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About Permanently Closed - Francesco's

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - 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 fresh seafood. Gluten free and vegetarian options always available.

860 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1X9
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily From 5:00 PM til Late

Cross Street:
Smithe

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$51 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 685-7770

Website:
http://www.francescos.com/

Parking Details:
Underground parking is adjacent to the restaurant

Public Transit:
Bus stops on Burrard and Smithe Streets; Robson bus stop at Burrard;
Skytrain - Burrard Station; Canada Line - City Center

Executive Chef:
Chef Jacob Do

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Group bookings are welcome, allow us to create a special menu for your group

Francesco's - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (798)
Romantic (599)
Fit for Foodies (576)
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Notable Wine List (507)
Good for Groups (441)
Neighborhood Gem (297)
Great for Lunch (194)
Great for Outdoor Dining (137)
Hot Spot (101)
Good for a Date (61)
Late-night Find (58)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
Authentic (39)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Business Meals (28)
Great for Brunch (27)
Kid-friendly (27)
Cozy (27)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (22)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Comfort Food (18)
Scenic View (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Fun (10)
People Watching (10)
Casual (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Outstanding Value (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Healthy (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (London)·Dined on June 26, 2017

So glad we made the last night.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 20, 2017

A colleague was in the city and had previously gone to the restaurant. I felt the food was ok but overpriced. The server was good, we sat outside and was noisy as to be expected on W Georgia street. Should have stayed in Yaletown as we first planned. Not worth it.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on June 12, 2017

YUM YUM YUM MY HUSBAND CLAIMS THIS IS THE BEST VEAL HE HAS HAD SINCE FLORENCE ITALY. MY DUCK DISH WAS GREAT. NICE AMBIANCE . WE WERE PRETTY CASUAL BUT FELT VERY COMFORTABLE. WAITER WAS NOT INTRUSIVE BUT THERE WHEN WE NEEDED SOMETHING. GOOD SIZED PORTIONS, FOOD CAME HOT TO TABLE IN FAIRLY SHORT TIME. HAVING PUBLIC PARKING RIGHT NEXT DOOR MADE THIS VERY CONVENIENT TO THOSE WHO HAVE SOME MOBILITY CONCERNS. THIS WAS OUR FIRST TIME EATING HERE AND SINCE WE LIVE IN CALIFORNIA WE CAN"T RETURN SOON BUT WE WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANY VANCOUVER RESIDENT. ONE CAUTION IS THAT TRAFFIC WAS HEAVY SUNDAY EVENING WHEN WE WENT TO DINNER AND STREETS OF VANCOUVER HAVE MANY ONE WAYS AND PEDESTRIANS ONLY SO MAKE SURE YOU GIVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TRAVEL TIME AND KNOW EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE GOING.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Very good experience. 3rd time visiting this restaurant. The outside heating lamp was out of gas and they were able to accommodate us and move us inside once it got cold.

No complaints.....all very good.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 4, 2017

The food was very good, Patio is ok. One problem, We informed our weiter that we were using our Sunday, "five and after" half price reduction. However, we were told after we ordered, that one of the Items on the Pasta List was not eligible for the, "five and after" half price reduction. We think that lacks class and speaks poorly for the Restaurant.

Tags: People Watching, Sunday Lunch
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food4
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 27, 2017

My group has been coming to Francesco's for almost 20 years. We love the location, food, the wine, the location, the people who run the place, and of course the city.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Service was good really go the extra mile

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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Always great food and service! A must try in Vancouver for Italian food!!!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The food and service was outstanding!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Great dinning experience. Excellent food. Excellent service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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food5
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Excellent experience as always. We've been to Francesco's many times and it never disappoints. It's old school Italian service with a fantastic menu, good wines and always a pleasant time. We've never had anything but a good experience here.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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food4
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The first time my wife and I visited this restaurant was ten years ago and found the food to be ok and the service subpar. We thought it was time to give it another chance. Our experience was almost exactly the same, not great food and ok service. On the positive side the linguine was cooked perfectly and our waiters wine recommendation spot on. There were however a few missteps. The veal in the veal masala I ordered was tender but bland and seasonless. I had to add salt to wake it up. We ordered a bottle of sparkling water for the table but instead of asking if we wanted a second bottle when it was done our waiter dumped tap water into my half finished glass of sparkling. As my wife succinctly put it, cute but not too bright.
Overall the place didn't impress us. As there are lots of better restaurants around downtown Vancouver, we won't be back. Maybe we'll try again in another ten years

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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food3
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 4, 2017

All around great food and restaurant. With the Groupon, it's very good value.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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food4
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 23, 2017

The appy and desserts were good but the main were more than underwhelming., plus the place was very noisy.

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food2
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Great service, there were 4 of us, 4 different meals but all the food taste great! Good Italian food, good portions, not too big, not too small.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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food4
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 15, 2017

The best carpaccio I've ever had, and I'm a snob!!!

