Villa Francesca

4.5
954 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm
Friday- Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm
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Phone number
(617) 367-2948
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Guglielmo Ranauro
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Catering
We provide a catering menu, please visit our website or call us for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hanover Street
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Parking details
Valet parking is available in the front of restaurant after 5:00 pm daily.
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Public transit
Haymarket and Government Center--A quick walk up Hanover Street brings you to our step.
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Special events & promotions
We provide a special event menu, please visit our website or call us for more information.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Private rooms with seating from 25 to 40 guests.

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What 954 People Are Saying
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JB
5.0Dined 2 days ago

Was eating our appetizer and dinner came out, which we sent back. Our first time ever that our service was not up to par

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OT
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Dinner was delicious, the atmosphere was fun and quaint. Seating is close so you definitely make friends with the people at the next table. Great night out with family!

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KJ
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Great Italian Dinner in North Boston! We loved our entrees and the service was fantastic!

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OT
2.0Dined on July 8, 2018

How does an Italian restaurant run out of bread? Clam sauce with spaghetti noodles? I thought it was linguine.....do any Italians work here? We came to dinner late, I get it, end of the night, but I expect more from a north end restaurant. They were more annoyed that we were there than thankful for people spending their hard earned money.

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JL
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Dinner following a day of walking the freedom trail. They were able to accommodate our party of 8 in the basement dining room. The food was great, and quick to arrive. I enjoyed the cioppino, and the kids liked their spaghetti and meatballs. The atmosphere was boisterous, which was perfect for us. Service was attentive and helpful (especially when they let us split the kids meals). Definitely a family friendly place.

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MP
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

We have been here several times and this place continues to impress us. We love the authentic Italian food. The Italian tuna panini was delicious, with leftovers for next day's lunch. We love their sauce and bread to do some dipping. Our waiter was attentive and food came out quickly, but not rushed. We will definitely be back.

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S
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Is now most definitely my favorite restaurant in the North End. The service is awesome and the food is AMAZING! Drinks were pretty great as well. Best part was the fact that it did not break the bank.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

It was wonderful as always

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PD
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious. Especially loved the lobster ravioli appetizer. And the cannoli which was created at the table complete with chocolate chips, chopped nuts and sprinkled powdered sugar . . . heavenly. Our waitress, Amber, absolutely made the night perfect. She was attentive as well as entertaining. One of the best (possibly the best) waitress ever.

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JS
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Great service. The fettuccine with shrimp was one of the best meals i can recall. Prosciutto and Melon was also excellent. Highly recommend!!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Excellent food staff where very attentive
Would highly recommend.

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AP
3.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Authentic Italian. Seating was bit too close for me. Even by North End standards.
We ordered the 3 course PF $39 which was a good value for amount of food.
Unfort. took 15 minutes to get a coffee and server filled cannoli with his bare hand touching shell which was a bit off settling.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

This is the third time we have eaten at Villa Francesca when in Boston and each time we have had a wonderful meal. See you next time we are in Boston! Our server Carla was new but on top of it all, she even told us if we did not see what we wanted on the menu the kitchen could make it, so we ordered spaghetti and meat balls and chicken piccata which were excellent.

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HR
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Have dined at Villa Francesca many times and have never had a bad experience. The food is always amazing, and the desert and tasty and fun (make your own cannoli)!

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M
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

We had a great visit and were seated before our reservation time. Amber our server was wonderful. She made a great suggestion for a Pinot Grigio for my wife. The fresh made fettuccini for both of our dishes was outstanding. We have been to at least 6 different restaurants in the North End and this restaurant is one of our favorites! 🍷

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RO
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We were able to book a table for 20 people without a problem. The service and food were excellent; everyone helpful and friendly. I would go there again anytime.

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S
3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Food was good but service was slow. 2.5 hours was not enough time to complete dinner and we had to rush out to make a concert.

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RR
4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

They accommodated a group of 22 people by giving us a private seating area. Food was very good traditional Italian. Standard items like veal parmigiana and meatballs and spaghetti not on menu but readily available. They even separated the checks which was above and beyond. Great place.

