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Local cuisine, Italian, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly

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The cuisine at this restaurant is certainly top notch. The dishes are light and well balanced with a focus on adding innovative touches to traditional ...
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Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!
Extremely comfortable restaurant.
$71 - $212
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Italian, European, Contemporary
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed November 8, 2020

Osteria Francesca had been on our gastronomic bucket list for some time and we had added ourselves to the waiting list not expecting very much. We were delighted to get a call to say a lunch slot had come available and of course said yes...when we received a call to say a table was available. The restaurant experience was superb from the moment we walked through the door. Being shown to our table by the most professional staff we were treated to a great art display. The tasting menu, as others have said, is themed on the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and the food provides a twist on some classic Italian dishes. Dishes are beautifully presented and of course delicious, if a little unusual. There was something that was not to my taste on the menu, so the staff happily provided an alternative dish (which I absolutely loved). It was an honour to meet Massimo Bottura as he visited each table of diners. He's so down to earth and unpretentious. This is reflected in the restaurant itself. It's quite OK to rock up in jeans and trainers - or of course put on your glad rags. Staff are polite and helpful and make for a great experience. Yes the menu is expensive, but this is one of the best restaurants in the world and its not somewhere you come every day. Definitely worth experiencing if you can!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed October 28, 2020

Experiencing Osteria Francescana touches your soul and turns your mind upside down. Indeed, it will change you forever. The location is cozy and artistic, elegant but not too formal. The menu is a psychedelic journey, the wine pairing is beyond words. Massimo Bottura turns the...ordinary into extraordinary, and he does that working with your unconscious. IndescriptibleMore

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 14, 2020

The chef must have caught covid, that’s the only reason I can find for such a tasteless meal! When you come in a restaurant and the menu is supposed to be linked to the Beatles song, You know that the chef thinks he is an...artist. Sadly he forgot a menu is not just a “buzz” for journalists, it has to deliver results, not just meaningless stories of dishes which don’t make any sense. Probably why one couple left the restaurant after 3 courses. I won’t go into details of each course, but overall: - the dining room is average. Poor for a 3*. - very very poor service. No waiter asks how it goes. Do they really assume we love it? The waiter doesn’t know if the chef is in today (???). - Palme d’or for the sommelier. He doesn’t know his wines, and when I ask to try a wine, he doesn’t make me try before serving a full glass! Was he an intern? - the food: who do they think they are? How much time did they spend thinking about ridiculous names of dishes and colours and platings that look like they were done to amuse a 5 year old as opposed to thinking about the food in the plate? - the brioche was truly exceptional I have to admit. But why in a second course? It’s not breakfast? - the dumplings were horrible, truly, I honestly think there was a mistake on that course. We sent it back, barely an apology from the staff... lame. - the strawberry risotto, original, but not completely perfected - the fish in general were poor, absolutely not interesting. But making vegetables look like flower must have taken a lot of time... what’s the point? - the seaweed salad was great, so was the pigeon - do they have a pastry chef or is it also an intern? What was the point of the second dessert with the Cotton candy? Again, it may look nice on social media, but the taste / outcome is very poor. The 1st dessert was interesting. Honestly that was the biggest disappointment of the year, even worse than the new menu at Mirazur (and god, the bar was low...). Is it because the chef is now too busy with Casa Maria Luigi? Is the fame of this restaurant coming mostly from tourists who have limited knowledge of food? Is it because of the new menu? I would think it’s a combination of the three. I cannot believe this is what Italy has best to offer. For a long time we’ve been talking about how French food may not be the best in the world anymore blablabla. But if this is one of the most serious competitors when it comes to fine dining, then thank god we are still miles away.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 10, 2020 via mobile

I expected to have the best meal of my life and even the plates were good and tasty, I still think that there are better places to spend 350€ for a single meal. The experience was good and the service was excellent at all time.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed September 8, 2020 via mobile

We had lunch here in June 2016, when it was ranked #1 by San Pellegrino. Woke up at 3am several months ahead to reserve a table and never looked back. One of the best dining experiences we’ve had in the world - ‘Five Ages of...Parmigiana’ and ‘Crunchy Part of the Lasagna’ were served back-to-back and are each in the hall of fame of extraordinary dishes worth traveling across the world for. The lasagna left us in tears and has to be among the best dishes ever served in Italy. ‘Oops I Dropped the Lemon Tart’, ‘Three Little Piggies Go to the Market’ and the Foie Gras Lollipop we’re also incredible. Service was exceptional, unpretentious, and professional. Chef Bottura is a mythical figure but ever so humble - we’ll be back someday.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 4, 2020 via mobile

