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Ristorante Villa Francesca

150 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109 (North End)
(617) 367-2948
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Ranked #912 of 2,820 Restaurants in Boston
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Price range: $31 - $40
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: North End
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
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

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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San Diego, CA
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Every summer, I come back to Boston, & this restaurant is always a must when I visit. I time my flight to get picked up & friends take me here. We had the calamari in a delicious light red sauce, to start. I had the fruite di mare dish. There were over 15 clams & mussels, 2 pcs of fish,... More

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Mullica Hill, New Jersey
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Food was good, but not outstanding. Sangria was very good but a little pricey : $13. I guess I'm not used to city drink prices. Waiter and staff were very good. Nice atmosphere. Ask for a table not near the bar. Lots of loud talking.

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Boston, Massachusetts
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We arrived at Francesca's for our 7:30 pm reservation. Our reservation was in the computer. We were told to wait outside. After 30 minutes, we were assured that the next table was ours. For some reason, it was not! Apparently there are two reservation lists. One for people who make a reservation ahead and one for people who just show... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We stumbled across Villa Francesca's after we waited two hours to no avail at another place. They had immediate opening and now I know why. This is not the place you stand in line and wait for. It's a second choice, unfortunately. The menu is so overpriced and the food is only decent. The fact that my penne and meatballs... More

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Seven of us enjoyed a lovely evening last night at The Villa Francesca during restaurant week. We appreciated the valet service ($20), something not easy to find in the North End of Boston. The menu was really tempting with a 3-course, $38 price per person. There were many wonderful choices for appetizers, main courses, and desserts. It took us a... More

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

Hoping for a truly North End experience and was disappointed ! A cute little place with wonderful servers but I could have made the food at home . A bright side was the open air windows and the wine. We won't be back here but will try again in the North End!

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Gainesville, FL
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I have been to this restaurant several times while visiting family in Boston. Generous portions. Great flavors. I have very find memories of this place.

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Potomac Falls, VA
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I was really impressed with this restaurant. We were planning to go to another restaurant but did not want to wait 1 hour. We walked around the area and decided on this restaurant! They were able to accommodate my daughter who has extensive food allergies. The waitress was excellent! The food was great! Will go back again. Don't forget to... More

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San Francisco, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

This was suggested by our hotel. They made a reservation for our party of 4 and we arrived in a cab on time 30 mins later. The place had windows opened onto the street. We could smell the delicious garlic as we waited to get in. That turned out to be the best part of the evening. The young woman... More

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