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Villa Francesca

4.4
932 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
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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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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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5.0Dined a day ago

Top notch, as always

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

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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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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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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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

The best shrimp ravioli!!! The dessert!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Never disappoints! One of the best time after time.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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3.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Average. Nothing special

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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

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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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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The gentleman at the door was very nice, professional and had a great personality making sure everyone was seated as quickly as possible; we only had to wait 10 minutes past our reservation. We were starving and had to ask for bread which was stale. When a busgirl went by we asked her to feel a piece (hard and dry) and she said "Ohhh" and shook her head no. We received another basket which was better but still not fresh like you would expect in the North End. Our waiter was very good and the food was better than expected; 2 of us had the homemade fettuccine, one with artichokes and one with shrimp and 1 had the spaghetti with pesto and pine nut which was also good but the pasta wasn't homemade. We are bread people and were very disappointed. If a restaurant in the North End can't make their own bread they should at least be able to purchase it for their patrons. With all the other options in the area, won't be back.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Fantastic. Fit us in last minute food was great all 9 of us loved our food

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

A real Italian restaurant specializing in seafood. Nice Italian atmosphere right on the street of Boston's Italian North End.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Excellent North End restaurant. My wife and I both had a Saturday lunch of veal while visiting Boston. Each was superbly prepared, but the Michelangelo with ham and tomato cream sauce was particularly delicious. Nicely curated wine list. Finally, the cannoli is a must. Pastry was filled at the table, with generous toppings.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Out for dinner in the North End with friends. Had never been here before but it came recommended. So glad we went, everyone really enjoyed their meal. Service was wonderful and the bar even stayed open a little late so we could finish our after dinner drinks! Definitely will return. The 3 course seafood menu was a big hit with our friends who ordered off of it.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

One word. Disappointing. Valet parking - I confirmed they have it when res was confirmed. When we arrived the Valet informed us that they were no longer accepting cars and directed us to a parking lot several blocks away. Don't advertise it if you don't have it. On a positive note our table was ready when we arrived. The table for 8 was crammed into a corner of the bar area where 2 of the seats were nestled underneath the "raw bar" display. The bar was very busy and loud. We had people standing over our table, it was difficult to have a conversation and our food had to be delivered by walking through all of the people in the bar. Our server was nice but clearly overwhelmed. Bar service was very slow. The food was "ok" but not memorable. We had to ask for a salad that had been ordered and not delivered and the same with a dessert. We were charged for another dessert that was never delivered. We were there to celebrate a birthday and ordered their "special" chocolate fondant cake, which needs to be ordered with your meal to allow for baking time. Not only did I have to remind the server that we had ordered it, it was the LAST dessert to be served - after everyone else had finished their desserts and coffee. When it arrived it was very disappointing. It was served on a large tray with cocoa powder, a scoop of ice cream (very good), whipped cream and berries. The cake itself was tiny and had fallen so that it looked like crap. The cake was not warm (it clearly had not just been cooked as advertised) nor was it soft and gooey in the middle. All-in-all the experience and meal at Villa Francesca did not live up to our expectations and we left as very unsatisfied customers. Plenty of fabulous restaurants in the North End, no need to return to this one.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Always a delicious meal that’s why we continue to return! Lobster ravioli is on the top of my daughters favorite list! Yummy!

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Was seated in strange basement of restaurant. To be honest, I thought I was gunna be gunned down by Mario and Luigi. Sorry. Food was probably great. I left and went to Rabias. Rabias also sucked so shame on me?🤕

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Fantastic delicious authentic Italian food at a super reasonable price. Have tried over 30 restaurants in the North End (lived there for 4 years) and this one always looked a bit dingy but OMG the food is to die for.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I have had dinner here in the past and it was much better. We got seated downstairs this time and the atmosphere is not as romantic or scenic. The food was just okay, nothing memorable. One person in our party got served about 5 minutes after the rest of us.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Love Restaurant week

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I have been craving McDonald’s my here for 20 years and have never been disappointed. Always amazing food incredible service outstanding wine list. An absolute must if you’re in the North end

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

This was my second time there and both experiences have been wonderful overall look forward to going back

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

My friends and I love Villa Francesca. The food and service is great.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

The appetizer mussels on white wine was delicious... plenty for 3 people.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The seating was a little too close for comfort for me but the over all feel of the place and ambiance was good. The food was absolutely delicious! I will definitely tell people about my experience here. You best believe I'll be back for more of those delicious oysters!!!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Everything was excellent. I had the veal francese and it couldn’t have been cooked any better. Don’t change a thing. The restaurant week menu was very good.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great restaurant, with good service and food is outstanding

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great food wonderful service

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We really enjoyed Villa Francesca. There are many great restaraunts in the North End and Villa Francesca's is one of them.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I always love my experience at Villa Francesca in the North End. The wait staff are highly attentive and they were not upset about us coming in a little later than scheduled. The food came out quickly and was very delicious and flavorful, filling us all up. I can't wait to come back and try other menu options that I was eyeing, and have another great authentic Italian experience here.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Food was delicious! We arrived 30 minutes late but still seated us as we had called ahead. ( Boston traffic the worst on Friday nights.) Service was excellent as was the food.

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