Villa Francesca

4.3
1065 reviews
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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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BK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was excellent. Highly recommend. Service was very good and dinner was great.

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New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wife and I needed a date desperately and this place seemed like the perfect place to go.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Typically this is one of our go to places but on this visit, our server was not very attentive. He did not come to our table to check on us. We saw him standing by the kitchen window a lot. The food was not very good. My husband had spaghetti with a meatball and sausage with a red sauce. After taking our order the waiter came back to confirm whether he said bolognese or meatball/sausage. My husband confirmed no bolognese. When his dinner came, There was not much sauce and the sausage was bland. I have a veal dish - the veal was over done and tough. When the bill came, there was a n additional $9 charge for bolognese which was confirmed he did not order at the time of order. He had made a reservation through Open Table and states he was celebrating my birthday but there was no mention at all. This experience left us saying - well there are a lot of places in the North End for us to try...

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, perfect Italian food

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TP
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my very favorite restaurants. ALWAYS a joy to visit here. Food and wine are always top notch. Service is superb. Never a disappointment in any regard.
Strongly recommend dining here.

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CT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been recommending this restaurant because of the excellent food, service and ambiance. I am extremely satisfied with the care that we received during our visit.

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SR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very Cozy atmosphere with tasty Italian food at a good price for the North End.

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CB
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Like many other North End restaurants, Villa Francesca has 2nd/underground level. We were seated down there. Unfortunately, there was a large group also seated there and it was very loud (the walls are stone). I feel like we should have been warned. The service was a bit slow (which I can forgive because it was New Year's Eve) and when we ordered (an app and entree), they came out basically on top of each other. We had just finished our app when the entree appeared. It felt like we were being rushed out. Food was good but not "knock your socks off" good. My husband ordered the Veal Valdostano. It didn't come with pasta so he ordered a side. We were surprised that the side of ziti cost $7.50. Seems a bit overpriced for a side that should have come with the dish to begin with. With so many other great restaurants in the North End, I won't be in a hurry to return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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MS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite North End restaurants. Menu is superb! It was a little noisy with a large group party nearby, but still a wonderful dining night.

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KB
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Villa Francesca never disappoints. The food is consistently excellent, ambiance first rate and service is top-notch!

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A
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We were a bit disappointed overall.
Bartender was slow...manager not very welcoming. Waiter appeared to be new at his job although friendly.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food. Lunch w family, other families in there enjoying too.

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n
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately we had a Christmas Eve reservation and the folks at the table we were to go to still hadn’t vacated the table 40 min after our reservation time. I believe when a restaurant actually accepts reservations the time should be capped at 2-2.25 hrs to allow the others that reserved time for their dinners. I have been to restaurants in the past that have reminded us that time to wrap it up as folks were waiting. They didn’t want to do that.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great as always.

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d
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We arrived about 45 minutes early for our reseveration and were seated immediately but it was at a terrible table right outside of the men's bathroom. We asked if we waited for our reservation time, could we have a better table and were told that we could. We sat at the bar to wait and were then seated at a much more acceptable table at our reservation time. Our server was extremely friendly and attentive. All in all it was a good experience and the food was delicious.

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RM
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time as always at this great North End Italian restaurant. We love coming to Villa Francesca and encourage all to enjoy this great place. The lobster ravioli is outstanding and our favorite.

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RN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 12 and everything was awesome. Multiple varieties of dishes and everyone loved the food. Great place.

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MT
New England
23 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aleay S wonderful. Amazing Italian specialties. Great atmosphere.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best veal dish ever! Cozy, comfortable, friendly. My limencello martini was also wonderful. Thanks for a great night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely time was had by all during this absolutely Fantastic meal. ‘Twas a lovely experience end to end. Would absolutely recommend!

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1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It took a long time to receive any attention from the staff. The bread was cold, not room temperature, but freezing cold. The meals were just okay, not what I expected from a former favorite restaurant in the North End of Boston.

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PM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Overall the 4 of us had a very good experience and the food was excellent!

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RM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good but the service was not. Never seen a more unfriendly staff. From the person that sat us to the person that waited on us.

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MA
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We had a reservation at 6:30 and they gave us a seat at 7:20 pm but the worst was the owner attitude, he wasn’t nice he was crude to us and also to his workers, he was offensive and prepotent to us and to them. I wouldn’t recomend a place in wich the owner gives bad treatment to his own people.

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C
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

I would rate Villa Francesca higher except for their blatantly ignoring a challenge to two glasses of wine we were charged for but which we did not order nor consume. Repeated emails with copies of the receipt, followed up by a phone call (voicemail) have not earned a reply of any kind. So if you choose to go, just check the bill more closely than I did before you sign it :-). The downstairs seating is a perfect spot, and the food really was excellent.

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GJ
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We have eaten at Villa Francesca quite a bit. For the first time the meal i had (I asked for fettuccine with white cream sauce and shrimp) was frankly, poor. It was not white cream sauce and the shrimp tasted bland. I did not complain at the time since we sadly, were rushing. One of the other guests had a pasta dish and told me later it was undercooked. Quite disappointing. Gerald Jones. Hingham.

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BL
New England
41 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They are one of the few North End restaurants that have stayed true to the local traditions. Excellent food, a willingness to satisfy the customers whims with good value for you buck

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d
New England
51 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love Villa Francesca. Have been coming here for many years. A definite go-to in Boston.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

They had hard rock music blasting. It was awful an way to loud. It ruined a nice meal. Left with a headache an it was a poor choice of music

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m
Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The Food was very good and the wait staff was attentive. The Maitre D was not very friendly and did not honor my reservation. I was 15 minutes early for a reservation and wasn't seated until 45 minutes after my reservation. He took others who did not have a reservation before me and constantly was asking who I was. Very unorganized. Thank goodness the food redeemed itself or I would never recommend this establishment.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food, they have traditional items not on menu they will make for you.

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BK
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great North End restaurant. Classic Italian. Food wonderfully prepared. Would do it again and again

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J
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

We had an event here and everything was perfect - food, service, atmosphere.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food. First snow of the season made it that much better.

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JA
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Other than out waiter trying to pick up my 17 year old daughter, everything was great.

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LD
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding! Dining room is very tight, didn’t like our table location felt like it was just an extra table stuck at the end for more seating. Service was very good.

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JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit to Villa Francesca was a wonderful experience! We are looking forward to our next visit there. The food, service, and ambiance is outstanding! I highly recommend this place for a fabulous dining experience.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Group of 8. Waited 30 minutes to sit with a reservation. Busy Saturday night so understand. Food was good, not great.

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DY
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has always been a favorite of mine. I had not been to Boston in 10 years. Before that I ate at this restaurant at least 5 times a year. I missed the broccoli and veal dish, though the veal is the best anywhere.
They also have dishes not on the menu.

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