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: 3128292828x
  • 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
103 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (58)good for groups (41)special occasion (37)fit for foodies (31)romantic (28)great for lunch (23)notable wine list (11)kid-friendly (9)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (4)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • My husband and I have enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/31/2009
    My husband and I have enjoyed Francesca's before. Our out of town guests thought the whole experience was outstanding. Thanks for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dissapointed in the food this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/31/2009
    Dissapointed in the food this time out...was last at Francesca in late November and it was fabuolous; just OK this time...menu was too limited and they didn't seem willing to go "off menu".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was the Best Francesca's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/28/2009
    This was the Best Francesca's i have been to, and I have been to a lot. I live in Bartlett, IL and I think I would enjoy driving to the city everytime to enjoy this experiance over and over again. The service was great, the waiters recomendations were spot on. Never hesitate to go with thier choices....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Francesca's is the McDonald's
    ORDandSANVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2009
    Francesca's is the McDonald's of italian dining - reliable, good quality food, you know what you're going to get before you walk in. On this evening, we waited over one hour, despite having an opentable reservation. No apology was offered, much less any appetizer or drink concession. In fact, the manager came over to reprimand us for making his hostess upset. And all we did was point out that we were made to wait over an hour -- with a reservation! I really can't recall ever being treated like we were a problem after such absymal service. Once seated at 9pm for our 7:45 reservation, the tables around us cleared out and the staff went about their side work. Our waiter was agreeable and efficent. Our meals were of good quality.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The atmosphere was friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/23/2009
    The atmosphere was friendly and not overbearing. The waitstaff was attentive but not pushy. The food was excellent and the wine I had was friendly and reasonably priced. This was my second time at this restaurant and I have enjoyed both visits and even though it is out of the way for me, I plan on returning again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We don't eat out often but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/17/2009
    We don't eat out often but when we do Francesca's always comes to mind. Especially the one on Taylor. Make a reservation as it's sure to be packed, especially on a Saturday night. The menus is always fresh! Something for everyone! The service is always excellent and friendly! The portions are excellent! And save room for dessert! The prices are reasonalbe for the quantity and especially the quality of the food. We hope it becomes one of yoru favorite places too! Oh and before dinner be sure to have a dirnk at the bar, they make outstanding martini type drinks! Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall Francesca's on Taylor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/14/2009
    Overall Francesca's on Taylor was good. I dined at this establishment years ago with a friend; although I remembered the food being better then my more recent visit. The service was great, although hostess did not allow me the opportunity to inform her that I had reservations through Open Table. Everyone was friendly. Staff also anticipated my needs, even brought my vehicle around just as I was leaving.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was a cold Tuesday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/13/2009
    It was a cold Tuesday night and we were impressed that not only did they have a private party going on, but the restaurant filled up by 7:30pm; food was good, service and friendliness by the hostess were outstanding! We'll continue going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome -- we went here for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/12/2009
    Awesome -- we went here for our first anniversary and the ambiance was great. Romantic, but not overwhelming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our visit was terrific. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/11/2009
    Our visit was terrific. Service excellent. We ended up with a larger party than we reserved but were graciously accomodated. Since this was a special occasion, we dined longer but were not rushed at all. We've dined here before and will certainly be back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had an early reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/10/2009
    We had an early reservation on a Saturday night. (5:00 PM) We were one of the first parties to arrive but by 6:30 PM, the restaurant was full. We were greeted and seated right away and the service was very good. We loved the Carpaccio and the Bolognese. The portions were very large and much of our food was taken home to enjoy again. No room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. I have been here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/9/2009
    Great food. I have been here a couple times and always have a great time. The food is fantastic and the wine list is great too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reservation was honored promptly.
    Mari
    Dined on 1/9/2009
    Reservation was honored promptly. Request for a bottle of wine to be waiting at table was honored very graciously. Even though the noise was loud, we were able to enjoy dinner and hear our own conversation and feel very comfortable. Food was absolutely delicious. The service was even better. Ricardo, our waiter, was very, very nice and attentive to our needs. We didn't feel rushed at all. My ONLY complaint was the wine being a screw cap and we didn't know about it until we ordered our second bottle at $33.00. For that price, a better bottle of wine should have been offered. Overall, I love Francesca's and I am looking forward to the opening of the new restaurant on 95th Street in Oaklawn, which is much closer to our home.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We felt the food was just
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/3/2009
    We felt the food was just average and the fact that the tables were clustered so close together made for a very loud experience. We could hear everyone's conversation around us, and I'm sure the feeling was mutual. Plus, everytime anyone walked by our table, my chair would get bumped from behind. We left less than impressed and slightly annoyed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent, as always. Swordfish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 1/1/2009
    Excellent, as always. Swordfish was especially wonderful.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our first visit,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/31/2008
    This was our first visit, and we will definitely be back! The food was absolutely incredible. We had a chicken pesto pasta and the half chicken. The half chicken was the greatest dish - we'd go back again just for that. The chicken was super moist and the sauce was unbelievable. The pesto chicken was good too, but nowhere near as good as the chicken which is their signature dish. It was a bit noisy the night we went, but it might have been because it was New Year's Eve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our favorite restaurants;
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/31/2008
    One of our favorite restaurants; always a good menu, and the service is top-notch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My wife and I are long time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/31/2008
    My wife and I are long time cutomers of Francesca's on Taylor, and they have almost never disappointed. New Year's Eve was no exception, Our table was redy for us when we arrived, the servers have always been courteous and professional, and the food has remained consistently good through the years. We had an early dinner since we didn't have a babysitter, and we were extremely pleased to find out how kid-friendly they were. As usual, a very pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was outstanding, employees
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/26/2008
    Service was outstanding, employees very personable. Food was good, not great. Ambiance was very good due mostly to how we were treated.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Francesca's service was very
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2008
    Francesca's service was very good. We had to wait a bit longer than expected for table even with reservations.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was great, and since
    Gerry
    Dined on 12/12/2008
    The food was great, and since my wife has an allergy to tomatoes, the waiter made sure that alternative sauces were used. We also had a very nice bottle of wine. Our waiter was very helpful. Food arrived hot and very tasty. We would definitly go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Francesca's is my favorite,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 12/9/2008
    Francesca's is my favorite, regular spot. It always pleases me. Invariably, the food is fresh, creative and delicious. The chef is willing to vary his dishes to accommodate special needs or interests and the service is impeccable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/3/2008
    The food was delicious and the pasta was perfectly cooked- the waitstaff was attentive without being in the way- nice wine list and all five dishes we ordered were served piping hot and perfectly prepared. The kitchen was willing to substitute and were happy to serve veal parm (not on the menu) when we asked. The decor is classy but cozy. We were the last ones there but never felt rushed... and the desserts were yummy! Fair prices and delicious food is what you can expect at Francesca's on Taylor. I'll definitely be back the next time I visit Chicago.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good calamari, bruschetta,
    LotusBlossomVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2008
    Good calamari, bruschetta, I believe... but it was a while ago...
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The restaurant was very busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/25/2008
    The restaurant was very busy and entrees were ok. Was disappointed in the pasta dishes we ordered. Very dry. Not enough sauce. Wait staff was very friendly but they were rushed. Overall - disappointing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic