Villa Francesca

4.2
1458 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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EastsideFoodies
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

What Italian restaurant runs out of bread on a Friday at 7pm? While the service was fantastic, really like our waiter, food presentation was lacking and flavor was marginal. Wine list, specifically the by-the-glass was left to be desired. Few Italian, mostly middle-road California.

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LaurenE
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would definitely recommend this spot! Great authentic Italian restaurant to gather with family and friends. We had a lovely 6-person table in the bar area near the open window. Delicious apps, dinner, and wine. Staff was kind and timely. Thank you, Villa Francesca!

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KeyWestManAboutTown
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In a neighborhood full of Italian restaurants, Villa Francesca stands out. I recommend sitting inside (reservations a must).

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vipMikeyD
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Thank you!

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Jairaj
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over the last 30 years, I've eaten here many times; it never disappoints, always a great meal and atmosphere.

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vipLisaM
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Visiting from Florida and Villa Francesca was recommended by a friend. The food was amazing!!! The only reason for 4 stars was the slow service and no communication. We had a 730 reservation and at 915 still no food! I think the kitchen was backed up perhaps - and in these times it is understandable. But the server might have communicated better with us. We will be back if we are ever in Boston.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I used to be a huge fan of this restaurant but it is not what it once was. The spaghetti was far worse than I remembered and the service was awful. The waitress insultingly insinuated that the bottle of wine we offered was above our price range and had the gall to say the price out loud at the table, even as we tried to cut her off and stop her from embarrassing herself and us. I will not be going back.

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RonaldC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with many choices and ready to accept special orders. The waiter was very jpersonable and helpful. It is a smaller more intimate restaurant with old fashioned decor adding to th ambience. We truly enjoed it and the homemade cannoli for dessert filled right at your table so it was fresh and crisp.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Service was wonderful!

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Zeke
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Better places. Sorry. Our food had no flavor. Our 3 normal places we go were booked solid so we tried this place:

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Francesca’s has been a favorite of ours since our engagement there 21 years ago. It never disappoints and has only improved over the years. The lobster ravioli, seafood dishes and pasta with all the sauces are amazing. Wine list is great as well as tiramisu desert with a Francesca martini. We prefer to sit inside by an open window and this time only a sidewalk spot was open. We understand in these times they are doing what they can to accommodate and we are grateful they are still in business.

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Roux
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The maître d’ of this restaurant was very rude. He treated everyone with no respect. The food was good but not worth dealing with his attitude. We like to support restaurants during the pandemic but we will not be returning. I will give my business to another restaurant.

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Chat
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal. The chicken marsala and eggplant were so good. Wish I had tried the pasta dish prepared tableside. The folks around us were raving about it. Our server was so nice. didn't feel rushed, felt like an appreciated customer! We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster ravioli appetizer was outstanding. Swordfish entree and Frutti did Mare were also excellent. Always have had great meals here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we hoped for in a North End restaurant - cozy, warm atmosphere and fantastic food.

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Bruce
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, meal and ambiance was great. First time to Boston and we were very pleased

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Great food. Sloooow service. Outside so street noise - but not a deal breaker. Overall recommend.

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AllisonB
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. We really enjoyed the sole, the risotto, the fra Diablo and the veal stuffed with prosciutto. The tiramisu was really good too. The waiter was knowledgeable about the wines.

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AngeloL
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Francesca's Saturday night Sept. 11th. 2021 North End of Boston lots of people standing around waiting to get in for dinner , My wife and I walk up to the hostess and give him our name and he seats us right away . No we are not Super stars even though I think my wife Lynne is ! I made reservations a few days in advance because it was her Birthday , now I feel like a superstar !!!!
Our meal consisted of mussels in wine sauce as our appetizer, main course
my wife had eggplant and pasta and I had calamari over pasta. All three were delicious. A nice bottle of wine and an after dinner Sambucca . The night was fun the crowd around the Northend was lively and the evening was perfect . Thank You Francesca's staff and especially Irving our waiter you did a great job.

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vipBearCakes
New England
27 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice place off the main street in the north end. Foot traffic is high, which is noticed when sitting in near the big open windows perfect for people watching. Noise is high when the doors and windows are open. The food was quality with some off menu items for those that are brave enough to ask for a special request. Cocktails were well made. Waiter service was a bit shaky in the tight setting. My experience with service was an accidental cocktail spill on my pants that dried up. At for timeliness the waiters are fairly attentive during the off peak time we dined.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent!! I highly recommend this restaurant. Our waitress was a doll!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We were stuffed in a corner with a table next to us that had someone on the end. The back of their chair was up against the side of our table. The food was average at best.

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KarenR
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We choose an outdoor table which added to the noise level because it was on busy Saturday night ( festival happening) on a busy intersection.
It rained heavily for a little while and we were comfortable under a big umbrella over our table.
The cocktail list of specialties was limited.
The food was very good and the wine list was fine.
Our server was a really nice young woman who provided good service.

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BillK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service. Waited almost an hour for our meal after ordering. Two other tables that our waiter was helping sat down after us and got their food before us. We complained to the manager and he said oh sorry. Fish that my wife ordered was very fishy tasting and funny thing is the lady at the table next to us ordered the same fish and said the exact same thing. Would never go back to this place

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 13th Wedding Anniversary and the whole experience was amazing.

