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5 North Square

#110 of 2,387 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
North End
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5 North Square, Boston, MA 02113
+1 617-720-1050
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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New England
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gennaro's was a fine restaurant and we ate there many times, but it closed several months ago, soon to reopen as North Square Oyster... The food pictures of the new place look delicious, the Instagram photos of the renovations look beautiful. I'm just waiting for the doors to open to go try it out.

Thank traveller0508
Boston, Massachusetts
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62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

5 North Square is in the North End but is certainly not a North End restaurant. As soon as you enter the foyer you feel comfortable. Tables are no cramped together, the noise level is low, the waiter and staff are smiling and seem genuinely happy to be of service. The menu is not typical Southern Italian, it has some... More 

Thank 33murdock
Washington, D.C.
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

We were there for lunch; I heard that the place was good for dinner. I left feeling disappointed. The food did not taste fresh. The veal was tough and the shrimp tasted frozen - the sauces lacked flavor. I couldn't detect any garlic in the scampi. The chicken parm was good. We had to ask bread, we had to ask... More 

Thank ted0314
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54 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Arrived at 5 pm 12/31 the staff was most accommodating. Our server was great,very comfortable inside. The food was very good for Italian restaurant. The Sauce though I was not a big fan of, overall great experience with a great staff

Thank Dan B
New Orleans, Louisiana
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

We had lunch at Gennaro's. The service and food were great. Homemade spaghetti....Portion size was perfect. Music was a bit strange for an Italian restaurant....but overall highly recommended.

Thank TomicaTom
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Terrible service. Everyone was a college student. No silverware still minutes into the meal after asking for them, wine and olive oil both sloshed over the table when served, and worst of all, the food was mediocre. The special, seafood stew, had broken clam shells, unopened clams, overcooked octopus, and unseasoned fish. The porcine pasta was a solid clump. Nothing... More 

1 Thank 33simpson
Sydney, NSW
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233 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

Four of us had dinner on a Saturday evening and it was OK but to be honest the North End has better. Food was reasonable but nothing special, the wine list was good - and service was adequate. But for the price you can do better in North End, so I won't be rushing back.

1 Thank Craig_Tapper
Northampton, Massachusetts
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145 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

We were hungry for a great Italian meal as usual haha. I had heard great things about this place. I even saw it reviewed on one of those cooking channels. We were only able to get a seat across from the front door, so everytime someone came in we froze. This meant we wore our coats throughout the meal which... More 

Thank Gee557
Preston City, Connecticut, United States
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

I chose Gennaro's for a picture I saw online of a woman sitting at a cozy little table by a bowed window. I was looking for cozy, romantic for a Saturday night dinner. The building itself is cozy and romantic, but the atmosphere changes a bit when a party of 10 is seated nearby. The food was very good, especially... More 

Thank Kris-Anne K
Mendon, Massachusetts
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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

We have been going to the North End for years, and tend to go to our favorites. Wanting to try some place different, we thought Gennaro's looked cute, and had a light lunch menu. The atmosphere was quaint and cozy, our waiter Zach extremely pleasant and efficient, and the food was delicious! The Chicken Veggie Soup was out of this... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 North Square, Boston, MA 02113
  • Public Transportation: Haymarket, Aquarium, & Government Center T Stations within walking distance.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
  • Neighbourhood: North End
  • Phone Number: +1 617-720-1050

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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