If you are GAME for GAME
An extensive menu of hard-to-find game meat prepared in creative manners. The rabbit is tremendous...the duck is stellar. I am repeatedly tempted to try other dishes [have been with a big group that collectively ordered almost everything, with rave reviews from around the table]. The decor is classic...and you get a chuckle from the retro wall coverings en route to the washrooms [a series of signed photos featuring Don Francesco standing next to a who's who of local and Hollywood celebrities]. Expect your taste buds to dance!
11/18/2012 4:00:00 PM
As this was not our first
As this was not our first visit to Don Francesco, I expected a quieter environment. That being said, there was a large crowd situated in the small dining room behind us. I think that the restaurant should situate their tables away from the private dining room and away from their prep table.
We took guests for their first time visit to the restaurant and this may have influenced their return negatively.
2/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've been there a few times.
I've been there a few times. The service is like no other, they really shine in that department.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to Don Francesco for
We went to Don Francesco for our 55th wedding anniversary celebration.
It was the perfect spot. Thoroughly enjoyed our meals and although it was our first time there, the wait staff treated us like returning clients. This restaurant was on our bucket list and we will return.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wasnt the place we originally
Wasnt the place we originally were going to, but when you have a 5 year old in tow and no babysitter your choices become limited.
We reserved this spot only minutes before arriving and werent even sure it was kid friendly. However the staff were awesome and took care of the young one and engaged him whenever they passed by.
As an expert traveler in Italy and well versed in the range of authentic food/wine in the region, this restaurant does very good justice to the qualities and simplicities of italian cuisine. The wine list is extensive.
And most importantly when I asked if they had Rapini I was encouraged by the waiter to ask for anything I desired because the chefs are willing to do bespoke dishes for you.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food but dated decor
Great food but dated decor (although some might like the old itlain mafia hangout look)
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed the food and the street
Enjoyed the food and the street view looking out at tulips and trees and the fountain. Great lunch spot and I will be booking a dinner very soon :)
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The evening at Don Francesco
The evening at Don Francesco was very good. We enjoyed the service and food. Will go back.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service and ambiance was just
Service and ambiance was just wonderful. Great live music and not too loud. Wine list was fantastic with a greatly diverse dinner menu. All was delicious!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful Patio and Fantastic Food
It's rare to find such a nice patio, that isn't too noisy in the core of downtown. Don Francescos offers just that... with great service and amazing food to top it off. It's a little pricey, but worth it... especially on a special occasion or just for that special treat we all deserve now and then!
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Found their ad for half price Sunday (50th anniversary) pasta and salads in the local paper and decided to try it. WOW! It's great food at full price but half price is sublime! My husband and I tried the Caesar and spinach salads, then the tiger shrimp linguini and the lobster lasagna. All were amazing: fresh, well prepared and unique. We sat outside on a lovely spring day and service was attentive and friendly even though the place was packed! We look forward to returning.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Was perfect for our group, we had customers joining us, we were private enough so we could talk business and not be disturbed.
Been to this restaurant several times, excellent staff, food and ambiance.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time there....
....enjoyed wonderful food and service as well as the incredible collection of "previous diners" on the walls, great experience!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Old Fashioned Italian
If you are looking for good honest Italian than you will not be disappointed at Francesco's. (They recently changed their name). We have eaten there several times, and even with a recent revamp to the menu it still delivers traditional Italian food done right. We enjoyed started with an antipasto platter, then had Saltimbucca, Chicken Parmigiana while our children enjoyed some great pasta dishes. The wine list also is extensive. The one disappointment was that the Gnoochi has been deleted from the new menu, and this was my daughter' favourite! Please bring it back. Also as a general comment the lighting was turned down and it was difficult to properly see what we were eating.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were a group of 14. The
We were a group of 14. The service was very organized. Food was great. I don't think there was one person at the table that was unhappy with their meal. Would definitely return on my own or with a group.
