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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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$31 - $40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Italian
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worst choice of my life. My wife was so angry. We were supposed to celebrate and this place made us not enjoy our family reunion night

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner on Saturday evening with Bryan as our waitperson. Arrived early for our 8:30 pm reservation. After checking in, we were able to sit at the bar until our table was ready. Went straight to the entrée. My husband had Pollo...Michelangelo with penne which he totally enjoyed. I had a special with fettuccine, mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes. They came to the table to prepare this and it was quite the show! A very memorable meals and I’m looking forward to the leftovers today! Ended the meal sharing cheesecake with strawberries. Will definitely be back and recommend this fine establishment.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 21, 2022

I don't mind the place, we have always wanted to try it - we would eat across the street often at Vinotecca de Monica and say, "maybe we should mix it up a bit"...WRONG!! There are a lot of places in the North End to...eat and enjoy, this is not one of them. The wait staff was downright RUDE, the runner that put our plates in front of us literally threw them at us, I am pretty sure there were no thank you's....and to spend $64 for 4 glass of Stemmari Pinot Noir, when a bottle is $8.99 is just a crime. Stear clear - head elsewhere, IF and when people decide to be a little bit more kind in this world, give it shot - the food was a 4 out of 10. You have been warned - if I owned this establishment, I would be embarrassed - nothing about it was good...even the "vibe" was off, never mind the bill which was beyond ridiculously expensive for what it was...pasta....More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 24, 2022 via mobile

The bread was horrible, food was very bland, and the service was nothing great. It was a total flop. I was hoping for a great experience. The only thing that tasted good was the water and the beer.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 12, 2022

Came here with my girlfriend, but weren’t looking for a full Size mailed. We saw on a sign that the oysters were 1$ when a entree was ordered. We told the waiter that we were looking for something to share, but weren’t looking for a...full meal. We were told that 6 oysters would be $9 if we wouldn’t order an entree. We checked with another waiter and he confirmed. When the check came, we were charged $18,95 for the ouysters. We said that we were told they would be $9 and that the waiter helping us alsee agreed. He said he did not remember and that he called with his colleague, telling him that she also said 18,95. We paid this price to avoid spoiling our vacation, but it did not make sense. Would not recommend going here.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 11, 2022

I visited on a Thursday night on the recommendation of our hotel. Hotel made reservation for us (or not) on Tuesday and they did not have it when we arrived. We were able to get a table outside which was fine and enjoyable. Our service...was good and food arrived quickly. We ordered garlic bread and ravioli and eggplant. All the food was bland. The eggplant skin was all I could find of the eggplant. I expected more from the North End. Maybe I'm just spoiled from NYs Little ItalyMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 29, 2022 via mobile

I can't believe the negative reviews here? We ate here mid-afternoon, chicken Francais, chicken parmesan and fettuccini Alfredo, all excellent and reasonably priced, meal for 3 was about $62, no drinks or dessert. We liked it so much we returned for another meal; lasagna which...was huge and gnocchi in a white sauce that my daughter has not seen on a menu since her semester in Italy. She said it was delicious. We got a side of meatballs because the lasagna did not have meat. The lasagna was so big we really didn't need them and we definitely did not need 2 orders of 2 meatballs for each lasagna that was ordered. Meatballs were literally the size of a baseball .. but .... pricey at $14 and order! We're they overpriced? Yes. Were they delicious? Yes. Could not finish our meals, everything was delicious. And our last name ends in a vowel so we know Italian food! 😁More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 17, 2022 via mobile

Dinner Special, Homemade pasta with (only) dried tomatoes $45 (didn’t ask 🙁), , , Bottle of sparkling water, $10, Bottle of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay $58. Yes prices are up, food was good, service was pleasant, but the meal didn’t match the cost. Wanted it to...be great, but ended up disappointed, seriously! .More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 7, 2022 via mobile

Stopped on our Boston Freedom Tour in Nthe north end. Nice area…good food…quality service. Got the Gnocchi and Piccato. Gisel was great and very kind to us.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed April 16, 2022 via mobile

