Villa Francesca

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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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RF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The past special made in the cheese bowl was amazing!!!

KC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy Valentine’s Day and weekend in Boston visiting daughter

EF
Naples
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wine was great! Good atmosphere

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We live in Atlanta and Francesca is one of our must dos when we come to Boston to visit family.
The lobster ravioli is the best we have ever had!

EV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Do NOT attend for Valentines Day. Extra tables added create an ultra cramped dinner, food is rushed out, wine was sub par. There are so many good restaurants in the north end, don’t choose this one.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First valentine’s date together in Boston, it was lovely.

RH
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tight seating but that’s half the fun. Food and service was great as usual.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and the food was so good! The food doesn’t take long to come out either. Perfect place for a first date.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were sat in the front table by the door which was very cold and it seemed we were forgotten about a lot since we were not in the dining room where everyone else was seated. We waited 45 minutes for our calamari appetizer to come out (which I don’t recommend getting) barely any flavor unfortunately. Then our drinks were empty for 25 minutes before we were asked if we wanted another. The carbonara pasta was good though, and so was the chicken Parmesan.

R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a welcoming drink at the bar before we sat down. We ordered a dozen oysters ad they came up in a boat shaped vessel and were big and fresh. We both are the restaurant’s stunning seafood risotto packed with clams, mussel, shrimp and squid. A real plateful and as tasty And comforting as food gets I reckon. Friendly and attentive service throughout. Will definitely be back.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and great service as always

S
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The maitre ‘d of the restaurant is a buffoon keeping customers bottle necked in the small entrance because they will not seat customers until the entire party is present - our party was there but couldn’t get into the restaurant because of the crowd at the door. Food is marginal - way better choices in the North End.

A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent!!!

TK
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was Wonderful, The food,ambiance, service... everything! It was a little more expensive than I thought it would be but still a great value

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We were on vacation and had great pasta!

LW
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with attentive service! We try to eat at Villa Francesca when we visit Boston, and recommend it highly!

l
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was wonderful! The waitress unfortunately didn’t check in on us through out the meal. I had asked for parmigiana cheese and she forgot.
Still a favorite restaurant in the north end and the food is amazing.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Lovely time and good service, but the manager was pressuring the wait staff to get people to order quickly so they could turn the tables.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fuimos dos veces durante nuestra estadia se come excelente y con buenos precios

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The service was excellent, and the food was good, but not worth the money. The restaurant feels a bit dated also.
We were not dissatisfied, but will not put this on our list of places to frequent again.

P
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great restaurant and dining experience. The only reason I didn't give all 5 stars was because sitting next to a gondola filled with ice was a bit cold. I kept my winter coat on.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and wonderful Christmas ambiance! Food was on point

N
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

We were seated in the basement which was freezing, but the service was good. The food was mediocre but we did appreciate the gluten free options.

CD
New England
26 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Had Christmas Eve dinner in the North End. Good time for the whole family. Service and ambience were great - Food and Value were good. Overall it was a nice night

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb dinner, excellent service and incredible food

PM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The pasta made in the Parmesan wheel had a very heavy alcohol flavor which was very overpowering. The other dishes were ok but nothing special. We were visiting from out of town and were disappointed

CB
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in Vermont and only get here once every other year or so. It is always a treat - good food, wonderful atmosphere, and just a great experience!

RM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Been going to Villa Francescas for nearly 35 years. Quality and consistency has always been very very good. Highly recommend.

J
Orlando
44 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food good. Service excellent. We were a party of 8 so I think that can be challenging. Overall a fun experience.

BG
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A bit disappointed in the food - just ok. Service was good but doesn't stand out.

s
New England
79 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

one of my top choices in the north end for the traditional dishes

MF
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. What a great experience with the people who work here made this night delightful. Food was so good I will be coming back

WW
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I had the Carbonara and was not impressed. It was made with bacon, which i wasn't a fan of, plus it tasted too much like bacon and not like Carbonara. Also wasn't too keen on the spaghetti, wish it was bucatini. I will say, i would come back as i enjoyed the service and the environment. I would not be ordering the Carbonara again but i would love to try other dishes they have to offer.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing and the food was absolutely delicious ! Would recommend to anyone :)

C
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went on a Friday after lunch hour and had the place pretty much to ourselves. So not a good yardstick for most meals but friendly service, great food, relaxing surroundsings.

AA
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I came here for my boyfriends birthday and although the Food was fantastic, the service was not. It took us 20 mins to get a waiters attention and that was only because we had to flag him down. We were seated and no gave us cutlery or water. Thank god the food was delicious or the visit would’ve been a waste.

SS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time. The food was excellent! Service was great too!

LB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful! Great food in a very nice setting! Could not have asked for anything better.

LH
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my son’s birthday. We were downstairs which I like for a bigger party. It is quieter so we could hear everyone easily.
Food amazing. Service great! Best cannoli anywhere!

SK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great anniversary dinner in north end where we had our first date 28 years ago!

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