Villa Francesca

4.4
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
1208 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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!
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details
What 1208 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
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
3 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
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

B
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food, service & atmosphere were all great !

MJ
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, as always!

KL
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing authentic Italian food. I felt like I was back in Tuscany.,,:

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As I expected based on previous reviews, they did not have our table ready at the time of our reservation. We waited about 20 minutes and it was very busy, however I think it was worth it. The restaurant is very loud so that was a take away worth noting, but the food was to die for! We went on a Saturday night and the fettuccine portobello pasta special made this restaurant worthwhile. The pasta is cooked in a cheese wheel mixed with burning cognac at your table-side. I have been searching for cheese wheel pasta in Boston for some time now and this place does not come up in the search but it was as delicious as I had hoped! I will be back.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The ambiance was great. Food was good portions, but not very flavorful and the bread served was cold and slightly stale. The service was also not very polite, which negatively impacted the experience.

R
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Great staff as well.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Stuck in a basement corner overlooking service area. Won’t be going there again.

F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We made a reservation for 730 pm and arrived on time. We were then told that we had to wait for an additional 30 minutes for a table to be ready. It appears they did this to everyone who made a reservation that night. They did not even apologize for the inconvenience. The food was very good but the food anywhere in the North End of Boston is good. Villa Francesca will need to treat customers better.

P
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb food! The scampi was to die for. Loved everything about it

KW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great atmosphere! We have been to this restaurant several times and it never disappoints!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had eaten there many times in the past but had not been in about 8 or 9 years. It was as I remembered, excellent. Service was great, the table even better and it is quiet enough that no screaming to be heard is necessary.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

On a Saturday night, it was clear from the number of people waiting for a table at their designated reservation time that the restaurant had over-booked the tables. When finally seated, we sat for a long time waiting for the server to come over. We order two appetizers for the table (one of which never came), two different veal entrees, and two orders of chicken parm. No one raved about their meal, which kind of says it all. We will not be going back.

MM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Saturday night for a birthday dinner (the restaurant was notified that it was a special event) and we were placed in the bar area with customers breathing down our backs. We were unable to hear each other. The food was good, but the overall experience was not worth the price or effort of getting to the North End.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very crowded while we waiting to be seated for our reservation, and then very loud with other noisy party near our table... food was excellent though, just ambiance was challenged.

S
New England
32 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice dining experience. All the dishes were well prepared. The calamari appetizer was exceptional. As was the homemade fettuccini. Stay for dessert. Try the cheesecake or cannoli!

G
Charlotte
180 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We stopped here for lunch and loved it. The service was outstanding. The Italian food was excellent and our waitress Vanessa picked an perfect wine Chianti Nozzole for the meal. I had the filet of sole which was great. My guests thoroughly enjoyed their dishes too. The portions were plentiful and everything tasted wonderful.

m
New England
20 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Meal was good, atmosphere was ok we were in the back in the basement .

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very very good service.

a
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food was amazing. The only issue we had was that everyone had to order entree. We were sharing apps and meals so the waitress worked with us after a little back and forth but it was surprising at first that’s all

P
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will be back soon
That says it all

LJ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was fabulous. My friend had miscommunicated her order and the staff was wonderful about remedying the situation. Very attentive without being pushy.
It was a busy night and the seating arrangements were close, but spacious compared to other North End restaurants. We could hear and had enough privacy to carry on a conversation. Nice ambiance!

TR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting North End on a warm and busy Saturday evening in September. Was able to make a quick reservation on Open Table and obtain a good table next to the open window. Great, traditional Italian meal of antipasto and pasta with attentive service. Lobster ravioli was outstanding. Antipasto for two hit the right spot.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The host made sure we had a nice spot by the window rather than sticking us down stares which was much appreciated. The food and wine was fantastic!

KM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot

W
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

LD
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful find in the North End. The food was outstanding, and the service providers went out of their way to be helpful. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Excellent

OT
Mobile
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was great except for the table. It was a wobbly tiny table which didn’t have enough room for all the food. Very annoying. The food was great. The service was good.

N
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We waited 30 minutes with an RSVP. They crammed us into a two-top that was within a few inches of tables on either side. Then they had to move our table right against the one next to us more than once to bring a presentation cart through. The food was nothing to rave about. Very disappointed.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We sat in the lower level table for 8. Great space for large parties but service was slow Overall nice place and good food.

Z
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is probably my 3rd time at Villa Francesca and as usual it didn’t disappoint. They had our table for 10 already set up when we arrived and took us right to it. The food was excellent and so was the service.

s
New England
39 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Did not like the survival with brandy heated with torch gun
Lobster fra Diablo sauce was not very tasty
Salad was okay
Mine tribe soup was best part
Limited pasta dishes
Would not recommend better food elsewhere in north end

RC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Never actually got served. Waiter was unattentive and after sitting for 20 minutes, we left

D
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was out standing
Very Delicious 💜

j
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't had dinner at Villa Francesca for a long, long time. Wow, I was so impressed with the service,
the quality of the food, and the ambiance. The freshness of the parmesan, the wheel right there. The fact that they fill the cannoli's at the table and offer various topping and the creme caramel was also great.
This was lunch during DineOut Boston. The list of appetizers, salad entrees, and pasta selections was extensive. I loved the bruschetta, the best ever.
The three of us shared everything and loved every dish.
I love the fact that they also a large bar where you can feel comfortable sitting alone.
It's my new favorite place, beautiful with wide-open windows, lots of flowers and the raw bar displayed.

Tweets by Villa Francesca