Ristorante Saraceno

4.5
948 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 948 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMach
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was fantastic!

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PLang
Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on 7 May 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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vipBadExperience
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 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 1 May 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 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dinner out. Can't wait to return!

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HannahM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 April 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 24 April 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 22 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in the North End!!

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vipTheresaJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 10 April 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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vipChez
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on 10 April 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 9 April 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 9 April 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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chris
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Dishes were hot and services was good. Will come back

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MarkD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 4 April 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Was honestly very disappointed. I’m not one to complain on a review but tables were not properly spaced for covid and my portion of chicken parm was $22 for a very thin chicken cutlet and maybe 50¢ worth of pasta along with it. Many other places charge the same price for portions you can’t finish. My whole table finished their meals quickly and spent more time waiting for the check than we did waiting for our meal to come out.

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Padlaw
New England
23 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience1

This was the first time I ate at Ristorante Saraceno. I try to go to a different restaurant every time I eat in the North End. Both the food and service were good. However, the noise level in the restaurant was deafening. If you are looking for a romantic dinner, this is not the place for you. We were seated downstairs and it was very crowded. I thought there was still supposed to be some social distancing but it didn't seem like there was downstairs. We left just as a party of 8 was being seated near us. It was so noisy before I can't imagine what it was like after that party was seated. There are so many restaurants to chose from in the North End. I would chose a different restaurant the next time.

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LynneN
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Eduardo was great!! And the food/restaurant never disappoint!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome restaurant with outstanding food! One of the friendliest establishments in recent memory, with excellent service. Not a single complaint!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Just friends meeting up

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved this place so much!! Yummy food, great and friendly service, and so cute on the inside!

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paulv
New England
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

nice restaurant with nice atmosphere. however th dinner portions were very small for the price they charge. very noisy. hard to hear ourselves talk

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EWalt
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious, and the portions were pretty big. Great drinks as well!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Family reunion

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vipImaniH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, Cant wait to come back for outdoor seating and enjoy a nice summer night. Very good drinks and Very good fresh food.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome date night.

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Aaron
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice intimate setting, service was fantastic, and the food was delicious. Highly reccomend!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Think of the general visual aesthetic of The Godfather.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food3Service2Ambience2

No social distancinf at all

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Lucy
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience1

There was absolutely no social distancing. NONE! The food was good, but not worth the risk. Staff were not properly wearing masks either.

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JoshuaS
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place! I felt like I was actually eating at a restaurant where people enjoyed each others company all around.

The food was great, ambiance was great and the owner was VERY attentive and caring with what food left the kitchen.

I recently recommended you guys to friends of mine who may be stopping by this weekend so I’m sure they’d enjoy it just as much.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very Italian!!! The whole experience was like stepping into Naples & being welcomed into the family! Great Alfredo!

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PatrickL
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great old school Italian food. Frank is extremely welcoming and is eager to accommodate special requests. Really enjoyed the meal, have been there numerous times and we will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely outstanding, definitely going to go again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, amazing atmosphere highly recommend!!

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megpm
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So good! I have a lot of allergies to food, and they were able to whip up a delicious meal for me.

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Carl
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Possibly the best hidden gem in plain sight! Frank and staff are some of the nicest and hardest working folks and always go out of their way to ensure your dinner is perfect. The food is amazing and, in my opinion, is the best in the North End. We’ve eaten in practically ever restaurant in the area and we always use Saraceno as the measuring stick... And we keep coming back. I cannot recommend this place enough.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a cute restaurant and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing time!!! Great service and food. If you are going to the north end defiantly recommend!!

FAQs

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

Ristorante Saraceno is rated 4.5 stars by 948 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.