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Osteria Francescana

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Italian, Contemporary
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Via Stella 22, 41121 Modena, Italy
+39 059 223912
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Saturday
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night

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  • 571
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    Very good
  • 72
    Average
  • 55
    Poor
  • 37
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
They must be from Mars

I refer to those critics of Osteria Francescana who did not give the place five stars, or who suggested that the food or service was lacking in some way. They must be from Mars since no earthling could find any fault with this wonderfull restaurant. Ok, I'm not rich and have never eaten at a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Neal F
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Petaluma, California, United States
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Petaluma, California, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I refer to those critics of Osteria Francescana who did not give the place five stars, or who suggested that the food or service was lacking in some way. They must be from Mars since no earthling could find any fault with this wonderfull restaurant. Ok, I'm not rich and have never eaten at a Michelin three star place. But... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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76 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I must admit that I arrived with high expectations. My expectations were met and exceeded! Having said that I can understand why some people may find short comings. In my not so humble opinion one should not come here for a traditional meal. You should come to enjoy an "Experience". If you come here to be left with extra tasty... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Excellent meal. Highlights were the crab, From Modena to Mirandola: cotechino and zabaglione, Tagliatelle with hand-chopped ragù, and Oops I dropped the lemon tart

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

Our lunch at Osteria Francescana was a memorable experience. Our friend had made the reservations for the 4 of us to stop over on our way from Cinque Terre to Bologna, but, unfortunately, she had a medical emergency and had to cancel at the last minute. They handled the last minute change of party very graciously and did not fuss... More 

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Milan, Italy
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I've been at Osteria Francescana five times in my life, the first four it has been my choice, last time, yesterday, I was guest of a friend of mine that despite all my attempts to discourage her she was determined to go there. I must admit that once, about ten years ago, I had one of the best lunch I... More 

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Derbyshire
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We very much enjoyed our meal at Osteria Francescana and the' Oops I dropped the lemon tart' was spectacular. We have traveled around many Michelin starred restaurants and our sole purpose of our trip to Modena was to dine at this restaurant. The evening was lovely but it was the lack or organisation / communication which leaves a bitter taste.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Every time I visit a top restaurant you are reminded why! Spectacular food, impeccable service.. Not stuffy, just right! It's an incredible restaurant in a gorgeous little Italian town.. Worth the weekend away!

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Manchester
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Our whole summer holiday was organised around getting a booking at this restaurant and I was so glad we'd done so. The five ages of parmesan is worth the trip and cost on its own...almost. It is absolutely the very best dish of food we've ever had in any restaurant... ever, and it will live in my mind for a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Too much foie gras, balsamic, Parmesan rich rich rich no balance...extremely expensive for the quality of ingredients. Not even a 1 star comparable to London very slow inattentive service. Topped up our own wine....all in all a disaster what a shame.

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Modena, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We were pretty disappointed with our experience at Francescana. The food, while inventive, was burdened with too many foams. The service, which was great at the beginning of the meal when we were the only ones in the restaurant at 8pm when it opened, fell apart as soon as other tables arrived. We had high expectations, of course, but the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Stella 22, 41121 Modena, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Emilia-Romagna  >  Province of Modena  >  Modena
  • Phone Number: +39 059 223912

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 71 - 212
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary
Open Hours
Monday
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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