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“Low Key New Year's Dinner, Great Food!”

Francesca's Trattoria
Ranked #24 of 574 Restaurants in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Gainesville
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Low Key New Year's Dinner, Great Food!”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

We had dinner at Francesca's on New Year's Eve. Our reservations were for 9pm and we were seated quickly. We ordered off the regular menu and all had delicious meals. My chicken Marsala was tasty with a rich sauce. My husband had a salmon dish with a spicy pasta sauce. If you want a good meal with good service in a relaxing atmosphere, Francesca's is it.

  • Visited December 2013
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English first
Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Do not miss this place”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

We searched tripadvisor as we passed through Gainesville. We decided on Francesca's because of their ratings on Tripadvisor. It was the best Italian meal we have had in a long while. We too our fellow reviewers advice and split one of their entrees, and got two Caeser salads. Perfect. Enough food for both of us in fact we took some with us. Don't miss the rolls either.

  • Visited January 2014
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Gainesville FL
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Where Everybody Knows Your Name”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

If you've lived in Gainesville for any length of time,you're bound to see someone you know eating at what is undoubtedly the best Italian restaurant in Alachua County and beyond. The atmosphere is refined and there is warm, friendly service to match. The food is consistently delicious no matter if you order the outstanding surf and turf, the pastas, or simply pizza. The owners are often on site to greet you and make your visit special. There is often good music to enhance your dining pleasure. For lunch, anniversary, New Years Eve, or just a weeknight dinner, Francesca's will satisfy your dining expectations.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank maggie1760
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Gainesville, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“tradition”
Reviewed December 25, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Wonderful friendly place with great food. I can't think of one negative. Their specials are always a surprise that's worth it, and the traditional fare is supreme!! We have been there about four times and intend to make many more visits.

Visited November 2013
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Thank richard m
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Houston, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great place to celebrate graduation”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

I had a large group of 17 to celebrate UF graduation and being from out of town, I had some difficulty finding a place that could accommodate us for lunch. The staff at Francesca's made it easy to arrange as they has a set graduation menu and explained in good detail all the logistics. Shel and Frances were very responsive in answering all my questions and made the event stress free. On the day of the event, the staff were very friendly and the service was prompt. The goat cheese crostinis were delicious! Our meal included and appetizer, salad, and entree. We choose to skip the dessert and it was a good decision because we were stuffed! The entrees were great and everyone enjoyed them. My only complaint (if you call it a complaint) was that the portion sizes of the entrees were huge. There were lots of leftovers, a good thing unless you had to fly out of town the following day. Thank you Francesca's, for a memorable experience on a very busy grad day!

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank melc12
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