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Francesca's on Chestnut
Francesca's on Chestnut

Francesca's on Chestnut Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com
  • Phone: (312) 482-8800
  • Hours of Operation: Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Sunday Dinner: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Satuday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Executive Chef: Scott Harris (Chef de Cuisine, Martin Ontiveros)
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact Katherine Woods for questions about catering.
    (773) 281-3310 ext. 21
  • Private Party Facilities: Francesca’s on Chestnut proudly offers special events in our private dining room for business, family & social event for group of 10 to 60. Our philosophy of simple, rustic cooking served in a casual sophisticated trattoria setting translates flawlessly to group dining. Our private room offers its own cozy fireplace and can accommodate your desired level of privacy with a self-controlled partitioning system.
    Our traditional family-style dining called “Tavoli di Amici” (or “Table of Friends”) creates a lively and interactive meal. Group parties have the ability to choose from a wide selection of menu items to be shared for a full taste of Francesca’s cuisine. From signature salads to pasta specials, guests are able to enjoy the tastes of Italy spanning four or five courses. An extensive selection of wines and hourly beverage packages are also available if you choose. Our dedicated event planning staff will assist you in selecting a menu to complement your budget.
  • Private Party Contact: Katherine Woods (773) 281-3310 x21
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact Katherine Woods for questions about special events.
    (773) 281-3310 ext. 21

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Michigan Ave
  • Public Transit: We are accessible via the Chicago red line stop as well as the 151, 145, 146 and 147 Chestnut & Michigan CTA bus stop.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is offered through The Seneca Boutique Apartments at $16. Metered street parking and parking garages are also available in close proximity.
A word from Francesca's on Chestnut
Francesca’s on Chestnut located on Chestnut Street in Chicago’s famous Gold Coast neighborhood. Located in the Seneca Boutique Apartments, the restaurant will bring its famous rustic, Italian cuisine to the 180-seat space.

“We’re so excited to return to our roots and open another Chicago neighborhood spot,” says Francesca’s Restaurants owner Scott Harris. “We opened our first location on Clark Street in Lakeview over 15 years ago, and it’s very fitting that our 20th location should be in the Gold Coast.”
Francesca’s on Chestnut features an intimate trattoria setting with an antique Brunswick bar and a 40-person private dining room, complete with a private fireplace. Chef Martin Ontiveros will lead the kitchen, providing Francesca’s classic fare of zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. The wine list and specialty drinks are equally impressive in this one-of-a-kind location.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We have been to this Francesca's location several times and I can say it has been great every time !! From the service to the food , we have always been pleased ! They use fresh ingredients and the food is always prepared perfectly ! We always know we will eat well and be very satisfied from the moment we make our reservations ! We love to try new places but we rely on Francesca's when we want to new sure to have a great dining experience !!!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I brought 2 colleagues from out of town. They loved the place. The food was delicious Our bartender/server Jessie was fantastic! I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "My wife and I ate here on a Friday night. It is a trendy, vibrant, somewhat noisy, Italian restaurant just east of the Prudential building. Our server was reasonably prompt; the bussers were amazingly efficient. I very much enjoyed my pasta, which came as a very large portion. It was delicious. Remarkably disappointing was my wife's Margarita pizza. The toppings were sparse but certainly fresh. But it is difficult to describe the disappointing crust. It was almost tasteless, hard and bread-like; my wife described it as unsweetened shortbread. I might return for the pasta, but would personally never order the pizza again."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Very pleased with last minute reservation. Entrees were large enough to split and were very tasty. We truly enjoyed our dinner at this Francesca's!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "they are on top of their game and always consistent in their delivery. I cannot remember ever having a bad meal and if something isn't right the take care of it immediately, no hesitation. This is not only a testament to their ability to cook great food but also the training of their staff. Love this place!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Pasta with Pomodora was terrible. Canned sauce from store better. White fish served soggy an sloppy. Have not tried other dishes there but will not be going back."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "With so many great restuarants in Chicago, chose Francesca's for our one free evening because it was highly recommended by a friend. Experience was disappointing at best. Menu is limited (don't look for Italian classics). Pasta was gluey. Veal was burnt (I'm talking char). We were rushed as if the goal was to turn tables as many times as possible. With inedible entrees we tried desert, which tasted like IHOP blueberry pancakes (great for breakfast, but seriously?). Meal was so bad my companion went back to the hotel and ordered French Fries."