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About Villa Francesca

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!

150 Richmond Street
Boston, MA 02109
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Contemporary European

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm
Friday- Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm

Cross Street:
Hanover Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 367-2948

Website:
http://www.ristorantevillafrancesca.com/

Catering:
We provide a catering menu, please visit our website or call us for more information.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available in the front of restaurant after 5:00 pm daily.

Public Transit:
Haymarket and Government Center--A quick walk up Hanover Street brings you to our step.

Executive Chef:
Guglielmo Ranauro

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We provide a special event menu, please visit our website or call us for more information.

Private Dining

Private rooms with seating from 25 to 40 guests.

Villa Francesca Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

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Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (8)
Cozy (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Romantic (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Business Meals (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

We had a very nice dinner for 6. Food was very good, and staff wad friendly.

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

We absolutely love Villa Francesca. It’s my favorite restaurant. The lobster raviolis are to die for. The fritti did mare is also excellent!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

We were led to the basement and decided not to stay. Wasn’t a Valentine’s Day setting in our judgement .

There were tables on the main floor, but the hostess said they were “reserved”. Apparently, not for Open Table users.

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·Dined on January 28, 2018

I couldn’t avast for a better meal or a better time or a better place the entire evening was fantastic

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Make sure you get seated downstairs or in the main room- we were by the bar and it was loud and cold! Amazing lobster ravioli and fresh cannoli. Great food. Just be prepared to take your time, as service is slow. This is restaurant that is worth the trip!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Overall, not a bad experience. I’ve been going for years and food is always consistently good.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Brought my parents to our favorite place before the celtics game - outstanding as always!

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 (London)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Really lovely people. Will come back next time I’m in Boston.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We ordered the veal parm. and couldn't find the veal...a tiny little piece covered in Mozz. !The extra large plate was bigger than the portion. Sauce was tasty and ziti was good. Bread was stale & it look moldy.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Loved the dessert, the "Cornet Suzie" was amazing....but with all the wonderful restaurants in Boston's North End I wish we found somewhere else to have dinner. The chicken breast was overcooked and couldn't be cut with a butter knife (they did remake the dish but of course one person is waiting as we are trying to eat a hot meal), and the mussels were so teeny and were starting to get a undesirable fishy smell. I'd go again for wine, cappuccino and dessert--because it is very cozy, but I wouldn't choose to eat dinner there again...

Tags: Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

It was so amazing We love this restaurant and go here at least twice a month. It never disappoints us!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent ambience on the lower level and very intimate settings.Food was really authentic and good.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Anniversary dinner of my wife beating breast cancer. The server was amazing, attentive and fun. The ambiance was perfect and the food was fabulous. Thank you villa Francesca

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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

As we are within a 10 minute walk, we have frequented this restaurant many times over the years but have not returned for about 2 years after a confrontation with a rude host who would not seat us 10 minutes early (6:20) in an empty restaurant while waiting for our third party who on her walk over from her apartment about 4 blocks away, which we explained. He insisted we sit at the bar to wait as we were told that this was the policy. Untrue, as the other dozen or so times we have been there (always early - 6 to 6:30) we have not been pushed to sit at the bar, but taken to the table when the restaurant is literally empty at that time of night in the dead of winter. Had it been otherwise, the request to go right to the table would not have been asked.

Since my husband refused to return, I went with a friend the other night as I missed the wonderful calamari appetiser and very much enjoy the veal marsala. The grilled calamari rings were extremely small on this occasion and very chewy giving a feeling like they came out of a bag , and the red sauce much thinner than I remember. I thought maybe it was just the "bottom of the deck" so to speak, but the people who were seated next to us ordered the same and they were also tiny (about the size of a dime in circumference). Disappointing. The veal marsala was okay. I was not asked about the sauce I preferred on my penne. There was a drizzle of marsala sauce on it, but quite dry generally. The waiter was very attentive, which is about the best I can say about this last experience. I would not recommend at this time. I know they can and have done much better.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (Canberra / ACT)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was lovely however found the place very overcrowded and over staffed . Staff looked bored and would congregate in a group near our table , would all speak Latin American loud and stare at us while we were eating , the minute we put our fork down they would rush to collect our plates , I found this very annoying, I also felt rushed . I had accidently spilt my wine, no one came to clean it off the floor or put a towel on the table .