5/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We found this restaurant through Open Table when visiting Vancouver. It was close to our hotel, and it had a ample enough menu to attract our attention. We arrived 15 minutes late but had forewarned them. To our surprise, the restaurant was still busy when we arrived at 8 pm. We waited another 15 minutes, however we're non-pulsed about it. We were in no rush, looking for a relaxing meal.
The service by our waiter Carlos was excellent. He knew the menu and could answer any of questions and made several recommendations on our request.
My wife had the risotto dish and I, the sable fish. Both were prepared perfectly and enjoyed.
There is much to try on the menu, so we are certain to return. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italy in Vancouver
In an authentic Italian atmosphere very good food is served, good wines are offered which assures an evening you will remember!
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good find in neighborhood
We are visiting Vancouver and staying at club Intrawest at the Sheraton wall center. This is only a few blocks away and easy to book on open table. Really nice ambiance and good service. The waiter did however order the wrong entry for me and it took an additional 20 minutes for the correct food to arrive. Luckily my friend had ordered a salad so their food wasn't ruined by waiting.
The restaurant didn't even offer coffee or a dessert to make up for it. Not particularly well done. You even get a short rendition of Italian opera while dining!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
SO SO DELICIOUS! GREAT TIME FOR US!
I went there with my wife for her birthday a last week. I ordered the Duck and she ordered the Halibut. I swear it was the best we have ever tasted. There was a professional opera singer that serenaded us for her birthday. What a touch of class it was. We had such a good time there. We got a little tipsy with their delicious Martinis. Boy do they have a big selection of drinks. lol. The desert was to die for. The whole night was so romantic! If you have not gone there, you should really make plans to do so.
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent selection of Italian food. Many varieties and choices.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don Francescos night out
My wife and i had one of the most tasty dinners in a long time at Don Francesco's i had the Pork Loin and my wife had the Halibut diners the presentation was very elegant and all i can say about the service is that it is first class , they make you feel like family , also the music entertainment is world class, Don Francesco's will now be one of our spots to enjoy a special night out .
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
amazing food! wonderful staff
the pasta dishes are simple yet mouth-wateringly delicious. the seasoned staff are very attentive to your every need. we feel spoiled every time we're here
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I recently went here for our anniversary and we had a great experience. Everyone there was very professional and treated us like a special guest.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
pricey but good
Dinner for 2 $140, should have been half that but paid for location in the heart of VC.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service from the moment you walk in. Our waiter was busy but a real pro. Never tried to upswell us . Always attentive . The food was fabulous. This will be a stop on every Vancouver trip.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was slower than expected, but if your going to visit and enjoy your romantic evening it's just right. Very good food.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special meal to end a great holiday
Highly rated and rightly so. Imaginative and appetising menu, great decor, very helpful and friendly staff. Relatively expensive but worth it for a special occasion. We liked the lack of "gushing" of waiting staff - which can be a problem with some restaurants. We arrived earlier than our booking by 30 minutes but were seated immediately - again, some restaurants seem to be much less flexible.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food! Everything we
Amazing food! Everything we had was beautifully presented and well balanced. Delicious. Compliments to the chef. Service was great, everyone is friendly and unassuming. I wish our server was a little more enthusiastic. He seemed slightly under-energized, but nonetheless, gave good service. Will definitely want to come back again and again.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
outstanding dining experience
I have dined at Don Francesco's twice now and both times myself and companions loved the experience. Great food each time and all selections, elegant, attentive service. The lobster lasagna was heavenly and the seafood linguine. Highly recommended.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sunday Evening with Don Frascesco
My wife and I had the pleasure of dining at your esteemed restaurant on sunday evening with the 50% discount coupon. It was an amazing dining experience we would like to repeat. We ordered a Malbec Alamaya and antipasta appetizer to start. Both were exquisite. The antipasta for two was well represented with a significant variety of delicious appetizers. Our main course selections were the lobster lasanga and the seafood linquine....my choice being the latter. This was done to perfection with an ample portion of seafood topped with aged mozzarella cheese. What a delicious combination. We bypassed the deserts and finished with fresh brewed coffee dark roast coffee which topped off our great dining experience.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great find! Real Italian food. If you travel to Vancouver this is a MUST!
