Francesca's Fiore
Francesca's Fiore

Francesca's Fiore

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3115,3247
  • Phone: 7087713063x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday-Saturday: 11:30am-3pm; Sunday Brunch: 11am-3pm

    Dinner:
    Monday - Tuesday: 3pm-9pm
    Wednesday - Thursday: 3pm-9:30pm
    Friday - Thursday: 3pm-10pm
    Sunday: 3pm-9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Gaston Escobedo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Francesca's Fiore offers three private rooms accommodating up to sixty guests. Larger groups may be accommodated in a semi-private setting.
  • Private Party Contact: Gabriela Barker 7087713063x
  • Special Events:

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Four blocks west of Harlem
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample street parking available.

    We also provide valet parking on Friday and Saturday.
A word from Francesca's Fiore
Francesca’s Fiore is the 10th restaurant in The Francesca's Restaurant Group, bringing the downtown Forest Park area a restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, simple cooking, friendly service and fair prices. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio.
The restaurant is located in the heart of the revitalized Madison Street area, just four blocks West of Harlem Avenue.

About The Francesca’s Restaurant Group: Founded in 1992 by Restaurateur Scott Harris, Francesca’s Restaurant Group has grown from a small, welcoming Italian restaurant on Chicago’s North Clark Street to a restaurant group of three concepts across 33 locations and four states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 23 Francesca’s Restaurants, five Davanti Enoteca, and five Glazed and Infused locations.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Francesca's Fiore reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since May 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)special occasion (16)good for groups (16)great for outdoor dining (13)great for lunch (10)fit for foodies (9)romantic (8)kid-friendly (8)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (2)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Wonderful
    Diner66
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Love the layout of the restaurant and the fireplace made it have a cozy at home feel. The acoustics were comforting as they have a bar just next to dining area and it didn't interfere with the dining. The food was wonderfully presented and fresh! Wait staff were attentive and knowledgeable. All the Francesca's locations are consistent with comfort, taste and service! Would definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • luvnewplaces
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I have been to the restaurant twice this summer with different group of friends and they have all enjoyed their meals.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't ask for decaf
    Veganista
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My husband and I have eaten at this restaurant several times over the years and have always had a nice meal. This time he ordered an entree of pot roast and rigatoni and he loved it. As a vegan I found it difficult to identify many options. Ended up with pesto cavatelli topped with grilled chicken and promptly set the chicken aside. The pesto sauce was flavorful but quite oily, resulting in indigestion when I got home. The low point of the meal was our after dinner coffee. It was after 6 pm and we asked for decaf. When it arrived, it was awful. I knew it once it was left over from earlier in the day. I asked the busboy who brought it to us what time it was brewed and he said 11 a.m. Our waitress apologized and took the coffee off our bill.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is one of our regular favorites. Every time I've eaten here the food has been outstanding. The service is attentive. I love the ambiance. We've had intimate dinners for two; groups outside; special events with larger groups in a private room. We have always been pleased. I don't drink much wine so I can't comment on the wine list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTableProVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I come here 2-3 times a year and I've noticed the menu tends to have odd concoctions, as if the chef seems compelled to always create new things. I'd create a mix of classics and new things.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • superb dinner - great evening out
    james
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Excellent dinner at the outside patio table...parking lot convenient across the street.......we have had dinner at several other francesca's in chicago area this was the best dinner we had....we had dinner prior to a concert at United Center so it was convenient to drive to the concert after dinner.......great evening out for us
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh seafood & special order
    2thbuh
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My sister. & I took out 88 yr mother for an early Saturday evening dinner. She rarely ventures out but has a descrinaying palate. She does not take to the "early bird special" places. Although the menu had the same selections from my earlier June visit to the Taylor St restaurant, the salmon over lentils (my sister) was a generous portion done to perfection. I had the special, broiled skirt steak done rare which was fabulous. My mother was pining for linguini carbonara which was not on the menu. Despite being a busy Saturday night, the chef accommodated our request. It too was delicious & a generous portion (her lunch tomorrow) We will be back for sure
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Enjoyed the outdoor dining with the two piece jazz band. Wonderfull!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 225 reviews are from the Francesca's Fiore reviews archive.
  • First Parent Meeting
    Rocks81