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Very pleased with our experience. Variety of choices for all palettes, fresh ingredients and good variety. Seafood risotto was excellent! Good service, attentive but not hovering.

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food was exceptional, and the attention of the staff was excellent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2017

I've been coming here for many years and the food and service is consistently good and a great value.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The lobster ravioli was very good, but the rest of the food was average . The gnocchi and the house bread resembled store bought. The table were so close together that I was more apt to hear the conversation next to me, than with my wife. Average.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Dinner was wonderful as was the service. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, People Watching, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This place very cozy and comfortable food is good and drinks

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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The service was very slow. Most of the meals were good. I ordered seafood fra davalo. Not only wasn’t it spicy, the red sauce was flavorless

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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

I have not been here for many years. It was a slow night.

The restaurant takes itself much more seriously than it had in the past. Too much so. The service was not polite or accommodating.

The food was good but not great. I had the veal valdestana. It was average. The calamari app was different and very good.

Too early other choices to go back

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Love the food here, everything is fresh and very tasty

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very crowded and LOUD!! Can't hear yourself talk.
Because of this, service was poor.
No patking, had to goaround many times.
Food was very goodbut not worth losing your hearing.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We’ve dined at several North End Italian restaurants, but this was our first time at Villa Francesca. Based on this visit, we consider Villa Francesca to be the best in the North End: pleasant ambiance, attentive but discreet service, and good food throughout the courses. We found the steamed clam appetizer we’d been looking for. Our waiter cheerfully accommodated our request to split a salad. We had two different veal dishes for the main course: both very good. Wine by the glass was fine. No dessert though. Nice location a little away from Hanover St.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Reservation at 8:15, wasn’t seated until 8:35. Then they messed up my father’s entree on his birthday.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Everything from the food to service was fantastic !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had an reservation for 7:45pm and were not seated until 8:30pm. It was hard to hear the waiter when he spoke of the specials of the evening and the tables were so close together that you were practically eating someone else's dinner.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We eat in Boston's North End about 10 to 15 times per year. Over the years, we have gravitated toward three different Italian restaurants as our "go to" options. On this occasion, we decided to branch out beyond our standard three, and we're glad we did. Both of us had veal dishes and were very impressed with every aspect of the food. The menu was quite varied with a lot of different options (many impressive looking seafood options, which we will try in the future). Service was very prompt, attentive, and courteous. We definitely have added this restaurant into our regular rotation of the Italian restaurants that we like to visit.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I selected Villa Francesca based on the overall good reviews it received on OpenTable - we were very disappointed. It's nothing more than a second rate spaghetti house. We arrived about 20 minutes early for our reservation, and checked in to see if there was an open table. We were told very rudely to leave and come back in 20 minutes. When we came back we still had to wait 20 minutes past our reservation time. My pasta was over cooked pasta from the box(not fresh), and my son received a dish he didn't order. The server insisted he ordered it and would not correct. The server did not offer fresh Parmesan, did not stop by to see if we needed anything. Save your time and money, find another restaurant.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Never again. Very disappointing food quality and service. Not worthy of Boston's North End reputation. Hispanic servers who don't speak English, don't speak much at all and virtually throw table settings at you.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great spot. Recommend by a family member with friends in Boston. A great find. The hostess was great, an asset to the business. Great meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Really enjoyed the evening. I don't love the fake lobster and lemon in the boat , they could do so much better than that. The open air window, service and food are excellent. This was my second time thwre

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Surly waiter! What was his problem and why is he in the customer service business? Food was exceptional

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We went for our anniversary and it was amazing. The ability to get a reservation online, the valet parking(especially in the North End) and the staff made it a perfect night for us

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food. Was hard to choose from so many great selections. Everyone at the table was very happy with thier selection. Great service. Was seated downstairs - not the best ambiance - but worth it for the food.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We needed accommodations for a group of 17 and everything went off without a hitch. The food was great and the dessert was even better! Our group was very appreciative of the restaurant accommodating such a large group with no complaints.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Unfortunately food was fair and took forever to come out. Service was not good. Very pricy for the experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We were 15min late for our reservation, but they were still able to seat us in a timely manner. Food was excellent, the sauce amazing! Great service.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, People Watching
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