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Don Francesco

#170 of 2,873 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Downtown
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850 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Smithe)
Bus stops on Burrard and Smithe Streets; Robson bus stop at Burrard; Skytrain - Burrard Station; Canada Line - City Center
604-685-7770
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11:30 am - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:15 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The enduring fine-dining restaurant in the heart of downtown Vancouver...
The enduring fine-dining restaurant in the heart of downtown Vancouver - the dining room to the stars - serving traditional Italian cuisine with a French twist and an extensive wild game menu.
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Visitor rating
  • 131
    Excellent
  • 78
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Francesco's dinner

Our group of six Vancouver visitors enjoyed an evening of fine dining at Francesco's. From seafood to pasta, each dish came out fresh and piping hot. We appreciated the attentive but not over-bearing service provided by Carlos. He graciously responded to a couple of special dietary needs.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Edgartown, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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English first
waterloo
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Nice but expensive. We walked there. Super busy. All tables full. Pasta a bit overbooked. Nice staff. We ordered lobster linguine and the pesto pasta along with the halibut. For appetizers we had the filet mignon carpaccio.....excellent. Also had the escargot and the mussels. All very decent. Skipped dessert. I would go back one day.

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Portland, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

From the owner Sam to our waiter Jean Claud, everything was perfect! The lobster linguini was elegantly delicious. This is my second time here, the first being for lunch. My Vancouver friends has never been here and now will be regulars. Well done!

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Barbados
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228 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great service and ambiance. Our server was excellent. Professional, knowledgeable and attentive. Our food was simply wonderfully. Four people, four different starters and mains. All wonderful. Highly recommend.

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Edgartown, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Our group of six Vancouver visitors enjoyed an evening of fine dining at Francesco's. From seafood to pasta, each dish came out fresh and piping hot. We appreciated the attentive but not over-bearing service provided by Carlos. He graciously responded to a couple of special dietary needs.

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Ras Tanurah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Very good restaurant. We were a family of four and we liked the caneloni and the baked lasagna. The masala was not the best and the chicken was ok but not great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

After a hectic morning shopping with three daughters and husband we came across this fabulous restaurant quite by accident, completely unaware of its impressive reputation. We all had pasta dishes which were delicious and authentic. I had vegetarian linguine, the vegetables were crisp and full of their individual flavours. The waiters were charming and took time to chat to us.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

It's been 4 years and decided to try this again as I was very disappointed last time. A friend of mine wanted to meet here for dinner and discuss business and I was hesitant. Food was ok and service was good. Never really like the food here and service was bad also. But they are getting better but need more... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I visit Vancouver at least twice a year and on most occasions visit Don Francesco and until yesterday considered it the best Italian in Vancouver. After viewing the menu I asked the waiter if he had sockeye salmon which he confirmed. When the dish arrived it was clear to me that it wasn't sockeye salmon and I challenged the waiter... More 

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Palmetto, Florida
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98 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Francesco's was a disappointment for our big night out in Vancouver. The appetizers were good but the main courses were a disappointment. The lobster bisque was a brown base and had a burnt flavor. The veal saltimbocca was tough and dry. The ciopino was tasty but very skimpy for the price. Overall a disappointment, but service was good (there is... More 

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Encinitas, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Went to the restaurant since it was near our hotel. Overall a nice atmosphere but a little noisy. Food was 4 star. Service was 2 star: waiter seemed to be in a hurry to serve larger parties in our area, played to the men and largely ignored the women. We were two couples.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 850 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    (Smithe)
  • Public Transportation: Bus stops on Burrard and Smithe Streets; Robson bus stop at Burrard; Skytrain - Burrard Station; Canada Line - City Center
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 604-685-7770

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 51 - 51
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business

Description

The enduring fine-dining restaurant in the heart of downtown Vancouver - the dining room to the stars - serving traditional Italian cuisine with a French twist and an extensive wild game menu.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:15 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?