Ristorante Saraceno

4.4
767 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Born out of our love of fine wines and traditional food, Ristorante Saraceno Italian/Napoletana style cuisine has become the premiere location for fine dining in Boston’s Historic North End. After traveling the Italian regions and sampling different cuisines, we decided to make our way back home and bring Napoli’s best to Boston. Our biggest challenge was finding the right, high-quality ingredients for the dishes we wanted to serve. We are dedicated to offering only the finest and freshest foods. We have also taken great care in assembling a team of only the best chefs and experienced kitchen and dining staff. Come and taste the experience yourself.
What 767 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
J
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ristorante Saraceno has been a go to place for my family for the past several years. The food is consistently good and the red sauce, the staple of any Italian restaurant is good. In addition, it is 3 doors down from Mike's Pastry which is a definite stop every time we go to Boston. However, we were at the restaurant on 8/10/19 and had an experience that might cause us to not return. We were seated in the lower level back in the far reaches of the restaurant, and then ignored by the wait staff. It took 20 minutes to get drinks and another 40 minutes to get appetizers, then every dinner came out separately over 15 minutes. To add to that, despite requesting a 2nd drink we never got it. Then the capper was my meal. I ordered the fried seafood plate and asked for it over linguini. I got a handful of linguini and a mountain of fried seafood (calamari, shrimp and scallops) that were so dry and just bad. Maybe we will give it another chance but this was a disappointing experience.

LT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of our favorites. Whenever we are in Boston we always come for dinner. Food is excellent and the atmosphere has the wonderful feeling of a little Italian home. There's no place like it.

TK
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place for a birthday!

DH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was simply awesome. We can’t wait to go back😎

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A friend recommended Ristorante Saraceno to us, when we told him that we would be traveling to Boston. He told us that it was his favorite in the North End and that he had always had a great meal. When we got to the restaurant, my husband and I recognized it as the Italian restaurant that we had gone to during our honeymoon in Boston 24 years ago! The owner showed us downstairs to the small table that we had dined at 24 years ago and sent us complimentary Limencello to enjoy after our meal. Our entire family had a wonderful time and enjoyed both the food and the atmosphere.

h
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Nothing very special. Crowded north end restaurant. Very busy. Waiter had so many tables in his defense he couldn’t take care of everyone. They forgot about our bread without a reminder. House wine by the glass was not cheap and mediocre.
It wasn’t horrible but I wouldn’t rush back. Caesar salad was doused in dressing, shrimp dinner had about 5 little shrimp. Eggplant was good.

S
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Very noisy and difficulty with restaurant temperature control

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening

AG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time dining here and will be back again. Ristorante Saraceno gives the quintessential north end experience! Right on Hanover street, the restaurant has big windows that open up to the street for an immersive meal. Knowledgeable staff and the menu includes all the classics. The downstairs space is beautiful, and gives off that old time-y authentic feel. Ambiance- check, food- check!

HK
New England
24 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant in the North End. Delicious food, great service, always attentive to our needs at the time. What more can a person ask for!!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very enjoyable great appetizers, dinner, desserts, and wine

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Took over 30 minutes to even get drunk order taken.

O
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Another great spot in the North End. Great food and the layout is fascinating if you prefer older buildings. I highly suggest the house wines! nothing on the menu will disappoint!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was delicious. But service was very very slow.

JN
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect!
Great authentic Italian food, good portions, friendly staff, overall wonderful experience.

K
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious authentic food, charming ambiance, great service!

A
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked last minute reservation on open table on Saturday night. Seated right away at table in basement which we were thankful for because we had our 2yo with us. Didn’t feel like a basement though. Ambiance was great. Food came right away. Fettuccine Alfredo and the veal saltimbocca. Both fantastic! Can’t recommend enough!

F
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, we had such a nice waiter and it was a really great dining experience!!! Only things: I wish there was music instead of silence and the bread as a starter was a little cold but seriously those are very knit picky thing. It was great overall!!

PA
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

In town on our last night of vacation, we were looking for an Italian meal after a week of lobster in Maine. We ordered the lasagne and the eggplant parmesan. The portions were huge but the food was just ok, nothing special. The owner said they use family recipes, and he still has family in Italy, but maybe the recipes need updating. The atmosphere was cute with tight seating on the main floor. It looked like some diners were seated downstairs but we didn't go there. It was a super hot evening but the ac kept us cool which was a relief.

P
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Saraceno. Brought a colleague for lunch this time and it was great. Dishes made to order, wait staff extremely professional and friendly. We'll be back and you should go there too!

B
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding ambience, service and food!

t
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A bit of a disappointment
Eggplant Parmesan was delicious
Gnocchi were terrible (no pillows here) but sauce was fabulous
Saltimbocca portion small but price appropriate
Red wine served at wrong temp
Seems like this place may be past it’s glory days

a
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Cute. Small. Good food. Great service. Fair price. Great wine. Not many tables. Family restaurant.

CC
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Quaint and inviting restaurant, however very noisy and average food.

GL
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to Ristorante Saraceno. The meal was spectacular. They have a wide variety of choices and everything is amazing.

LR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Typically Italian food, lasagna was meaty the way my wife likes it. Price was a little high for pasta.

A
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite when we’re in town. Excellent. We tell all our friends outside of Boston when they come here come to Saraceno!

KD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

We were looking forward to dining at this restaurant but it went downhill from the start. When we went in there was an empty table right by the window but some guy in a white jacket (maitre d ?) said it was reserved (didn't we reserve) and motioned us to follow him. He proceeded to take us to the back basement right by the busboy station and on the path to the bathroom. Delightful! The food was okay but not memorable, the wine was nice and the service was good. The only thing to stand out was the espresso. In any case we did not linger and when we left the table by the window was still vacant. Maybe those diners were speed eaters but I'm thinking no. With all the wonderful restaurants in the North End there is no reason to return.

KA
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Every time we visit Boston (we live in Minneapolis), we go to this restaurant. Never get disappointed!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing food! We were on the roof and ambiance was beautiful. They were a bit short staffed, but would definitely come back.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table for 7 was upstairs in a beautiful room and slightly separated from other tables to allow for bright conversation without disturbing other diners. Wine list is terrific, our servers were attentive, and the food is the best the North End has to offer. Compliments to the chef and all who make Saraceno a warm and friendly place

BB
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here. Ambience is perfect. Wonderful food. Friends come to town that i have taken here and they always ask to go back.

S
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious. Can’t wait to visit again !

DC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Saraceno’s is one of our favorite restaurants in Boston’s North End! The mussels and eggplant Parmesan never disappoint. The staff is friendly and receptive but the noise level can be intense. This past time we had dinner next to some people that were incredible loud, asking if there was an all-cash discount, sort of dampened the mood!

MG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The service was poor and the fish was not fresh. The “standard” Italian dishes were good, but the specials were not good. The ambiance downstairs was dark with really low ceilings, and that made it really noisy.

BB
New England
33 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Much better than I expected. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and the price was right.

GL
New England
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a group of 4 and all 4 of us loved our dinners ! Definitely will be back next time in Boston -

AP
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat by the open sidewalk window. The lobster shrimp special was amazing, had great service, and the portion size was perfect. Great dinner!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think this is the best restaurant in the North End by far. F

1
2
3
20