Ristorante Saraceno

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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.
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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
New England
8 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
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cozy and authentic Italian place!

A
New England
1 review
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
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
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good meal. Good service.

JA
New England
9 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.

w
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Boston and the best for traditional Italian food. Chicken Cacciatore is the best anywhere.

WF
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great for Christmas Eve!!

f
New England
121 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This restaurant is one of our favorites in the North End. Very consistent. Excellent service. Great staff and owner. Three levels so don't walk away if it looks crowded. Over the years, I've tried most things on the menu and always very pleased. The food is wonderful. Some of my favorites - appetizers - muscles in red or white sauce, pasta fagioli, shrimp scampi, clams casino. great caesar salad too. main course - all pastas, great lasagna, and veal dishes too. Can't go wrong with anything!! Reasonably priced. Very accommodating. Enjoy! If you haven't been here, give it a try. You'll return again and again.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I Had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner!

LB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Over priced and poor service. Hostess was very rude

WL
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

No complaints on the service or the wonderful meal. The hospitality we received from the owner when we arrived was a bit surprising. Having travelled from New Hampshire to Boston for evening out in the North End, my wife and I were rudely welcomed by the owner as no staff was available upon entering. The service and meal were great but the experience will lead us to other restaurants in the area.

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Will definitely return!

s
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This place is about middle of the road for the North End. You're not going to have a terrible rememberable experience here. The service while quite friendly was exceptionally slow on the front end. We sat at the table for almost 15 minutes before being having our drink order taken. It seemed like things were coming out of the kitchen slow as many people around us were also without their food. However, the food came out at a reasonable time. The food was of acceptable quality, not bad and not great. I would recommend other spots in the North End before recommending this one.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The dinner was alright. Service was very slow and not the best... meal was good, but nothing special.

M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Basement bathrooms were some of the dirtiest I have seen since college.

PC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Interesting night. We had reservations, but when we got there, every table in view was taken, and we figured that we might have to wait a few minutes. No problem, right? But they led us to the back of the restaurant to another room - also full - then to another - also full. Then down a flight of steps to two more rooms, that were also full. Finally, we got to another room that was empty. It also had a distinct smell (just by the restrooms). After a few moments, we told the waitstaff that we preferred to eat in another room. No problem, we were told. We were led back through the maze of rooms back to the first room and then out the door! The waiter led us through another door (unmarked). up two flights of stairs, through two more rooms, to our final waiting (empty room). It was well decorated, like every other room. But felt kind of depressing as we were quite alone. All ended well. Other groups started filling up the other tables by the time we finished our app, and the food was quite good. Just didn't realize how large this restaurant was. Also, felt that we should have been given a better seat considering that we had advance reservations.

J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was definitely one of my top three Italian dinner meals I’ve ever had in my life I travel a lot in Europe and like Italian food a lot. even the Italians are not able to do it much better than this place!!!

D
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The service was a tad slow at first, but dinner and dessert were great and very quick! Everyone loved their meals. The only issue was the bread was a little stale and only 4 pats of butter for 4 people. A good value in Boston for sure!

W
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, service and overall experience. Saraceno has a “family Italian” ambiance both in service and the dining room.

JM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal one of the best I ever had!!!

BR
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great spot for dinner before an event at the Garden. Arriving by 5:30 was good because the tables did fill up but then some were available by 7:00. Excellent service, noise level was low but some tables close together if you are having intimate conversation yet tables easily adapt to 2 or 4. Great location on Hanover Street in the North End. We will go again.

DJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always can look forward to a great meal here. This time we were on a tight schedule due to a concert. Though they were absolutely slammed, we had our table on time, they expedited our service, and even customized a plate for us. We'll be back!

CM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Service was poor. Staff was unfriendly and food was mediocre. For what we paid I don’t think we got our money’s worth. To have an unfriendly staff makes for a poor service and time.

SS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was amazing! The service was very slow and our waiter didn’t greet us for about 10 minutes.

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly charming & authentic. The perfect place to celebrate my birthday with family.

h
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great, location fabulous!!!
We felt like we were in an Italian grotto.

OT
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Love this restaurant and this was our second visit. Food is amazing as always, but the service was not as great tonight. We would still return because the good is great!

QM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply The Best!!!! Frankie the owner is outstanding.

OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner! The spaghetti with clams in fra diavolo red sauce was delicious. My husband had the shrimp and lobster scampi. Amazing! Excellent service and great food

K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, atmosphere was amazing, a little loud because it's a relatively small space and everyone is having such great conversations! Service was excellent.

L
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Servers were good. They had nothing non carbonated and non alcoholic other than milk. No juices or even ice teas. Food was good not amazing

CA
New England
31 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday with a lovely meal. Fiore made it extra special with a surprise dessert. Very memorable!

DM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Saraceno’s!
The staff is pleasant, friendly, helpful and the food is always delicious- best lasagna in the North End!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We loved the warm, welcoming and cozy feeling of Ristorante Saraceno. Our young son loved his gnocchi and we really enjoyed the special fish of the day, as well as the linguini with white clam sauce. Our server was very helpful in picking out a nice and reasonably priced wine. We waited for quite a while for our appetizers after ordering, but other than that, it was a really lovely experience. We will return!

HK
New England
30 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saraceno is always fabulous! We go often and have never been disappointed.

D
New England
26 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, recommend

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation through open table however the restaurant does not honor reservations. So when we arrived we had to wait in the same line that everyone else did. Literally making open table pointless. We ended up having to go to a different restaurant after having waited for 47 minutes.