Villa Francesca

4.3
998 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 998 People Are Saying
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BJ
Naples
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
43 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
1 review
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
1 review
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
5 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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K
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Restaurant opens at noon but they are not prepared to serve anyone at that time
15-20 for bread to be brought to table. Appetizers took 35-40 minutes an food wasn’t served until an half hour after appetizers already long gone. It shouldn’t take take long in between

Bathroom also broke (toilet didn’t flush)well there informed server and realized she didn’t understand us because she sent someone else over to ask what we wanted

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h
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food eas just pkay. Had veal and they used canned ives- disappointing. It was 85 degrees and they turned the fan off with windows open. Service was okay, sometimes attentive, sometimes not. Italian restaurant with a spanish waiter-seemed strange.

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S
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch during Boston Restaurant Week. The food was so delicious -- best meal we have had in a long time. Will definitely go back!

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Went on a Monday night and it's a nice place to go when it's not summer as they leave windows open. Did have to ask the waiter 3 times for water when we sat down and also a couple times for our check and more water so the service is enough to not go back. The food is mediocre. Had the lobster ravioli, mussels, and seafood pasta which was ok but lacked flavor.

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

Waiter was terrible, other waitstaff stepped up to help

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PC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Food is always good but my reservation was given to another Patrick so they stuck me at a table under a dripping AC unit next to the server station, kitchen and to top it off... bathrooms. Terrible experience minus the food.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

They sat us at a table in the basement by a service door. It was horrific. Made for a very unfortunate experience, especially since upstairs is so cute.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waited a very long time to get seated despite having a reservation. Server was not very friendly. Had to ask for items a couple times before receiving. They were out of Prosecco and had no alternatives to offer. Food was bland and lacked flavor for all 7 of us having a different dish none were rated as “great”. Overall we were disappointed and won’t be going back.

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JM
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great so was the service... noting on the menu you want tell them and they will fix what you would like

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s
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about this place. Amazing food.

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L
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic meal. My go to place when I’m in Boston. Food is fantastic.

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J
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Had a quiet table near the window. Service was excellent. Loved the lobster ravioli. Saw other reviews that said food had no taste. I found it very flavorful without being overly salty. Only disapointment was the three-course seafood special cannoli was tiny and not the regular size.

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NG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good Southern Italian style food...authentic ingredients...great server. Large portions...good value. The one negative...and it's a big one in my estimation...is the man at the door...maitre d'? Owner? He is Spanish-speaking. He had a really bad attitude. He didn't realize I understand Spanish and overheard him trying to deny our reservation when we presented ourselves 10 minutes early. The young woman taking names of walk-ins had to argue with him to get us seated. Our table was ready at 7:25 and he told me he wouldn't seat us until 7:30 exactly. Petty!

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PL
New England
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dishes had great flavor. I used my spinach to soak up all the leftover sauce from the veal francesca because the sauce was so delicious.

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CF
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The host was very accomodating as we added a fifth and it did not show on the reservation. We were celebrating my daughters 20th birthday and the table by the window was lovely - we had a wonderful time and our waitress was fabulous!

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