150 Richmond Street
Boston, MA 02109Neighborhood:
ItalianPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.ristorantevillafrancesca.com/
- Phone: 6173672948
- Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm
Friday- Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Contemporary European
- Executive Chef: Guglielmo Ranauro
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Catering: We provide a catering menu, please visit our website or call us for more information.
- Special Events: We provide a special event menu, please visit our website or call us for more information.
A word from Villa Francesca
Ristorante Villa Francesca, in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts, is the brain child of Guglielmo Ranauro. Through his desire for perfection and pure love of the Italian cuisine, Guglielmo created Villa Francesca over thirty years ago. He bestowed the name Francesca after his mother, never forgetting the love and wonderful food she always provided while growing up just across the street from the restaurant. Villa Francesca boasts over 160 wine selections, and has received the prestigious Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator awards since 2007. You've got to try the raw bar!Continued
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Villa Francesca reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since May 2, 2014
- Ambiance3.8Noise LevelModerate
special occasion (29)neighborhood gem (29)romantic (25)fit for foodies (22)good for groups (22)notable wine list (17)great for lunch (9)scenic view (7)kid-friendly (7)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
- hair in entree..mediocre experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 8/27/2014my friends and i went here for restaurant week mostly because their menu was so extensive and we had vegetarians in our party. the service was pretty bad and our server messed up several of our drink and appetizer orders (there were only 4 of us total). all of this would have been tolerable, but unfortunately soon after i found several hairs in my pasta entree. to the restaurant's defense they removed the item right away, removed it from our bill without being asked, and even gave us a free desert. although they handled the situation as best as possible, there's just no going back from multiple hairs in your entree (especially after so much was already mediocre). definitely doesn't stand up to a typical north end experience-i won't be back.
- Restaurant Week Visit 2014OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/27/2014This is the second year that thirteen of us travelled from the South Shore (45 miles) specifically to visit Villa Francesca for Restaurant Week 2014. The food was superb and very affordable. The wait staff made us feel so comfortable and they are very good at handling large groups. We also like the neighborhood feel to the restaurant. Villa Francesca is on our 2015 activities list!Special Features:
- Dinner was finejenistarDined on 8/23/2014They had a small issue with our reservation, but the hostess resolved it while we sat at the bar. Tables are unsurprisingly close to each other. My mussels in white wine sauce appetizer was delicious, but two of the 10 mussels were empty. Antipasti was very tasty. Bread was offered as an afterthought once our app plates were cleared. Entrees were very flavorful, though I believe all courses were sized down for the Dine Out Boston menu. My husband's Frutti di Mare was spicy but not overwhelming. The Pesce Porto Fino was quite good, though the risotto side was disappointing, undercooked and crunchy. Tiramisu was perfect and a good size. Caramel custard had a nice texture and good flavor.
- Wonderful Lunch!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/22/2014My daughter and I had lunch at Villa Francesca on Friday, August 22. We arrived a little earlier than our reserved time, were promptly seated and served a delicious meal. Both the food and service surpassed our expectations.Special Features:
- north end Lunch with friendsItalianbellaDined on 8/22/2014Enjoyed a lovely lunch at Villa Francesca and having dined here before , I was familiar with the open air windows , flowers, and delicious entrees. We sampled four appetizers, especially enjoying the mussels and the caprese salad. Our server was pleasant, food paced nicely,and water glasses filled subtly and as needed. All entrees were delicious! Particularly the eggplant and penne with sauce! One friend had a cannoli prepared at the table, filled with cream and topped with chocolate chips and nuts with a sprinkle of cinnamon. We will return to this neighborhood gem!Special Features:
- DeliciousOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/20/2014We each had three course. All six were outstanding.Special Features:
- Meal was okayLove2eatoutDined on 8/17/2014Our waiter Kevin, was terrific and the ambience is great, but our meals didn't quite match the service and ambience. Spaghetti and meatballs were good, but the sauce did not have much flavor. The linguine and shrimp-the sauce was very good, but the "four" shrimp were way overcooked. They were rubbery tasting. They ravioli wrapped in sage was very good, but as a whole meal got to be a bit rich, so would be good as a shared dish. Chicken Parmigiana was awesome.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointing LunchJTMofHopkDined on 8/10/2014Lethargic wait staff annoyed to even be there & freezer-burned meatballs - enough said !
