HelpiOS AppAndroid AppWindows Phone AppWindows 8 App

Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
7:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 6 times today

Villa Francesca

890 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Top Tags:
  • Authentic (10)
  • Good for a Date (10)
  • Cozy (8)
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!
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian, Seafood, Contemporary European
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm
Friday- Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(617) 367-2948
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Guglielmo Ranauro
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
We provide a catering menu, please visit our website or call us for more information.
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Hanover Street
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
Valet parking is available in the front of restaurant after 5:00 pm daily.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
Haymarket and Government Center--A quick walk up Hanover Street brings you to our step.
icon/ic_special_eventsCreated with Sketch.
Special events & promotions
We provide a special event menu, please visit our website or call us for more information.
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.

View Private Dining Details
What 890 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

EdMartin (New England)
4.0  Dined 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"?

vipMEKDAT (New England)
5.0  Dined 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!

joej (New England)
1.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  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!

BurtP (New England)
5.0  Dined 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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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

AM12345 (New England)
3.0  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.

Lilac1031 (New England)
2.0  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...

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  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!

Vish (Miami)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  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