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Villa Francesca

4.3
910 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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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What 910 People Are Saying
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4.2
service
4.1
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great food and exceptional service. Waiter was a really nice guy

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1.0Dined on February 22, 2018

HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE!!! DO NOT GO!!! First, the owner lied that he had not received our reservation via OpenTable (made days in advance) even though the bartender stated that the reservation was in the system. I showed my confirmation but owner did not care. We were told that we had to either sit by the kitchen or wait over an hour for a table. There were other tables available but was told that they were holding those tables for another guest that had just called ahead. When I asked to sit at another table that would accommodate us comfortably, owner said that he would only give me a small 4 top and add a chair at the end. I said that that was not acceptable and even a fire hazard and he replied-that is how he sits parties of five on a four top. So if you are a party of five, be ready to sit at a small 4 top! Shame. I have lived in the North End for years and this restaurant was always one of my favorites. The great thing about the North End that there are many other restaurants that have better food and where the service is impeccable!!!! Don't settle for this place.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I love the North End. You pretty much can’t go wrong anywhere in there for food. Villa Francesca was no exception. Great food. Good service. Fair pricing. Great location.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

There are so many good, little restaurants in the North End, it is really difficult to pick the "one". Considering it was Valentines Day, everything was smooth from the moment we walked in the door. We were seated right away. Our waitperson explained the set menu for the occasion as well as the regular menu. Drinks and delicious bread was served promptly while our order was taken.

I had the Cozze Alla Francesca, mussels. OMG! They were so good! My main was Fettuccine Calamari which was just OK. I did eat it all, but I was still dreaming about the mussels. My Valentine had Sogliola Alla Meditteranea, which was also delicious. Now the problem happened.

What do you want for dessert? If you want Tortino Di Choccolato Fondente you need to order it with your main. We didn't and the place was very busy. Our waitress checked the manager at our request to see if they would mind if we tied up the table. It was not a problem and 20 minutes later this awesome dessert arrived! It ended our evening perfectly!

One note is that they do validate parking at the Parcel 7 garage.

All in all, we are ready to go back! Is this the "one"?

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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...

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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 .

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2017

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

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