Francesco's Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 8520 Pardee Dr

    Oakland, CA 94621

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  • 510-569-0653

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Francesco's is kind of dated now and a little on the tired side. Went there recently and the restaurant is kind of an oxymoron of itself. It wants to be so much better than it actually is which is a good thing, but the quality of the food just does not deliver. There are too many other places around that are so much better.

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★★★☆☆

Francesco's is kind of dated now and a little on the tired side. Went there recently and the restaurant is kind of an oxymoron of itself. It wants to be so much better than it actually is which is a good thing, but the quality of the food just does not deliver. There are too many other places around that are so much better.

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As the title suggests, this restaurant is not impressive.The shrimp cocktail was drowning in shrimp cocktail sauce which may explain why it was so mushy. The mixed green salad was not what I expected it to be; the salad consisted of not-so-green lettuce, a sprinkle of garbonzo and kidney beans, peas, one olive and one slice of tomato. It looks like something I'd put together if I was trying to clean out all the about-to-be-expired vegetables from my refrigerator. The eggplant parmesan and spaghetti with meat sauce lacked flavor. I thought the tomato sauce smothering my eggplant parmesan and pasta would add some flavor but it was disappointedly watered down. It tasted like something you'd expect from a frozen dinner package. On the plus side, there's plenty of parking, my server was friendly, and the portions are a good size.

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★★★☆☆

As the title suggests, this restaurant is not impressive.The shrimp cocktail was drowning in shrimp cocktail sauce which may explain why it was so mushy. The mixed green salad was not what I expected it to be; the salad consisted of not-so-green lettuce, a sprinkle of garbonzo and kidney beans, peas, one olive and one slice of tomato. It looks like something I'd put together if I was trying to clean out all the about-to-be-expired vegetables from my refrigerator. The eggplant parmesan and spaghetti with meat sauce lacked flavor. I thought the tomato sauce smothering my eggplant parmesan and pasta would add some flavor but it was disappointedly watered down. It tasted like something you'd expect from a frozen dinner package. On the plus side, there's plenty of parking, my server was friendly, and the portions are a good size.

Pros: Plenty of parking, friendly service, generous portions

Cons: Tasteless and bland food

 

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