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We brought our parents here for the first official meeting- and couldn't have picked a better spot. It was a little noisy, but everyone ended up speaking louder and probably had a little more fun because of it. Great wine lost, waiter was attentive but not intrusive, and the food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not gourmet, but a good meal
    Arlecchino
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I have been to this chain of restaurants before and Fiore was similar to the others. The offer a very pleasant, professional dining experience with good, if not inspired, food. The menu is small, but you can choose from casual fare (pizza) to dinners. Always a reasonably good choice. Well priced. Very inviting decor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Everything was perfect - food, service, ambiance. Couldn't have been better! They accommodated my group exceedingly well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comment on Italian places generally
    OpenTableProVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Why do Italian restaurants in general seem to be stingy with meat in their pasta dishes? "Meat sauce" should be discernible if it's listed on the menu.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner @ Francesca's Fiore
    eatsout
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We dined @ Francesca's Fiore Saturday evening with friends. Our reservation and table were ready immediately upon arrival. In retrospect, I would have asked to have our table switched, we were seated near a roaring Fireplace which, for a comfortably warm, Spring evening, became uncomfortably warm. The 3 pasta dishes and the chicken Parmesan dish we had were all very delicious, with portions all large enough to bring home leftovers. We enjoyed the wine and our service was very attentive. The Manager came by at least three times to inquire about our experience. Overall, a very good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Deliciousdinner
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We went with my parents and sister to celebrate my mom's retirement. The service was amazing, very attentive.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Revd
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    My shrimp diavolo was absolutely incredible. My wife really enjoyed her salmon, too. The meatballs and bruschetta and prosciutto as appetizers were very tasty. Just like Italy! We always enjoy Francesca's I, also, like the pizza with the egg! Ciao!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Returning patron.
    Outoftowners
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We were in the Forest Park, Il area for two weeks visiting friends and family. We are from the Cleveland, OH area. We were celebrating my wife's birthday and were looking for a nice quiet place to share good food and quiet conversation. Our table was perfect, right by the fireplace. The food was outstanding and our service was great! We have already recommended this restaurant to several friends and we hope to return ourselves in the near future.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch at Francesca's
    Kalena
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Francesca's Fiore was a great spot to spend a long lunch with a group of friends to catch up on what's been going on. The service was great and the food was ample.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter
    goofy
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The Wait Staff was fabulous. Very warm and comfortable neigheborhood restaurant
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful Valentine's Dinner
    SflawyerVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I love this restaurant. My husband and I had the special sea bass entree and it was fantastic. I asked for mine without the butter sauce and the change was made with a smile. Desserts were great, bread wonderful, and waiter very sweet. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very nice experience.
    Gerald
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Last Sunday, we enjoyed a nice meal at Francesca's There were 8 of us seated at a quiet corner table so no one was in our space nor were we in theirs. The food was delicious and the service was efficient. We all had a good time. Francesca's is a great spot right in the heart of Forest Park.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food
    RickVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Amazing food. Great atmosphere and service. Food fairly priced and highest quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and very accommodati
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Excellent food and very accommodating when two additional people arrived for just dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eric provided superior service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Eric provided superior service and the food was superb!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Befitting the name
    DTS5225
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    I used to live around the corner from the original Mia Francesca. I recall it as a great neighborhood place with good food and a great atmosphere, all at a reasonable price. This is a fitting extension of the name. The food - pasta and a good salad - was flavorful and well prepared. The service was attentive and professional. The management was a notable but not intrusive presence. Overall, a great contribution to the Madison Avenue restaurant resurgence.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slightly disappointed
    LLChicagoVIP
