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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
Website
Today
12:00 pm - 11:30 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, Lunch, Late Night, 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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Visitor rating
  • 41
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 31
    Terrible
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
No return visit

We went for lunch, a glass (1/4 full, house wine) was $10. The beer was stale and flat. The food was ordinary, it isn't a bad place but there are a lot better around.

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
heldiet
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Romantic
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182 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Hallandale Beach, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Wait was totally inept, as was the two busboys assisting. Food brought to the table without utensils; appetizers brought and dropped in the middle of the table to be shared, without any plates to do so. Drink orders messed up and/or forgotten. Waiters focus was on increasing the tab; offering Pellegrino and then grimacing when half of us asked for... More 

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massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

This was our first time at this restaurant and we loved it. We went with friends who had been before. Lobster Ravioli and the Calimari appetizers were delicious. We all ordered different entrees but everyone enjoyed their selection. Will definitely return!!!

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Launceston, UK
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163 reviews 163 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I enjoyed the food and thought the service was very good. Some of the staff were not as friendly as others but overall a nice experience.

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Sheringham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We dined in the basement, it was so cool after the heat of the streets. Lovely meal with a good ambience.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Been here twice and this place never fails. Had the Frutti di Mare (enough for two) once and it was great. Also had the red snapper and that is by far the best seafood plate I've had in a long time. It's an intimate little place, but not too intimate for a friends night out. CALAMARI IS TO DIE FOR... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We went for lunch, a glass (1/4 full, house wine) was $10. The beer was stale and flat. The food was ordinary, it isn't a bad place but there are a lot better around.

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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230 reviews 230 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Whenever we make it to Boston, Villa Francesca is on the preferred list. Food, wine, service, ambiance and don't forget dessert are always excellent here. Celebrated graduation this night - and the two new doctors at the table thoroughly enjoyed their meal. The bread was fresh and warm - excellent for dipping in EVOO with that favorite glass of red.... More 

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Mendon, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Family and I dined here on Saturday and had yet another outstanding meal. We've eaten here several (maybe 10) times in the past and the consistency of the service and food quality is fantastic. While on the surface the menu may appear limited, the wait staff is always quick to point out that they can prepare almost anything. My risotto... More 

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Chatham, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

You can walk into any of 100 restaurants in the North End and get a great meal. From personal experience, Villa Francesca has become our favorite.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Walking in the place felt comfortable and welcoming, and I cannot complain about the service at all. However, the food was lacking. Having eaten much worse, I could not give it a 'Terrible' rating, but average it was not. It did the job from a functional perspective because we were hungry, but it was not a treat in any fashion.... More 

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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?