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GR08
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall we had a great dining experience. We were there for about 2 hours for a party of 2. My only suggestion would be to try to shorten that time if the party does not continue to order drinks and food. Otherwise keep up the great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

80th Birthday Celebration 🎉

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Raphaiane
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had a seafood fettuccine, which was ok. Spaghetti ale Vongole was average.

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Kimberly
New England
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We would definitely go back to Villa Francesca! The food was incredible and the servers were very attentive. Like any outdoor seating on the streets of Boston/North End right now, the ambiance can be affected and noise level varies throughout the evening. That being said, we had a wonderful time and had no trouble hearing each other as we chatted our way through a delicious calamari appetizer (you have to get this even if you don't like calamari, the sauce was to die for). My friend had the special of the night and I had the red snapper. Both were great and pretty large portions! Our bottle of wine went down easy and there was always someone there to freshen our glasses when they were running low. We will be back!

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MaryT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome experience!

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vipfoodie77
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Sever not friendly and very condecending. They had black mint leaves in the mojitos and the bartender serve he has no fresh ones. The food was cold. Waited so long for appetizers then it came out with the food. They charged us for 2 drinks they would take off the bill and the server said there was no manager. The food was not what I expected. Very disappointing especially having so many places to choose from. The food was not of the north end. We asked for bread at a table of 4 we were told no so many times.

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RichardG
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

There were many problems with service and management, none of which alone warranted a poor review but together do. One appetizer arrived 15 mins before the others. The waiter asked if we wanted bread and we said yes, but had to ask 3 more times before it arrived. A sandwich type moveable board on the sidewalk promised Wellfleet oysters for $1 each with purchase of a meal. Our waiter said they were not available because it was restaurant week, even tho 2 of us were ordering from the regular menu, not the special menu. He said the owners were crazy. The server tried to auction off or entrees by asking “ Who gets the shrimp…”. I told him to ask our waiter who was also standing at our table, but he couldn’t remember. This problem seems increasingly common, but would be acceptable with Denny’s grand slam breakfast, not at a fine dining place. It’s a problem of communication between waiter and server that is management’s fault for not implementing a system. The food was well presented and tasted great.

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Kelli
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was good except that I asked for a kids menu and there wasn’t one. I ordered a spaghetti and meatballs for a toddler and was charged full price $20 something dollars which I think is ridiculous and probably should have been explained better with regards to not providing kids meals
Smaller portions and less pricey

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dapper
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Before I begin let me say both my son and myself have been servers, so we know what the restaurant business is like...that said. I love to eat outdoors...so that was the only plus....food, not great...drinks...so over priced ...the Sangria was awful!!! Service, don't get me started on that. So unorganized..they must have been temporary help because they didn't have a clue on what was going on...ran out of one desert, they said the refrigerator broke, ice cream was melted. Now does that sound good to you.. So with all the other restaurants in the No. End..do not waste your time here. Oh, and the best for last, coffee grinds in my wine and on the rim of the glass...sent it back...only to receive a clean glass, but it was the same wine because there were a few grinds in the bottom

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FatM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

I ordered the special, thinking it would be similar in price to everything else on the menu. However, it was way more expensive, even though it was a vegetarian meal. Kind of disappointed because it was good, but not worth the price.

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JamieP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was decent, my husband loved the mussels for the appetizer. The fried mozzarella tasted eggy in some places. The portion of my chicken Parmesan was enormous. The cannoli was excellent. The tables were really tight, I couldn’t get my pregnant belly to sit in the inside seat. Not very conducive to social distancing.

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carolg
New England
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food just was not that great. We have had better meals in the passed

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

The outdoor space is loud and suffers from exhaust fumes of the cars. Uber and limo drop offs occurred right next to the tables. The pasta was over cooked. Service was excellent.

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Wallbanger
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The wife and I ate there during Boston's Dine Out week in August.
After being seated it took 15 minutes for the waiter to greet us and explain the menu.
Ordered two glasses of wine - a Pinot Grigio which was OK and a Quercetto Chianti which was served at temperature of around 85F. Sent it back as it was undrinkable. They returned with a glass that was about 65F and at least I was able to force it down.
For dinner I had a shrimp appetizer which was just OK, the house special veal, Vitello Francesca which was tough and a gelato for dessert which was too warm and melting heavily when served.
The wife had a Caesar salad which was good, a veal Vitello Monte which was similar to mine - tough, and the gelato which was the same as mine.
Overall I will not go back. They charged $8 for the bread before the meal and the wine was overpriced as well as the meals. For the quality of the food and service it should reduce prices by about 30% to bring it in line with similar competitors in the North End.
Go elsewhere for a higher end restaurant which the North End has several outstanding ones such as Limoncello and Tresca's.

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PatG
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We used the “Dine Out Boston” option. The choices were excellent. The appetizers would be my choice for a meal most nights! Servings were generous, considering that this was a special option!

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Villa Francesca offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 367-2948.

Villa Francesca is rated 4.2 stars by 1458 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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