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Ristorante Saraceno

#175 of 2,854 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
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, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 109
    Excellent
  • 67
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Not great

The food here isn't great. The prices are reasonable but you get quantity not quality. If you're after a big feed and don't know what real Italian food is then this place is good for you.

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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220 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

The food here isn't great. The prices are reasonable but you get quantity not quality. If you're after a big feed and don't know what real Italian food is then this place is good for you.

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Putney, Vermont
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64 reviews 64 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Found this place on a Friday night so was happy to get a table without reservation. Not busy and probably overlooked by many :/ small and doesn't stand out. Welcomed nicely, warm and cozy place. Very Italian from servers to food. Chicken picatta was very good. Fried calamari was delicious melt in your mouth with bland dipping sauce. Recommend -... More 

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Fairfield County, CT
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I've been to this small unassuming restaurant on several occasions. The first time was because our original choice was crowded and we didn't feel like waiting an hour to have dinner. Wow, what luck. We walked right in to this place was greeted and sat down. The waiter came over, gave us menus, spoke with us casually for a few... More 

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Tavistock, England, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Whist walking the Italian district we stumbled upon this place. Food was fantastic. Place is small but that just adds to the buzz.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

$12 glasses of house wine, no listing presented, just "chianti" DInners were good,nothing special. Cozy setting

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

I have been going here for over 25 years. The consistency never changes, and the prices srill remain resonable. Everyone loves the charming waiter Marcello, he is kind, helpful and adds to all the delight which makes Boston's Ristorante Saraceno the quintessential North End eatery.

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York, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

After a busy day we wanted some good food with little fuss. This friendly restaurant was not almost empty like others we passed and had a nice atmosphere. We had a glass of wine and a starter main and coffee and we were not rushed or left to wait for ages to be served. It was a pleasant evening meal.

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Lynn, Massachusetts
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

My husband and I went to this fine restaurant this past Saturday afternoon for lunch. When we entered, we were immediately seated at a table for two on the first floor. The service was awesome and the food was absolutely delicious! The only problem was that we were seated near the doorway and kids and patrons kept coming in, along... More 

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Winchester, Massachusetts
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We chose this restaurant for a good family meal for a special occasion on Saturday Nov 15th. The restaurant has mulitple dining rooms. They walked us downstairs and through several rooms and seated us at the furthest away table in the restaurant - the room was moldy smelling and a loud dehumidifier fan was right above the table. This was... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The food was very good. Classic Italian dishes but very well prepared. Also served many dishes without pasta which is hard to find in an old school Italian joint and I really appreciated. Be sure to try the broccoli, it was really amazing. But what really impressed me was the service. The waiters had a real attention to detail for... 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: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine
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?