Gennaro's 5 North Square Restaurant

★★★★☆
Fine Italian dining in Boston's historic North Square. Reserve at (857) 250-0756
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857-250-0756

5 North Sq

Boston, MA

02113

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About Gennaro's 5 North Square Restaurant

Hours
Sunday - Thursday | 11:30AM - 10:00PM Fridays & Saturdays | 11:30AM - 10:30PM (Bar open til 1am)
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We had our second great visit to Gennaro's 5 North Square. We ended up downstirs which is very nice but upstairs is more romantic if that's what you're looking for. The window booths if you can get one are awesome! We were spoiled on our first visit.

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★★★★★

We had our second great visit to Gennaro's 5 North Square. We ended up downstirs which is very nice but upstairs is more romantic if that's what you're looking for. The window booths if you can get one are awesome! We were spoiled on our first visit.

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Very nice inside, awesome food, good service, and not overly priced. With all of the restaurants in the North End it's hard to decide where to eat, but this is definitely a good choice

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Very nice inside, awesome food, good service, and not overly priced. With all of the restaurants in the North End it's hard to decide where to eat, but this is definitely a good choice

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This is a great North End experience. The food was excellent and the waiters and wait staff were very accomodating and friendly. Excellent experience overall

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This is a great North End experience. The food was excellent and the waiters and wait staff were very accomodating and friendly. Excellent experience overall

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You will not be disappointed dining at this wonderful North End restaurant. We dined here with my entire family on Easter and the waitstaff could not have been friendlier or more accommodating. Great food, great service,

4
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You will not be disappointed dining at this wonderful North End restaurant. We dined here with my entire family on Easter and the waitstaff could not have been friendlier or more accommodating. Great food, great service,

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My family and I stumbled onto Gennaro

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My family and I stumbled onto Gennaro

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My wife and I dined at Gennaro's last night. For the money it was a good choice. Our entrees were good. I got the Jumbo Spinach/cheese ravioli my wife got the Rolled Stuffed Eggplant. What was disappointing was the $10 Cesar Salad that was mostly white salad with few greens ( I should have sent it back). We got a glass of Merlot, the glass was barely half full and the wine was pretty tasteless. Whenever possible my wife and I will split an appetizer and wine (here we saved $18 by sharing a salad and a glass of wine that weren't very good). The staff were very friendly, the location in North Square was nice. We had an early sitting, 6PM, the place was quite and we were also able to get a window seat. \r\nAll in all, I can recommend Gennaro.

3
★★★☆☆

My wife and I dined at Gennaro's last night. For the money it was a good choice. Our entrees were good. I got the Jumbo Spinach/cheese ravioli my wife got the Rolled Stuffed Eggplant. What was disappointing was the $10 Cesar Salad that was mostly white salad with few greens ( I should have sent it back). We got a glass of Merlot, the glass was barely half full and the wine was pretty tasteless. Whenever possible my wife and I will split an appetizer and wine (here we saved $18 by sharing a salad and a glass of wine that weren't very good). The staff were very friendly, the location in North Square was nice. We had an early sitting, 6PM, the place was quite and we were also able to get a window seat. \r\nAll in all, I can recommend Gennaro.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Gennaro's; from the location to the view to the service, ambiance and not to mention the food. Hands down one of the top dining spots in the North End!

4
★★★★☆

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Gennaro's; from the location to the view to the service, ambiance and not to mention the food. Hands down one of the top dining spots in the North End!

Pros: Windows overlook lovely North Square

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We stumbled upon this great restaurant on a historic corner in the North End. Four of us had lunch and each meal was perfect. We all sampled each other's: spaghetti and meatballs, margherita pizza, pannini, and chicken w/broccoli and pasta...all delicious. We will definintely go back and sit by the window...each table has a window with a view.

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★★★★★

We stumbled upon this great restaurant on a historic corner in the North End. Four of us had lunch and each meal was perfect. We all sampled each other's: spaghetti and meatballs, margherita pizza, pannini, and chicken w/broccoli and pasta...all delicious. We will definintely go back and sit by the window...each table has a window with a view.

