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Antica Focacceria San Francesco

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#416 of 1,282 Italian in Palermo
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Italian, Fast Food, Mediterranean, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Buffet
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The worst food in our 10 days trip in Sicily. We ordered salat with grilled Chicken and they served some salat with dry and old piece of chickens. Definetly not freshly grilled and a huge amount of mayonese on the top of salat as dressing....I didnt eat it at all, I didnt drink my wine either and talked with the stadig before we left but Honestly they didnt care that we were not happy. Total turist trap!!! We thought it would be a good experience since it is a historical placeMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 18, 2021 via mobile

An historic restaurant with a large area of outdoor seating in a beautifully lit piazza in front of the church of San Francesco. While considered perhaps a bit touristy by locals, we enjoyed a great meal in mid September while sitting outside. An institution since...1834, we enjoyed a variety of local dishes including an anti pasta sampler which was a great way to try a variety of specialties from arancini to focaccia to croquettes. We also liked the pistachio shrimp pasta and the baked ring-shaped pasta with a ragu sauce. Well-worn English menus were provide and the English skills of the waiters were decent here. Prices were very reasonable with our meal costing around €115 for 4 with a nice bottle of red wine from Etna. RecommendedMore

Date of visit: September 2021
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Responsabile Marketing, Marketing at Antica Focacceria San Francesco, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, we are happy that you enjoyed our menu and our location. We hope to see you again in Palermo to welcome you again and let you try other typical delights!

Reviewed August 10, 2021

The food is extremely poor and the service is chaotic in a bad manner. It is a shame that such an old establishment disrespects Sicilian food culture in such a bad way. Be aware, there are manny other authentic restaurants in town... I expressed my...disappointment to the manager and got no response whatsoever...More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Responsabile Marketing, Marketing at Antica Focacceria San Francesco, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2021

Hi, we are sorry to read your review. Our kitchen staff works hard to guarantee customers a positive experience. We hope to see you soon so that we can change your opinion.

Reviewed August 6, 2021

I am from Palermo and I love tipical food and our nice and fresh fruit. Unfortunately this place has got nothing like the things Palermo city can offer, I have asked if the orange juice was fresh and I was assured it was then when...I received it it was just ice and something more like a melted ice lolly ! I complained about it and the waiter answered me it S because is too hot so they had to diluite with lot of ice, taking the mic out of me. The sandwiches I have tried and every year it seems they just do worse and don t have the taste that they should , better go to other places even street food is much better quality and at least you will be respected not scammed . This place is a scam that attract tourist. More than disappointedMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Responsabile Marketing, Marketing at Antica Focacceria San Francesco, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2021

Hi, we're sorry to read your comments. Our customers are satisfied with the menu we offer and always come back willingly. We hope you can change your mind, see you soon!

Reviewed July 31, 2021 via mobile

Best restaurant in town! The dish with burrata was so good and the Service was overwhelmed. Wine selection awesome, too. Really nice.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Responsabile Marketing, Marketing at Antica Focacceria San Francesco, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2021

Hi! Thank you for this review! We hope to see you soon again!

Reviewed July 4, 2021 via mobile

I had the tagliatelle alla norma and it was one of the best pasta dishes I ever had! The price is super fair and the place is amazing! Highly recommend!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Responsabile Marketing, Marketing at Antica Focacceria San Francesco, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2021

Hi! We are very happy to read this comments. We hope to see you soon again!

Reviewed June 28, 2021 via mobile

We had a great time here - the place has all the good street food Sicily has to offer, especially the pani ca meusa is delicious. Between locals this restaurant is really famous.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Responsabile Marketing, Marketing at Antica Focacceria San Francesco, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2021

Hi, we are really happy that you enjoyed to stay in our restaurant. Come back soon!

Reviewed June 7, 2021

Yes, this is without question the # 1 Best Place to Eat in all of Palermo. Get the famous Pane Muesa (Beef Spleen Sandwich), Arancini (Rice Balls) and Cannoli sample plate. Best food in Palermo at very reasonable price. This place is Not to Be...Missed.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Responsabile Marketing, Marketing at Antica Focacceria San Francesco, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2021

Thank you so much for your positive comments! We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed October 17, 2020

Unfortunately this place is living off it's historical importance. Nice venue, but the food and service are lacking. The food is good, 3 or 4 stars out of 5. Fried seafood was cold so clearly not recently fried. Arancine were decent but nothing special. Pasta...fritta OK, served on a parmesan crisp, which is gimmicky because it would have been better if the parmesan had been a normal part of the pasta. Service was very poor. Took a long time to get an order in, a long time for water to arrive, and food to arrive. Ordered coffee after the meal and it was forgotten, had to remind them and they brought it without sugar. Then it was difficult to get them to bring sugar - this is all despite the fact that we can speak perfect italian. Lastly, you can get all of the same food elsewhere for cheaper. I would like to recommend this place but unfortunately I would advise to avoid.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 10, 2020

Wonderful rich smoky pasta a la Norma (if not the most generous portion of pasta I had in Siciliy) with the emphasis on the aubergine, rather than cheese, washed down with a glass of very acceptable house white. I sat out at one of the...tables in the square, watching the world go by one evening. They offer a number of popular Sicilian street food dishes Clearly a popular choice, and as a bonus it's on the Addiopizzo list.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Antica Focacceria San Francesco

Yes, Antica Focacceria San Francesco offers takeout services.

Yes, Antica Focacceria San Francesco is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

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