Villa Francesca

4.4
1374 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Ristorante Villa Francesca, in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts, is the brain child of Guglielmo Ranauro. Through his desire for perfection and pure love of the Italian cuisine, Guglielmo created Villa Francesca over thirty years ago. He bestowed the name Francesca after his mother, never forgetting the love and wonderful food she always provided while growing up just across the street from the restaurant. Villa Francesca boasts over 160 wine selections, and has received the prestigious Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator awards since 2007. You've got to try the raw bar!
What 1374 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
LK
LauraK
New England
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everytime I dine here the service and food are spectacular. Already looking forward to my next visit

ST
StacyT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite spot in the North End - great service, amazing food and always a lively atmosphere! Have the special pasta - you won't regret it!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Deserts are homemade so good!!!!!!

CL
ChrisL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Group of 6 had nice table downstairs food and service was outstanding

FM
vipFood4MB
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Have to say just OK. Have been coming here for over 30 years.

L
Lammy
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We love this restaurant the food is amazing and delicious. Service is wonderful. The best of the North End.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Filet was amazing, I love coming to Villa

M
vipMari
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

A bit pricey for generic food. I got spaghetti alla vongole with white sauce and it was quite bland. My boyfriend got lamb chops and they were good! Generous with the portion sizes, but not the parmigiana😂

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Everything was fine, but nothing terribly special. Food was good, service was good. A bit over priced.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite place to eat at the North End. A must visit every time we come.

M
Mercedes
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just an awesome exhorting every time.

ME
vipMERR
New England
17 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We went to for the Dine out Boston weekend lunch and had a fantastic meal. Alex our waiter was so attentive.

NG
NateG
New England
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This was our first restaurant experience since the start of the pandemic, and it was lovely. Thankful for the safety steps taken by the staff, and look forward to returning again soon!

p
vippckm
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

The service was great very attentive tables were spread out for covid

LL
LL1726
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went during Dine out Boston 2021. We all had the prix fix menu. The food and service were outstanding. We had a toddler in a high chair with us, and the server could not have been sweeter to him. Don't hesitate to order the
Fettuccine ai Carciofi or the
Pollo alla Parmigiana
We had the mini cannolis for dessert which were fun!

c
coopersmom
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great linch during Dine Out Boston. Lots of choices on menu, food excellent.

s
swtums
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love everything about Villa Francesca. We came in because of Dine out Boston week but we keep coming back for the food, drinks and such a great location .

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience again, this time to celebrate a family birthday. Food and service were outstanding as usual. We hadn’t been I to the city in a while due to Covid restrictions, etc. and were pleased with the distancing we experienced. We were in a lower level room by ourselves (6 in party). We ordered a variety of menu items from steak to seafood and all were outstanding.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience4

Food was not worth coming back. It was greasy and the presentation was bland. For the price point, it definitely was not worth what we paid.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Get table service

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience5

Poor service, delicious appetizers so so mains

JC
JaneC
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The Dine Out Boston menu offered a variety of great choices. The appetizers, main course dishes, and desserts were very flavorful and properly prepared. It was a truly enjoyable meal. I would gladly recommend this restaurant to others.

L
vipLily
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for lunch during Boston Dine In week again. The food was absolutely fantastic! Cannot wait to go back again!

m
melodyrose
New England
50 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lunch was magnificent!
I have a dairy allergy and they were able to adjust the menu items containing dairy
I took off food star because they didn't have a non-dairy/vegan dessert option,
But the food was so great, I'll be back- even without dessert!

F
Fran
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best meals that my husband and I had in the North End.

AG
AlissaG
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Huge portions! Would have like to been able to take my soup to go but was told they didn’t have containers for it. Food was hot and delicious

FD
FredD
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The waiter was simply the best. he was very attentive, the restaurant was exceptionally clean as it has always been. We are from Rhode Island , but I choose to come to Boston.
Finest food going, exceptional service.

AP
vipAPia
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

The wine list was significantly overpriced for the quality of wines listed. The food also wasn't authentic Italian as described; the menu is Italian American.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, atmosphere and service and will certainly return soon!

LN
LauraN
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

It was great. Romantic and quiet. Food was delicious

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The cheese wheel!!! Presentation, entertainment, and delicious!

j
vipjonamarashi
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent

B
vipBillyh
New England
28 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve driven by this restaurant for many years am very glad I had dinner. I am a fan. I’ll be having dinner here a lot. The waiter was easy going and the kitchen had no problem making some changes to the dish for personal preference .

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Hostess was rude, server was nice and food was good. Romantic ambi

E
Earl
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Villa Francesca’s never disappoints! Our meal was excellent

MW
MWCfire
New England
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was excellent! I had little neck clams in a white wine garlic sauce over spaghetti. My wife had red snapper cooked in a red sauce with risotto and spinach. My son had seafood fra diavolo over linguine. We shared a freshly made cannoli, and a strawberry cheesecake for dessert that were also delicious! I highly recommend eating there when you’re in the North End.

CS
ChiliSue
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service!! Next time we are visiting Boston we will be back!!

FT
FrancineT
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

It was ok, food was not impressive. Service was good.

D
David
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

I was impressed with how quickly we were served with menus and asked about drinks. However, that could be because of a 90 minute COVID restriction. Our waiter was not very pleasant and seemed to be rushed. This is not to say he was mean or rude, he wasn't. He just didn't make us feel "at home" or comfortable.
After our appetizer was served I had to ask for bread. The bread was just soft sliced bread with no oil to go with it.
The meal itself was good. While most any meal in North End is expensive, this restaurant was a bit higher in price and not worth it. If the atmosphere or banter with staff or even Italian music playing I wouldn't mind paying more. But there was none of that.
The one thing they do that is 2nd to none are the desserts. The presentation of them alone is worth ordering.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience5

Food was great and ambience adorable. Service was slow, was about 20minutes from the time we were seated to the time the server even came by the first time, atleast other staff had served water and bread while waiting on the service.

FAQs

Villa Francesca offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 367-2948.

Villa Francesca is rated 4.4 stars by 1374 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

Tweets by Villa Francesca