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Ristorante Villa Francesca

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North End
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150 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109-1413 (Hanover Street)
+1 617-367-2948
12:00 - 22:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 12:00 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 23:30
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Providence, Rhode Island
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437 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visit this restaurant again and again because our family loves it so much. We can't seem to get a better meal anywhere else in the north end. On this trip, we had frutta de mare, chicken Parmesan, fettuccine Alfredo and fish with tomatoes. All were outstanding! I had a glass of the Stemmari Pinot noir, a personal favorite. The... More 

Thank kris91
Calgary, Canada
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109 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dropped in randomly while looking for an Italian place for lunch. So good we went back the next night for dinner. The caprese salad is excellent. Big slabs of fresh mozzarella with tomato and olive oil. Very tasty. I had the veal which was very good and my wife had carbonara. She liked it so much that we went back... More 

Thank 210craig J
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

How can any one mess up pasta? Find out at this place!! Stale bread! No refills on water! Parmesan??? You have to beg for it! Ciao Franncesca.... Never plan on seeing you again.

Thank A-enjoy-trips
Westchester (LA), CA
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123 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Enjoyed this restaurant a friend and I dropped into early on a Sunday evening (Oct.), we were quickly seated and ordered a bread with mozzarella appetizer which was fresh and delicious with ripe tomato and basil. I also ordered pinot grigeo which was excellent. The ample caesar salad was excellent and main dish of shrimp over spagetti pasta was also... More 

Thank socaltravelmom_fun
London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Despite having booked we were briskly asked to stand against the bar wall whilst a table could be found for us and this took about 20 minutes. I would have thought a suggestion of a cocktail at the bar would have been a much nicer greeting. To be fair our waiter was attentive and friendly and our hosts two meals... More 

Thank Fountainofexperienc
Bradford, Tennessee
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72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

A group of 6 friends came here after a business meeting. The place was really crowded and the waiter couldn't get behind half of us. Everyone enjoyed their dinner except for one who ended up not being charged for her bad fish. We would certainly return if every back in this area.

Thank denisacate
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379 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is a small restaurant with tables fairly close together, but it wasn't noisy (other than street noise). Service was friendly and very quick, and everyone enjoyed their dinner.

Thank MS06
Seattle, Washington
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44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We were exploring the North End and decided to see what our 'refreshment' options were just off Hanover St. We stopped in are glad we did. We had special martini's--Lemon Drop, Expresso--their two most popular. We now know why! And our host/bartender was a delight. Ambiance was first rate.

Thank Michael6539
Canton, Massachusetts
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103 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Mrs Human Vern and I went to the North End looking for a new dining experience. We visited Vill Francesca for the first time and unfortunately, it will be our last time. The wait staff seemed to be non-plussed with our company and were indifferent during the whole meal. We had a fruit fly buzzing our table and the waiter... More 

Thank TheHumanVern
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We thought decor very nice. But did not like the food, Thought we would try a Italian resturant while visiting Boston but did not like the food here. Very pricey for what you get too. I would recomende Maggianos for Itlaian Food

Thank Linda S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Italian, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
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
  • Neighbourhood: North End
  • Phone Number: +1 617-367-2948
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

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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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