Ristorante Saraceno

4.4
1043 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 1043 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not much to say, the 5 stars pretty much say it all. The food is unbeatable, the atmosphere feels like family and the scenery feels like home.

JD
vipJanD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it doesn't get any better than saraceno's. fine food, great service, wonderful place to have a nice dinner without the rush of the chain restaurants.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Great service and had such a wonderful birthday dinner!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Downstairs dining ambiance is incredibly cozy and intimate (we dined with two kids and it was still a great area of the restaurant to dine - preferred to upstairs which is associated with more entry and bathroom traffic). Good portions sizes, friendly waitstaff.

GL
GeraldL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. The food was delicious. Would recommend this restaurant to all our friends and to anyone who loves fantastic Italian food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best night out this trip. Incredible food, very intimate ambiance. We will be back!

D
vipDebbie
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was great service was good drinks were good. The only complaint we had was the antipasto was terrible there was nothing in it. If you are going to charge 17 dollars for an antipasto that is small you have to put some meat in it. We should of sent it back . Other than that I would go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We took our family to have Italian food here. We usually come here every time we are in Boston!

MR
MattR
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ristorante Saraceno is old school Italian American, and they do it well. It had been many years since I'd been there. It was exactly as I remembered. Much of the North End tries to hard and feels like a rip off. At Sarceno you get exactly what you expect. Healthy portions on Neapolitan cuisine and good friendly service are staples. Recommended.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Awesome dinner. Was given 2 desserts to celebrate a birthday and engagement. Also was given a round of lemon cello! Felt very Covid safe as we had our own little room. Thanks for a great evening

CG
CarolynG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in town! The place feels small and intimate but actually is huge.

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

Excellent Christmas Eve dinner with family.

DP
DougP
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although small, the feeling inside felt intimate. The owner Frank greeted us a sat us immediately. Our server Jose was spot on and extremely pleasant and welcoming. We ordered an antipasto salad for 4 and it was perfecto! Our meals were all delicious. Frank came over and talked to us for a while and made us feel really welcome at home!
Look forward to going again in the future!

NB
NancyB
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed a holiday lunch at Ristorante Saraceno with 6 colleagues. Food was delicious and the service was great. At the end of our meal we were each given a lemoncello. Overall it was a wonderful experience and everyone was in a festive mood - we will definitely be back!

PM
PeterM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the owner, Frank, makes you feel as if you are a guest at his home. Very comfortable and incredible food.

RB
RyanB
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Made a reservation and it was not upheld. Waited outside for an additional 45 minutes. Other parties of the same size were seated before only because they pushed their way into the restaurant ahead of those that were waiting. There is no system for taking names either for waiting. From what was observed larger parties that made their presence extremely clear were seated before those who had waited longer times.
Once we were finally seated the service was a bit slow, might have been a busier night so not entirely upset about that. The table we were sat at was in the basement area next to a shelf. The shelf had what looked like mice droppings on it and when we had asked about this our waiter only brushed it away, we had at least hoped they would use a wet wipe or equivalent to clean the area.
The food and meal were good but nothing that gave me a wow factor. The food is a bit overpriced, but I understand most restaurants in the north end can suffer from this.
Overall with the wait and what we found when we were finally seated we will not be dining here again. Was looking forward to trying the location but not worth the trouble.

JB
JBM78
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food as always was outstanding. Seating was tight quarters. We had asked for a table on the street level as we had someone with a walking handicap with us, but after calling ahead to request Saraceno was not able to accommodate. Would still go back.

MO
vipMichelleO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The hostess did not acknowledge our reservation and was so rude. After 30 minutes of waiting we left.

AR
AutumnR
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at reasonable prices. Authentic Italian cuisine.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cecelia is a wonderful hostess! Food was amazing as was our server Selvan.

CW
CarolynW
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was horrible. It was a busy Saturday night but we had no dedicated server and it took almost an hour and a half to get someone to take our dinner order. That's ridiculous. The food was good when we finally got it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Had a reservation and still had to wait an hour for the tables. Good was pretty mediocre

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I absolutely adore this restaurant, the only thing that I can say negatively is that the last 2 times that I've eaten there, they have sat us right in front of the door. In the summer it was ok, but this weekend, it was freezing! I should have said something so that's on me! The service is impeccable, old school wait staff and the food is out of this world.. there are so many choices in the North End, but I keep coming back!!

LU
Lola2U
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was excellent. On a Friday night, the service was pretty good. This restaurant has a small downstairs room which is very quaint and looks like a wine cellar but felt a little claustrophobic in Covid times. It also was very loud for people who have difficulties hearing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! We were going to a show - our food came out quickly and was delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunately the restaurant had overbooked with reservations and was not organized by using a list. Whom ever had the loudest voice got in first. After waiting 45 minutes after our reservation we decided to leave as they were not able to pinpoint a time we’d be seated. On the positive folks that left said the food was good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

The service was terrible. We waited over 1.5 hours for our food. The meal was okay; nothing too exciting or delicious. Very disappointing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Family visit

VS
VolkerS
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming, great food, fun ambience. Highly recommended.

MR
MichaelR
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing and very reasonably priced. I would definitely go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quintessential North End experience. Dependable menu with generous portions. Professional and efficient wait service. Front of the house makes you feel welcome and special. The interior is tight and dated, but somehow adds to the charming experience.

CW
CarmelW
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

friendly, neighborhood cafe, owner or manager was hands on and in the dining room a lot - wonderful meal and nice bottle of wine - house - well priced

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Don’t bother making a reservation, they may or may not honor it. Very disappointing. Many people waiting in a line outside with reservations and they take who you know over honoring reservations.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

This restaurant took far too many reservations then they could accommodate. Their reservation system is haphazard at best. If somebody approach the door to open it to walk into advised that they were there for their reservation, the hostess basically shove them back out the door and situate on the sidewalk. When we offered to give our name for the reservation, she didn’t care! Approximately 20 minutes after our reservation time, we were led down into the basement level, through a dining room, and to a table that could only be accessed by inconveniencing another patron. The whole basement dining area is a fire hazard, and the ceilings are about 6 feet high! I definitely would not recommend a visit to this place

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter Jose was great. Had a really noisy disrespectful group next to us and Jose was sweet enough to offer to move us to a table downstairs. Food was great and downstairs ambiance is adorable. If it wasn’t for Jose we otherwise would have got the check after our drinks and left, glad he stepped in and saved our dinner.

BB
vipBettyB
New Mexico
22 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and ambiance was wonderful. The only ding is due to the fact that reservations taken were not used. There is no hostess with the reservation list, just someone out front asking how many… so be prepared to wait for your table - if you can wait it out, the food and service is great.

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similes
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Reservations were not a problem - restaurant was half empty on a Friday evening in the North End. The flavors were good. The antipasto was small. House wine was fine. The patron was less than friendly.

M
Moey
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ristorante Saraceno was recommended to us from a friend in NJ and it did nothing disappoint! I was a little nervous when I saw the size of the restaurant not realizing it had a downstairs. We will definitely return the next time we’re in the area.

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vipmichaelw
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ristorante Saraceno is definitely one of the best Italian restaurants in Boston! We especially loved their seafood dishes!

Great for families and special occasions and just regular dates!

PM
PeterM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner, Frank, treated us like family

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 1043 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.