Villa Francesca
Villa Francesca

Villa Francesca

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ristorantevillafrancesca.com/
  • Phone: (617) 367-2948
  • 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.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hanover Street
  • Public Transit: Haymarket and Government Center--A quick walk up Hanover Street brings you to our step.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available in the front of restaurant after 5:00 pm daily.
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!
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Villa Francesca reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (50)fit for foodies (32)special occasion (30)romantic (29)good for groups (27)notable wine list (22)great for lunch (13)hot spot (11)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Best dish not on menu. Ask for Chicken Pescatorie!
    deb123VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    My favorite North End restaurant. Friendly, great staff and atmosphere. If you make a reservation be sure to sit upstairs. Order the Chicken Pescatorie, it is not on the menu! But ask nice and they will, cook it for you. One bite and you will be hooked. You will never find this dish anywhere else, and it will become your favorite Italian dish...
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Villa Francesca is the best!
    KT24
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in Boston. Every time I come into town I make a point to stop here for dinner. The caprese salad and pesto spaghetti are the best!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was so disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I love trying new places in north end- this food was so disappointing. My meal came in a cream sauce (which I don't believe it even said on menu) and my husbands veal and eggplant was drenched in oil. Even spinach salad was disappointing- dressing had an odd taste. Wouldn't go back.
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  • Fabulous!
    marshside01
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Best restaurant we have ever been to in the North End. We had a large party of 7 which they accomodated easily. Service was great, food was outstanding, excellent wine. Desserts were wonderful. Really appreciated that they were able to handle our party on a busy Saturday nitet. And valet parking! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner
    LovestheSox
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My party had different meals from steak to fish to chicken parm. Everything was terrific. Staff was helpful and friendly. Food was delicious including the desserts. We would go back in a second. Well worth the time. First time we had ever been to the restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Very good food, cramped seating
    Cfb123
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a good experience. The food was excellent and the service was great. The only drawback was that we had a party of six and they put us at a table that could only accommodate four people comfortably. We made it work, but a little more room would have been nice.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jane
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I sponsored a group of several guests and we dined on the first floor long table with window facing to street- charming atmosphere, comfortable temp and music individual controls for this section so guests could speak and then resume music low level after- food on menu amazing and server indicated that chef will customize any item on menu and/or create dish not on menu- guests from all over country and remarked at how memorable the food was and ambiance- impeccable service- had bruschetta for table several salads and then individual meals included, veal, chicken, swordfish- outstanding server, chef meals, ambiance- nevver never disappointed here- this was a Tuesday evening-bon apetit!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Perfect Meal
    panteracfh3
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    After bringing my wife here a couple of times, I brought my work colleagues for a company dinner. The food was PERFECT!!! Per my previous visits, the service and food were exceptional! I will definitely be back very soon either with my work group or with my lovely wife.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • kmfandfamily
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The one element which keeps us coming back year after year.....consistency. Every food item is prepared perfectly and the salads are incredibly crisp and fresh. Outrageous prosciutto as is their pasta dishes. Portions are generous. Prices are reasonsable and the staff is extremely accommodating. A must for any North End visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but noisy
    Wortharevisit
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Geat food. Great wine. A bit noisy in the typical Italian style. This is a place for families to relax and enjoy. Service is above par.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tess
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My husband & I came here for my birthday. We've been before and I really enjoyed so wanted to come back to celebrate my special day. So glad we did. Our server was Christina and she made the evening very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had the famous seafood menu...the menu proposal was great but what came in our plates was very average...the scampi pasta was poor and the lobster ravioli were swimming in a garlic sauce that was covering any other possible flavor.... Very noisy area as well.... So as overall, was very average.....
