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Posted by Abigail on 07/02/2012
We went to Francisco's Centro Vasco on Sat night to celebrate our anniversary. I've heard about this place before so I wanted to try. First- this place is way too loud, to the point where we have difficulty hearing each other across the table. Second- it needs some major redecorating. Third- Food...For appetizer, we ordered escargot. As someone had mentioned before, way toooo salty. For main course, I ordered Lobster Meat with no shell in green sauce. Lobster was bland as if overcooked and the green sauce was tasteless. Mu husband ordered pork, it was very dry and didn't have much taste. Overall, very much unsatisfied.
Posted by Gloria on 06/01/2012
I wanted to try Francisco's for a while and I am disappointed. The escargot was so salty it wasn't enjoyable and the lobster tail was too big and tuff. The butter had no taste to it either. The wait staff were very friendly but would not take the escargot off our bill. I would not recommend this restaurant.
Posted by Downtown Eater on 12/02/2011
I went w/my girlfriend and another couple the Sat, after T-giving. The food was terrific. We had mussells, oysters, escargo appetizers. For mains, two of us had Paella, my girlfirend had chicken and Lobster dish, and 4th person just had a lobster bisque instead of full entree. The food was really wonderful. In our Paella there was PLENTY of lobster meat. Prob, half a tail, and a nice size claw too. Other reviewers either don't know what they're talking about or maybe the staff doesn't like them. They oysters were a nice size too....maybe like 6 plump ones, for $9.95. The bill was $146 including tip for four people. Around $35/person. As for the decor, and set up. Christ almighty do they need some help. Ugly popcorn walls and ceilings like the '80s, horrific nursing home style carpeting, ugly pictures of palm trees and figurines, and generic wood paneling. Why can't the owners go to Ikea and do a little refurbishing. Look.....in the 80s u get away w/it but the renovation has NOT withstood the test of time. Even if they don't want to overhaul, at least freshen up a little bit.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/13/2011
If you bring a date here & go home alone you are a loser. Period.
Posted by rain74 on 08/22/2011
I read the reviews and perhaps my expectations were too high. I love paella, so I had the seafood paella and my wife had the special, which was broiled lobster stuffed with crabmeat and swiss cheese. Nothing to see here. I was not blown away or impressed. Spanish fries were soggy. Paella had large pieces of lobster shell, little meat, and the lobster special wasn't worth ordering either. I will not be returning.
Posted by foodjunkie on 06/10/2011
Excellent food, affordable but very noisy & poor service
Posted by anonymous on 04/28/2011
We were at FCV to celebrate two birthdays. After being seated, the waiter immediately took our drink orders-the sangria was quite good, but had little liquor in it. He then took our order for appetizers and brought out the appetizers while our menus were still spread across the table. We moved the menus onto our laps and managed to share the appetizers we ordered-chorizos, garlic shrimp, and clams oreganata. Good, but nothing great. He took our main dish orders while we were eating. He advised us that the lobster meat with no shell in sauces was really frozen lobster meat and not as good as the fresh lobsters. Four of us ordered whole steamed lobsters, one ordered the seafood paella, and two ordered the Zarzuela De Mariscos Catalana which is described as "a succulent casserole of clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops & lobster cooked in a hearty sauce." When salad came, some of us had no plates, since they had been cleared away with the appetizers. After we finally got plates and ate salad, we waited and waited and waited. Diners who entered after us were eating. We had nothing-and a missing waiter. Finally, dinner arrived. The Paella was cold, one of the Zarzuelas had only pieces of the body of the lobster-all cartilage, no meat. The scallops and mussels in it were delicious, but NO LOBSTER MEAT. We complained about the cold Paella and the lack of lobster meat. The answer was, "that's what's always in it." About 20 minutes later, a couple of pieces of lobster meat were brought out. No corrections to the cold paella. We had to ask for plates and bibs. At first, we were using the plates from the top of the two pots of Zarzuelas. No one emptied full plates of shells. For the table, we were brought a plate of string beans (very good), a plate of rice with enough for two-three people, and 3 baked potatoes (for 7 people.)We reminded the waiter that we had asked for Spanish fries and they arrived about half way through the meal. When the table was cleared, dessert menus were tossed on the table. We ordered two desserts to share and several coffees/capuccinos. When we started singing Happy Birthday at the table, no waiters appeared to join in, although they had just done so at another table. To say the least, it was an evening that was supposed to be special. The people made it so, the waiter did not. We had been to the restaurant several years ago and were looking forward to returning. Now our advice to people is choose another restaurant.