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Ristorante Saraceno

4.3
4.3
1128 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily: 11:30am - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 227-5353

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Joe Catinella

  • Catering

    No

  • Private party facilities

    Please call us at (617) 227-5888 for more information.We do have private rooms for large events

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Cross street

    Hanover Street

  • Parking details

    We gladly offer our customers parking validation for up to three hours. We also have valet parking outside of the restaurant.

  • 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, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

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What 1,128 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. CR

    ChuckR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, my guests and I were very happy with Saraceno's; everything was excellent - the food, the service, the ambience. Frank and Jose were fantastic and gave us their usual five-star service. I often bring business clients to Saraceno's for dinner, and they're always thrilled. It's a wonderful restaurant for a dinner with friends, business associates, etc. I've been a North End resident for many years, and this is the place I keep coming back to - again and again. They're a consistently high-quality restaurant, and the service is top-notch.
  2. NB

    NicoleB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Food was fine, nothing outstanding though. Service was mediocre.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    Service was poor. Not recommended.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food4service3ambience1
    Restaurant was too crowded and could not accommodate us at our reservation time. Then we were seated in the downstairs which is essentially a basement with low ceilings. It was drafty and the ambience was very depressing.
  5. V

    Vicheinz

    New York Area

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    We came to Saracena to reconnect with friends. The food was excellent but it was so noisy that we couldn’t have a conversation with the couple we met up with. We wished we would have sat outside, perhaps it would have been a little quieter.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely little spot with amazing old world Italian fare. Cozy atmosphere and an owner with a personality to match. Lovely experience.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    This restaurant is comical. When in the North End, it is easy to throw a stone and hit a hundred incredible Italian restaurants. Unfortunately, this was not that experience. The ambiance is notable for its hilarity - more of an Olive Garden than Olive Garden could ever wish to be. The service was terrible - impossibly slow and did not deliver what we ordered correctly. With two bottles of wine, NEITHER were on the menu or what we ordered - not the year nor the region. The food was on par with Olive Garden. For being so close to the ocean, the seafood was rubbery and tasteless. The carbonara was pathetic. We had to ask for and dispute the check four times. The only thing that saved this meal was good company. Save yourself the time and pick ANY OTHER RESTAURANT IN THE NORTH END. If I could give this experience 0 stars, I would.
  8. JL

    JenniferL

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    It was a very bad experience, we waited for at less 20 minutes before anyone came to help us. We have to get their attention before they started giving us any service.
  9. CK

    CarolK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Have not had a chance to come back to this restaurant in years. Just as great as always!
  10. C

    Carl

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve tried all the restaurants in the North End but we still come back to Saracenos! It’s quiet, romantic and the food is always delicious. We started with the calamari and I had the rigatoni abruzzi (best in the state!) and my wife had the Chilean sea bass. We each had a few glasses of different wines to pair throughout and the shots of complementary lemoncello at the end were the perfect way to end a great meal. Service is great too. Take a second to say hi to Frank and his team. They’ve been a staple there for the 12+ years we’ve been going there.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal. Gnocchi to die for. Bolognese is unreal. Portions are such good sizes and the wait staff was incredible! Beautiful, intimate restaurant with gorgeous ceiling and artwork. Can’t wait to go back.
  12. SB

    SharonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ristorante Saraceno was a referral from a woman I sat next to on the plane to Boston. We went there the first day and it set the standard for everything we ate. The food was superb! Everything was delicious. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was relaxing. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
  13. ER

    ElenaR

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious and great staff.
  14. MA

    MattA

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delicious meal!! Service top shelf! Frank is a great host.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and Ambience.
  16. DS

    DelayedService

    New England

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    This is a review of the service, not the food, because we never had the opportunity to order. We arrived about 10 minutes early for a 7pm reservation and waited about 15 minutes before someone greeted us and finally got us sat. We were taken down to the basement level through several dining rooms to a completely empty room. It was dark, musty and had the lovely view of a bunch on stacked chairs, tables and unused restaurant equipment. A server came by with water and a basket of STALE bread. And then we waited, and waited, and waited. The bus person came by twice to refill water glasses, but he was unable to take our order. After 20 minutes of waiting, we finally got up and left. I know staffing is an issue everywhere, but don't take the reservation if you can't service the table.
  17. HL

