Ristorante Saraceno

4.4
999 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 999 people are saying
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MaghanF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled upon Saraceno and loved it. The carbonara was my personal favorite entree, but everything was delicious. Their caesar salad was one of the top five I've ever had (not too creamy, not too oily). The staff was friendly, attentive, and kind.

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StevenC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Boston and it's owner, Frank, is always there to ensure quality and excellent service.

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Tenaj
Tulsa
15 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent little gem. Service was great. Sea bass was cooked perfectly.

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vipJoe30
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , Great service, will definitely be back..

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vipLuv2dine
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Typical North End feel, many outdoor spots too. The food was good, the service was fine. The red sauce was very tasty and the calamari was light and crisp. Would return!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn’t actually get to eat here. Made a reservation for 7:30 on a Friday and wouldn’t have been surprised to wait a little bit past that time considering it being a weekend night. However, they don’t seem to have any real system to check in or track reservations - the poor host would just have to step out into the crowd of people surrounding the door waiting to be seated, and the most aggressive people would get rewarded by getting a table. I waited around for 20 minutes and never got the host to even notice me. Went somewhere else for dinner.

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MaryS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All parts of the meal were very nice. If you want a quiet dinner, however, do not eat outside on a Friday night! Hanover Street is packed and noisy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

They don’t seem to have a system to keep track of reservations and they do not have a host/hostess stand. It took a very long time after we ordered to receive our food. After we were finished, we waited 25 minutes and then had to flag down the waiter to give us our check. The table next to us had the same problem. We were outside so I am sure that was the reason despite outdoors being very packed. Overall food was decent but did not feel special or nice by any means. Would not go back.

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PDiner
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Restaurant. We've enjoyed a wonderful pre-race Boston Marathon meal for several years now. Lots of different friends have joined us over the years and everyone is always pleased. Relaxing, cozy atmosphere (you will feel as if you are in Italy) and delicious homemade Italian dishes. They were also extremely accomodating when we had to add or remove people to our reservation. Highly recommend!!

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ROBERTC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent place to eat. Loved the ambiance. Highly recommend.

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vipDanielH
New York Area
158 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent evening. Food is always great here. The only downside tonight was that our server did not offer coffee or dessert. But everything is upside down these days so we will definitely e back!

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LaurenC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious! Service was great. Music was a little odd at times but overall nice ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular

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vipGoodstuff
Louisville
32 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Looks like a small place coming off the street but basement is huge with lots more tables. Dinner was delicious and great service.

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vipRC2463
Key West
23 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Just okay. Had reservations at 7. Wasn’t seated til almost 7:30. Hostess clearly doesn’t like her job, could barely talk to you, certainly couldn’t smile. Not good when you’re the one greeting people. Very crowded, tables super close to one another. We were in a corner table, next table was seated a few minutes later and 2 of the 4 folks could hardly get into the chairs. One guy and myself kept bumping elbows even though we kept adjusting our chairs.
Tables were in the basement of building, cute but very narrow stairs and low ceilings.
Food super slow to come out. Stuffed mushroom app was supposed to be sausage/breadcrumbs/cheese. Only came with breadcrumbs-no sausage, no cheese. Very blah.
Entrees just ok, nothing special. With all the fabulous restaurants in the north end I certainly wouldn’t return to this one.

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Nehocyma02
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We used to love going here. They used to make us feel like family, but the last time we went was less than par. We asked for balsamic for the caprese salad, it never came. We were never told the pricing of the specials so when we got the bill that was a shock and the parm cheese made me food taste moldy… this was definitely not what we are used to when we come here.. hopefully next time will be better

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Horrible experience. We were taken the the third floor of a completely dead quiet room and when we had to order we were urged to order all at once. Overall we overpaid for average food and rude/rushed service.

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CathleenP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner greeted us when we walked in and couldn't have been more accommodating. He was eager to make sure we got the perfect table to sit at. The food was out of this world. There were 5 adults and every plate looked like it was licked clean! I can't wait to go back.

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CherylD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was grear

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ChrisC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best eggplant parmigiana I've ever tasted!

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Dave
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great North End restaurant. Food was delicious and staff was excellent.

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DanielleD
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and great food! Always a great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were seated 20 minutes late, our table was not cleaned after the previous guests, it took 30 minutes just to get bread and water, and even then nobody came over to even ask us if we wanted anything to drink. Since it was nearly an hour after our reservation was scheduled to start and we still hadn’t seen a server, we decided to leave.

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vipKelsey
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience1

We got sat in a table that was way too small and people constantly kept bumping into us. The music speakers were also right above us and so loud we couldn’t hear each other. The food was decent but the portions were fairly small

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viplorraineh
New England
28 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. With all the choices in the North End - Saraceno's is always a great choice. Not a tourist trap! Just great food at reasonable prices.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wedding anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner, Frank, welcomed us and the whole staff was very welcoming. The warm welcome was made all the better by great food, one of the best Italian meals I’ve had, and great fellowship with friends. Highly recommend Saraceno!

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NoraS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
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
59 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.

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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!

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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!

FAQs

Ristorante Saraceno offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 227-5353.

Ristorante Saraceno is rated 4.4 stars by 999 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.