Pros: beautiful upstairs and down; cozy yet spacious

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I recently attended WITH best friends. There was ten of us and let me tell you it was first class dining all the way!! The wait staff was amazing recommending a reasonable priced wine that was delicious, the antipasto and dinner specials were out of this world. Every one of us ordered something different off the menu and no one was disappointed. The gravy was fantastic. Although onre of my friends been there before and recomended the STUFED SOLE I dont think you can go wrong with any dish. I will definitely be back again. A hat off to Gennaro's

5
★★★★★

I recently attended WITH best friends. There was ten of us and let me tell you it was first class dining all the way!! The wait staff was amazing recommending a reasonable priced wine that was delicious, the antipasto and dinner specials were out of this world. Every one of us ordered something different off the menu and no one was disappointed. The gravy was fantastic. Although onre of my friends been there before and recomended the STUFED SOLE I dont think you can go wrong with any dish. I will definitely be back again. A hat off to Gennaro's

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Wonderful place in a quaint corner of the North End. It's got great ambience, a nice bar, great food and more space than a lot of other places in the North End. Can't go wrong

5
★★★★★

Wonderful place in a quaint corner of the North End. It's got great ambience, a nice bar, great food and more space than a lot of other places in the North End. Can't go wrong

Pros: Great place

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Gennaro's is the perfect spot to bring out of town visitors or just to enjoy a perfect dinner out in Boston. It amplifies the essence of the North End in Boston. Each course was presented elegantly. The staff is efficient and friendly.

5
★★★★★

Gennaro's is the perfect spot to bring out of town visitors or just to enjoy a perfect dinner out in Boston. It amplifies the essence of the North End in Boston. Each course was presented elegantly. The staff is efficient and friendly.

Pros: Atmosphere, food, service~Amazing

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It was great. Great atmosphere great food!

5
★★★★★

It was great. Great atmosphere great food!

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The restaurant is newly renovated - 2 stories. The atmosphere is wonderful. The waitstaff is fantastic - great service and super friendly! The food is delicious. Every time I have gone there I have been so full from the meal that I haven't been able to order dessert!

5
★★★★★

The restaurant is newly renovated - 2 stories. The atmosphere is wonderful. The waitstaff is fantastic - great service and super friendly! The food is delicious. Every time I have gone there I have been so full from the meal that I haven't been able to order dessert!

Pros: Great food, service & atmosphere - Highly recommend!

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Tuna appetizer dish with edamame cooked to perfection, tasty and excellent presentation. Also Lamb was brilliantly executed.\r\n\r\nRestaurant is under new management, and currently called Gennaro's 5 North Square, since May 2009. Do not let the old reviews of the previous owner's fool you! This place has been completely transformed into an excellent dining establishment!

5
★★★★★

Tuna appetizer dish with edamame cooked to perfection, tasty and excellent presentation. Also Lamb was brilliantly executed.\r\n\r\nRestaurant is under new management, and currently called Gennaro's 5 North Square, since May 2009. Do not let the old reviews of the previous owner's fool you! This place has been completely transformed into an excellent dining establishment!

Pros: Excellent Italian Food, waitstaff

Cons: parking difficult unless you plan ahead

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I have been dining here for years. Located in the heart of the North end, and great people watching windows. I have had many personal, and professional gatherings. This place is excellent. The food is always well prepared, and delicous. A great variety. The restaurant is extremely clean. The service is fantastic.

5
★★★★★

I have been dining here for years. Located in the heart of the North end, and great people watching windows. I have had many personal, and professional gatherings. This place is excellent. The food is always well prepared, and delicous. A great variety. The restaurant is extremely clean. The service is fantastic.

Pros: value, location, service, cleanliness

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We have eaten here a couple of times, usually because other North End restaurants were full, and have had OK food. For the price, you can definitely find a better meal. On our visit tonight, which will be our last, the server was dismissive and rude. We left a 10% tip on a $100 bill. Apparently, that was not enough for him. He came out of the back holding up our check and cash and announced very loudly that 15-20% was customary. We generally tip a miminum of 20%, but felt that 10% was generous due to his forgetfulness and attitude. Needless to say we will be eating, and tipping, elsewhere in the future!

