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Ristorante Villa Francesca

150 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109 (North End)
(617) 367-2948
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Ranked #979 of 2,823 Restaurants in Boston
Price range: $31 - $40
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood: North End
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hanover Street
Transit: Haymarket and Government Center--A quick walk up Hanover Street brings you to our step.
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.
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English first
Sarasota, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

I try to dine here whenever I fly into Boston. This time I had 7 colleagues from around the world - and I wanted them to experience Great Italian dining. My guests from Chicago and Toronto thought they had had great Italian meals - but they admitted this was the best. One said: "this is so good, it almost brings... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Stopped by when visiting Boston found the place to be clean friendly. We found the portion size to be large except for the ravioli. The Caprivi salad was a little disappointing since tomatoes were chilled. Place was a good value and would stop again

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Marshfield, Massachusetts
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39 reviews 39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We had a large party of 7 and were very impressed by the service , food , wine and desserts. All were outstanding on a busy saturday nite. the service was attentive , prompt , courteous and knowledgeable servers, the food excellent, and the desserts were wonderful. Very good wine list. Highly recommend as one of the best North End... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this place, but the food was nothing special. It wasn't bad, just not anything fantastic. They got my order wrong (didn't put the protein in my ravioli dish), but I didn't feel like waiting for a new plate so I just ate it. The serving size was very robust.

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47 reviews 47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We were a table of 5, and by far the happiest diners in our party had fish and seafood. My husband's cioppino was plentiful, beautiful and tasty. Our daughter's swordfish was delicious and elegantly presented. The other dishes were also good, but more the standard Italian restaurant fare. My minestrone was a little watery and lacked flavor, the lobster ravioli... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

There are real mixed reviews about this place but we had a great time. This Italian restaurant in the Italian Quarter was very good and after trying to get a table in other numerous restaurants, we were pleased that we managed to get into this one. The restaurant opens onto a side street and the big windows are open to... More

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London, United Kingdom
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259 reviews 259 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

Saturday night in the North End - too many people, not enough seats. But we sat down and were treated so well I have to sing their praises. The service and food were excellent and the locale and restaurant are excellent. Highly recommend this place.

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Johnston, Rhode Island
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

my wife and I just returned from a weekend to the north end of Boston, we had reservations at 9 pm, after a short wait, about 15 minutes we were seated, it should be know that this is a rather smallest establishment and be prepared that you will be seated close to another table. very close) Prices are average for... More

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Alton, Illinois
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68 reviews 68 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

When we arrived told to go back outside and someone would see us. No orginization to how they greeted people. Didn't make a difference if you had a reservation or not. When we were taken in we were seated in the basement corner behind 2 big groups. Tried to get something to go rather than sit in the corner, said... More

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83 reviews 83 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We loved this restaurant....delicious Italian food....great service...great atmosphere. The menu is varied and at dinner they will serve any of the traditional dishes that are not listed. This tells me they are cooking from scratch....not microwaving precooked food. They served delicious house bread with oil, balsamic vinegar and cheese on the side to munch on while we waited for our... More

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Additional Information about Ristorante Villa Francesca

Address: 150 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109
Phone Number: (617) 367-2948
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: Italian

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