Francesco's
Francesco's

Francesco's

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.francescos.com/
  • Phone: 6046857770x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - 5:00PM

    Dinner: Daily: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Wild Game
  • Executive Chef: Chef Jacob Do
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Book our "Wine Room" which seats 10 - 12 in a private setting. Groups of 20 to 45 in the upper dining area; 120 capacity for the entire restaurant
  • Private Party Contact: Terry 6043133949x
  • Special Events: Group bookings are welcome, allow us to create a special menu for your group

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Smithe
  • Public Transit: Bus stops on Burrard and Smithe Streets; Robson bus stop at Burrard;
    Skytrain - Burrard Station; Canada Line - City Center
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Underground parking is adjacent to the restaurant
A word from Francesco's
The enduring fine-dining restaurant in the heart of downtown Vancouver - the dining room to the stars - serving traditional Italian cuisine with a French twist and an extensive wild game menu.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Francesco's reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (31)notable wine list (25)fit for foodies (24)good for groups (21)romantic (20)neighborhood gem (16)great for outdoor dining (13)great for lunch (10)kid-friendly (7)hot spot (6)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Fabulous Francesco's
    HungryEats
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    A wide selection of delicious tasting dishes. This was my second time there for dinner and I tried the Cornish Hen stuff with wild rice - terrific. An extensive selection of wines with many from Italy. It was a bit noisy outside at street level but people watching was great. Service, as usual, was very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lorna
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have been to Francesco's many times and I've never be disappointed. I tried another dish this time (Garlic Tiger Prawns) while my friend had her usual Spaghetti and Meat Balls (always a hit)! The waiter was kind enough to recommend a wine, which was very good. I even took a picture of the bottle so I can buy it the next time I'm at the liquor store. All in all, another great evening at Francesco's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Foodie Frank
    Effff
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Recommended by friends and local tour guides but we were not impressed. Service and quality of food was fair, but very expensive for what you get. We love Italian and you can usually get great food for much less.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Italian
    IronG
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My wife and I ate at Francesco's last week and the food was great, the service was elegant and we found a really nice bottle of Italian wine to keep things smooth.....well worth a visit!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed
    Unhappy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food came a little too fast, felt as though we were being rushed out and there was no line up waiting for our table. We have been before and never experienced this type of service, dinner was complete within one hour, I hope this is not the way the restaurant is headed, we won't be returning soon.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highclass
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    A truly memorable dining experience, from service, to menu options, to quality of food. Amongst the top 5 '5-star' dining estabishments we have experienced in our world-wide travels.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Italian Restaurant
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great food, wine and service. The wait staff did an excellent job!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night Out!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This was a terrific choice and experience. Thank you for your attention to detail and making our visit a most memorable occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old school dining
    whereisbenli
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Old school Itlalian dining. Plating a little dated but good flavors. Very loud out on the patio. Decent wine list. Clams in the vongole doesn't seem to be fresh though. Excellent Veal Milanese. Cornish game hen with fantastic stuffing. They also have the best bread.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVED IT.. but..
    yumyumyum
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Went in expecting small portions and large prices. While the food is priced on the higher side, it is totally worth it. The service was prompt, and not overbearing. My food was outstanding, everything was delicious, fresh, hot. I was so pleased with what I had. However, my dining partner is a vegetarian, and there were very limited options. By limited, I mean LIMITED... There were 2 entrees that could have been chosen. One was not a vegetarian dish, but could be made with no meat.. therefore much smaller.. Italian is often a good way to go for us as they have tons of vegetarian options with pastas. The tables are too close together. If you are not a vegetarian.. this restaurant is INCREDIBLE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great!
    Margo
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I am always pleased with my dining experience at Don Francesco's. They are professional, the ambiance is perfect, the food is excellent and the service is attentive and warm. It never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable beyond expectations
    GordonA
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The service was excellent and the server was very helpful with special items available and his knowledge of the wine list was thorough. Enjoyed the entire experience. The food was above expectations, well presented and very flavorful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with Grama
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Food was excellent, service was very good, location was great, loved the beef carpaccio, would love to go again when had more time to enjoy and try the family style menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • italian resturant
    badpod
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    It was nice resturant, the staff were all very pleasant, the food was well cooked and tasty
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • saltspringian
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Francesco's a nice old fashioned Italian restaurant in a very central convenient location for downtown Vancouver business lunches. The room is bright and clean with good windows. The menu is traditional pastas and meats in red sauces. well prepared fish dishes too. Extensive wine list but we will stick to chianti. They offer attentive service with the cheese graters and pepper mills that are wielded like majorette batons. A good variety of items on a well organized menu, reasonably priced. The atmosphere is not stuffy. They offer delicious cheesy bread in a basket to start. Good coffee to end.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointingly mediocre
    MLL1385VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Good location and outdoor dining but not much better than The Olive Garden. Not remotely in the same league as Cioppino's or La Quercia.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super Dinner
    Northof54
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My wife and I have eaten here many times and enjoyed it very much. The food is very good and the service exceptional. However, we have had some noise issues from loud guests that have negatively impacted our experience. We sat outside this last visit and it was very pleasant. We both had meat dishes this time, veal Milano and veal osobuco. Both excellent. We recommend this restaurant highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!
    lmsd
