Cuisine: Italian
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35
Ranked: #10 of 92 restaurants in Christchurch

Experience the colours, aromas and flavours of great Italian cuisine without hopping on a plane.

Right here in Christchurch, Francesca’s serves up authentic Italian cuisine and hospitality. Prepared from fresh produce and the finest local and imported ingredients, Francesca’s chefs carefully and skilfully prepare pizza, pasta, antipasti and more.

Savour crunchy and creamy polenta fries with truffle aioli, classic napoletana pizza and house-made potato gnocchi. Save room for dolci to die for; tiramisu, mousse cake and affogato made with Allpress coffee.

Wash it all down with Italian sparkling water, local and Italian wines or explore the range of craft beers, spirits and cocktails. All in a relaxing, friendly atmosphere with décor that reminds you of the warmth of the Mediterranean. Bellissimo!

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Francesca's Italian Kitchen
149 Gloucester street
Christchurch 8011

Open Hours:
Everyday 12pm - 3pm for lunch and 5pm - late for dinner.

Phone: 03 374 9790
Website: www.fransitalian.co.nz

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Ranked: #10 of 92 restaurants in Christchurch 10
Francesca's Italian Kitchen
Cuisine: Italian
Mains: $25 - $35

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Veronica Gin

Lovely food for a birthday dinner. Friendly staff. A definite must return!

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OMG! Food is absolutely delicious! Me and my workmates loved it. Staffs are very accommodating, the place is cozy, and their tiramisu is to die for!

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Jenny Forrer

Another great experience, the staff were fantastic, attentive without being over bearing and the food was cooked to perfection. We had the salumi plate and beef carpaccio as a starter, both were delicious and generous portions. For mains we had the gnocchi with beef cheeks and the prawn bombardoni pasta. The gnocchi was the star of the show!

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Great food, wine and friendship. Perfect dinner. Ciao

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Des Teahen

I can now see why this place is hard to get into. Food and service were 100%

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Matt Comins

Great Italian Food.
Nice service
Not shabby at all, catered well for kids.
thanks
love this place will defo go back

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Dee Bolton

This is the 3rd time we have been to your restaurant. Again overall the food was superb but I was a little disappointed with the prawn pasta. It was nice enough but felt it wasn’t up to the same standard as other dishes we have eaten. This is only a personal opinion though. The other guests ate the beef cheeks again with rave reviews and the fish of the day dish was beautiful. Will definitely come again.

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Kim Cording

Francesca’s Kitchen is our favourite Italian restaurant in Christchurch & our first table dinner last night was up to their usual high standard. We had gnocchi with beef ragu, lamb ragu with pappardelle & market fish of the day. All were beautifully presented & delicious! We also shared some potato skins & a Margherita pizza as starters so could not fit in any dessert unfortunately. We took our friends from Auckland for their first first table experience & they are now converts to both the restaurant & the concept!!

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Chinese Teaching

Quite authentic Italian food

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Hayley Stephens

Fantastic!! Delicious food and friendly staff, will definitely be back :)

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Consistently good quality food along with professional service.

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Great food, great staff, great atmosphere!!

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Peggy Sampson

I have been looking forward to dining here for awhile as have heard very good things, and I was not disappointed. I had the gnocchi with beef cheeks and my friend had the market fish meal. The fish was groper, it was cooked perfectly and served with vegetables and a salsa that really complimented it. My beef cheeks and gnocchi was very tasty and surprisingly filling. If i had to make one very small complaint it would be that I think my gnocchi was slightly under cooked as it was just a wee bit doughy and maybe not as light and fluffy as it could have been with a couple more minutes cooking. Still very delicious though! We also tried the polenta fries as a starter which were amazing. The meals came out in good time and the staff were attentive and very nice. I will certainly be going back as I would love to try some of the other items on the menu.

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Fantastic experience,
Excellent food and Excellent service,
One of the most delicious Garlic Bread and pasta in Town,
Highly recommend.

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Clams were amazing, lamb shoulder ragu was lovely and the polenta fries are a must but I well and truely over ate

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Krystal Dunham

Loved the food. Staff were very friendly and welcoming. Especially liked the polenta fries. Will be back soon to try out the pizzas!

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Lesley Finlay

Dined at Francesca's on a Tuesday night and received excellent food and service.
The tiramisu was especially delicious.!

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Food and service was excellent, thanks.

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Peter Gill

Outstanding food and service. We had a 3yo with us and the staff were friendly and smiley towards her and without prompting let us know that anything can be adapted for her both size and ingredients. The gnocchi was light and full of flavour and the beef cheek that was with it just fell apart. Highly recommend.

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Juan Giuliano

Great place to have dinner, great staff and very friendly. They have an amazing Tiramisu as a dessert and good wine

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Yet again a wonderful experience at this favourite restaurant - thank you

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Good food and service.