I have never been treated this bad n any restaurant, ever. Completely abysmal service. From the moment we walked in the door, four adults and two well-behaved children, they couldn't have shown any more clearly that they didn't want us there. They took forever to...get us a table, leaving us standing awkwardly by the bar, and then they got angry with the kids for waiting at the bar. When they finally, grudgingly, had gotten us a table, something about "a table for five plus a baby" was apparently so hard to understand that they got angry with us for not saying we were six people. Of course, we turned around and left. I very much regret having been here twice before and spent my $$$. There's no point in visiting a restaurant that doesn't want customers. A great place if you want to be insulted and feel like a nuisance, however!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 26, 2022

Comfortable atmosphere. Dark walls, tin ceiling, etc.. Our waitress was very friendly. Water was re-filled without asking. We ordered the minestrone as part of our lunch, but no one offered grated cheese and most of the staff stood at the other end of the room...unless a meal was being served. The Eggplant Rollatini was sliced a little too thick and the skins were tougher than we were used to. The soup had a wide variety of vegetables in it, but was sort of bland. We had to add salt and pepper. My drink was well-made. Overall, prices could have been a bit less expensive. Our bill was in the mid-$80.00 range(for lunch !). The worst part of the visit was the loud, distracting music. Music helps to set the mood and atmosphere and this loud progressive , metallic-sounding Euro noise ruined the atmosphere. Lastly--the big sidewalk sign advertised $1.00 oysters. When I tried to order them, I was told that the offer was only valid when you ordered a full entree. Our lunch consisted of four or five appetizers and garlic bread and drinks. If we knew that, we would have eaten elsewhere. This restaurant has a great location and ambience. Tone down the noisy music, have the staff fine-tune the service, clarify the outdoor offers, add a bit more flavor to the food, and this place could regain the reputation they apparently had.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 20, 2022 via mobile

Seated at 7:45p, dinner finally arrived at 9:30p, while many surrounding tables turned twice. Our server had a pleasant attitude but may have been in over her head as she was less than attentive, and required many prompts for water, bread etc. When providing feedback...to the Manager, his comment was “do you want me to fire the server”…really? How about you help her, especially after making the excuse that “we had 5 people in our party that made it difficult to time the meals”. Two ordered Lamb medium and they were served raw. One ordered the special that was made table side, COLD. At that point we just wanted us out…such a shame when you are in the heart of Boston and your business is not appreciated, especially when you have so many choices.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 13, 2022 via mobile

Disappointed in our visit to this restaurant on 1/12/22. The food was bland & under seasoned. We had Shrimp Scampi, Fruiti De Mar (fish/shrimp/little necks/mussels & over cooked calamari). In addition the restaurant was very cold, not great for my Dad who is in his...80’s. My Dad has long been a fan of this restaurant & he was very surprised at how little flavor the food had. I think the seafood was previously frozen. We did have oysters as well, and they were delicious, so no complaints there. The staff & the ambiance is welcoming & friendly though.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 6, 2021

We had dinner reservations that we booked through Open Table for a Saturday Night just recently. We were there on time but had to wait in line out the door to get in because the Host wasn't at the door and was not seating people...as they came in with or without reservations. We ended up having to wait 25 minutes before we could even see the Host to get checked in for our reservation. Then we asked if we could get moved from a table out of the front of the door because people were still standing right beside us to wait for their reservation. So pretty much all night we had someone standing beside us while we were seated at our table for dinner. We asked to be moved to another table and the Host (Which I am pretty sure was one of the Owners based off his picture from the Website) said sure but you will have to wait 45 minutes to 1 Hour like everyone else who didn't have reservations. We said why cant we just be moved and he said sure but you would have to wait 45 minutes to 1 Hour. So he is being extremely rude and basically just telling us either site were I tell you or you can leave. Which is funny because the same group of 4 right behind us were sat at another table which was not by the door. I would say that the food was good and our server was good. But I did see a lot of people getting take out food which made sense. As long as you could just get your food and leave, this would be the ideal place. Overall I would not recommend going back to this place. They were very rude and didn't care if we came to eat there or just walked backed out with our reservation.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 1, 2021

We stopped here on our walk on the Freedom Trail. We felt like we were in Italy eating at this cute little restaurant. We ordered the ravioli in a sage and basil sauce and eggplant parmigiana. Both were very tasty and the service was top...notch. The restaurant inside and outside is really cutely decorated.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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