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "As in the past, Francesca's doesn't disappoint as so many newer establishments do. Our food was fabulous and our waiter made sure we had plenty of time between courses."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We had another great evening with huge portions of pasta, terrific calamari and a wonderful salad. Feels like coming home to a neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The food is good and it's a good place for families. We went with our son and his family. His daughter loved it !!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Not the best experience at Francesca's on Chestnut Saturday night. I took my seven year old daughter as part of our annual weekend out together because until Saturday night, this was one of her favorite restaurants. Food was not good, sauce tasted out of a jar and despite ordering meals with different sauces, appeared they used the same for my daugter and I. Waiter was inattentive at best, not sure if it was due to a likely small check (one adult, one child) and not helpful when I inquired as to whether I had received the correct meal (he was a bit defensive). Sad to say, we will not be back. Very disappointed with the entire experience."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Although the food was quite good everything else was lacking, service, ambience etc. Tables are very close together so with the noise level, conversation was not possible"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This is my 2nd time at this restaurant, and I don't recall the noise level being so LOUD. A table of 4, we were shouting at each other to carry on a conversation. Add on top of that Live Music (which is a great touch but goes unappreciated as people just talk louder.) The food was delicious, but if you are looking to have a nice low key dinner with friends in the Streeterville neighborhood, this is NOT the place to go."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "What could have been great the finale to a beautiful day in downtown Chicago turned into more like school night at Applebee's. we had a reservation and arrived early evening but were seated in the back of the restaurant by a group of 10 teenage girls having a birthday party. We had an inattentive server and it was too loud for a casual conversation. Waited 45 minutes for food to be served. Pasta was cool, but good. Had to ask for desert menu. Wine had a nat or piece of cork floating in it. Waiter was put out when I asked for a new glass. Nothing exceptional at Franchesca's on Chestnut."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Disappointed that our table was on top of the music Asked for a quieter table and really wasn't accomodated. There were 7 of us and the restaurant normally has a lively atmosphere. Hard to hear!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "After reading many reviews from other diners and online articles, we really expected the best. The food we received was different than what was described on the menu. We ordered Farfalle Vodka and Salmon, instead we received shell pasta in what looked like a white cream sauce and salmon. my guest had also ordered the same thing and was also very disappointed. Service was sub-par. Not great, not bad, but definitely forgettable. I may return if I don't feel like waiting for 2 hours at another restaurant on Michigan Ave. It is an easy place to go if you are need of a relaxed place when you have kids with you."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Excellent and extremely well priced for the fantastic food and ambience. During a recent visit with friends to experience Chicago, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. A definite must do. I had the half chicken, my friends said the risotto was fabulous and the chocolate dessert with salt and olive oil drizzle was a plate cleaner. Definitely a go to place."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Over the years, this has become our favorite restaurant in town. The food changes all the time, ans is always fantastic. You can't go wrong here."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "It was great to see that the diners knew the small 3 piece band that was playing. They all waved upon arrival so were obviously regulars. Wait staff was outstanding and went out of their way to clear out table quickly. Food and wine was excellent. Salmon was excellent. Bartender very accommodating, allowed me to sample a wine before purchasing it. Lower level bar was really busy and had a nice atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Francesca's on Chestnut, similar to its sister restaurant Mia Francesca's on Clark, never disappoints when it comes to the delicious italian fare. I have frequented this establishment for years due to their delicious bruschetta and amazing pastas. I went this past Tuesday and had a great dinner once again. It's consistent in the food and service. Must try!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Francesca's is reliably great Italian just a short walk off the Mag Mile."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I've eaten there previously and recommend it. However, it was our anniversary dinner and not the best choice for us because of the noise level. It was impossible to carry on a quiet conversation. I'll definitely go back but not for that occasion."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We have been to other Francesca's and always enjoyed the food. This spot is no exception. Great location for visitors as well as locals. The pizza with the egg broken table side is delicious, but for 2 people it is a lot of food if you want to have a main course too. We had the risotto and the tagliatelle with chicken and broccoli, both were very good. I'm not a Gorgonzola fan, so the kitchen prepared my risotto with goat cheese instead. Very accommodating! Don't miss dessert!! Beware the large groups; a party of 12 ruined our quiet window table for 2 and also made service more challenging."