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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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Today
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • 547
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    Very good
  • 70
    Average
  • 55
    Poor
  • 35
    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
Most recent review
Didn't live up to expectations

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Nancy C
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Modena, Italy
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Modena, Italy
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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West Sussex England
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60 reviews 60 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Absolutely outstanding evening. Wonderful staff and service, an excellent sommelier, a nice atmosphere, and a truly brilliant meal. We opted for the Traditions tasting menu, with its amusing and entertaining variations on the traditions of Emilia Romagnan cuisine. A tour de force, particularly the Eel Swimming Up the Po, and the astonishing five-types of Parmesan cheese course. All in all,... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We were thrilled with our experience at Francescana. Every aspect of our visit exceeded expectations. We opted for the 12 course sensations menu with wine pairing. Every dish, the scents, the textures the varying dimensions of taste, the refreshing and unique palette cleansers. Staff were helpful and generous with their time to talk about ingredients and the history of each... More 

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La Bruguiere, France
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This lived up to our expectations and was an evening to remember. A superb food and wine offering, with friendly, polite and attentive (but not intrusive) staff. This is not an everyday restaurant, unless money is no object but, for special occasions, worth every penny!

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London, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

i have eaten here on a number of occasions and seen the chef climb to now three Michelin stars and well deserved as he is allbeit somewhat eccentric produces the most amazing food which changes according to waht is freshly avaiable on a daily basis I cannot praise this restauarnt enough and you must try his tasting menu which is... More 

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London
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I visited the restaurant with my wife in June of last year a few days before our marriage in the Valpolicella, and it formed an unforgettable part of the most magical moment in our lives. Massimo is an artist and the dishes that ranged from the 5 ages of parmesan to a myriad of other plates that were intoxicating both... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

After a day of looking at cars, I wanted to treat my wife to a romantic and amazing dinner but all we got was an ulcer. Wanted to be delighted we went for 2 tasting menus with wine pairing, the number of courses was a surprise. The Service: We got into a good start with an amuse bouche and some... More 

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Davie
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This restaurant is simply perfect... I just don't get the (few) fair reviews. This was clearly one of the very best dinners of our life. Even if we knew it came with a price, we decided to take our kids (16 and 14). Great decision. They'll (and we'll) remember it forever. I've been in few 1/2 & 3 * Michelin... More 

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Cologne, Germany
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We went to Osteria Francescana in the week after Christmas and combined it with a trip to Bologna. Both, Bologna and Modena, are beautiful cities to visit and make a fabulous weekend tripe, specifically as it is supereasy to get from one city to the other with a 20 minute train connection. The Dinner at Osteria itself was definitely a... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

It is hard to review perfection, since anything you utter will sound redundant and kitsch. Let me just say that it was most certainly one of the the best dinners of my life, and I can base this assessment on a certain amount of 2 and 3 Michelin starred restaurants. The sheer originality of the dishes on the one hand... 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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