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Antica Focacceria San Francesco

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Italian, Sicilian
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This establishment has been around for many years. It offers street food and regular Sicilian dishes. I had octopus salad and was very disappointed. The fried calamari and shrimp was okay. Service could have been better.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Supposedly Garibaldi ate here and not much has changed. The service is quirky but that is part of the charm - when you can figure it out it is well worth it. The food is genuinely excellent. I'm vegan and the pane pannelle was excellent....I was very envious of the arincine which looked (and I'm told tasted) absolutely superb!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant is close to the gothic St. Francis church in Palermo. The art nuveau style of the restaurant is nice and the food is good. I am not giving the 5 stars because the arancine have some room for improvement, e.g. rise a little...over-cooked. I can recommend without doubt! Thanks!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 27, 2022

Great tasting arancini we've had during our sicily trip. We tasted the cheese, bolognese and spinach versions and they were all delicious. Staff was also very kind!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 7, 2022

This is an institution in Palermo with its origins dating back to 1834. Friendly service, they were very helpful in guiding us to th veggie options in English. The panini was good (and toasted before serving us) -with high quality bread and fresh ingredients, but...5E seemed steep for what was offered. Located in a very atmospheric courtyard, near St Francis Basilica and San Lorenzo oratory.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 27, 2022

Went with a few friends and the staff seemed kind of unpleasant, we were waiting ages for someone to take our order and at the end we’re charge additional service charge per person which no one mentioned to us before ( a bit unfair in...my opinion)More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 27, 2022 via mobile

The location was great with cozy seating outside, we want for a dinner but the food was not to eat at all…middle price with very bad quality…

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 25, 2022 via mobile

The setting was amazing, and worth going for that alone. But the food that we had was not particularly impressive. Still recommended though

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 21, 2022 via mobile

Magical location in the heart of Palermo. The square is beautiful, especially when the sun sets and the lights go on. The service was good. We had an older waiter serve us and he was delightful but some of the younger staff weren’t quite so...pleasant. The food was reasonable but I have eaten better in Palermo. Maybe best visited for a coffee and a dessertMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 15, 2022 via mobile

Worst food and service we’ve had in Italy. The waiting staff are abrupt and just look so miserable. The food sounds nice on paper but the cooks (I wouldn’t call them chefs) appear to have no pride in what they are sending out. With such...a great location you’d expect better. There are so many better restaurants around, definitely go elsewhere.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 30, 2022 via mobile

This afternoon we came here for lunch. 4 tourists, traveling together from different countries. We sat outside, but almost half an hour no one came to give us menus, or take an order. When we took initiative ti ask the head waiter to take our...order, he acted insulted. All the waiters looked unhappt, and ifnored us as much as pissible. The food was good, no problem here. Afterwards, when we wanted to pay, again no attention from ant of the waiters. When my wife walked to the counter to pay, and made a small misunderstanding of the bill, the female waitress started screaming at her, insulting her in Italian, calling attention of the whole terrace to this.this webt on in a loud voice for 2-3 minutes. Shameful! How could such a woman - in service of customers - scream and insult someone 30 years older, the age of her mother, for making a small mistake in a foreign language?! This is the WORST service we have ever encountered in any country in the world! I would advise everyone to avoid this restaurant.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 8, 2022

Convenient location for lunch while exploring the centre of Palermo. Tables available in the piazza under umbrellas. Reasonable selection of local plates available in the menu, tasty and well prepared, both snacks and full entrees. Staff friendly and efficient. Prices on the high side.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed August 6, 2022 via mobile

The worst food you can taste in Torino. Save yourself the terrible experience. And of course the service is aligned. I am sure that it is complicated to make it worst

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 13, 2022 via mobile

I verged on rating this as a 3 but ..... The location of the restaurant is great and we were recommended to go by one of our friends who is Sicilian. Our food and wine was good but not great. The menu was somewhat limited...for my preference. Issues for us are pretty much the same as everyone else. The waiting staff seemed very uninterested in their customers and came across as abrupt. The guy with the disco on his shoulder was there but thankfully didn't stay long. However a couple of other guys busking were very good. The telling assessment is, would we return? The answer is thanks but no thanks.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed July 10, 2022 via mobile

Had been pre-pandemic and loved this historic restaurant on a beautiful piazza but oh, how things have changed. The service was abrupt and the food was mediocre. You can eat better almost anywhere in Palermo. Then, a street performer on a bicycle pulled up blasting...1970s disco at screeching volume from a portable sound system and “dancing” for tips. At any other restaurant pests are shooed away but this guy was able to prance about for twenty minutes, even yelling at diners begging him to turn it down. The next day, we walked by at lunchtime and he was back, standing with the restaurant staff as if he was part of of the team. I’ll admit, some of the locals who filled about a third of the tables, eating only street food appetizers, seemed to enjoy him. But sorry as I felt for myself, I feel worse for anyone who lives nearby and has to put up with this.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Antica Focacceria San Francesco is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5