Villa Francesca

4.4
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
1174 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
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!
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details
What 1174 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
OT
Mobile
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was great except for the table. It was a wobbly tiny table which didn’t have enough room for all the food. Very annoying. The food was great. The service was good.

N
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We waited 30 minutes with an RSVP. They crammed us into a two-top that was within a few inches of tables on either side. Then they had to move our table right against the one next to us more than once to bring a presentation cart through. The food was nothing to rave about. Very disappointed.

Z
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is probably my 3rd time at Villa Francesca and as usual it didn’t disappoint. They had our table for 10 already set up when we arrived and took us right to it. The food was excellent and so was the service.

s
New England
36 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Did not like the survival with brandy heated with torch gun
Lobster fra Diablo sauce was not very tasty
Salad was okay
Mine tribe soup was best part
Limited pasta dishes
Would not recommend better food elsewhere in north end

RC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Never actually got served. Waiter was unattentive and after sitting for 20 minutes, we left

D
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was out standing
Very Delicious 💜

j
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn't had dinner at Villa Francesca for a long, long time. Wow, I was so impressed with the service,
the quality of the food, and the ambiance. The freshness of the parmesan, the wheel right there. The fact that they fill the cannoli's at the table and offer various topping and the creme caramel was also great.
This was lunch during DineOut Boston. The list of appetizers, salad entrees, and pasta selections was extensive. I loved the bruschetta, the best ever.
The three of us shared everything and loved every dish.
I love the fact that they also a large bar where you can feel comfortable sitting alone.
It's my new favorite place, beautiful with wide-open windows, lots of flowers and the raw bar displayed.

HJ
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

I would only recommend going here if it wasn't busy...so not sure when that would be. I've been to Boston twice and both times ate at an Italian restaurant in this same area. Both times we were packed in like sardines, so this time was no exception. I could not hear what my husband was saying, but if we tried to speak up more, then the people who were literally less than two feet from us on either side would hear every word we were saying. We heard a lot of "what?" during our meal because of this. I often had to relay what our server was saying to my husband because he could not hear her (and no, we are not hard of hearing, we are in our early 40's). Our server was friendly but not very attentive as it was so busy. It was very hot at our table even though we sat by the open window. There was no airflow where we were sitting. We ordered garlic bread with our meal and it was true garlic overload, I really didn't enjoy it. I really enjoyed the homemade fettuccine dish with shrimp. Also, we had a reservation but we waited 20 minutes (there's no where to stand and wait, but we did get a seat at the bar), and I only think we got seated when we did because my husband asked about it after waiting 20 minutes.

j
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We brought two children - ages 10 mo and 2 years - and the restaurant was very accommodating.

RP
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dine Out week, we were seated promptly, excellent service, excellent Food. Exceeded expectations .

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The only situation we had, we ordered
3 blood orange martinis and were charged
$12 for 2 of them and $18 for one of them????
When we questioned waitress she said, the extra charge was for ice?????
Never have been charged extra for ice before.
Perhaps a manager could provide reason for this?
Did not ask to see manager, we were having a nice evening and didn’t want to spoil the evening.

SF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening get together with family
Delicious food
Attentive wait staff

MW
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I went on restaurant week for lunch and the food was wonderful. There were many choices and it made for a very pleasant experience.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Overall the experience was excellent. I asked for and got a window table. It was like dining alfresco, the window wall was open. The service fell apart on us because we were having a late lunch we got caught in a shift change. It was 45 minutes after our apps before the new server placed the main course. Probably just a one time glitch.

J
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful meal! We made a reservation for 8 and probably had to wait an extra 10 or so minutes for our table. To their defense, there was a large event in the North End and it was Boston's "Dine Out-Restaurant Week" so there were a lot of people. Once we sat down, our server was excellent and the food was out-of-this-world. We have already told our friends and family about this place and can't wait to go back! It is a bit loud in the restaurant but nothing too crazy. Highly recommend the lobster ravioli and the cannoli for dessert!

DS
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Surprisingly good for a North End mainstay. Atmosphere was quite pleasant, though a bit on the loud side. Food was very good, but the pasta tended to be ever so slightly over cooked. Menu was a bit more than basic, but nothing special. Still, quality, service, atmosphere all would lead me to recommend the place and return for another meal.