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★☆☆☆☆

We have eaten here a couple of times, usually because other North End restaurants were full, and have had OK food. For the price, you can definitely find a better meal. On our visit tonight, which will be our last, the server was dismissive and rude. We left a 10% tip on a $100 bill. Apparently, that was not enough for him. He came out of the back holding up our check and cash and announced very loudly that 15-20% was customary. We generally tip a miminum of 20%, but felt that 10% was generous due to his forgetfulness and attitude. Needless to say we will be eating, and tipping, elsewhere in the future!

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Great restaurant. Friendly owner. I really enjoyed the Verdicchio. The waiter suggested a perfect wine to accompany the meal. We were seated at the window. The view would have been great if the businesses in the area took turns cleaning the refuse from the square. Otherwise the view was good. I would return many times.

5
★★★★★

Great restaurant. Friendly owner. I really enjoyed the Verdicchio. The waiter suggested a perfect wine to accompany the meal. We were seated at the window. The view would have been great if the businesses in the area took turns cleaning the refuse from the square. Otherwise the view was good. I would return many times.

Pros: Great Food

Cons: Needs 5 minute litter pickup in front of restaurant.

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My fiancee and I had an enjoyable evening here. It was his birthday, so I reserved table 30 on the websites recommendation. Definitely worth it: cozy and private with a great view. We were seated promptly and the service was nicethere when needed, not obtrusive or pushy. Our food was excellent: flavourful with nice seasoning and good portion sizes. Large menu with something for everyone. I let the restaurant know that it was a birthday dinner when I made the reservation, and they brought us a complimentary piece of cake. The only downside is the decor; its a little dated. But, if you go out to eat for the food instead of the scene... There are plenty of restaurants in the North End with great decor and average food at expensive prices. We had great food at a reasonable price at a great table, and I would recommend it!

4
★★★★☆

My fiancee and I had an enjoyable evening here. It was his birthday, so I reserved table 30 on the websites recommendation. Definitely worth it: cozy and private with a great view. We were seated promptly and the service was nicethere when needed, not obtrusive or pushy. Our food was excellent: flavourful with nice seasoning and good portion sizes. Large menu with something for everyone. I let the restaurant know that it was a birthday dinner when I made the reservation, and they brought us a complimentary piece of cake. The only downside is the decor; its a little dated. But, if you go out to eat for the food instead of the scene... There are plenty of restaurants in the North End with great decor and average food at expensive prices. We had great food at a reasonable price at a great table, and I would recommend it!

Pros: good value for money, intimate table, great food

Cons: decor

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Five North Square is one of those places you'd think was great if it was your first time to the North End, but it's only average in comparison to it's area peers. We tried the Cioppino, a few appetizers and a couple pasta dishes and thought they were all solid. You won't be disappointed per se, but the opportunity cost of missing out on one of the spectacular North End restaurants is significant. \n\nAs North End resturants go, it's also not especially romantic.

3
★★★☆☆

Five North Square is one of those places you'd think was great if it was your first time to the North End, but it's only average in comparison to it's area peers. We tried the Cioppino, a few appetizers and a couple pasta dishes and thought they were all solid. You won't be disappointed per se, but the opportunity cost of missing out on one of the spectacular North End restaurants is significant. \n\nAs North End resturants go, it's also not especially romantic.

Pros: Solid food, Good service

Cons: Average for North End

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I was searching for good restaurant for this valentines day, when I realized I came here with my girlfriend before and had to write something. The food was delicious and prices are definatly reasonable. The atmosphere (I sat upstairs) was romantic/smaller then the other sidewalk restaurants, as this was just outside the busy street. I just may go back again!!! P.S. I am a college student so I really have to spend money well and this place is worth it.