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Êårţħå Lëë

Excellent service and delicious foods. The Francesca’s Antipasti Board are amazing also their desserts xoxo

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Matt Comins

Bellisimo

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Vanessa Clark

Absolutely love the food here. The people are lovely and the service is fast and very professional.
Thank you we will return.

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Cosy atmosphere with super attentive and friendly staff. We shared the starters of salmon, bruschetta and crispy skin potatoes. Left the potatoes till last thinking we wouldn't fill ourselves up unnecessarily but one bite of the skins and we were hooked. Bruschetta and salmon were our favourites. Pasta mains which were divine, thought the gnocchi special could've had a tad more sauce but that's just us loving super saucy pasta dishes. Deserts were lemon curd and tiramisu, both were winners! Would definitely come again to try the pizzas.

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Kirsty Robinson

Delicious food and attentive service!

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Meari Ono

A wonderful experience from the moment you walked in. Great atmosphere, service and of course food! Compliments to Francesca’s. Highly recommend!

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Beth Te Aika

Wonderful night with even better food, thanks!

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Awesome dining experience. The polenta fries are the best, pizza was very well presented and delicious and the beef cheeks just melted in your mouth. Excellent evening out 5⭐️.

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Renee Hay

We had a lovely date ‘hour’ away from our 9 month old for our 8 year anniversary. First table is perfect for new parents to have a speedy dinner together and Francesca’s is one of our favourites.

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Delicious food, friendly service and welcoming surroundings. We would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Martin Simcock

Great service lovely food will go back

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Lovely food and service

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Nattakit Jeerayanon

The antipasto was simply beautiful

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Restaurant is consistent in providing good quality food and service

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It was our first time to Francesca's Restaurant and it certainly won't be our last! We really enjoyed our meal. The portions were just right and the food was delicious! Looking forward to returning to try the pizzas.

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Fantastic experience, amazing food! Excellent service!

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Very good service, food was excellent. Menu is not extensive but the food was so tasty we will be back to try another selection. Don't skip on the starters, very mouth watering before the main.

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I booked Francesca's for my daughter before she leaves for her OE. It's her favourite Christchurch restaurant.. We both love the Polenta Fries and Beef Cheeks with Potato Gnocchi. They were so delicious that unfortunately we couldn't fit in a dessert as well. Maybe next time! Thank you to the friendly staff. A memorable meal.

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Emma Costigan

Great night with "Francesca" - we were the first to arrive on a cold miserable Christchurch night. It didn't take long to warm up with a glass of Central Otago pinot gris and a menu that made it impossible to choose just one item - so we didn't. Of course polenta fries with truffle aioli are a must. Closely followed by Cloudy Bay clams - such a generous portion. The spinach tortellioni melted in my mouth and the gnocchi with bread beans and broccoli was devine!!! Dessert was a tough decision - we opted to stray away from the traditional tiramisu and try the new Set Lemon Cream...... oh my goodness, who knew lemon could taste so good? Amazing presentation, generously accompanied with rhubarb, mandarin and almond crumble. Mama Mia!!! You won't regret this new choice. Where did 2 hours go? Fantastic night, perfect setting, wonderful service and stunning food

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Angela Carmine

Great food & friendly service.

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Very nice meal

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Emma Carson

This was my first visit to Francesca’s Italian Kitchen and it won’t be my last. From the second we walked in the door the service was excellent, very polite and stayed on top of everything through the duration of our stay even when it started to get busy. The food was truly amazing, we ordered 2 starters; polenta chips with truffle alioli and a garlic flatbread, both were outstanding. For mains we ordered two pastas; the lamb and the beef cheeks, the meat just melted in your mouth and the pasta was cooked to perfection and we also ordered a salami pizza which was absolutely devine, best pizza I’ve ever had to say the least. We ordered a tiramisu to share for dessert, it was very decadent and would have to be the best tiramisu I’ve ever had.

The whole evening was excellent, I will definitely be recommending it to my friends and family and I will definitely be back.

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Jeff McCarthy

First time here and will not be the last.
Great food and service .

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Lovely food and service, definitely going back!!!

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Dan Villarreal

The beef cheeks were tender but wanting for more flavour. The market fish was flavourful and well dressed. The cannoli was excellent.

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Paul Hixson

We really enjoyed our experience at Francesca's, the service was perfect; friendly and so fast! Most of the food was amazing however we felt the potato skins were a bit lacking as they were quite dry. The portions of the main courses were small but the flavours were delicious. Thank you for a great night, we'll be back soon.

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Excellent service great food the gnocchi is as good as previous reviews mentioned.

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Food and service were absolutely fantastic, atmosphere was great. Will be back for sure!!

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