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    Francesca's Fiore was slightly disappointing. Francesca's North is one of my favorite restaurants and the food here was not quite as good. The ambiance at Francesca's Fiore's on a snowy winter night was lovely. The fireplace was going. The service was good. Only the food was slightly disappointing. I requested Parmesan cheese with the bread and was NOT provided with freshly shredded cheese (as was served with the pasta dish). The special butternut squash bruschetta was tasteless. On the menu, the mixed vegetable pasta dish indicated it included eggplant, but there were only peppers and zucchini -- and no eggplant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mixed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Three of the four meals were great. My wife said her mussels were overcooked. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Francesca's still has it.
    wilmcvVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    I had last been to Francesca's when it was a single location on Taylor Street, and it was wonderful. I was hoping that this expansion into the suburbs would maintain its quality, and it has. The ambiance of the restaurant was very nice - we sat a few tables from a fireplace, which was a great touch on a cold November night. The service was a little slow at first, but picked up nicely, and was always friendly. The pear salad special was delightful, and I had the pork chops, which came with roasted vegetables and a wonderful sauce. The lamb ragu was also delightful. Overall, it was a very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The tilapia was excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    The tilapia was excellent and prepared perfectly. I would recommend this dish.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a Date Night...
    vyckie72
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    The food was delicious and my husband and I really enjoyed everything about our date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Dining
    TD27
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    We had a reservation with multiple children. They did a great job with the kids and our meals. We probably should have dined a little earlier, but everyone was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I ordered one of their seasonal
    HB71
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    I ordered one of their seasonal special dishes i.e. pumpkin filled ravioli in brown butter sauce -- it was excellent. Others in my party raved about their dishes i.e. spaghetti with a medley of seafood. Unfortunately, the generous quantity inhibited us from ordering desserts which sounded very appealing. I was warned by the server that this might occur. Next time, I'll skip the antipasto and go for a dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably good dining
    Mark
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    Nice variety on the menu. Well prepared food. Moderately priced. Friendly, but professional waitstaff who seemed to work well together. Great place. And it's open on Mondays when many other restaurants aren't.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time won't be the last
    shoozieQVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    First time visit to Francesca's Fiore, won't be our last. Food was delicious, service was top notch and overall experience was just wonderful. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just as expected
    pacman
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    I expected high quality, fresh food and got what I expected. I've always liked the Francesca franchise for having an always changing menu, but with some regular items as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovin' Fiore
    HFFavs
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Dining at Fiore is always a treat. Great place to give an event, whether it's celebrating a birthday, shower or getting together with family and friends, the service and food are impeccable!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood dining
    Camille
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    I thought the atmosphere was excellent and the service was outstanding. Great food and staff. I would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food! Very Nice Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Francesca's have been a favorite for many years ..because of their consistently good food. ..Menu is limited, but A bit of Variation from the "typical" Italian dishes makes it interesting and freshness is always the key to their deliciousness!! Service was very good . .Waiter accommodated our special requests. . .and even cut my pizza when it came to the table. nice touch. . . . Hostess was also very attentive coming to our table 2 or 3 times to see if everything was OK . . .at the end of the evening .. seemed like maybe she was trying to rush us however, . . maybe not. . but seemed strange because it was late. . .. .But a beautiful night to sit outside .. to add to the great Food! and Wine! Hope to visit all the Francesca's this year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was great. My only
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Everything was great. My only suggestion would be that they increase their menu. I've never been to an Italian restaurant that didn't have just a Red Spaghetti, sauce, no meatballs or sauage. Veal or Chicken Parmigana.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • an aberration, I'm sure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    we're frequent Francesca's diners, and usually, it's very good - this time, not so much - mainly the service was a big problem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fanstastic
    SflawyerVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Wonderful Italian food and reasonably priced. I had the special which was a medley of seafood in a spicy marina sauce and spouse had grouper. Both were salty but delicious. The bread was wonderful as well! It stands on its own with no need for oil or butter. Our server was polite and helpful when I did not care for the cocktail I ordered. We will be back because this was truly a wonderful meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.