Francesca's on Taylor
Francesca's on Taylor

Francesca's on Taylor

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3115,3143
  • Phone: (312) 829-2828
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday-Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Dinner:
    Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Dante Espino
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer a range of catering options for both pickup and delivery.
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate private parties of up to 130 guests
  • Private Party Contact: Katherine Woods 7732813310x21
  • Entertainment: We currently offer live Jazz and $5.00 Martini's every Thursday!! Please call for dates and times.
  • Special Events: Live Jazz every Thursday night.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Loomis
  • Public Transit: Blue Line Harrison/Racine stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet offered during lunch and dinner ($8.00 Lunch, $10.00 Dinner)
    Side Streets are zoned for residents. Metered Parking available on Taylor Street
A word from Francesca's on Taylor
The 4th member of The Francesca's Restaurant Group, Francesca's on Taylor features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Chicago Magazine notes, "It brings a new kind of abbondanza to an old Italian neighborhood." The restaurant functions under the philosophy to encourage the lively art of dining with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices.

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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Francesca's on Taylor reviews from OpenTable diners
111 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (68)good for groups (42)special occasion (36)fit for foodies (34)romantic (30)great for lunch (30)notable wine list (14)kid-friendly (10)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Excellent Italian Food - no red sauce
    SaraVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Francesca's on Taylor offers excellent Northern italian food. If you're looking for "red sauce Italian" (eggplant parmesan, traditional lasagna, etc.) this is not the place for you. If you want seasonally updated ragus and delicate handmade ravioli book here! Your service will be excellent, your dinner will not be rushed and the prices, not cheap, are fair and much less expensive than comparative restaurants like Coco Pazzo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as always
    cooljazz69VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Been there many times, sometimes almost weekly. Staff are great and the food quality is still top notch. I like going on Thursdays to hear the jazz trio. Fish dishes and pastas as highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably great!
    IfromRush
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    This is a favorite on Taylor St. Great wine,delicious food,great attention to freshness of the dishes. Always love it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat Performance
    2timeoffender
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I have been to this restaurant a million time over the last decade and it still hits the spot. I had my favorite dish that is no longer on the menu made especially for and enjoyed my favorite tiramisu of all time. Even the bread was soft and hot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Birthday Dinner
    cdgchgoVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We arrived to be seated at our pre-set up table for 5. Sam served us and provided attentive, professional service. Everyone was very happy with our off menu grilled calamari and other shared appetizer. cocktails and wine were perfectly prepared and delicious. Everyone enjoyed their entrees. Pasta and seafood, chicken dishes as well as an appetizer of lentils and spinach served simultaneously with the Francesca salad as an entee were enjoyed by all. Much sharing of tastes by everyone. The special birthday dessert comped for our daughter's celebration was a highlight of the meal. I highly recommend Francesca's on Taylor. The entire staff goes above and beyond to exceed expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back to normal - excellent
    cooljazz69VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Been a long time regular here. Our last visit back in September was not so good so we gave it a break but missed coming so we revisited the first week of November. The staff was great and attentive and wondered why we had been gone. Turns out they had hired a bunch of new staff back then and they were still getting trained up. Their personal touch and appreciation is why we love this place so much. Fernando the host and manager and Sam our waiter were great. Food is the same as always - best carpaccio anywhere. Their fish preparations with tasty sauces are also wonderful but hard to find anything that isn't very good on the menu. I recommend the monk fish with shrimp - very delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    Lovelocalspots
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The staff was very accommodating since I need to change the number in my party at the last hour. The whole staff is polite. Our waiter was polite and tried to be as prompt as possible with the 14 people in my party. He was great. The food was fantastic. Everyone enjoyed it and it's decently priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    Chris
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Francesca's on Taylor has been on our go to list for over a decade. We hadn't been there in years but are very glad we decided to visit on short notice. The bread, salad and pasta dishes we shared were as amazing as they were years ago. With a few notable additions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Italian Fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The food was fine. I ordered the italian sausage with pancetta pasta dish. I would reccomend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must go!
