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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2012

other than a communication issue with our server initially the overall experience was very good

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 1, 2012

Great spot in the north end! The food was fantastic, however the staff did not seem overly eager to please. Not sure if it was because we came in near the end of the dinner rush, but they seemed indifferent. I'm not saying they were rude or unfriendly, but we were in from out of town, it was our kids' first time in Boston, and a smile or added bonus to the night would have been great!

Also, while the kids enjoyed the chicken parm, which was outstanding, there is no kids' menu if yours are small. If they don't mind the adult fare, they will be plenty pleased!

Again, tremendous dinner, ambiance was just ok. We will go back for sure to see if maybe it was just us who had the problem.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 1, 2012

Very loud crowed not much space between tables. Mixed drink very weak!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on July 23, 2012

VIlla Francesca was fantastic! We had friends in town from Canada and wanted to show them the best Boston had to offer. We had eaten here before and knew it was the best. We were seated at a table next to the windows that were open to the street which was the table I had been eyeing while we had a glass of wine at the bar. Once we were seated our waiter introduced himself as Thomas. He later told us that he was the owner! What an extraodinary treat! We had fabulous service, food and the ambiance couldn't be beat! Thank you Thomas!
Barry, Michelle, Andy and Nat

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 17, 2012

Most of the tables are in the basement level, which is dark and uninviting. The food was okay, but everything seemed to be covered heavily with the same white wine sauce. The service was very poor. The server never checked how our meal was, did not tell us about items not available until we tried to order the item, did not tell us about a dessert that needed to be ordered 20 minutes in advance.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2012

Quite expensive and not that great. My chicken Michelangelo reminded me of pizza. We waited an hour for our dinner with little to no apology. It was a disappointing night.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2012

Noise: Our table was at the front of the restaurant, which is wide open to Richmond street. It's great for people watching, but if an ambulance comes by you better block your ears. It was a VERY warm night, but they manage to keep it cool in spite of the open front. The food, as always, was superb !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2012

This restaurant is expensive, even for the North End, so I was expecting better. The food was just ok. I have been here over the years, and the food is not what it once was. The pasta, for example, used to be delicious and homemade and now tastes like your average restaurant pasta. The service was also just ok. The waiter was not friendly and seemed generally annoyed. We walked by 3-4 staff on our way out who did not even acknowledge us with a "thank you" or "have a nice night." The positives were that the ambiance is nice, especially when they open up the large front windows in the summer. Next time I will either try elsewhere or go back to "Fiore" which is across the street and has better food, homemade pasta, and impeccable service.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2012

We had a lovely time in the North End and enjoyed dining at Francesca's. The atmosphere was vey nice, the salads were excellent and the main meals were 'okay'. The wine was very good.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 13, 2012

We always have a great experience you can ask for things not on the menu I always love veal/chicken parm and my wife gets lasagna and none of which are on the menu.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on July 11, 2012

Tough menu to read for an Italian restaurant. 6 of us dining and the waiter wasn't very helpful. First time visitor would have had something other than the filet which was fair at best.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 10, 2012

My food was excellent I had chicken with cherry pepper and hot pepper, my husband had oysters which were excellent but his main entree was ok per him had seafood with rice. We had trouble getting waiter attention he was distracted by a large noisey party. But would def give second chance and go again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on July 10, 2012

This was the second time to Francesca, but we will probably pick another place in the future. The food was just OK, nothing special and after you have eaten you will say you've had better elsewhere. Our waiter seemed like he had better places to be, and it almost felt like he was being inconvenienced. The bus people were attentive, which was good.
We went for a birthday and made a note on the reservation. We also told the waiter, who replied "Oh".
We left feeling we were served low quality overpriced food, and they would have preferred us to get it from the kitchen ourselves (but still leave 20%).

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 7, 2012

For years we loved Villa Francesca, however, my husband and I were terribly disappointed this past weekend. I started to order 3 appetizers (Cost of $35+), but the waitress said "You have to order an entree if you want to sit here." Shocked, I said, "I was planning on ordering three appetizers which equals the same price as an entree." She said she'd check with her manager and upon her return said that the policy stood. My husband told her we would be leaving. I could see she felt bad, and so I told her we used to love the restaurant and asked if anything changed. She said that the owner was new. On the way out, we told the manager that due to his policy, we were leaving. The manager started to argue and made it clear that he didn't care

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 1, 2012

Too expensive for what you get. An entree at $29 was the equivalent to the size of a bowl of soup. Had to buy a $9 side dish just to make it enough for dinner. We normally expect to take home what we can't finish. Here we ate everything on the plate and weren't even full. Quality was OK.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 29, 2012

One of the best places in the North End. The spinach ravioli with brown butter sage sauce was very special.
Lots of choices at reasonable prices.
On a hot night the widows were open to the street and with air-conditioning we were very comfortable.
We would go there again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 28, 2012