RC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Had to wait 20 minutes even with a reservation and people with no reservation were being seated ahead of us Vey very very disappointing

LM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food in a wonderful atmosphere. Staff was excellent and very accommodating. Would definitely highly recommend!

D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was very good!

SC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband I wanted to try a few new restaurants for Restaurant Week. Villa Francesca had a fabulous menu. So we decided to give it a try. We were sooooo glad we did. The lobster ravioli was amazing! My husband had the chicken cacciatore for his entree and was raving about it.
Our server was friendly and on top of everything. Food was was great. Would definitely make this a stop on another NorthEnd night.

EC
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very pleasant restaurant week dinner. The food was delicious. Did not feel rushed. Many choices on the prefix menu for restaurant week. Would definitely return.

N
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We happened to visit during Dine Out Boston & had a wonderful 3 course lunch for $25.
The food was excellent. I had the mussel appetizer, veal and pasta main course and cannoli for dessert (which was stuffed tableside) My friend had tomato & mozzarella, chicken broccoli over ziti, and custard dessert.
The staff was attentive and friendly and food came in a timely manner and the atmosphere was fun
I’d recommend Villa Francesca highly

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good, but could stand more seasoning.

DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great restaurant. Good food, good service. And great location.

MT
New England
29 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the restaurant my family always want to come back to. Food is amazing, staff professional, setting charming and lovely.

K
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my birthday with my 2 daughters

o
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Overall a great meal. The only unfortunate part was our table location, in the basement next to the waitstaff station. Food and wine was excellent, would return...

m
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic cuisine with Italian charm. Cozy restaurant with open air dining. Our server was great and answered all our questions. We will be back during future visits to Boston.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious, the lobster ravioli is to die for, and the service is outstanding

JT
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Villa Francesca does not disappoint for a special evening out. Food and service were great, everything came exactly as ordered. Servers were ever-present without being obtrusive. We sat at a window table and watched the North End pass by us, complete with traffic, sirens, and loud conversations, but that's part of the fun. My only issue is that the tables are really close to one another, which makes it difficult to have a private conversation or move around (for example, to go to the rest room). On the other hand, our neighbors were quite friendly!

MP
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a fantastic day and Villa Francesca was a perfect way of ending my visit to Boston. Exceptional food and service.... wish we had a Villa Francesca here in Portland.
Thank you!

PM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Table was not ready when promised and we were seated in a damp basement, as opposed to the nicer ground floor space with open windows. Food was not bad, but was super salty with pools of melted butter. Service was not great: they forgot to prepare my mussels so they arrived when others were eating desert.

OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here! Drinks are awesome and the food is great. We got bruschetta as an app, so fresh and flavorful. I got the chicken parm which is huge and amazing! We also got the veal parm, highly recommend all!! Our server was super sweet and attentive !

P
New England
30 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious. Portions just right. Window seat great.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a Friday night date! Right off of Hanover Street and within a short walk to Mike’s Pastry. We were seated next to the window but since it was excellent weather they had opened up the street side walls so we experienced more of a ‘balcony’ effect with warm summer air while still seated in the restaurant. I had seen the cute boats that they serve oysters in and yes they are as awesome in person as you might think. We chose to follow the seafood pre fix menu and added the oysters for starters. Great food, great weather, great date!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food with really good service. On a nice night you cannot beat the window seating...

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, good drinks, Cesar salad had way too much dressing. Pasta dishes good and sole was also good.

KM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food. It was a warm evening and a bit uncomfortable without air conditioning.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Might want to turn down the music. No one goes to a fine north end restaurant to hear the same volume of crappy music you hear in a bowling alley.

C
New England
54 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I made this reservation for a friend whose parents and extended family (11) were coming to town for the weekend and wanted a good place in the North End for dinner. I was happy to suggest Villa Francesca having been many times and always enjoyed it. He let me know everyone was thoroughly happy with their choices and thanked me for my recommendation. Because it was such a large crowd, even though I was confirmed on OpenTable, I called as a courtesy to make sure they knew they such a large crowd would be coming. They appreciated my call and said they would take care of them well. They did. Good choice!

1
2
3
30

Tweets by Villa Francesca