Villa Francesca

4.2
1013 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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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 1013 People Are Saying
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PD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We had a 6:15 pm reservation. We arrived about 5 minutes prior to our reservation. When the host greeted us, he told us to wait inside or outside for our table to be ready. There was no sense of our table being ready anytime soon and the host didn't seem to care that we had to wait. There were a lot of people outside waiting. We waited inside and when we saw two seats open up at the bar we grabbed them. We can't say how long the wait would have been since we grabbed the seats at the bar. We had concert plans and assumed that a 6:15 pm reservation meant that we would be seated at 6:15 pm. The food was OK and the service was OK as well. The bar staff was doing there best to make drinks and serve food to the people at the bar. There are way too many other great restaurants in the North End. We won't be back

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was delicious, but the service was terrible. The wait is long even when you have a reservation. Water not refilled, dessert with no silverware(we had to ask for it). You are one more number in this restaurant. Turn over the table is most important for them. I will not come back.

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C
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Villa Francesca is always a positive experience. Great Italian food, nice ambiance, and excellent service. You might even get a singing waiter. Five stars!

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BF
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Don't rely on your Open Table reservation slot. This place runs 30 to 45 minutes behind the reservations and the service is extremely unfriendly. I inquired about the wait time to the male hostess and he was extremely condescending and rude. We only came to this place as a last resort because it was a weekend and we didn't plan in advance. The food is sub par and the prices are not reflective of the quality. Save your money - go around the corner to the myriad of other Italian restaurants that have better food and service for the same price. I would never come back to this place.

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P
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I would rate this restaurant a "C". It is not great but not bad either. We had an 8:30 reservation, finally seated around 9:20. They work hard here to try and accommodate everyone, which is the main issue I saw that night. Over promise and under deliver. They take too many reservations and/or walk ins and try to accommodate everyone and end up falling short on the whole experience. The chicken parm was good, the pasta dishes are ok, and one of us had the Sole and it was served cold. After waiting so long for everything, we did not complain. We were never offered bread, had to ask the for the bottle of sparkling water we had ordered. Service overall was minimal. Probably the best thing this restaurant has going for it is LOCATION and it is charming looking. If you truly want a great meal I would skip.

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JM
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We had a reservation for 8:15 through open table and were not seated until 9:00. The whole reason for using open table is to avoid this kind of situation and the restaurant did a terrible job of handling the customers that were forced to wait on the sidewalk outside of the restaurant for 45 minutes to an hour. If the food had been spectacular I could understand, but it was not. The Calamari was overcooked and tough . The restaurant boasts the best Calamari in Boston. Granted the sauce was very nice.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

As part of a celebratory weekend we booked a reservation at this restaurant. I don't know why, as the host didn't really care whether you had a reservation or not. We arrived on time and were told we would be called when the table was ready. After inquiries at fifteen and thirty minutes after our reservation time, we were told our table was almost ready. Interestingly, several tables both large and small, were seated in the meantime and I saw that they had later reservations than we did. One table didn't even have reservations. The host was poorly organized and not very bright as he kept referring to me by another name even after I corrected him several times. Sadly the host also doesn't understand the first thing about hospitality. If you can't seat someone within a reasonable time frame, it is customary to offer them a cocktail or appetizer while they wait. After 45 minutes we were finally seated at a table in the basement. Things did not improve as the service and food were solidly mediocre. I do not recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

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SR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I’m almost 60 years old...I’ve spent the past 38 years traveling around the world, I’ve dined at the most exalted and the poorest places imaginable...I’ve NEVER had a worse experience than Villa Whatever. Had a 7pm reservation for my family...arrived at 7:07 pm. Incredibly rude, arrogant (for what reason, I’m not sure) ‘host’ told me, verbatim, ‘you go wait outside with the others, 45 minutes minimum, you are late!’ When I tried to speak with this ‘host’ he ACTUALLY waved me off with his hand. Unbelievable, front man for a cheesy, over-priced red sauce slophouse...STAY AWAY, TOTAL TOURIST TRAP.

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SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Felt very rushed by the waiter. Not a place to go and enjoy a leisurely meal. Clearly just wanted to turn tables as quickly as possible.

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SA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Although we had a group of 10, we were disappointed with the server and service
We were rushed, shorted on bread and general table service requests , which I attribute to the young server , Alex, not the management. It had been awhile since eating there, menu was limited and food was average . Staff did not seem to care.