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and location
Great traditional Italian cuisine with good service. The location is nice with a great patio to watch the city life. A bit pricey but the portions were good and due to it being in the heart of downtown it is to be expected. Would go again for a special occasion.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I hardly get to go out and if i do, its a grab and go or a local pub.
If your looking for a place to take that special someone and impress them..
This is it... great, friendly staff
Delicious food, just couldn't ask for a better intimate setting for you and your
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chico gave us a great time and was instrumental in suggesting wines to go with our entrees. We appreciated Don Francesco's added touches such as the complementary champagnes and desert; it really finished things off for us - our thanks to you all.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ambiance was great on a Tuesday afternoon, reserved and was late but still accommodated after I called, although it wasn't too crowded. The pasta was delicious, so said my partner, and I loved mine as well, pricing was not bad either, unless maybe you get a good bottle of wine which we didn't. I'm sure it will be an enjoyable place to eat for many
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had never been here before
Had never been here before but had heard many great things. All true! Enjoyed a wonderful 10 years anniversary dinner. Can't wait to go back again.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian Food
Our friend often goes here for lunch and we finally made it there with him and his wife for dinner. We had a bottle of red wine and each had a starter, a pasta and a dessert and the price was under $300 before tip. The pasta we wanted (Rigatoni Ragu) wasn't on the menu but they made it for us and it was one of the favourites. Lobster gratine is a must try.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
the meal was great, wine suggested was very good, and our server was excellent. Attentive without being interfering with a good sense of humour. Made for a delightful evening.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I had a great time. The lamb and the duck was great...
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for a Special Occasion
My wife and I went here for her Birthday. We started with a nice glass of champagne, followed by the Antipasto for Two, which was delicious. My wife had the Chili Shrimp Spaghetti, which was spicy shrimp in a Bolognese sauce. I had some, it was quite tasty. My Veal Picatta was very good as well. We had no room for dessert.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very classic italian restaurant. Food is awesome. Both my husband and I had duck. Best duck I've ever eaten. We were there early on a weekday with friends. Our friends were going to a concert so timing was important to get out in time. We let the restaurant know and they were so accommodating and our friends were out of there in time. The service was great and very attentive. I've been here a few times and I have never been disappointed.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a wonderful night with
Had a wonderful night with a party of 6. Service exceptional. Food great.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to the restaurant 5 times, akways good. I enjoyed chattin with the waiter who is from Tunisia!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to bring visitors
I had just picked up a friend at the airport and wanted to take them to a great place for supper.
The restaurant was first class all round.
Both orders were fabulous. I needed quick service in order to get to a concert that evening and the food was prepared and delivered in a flash. The quality of the food was not affected at all by the speed and the overall service was impeccable.
I have been to the restaurant previously to hear John Gilliat play and was so impressed that I immediately thought to bring my friend.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Over many visits to Francesco's they never disappoint. They have updated- changed the menu giving more options. We had a group of 5 and all of us were extremely pleased.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of Vancouver's best restaurants
Food and service can always be relied on to be good. A great place to impress out of town visitors.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
I highly recommend this restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious (especially the lobster lasagna) and the service was perfect. I brought my cousin there for her birthday dinner and everything was fantastic. Thank you.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
We came a little early for
We came a little early for our reservation but they sat us by a door leading to the wine storage and it was cold each time the door was opened.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is outstanding, always consistant and the menu is fantastic with so many great choices. Always one of our favorites in Vancouver.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still the Best
At least once a year for decades we have dined at Francesco's current restaurant, and this is his greatest. Unsurpassed Italian food and service keeps us coming back, year after year.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM