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Roger
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our party of six all had a wonderful time this past Saturday night. The service was friendly and prompt, and the meals were all delicious. We will be returning to this fine establishment again soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious LINGUINI and clam sauce!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome food, great service. My date and I ate on the third floor which was just a small, private-feeling room. We passed other rooms and floors that were not as cute or quiet, so be sure to specify where you want to be seated if it’s important to you. Will definitely be going back!

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courtney
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great!! We were able to eat on the roof and it was absolutely fantastic. We were so surprised and we will definitely be back!

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starkc
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mr. guitar man made Valentine’s Day one to remember.

MP
MichaelP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner Frank and waitress Marinela were great and accommodating.

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vipFoodie
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy Saracenos. Delicious food, wonderful people, great service and a cozy atmosphere. I love the antipasto and the Bolognese is a favorite of mine.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riatorante Saraseno never disappoints and have been dozens of times. You can go wrong with anything on the wide ranging menu and the staff always treats you like family.

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deborahh
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Portions were small for the price...but incredibly good!

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Joelaurie
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food very traditional
Wonderful atmosphere

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jamesc
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice neighborhood dining in a north end italian resteraunt . Our meal was good, not 5 star but quite acceptable and tasty, for a casual dining experience. Service was quick and friendly. Ambience was quite nice and it wasn't too loud.

JB
JohnB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First visit to Saraceno's and it was excellent. Table ready when promised, wait staff was friendly and prompt, food was very good. Recommend reservations as the place filled up quickly. Will return.

MA
MattA
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to eat at Saraceno’s.
Every effort is to ensure you have a wonderful meal!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cozy and authentic Italian place!

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Amanda
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would certainly recommend this particular restaurant in the North End solely based on the staff and their customer service. Don't get me wrong, the food was delectable, but if you're looking for a quaint, authentic location where you'll feel like you're at your Italian relatives house, this is the place. We went on New Year's Eve and for a friend's birthday and it was nothing short of fantastic. Side note, as a person with a gluten allergy, I was overwhelmed with how good their gluten free pasta was!

TB
vipTheBtonzet
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food4service2ambience4

We have been eating here for years and have always enjoyed it. However we have noticed the prices keep going up. I am sad to say that last night is the las night we will ever eat here. There is no kids menu so no prices for any kids food. We ordered 1 plain spaghetti and meatball to split between our two girls and they also got chocolate milk. When we got our bill we were blown away by the price. $15.99 for the spaghetti, $12.99 for the meatball add on and $8.00 for the chocolate milk. So, $37 for 1 kids spaghetti and chocolate milk. In comparison, we went to Maggiano’s today and it was $6.99 and that included the milk and desert. You folks should be ashamed of yourselves. My wife and I both ordered an appetizer and a drink for ourselves, so you were definitely making money off us. Charging $40 for a kids meal is a joke. Maybe that is why on New Years Eve there were 4 empty tables at 7PM.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good meal. Good service.

JA
vipJudithA
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I would recommend asking for a seat far away from the door. Large groups with baby carriages kept coming in & holding the doors open for long periods of time so the cold and wind were blowing on us constantly. The food was delicious and of very good value. Staff was efficient in cramped, crowded space, attentive, and very professional.

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 890 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.