    HLAD

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Try the eggplant parm!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Good food, but very poor service.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Large bug in salad. They barely said sorry gave us dessert as a sorry I guess.
  20. C

    Carlo

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Beyond rude staff, the food was alright but not for the price or the annoyance of going there much better restaurants in the North End.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite north end
  22. DD

    DelishDiva

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate on the top floor - great for a date and conversation. Everything was delicious and the service was very good. Excellent choice on the North End.
  23. K

    Kurzone

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. A must when in Boston
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Disappointing
  25. J

    Jersey52

    Houston

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the many gems of the North End, perfect for traditional Neapolitan dining. The house salad was a mix of greens, olives, and pepperoncini for just the right bite. Fettuccine bolognese with a touch of heat(as suggested by our server) was rich and delicious. And perfect crusty, dense bread to scoop all the gravy. Too full for dessert! Next visit….
  26. SP

    SteveP

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Service was very slow but we were there on a busy Mother’s day. Food was good, not exceptional. Bread was so so with butter packets, no oil. House salad was basic. Pasta was a bit el dente with very mild sauces. Overall we had a fine experience with good food that had appropriate portion sizes.
  27. M

    Mimi

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated a Birthday on a busy Saturday evening. Staff were attentive, Food was excellent.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Went here for my graduation dinner and it was so nice! The food is BOMB
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is fabulous! You won’t be disappointed. Most delicious!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant I go over and over, they make me feel like I’m eating at the best restaurant in the area great service food is very good as ever thanks frank…..
  31. y

    youngho

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service and food with value!
  32. JB

    JillB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I brought my twin daughters for their sweet 16 birthday party with their friends. They had an amazing dinner. So cozy downstairs and the food was amazing. They did a tiramisu for my girls and sang Happy Birthday! So sweet! I would definitely dine here for the service as well as the food! The owner was so welcoming and I felt like I was going to eat at my grandfather's house in the north end!
  33. T

    Tory

    Raleigh

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This restaurant came highly recommended for a friend and it did not disappoint. The food was excellent! My wife had the shrimp scampi and she said it was the best she had ever had. The restaurant is a little small so it was a little loud but worth it. Reservations may not be necessary but I recommend it as this place was busy!
  34. LG

    LisaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner at Saraceno’s. Our waitress was friendly, the food was delicious, and never felt rushed to leave. Highly recommend!
  35. LL

    LittleLeslie

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience1
    As a New York Italian i was embarrassed to host my friends here. I hosted a dinner that included 1 other American Italian and 5 black friends. Our table was largely ignored, I had to flag our server down for most of our time there. Our server never smiled, never welcomed us, we felt like we didn't exist. And my black friends experienced an additional level of rudeness. I informed our server we felt unwelcome, asked him to apologize and start making us feel like we were valued customers. His apology was "I'm sorry, i don't know what i did wrong", which tells me he didn't listen to me saying we felt unwelcomed and ignored compared to the attention the other tables were getting. When i host friends for an Italian experience in North End, i expect a special night for them. That's my goal. Food is an expression of love and caring. It's our culture, at least the way i was raised. On my annual trips to Boston, i host friends in North End for them to feel that. My friends and guests last night didn't get a the special night that i wanted for them here. I was truly embarrassed by the servers behavior. My hope in this review is that they train their servers to be friendly and attentive to everyone, regardless of who the customer is. Everyone should feel welcome.
  36. NB

    NicholasB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food and Service was excellent! Cute small restaurant with nice ambiance. Definitely would go back.
  37. S

    Sheila2015

    Savannah

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience. We sat in the wine room. The food was authentic and delicious and we can’t wait to return !
  38. e

    eater

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tiny place but they have this really cozy downstairs space.
  39. SK

    SteveK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service....great people. The staff is great and very engaging..
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Enjoyed a fantastic meal.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

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

Ristorante Saraceno is rated 4.3 stars by 1128 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Ristorante Saraceno

286 Hanover Street Boston, MA 02113

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Hanover Street

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Hours of operation

    Daily: 11:30am - 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We gladly offer our customers parking validation for up to three hours. We also have valet parking outside of the restaurant.

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Joe Catinella

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 227-5353

  • Catering

    No

  • Private party facilities

    Please call us at (617) 227-5888 for more information.We do have private rooms for large events

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