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“Family Favorite”
Review of Francesca's

Francesca's
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$37 - US$37
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Family Favorite”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

I have been coming to this restaurant for over 20years now and it never disappoints, i should have wrote this review many years ago. Every Italian restaurant I have crossed the doors of has been compared to Francesca’s and I’ve never been to one that comes close to beating it for quality, price and taste. We had a meal on Saturday evening and it was fantastic as usual. I had the Garlic King Prawns to start with and the complimentary bread which is always delish and fresh. The king prawns are to die for and it's a confession of mine that i very rarely stray from this as a starter however the other dishes I’ve had here have also been very good ( King Prawn Piccani? Muscles)

The queue, which is always out of the door is a testimony to how great this place is given that you cannot book a table. The food is to a very high standard with a small price tag. I love the fact you can get a 1/2 bottle of house wine which is very nice, ideal for me as my partner doesn’t like wine so it means i can get this for myself rather than a full bottle. For my main i had Fillet Steak with Peppercorn sauce, again delicious, the beef just melted in your mouth, one of the nicest steaks I’ve ever had, i could eat it again as i write this. Hand cut chips are huge portion and very nice . The portions here are very large and you can request to take home anything you can’t manage to eat. The atmosphere is excellent, very hustle and bustle but everyone is in good spirits, I remember going here as a child and being terrified of the singing Italian waiters but as I have grown up with this place it is now somewhere that I hold very close to my heart, it has never changed although the waiters are a little older they still offer a great customer experience and make this place what it is. I urge anyone who has not been to go and experience this place for its Fantastic food, atmosphere and value for money, it is a refreshing change from any restaurant chains or bargain happy hour Italians deals, you will not be disappointed.

  • Visited August 2014
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Atmospheric with Value”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

This place is an interesting turn on surrounding restaurants. You queue for a table, theres a bar to keep people entertained and the staff are always charming and interactive. The idea of queuing for a table instead of booking in advance is daunting at first, however the queue doesn't last very long and it is worth it. The food is fantastic, especially for the price. High quality, Incredibly tasty with a low price tag, not many places (especially surrounding it) that can offer you that. The restrooms are clean. The atmosphere in the place is energetic, you leave feeling very satisfied. The limoncello is very good too!

  • Visited June 2014
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Lyon, France
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Always busy & it's easy to see why”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

A very reasonably priced Italian restaurant complete with Italian waiters & chefs - lots of drama - good food & buckets of atmosphere. Slap bang in the middle of student land so a great place to take the folks.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank PeterDeering
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Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Excellent Cuisine”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

Friendly atmoshphere, excellent value for money authentic Italian cuisine Highly recomended

Always try to visit when in Newcastle, Waiters remeber regular customers make you feel at home

  • Visited February 2014
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Food is amazing, such a popular restaurant and I can see why!”
Reviewed 23 July 2014 via mobile

One of the best Italians I've been to and so busy... 20-30 minute wait for a table and I can see why... Everyone waits for a table as the food is worth the wait! Service is ok but the guys are rushed off their feet.... This restaurant should be in the top 20 in Newcastle but the service needs to be better, Italians are that way so didn't expect anything else. Please go you will not be disappointed :-)

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