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Villa Francesca

4.2
890 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
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 890 People Are Saying
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4.2
service
4.2
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4.0
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 4 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.

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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.

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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"?

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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!

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

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

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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.

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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...

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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!

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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.

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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

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vipfoodie (New England)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Canberra / ACT)
3.0  Dined 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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Debbie (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

The lobster ravioli was very good, but the rest of the food was average . The gnocchi and the house bread resembled store bought. The table were so close together that I was more apt to hear the conversation next to me, than with my wife. Average.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Dinner was wonderful as was the service. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipsnowwhite50 (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

This place very cozy and comfortable food is good and drinks

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

The service was very slow. Most of the meals were good. I ordered seafood fra davalo. Not only wasn’t it spicy, the red sauce was flavorless

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on November 21, 2017

I have not been here for many years. It was a slow night.

The restaurant takes itself much more seriously than it had in the past. Too much so. The service was not polite or accommodating.

The food was good but not great. I had the veal valdestana. It was average. The calamari app was different and very good.

Too early other choices to go back

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

Love the food here, everything is fresh and very tasty

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Penn (New England)
3.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

Very crowded and LOUD!! Can't hear yourself talk.
Because of this, service was poor.
No patking, had to goaround many times.
Food was very goodbut not worth losing your hearing.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 8, 2017

We’ve dined at several North End Italian restaurants, but this was our first time at Villa Francesca. Based on this visit, we consider Villa Francesca to be the best in the North End: pleasant ambiance, attentive but discreet service, and good food throughout the courses. We found the steamed clam appetizer we’d been looking for. Our waiter cheerfully accommodated our request to split a salad. We had two different veal dishes for the main course: both very good. Wine by the glass was fine. No dessert though. Nice location a little away from Hanover St.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Reservation at 8:15, wasn’t seated until 8:35. Then they messed up my father’s entree on his birthday.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Everything from the food to service was fantastic !

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