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Ristorante Saraceno

#202 of 2,672 Restaurants in Boston
#216 of 2,885 Places to Eat in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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North End
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286 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-1804
617-227-5888
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 117
    Excellent
  • 73
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food & Atmosphere; Horrible service but owner made good

We were a party of 8 on a Saturday night - first time here. We followed the hostess down some stairs and through a maze of rooms and tunnels until we got to our table. Really great atmosphere. Our waiter recited all the specials, took our drink order. He returned with our drinks, took our food... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
NewEnglandMom
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Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We were a party of 5 looking for an early dinner on a busy Saturday. We were greeted immediately but the hostess went into the back and a waiter came over and spoke to us as if we didn't belong asking "May I help you?" in a very nasty tone. We were seated but felt instantly uncomfortable. If I hadn't... More 

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Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We were a party of 8 on a Saturday night - first time here. We followed the hostess down some stairs and through a maze of rooms and tunnels until we got to our table. Really great atmosphere. Our waiter recited all the specials, took our drink order. He returned with our drinks, took our food order and we never... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This was not the first visit for some in our party. Street-level floor was full, so we were in the lower level, which was fine with us. Décor was Italian funky and the background music was Italian and toned down, which made dining pleasant. (I avoid restaurants with loud music.) The waiter recited the day's specials, and is applauded for... More 

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Norman
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138 reviews 138 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Had pass by this restaurant two days ago after already eaten dinner and just loved the aroma coming out of the restaurant...wonderful! So we ate dinner there tonight....best meal ever! Everything on the menu looked so good I couldn't decide on which pasta to get, so the server did a half and half....I didn't know this was possible! Both were... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

So many choices on the North End, it's hard to decide which one to end up at. Service was unfriendly and bread and oil weren't very good. Pasta was average. The atmosphere was very nice. We were on the second floor and it was very quaint.

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North Sydney, Australia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This might have been one of the worst Italian places I've ever been to. what can I start with? We were on a business dinner, the waiter pushed us to the basement just to make room for more people, although we asked for a table upstairs... We got a waitress who might have just started, she pushed the plates to... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Four of us got there for dinner. We got ushered in the basements going through several rooms upstairs then downstairs. Frankly it was kind of charming but for some reason, it felt like being parked out of the way in a sense that the room was full of families with kids (ok but the other rooms were not) and the... More 

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Jacksonvile, FL
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104 reviews 104 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015 via mobile

My friend and I stumbled upon this place when we were in north end looking for Mike's Pastry, it is a few doors down on the same side of the road. We both had a pasta dish which was wonderful. Pasta had a good flavor and the sauces were tasty and not too much for the pasta. The Alfredo was... More 

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Johns Creek
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Celebrating our anniversary with a trip to Boston, we returned to site of our 1st date, 19 years ago . The food was even better than I remembered. Bone in veal chop special, stuffed with prosciutto and cheese and topped with shiitake mushrooms was outstanding. House chianti very satisfying.

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Connecticut
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66 reviews 66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We had a lovely meal here recently while visiting Boston. The servers were attentive and the meal was quite good. A lovely salad, very good bread and a nice meal. Noticed that others that came in after us were given the 'specials' for the evening. For some reason we were not. Thought that was a bit odd. That being said... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 286 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-1804
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
  • Neighborhood: North End
  • Phone Number: 617-227-5888

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?