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Ristorante Saraceno

286 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-1804 (North End)
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Ranked #161 of 2,815 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: North End
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170 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
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English first
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

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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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

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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New York City, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

Every time we visit Boston,we always have dinner at Ristorante Saraceno in the North End. They really know how to prepare seafood and their Antipasto di Mare Della Casa was a delicious salad, a combination of octopus and calamari. The Spaghetti with Vongole(clam sauce) is fresh and perfectly prepared. Service is Old World style professional. This place is genuine which... More

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Hawi, Hawaii
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

From the minute we wakled into this North Boston Little Italy restaurant, around 7 pm in late May, with five hungry adults, a tired one year old and a rambunctious 3 year old, I had low expectations about our meal. What a surprise! We were immediately shown upstairs, seated in a comfortable area where the children had their drinks and... More

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Omaha, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I went to this part of town on the hunt for some good gnocchi. As a southerner who lived up north for a while, it's not something I get anymore back home. I missed it. I was up north again. I wanted it. After looking at some different menus posted on the street, this place seemed to have what I... More

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

In Little Italy it's hard to NOT find a good Italian restaurant. But finding one you really want to eat at is a score! We stumbled in, after reading the street side menu. Asked for an open window seat. The hostess said they were "reserved" but the awesome older gentleman waiter said we could sit there! Fun seats, people watching.... More

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Woodinville, Washington
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We were recommended to go to this place because it is old world Italian: everything fresh. While the pasta might have been hand made, we have had better. The sauce was too thin. The veal marsala tasted more like it had a broth on it instead of a sauce. The veal parmesan was ok, but not the best we have... More

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Schenectady, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We went to dinner here based on the recommendation of the concierge at our hotel. When we first walked in, I thought we walked into the wrong door because there was a table right at the door and no host. We told them we had a reservation, but I don't think they card much, as it was a weekday and... More

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Stouport on Severn
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112 reviews 112 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The number of Italian restaurants in this area of Boston is just amazing. If you want something other than Italian food go somewhere else. When you walk down Hanover Street you are spoilt for choice. Which restaurant should we choose? Your decision, unless you have booked, will be governed by the availability of tables. We were in Boston for two... More

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Binghamton, New York
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97 reviews 97 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

My husband is still teasing me because we ended up in a wine closet in the basement (read prior reviews for reference). So ambiance was sort of lacking (people kept walking by banging into our table on their way to the bathroom). But....the food was really nice. And as others commented the house wine was quite good. $35 / person... More

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