    YumSeeker
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    What a wonderful experience! The staff are extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and not intrusive. Food was amazing! Bread was fresh out of the oven and still warm when served. Our group felt like we were visiting a friend's large Italian family home, it was cozy and we were well taken care of. We even decided to have a contest to see if any of us could drink our water below halfway down the glass before someone came to refill it, no one could! I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our go-to place
    CstacyVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Always our go-to place when we want a consistent, flavorful, relaxing meal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business lunch
    StricklyBusiness54
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I think this place was a fantastic place for meeting clients and vendors. Everything was just great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    we decided to got o Francesca's because we had not been there for a while. The service was good as always, but the food had improved. The salads were tasty and imaginative - lots of vegggies and blue cheese. The bread - warm and fresh- kept coming with very good olive oil. The fish was fresh and nicely prepared and the pasta was aldente just like its supposed to be. The wine list offers something for everyone. Dessert was utstanidng. Profiteroles with pistachio ice cream and great chocalte. I very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consitantly Delicious!
    TheWindyCityVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Took advantage of their National Pasta Day offer and thought the five choices were generous and flavorful. We added sausage to a rigatoni special that sent it over the top. Love this restaurant! The food and service are constantly perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thursday night live jazz trio!
    cdgchgoVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Loved the food. Brady gave very good professional service despite a very large busy section. Loved the live jazz trio. Did not like the icy blasts on my head and shoulders sitting at a window table along Loomis!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ronmon
    ronmonVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Food was ok...but not great which was what we had expected.Our only night in Chicago so a bit disappointing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Joe Murray
    Jbmrjs
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Worst service ever. Was there on 10/11 for dinner. We had reservations for 3 at 7:45. We were seated immediately upon arrival, but after that everything went downhill. I have to say the service was absolutely horrible. It took our server a while to even greet us for a drink order, and we had to flag him over so we could order appetizers. We then waited 1.5 hrs for our waiter to take our dinner order. He didn't come back to see if we needed more drinks, we had to flag him over several times to try to give our order in which he would say "I'll be right over". When he finally came over, he was rude to our party stating "oh your ready now to order". It took another 25 minutes to get our food and I would say it was very mediocre.
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  • Enjoyed Francesca's
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Despite the fact that we unexpectedly added another individual to our group of 8 and some of the group was delayed going to a different Francesca's by mistake, the wait staff was very accommodating. A very enjoyable experience. We were impressed with the fact that even though the restaurant was exceptionally crowded and the space not large, the acoustics were very forgiving. Not too loud, just lively. Would definitely recommended Francesca's on Taylor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An old favorite
    Charlie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I live not too far from Francesca's on Taylor, and go there frequently. It is dependable-- good food, good service, not too expensive. You always can count on what you're going to get. Like many Italian restaurants, I find the pasta entree portions too big. They are always good, just twice as much as I need. However, there are other dishes that are equally good but less daunting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meatless...the norm?
    AlwaysDiningVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I ordered the rigatoni with sausage. I expected some really good Chicago-style Italian sausage. The food came and after looking at the sauce, I imagined they must have minced the sausage into it. I ate a sufficient amount of the pasta (which was not that great) to reach the bottom of the bowl and realized there was no sausage. After telling the waiter he said I should have told him. Problem was, food was delivered by someone else and waiter never checked on us again until we were done. Coincidentally, a similar thing happened to a diner seated near us. To their credit, they did not charge me for my dish...but this is not exactly a convenient location or a great neighborhood, and catching a cab after dinner was ridiculous. Don't bother.
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  • The food was very good WOW!
    LemlemcoVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We has a great time! We will be back very soon. Shalom
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a perfect choice!
    francescafan
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I always enjoy eating at Francesa. The menu has new choices and old favorites so it's easy to order. The food is always delicious and comforting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great meal
    SaturdaynightVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We love Francesca's and were happy as usual with our meal. I had a pork tenderloin dish with grilled peaches that was excellent, and my daughter and husband both had pasta dishes they enjoyed as well. We split a caesar to start and they brought roasted peppers with it -- delicious!
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  • Service Break
    BobbyPVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Francesca's is our "go to" restuarant for a relaxing Friday evening meal. The menu changes every week, so never the same choices, and service typically is tremendous, as is the food. This time service was an issue, apparently a back up in the kitchen led to an unseemingly long wait for our main course. Despite using the time well to catch up with my wife and enjoy one extra cocktail, we did wonder what had happened to our order. Alas, the main course finally arrived as did the manager with apologies for the mix up. He clearly was apologetic for the long wait as was our waitress. Still a favorite of ours so we will be back and hope the slip up was an isolated incidence.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We had been told this is an outstanding Little Italy restaurant. We found the food to be average at best. The evening special pork chop was overcooked and dry. The serving size was very large. The service was very good.
