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Francisco's Centro Vasco

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  • Seafood, Spanish
  • 159 W 23rd St, New York NY10011 40.743866 -73.994841
  • (Btwn 6th & 7th Ave)
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  • (212) 645-6224
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User Ratings (Based on 56 reviews)

Food 3.9 Value 3.6
Service 3.7 Atmosphere 3.5

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 645-6224
Visa, MC, AmEx
Mon-Thu: 4pm-11pm Fri: 4pm-11:30pm Sat: 2pm-11:30pm Sun: 2pm-11pm
Accepts Credit Cards, Catering, Good for Groups, Take Out, Wheelchair Accessible

User Reviews

  • Francisco's Centro Vasco

    Posted by maveneater on 06/21/2014

    Not Recommended

    Since we learned that one of our places is closing in a few months, we looked for a similar place and tried this one. What a mistake. Food was salty, clams were iffy, shrimp w/rice was rubbery, the service was poor, and the price was ridiculous. They mistakenly charged us for someone else's dessert and took forever to correct it. When we inquired about when we'd get the correct check, the waiter was annoyed and dismissive. We left before dessert not to risk further disappointment. We will definitely not be back.

  • Francisco's Centro Vasco

    Posted by spaz on 06/13/2013

    ill be back

    well the shrimp and garlic way to wet but overall me and bride had a great time this place busy crowded loud just how we like it family party atmosphere lobster yummy 6pounder people if you have a prob with oh the service, it wasnt warm enough to loud well go to a fast food place get some food from a bag or a five gallon bucket letem micro it for yer

  • Francisco's Centro Vasco

    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.

  • Francisco's Centro Vasco

    Posted by Gloria on 06/01/2012

    Birthday dinner

    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.

  • Francisco's Centro Vasco

    Posted by Downtown Eater on 12/02/2011

    Terrific food, but needs Redecorating

    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.

  • Francisco's Centro Vasco

    Posted by Anonymous on 11/13/2011

    date spot

    If you bring a date here & go home alone you are a loser. Period.

  • Francisco's Centro Vasco

    Posted by rain74 on 08/22/2011

    What's all the fuss about

    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.

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