- Nice eveningindytrimDined on 8/8/2014I took a group of 15 to dinner. They were ready when we arrived and we had excellent and attentive service all evening. The food was very good. Our only negative (and it did not spoil the dinner) is that we were in a corner of the basement at an L shaped table. It was crowded and hard to get in and out. Upstairs the restaurant screams ambiance, but downstairs it is bare brick walls. Don't misunderstand me. We had a great time and would go back, but I am one who likes to be in the middle of the "scene" and downstairs it was intimate and quiet, but no ambiance. Had I known that we would be sitting down there I would have taken the group elsewhere and come back with a smaller group later. Great place and highly recommend it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Out of town guestskickVIPDined on 8/7/2014We have relatives from Ireland in town. I think the waiter thought/knew he had tourists at the table and it showed. The food was very good. The service was mediocre. It angers me when this happens. Francesca's is a good, solid, not overly expensive place to take out-of-towners......especially those that are not from the US. Just wish the waiter could have shown a it more enthusiasm for the table. It is disappointing.Special Features:
- Great dining experienceFoodieSueDined on 8/7/2014We enjoyed excellent food, service, wine and ambiance during our recent visit with friends from New York and Florida. We will definitely recommend Villa Francesca and plan to return again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Won't be backRamikeVIPDined on 7/26/2014I made a reservation for 7:30 last Saturday night and had to wait about 45 minutes which is what people without reservations were quoted. So we sat at the bar and had a cocktail waiting for our table. When it was time to be seated we were given a table downstairs in a dungeon like atmosphere. There were lots of tables upstairs in an open and bright area but none were available which given we had reservations and waited 45 minutes we certainly expected we would get. Perhaps the biggest disappointment was the service of the waiter who couldn't have rushed us more. One comical thing was the bread he tried to serve us which resembled Wonder bread, I asked if we could have the bread they were serving upstairs he said it was special. Hmmmm
- SubdharmabumDined on 7/26/2014I'm sorry but I don't provide honest reviews for restaurants that don't provide points for using OpenTable.
- Great for what it isJDouglasDined on 7/26/2014It was a perfect place for what we needed. We met with friends we hadn't seen in a year, so visiting was most important. Atmosphere is nice. Location is great. Service was fine. Food only so so.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very good experienceKTandfamilyDined on 7/26/2014This was our first time at Villa Francesca. We were a party of six including an 11yr old. We made reservations on Saturday afternoon for that night and were seated right away. Drinks, appies and entree were delivered each in a timely manner. Our waiter was very nice, too. The food was very fresh and delicious! Shrimp scampi and lobster ravioii appies were fantastic! KQTWe would definitely go back!Special Features:
- Decent food awful serviceFiDiGirlVIPDined on 7/25/2014The food was actually not bad but the service was awful. We can barely get his attention throughout dinner, messed up our drink order, didn't even offer the dessert menu, I actually had to ask for it. We were near a waiters workstation and it was really loud. They kept dropping things, breaking dishes. We were stuck downstairs too which is nothing like the upstairs with the open windows and the summer breeze coming through. Bottom line, if you go there, make sure to ask to be sitted upstairs and maybe with a better service experience, you would actually enjoy the food.
- Classic North End dining!JillDined on 7/21/2014The food and ambiance were terrific as were the waistaff- very attentive - the windows open all the way so if felt like we were dining outside with the comfort of being in the restaurant! Divine!Special Features:
- Reservations mean littleNonameVIPDined on 7/19/2014Made a reservation for a party of 4 the day prior. arrived a few minutes early. had to wait over twenty minutes to be seated. food was slightly above average. service was slow and impersonal. wine was overpriced. all in all, very disappointing.
- Food is outstandingIn2HotSpotsROYGBIVVIPDined on 7/18/2014We live in California and visit Boston a few times a year. We always take one day to have a meal at Villa Francesca. It is a favorite and a continued part of our time when we visit Boston. It is a great find and easy to get to from any part of the city. Enjoy this true to life Italian restaurant.Special Features:
- Villa Francesca, Saturday NightOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 7/5/2014Our party of five was able to get a reservation on relatively short notice. We were seated downstairs in the very back, near a kitchen clean-up area, but it was quieter because we weren't surrounded by other tables. Our waiter was quite friendly and attentive but it did take the food ages to come. Meanwhile, the wine was excellent, and when the food did arrive it was wonderful. Would go again, as long as I wasn't in a rush.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/5/2014Staff was pleasant, accommodating. Food, very good. A nice dinning experience. Definitely a place to visit.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- just ok....OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 6/30/2014This was a very nice little restaurant. The staff was friendly however we were asked if we wanted bread for the table, and we were charged for it! Food was very good but overly expensive. Almost $20 for a pasta dish, and $30 for a chicken or veal dish that doesn't even come with pasta.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The food & service were wonderful.ELS1776Dined on 6/28/2014Our cosmos were sublime. BUT, because I had made a reservation in advance, I assumed our table location would be excellent. I was very disappointed with our seating - in the lower level at the very back, next to where the waiters stood. I thought making a reservation would ensure a better table location. I will still return because everything else was fantastic.I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 6/28/2014We live in the suburbs and almost always go to Villa Francescas when we dine at the North End. The food is excellent and service is great as well.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Simply OutstandingTravelEnthusiastDined on 6/27/2014We booked an OpenTable reservation for this restaurant at the recommendation of the concierge at the Omni Parker House. It was a huge hit with the family (including my two teenage daughters). The small restaurant was lively and people were waiting to get in (great that we had OpenTable reservation). The cannoli's and caramel custard (flan) were simply outstanding. When we are back visiting Boston we will dine here again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- JimmyDined on 6/27/2014Service and food were great ! Waiter was especially attentive. Pasta dishes and dessert were truly memorable. The only thing that kept it from being an 'outstanding' experience was the attitude of hostesses who seemingly could care less that we chose Villa Francesca...unfortunately this attitude now seems to be very prevalent in restaurants throughout the North End.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointedorganizingDined on 6/25/2014I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed. The food was presented very well but the substance for what was on the plate did not match the presentation or the price. There were 6 of us and my fish was just a regular small amount of fish (sole) with some tomatoes sauce on top. the person who had the Fruta de Mare had a few clam shells and said she couldn't find the actual clams ($32.95). The pesto, the swordfish and other white fish were OK but nothing that you will remember to come back. The pork shop (only one at $28.95) was very good according to the person who had it. The tiramisu although good, ($6.99)was still frozen. Side salads good and plenty. The waiter (Fabian) was very pleasant and attentive.Special Features:
- North End at its bestWasabiDined on 6/20/2014VF is a fantastic family owned restaurant in the heart of the North End. If you like seafood prepared in the old Italian tradition then VF is a must.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Terrible food!titusmomDined on 6/14/2014I should have guessed by the fact that we could get a reservation for 7:30 on a saturday night with no problem calling saturday afternoon. The waitress was fine but the food was terrible. The pasta with pesto I couldn't even eat it. It was so oily and I keep chewing on something hard like sand. So after a few bites I gave up. ugh! The tomatoes in the tomato salad were hard. The antipasto was small for $19 or $20. I wouldn't go here again.
