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Ristorante Saraceno

286 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-1804 (North End)
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Ranked #141 of 2,818 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Sun 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Mon 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wed 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thu 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: North End
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178 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
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Walnut Creek, California
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

So in the North End you'll either be wooed from the doorway (which can seem desperate) or you'll see a ridiculous line (thanks to trendy reviewer's guide perhaps)… we've tried a bunch, whether it's in the New World's "Little Italy" neighborhoods, or in, well, Italy. Ristorante Saraceno charmed us with its adorable downstairs pseudo-enchanted-grotto, its unabashedly good old-fashioned service (loved... More

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Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

It was a busy Thursday night in Little Italy and we looked at Saraceno's menu and decided to give it a try. Lucky for us, they had a table available in the cellar. The basement is uniquely decorated and quite cozy. We were seated and our very charming waiter came to tell us about all the specials. We got water... More

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Warwickshire, England
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69 reviews 69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We wanted real Italian cooking and were recommended this by someone at our hotel. Fantastic food, superb service. Frank the owner spent time with us and for most of the evening ended up being our waiter. Intimate atmosphere but if you want big pizza's forget it.... This is a place for true fans of Italian cooking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Wonderful food and awesome staff! Best Italian food we've ever had! Great atmosphere as well. We highly recommend this restaurant. Can't wait to come back!

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Altamont, New York
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Six of us were starving after drinking a bit too many cocktails on the wharf and walking to the North End with no reservation. We were getting desperate for food, and facing some long lines on a Friday night in Boston during prime dinner hour. We took a chance and entered Ristorante Sarceno, and were brought upstairs to a nice... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Located in the heart of Hanover St. in Boston, this little restaurant has a good selection of homemade Italian food. We were there on a Sunday afternoon. The experience started with some of the best homemade bread, butter or olive oil, a whole bowl of grated cheese on the table. We had Frutti del Mare and enjoyed it so much... More

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Hampton, New Hampshire
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Had a wonderful lunch at restorante Saraceno in the North End in Boston. One of the tastiest Eggplant Parmigiana I've had! Atmosphere is wonderful. Downstairs is like being in a grotto in Italy. Definitely will return.

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Boston MA
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We were here to celebrate a friends 90th Birthday. This is a what appears a very small and intimate restaurant. And it is on the street floor where were seated. Loved looking out on to Hanover St. And watching all the activity. There are rooms also upstairs and downstairs, plenty of room. However we had a reservation for four. Our... More

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I love it here . . . a small place (maybe 30-35 seats?) with consistently great food. This time had a way too big caprese salad that was fresh and absolutely perfect on a warm summer evening. Followed the salad with cheese ravioli and their awesome red sauce. There a ton of italian restaurants on Hanover Street, and I promise... More

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Orlando, Florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I have to put a disclaimer on this review. I love North End Boston. I love the little streets, the amazing food, the old Italian men that flirt with everyone and I love to sit in a North End establishment and enjoy a glass of wine and eat too many carbs. Disclaimer over. Ristorante Saraceno is one of my favorites.... More

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