Franco's Ristorante (Reported Closed)

(804) 270-9124

9031 W Broad St Ste I, Richmond, VA | Directions   23294

37.634412 -77.549705

 
Restaurants, $$$, Business Dining  more

More Tags: Local Favorite, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Romantic Dining

Cuisine: Italian

Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

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Reviews for Franco's Ristorante

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

so-so, nothing that stands out but good food. husband loved it! – We were looking forward to eating at Francos, because he happened to be in the shopping center several weeks before and thought Franco's looked very interesting. The atmosphere is nice and dark and intimate. I love the colors used. The one server actually told me they tried somewhat to make it like Sensi on Cary Street (our fav). Bread was TERRIBLE, so save your calories. Wine list was average. The caesar was bland to me, but my husband ordered a garden salad that he devoured. For the entree, I ordered my weekly filet, and my husband- the swordfish. I thought my steak was good. Was happy that it came with mashed potatoes and veggies without it being ala carte. The steak was above average, but not over the top. I enjoyed the demi glace sauce. We had to ask for a few things several times, so they felt bad and gave us a free dessert. We had cannoli which in my opinion, had too much citrus feeling, not enough cheese. But it was a nice gesture.

My husband would go back in a heartbeat, and I would go back. However, it will take some convincing, since we have a lot of other options I would like to try.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great experience – We recently went to Franco's and while we neglected to make a reservation, they still went out their way to seat us when the place was full. I ordered fettucini alfredo, which was excellent. My companion had a crab fettucini dish that was out of this world. The service was prompt and courteous. I will definitely go back to Franco's. It is also a ggood pplace for the family as well as on a date. Great job, Franco's!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Fantastic! – I had high hopes for Franco's after reading rave reviews in two local Richmond magazines, even if it is in a strip shopping center. I was not disappointed.

Upon making reservations, as suggested on their website, and upon being greeted at the door we were met with friendliness by the hostess. The decor was unique and definitely much trendier than I had expected from a location in a strip shopping center with a sort of dark, tuscan uniqueness.

Although our waiter left a bit to be desired, our meal was absolutely incredible. From appetizer through dessert, we were delighted with everthing ordered Simply outstanding food is all we could say! The only unfortunate part of our dining experience was our waiter's lack of enthusiasm, he didn't even offer dessert, we had to ask for it! Otherwise, really outstanding food!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

what a nice surprise – what can u expect from a place located next to a supermarket and dry cleaning place? i would say not much. well, Franco's is a nice surprise that charm u with very good food, prompt service and delightful atmosphere. Would love to come back there again

Recommends
over a year ago

Offering delightful northern Italian cuisine in a trio of stylish settings. – The Scene
Franco's is like three restaurants in one. A classy party and overflow room sets a different tone from the main dining area. For those seeking a more casual atmosphere, the cafe's upscale, casual ambience is light and airy. Cool mosaic tables are kitschy and colorful. Casual attire is fine for the cafe, but if you're headed for the main dining room, you should be wearing a collared shirt. Definitely a dress-up date place on weekends.

The Food
Start off with the red peppers and mozzarella with the fresh focaccia. The penne alla vodka is exceptional, as is the spinach ravioli. Chef Paolo Randazzo oversees every dish served and ensures a presentation that is artful and full of personality. Bellisimo.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Franco'sLover – My favorite restaurant in Richmond. I now live in Charleston, SC but we still talk about Franco's tiramisu- the best I have ever had!! I have even been to Italy and not found tiramisu as good as Franco's. Excellent- can't wait to get back!!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Wonderful!! – We had a great experience!! I had the penne alla vodka - which I heard was a popular item and now I know why!! I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

Doesn't Recommend
1.5
over a year ago

Tasted like Stouffer's – Worst Italian food I've ever had- maybe that's because it tasted like the stuff you buy out of the box at the grocery store. Service was good, the atmosphere was fine, but all in all a forgettable experience.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Used to be great, – before the old man left town. Not it's just an overpriced, fancy restaurant with VERY mediocre food on a good day.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Francos es goood – good food, nice atmosphere, hospitality is great. Overall value is great. Large parties are perfect there.

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