- skitacNSguestDined on 5/30/2014The food, service and were all good, but I can't say great. If or when we get back to Boston, we will seek out another North Side restaurant rather than return to Villa Francesca. If the food had measured up to the presentation, especially the china, the dinner would really have been special.Special Features:
- JAN1Dined on 5/29/2014If it is going to be known as an Italian Restaurant, it may want to consider serving REAL Italian bread from a bakery. Also, when it serves its bread in the basket it should also serve some fresh butter along with it and a side of olive oil, with chopped olives. I tried the seafood medley and the only pasta choice i was given was spaghetti - any Fra-Diavlo dish should be served with Linguini or at least given a choice WITHOUT the extra $8-10 charge. The server was not so interested in serving at all and was annoyed anytime we wanted something. So disappointed in our first meal in Boston.
- Not bad, but not greatBCD31Dined on 5/25/2014In Boston for Memorial Day weekend, and friends recommended Villa Francesca based on our location in the north end. We sat in the basement, which was not ideal. Upstairs seating looked much nicer. The service was fine, food came out in a timely manner. Server was attentive and checked in a few times. The food though, was just average. It wasn't bad, just average. We had three different pasta dishes, and they were ok. My wife felt the same, not bad but certainly not great. With lots of other Italian places to check out in the north end, I wouldn't be rushing back here.Special Features:
- Not ImpressedOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 5/24/2014Took over a hour and half to get our entrees. It was also inconvenient that the restaurant refused to take more than three credit cards. We all know this is just a cop out on the restaurant's part.
- Worth a tryUGuysRockVIPDined on 5/11/2014Food, Wine & Service were very good, we'll be going back. Eggplant Parm wasn't on the menu but they made it special for me....:)Special Features:
- Austin2BostonDined on 5/9/2014Great evening and outstanding meal! Had a guest in from TX that had never been to Boston. I had told her about the North End and chose Villa Francesca (where I had eaten before) as the place to go for dinner. The atmosphere was great, the service prompt and friendly and the food was outstanding. I would defiantly recommend Villa Francesca for a wonderful evening!Special Features:
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- LunchOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/1/2014My mom was recommend this place by someone she met on the plane ride to Boston. The guy raved about the shrimp scampi so we ordered the entree portion. The flavors were good, nothing spectacular but the shrimp was tough and dry. Additionally, the minestrone soup was sub-par, I make a much more flavorful once myself.
- Seaffod as good as in Venice!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 4/26/2014Always wanted to eat here and we finally did. No regrets and will be back,..everything was very good! Our wait staff was a little bit confused, we ordered a glass of sangria, she brought a glass of martini. Other than that, everything was just right. The calamari was delicious, it was very close to one I tried in Venice, Italy.. I was very pleased!Special Features:
- Not worth the timevillanotDined on 4/25/2014We arrived with a reservation and had to wait about 15 min to be seated. The waitress brought the first course before we got any bread or water. The food was tasteless. The worst was the coffee: 2 double-espressos for for over $13!! And, they were not even good.
- KristenDined on 4/20/2014Nothing fancy but REALLY good Italian staple dishes with fresh pasta--exactly what we wanted! Not crazy expensive like some of the restaurants in the North End. We would definitely go back!I would recommend this to a friend.
- Villa FrancescaJessieDined on 4/19/2014I eat in the North End all the time. My family and friends came here on a Saturday night during marathon weekend because the restaurant had great reviews (and so many other restaurants had been booked already!). We liked most of the things we ordered, but compared to some of the gems in the North End, the food was OK and the prices were a little high. The staff was friendly but did lie about running out of a less expensive bottle of wine that when we asked around magically reappeared. I wouldn't come here again.