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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, 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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  • 49
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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
A slice of Italy in Boston

Went here with a group of friends. It was a saturday night but was early and they took us anyhow and put us in the wine celler. Very nice on a hot day. Seafood risoto was great with plenty of fresh mussels. Red house wine was fabulous. Mushroom appitizer is a must.. Service was prompt. Well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
Jake_MA_11
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Beverly, mass
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  • Romantic
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Had reservations, but still waited close to 1/2 hour. Server had very little knowledge about menu, didn't know market price of one main menu item. Tomato salad, ordered in mid-July, was under-ripe, tomatoes so hard you needed a knife. Understandable in mid-winter, but in the heart of local season? No farm to table here. Calamari was overcooked and rubbery, Dover... More 

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Beverly, mass
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67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Went here with a group of friends. It was a saturday night but was early and they took us anyhow and put us in the wine celler. Very nice on a hot day. Seafood risoto was great with plenty of fresh mussels. Red house wine was fabulous. Mushroom appitizer is a must.. Service was prompt. Well worth a visit.

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Malden, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Situated at the North End in Boston, we decided to visit this restaurant. The seating is alright. The wine selection is great.I had a sauvignon blanc wine.We ordered bread combo for starters:ie garlic bread and bruschetta . For lunch we had Ravioli Burro E Salvia,but we requested it to be made with marinara sauce. And we had Sogliola Alla Mediterranea.... More 

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Hyannis, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Excellent Italian food and a great wine selection! Slightly more expensive than its neighbors but well worth the money for a special evening meal.

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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

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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35 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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93 reviews
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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
10 restaurant reviews
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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 4 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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Clearwater, Florida
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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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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