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Ristorante Saraceno

#109 of 2,680 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 151
    Excellent
  • 91
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Size of this restaurant is deceiving.

My husband chose this restaurant through TripAdvisor. We hadn't been to the North End in a long time. When we arrived we saw a small dining area visible from the street. A couple & their child in a stroller were waiting. It was an early dining time of around 5 or 5:30PM on a Saturday. The hostess... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
Terry S
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Avon, Massachusetts
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Stamford, Connecticut
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I eat here every time I am in town, and they treat you like family. The size of the restaurant is deceptive-it has many levels and looks smaller than it is. The food is delicious! I have never had a bad experience here.

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Thank KikiLCT
Niagara Falls, Canada
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant was so amazing that we went 2 nights in a row. I went with my boyfriend & my parents & both nights we ordered different meals. Veal/chicken parm, veal/chicken piccata, calamari, italian antipasto, veal puttanesca .. it was all unreal. The restaurant is very small when you first walk in, but there is seating downstairs also. Both nights... More 

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Thank Katie C
Hampton, New Hampshire
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67 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recommended by a friend; now recommend (without reservations) by me. Alex, our most engaging and attentive table host, didn't miss anything all evening. My 25yo son and I wanted a GuysNightOut and decided, on a Friday evening (what was I thinking?) to enjoy the North End. Saraceno was the perfect choice. We were seated immediately, downstairs in a private spot,... More 

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Thank CaptDoug
Cheshire, Connecticut
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83 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

We have come to this restaurant when we are in town with time for dinner... a few times over the last few years, and each time we are so happy we did. The food is wonderful and the wait staff treats us well. There are many choices in the North End, but we will continue to return here because we... More 

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Thank fiveinalog
Avon, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

My husband chose this restaurant through TripAdvisor. We hadn't been to the North End in a long time. When we arrived we saw a small dining area visible from the street. A couple & their child in a stroller were waiting. It was an early dining time of around 5 or 5:30PM on a Saturday. The hostess asked how many... More 

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Thank Terry S
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

We made a reservation to be on the safe side. We arrived at 7 pm for our reservation. When we got there we were pleasantly greeted by a wonderful Italian man. At first we thought the restaurant was small but it extends through the back and downstairs. We ate downstairs in a quaint room. The walls were lined with wine... More 

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Thank gabbynange
New York City, New York
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

We did not have a reservation but the restaurant was able to accommodate us. Really good food. Ambiance was perfect. We sat on the 3rd level and it was cozy. I love it! I had the chicken parm. and it was really good.

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Thank 1390brittanyp
Marlboro, New Jersey
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Very low key from the front. Walk in and up a flight of stairs and perhaps another flight down. You could be in a scene from Goodfellas but without the flash. Waitstaff was professional, not pushy and never made you feel rushed. Waistaff covered for each other as opposed to just watching their own tables. Food was classic Italian, which... More 

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Thank Rick D
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

The good news is that the seafood is good. Their octopus in a caper and olive sauce was delicious, and reasonably priced. My wife's clams in spaghetti sauce was also good; the fried calamari were so-so. The problem was that there we saw about four roaches. Or that's my best guess as to what they were; they seemed to be... More 

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Thank Joseph S
Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

This place will never make any "trendiest restaurants" lists. And its name will not ring any bells with foodies looking for celebrity-chef eateries. And that's exactly what makes it so great: a homespun, owner-run (Frank's been standing watch forever) place with absolutely delicious food, and nothing (nothing!) pretentious about it. Ask to eat downstairs in the little "Mediterranean" cafe. And... 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: Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, 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?

Staying in North End

Neighborhood Profile
North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.