Tags: Romantic
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food5
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Not sure whether there is a sense of entitlement or business is so good that there is a lack of focus on trying to be the best, but this was the height if mediocrity; from the impersonal welcome at the door to the rushed attempt to service us at our table to dishes that were overpriced and uninspired, this restaurant is not in Vancouver's big league. A colossal disappointment.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Caesar salad tasted like it was made with old lettuce. Bursts had no flavour. The chicken was overcooked as was the shrimp in the linguine. The service was appalling. At one point 2 servers were assisting the table beside us -- we had been waiting about 10 minutes to place an order. After 20 minutes the wine that was ordered had not appeared. The server said he had to deal with split bills at another table leaving us to wonder about the other 15 minutes. Satisfaction with the food was asked at the end of the meal. We left a $1 tip. We won't be back.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 1, 2017

For years we have made a reservation at Francesco's when ever we were in Vancouver. But, this restaurant has gone downhill, very downhill. The service, starting the moment we arrived, was indifferent and lackadaisical. The food was bland and uninspired. It is trying to rest on its reputation but has lost sight of what built the reputation.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Superb food, good service, great ambiance! Thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the environment.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic
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food5
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 22, 2017

A wonderful restaurant with great atmosphere, food, and service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Great fun, super staff. An icon in Vancouver for many years and as good as ever.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 18, 2017

From the minute you walk into this restaurant you are welcomed as if you are going into a private home. The food is excellent, a good wine list and exceptional service. Ww always enjoy our evenings at Francescas

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2017

We had a great experience the staff were very nice and accommodating. We enjoyed the meal very much and would go back anytime.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 6, 2017

Food was good, not overly exciting, but tasted good. Server was wonderful, very cheerful fellow!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 27, 2017

I was at the restaurant 35 years ago and found the food and new location to be excellent. I definitely will be back. Our server was wonderful and very helpful.

Tags: Business Meals, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Belated Valentine's dinner using the Groupon for two. Friendly, impeccable service. Good selections from the limited Groupon menu. Chocolate ganache cake was every bite worth the gluten cheat. Quiet, cozy ambiance. Lovely romantic evening.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 24, 2017

The atmosphere is excellent the food and service is over the top thankyou

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Outstanding Value
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 23, 2017

We were really impressed with the food, the waiters & receptionist. Very delicious and good Italian food. It is not inexpensive, but with the groupon, it made the evening doable. We had a lot to talk about to each other and the staff, although very friendly & no "attitude", left us on our own.
Our only complaint was the able we were given was rght by a food station, which made it busy and noisier than we would have liked. The food was so gopd that we would prefer a quiet table so we could visit together without distractions. When I told the waiter that, he totally agreed with us, and suggested we talk to the receptionist. We did just that, and she gave us a card and wrote on it, her name and the best tables that she would suggest for is. Unfortunately. That would mean that we would have to bypass "Open Table", but we will do that next time we visit the restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 21, 2017

What a wonderful experience. Tasty food, attentive, thoughtful service and visually charming.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Fun, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Francesco's had an amazing staff and even more amazing food ! Worth the price.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great food, very attentive service, not rushed through your meal, great choice for anniversaries, Valentine's Day, birthdays! Decent wine list. Not an inexpensive meal by any means but very nice for a special occasion. Will be back a couple of times a year for sure!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 13, 2017

The dessert was excellent.... and I usually do not like them

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 13, 2017

We really enjoyed our dinner there. The service and food were excellent!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 12, 2017

This was our first time dining here and we had a wonderful evening, nothing could be improved upon and we look forward to going back. The staff were friendly and all our server recommendations for food and wine were winners. There was a nice atmosphere and even though the restaurant was full it wasn't noisy.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, People Watching, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Delicious and romantic evening we had! Excellent service from the waitresses and waiters, food was delicious! And the tiramisu is absolutely to die for!

Thank you for a beautiful evening!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 10, 2017

We arrived and were seated at the bar while our table was being prepared. JP and Roberto were working the bar and had us chatting and laughing immediately! Great guys making tasty cocktails. We were seated in a window view table and had excellent service and high quality food. We ended up back at the bar with JP and Roberto for an after dinner Port and then headed home, in a taxi, talking about what a wonderful all round experience we had. Best time we've had in a Vancouver restaurant in years. We will be back soon and often!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 6, 2017

A warm welcome from staff on a snowy Vancouver evening. There was no pressure to push us out the door into the cold, and a bonus is that the restaurant validates part of the parking at the lot right next door. I highly recommend for a friend's night out.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 4, 2017

We ordered the mussels as for appetizer, it's not that fresh & shrinks

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 4, 2017

We had a lovely time at Francesco's with a fabulous waiter. Thank you.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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