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Francesco's Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.Francescos.com
  • Email: terry@donfrancesco.ca
  • Phone: (604) 685-7770
  • 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: Italian, Wild Game, Seafood
  • 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 (604) 313-3949
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We loved your expanded menu and have added my favorite veal piccata!!!! Way to go!!!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Overall, wonderful experience. Food and service was outstanding."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Excellent food & service. That's what I expect during a night out! Fabulous restaurant."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We were staying at the Wedgewood. Saturday was a snowy, cold, wet evening and we wanted some place close where we did not have to walk very far. Francesco's fit the bill. It was very easy to make a reservation. We spent 6 weeks in Italy in the fall of 2013 and dinner at Francesco's was equal to any of the dinners we had in Italy, whether that be Verona, Venice, Florence, Radda or Milan. The pasta was so light and each dish flavourful and the grilled prosciutto wrapped asparagus - something else!!!. Based on the number of Wedgewood Hotel umbrella's in the umbrella stand - we were not the only guests who made the same decision to try Francesco's. Wonderful evening."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We have dined at Francesco's numerous times now and we continue to be impressed. The service has always been exceptional and we couldn't have had a better time than with Carlos and Sam looking after our table. We love the food and the ambiance."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • ""Perfect for a Valentine`s Lunch with super romantic husband.The antipasto was fabulous as a starter (especially the stuffed olives, Buffalo Burrata and prosciutto. The huge portion of Bison Filet was amazing with its Madeira Wine and jus de viande flavoring (similar to bourguignon) and wonderful fresh veggies (asparagus, green bean, brocolli, carrot, etc.) and golden potatoes accompaniment. The Lobster Lasagna was excellent with its cinnamon and nutmeg flavor. The Vancouver Housewives cocktail was a treat with its vanilla amaretto and pineapple flavor. We had the best time. No room for the tempting famous Taramisu or amazing selection of dessert wines. Our waiter was fabulous. So glad we went for Valentine`s lunch. Relaxing and enjoyable.""
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Your prices on valentines day were outrageous. The menus was limited to some of your worst dishes and then you charge twice as much as normal - come on!. Used to be one of our favourite restaurants. Not sure if we will ever go back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great company, food, service and ambiance. We'll go back!!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We all had the lobster bisque, kale salad and veal chop. All were excellent. I can't imagine finding a better veal chop anywhere! If you want a veal chop, this is definitely the place to go. It was truly delicious and perfectly cooked."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Very noisy. Server was very good but had to be loud to be heard over the noise. Sat us beside a door that had been duct taped closed so. The cold weather would not get in. I had to eat with my winter coat on. Rather then move us to a new table they thought it would be better to wrap a blanket around my neck. Try eating your romantic dinner with your winter coat on and a blanket wrapped around you. Poor customer service. Talked to the hostess and all she could say is that they never get complaints. Doubt that!!!!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Average food, poor service and high prices. It took us 1 full hour to get our appetizers on the table. At that point the experience was ruined but when the food did arrive more disappointment. Bland best describes the food. More of a tourist trap than somewhere locals would go. Wouldn't go back or recommend."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The dine out menu was a little limited. So we shared a mussel appy. It was very good. Over all the food was very good. But not memorable. I did enjoy the tiramisu. I'd say one of the best I've had. The service was polite, attentive and professional."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "We liked this restaurant & will be returning. Have no complaints & had a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The lobster bisque was an excellent starter with sole to follow. We would go here again."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Enjoyed the dine out menu. I had the kale salad (wonderful), the lobster lasagnia ( very heavy and extremely tasty) and the creme Brule (prob one of the best I've had) The food was exceptional. Our server, however, had a bit of an attitude. Probably since the place was so busy but not an excuse. I will return regardless. Happy dining!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Best maritni ,great wine list ,great food, perfect portion size"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Recognized him from il Giardino last year and his usual style of friendly, prompt service made the evening extra special for our group. Great asset to the restaurant, this guy!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Francesco's was everything we were expecting. The staff were all very nice, talkative, polite and efficient. The food for the most part was excellent. The lobster bisque, the meatballs, the osso bucco, tiramasu, and creme brulle were all excellent. The only minor blemish was the stuffed sole was a little dry. To top the night off we were able to meet Mr Francesco as well, he did not sing for us but it was nice to see him again."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "After an excellent first visit to Francesco's, we returned hoping to have the same experience. It was every bit as good as the first time; the service was excellent and the rack of lamb was the best we have ever had. Francesco's will be one of our first choices for future dinners and special occasions."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Went to Don Francesco's with a party of 7 for Dine Out Vancouver. Great experience, food was superb, service was excellent, ambience was lovely. Would definitely go back and refer other friends!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I loved the food especially the lasagna lobster. It's a great experienced. Highly recommended for a romantic special occasion. I definitely would return to try more menu, it's worth to go back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Our first experience at Francesco's was so good we are going back tonight for a second visit. The food and the service could not have been better Hopefully it will be as good this time. If so, pretty hard to beat!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant with great food and ambience. Menu is broad, food presentation is well done, and the wine list is awesome."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The whole evening was rushed, they just wanted to get you in and out. It was the worst dining experience My wife and I have had in years, if not the worst. I've worked in the industry for over a decade and at a luxury boutique hotel in yaletown and I've never been so disappointed. Our Appy came before our drinks and bread, we sat next to these abnoxious idiots who ruined our evening out and our waiter paid more attention to them than us. To give you an idea how bad it was , we only ate at the restaurant for 45 minutes, its all we could stand. At the end of our meal the Maitre' D asked us how we wanted to pay and threw the cash machine in front of me, he didn't ask us how our meal went or much else. Classless andTerrible."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We remember going to Francesco many times but a long time ago when it was on Richard St. We haven't been to Do Francesco since it opened on Burrard but we thought about going there many times. Dine-out Vancouver was a great opportunity and we took the whole family. The food was great, service was excellent and the wine list is amazing. Everyone enjoyed the evening and friendly and efficient attitude of all the staff members were noticeable as soon as we entered the restaurant. We missed Don's operatic arias, as we enjoyed many time in the old place. But we were told that he is not feeling well. Sad to hear that but we wish him well and full recover. Anyway, we enjoyed the evening and looking forward to summer when we can dine on the patio"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "We have very good service and the food I had was very good. The ceasar salad my friend had - didn't not impress me when I tasted her, it seemed a bit mass produced. Not a real ceasar which suprirsed me. Everything else was very well done."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "My family tried out this restaurant for the first time during Dine Out Vancouver and we were not disappointed. The food was well-made and delicious! The lobster bisque was light with abundant lobster meat. The lobster lasagna which is a unique dish was very tasty. You could really tell that the tiramisu was soaked in liquor. My son had the regular serving of chocolate ganache cake and the piece was quite generous but my son ate it like he was inhaling it. The service was very friendly and attentive. It was a little loud the ambiance was still good for a romantic dinner. We will definitely come back to try their regular menu."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Did not enjoy entree, it was not memorable, probably will not return."
    Dined on 1/23/2014