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WF
2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Horrible service & food. Can’t believe I bothered to try it again

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MD
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Thank you for the great food and service! We will definitely be back!!

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K
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We've been visiting the same 4 restaurants in the North End over the years and wanted to try someplace new. Villa Francesca was recommended by a friend. So good! Highly recommended. The only reason I gave 4 stars on the service was because we had to ask for bread and oil. That's usually automatic at Italian restaurants in the North End, at least from my experience.

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MC
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

I’ve eaten at Villa Francesca every time I’ve been to Boston — four times times over the past 40 years. It’s my favorite Italian food restaurant in the world. I’ll be there next time too.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Top notch, as always

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2.0Dined on May 22, 2018

We had friends visiting us from Vancouver BC and took them out for dinner. Had a not so good dining experience. My wife’s meal came out wrong. I had the frutti di mare which was very good but hardly any spaghetti. Pasta is not expensive. And then our server told us they had run out of cannolis. WHAT ?? A restaurant in Boston’s North End runs out of cannolis. Disappointing dinner overall.

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CK
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The food was spectacular, great service. I've had many dinners there and it is always delicious.

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SR
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Excellent North End restaurant. We have been here many times and have never been disappointed. The grilled sausages with black olives, polenta and onion were amazing!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

The best shrimp ravioli!!! The dessert!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Never disappoints! One of the best time after time.

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H
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went for Mother's Day. Everything was excellent. The calamari app was excellent as was desert. Less expensive than most other North End places. The food was excellent.

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G
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went for Mother's Day and would definitely return. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. Menu is excellent and has a wide enough variety that all of us were easily able to narrow it down to 2 or 3 items. Food itself was terrific. Service was excellent.

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P
1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I have never given a bad review of a restaurant and I was sadly disappointed by the Villa Francesca in the North End, Boston. The Host was rude and did not initially accept the reservations for a specific table made through this website. When my daughter and I walked into the restaurant with her 4 friends before our 7:15 reservation time, the host was setting the table by the window I had requested my daughter's 13th birthday. I told him I was excited to see him setting the table we had reserved. He said someone had just called for reservations for this table and he had a different table for us. I told him I made specific reservations for that table with his reply was "No you didn't". My reservation was on file and again I said we had reserved that particular table. Again he said, "No you didn't". I replied, "You said someone just called for this table but I made reservations at least 3 days ago for this table." Again, he boldly said, "No you didn't". At that point I thanked him and turned towards my daughter and her friends. Luckily, they had not heard the conversation and were excited to be in such a beautiful restaurant. After a few minutes, the host said we could gladly have the table and sat us. It was a disappointing start but the kids enjoyed the experience and the food. I will not be going back to this restaurant as I believe they purposefully neglected our table and we waited far longer than usual for ordering, water refreshed, and checkout.

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JH
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Excellent all around. Food and staff spectacular. Brayan was our server. Everything perfect. Better than expected.

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OT
4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Very friendly staff, nice warm ambience perfect for a date or special occasion, and delicious food! The menu had some interesting options that spiced up the Italian menu. Would definitely recommend and hope to go again soon!

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B
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Superior in every way. Well cooked, fresh food served beautifully.
Everybody we met was enthusiastic. An uplifting experience on a rainy day.

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A
4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

I was very happy with my experience at Villa Francesca. I needed to find a restaurant in the North End that would be good for a business dinner and accommodate a wide range of tastes as all attendees were travelling from other states and countries.

Villa Francesca delivered on all counts. They put us at a nice table next to the window, were very prompt with their service and the food was very good. Prices are reasonable and I think everyone felt it was a good choice.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

It was great night with the family! Food was amazing and delivered so quickly, lots of great options and an awesome wine selection.

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OT
3.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Average. Nothing special

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AJ
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Food was excellent. Good wine list across a broad price range.

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LW
5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Food and service were excellent. The antipasti was a great start, then the lobster ravioli was to die for. I had the shrimp scampi, it was covered in an awesome garlic sauce and the red sangria hit the spot.

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OT
4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Wonderful quiet place. Tables are close together but the food is amazing.

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