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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (26)
Special Occasion (20)
Good for a Date (16)
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Neighborhood Gem (15)
Cozy (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Business Meals (9)
Casual (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Romantic (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Fun (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
People Watching (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Attentive service and a good variety of delicious dishes make this my favorite North End restaurant. I've been coming back again and again for 30 years!

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 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Host was uninterested in anything. Only asked people if they had a reservation yet he did not confirm on his screen and consequently I received a wrong no-show email from open table. He ruined the meal before we even got to the food. Do not get stuck in the basement, it has big groups and the temperature goes from warm to cold air blowing on you.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 6, 2017

This restaurant came highly recommended and it did not disappoint. It is truly authentic Italian. I ordered the homemade fettuccine and it was just ok. The noodles didn't taste homemade however the sauce was excellent. The wine list was very good and service was exceptional.
Overall a lovely experience in the North End and would return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Never go there again unless I was not seated in the basement. It was very cold and very noisy. It ruined the good food.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The staff at Villa Francesca was great. They put us in the lower room which was perfect for our party of 10. The food was AMAZING, and delicious. The restaurant has valet parking for $20 which is the norm for this area of Boston, and you don't have to worry about finding parking. Overall it made for a graduation dinner and celebration.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on April 16, 2017

What a great experience. Went the night before the marathon for a pasta dinner. We were a group of 7 and arrived 30 minutes early - not a problem sat down right away. Offered many dishes that were not on the menu. The staff was very friendly and service was excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Had the pre-marathon dinner with family at this restaurant. Great food! Server was so accommodating (you can even order items that are not on the menu), enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. Loved the decor and we sat by the front where the windows were open. That was great! Can't wait to come back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We came here for lunch on Easter and it was fantastic. The window was open and we were seated right next to it, beautiful breeze. Decent prices for lunch and my food was incredible. I've eaten at most places in the North End but think this is now my favorite! Unfortunately the waiter chose for us the more expensive of the wines but it was good.

Tags: People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Totally enjoyed our dinner on Saturday night - had a reservation for 6 - seated on time - did not feel rushed - not too loud so could have great conversation - had the window open to the street - which was awesome and food was great.

Tags: People Watching, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on April 15, 2017

The food was amazing and service was attentive. The restaurant mixed up some reservations, so we had to wait past our reservation, but they still tried to seat us quickly.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Everything was good but nothing exceptional. No repeat performances for us.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

We were only in Boston for the week-end and a friend recommended Villa Francesca. We had early dinner reservations but called to change to late lunch. They were very accommodating. Had a great lunch! The meat balls were excellent. Great North End restaurant!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on April 1, 2017

My 50th birthday with my closest girlfriends

Tags: Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on March 25, 2017

We had seafood dishes that were overflowing with seafood! The prices were very reasonable!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 19, 2017

i was disappointed. the meal was only fair. not very crowded.
why do you insist on 50 characters?

Tags: People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Great experience, amazing food and wonderful service!!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 13, 2017

We went to the Villa Francesca this year for Boston Week. I had not been there for over 25 years and it is still wonderful. We have so many great restaurants in the Boston's North End that I had forgotten how good Francesca's is and will now return often. We were served by Edwin and he was totally professional. We found the food, from appetizers to entre to desert to be of among the best offered in the area. We ate at leisure and were never rushed and found that we were able to talk which is usually difficult in many of the noisy North End restaurants. Villa Francesca is a few steps off the main street but very easy to find and well worth looking for. I very highly recommend that you give this Restaurant a try.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on March 12, 2017

We tried Francesca's on restaurant week. We will definitely be going back!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Hadn' t visited here for a few months and wasn't disappointed. 5 of us all had different dinners and each of us raved about our meal. Great service and a nice bottle of wine to boot.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Excellent food ! We enjoyed ourselves for an authentic Italian dinner.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on February 28, 2017

I've been gong to Villa Francesca for decades. The quality of the food, which is very reasonably-priced, has been consistently superb. The pasta is just as it should be, in texture and in flavor. Even in Italy, I've never had better Tiramisu! The waitstaff is always professional and attentive. And the restaurant ambiance is lovely, especially if you get a seat by one of the windows overlooking Richmond Street. This is the North End restaurant I always recommend to tourists, when they want to have a truly Italian experience.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 24, 2017