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Almost a week since we dined here and I'm still raving about it. Finally found a local Italian restaurant that far exceeds my expectations. The server, François was amazing! The meals of pasta, halibut, steak, appetizers and the complimentary tiramisu (it was a birthday dinner) plus the recommendation on wine were absolutely a 10 all around. Can I give the restaurant a 100? All 4 of us loved it. Looking forward to going back very soon. It's not cheap but then you get what you pay for and this is well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lorna
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This is the third time this year that my friend and I have enjoyed dinner at Francesco's. The food was excellent and the waiter was very helpful especially when it came to choosing a wine. In fact the wine was so good that I asked for the name so I can enjoy it at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We always enjoy our meals at Francesco's. Service and food are great! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service better than the food....
    Foodie2
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Not as good as previous visits. Good food ,small potions, tiger prawns smaller than your little finger, a bit over priced but incredible service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 264 reviews are from the Francesco's reviews archive.
  • TCfoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Wonderful food, but the waiters are exceptional. They just make you feel like your at home and you're the most special diner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • in the way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great food but we were seated in the middle of the room with people traffic at all sides - we felt as if we were in the way we had a reservation but got stuck at the worst table in the restaurant
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for birthday celebrations!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I took my husband and son for dinner to celebrate my husbands birthday because we were here before and were very impressed with the food and service. We wanted to try other items on the menu. All items we ordered did not disappoint. The restaurant also had a very good selection of beverages including prosecco and bubbly, creative cocktails and an international variety of wine. They also brought out a complimentary piece of tiramisu cake with a candle for the birthday man and sang the birthday song. The service was excellent as before and we were served by all the staff and not just our specific server. All in all, we will be back and we will try each dish as much as we can if possible.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    The food was good, but the waitors smelled like cigarette smoke.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Class
    2good2miss
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Excellent dining experience! From the minute you enter you are treated first class, they sincerely make you feel welcome and the food,service and ambiance is the icing on the cake! Fantastic!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best Italian meals
    Mike
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    One of the best Italian meals I have ever had. The sauce that came on the lasagna was to die for. It was as if a grandmother had been cooking the sauce all day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was seated quickly, however
    Foodlover
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Was seated quickly, however we had made a reservation a week before and ended up with the crappiest table. Food was ok this time not outstanding as usual. Service was great as always. Overall experience has left a bad taste and will pass on coming next visit.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved your expanded menu
    Weluvtoodyne
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We loved your expanded menu and have added my favorite veal piccata!!!! Way to go!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bring your wallet and make
    Snowbird
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Bring your wallet and make sure it's got lots in it. Food was good but not fantastic given the price point. $39 for seafood linguine which came as spagatteni. Funniest linguine I've ever seen. I didn't send it back but why say linguine if it's not? Burrowing Owel Merlot helped me forget about this but that was $70 a bottle. Restaurant was quite loud given the number of people in it on a Thursday night. They put everyone in the left corner fronting Burrard Street when the rest of the place was empty. Service was very good and attentive. Wouldn't rush back but will try again next year (if still in business) in fairness.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time; won't be our last
    JimBob
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Food was superb, service informal and excellent. While the wine list was impressive, maybe a few more reasonably priced quality wines would take the weight of less affluent wallets.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great impression when stepped into.
    StellerJay
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Great impression when stepped into. I have made a reservation and front desk was well aware of and provided welcoming service.It was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome wine list & Great Service
    TiffersluvsFood
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I am from the States, was staying at the Sutton Hotel across the street and happened to walk over for dinner at Francesco's. I'm a huge wine lover and the list was fairly extensive and I loved they offer half bottles. Also my server Sam was incredible! The lobster risotto and meatball appetizers are great. Also the filet mignon was great also! I left stuffed and happy! I'd recommend this place to any of my friends visiting Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always outstanding
    slydeVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    I've been to Francesco's several times over the last few years with and without my customers. they are alway attentive and the food is always outstanding. In this last visit we asked about the gnochi dish that was not in the menu - they said no problem we'll make it for you. Best gnochi in Vanvouver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Great Service!
    tgeorge604
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    We went to Francesco's as a group of 5 from work for lunch. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals and found the portion size perfect. I would recommend this restaurant without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is my 2nd time for lunch.
    Harm
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    This is my 2nd time for lunch. It was not that busy. However, our waiter forgot to give us rolls after we had ordered like he did before. I was half way thru my pasta and had to ask for it. The pasta was excellent, however, for a quantity, the price was rather high and one still had to ask for a roll.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, but...
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    The menu was very extensive -- lots of variety to choose from. Service was very good. Ample staff. Food though, was good but not outstanding. The portions though were very generous. Fellow diners enjoyed their veal marsala, bison, and mushroom risotto. But my duck and another diner's veal milanese was just okay. We all agreed that it was a nice dinner but would not be rushing back. No complaints, just no WOW factor for the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service
    DrDR
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I took my clients from out of town to Francesco's the other night and had a superb meal. The pastas and fish dishes are amazing. Had a few bottles of nice Chianti recommended by the server. Very classic place. Good energy in the room...kind of like being in Italy! Always have a nice evening at this place and highly recommended for business dinners or even a romantic dinner with your partner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous!
    charlotte
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Excellent food & service. That's what I expect during a night out! Fabulous restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall, wonderful experience.
    Candy
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Overall, wonderful experience. Food and service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.