To say we were looking forward to this monumental event would be an understatement. We'd been trying for well over a year frankly, and were able to snag a table after the lockdown. We immediately booked out flights and constructed a trip out of it....The fact that we were supporting the local economy (reflecting the increased prices) was an upside given everything Massimo bottura had done for the city, its people (including the most vulnerable) and for the Emilia-Romagna region. However, once you walk into the restaurant is when the fun stops. At nearly 300 euros a pop for the tasting menu, most of his signature dishes including the Five ages of parmesan and the Oops I dropped the tart, remained firmly on the a la carte menu only. At a whopping 12 courses long, 4 hour affair, it seemed hardly practical to have to add another few on (strictly no substitutions as per the staff who encouraged us to order the other dishes) at a third of the cost of the tasting menu per dish (60-80 euros)!! Fine, a tasting menu is all about artistry and creativity and reinvention, we get that. So let's move on. Now the menu itself felt like dishes force fit around a Beatles album. The raspberry risotto with raw shrimp was a cacophony of poorly harmonized flavors (sour fruit + milk + raw shrimp). And not quite the restaurant you'd go to in order to have the most bland cod in Thai green curry. The yellow submarine was a collection of lightly fried stodgy fish that was devoid of character. Now to be fair, the pane sfogliato was sublime, with an incredible combination of honey and salt. And the ravioli with pork belly in New England clam chowder was absolutely divine. As was the most delicate fois Gras topped with Manuka honey that was so evocative of a crema catalana. But to make this trip and only have 3/12 dishes be memorable is hardly worthy of 3 stars. What's ironic is that the dishes, the themes, the descriptions are all full of vigor, but the ambience of the restaurant itself is sterile to a point of tedium. I've worked in operating theatres that have had more soul and character than the rooms at osteria francescana, with the robotic delivery and charm of an industrial assembly line. Nothing reeks of an entitled restaurant ripping you off like a 10 euro cover charge on top of a bill of nearly a €900 for a lunch for two including wine. The pièce de résistance, if you will.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed August 8, 2020

Early August my wife and I were lucky and got a table at Osteria Francescana. Of course we decided to go for the 12 course menue to get the full experience. So, how was it? To put it into one sentence - it was the...best menue we ever had. Every single course offered so different new experiences, with every bite and swallow, with every movement of the food on the plate there was a new flavour or within it there were different flavours, sometimes in very unusual combinations (at least for us) like the Creme Caramel with the Foie gras, but always in a great combination, no flavour was too dominating or fighting against the other. Sometimes it was emotionally hard to destroy the pieces of art you and your team created. But we did until the last crumb;-)) The whole experience was just overwhelming and mindblowing. And we always had the feeling that the service team really enjoyed that we enjoyed it so much. So the 4 hours passed by really quickly and at the end we were full but not uncomfortably full. We just wanted to say thank you for this amazing experience - hope to have the chance again in the future.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 31, 2020 via mobile

Let’s be franc. It has been my best ever culinary experience. It is not just a question of food which is the most balanced meals in terms of tasting complexity I ever had. It has been a real journey starting from an LSD to get...high to a dive through the clouds to land back in the restaurant. Brilliant! The team took care of us just like we were expecting it. Thanks to Beppe Palmieri and his wine suggestions and attention. I don’t know if everybody noticed that the 3 stars metallic plate is not in the front of the restaurant but next to the team’s door... it gives you a taste of the kind of leadership Massimo Bottura is promoting!More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed July 31, 2020

What kind you say about the Osteria Francescana at this point? Who doesn't really know it? You'll be surprised how unassuming the restaurant is from the outside. Inside, it's quite minimalistic and comfortable. After the lockdown, they have reopened with a completely new menu. On...one hand, it is a good opportunity to try new things, on the other hand you kind of wish you could try some of the classics as well. The menu starts a bit slow, but then it picks up and becomes truly mind blowing. The strawberry risotto, the fish, the tortellinis. Some of the dishes are truly unforgettable. All in all we spent around 4 hours there, and it was amazing. There is a huge selection of wine to choose from (specially italian wine). There are very affordable wines there for a 3-star, and we got really got recommendations from the somelier. We had to order the 5 ages of parmiggiano additionally, we couldn't leave without trying it. Totally worth it, although given that is on top of the menu, it starts to be a lot of food. Massimo came to greet everybody in the end. Very nice, if you have seen Chef's Table he's pretty much the same in reality. So, I guess the big question: Is it worth it? Getting a reservation is truly an act of faith, that's for sure. Pricewise, seems aligned with other 3-star restaurants. I would say yes, it is the Osteria after all. Is it so much better than other elite restaurants? I don't think that question can be answered, everybody has just different sensibilities. If you have the chance, don't skip it. Doubt you will regret it.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed July 19, 2020 via mobile

PROS Basically everything: from the quality of the service to the environment (modern style semi kitch and eclectic). Menu is awesome (“With a Little help of my friends” menu of Bottura after COVID) and price is totally aligned. Wine pairing was awesome and price is...aligned (290€/each for menu and 190€/each with additional wine pairing) CONS Nothing Once in a life experience, totally deserved, great attention to everything with total simplicity concept of whatever existing. Inspiring (few pics added in the profile, limit is 10)More

Date of visit: July 2020
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