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Ristorante Villa Francesca

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150 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109-1413 (Hanover Street)
+1 617-367-2948
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12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Boise, Idaho, United States
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We dined in a large family group in this charming north end restaurant in one of their semi private basement rooms. It was lovely. The wait staff was very attentive and the beverages and anti-pasta were fabulous. I highly recommend the lobster ravioli. All of our entrées were wonderful and the cannolis and creme Caramel were divine. After your journey... More 

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Thank Julie F
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I came into this restaurant because it was highly suggested by locals, and this spot did not disappoint! The dining room was romantic, and the whole place was so immaculately clean and polished! We had ordered a new Barolo they offered off menu, and started with the house salad. The homemade champagne vinagrette dressing was to die... More 

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Thank Jennifer C
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1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the most authentic places and pleasing to the eye as far a nostalgic old Italy decor. From the white linen table cloths to the big open windows with beautiful flowers, you will fall in love from the street view alone. I have been frequenting this spot for almost 30 years, and have never been disappointed. To... More 

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Thank Tomas S
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you read the title of the review I think it summarizes my experience quite accurately. I went there for dinner because the place looks cozy and romantic from the outside. Unfortunately, it's just that. This restaurant is overpriced, food was just a regular meal with a fancy name and portions are very small. Service was slow and inattentive. On... More 

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Thank Fernando G
Massachusetts
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A brief report- It was a gorgeous warm day Saturday- We took a drive to the Northend. We visit numerous times a year. After much walking and going to Haymarket Square we were in need of lunch but wanted to try someplace we hadn't been yet (not hard with all the choices). We stumbled upon Villa Francesca as the window... More 

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Thank kbear4
Tampa, Florida
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83 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner reservation done by hotel concierge as we requested traditional north end Italian restaurant Kudos to our waitress as she went the xtra mile to please us in any way or manner 👍🏻 Not impressed with menu as it is lacking most basic Italian favorites Food was very bland to the point I had to seasoned it with table... More 

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Thank 56Jun
New Hampshire
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We make the hour drive from NH 4-5 times a years to dine in the North End. Villa Francesca has the feel of many places we have been to in Italy. The service is always accommodating, even when we have a special request. The food is consistently good, and there is a wide selection. They open the front in nice... More 

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Thank carly03049
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had dinner there during a recent trip to Boston. Definitely a "must visit" restaurant just off Hanover St. in the North End. Very good food and service - and an outstanding dessert menu.

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Thank Woody M
Wigan, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed April 18, 2017

Our concierge recommended this restaurant. Located in Little Italy. The first thing we were told - nit everything is on the menu - we ordered off the menu, so don't be put off by the limited choice on the menu! Food portions are huge, well presented and very tasty! It is expensive but well worth it!

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Thank Yuk-Lam
Sarasota, Florida
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135 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2017

As always, the food was delectable. The wine list is extensive, and reasonably priced. Our service was fine - others stepped in to help with delivery when our waiter was tied up at another table. great teamwork It was only after we parked down at Lewis Wharf and walked the few blocks here that we noticed that Valet parking is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$31 - $40
Cuisine
Italian, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 150 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109-1413
    (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: +1 617-367-2948
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in North End

Neighborhood Profile
North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.
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