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Ristorante Villa Francesca

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150 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109 (Hanover Street)
Haymarket and Government Center--A quick walk up Hanover Street brings you to our step.
(617) 367-2948
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12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Villa Francesca is one of Boston's oldest North End restaurants. Enjoy...
Villa Francesca is one of Boston's oldest North End restaurants. Enjoy Italian cuisine inspired by the recipes of Francesca and the Guglielmo family. Fresh seafood, pastas, prime cut chops and steaks arrive daily for you dining pleasure. We love seafood just as much as you do and have designed a Prix Fixe 3-course Seafood menu available every night!Enjoy an intimate candlelit night or a night out with friends to make your special event a night to remember. Our restaurant can facilitate your event needs by booking one of the private function spaces for any special occasion.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
OK food, but the service was horrible

We went during restaurant week and had the three course meal- which was great value for the money. Took forever after we were seated for a waitress to appear to take our drink orders. Then forever to get our drinks, then another wait to order diner. Hot appetizers came out before salads... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
jcmallard1
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Lexington, South Carolina
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Ireland
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133 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

A packed restaurant but with tables on top of one another. Overworked staff with an unpleasant supervisor. A hard sell on extras - bottled water, salad, dessert, coffee. Food just about OK. Our mistake. Do the research in advance. We had a great experience in Prezza 2 nights later.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

They convinced us that "restaurAnt week was a good deal. Do you think this appetizer with 3 small shrimp is what they serve normally? I hope not!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

There are hundreds of restaurants in the "Little Italy" section of Boston. WHY did our hotel recommend this one? We made a reservation for 8 and when we arrived, our table was ready (good start). After being seated (each man and wife facing), we asked to have four separate checks. We were told that there was a maximum of three... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 NEW

We went during restaurant week and had the three course meal- which was great value for the money. Took forever after we were seated for a waitress to appear to take our drink orders. Then forever to get our drinks, then another wait to order diner. Hot appetizers came out before salads, etc.. Food was OK, but definitely not the... More 

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Georgia USA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We were excited to have been told at our hotel that this was the place to go. They made reservations. True Italian decor. We were seated in the basement. Very crowded area. The service was very poor. Slow and disappointing. We were not told that there was a supplemental menu until ordering. The food finally arrived and was also a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We wanted to have dinner in the North End when we visited Boston, so we wandered around until we found this place. The prices on the menu were reasonable compared to other restaurants in the area. We met some people coming out who said it was very good. So, we gave it a try. I had the Fettucine Con Gamberi,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

3 of us had early dinner today @ Villa Francesca in Boston's North End. Having visited this area many times, we decided to try it for the 1st time. We all were glad we did! Service from our waiter was good and attentive, but the food was great! We had Pollo Parmigiano w/Ziti, Fettuccini alla Puttanesca, & Gnocchi al Pomodoro... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

It's been years since I visited Francesca's. I was in town overnight for an early morning meeting and I wanted something good to eat. Well I almost settled for a local sea food bar instead I walked over to the North End and made my way to the bar at Francesca's . Great decision . The bartender was helpful and... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Had reservations, but still waited close to 1/2 hour. Server had very little knowledge about menu, didn't know market price of one main menu item. Tomato salad, ordered in mid-July, was under-ripe, tomatoes so hard you needed a knife. Understandable in mid-winter, but in the heart of local season? No farm to table here. Calamari was overcooked and rubbery, Dover... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Went here with a group of friends. It was a saturday night but was early and they took us anyhow and put us in the wine celler. Very nice on a hot day. Seafood risoto was great with plenty of fresh mussels. Red house wine was fabulous. Mushroom appitizer is a must.. Service was prompt. Well worth a visit.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 150 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109
    (Hanover Street)
  • Public Transportation: Haymarket and Government Center--A quick walk up Hanover Street brings you to our step.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
  • Neighborhood: North End
  • Phone Number: (617) 367-2948

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic

Description

Villa Francesca is one of Boston's oldest North End restaurants. Enjoy Italian cuisine inspired by the recipes of Francesca and the Guglielmo family. Fresh seafood, pastas, prime cut chops and steaks arrive daily for you dining pleasure. We love seafood just as much as you do and have designed a Prix Fixe 3-course Seafood menu available every night!Enjoy an intimate candlelit night or a night out with friends to make your special event a night to remember. Our restaurant can facilitate your event needs by booking one of the private function spaces for any special occasion.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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