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    good for groups
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  • Excellent service and food
    Kelljo
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We ate here with some friends on our visit to Boston. We were all very impressed with the food and service. We went on a Saturday night. I wouldn't try to eat there without a reservation. I don't think they have a bad seat. We were seated in the basement. Reminded me of Italy.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great time and exceptional food
    kevinflan
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The quality of the food and the variety of offerings always impresses. Lobster Fra Diablo oh my what a treat.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    StizzyLizVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great food, perfect North End atmosphere. Feels fancy without being stuffy. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was wonderful, can you really go wrong in the North End? but in addition to the fabulous food, the staff were friendly, attentive and always present. The service could not be better and the ambiance was perfect if you are looking for a local, independent feel that transcends you into Italy. Wood floors, exposed brick, candlelit tables and accommodating to both small parties and large groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great afternoon in the North End!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were very excited to relax and enjoy a delicious meal. Our services was good, the meal was outstanding and overall a very memorable lunch in the north end.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time
    Lore13
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We sat at a table that the window was open so you had the energy of the street and the ambiance of the restaurant. The dinner was perfect and dessert divine
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience again
    Gabster
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This is my favorite spot to take out of town guests- the service is wonderful, the food is always delicious and the ambiance is perfect. They're also very accommodating in making special dishes for you, such as combining two delicious sounding options into one even more fantastic one. I'll definitely be back again!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • disappointed
    wishzigshere
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    As a long time customer, I was disappointed. Food was ok to good. wine great. waiter knocked over our wine glass and did not apologize! Nor did they offer another glass of wine. Although tablecloth soaked, they didnt change it, but put napkins over it, i complained about a vent blowing cold air on my head, and was told nothing could be done,
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and friendly servicw
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Service was excellent. Food was great but I accidently order something with cream in it and as I'm lactose intolerant couldn't eat very much of my meal. It was delicious though. It got a bit loud at some points but was a great dinning experience overall. Loved the waiter and reasonable prices for the North End.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad experience
    ShawnB
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Bad from the start- rude doorman and poor management. I never write reviews but had to this time. My steak was served to me raw- I asked for Med/Rare. I sent it back and and they brought it back but decided not finish it for safety reasons- still raw in the middle after sending back. My wife's ravioli's were left unfinished as well- they were loaded with butter. I always finish my meal and usually hers so this was a first for me. I told the busboy it was bad when he asked me if I was done- nobody came over from management to apologize or offer to comp the steak I ate half of. Nobody asked if I wanted dessert- they just brought the bill.
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  • Friendly neighborhood dining spot
    Medfordnative
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I met my daughter and her college friend here for dinner. The atmosphere was festive. The owner was happily watching over the dining room. Food and service were great.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Boston first timer
    Italiano
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Olive oil was green tasting...cannoli was the best I ever had....cioponi was ok...the seafood in it was great but there was no sauce....the white fish was excellent.....the clam linguini was excellent ...service was ok, but not attentive.....
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful!
    Beantownvisitors
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We really enjoyed our experience at Villa Francesca ! The food was wonderful, staff very attentive, they even offered to make things not on the menu to suit us. Lovely Boston neighborhood spot !
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rosieVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    delicious food. waiter could have cracked a smile.
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    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • A Must
    Mark
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The North End has many nice Italian restaurants and this is one of them! Ask about the off menu italian dishes. The chicken pam is to die for!!!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnifico!
    ArtiedocVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Just a gem of a restaurant . If you want to feel like you are in Italy this is the place . The food was spectacular(order the portobello appetizer) and on a good night the front of the restaurant is open to the street giving a true Italian courtyard experience .
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    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Babs10VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Had walked by this restaurant many times but never had gone in. Had dinner during Dine Around Week. What an experience. Lovely setting on Richmond St. No heavy traffic like the places on Hanover Street. Food was incredible--lots of selections. Service was efficient but not intrusive. Will definitely put this place on my preferred North End restaurant
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • hair in entree..mediocre experience
    northendfoodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    my 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.
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  • Restaurant Week Visit 2014
    catspal60
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This 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!
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    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Dinner was fine
    jenistar
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    They 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.
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  • Wonderful Lunch!
    Dave
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My 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.
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    special occasion, great for lunch
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  • north end Lunch with friends
    Italianbella
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Enjoyed 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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We each had three course. All six were outstanding.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Meal was okay
    Love2eatout
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Our 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.
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    romantic, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Lunch
    JTMofHopk
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Lethargic wait staff annoyed to even be there & freezer-burned meatballs - enough said !
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  • Nice evening
    indytrim
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I 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.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of town guests
    kickVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We 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.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups
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  • Great dining experience
    FoodieSue
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We 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.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 535 reviews are from the Villa Francesca reviews archive.