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Ristorante Saraceno

#205 of 2,379 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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North End
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286 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-1804
+1 617-227-5888
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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243 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

maybe we caught them on a bad night ,but this was not a great culinary experience,we were recommended here and initially all looked well the server whose name I cannot recall was super efficient and friendly all night the food was a let down, I asked for a steak medium rare,and it came med-well done roast potatoes were watery and... More 

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30 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We travel to Boston at least once a month and always find time to hit up Ristorante Saraceno in the North End. Creatures of habit, my wife and I usually order the same food, and our kids usually share plate of plain rigatoni with one meatball (they are both light eaters). The entire meal usually costs us around $50 or... More 

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Saugus, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Can't say anything but good for this ristorante. A great wine list. It's in the heart of Boston's North end. Parking is a bit difficult..... no on street but there are local garages.

Thank zpeople96
North Reading, Massachusetts
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148 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

I have visited Ristorante Saraceno a number of times. They have always provided excellent meals for me and my guests. I love their baby octopus -- unique and flavorful. Their veal saltimboca is another fabulous option. Though maybe to "ordinary" for me, My daughter thinks their fettucine bolognese is incredible. This place can place any palate at a great price.... More 

Thank Lou S
New Hampshire
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72 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Saraceno serves classic Italian food and offers a more personal setting than some of the neighboring Hanover St. restaurants. Good food, good service and good value.

Thank DonP08861
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243 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

We selected the restaurant because of a SkyMiles Dining email & we were going to be in town for the Boston Pops. Even at 6 PM on a Tuesday it was already busy & full shortly after. I had already decided on Eggplant Parm which I had not eaten in about 5 years and wanted "comfort food" - decent size... More 

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Laconia, New Hampshire
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157 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

The veal was quite good, service pleasing, cute place with some atmosphere. A good choice for a nice lunch as most of the other more upscale restaurants were not open for lunch. All in all, satisfied that we tried this one.

Thank toujoursenroute
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

In looking at the reviews the theme seemed to be that the food was quite good but the reservation process was flawed (a reservation did not necessarily guarantee entry at the appointed time). We went this week and the food, indeed was quite good. I had veal saltimbuca and my wife had chicken caccitore. Both were very tasty. We had... More 

Thank DrZee
Albany, New York
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

We had visited this restaurant three years ago while visiting Boston and returned this weekend. Very flavorful food at a reasonable price for good portion sizes. Calamari, escargot, veal and chicken appetizers/meals were all fresh and enjoyed! Our waiter was not the friendliest but he did do his job and get all four of our meals correct. Small restaurant with... More 

Thank brucewillisskypee
Framingham, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Unusual process or lack of Most people had reservations but you did not necessarily get seated at that time - there was a hostess you spoke to who said stand over there (outside - no inside place to stand) She then took people in some order that was not obvious to anyone. Food was average - I would try another... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 286 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-1804
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
  • Neighbourhood: North End
  • Phone Number: +1 617-227-5888

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Winchester, Massachusetts
London, United Kingdom
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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

Neighbourhood 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.
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