We've been going to this restaurant for 25 years and always have a wonderful experience. I recommend it!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

I never been to a restaurant that ran out of meat. We waited 45 minutes for table. After placing our order, we waited another 45 minutes to be old they had no meatballs or any kind of meat left . That's when we left

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Thoroughly disappointed by the food and service. The quality of ingredients was so poor that I will not be returning. Not worth the prices for what you are given.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Repeat customer. Special occasion with another couple for Valentines Day. It was their first time there and already want to plan a return engagement. Food was excellent as it always has been in past visits. Service was outstanding and our waitress was very accommodating, attentive and patients we enjoyed our cocktails and decided on our order.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Romantic, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

2/14/17 Valentine's Day
The food was delicious, the service excellent. Would recommend the restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Terrible service! There was two servers and two bussers and no one came to welcome us or take our order or even brining the wine menu for more than 20 mins!!!!!!!!!!
I will not come here again!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We had a big group together for my fathers birthday dinner. We were seated right away for our reservation at a great downstairs table. All the food came out timely. I gave 4/5 stars for food just because one member of our group has food allergies, and their plate came out incorrectly, and consequently had to be replaced which took some time. That be said, the pasta is delicious, and I recommend the Penne Porco Alle Erbe.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Loved the night!! Food; drink; environment

Casual and upscale !!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2017

We had a lovely dinner there!! Everything was perfect!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2016

A bad aftertaste because food was good but we were given a table next to the door and it was freezing. Also, the service was mediocre... We had to ask several times for various things like water, bread, Parmesan cheese.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 24, 2016

There us much better Italian elsewhere. Red sauce is supposed to be red not orange

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Overall good enough, but a bit expensive.
It was very cold because air conditoned.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Although the table downstairs in the corner by the wine cellar was perfect for our group it
Took forever to get cocktails and then they were weak and not made to our requests.
Meals were average-everything tasted and appeared to have been microwaved.
Second "round" of drinks came much too late - we were already finishing dinner.
Overall service "so-so"

Tags: Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Good food, poor service. I waited an extra 15 minutes for my meal while the rest of my part of 7 ate. Server obviously didn't put the order in right. I received a very minor apology and a free appetizer in return. I expected much more for a $400 night out.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2016

Great service and delicious food!!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2016

We have dined here several times and have always had an excellent meal. Everything was very good on this occasion except our table. We were seated right next to the Rest Rooms which had a constant stream of traffic and was quite noisy.

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2016

My family and I have dined at Villa Francesca several times and it has been hit or miss as far as getting a good meal. For some reason this seems to be dependent on when we went to the restaurant...too early (when it should be fairly quiet) and service was slow and the food okay...too late (when it was really busy) and service was slow and the food was okay. One time we would go and have a good meal but our follow-up visit would disappoint. My wife and I went for our anniversary, arrived a little earlier than our reservation time but were seated fairly quickly which was not good in this case. Our table was incredibly close to another one and didn't appear as if a table should even be in the location that our table was placed. We were hoping to enjoy a nice dinner for our anniversary but couldn't quite enjoy a conversation between just us without feeling like the party at the next table could easily hear what we were talking about because they were that close. The service was good, but fairly slow to get through a three course meal (1 1/2 hours). The food was only okay and the wine selection seemed overpriced but we still chose to get something to enjoy with our meal. I wish that I could say that something in particular stood out about the meal, but nothing did. The restaurant seems to push the prix fixe seafood menu but mentions items available (such as lasagna and other traditional Italian dishes) that aren't on the actual menu. I'll give another restaurant a try if making the trip to the North End.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2016

The food was good: shrimp fettuccine and red snapper. House salad was good, caesar salad was generic ok. There is an extensive wine list, but the markup is extreme. We went for a less expensive bottle and it was $48 for a bottle that costs $10 in stores. The online menu lists the wine (it is tricky to find) but does not list prices. In the online menu our bottle was listed as 2009, in the menu at the restaurant it was listed as 2012, and they served a 2013.

We would be more likely to return if the wine ripoff was less extreme

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2016

This place is a family favorite. Lobster ravioli is simply the best. Waiter was great taking care of 12 people who moved around table mid meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Fun, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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