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J
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and experience. My children and I celebrated my 80th birthday, my sons 56, my son in Law’s 69 and my daughter in laws 50. We live in Seattle, Phoenix, and New York to celebrate 10 days in Boston and the cape. Celebrating our last night together at this restaurant and it was a perfect finale to such a great time together.

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KT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, good food
best part was our waiter, Brian !!! he was a gem

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JA
New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Only issue was we made reservations for 730 didn’t get seated until 845 that’s a big issue for me may not go back because of it.

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d
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Our waiter had no personality, mumbled through off menu items. He did not even ask what kind of pasta we wanted with our dinners!

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DL
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a 30 year old memory that brought us back to Francesca's. THANK YOU for not letting us down. The veal was stellar. The cannoli was just as we remembered. And the service was spectacular. THANK YOU.

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BJ
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was okay - not bad but not good. In a neighborhood with so many really good Italian restaurants, this was a surprise.

Our server was sweet, but not efficient - had to ask for bread, mixed up our order twice, didn’t have recommendations re the menu.

It was a disappointment.

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TN
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was awesome. It came highly recommended, and definitely lived up to expectation. Try the lobster ravioli it was wonderful!

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r
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food ( not great ) but well worth stopping by.. the mixed antipasta was the highlight as were the every helpful and lovely staff..

Great value compared to the price gouging that does go on in Little Italy at the north end.

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MK
New England
45 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service!



We are I’ll be back again for sure

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Did not enjoy our meal .... had high expectations for the north end but this place certainly did not deliver on taste or service.... still waiting for a few glasses of wine that never arrived

But a beautiful atmosphere

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Villa Francesca. It is very quaint and romantic but the tables are soooo close together. The service was great but the food was just okay.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

would have been a five all around but heard twice while we sat that orders were really screwed up....will go again

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TL
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Nice friendly staff accommodated seating location request.

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L
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Our server didn't speak English well and it was hard to communicate. Took a while to get our first cocktail. The food was outstanding though

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KB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We loved the atmosphere but my food was lousy. I picked the wrong thing I guess :/

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Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

We came back after almost 20 years only to be seated in the c

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails. Good drinks, good food, and good atmosphere!

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e
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Terrible food. Been there a bunch of times and it’s never been bad like this.

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DP
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was restaurant was recommended by friends on our visit to Boston.
Fun old Italian place with great food. You have to try the lobster diablo with a full lobster and even pasta.
Not cheap but well worth the effort and right in the heat or the north end, Italian district.

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SR
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love to go to North End, but it is hard to get a table to accommodate a larger group. Villa Francesca was able to seat 7 of us for a family bday dinner! Great food and chocolate fountain cake is a must!

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DR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I specifically called the restaurant and spoke to the manager on Saturday regarding reservations. Stating that I was handicapped and recently had back surgery and would require parking prior to making the reservation. They assured me I would have parking. Parking was not available upon arrival or at any of their affiliated valets.

There was an up charge at an affiliated valet a bit of a distance away from the restaurant costing $50.00

I spoke with the manager directly about it
And his affect was flat
he was more interested in eating his plate of pasta at the bar and made no effort to compensate me for the difference in valet charges or even acknowledge that it was a problem for handicap person
Not even an apology

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Went for restaurant week, it was very slow service, took 45 minutes to get bread and almost an hour to get appetizers. The AC was not on in the restaurant and the fans were turned off, it was very hot in there. Food was decent, probably would have liked it more had it not taken so long

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SP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

This restaurant Was highly recommended for its food. And the food was very good but not good enough to overcome the horrible service and the mistakes the kitchen and the waitress made in serving us.

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RA
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for authentic Italian cuisine this is the place to go. Their reputation and years in service speak volumes.

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FM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite in the North End. Been coming here since 1984. Authentic.

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JA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! I've been going there for years, and it never disappoints.

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HJ
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time at Villa Fransesca! Large table of 13, including rambunctious little ones and they handled us great! Food was outstanding, drinks were tasty, and overall experience was phenomenal! Thank you!!

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CG
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, great options and top notch service... it’s in the north end, can’t get any better than that!

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DC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

food was ok not great, I had steak which was not cooked the way I liked it. Service was excellent , a little disappointed in the meal overall

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was good but overall service was very slow and lacking. Was there for over 2hrs for a lunch meal waiting for meals.

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