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  • Bankably good every time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    For years, Francesca's delivers and never disappoints. Superb preparation of every plate. The heirloom tomato salad - divine. Lasagne was excellent. Fish is always prepared particularly well. Wine glasses tend to be on the smaller side compared to other restaurants but I'm not complaining. The food is terrific.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing entree
    JackStraw
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The bread pudding dessert was the best part of the meal. I had the Prosciouto to begin and my guest the Carpaccio - both were no more than what could be expected basically. The steak entrees were luke warm and were lacking any color covered in this grey brown gravy, which had no particular flavor. My guest does not like artichochoke, which, as it was recommended by the server, we did not realize was a major component. Poor value for money and disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Spot
    OnTheRoadAgain
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My husband and I were in town for a wedding and decided to meet up with a couple of friends we had not seen for several years. We searched Open Table and found Francesca's. We are so glad we did! They have a small, but delightful menu. We selected three different entrees and each one was impeccable! The atmosphere was relaxing and inviting. They also offer valet parking which is great since street parking is difficult to find. Finally, the service was great. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Birthday Party
    cdgchgoVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We celebrated our son-in-law's birthday. The food was outstanding and service from Amy was as always excellent. A good time was had by all 5 of us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GoodFoodandService
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We really like this place. The food and the service are great. It is a little pricy but not so much that we have to save it for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food was fine, nicely presented, and the service was good. Parking in the area can be a pain. Valet parking at $8-$10 is a bit pricey.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great food, great staff. Very accommodating. We were running late on our reservations and they took care of things w/o a problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fresh and tasty
    cdgchgoVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Consistently very fresh, seasonal produce, seafood, pasta, poultry, meats. Service is very good. Ambience is elegant casual, music is perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Francesca's on Taylor is very fresh
    cdgchgoVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I love the ambience and service here! Tables are not crowded together and it is conversation friendly. Vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, paleo, carnivore alike will be happy! Francesca's is very accommodating to special dietary needs and very willing to work with the customer to please. I recommend the fish, appetizers, salads, individual sized pizzas, the house made sorbets and gelato, the tarts. Special requests are satisfied if they have the ingredients. The bread and olive oil are delicious. The excellent cocktail and beer offerings are reasonably priced, as are all items on the menu. Everything is very fresh and changes with the market. Daily specials for lunch and dinner! Valet and street parking. I highly recommend Francesca's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable & easy
    MomSaysVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Francesca's group has been reliable for years. Roast chicken, nice pastas, calamari, risotto. I like them and they're consistent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Terrific spot
    restaurantmavenVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I don't often get to Little Italy but the choices there are abundant and I prefer Francesca's for their Calamari Salad, which wasn't even on the menu but they made me one anyway. Once I went to Francesca's Intimo hoping to have a veal dish, but there wasn't one on the menu. The waitress said the chef usually had some veal and she would check. Sure enough the chef made me a special veal dish and it was outstanding. That's going beyond the call of duty. If there is a Francesca's near by it should be your first choice.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Francescas will never disappoint
    Mela526VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    You will never leave Francescas hungry or disappointed. The food, ambiance is always amazing. I love that the menu changes so that you are able to try different entrees. If not, i would always order the risotto there. I have never had one that i did not like.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious calamari
    Natalie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The calamari sautéed with spinach and tomatoes is absolutely delicious. It's not always on the menu, but if you ask your server they can make it for you (and it's gluten free!).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deterioration in Quality
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We have been frequent customers of Francescas on Taylor for many years and always impressed with the quality of the food. The pasta dishes and pizza were fine. But the dish presente on the menu as Veal Scallopine was not what any other restaurant calls scallopine, and even more serious, was poor quality. In a restaurant where veal chops of Provini veal were often served (of quality comparable to the best I have had in Paris or Firenze), this was a great disappointment. Since prices have declined in the restaurant a bit, while prices in other restaurants have increased, I imagine that financial pressure produced this compromise of standards. Let's hope I was wrong.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little rushed
    PalatineDiner
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I am always happy with the food at Francesca's - and I was this time also. My entree was good - but the pasta special my friend ordered was wonderful! I felt a little rushed by our server during the whole meal - we were there about 90 min. The restaurant was full but there were always empty tables so I didn't think we were causing a problem but he clearly wanted us to move quickly through our dinner even though he said "no rush". I understand the trend toward really long dinners but hopefully this is not going to be the new normal.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.