Ristorante Villa Francesca

Ristorante Villa Francesca

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Hours
Sun
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Mon
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Tue
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Wed
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Thu
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Fri
12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Sat
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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Ratings and reviews
3.5
3.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
3.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.5 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.2 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
3.5 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
$31.00 – $40.00
CUISINES
Italian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
meals, features
Does this restaurant accept reservations?
About
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.
PRICE RANGE
$31.00 – $40.00
CUISINES
Italian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
3.5
3.5 of 5 bubbles469 reviews
Excellent
135
Very good
122
Average
99
Poor
53
Terrible
61
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Matt
Millville436 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 couples
Great location and very nice portions for the price. Pricing in this area is inflated so you just have to know that’s gonna happen everywhere. Nice ambiance with a decent size bar and small dining room window opens up with a street view. Other places advertise their homemade pasta but didn’t see that here, other than the lasagna egg noodles so that’s why I ended up with that.
Written June 16, 2024
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Tammi S
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 family
Excellent food, personable service, and a good night. We were a last minute reservation so ended up waiting and getting the basement. Overall, we made the best of it and enjoyed our dinner. Had spinach ravioli, pasta norma (eggplant) and pesto pasta. All were delicious. Previously had the dish made in the cheese wheel... excellent but you may want to ask the price first. LOL We would return if back in town.
Written April 17, 2024
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Peter G
Cambridge4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 solo
The restaurant advertised one dollar Wellfleets with a dinner. After I ordered my drink, the waiter tells me the special only applies to the fist six oysters and after that it is $4 per. Not a word about a limit o their advertisement. I even asked the maitre d about the oysters before sitting down and she said nothing about a limit. This is the kind of restaurant scam that preys on tourists in Venice and Florence. I did not expect in the North End of Boston where I have a home. There is a reason this restaurant is mostly empty.
Written April 15, 2024
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Nina W
Winchester6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 couples
The best, very authentic Italian meatballs! Excellent quality, fresh ingredients. The meal was huge - we could not finish it. Lovely wine too. Really great lunch and very attentive waiter - highly recommend
Written April 13, 2024
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Jill
10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 solo
I had the sautéed calamari and tomato sauce. The calamari had no flavor was very rubbery. The tomato sauce was good. I then had a Caesar salad with grilled shrimp which was delicious. When I got the bill for two Diet Coke I was charged $10 I asked to have one of them removed as it was a refill and they refused.I have traveled all over the world and never been charged this much for a diet soda and never for a refill. My last time at this restaurant. I used to live in the north end and thought this was more of a tourist destination.
Written December 20, 2023
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Kathryn G
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 family
I saw some of the negative reviews and was a bit nervous but decided to trust the happy customers and am glad I did. All I can say is that our meal (lunch - veal marsala and the gambieri shrimp) was fantastic, the service was attentive and friendly, the atmosphere warm and cozy (I particularly like a place that goes old school with the table linens). One review said no bread and oil were served, and I wonder if they asked for any. I did, and it was delivered immediately. Soft and delicious. One possible caveat - it was Wednesday and extremely quiet, so maybe things go sideways on a really busy night, but we were enchanted with the whole experience.
Written December 15, 2023
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Pete I
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 friends
Great food, good service. But they refused to split a bill. This ruined the night and experience. It’s really not that hard.
Written November 19, 2023
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Beth G
41 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 couples
We ate at the bar thinking it would be faster. Well, it was not. We waited awhile for our drinks. Then, we waited about 35-40 minutes for our food. I’m convinced if I didn’t say anything, we would’ve kept on waiting. The food finally came out with zero apology for the excessive wait. Throughout the meal, neither bartender checked on us. I felt like we were completely ignored throughout our time. The food was mediocre at best. We will not return.
Written November 3, 2023
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Conor R
Plymouth467 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 couples
This is my favourite restaurant in the North End. It’s a lovely intimate setting with great service. The Villa Francesca martini is delicious. The Gamberi Scampi is perfection. Their pasta is so fresh and their sauce is incredible.
Written October 30, 2023
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Lauren H
College Park3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 couples
Great food if you’re not in a rush. We had calimari as a starter which was delicious, and the sole with roasted potatoes was outstanding. Our table also got the filet mignon and seafood risotto which were both very good. The service was slow however and we had to wait a long time to even get water (but it was a Saturday on a crowded evening in the North End).
Written October 29, 2023
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gabrielleo506
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 family
Atmosphere, service, cocktails and food all made for a wonderful experience! We were seated quickly without a reservation. Martini espresso was delicious. The service was excellent. Lovely, elegant atmosphere. Food was excellent. Exactly the experience you want in Little Italy.
Written September 23, 2023
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Blackeel63
Anchorage139 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 couples
Stopped in for a late lunch on a rainy Saturday afternoon and sat at the bar. This restaurant is cozy with a good vibe. The drinks and the food were pretty good. Our bartender was crabby… but who knows why. Anyway, we say eat here; it won’t disappoint.
Written September 23, 2023
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Jacqueline R
Cork627 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 family
Great little restaurant in the North End. A little on the expensive side by the floor is delicious. Service was fast and friendly, staff were welcoming. My only issue is how cramped the space was resulting in lots of elbows and knees hitting off each other.
Written September 13, 2023
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Will D
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 family
At first the atmosphere was good. Wine was delicious and the bread was tasty. Our server was very young and in experienced but as I have worked in restaurants before I looked past it. We ordered the $75 dollar lobster/mussel/clam special over pasta in a spicy red sauce. The seafood was undercooked and tasted horrible. One of the lobster claws was completely liquidated and was inedible. Most of the clams and mussels were very small (I’ve grown up picking my own, so I know that these were not fresh or local). Upon asking the server for some sort of reduction in price due to the quality of the food, the manager came over with a terrible attitude and accused us of lying saying that it was hardshell lobster and was cooked right. I’m puzzled why he brought up that it was hardshell because that had nothing to do with the way it was cooked or how the meat was inedible. He proceeded to yell at me and my father and even went so far as grabbing a still live lobster from the kitchen and shoving it in our faces. He then began smiling and speaking Spanish to his co-workers, my reaction was to ask if he could speak English so that I could understand what he was saying. He refused. I do not understand how this man has his job if he treats people this way, I think it is completely unacceptable and extremely unbecoming. I will never be going to this restaurant again and I hope that the owners are able to deal with the situation. P.S. there was a family of 5, both parents and 3 little kids eating too. When the manager yelled at us the mother spoke up saying that her families food also tastes off and that there were several things wrong with their orders. They proceeded to get up and leave after us.
Written August 30, 2023
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Paul S
Alexandria4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 family
Been there twice before, and returned, as we liked it. Definitely gone downhill, and likely wont go again. Good atmosphere, put mushy, overcooked food.
Written July 7, 2023
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