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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: Lunch, Dinner, 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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    Very good
  • 47
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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
Just three stars - better than average but not quite VG.

Just three stars - good Italian restaurant in North End; good, quiet/quaint atmosphere. Food is quite good (albeit a little pricey) but nothing extraordinary. Service is fine. If you are looking for a place to pop into for a solid meal without all the foo-foo and fanfare, this place fits the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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WDC
Good for:
  • Romantic
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We have always wanted to try this restaurant as we walk pass it every time we are in the North End. We finally decided to stop in for a late lunch and I am so glad we did but I am sad we didn't do this years ago! It was fabulous. We had the best veal parmesan. The portions were... More 

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Bordentown, New Jersey
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I can't give enough praise ... the food, wine, and service was one of the best I ever experienced in an Italian restaurant. Enough said ... just go and enjoy. Fagedaboutit !

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WDC
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90 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Just three stars - good Italian restaurant in North End; good, quiet/quaint atmosphere. Food is quite good (albeit a little pricey) but nothing extraordinary. Service is fine. If you are looking for a place to pop into for a solid meal without all the foo-foo and fanfare, this place fits the bill.

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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Really nice staff and a warm friendly welcome for all. The food is solid, Italian comfort food. Well worth a stop off its great.

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Portland, Maine
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We were looking for an open air restaurant and found this as we were walking the Freedom Trail. Were promptly seated and requested waters were brought. Service was at times slower than we are used to despite the small amount of customers, but it was nice because for once we were not rushed through our meal. The staff was very... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We waited 10 minutes to be acknowledged, then they forgot our food order. When it did come out it wasn't what we ordered - it was soggy italian bread with tomatoes on top! It didn't look edible when my husband told the server this wasn't what we ordered he was rude then my husband asked to speak to the manager... More 

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St. Louis, Mo.
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The concierge at our hotel suggested this restaurant. Shame on him. The bland food was overpriced and the emphasis seemed to be on turning over tables. Surely Boston has much better Italian food.

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Wakefield, Massachusetts
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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Perhaps this place is good one day and bad another, and we'd prefer consistency. Prices are alright, and portions are a bit small, but the food was good. We'll go again.

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Lynn
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Have been valet parking for Villa Francesca for about 4 months and thought I would check it out so I could give an honest opinion to customers. Well, so far, the food is fantastic! Love the sauce on the veal parmigiano and the tiramisou is awesome. Have had another veal dish and also had great results.

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Hallandale Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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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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