Villa Francesca

4.4
1311 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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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Nick
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The food was just not of quality and expensive, very dissappointing

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food5service2ambience5

I give the apologies for my guest list arrived late, but I feel very dissatisfied and disappointed how the manager can’t manage the situation about a mistake in the check. He should control his stress and listen the customers.

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ESLONG
New England
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience2

We were a bit disappointed, It was fairly loud, the red wine list was not extensive which was very unexpected. I tried the dinner special, and it was nothing as described. It was supposed to be sundried tomatoes, mushroom's, and another veg (can't remember) in a light cream sauce. I was served basically fettuccini alfredo. Much to heavy.. The bread was store bought Italian bread... At least my boyfriend's meal was fair. No dessert after a heavy dinner.... We won't give it another try, to many other places around.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amazing dinner temp dropped outside so glad we got to eat inside

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LouiseP
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The bruschetta appetizer was excellent. I don't remember what the dish was called but I had penne pasta with bacon, broccoli rabe, and peas in a cream sauce that was amazing.

JH
vipJennyH
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I was impressed by the social distancing measures taken - thank you for making me and my family feel safe during these unprecedented times. However, food was bland and service left something to be desired. FYI - There is NO valet service - the valet area was being used for outdoor tables, as the host not so kindly informed me upon arrival.

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vipPeterC
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Emily our server was excellent, sitting outside on street detracts from ambience

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kellyw
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and wine were fabulous. We enjoyed the fall outdoor dining as well!

JT
vipJimT
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This old school North End staple serves very standard Italian American fare. The quality is good but the imagination is low. While the current times are certainly not normal, their management of reservations was poor, with a 20 minute delay in being seated. Not a bad value but there are many better options in this neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. The vibe is ambient, quiet to moderate noise and the waitress was pleasant. Food was delicious and they had all of the staff sing happy birthday when I requested for there to be a candle on the cheesecake for the birthday girl. I can’t wait to dine there again.

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vipBill
New England
46 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Villa Francesca lived up to its reputation of excellent food and outstanding service in the face of this pandemic. They were able to accomplish this filling pandemic guidelines and the use of outdoor seating. Our waitress Eliana provide exquisite service.

JW
JaimeWL2017
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

we were SOOO dissappointed in our experience. This is OUR restaurant for the last thirty years of our marraige. We have since moved across the country, but the California fires forced us east and we came to lick our wounds at our favorite spot. The servers of old, who took pride in their restaurant and their menu have been replaced with people who seem to have just been thrown an apron and asked to pitch in. it took three asks for everything, my 29.00 entree had CANNED mushrooms, seriously? I asked her to write down name of the wine I enjoyed or tell me what it was and she said "oh i don't know, something with a skeleton on it.? I know in this pandemic these are small problems, but when even going out is a risk, it's a drag when it's not worth it.

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NicoleW
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was amazing. The service was also really great.

JO
JenniferO
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I've been here many times and I've never been disappointed.

ME
MonaE
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Villa Francesca to have a nice lunch after taking the boat to Boston. It was the first time we had eaten in Boston since COVID-19. We had six of us and we had an incredible table the felt like we were per se outside because the whole window was open and gave us fresh air but also gave us the coziness of inside. The food was delicious, and there were one dollar oysters so we ordered 3 dozen! My minestrone soup was the best I’ve ever had and everyone loved their meals. The pasta puttanesca was a bit spicy but delicious. Wonderful experience.

JB
JacquelynB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite North End restaurant!

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Joanne
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I enjoyed an excellent piece of swordfish. My husband said his veal was mediocre and tasteless. Unfortunately, there were no garnishments, no "extras", no greens or rice or anything else on either plate. For the price of each "entree" at $30, we expected a side or salad with dinner. If we hadn't ordered the appetizer of portobello mushrooms (there were only 2 mushrooms on that plate, one for each of us, and quite expensive $15), we would have been starving at the end of the meal. The atmosphere was excellent, but it was a very disappointing meal overall.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my friends birthday. The food was delicious and ambiance lovely.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Experience

JK
JacquelineK
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere. Loved the calamari, penne and espresso martinis.

PD
PaulD
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and service. Love the ambience. Have gone there many times and I always go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

This was the worst restaurant I’ve been in the north end. Overpriced for the amount and quality of food. We waited 1:40 h for the main dish from time of arrival. Hope they change their way as the environment is so nice.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good, we were very well attended and the place is super cozy. Highly recommendation.

MG
vipMGMR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice meal, was not rushed, and server was excellent.

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Janet
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambience sitting in window space with windows open. Good food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The menu seemed rather limited as compared to previous visits. Good accommodations for outdoor and window side seating. Service was not up to par as compared to previous experiences. Still, the food was good and I will dine at Villa Francesca again in the future.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and Drink were excellent!

DS
DebbieS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit in less than a week. Brought friends back this time because I knew how good it would be! Amazing food. Excellent waitstaff. Aloe!!!!

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EmmaZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was delicious! And the staff was very friendly!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very small location and I needed to ask to be seated because no one greeted me while servers were looking at me and did nothing. Food didn’t have much flavor, very bland. Server packed up to leave and was walking out as the check was dropped and the restaurant was not closing and had many other guests. I assumed we were passed on to another server without being told. Not recommendable.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere sitting outside. Loved the dollar oysters!! We came for the oysters and eat an entire meal which was amazing

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

12 year wedding anniversary dinner was amazing

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Debi
New England
18 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

It is Dine out Boston so you do expect it to take a little longer than usual along with Covid
With that being said this was always one of my favorite restaurants
Well our waiter took 20 minutes to get us water another 20 minutes for bread and 10 more for cocktails. If that wasn’t bad enough we got our appetizers then waited 40 minutes for our dinner minus my sides which came 30 minutes after my dinner. I asked for them 3 times. By the time they came I was done. When I brought it up he said sorry and walked away. When he asked how I wanted my Cannoli served I said just powdered sugar no nuts no chocolate chips but when I got it it also had chocolate chips on it. Never saw him again till he just dropped off check and left
I can’t stress how horrible he was as a waiter Never offered to do anything

CK
CKEats
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had the 3 course pre-fixe dinner on a friday night and it was very affordable for two people. The food was fresh and the staff was kind and attentive. Drinks were kinda pricey and not that strong, a very basic cocktail menu. The wine is what they specialize in.

MT
vipMaryT
New England
31 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. Best restaurant in the North End!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is literally my favorite restaurant in the northend service was fabulous the food was amazing

JP
JackP
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Street dining was great except for the load motorcycles that kept passing by

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Atmosphere was beautiful, food was a little watery, and bread wasn’t fresh. I was surprised I couldn’t get Romano cheese on the side at an Italian restaurant. Music was Pandora, with commercials:/

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Villa Francesca offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 367-2948.

Villa Francesca is rated 4.4 stars by 1311 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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