Ristorante Saraceno

4.5
972 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 972 people are saying
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NoraS
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent Mussels, fresh pasta, amazing Zuppa De Pesce. Overall, lovely ambience upstairs - very romantic. I love bread as a starter and would have liked a bit of olive oil with cheese instead of cold hard butter. That would be my only suggestion - improve the bread and butter/olive oil.

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vipsneezeme
New England
57 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place for authentic Italian food. Attentive staff, great options fir fresh seafood. Have dined here many times with our family and will plan to dine here again.

KM
KellyM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shrimp and scallop scampi was delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant reused napkins AND silverware AND glassware after a family left the table because it was taking too long. That is unacceptable

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, reasonable prices, good service, nice on street dining!

VP
vipValerieP
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place in the North End!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in the United States

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to visit our daughter and she took us to HER favorite Italian restaurant. This did deliver!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Served us leftover bread for another table. 3 hours before meals arrived.

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hannahf
New England
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here for my birthday with my family, it was great! the food was delicious, wine sooo tasty and the service was awesome. I forget my servers name but he made sure we had what we needed. the north end is always super busy but we sat near the window since we had a larger party and it wasn't bad at all. This place is definitely one of my new favorites and I can't wait to go back again

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Haven’t been there in years & was very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food2service2ambience2

It was ok. Would come back for sure!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Request the downstairs seating it is beautiful!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Awful service but they did their best. Good foos

CS
ClaireS
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on a really lovely evening. Food was excellent - I got a chicken Alfredo and my boyfriend got some sort of seafood pasta (can’t remember the name on the menu). Both amazing!! Service was on point and portions were perfect as well.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always will be my go to in the North End. Service is top notch and the food is the best around.

AM
vipAMSAMS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

First time to this particular restaurant in north end and will not be back. Too many other much better options. Food was below standards. Chicken piccata and Marsala meals had 2 small pieces of chicken and No pasta sides for $23 dollars. Very disappointing and small dishes & we needed to eat a second dinner after we left the restaurant. Skip this one……too many other options in north end.

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SteveS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a nice night out. Food was very good, the veal saltimboca was delicious!

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runningonq
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Our experience at Ristorante Saraceno was not a good one. The main reason is the value and service. We were greeted upon arrival and seated. Took a long time for the waitress to recognize us and take drink order. We had the Fried Calamari for app and we both ordered the Shrimp and Scallop With Linguini "Special". Lesson learned, always ask for the price of the Special. Let's start with the Calamari. For nearly $20 we were served a small portion of less than mediocre Calamari. Horrible value, sub-par quality. Traditional Frutti de Mare was on the menu for $30 but we didn't want the muscles and calamari that comes with the traditional dish so we ordered the Shrimp and Scallop With Linguini "Special". For $45 for this dish we were served over-cooked shrimp, over-cooked scallops with a small portion of linguini. In addition the side-muscle (the tough part) on the scallops was never removed. IMO this is unacceptable for a restaurant to serve scallops without removing the side muscle. Overall sub-par service, sub-par food, horrible value. Will never visit this restaurant again. Avoid, avoid, avoid this over-priced tourist trap.

JF
JessicaF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time celebrating a graduation at Ristorante Saraceno. We have come here in the past and it is our favorite restaurant in the North End. The service was perfect and the food was absolutely delicious, as always. We will be back soon!

JT
vipJoeT
New England
90 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

My food was way over cooked both my shrimp and calamari was terrible.
My wife’s meal also was not very good.

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vipMarilynM
New England
28 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Friendly service. Great wine. Best in The North End for Italian food!

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vipMach
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We were celebrating Mother’s Day. My mom ordered a boiled lobster because it was on their main menu, when they brought the plate it was only 2 small lobster tails. We told the waitress that on the menu it’s said boiled lobster that we were expecting a whole lobster and she said that they’re not in season right now so that’s why they didn’t have the whole lobster. So it was false advertising because if you’re just serving lobster tail than on the menu it should say boiled lobster tail.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic!

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PLang
Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the perfect place to hold a graduation dinner. Staff was attentive and friendly, food was excellent. We sat in the cellar/grotto. Such fun!

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vipConsistentlyDelicious
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were taken to a back basement room with low ceilings and the tables right next to each other without any partitions or COVID protocols in sight. We ordered drinks and an appetizer. A loud table of about 14 got seated near us and we weren't able to hear each other or get any server's attention. The big table got their food before our app came. We canceled our food and left the restaurant as fast as we could. It was uncomfortable being so close to people while we're still in the midst of a pandemic, and not being able to talk to each other due to how loud it was and how close others were to us.

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Carl
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in the North End! We have tried many, if not all on Hanover Street and keep coming back! Frank and his team have never failed to give us their best. This time we celebrated a birthday and the mood, service, ambience and food was fantastic! Thanks again!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner out. Can't wait to return!

HM
HannahM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Instead of any of the available outdoor tables, we were sat in a cramped upstairs room with strangers breathing down our necks. In a pandemic.

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vipWilliamH
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. Meals were priced reasonably. Staff were friendly. We sat outside which was great. I would highly recommend this restaurant when in Boston in the North End.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in the North End!!

TJ
vipTheresaJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

For a major silver (25th) anniversary, we returned to Saraccino’s with the request and info that we had celebrated our first anniversary there - no response at all. No acknowledgement - nothing. We were stuck downstairs with a packed rooms
No tables were NOT even close to being six feet apart. Sooooooooooo disappointed. Never ever ever going back. Thanks for the disappointment when I specifically asked for help to make this occasion special. Tried calling and no one answered. My daughter tried to have a bottle of wine and dessert delivered to the table the day before and the day of and no one understood what she was asking

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Chez
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Was able to get reservation on a very busy weekend. Not your most friendly greeter but did get us a nice table. Always have an issue when your not asked how everything came out or during the meal how is everything. We did get asked how was everything after we were done.

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Daphne
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Social distancing did not seem to be followed and neither did the capacity limits.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It’s a great spot. I frequent it a lot for all kinds of occasions. Fantastic food! Only thing is covid wise make sure your comfortable being in a basement.

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vipchris
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dishes were hot and services was good. Will come back

MD
MarkD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very exceptional Easter dinner. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was impeccable. Thank you for such a nice experience.

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 972 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.