4
★★★★☆

I was searching for good restaurant for this valentines day, when I realized I came here with my girlfriend before and had to write something. The food was delicious and prices are definatly reasonable. The atmosphere (I sat upstairs) was romantic/smaller then the other sidewalk restaurants, as this was just outside the busy street. I just may go back again!!! P.S. I am a college student so I really have to spend money well and this place is worth it.

Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Location

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I came here with my boyfriend awhile back and had the best time! We had a great experience there and had a very romantic table. I highly recommend this restaurant for ambiance, service, and most importantly the food!

5
★★★★★

I came here with my boyfriend awhile back and had the best time! We had a great experience there and had a very romantic table. I highly recommend this restaurant for ambiance, service, and most importantly the food!

Pros: food, service, ambiance

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As a native of Boston, I have been to several Italian restaurants in the North End. I was quite disappointed with Five North Square. It started at the front door where the hostess seemed bothered that she had to seat a party of two. There is no ambiance. The decor reminded me of a low-overhead Chinese resaurant. We received bread and butter as we sat, but waited a good ten minutes to be acknowledged by our waiter. He also seemed bothered that we had questions about the menu. Our food was just okay. There are much better places to choose from in the North End.

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★☆☆☆☆

As a native of Boston, I have been to several Italian restaurants in the North End. I was quite disappointed with Five North Square. It started at the front door where the hostess seemed bothered that she had to seat a party of two. There is no ambiance. The decor reminded me of a low-overhead Chinese resaurant. We received bread and butter as we sat, but waited a good ten minutes to be acknowledged by our waiter. He also seemed bothered that we had questions about the menu. Our food was just okay. There are much better places to choose from in the North End.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Service, Atmosphere, Basic Food

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My girlfriend and I went on valentine's day afternoon for lunch. The lunch specials are totally awesome for such high caliber food. Although the lunch menu is somewhat limited compared to the dinner menu, it still offers a wide variety of great Italian dishes.

4
★★★★☆

My girlfriend and I went on valentine's day afternoon for lunch. The lunch specials are totally awesome for such high caliber food. Although the lunch menu is somewhat limited compared to the dinner menu, it still offers a wide variety of great Italian dishes.

Pros: Inexpensive, Location, Service

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This restaurant was reccomended to me by a North End resident. She said the ambience is like your grandmothers house and the food is DELICIOUS! I completely agree. The food is authentic Italian and there is something on the menu for everyone. I wouldn't hesitate to take my own Italian grandmother there. Maybe she will feel like she is back home.

5
★★★★★

This restaurant was reccomended to me by a North End resident. She said the ambience is like your grandmothers house and the food is DELICIOUS! I completely agree. The food is authentic Italian and there is something on the menu for everyone. I wouldn't hesitate to take my own Italian grandmother there. Maybe she will feel like she is back home.

Pros: Food, Service, Location

Cons: Parking, Number of Tables

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Service was terrific! Eggplant Parmesan is out of this world!

5
★★★★★

Service was terrific! Eggplant Parmesan is out of this world!

Message from Gennaro's 5 North Square Restaurant

Marisa Iocco, Boston's only Italian-born female chef, salutes Italian-American food at Gennaro's 5 North Square Restaurant in the North End with a menu she calls MangiAmerica ( "Eat, America" ).



MangiAmerica celebrates the dishes that are the mainstays of the Italian-American table. Marisa pays homage to the soulful hominess and evocative flavors of italian-American cooking.



Because this is food that so often conjures up memories of personalities and places now departed, she has recreated these dishes as scrupulously- and reverentially- as possible. Sunday gravy is simmered for hours and ladled over house-made fresh macaroni. The mozzarella is produced locally. The fish is hand selected daily from the fishmonger. Some dishes are only available family-style-deliberately intended to be shared with and enjoyed by loved ones. (857) 250-0756

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Just a stone's throw from Paul Revere's House, this prototypical North End eatery has remained successful for decades by following a simple formula: serve basic Italian fare at reasonable prices in a plainspoken,…

Key Points

  • Old favorites & new Italian dishes
  • North End's most romantic destination
  • Boston's Historic North Square
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