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Ristorante Villa Francesca

150 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109 (North End)
(617) 367-2948
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Ranked #1,112 of 2,784 restaurants in Boston
Price range: $31 - $40
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
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  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I wouldn't come back. Food was average. Service was meh. I used to envy those people sitting inside the restaurant by the window, looking towards the street. They looked like they were having the best meal ever. Not really. I don't remember what I ordered but I will not come back... not unless they say they have new management, new... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Nice evening out in the North End. My wife and I visited on a Saturday night with a 6:30pm reservation. We arrived about 30 minutes early and hostess was more than happy to seat us early. We had a window seat in the dining room, which was a little tight, but the couples seated around us were very nice allowing... More

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Kirkwood, Missouri
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We stopped in one night to have a few drinks at the bar. This restaurant was right around the corner from where we were staying. I drank Italian wine and Diane had Espresso martinis that night. We ended up talking to the owner and having a great time and told him we would return for dinner another night. We returned... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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81 reviews 81 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Went to Villa Francesca as part of restaurant week and loved all of the dishes we had. I ordered the steamed mussels, which had to be some of the best mussels I have ever had, with a lemon and garlic flavoring. I also ordered the fetticini calamari, which also was nice and light. The calamari was cooked right so that... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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179 reviews 179 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

It’s easy to be overwhelmed (and dismayed) by the lines to get into many of the restaurants along Hanover Street in the North End, but this restaurant is nice option just off the main drag. They offer additional seating downstairs with exposed brick and rock. It was cozy. They specialize in seafood, and their portions were generous. If you’re into... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

In a word, authenthic! I was surprised at the bad reviews. The food is delightful, the ambience quite inviting, and the service is good. I asked, and apparently there was a change in management, and servers were removed. All that's left is an authentic Italian restaurant with great food, good service and comfortable settings. The bread is fresh and of... More

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Redding, Connecticut, USA
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157 reviews 157 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Went here with a large group of friends the other night. The service and setting were both great and we had a fun evening. The waitstaff were all friendly and very accomodating. The service was fast and efficient. The food was tasty and portions large, but it was just average. Although the desserts were very good.

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Lowell, Massachusetts
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

My Wife and I didnt realize the groupon was not valid on the weekend. That wasnt our problem. We went on a Saturday night enjoyed great seafood selections from their 4 course seafood Prixe Fixe menu on Saturday. WE enjoyed it so much we returned on Wednesday hoping to have the same experience. When we presented our groupon, our menus... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We were in for lunch and there were only two others tables. Took 10 minutes to be greeted after being sat and the waiter was rude from the start. My guest ordered a mixed salad for $7 and asked if she could have grilled chicken. The waiter said yes and it would be $11.00. That seemed fair but what he... More

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Burlington, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

I don't usually write reviews BUT: It's a shame that this restaurant is a part of the historic north end restaurants. Our party didn't even eat the food because we were so turned off from the "manager/owner" who is apparently a server as well. He belittles his guests that are waiting for a table and the way he speaks to... More

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