Ristorante Saraceno

4.4
599 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 599 People Are Saying
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RB
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good value for the price. Friendly staff.

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TL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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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
7 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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New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was ordinary in a neighborhood with excellent choices. We sat near door. It was 50 degrees and they would not close it when we asked.

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great location, great food, portions could be a little bigger. Service was excellent!

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j
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We loved the restaurant-when we arrived as though it was busy we were able to carry on a conversation. When we left we were so thankful to walk out the door! The noise level was so out of hand there was no way we could hear one another. We chose not to have coffee and dessert because it was that bad. The dinner, the service, the wine-all lovely.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

More gnocchi on the dish next time please

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MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and interesting ambiance. The varied dining areas from the first floor to the basement, and up two floors offer a variety of seating options. The food was amazing - my shrimp scampi was not overwhelmed with butter. The pasta was delicious and the butter oil sauce was subtle and unbelievably tasty!

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N
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent little Italian place on the North End side. Great food, good services, and very good overall experience. The food was well priced and hearty.

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C
Cincinnati
38 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the entire experience here. The food was as described. Classic Italian dishes. A quiet atmosphere inside, in stark contrast to the bustle outside in the North End. Friendly staff.

If you’re driving, they do validate for self-parking for the Haymarket Garage Parcel 7, which is about 3 blocks away. Otherwise you can pay for valet ($25) right in front of the restaurant.

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DH
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious!!! The ambiance was nice. When I’m back in Boston I will be eating there again!!

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BH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional. Great wine list and waiter helps match wine to your meal choice. Authentic Italian. Warm and welcoming.

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MF
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great - it was VERY busy Saturday night and we had a reservation. Had to remind them a few times and push for a table but it was worth it.

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d
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

It’s a tourist trap. Food was average, venue was crazy crowded, but service was good. There are better dining options than this in Boston.

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B
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good variety of Italian specialties. Enjoyed the veal francese and was allowed some substitutions in a pasta dish. Friendly service and nice atmosphere. Steep stairway if you eat upstairs!

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DC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. Can’t wait to go back and try something different.

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KW
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We wanted an authentic North End eatery that would work for two families with teens and tweens after a long day on the Freedom Trail. Saraceno, and especially our server, Sergio, did not disappoint. It was a perfect atmosphere for our group and kind of fun to be seated downstairs past the wine cellar. The dishes were delicious, with enough variety to please everyone in the group and reasonable prices. Super find thanks to OpenTable.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

Food was okay, service as good as McDonald’s. Won’t be back as I was not that impressed and so many other good places in the north end to go to

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CH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Super crowded and loud. Gave us a seat in the Basement next to two big groups having celebratory dinners (bachelor and bachelorette parties). We asked if we might sit upstairs and that we were willing to wait, and they were very rude. We left and didn’t eat. Will not be going back or recommending to any friends or colleagues. Ended up going to nice Italian restaurant on Newbury street.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing! Staff was great and super helpful!! Food was very delicious and well priced. Would go back again in a heart beat!!

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CL
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a friends birthday.. The food was Great as well as the service!!

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KH
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great time. food was great. However...we had a 6:45 reservation and did not get seated until 7:30 and we could not get an explanation or estimate of how long it would be. Once seated, everything was great.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had pretty high expectations and the meal was quite good. In the north end it represented Italian well. What was problematic was the very low light level, forcing use for the first time by me of a flashlight via my cell phone.

I think it is really nice and rated well. Our service was new to working tables and she really tried and just needs some more experience.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was tasty, however one of the meals served was a bit cold.

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