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Ristorante Villa Francesca

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North End
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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: Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic
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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  • 58
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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
Very Average....

We called in at lunch time not having read any reviews. The service was a bit slow, it appeared that the waiter preferred to look the other way whenever we wanted anything. Food was ok, prawn linguine was good but meatballs average. Wine expensive as was the coffee at the end of the meal. I... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
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Boston, Massachusetts
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131 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The great thing about North End on a snowy New England winter evening is the beauty of the old town in the snow against the backdrop of the Boston skyline and easily getting a table to enjoy the incredibly delicious food at Villa Francesca. North End offers dozens and dozens of restaurants but we love to return again and again... More 

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Thank Bill H
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In town for a conference, and concierge recommended this restaurant. It is right off the Freedom. Trail, so we really enjoyed the sights as we walked there from the Commons area. Food was excellent and we enjoyed camaraderie with neighboring table. If you're looking for authentic Italian ambience, check this place out.

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Thank snaper1
brisbane
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63 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

We called in at lunch time not having read any reviews. The service was a bit slow, it appeared that the waiter preferred to look the other way whenever we wanted anything. Food was ok, prawn linguine was good but meatballs average. Wine expensive as was the coffee at the end of the meal. I wouldn't recommend this place and... More 

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Thank WhamBrisbane
Washington, D.C.
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

The food was fine, not great. Bread was delicious. We easily got a table at lunchtime on New Year's Eve (speaks for itself). Our waitress was efficient and friendly, but the junior waitress, young and immature, obviously was resentful for having to work on New Year's Eve. She was rude: she dropped the bread basket from several inches, didn't smile,... More 

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Thank ted0314
Lemont, Illinois
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

We were in Boston for the 4th of July this year (2015) and I took my wife a kids there for an early dinner. I had been there 15 years ago and had an outstanding experience. While the menu has changed, the food was still excellent. I have been to Italy 5 times and experienced a lot of good Italian... More 

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Thank dtechman
Frisco, Texas
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

Had a large group for dinner (20), and our VP selected this restaurant for dinner. We had an awesome evening here. Great wine, wonderful appetizers, delicious entrees, and exquisite desserts. I had the lobster (whole) with spicy sauce and it was great. Everyone seemed to have a great time and enjoyed the meal. I would definitely return some day.

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Thank Johnny B
new york
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86 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

I went here last night for a business dinner it took a half hour to get a drink and at least an hour to order dinner. The food was good but we were there for so long we kept eating bread because we were starving. They were not accommodating on allergies but I guess they tried. Will not be going... More 

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Thank jos3girls
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

As my husband had been ill all weekend, we wanted a nice but very simple meal out on our last evening. We asked the concierge for a recommendation but in hindsight, we should have just walked into North End and taken pot luck. He recommended this restaurant but it's a birthday / celebration place more than a bowl of pasta... More 

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Thank Rooney-Swindon
Denver, Colorado
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54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

We were looking forward to a great Italian meal our first night in Boston and the concierge at our hotel recommended this restaurant and made a reservation for us. When we arrived it had to be the most unorganized operation we have ever seen! We checked in but after waiting 30 minutes after our scheduled reservation and seeing that "walk-in"s... More 

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Thank welovecc
Westford, Massachusetts
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

They treat you like family. The food is very good and the atmosphere is very comfortable. The lobster ravioli is one of the best in the city.

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

Staying in North End

Neighborhood Profile
North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.