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We visit Chicago once or twice a year and always try out new restaurants but this one has become a regular that is a must visit on every trip. Great neighborhood feel. Wonderful food and consistently good service."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "With an ever changing and always interesting menu, top notch service, and a casual, friendly atmosphere, this Francesca's, as they all are, is a terrific choice for wonderful food at fair prices, served in a terrific space."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Romantic, kid friendly restaurant in a great location. Food was excellent-great service. We all loved our dinners-salmon was fantastic, my kids loved their pizza and pasta. Great Cabernet! The real gem is the beautiful wine cellar. Would recommend!!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great location not far from busy N. Michigan Avenue, towards the lake, in a quiet neighborhood. Very friendly staff and excellent service. Nice atmosphere and very good food at reasonable prices for the area. It is loud. Our group of 9 were in the back on the lower level; could barely hear the live music up front, and it was not easy to have conversations. Might be quieter on the upper level."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We've been to Francesca's three times now. First time was at Bryn Mawr and twice now at Chestnut. The first two experiences were great. Good food and service. This latest trip however was disappointing. The menu is very limited and it changes all the time. This time we were unimpressed with the selection. The food was only okay (they really skimped on the pasta sauce) and the service was lacking. Francesca's was shaping up to be our new go-to Italian place, but now we have our doubts."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "In a sea of wonderful Chicago restaurants, Francesca might have stayed in my personal obscurity had I not ventured out from the Ritz early one morning and ambled past it. The delicate lettering caught my eye, and its location intrigued. In the heart of one of my favorite Chicago micro-spots, Francesca's is just off Michigan Avenue, north of the Water Tower, and between the Drake and the John Hancock Building. Francesca offers intimate dining areas and a staff with an uncomplicated willingness to please. The menu seems to vary often, and the wine menu is basic without sacrificing selection. I enjoyed the halibut with crab, red and green peppers, and mushrooms. It was complemented nicely by a bottle of Valpolicella Ripasso."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "i took a business group for dinner and specifically requested to be seated in the main dining but was put on the upper area over flow. was ok until they filled the remainder of the area with a singles dine around group making us the lone non part of the group table which was very noisy and annoying. having been here many times previously i would not rate the food as well prepared as in the past. was just ok...nothing special and very uncomfortable seating arrangement."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We googled and found near our hotel and ver had fun! Delicious !"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dining experience and would return. We were from out of town and we felt we were getting the best of Chicago."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Had business guests in from DC. Wanted to show them a nice Chicago evening. Walked over from Museum of Contemporary Art - Jazz night. Nice menu options for diverse tastes. Great service and food was delicious and plentiful."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Dinner at Francesca's was fantastic. Service couldn't have been better. Our waiter explained everything and gave us great ideas. Had halibut with shiitake mushrooms. Excellent flavor. Good prices! Nice wine list. Will definitely return! One of my new favorite Italian places. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The typical Italian food was good but was negatively offset by the very, very noisy atmosphere with loud adults and very noisy small children. It was hard to enjoy the food with so much noise."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "The food outshadowed the feel of the restaurant. The entire experience felt crowded and the service was average at best. I went almost an entire meal with an empty water glass, and the table we were sat at essentially had a pillar in the middle of it. The bathrooms are actually downstairs (which was fine but unusual) but were pretty clean. The experience was fine overall and pretty much what I expected. I walked in with a polo and a pair of shorts and felt right at home. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "This restaurant group never disappoints! Great food, great service...always!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Our group of 5 wanted to talk, and we got a quiet corner. Food was delicious; wait staff attentive but not hovering. Easy walk to Lookingglass theater at Water Tower place. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "A wonderful restaurant with delicious food. I always eat here when in this part of Chicago. It never disappoints!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I travel to Chicago regularly on business and Francesca's is a favorite. Their menu changes every two weeks so it's exciting to always find a 'new favorite dish'. The service is excellent and the food is fantastic!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014