It was okay. Had a good time. But the food isn't exciting.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 28, 2012

Worst service ever, the waiter was incompetent and rude. The host made my party wait 15 minutes for a table despite our reservation. The food was OK at best. With all of the options in North End, please do not dine here.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 23, 2012

The staff & the chef are outstanding

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 23, 2012

The food was okay, I've had better Italian right in NH.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 22, 2012

Over-priced and ok food. There are many other spots in north end which are far better.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 22, 2012

One of our favorites and we have high expectations each time we go here. Despite that, Villa Francesca met and went beyond those expectations. We were visiting with friends who have high expectations and eat all over the world and they ranked it as one of their top experiences. There are a lot of wonderful restaurants in the North End, but because we can't get there as often as we like, it will be hard to go elsewhere!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2012

Outstanding food and great service. True italian dinning!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2012

We have been going to Villa Francesca for years. We always enjoy the friendly atmosphere, the quaint small size, the service, and most importantly the food. if you don't see it on the menu, they will make it for you. My wife has food allergies, and they always accomodate her needs.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 14, 2012

Pastas were prepared nicley, however the other entrees are extremely over-priced.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 13, 2012

Got a great table for 2 by the window overlooking Hanover in the North End of Boston. Romantic spot!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 13, 2012

Food was expensive for what they offer. Bread was not good. Think they want to sell you their garlic bread.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 13, 2012

Minestrone soup was good but only luke warm. Voucher could not be used with $39 "seafood menu" special (which I would have gotten otherwise). Prices are high, even for food quality. My wife didn't like the spinach (buttery/oily). In spite of all this, I still give it "Good" across the board but only if money is no object and you're not looking for the best food in town.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 12, 2012

As a little bit of an Italian food snob I'd like to see some more adventurous items on the menu, but the traditional fare was done well.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on June 11, 2012

The chocolate fountain dessert was incredibly delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2012

This was our second time at Villa Francesca and it did not disappoint. We will certainly keep going back.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 6, 2012

I have been to Villa Francesca several times now, and it never dissapoints. The food is fantastic -- especially the fresh seafood. For starters, the oysters on the half shell were excellent, and the lobster ravioli are amazing -- a must have! The Frutti di Mare was outstanding, and the veal dishes we very good.

Of the many good things at Villa Francesca, the best part is the dessert -- the cannoli are the best anywhere! And yes, this includes Mike's and Modern Pastry. I'm a huge Modern Pastry fan, but go to V.F., get the cannoli plan (no chocolate, no nuts), order a cup of espresso, and enjoy -- trust me, this is heaven on a plate.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 5, 2012

We had a large group (14) all a la carte and everything went quite smoothly. While the space is small, like most North End spots, the waitress was very accomodating and helpful. The lobster ravioli was a stand-out/must-have and we ended up ordering a 2nd round to share. Overall, very good experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 4, 2012

We have been going to Villa's off and on for 25 years. It has really changed from a great North End restaurant to just another restaurant charging ridiculous prices for what you get. It use to be charming with Italian waiters, a gentlemen that sang opera. To a place that is very sterile. Too bad.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 31, 2012

Excellent food, first time guest. We'll be back again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2012

Great food if you don't mind tight quarters. Pastas were all reasonable in the $15-20 range. Fish and meat dishes could be very pricey at $24-40.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2012

It's as if being located in the North End is a license to charge an arm and a leg for a small plate of pasta. The food was dissapointing for the price. We made a reservation well in advance, but still had to wait 15 minutes. Had to wait for water because they ran out of glasses. Two of us ordered glasses of wine which were brought out before any food even though we were not even halfway thru our bar drinks. The others ordered soda's which weren't brought out until after dinner was served. Caution, the Gamberi Scampi is a small plate of spaghetti with about 5 small shrimp on it. The cannoli is tiny also. Neither are worth the price. Atmosphere and location are great, but wouldn't go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 25, 2012

We loved the food here. And, while it is a big restaurant, it is broken down into smaller rooms, which helps keep the noise down. On a beautiful spring night they kept the large windows open and we had a great view of the street scene. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. We highly recommend the seafood dishes, which were excellent, and we loved the bruschetta, too. We will go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on May 25, 2012

Very average food; above average prices for quality of food served. No children's menu...had to order full price entrees since we were told each person MUST order one entree, no splitting. Wine selection was mediocre. Waitress was very nice and helpful given rules she was stuck with to enforce.

Although valet service was available, it turned out to be an additional $20 plus gratuity. Not made clear.

Will not return....north end offers much more value in a great many restaurants.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 20, 2012

A little cramped, but what isn't in the North End. The food quality was outstanding, and the service was equally great. Everyone at the table, and there was 8, were very pleased with what they ordered. You just can't go wrong chosing this spot. Enjoy!!!

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