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: Scott Harris; Chef de Cusine, Damaso Espino
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • 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: We have 2 private party rooms available to suite your needs

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
89 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (50)special occasion (36)romantic (32)good for groups (32)fit for foodies (24)great for lunch (21)kid-friendly (13)notable wine list (12)hot spot (5)great for brunch (4)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Good food, good service
    Osolis
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I went to Francesca's on a Saturday afternoon and the place was very nice to look at. Seats were comfortable and all though our table for 2 was small, the plates were the right size for us to enjoy the space and not feel crammed how many restaurants do. The food was just delicious, our date and I wanted to get more food but were just too full. It wasn't expensive at all for what we received. Definitely going back. The only problem was that a few couples came with their babies and that was a small hinder on the date but since it wasn't the evening I can understand.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • valentines
    pizza
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We arrived 15 minutes early and were told they were 30 minutes or so behind there was bout 16 people waiting before us to be seated they clearly over booked that night after waiting 30 minutes host says its gonna be around 30 more minutes we just paid valet and headed over to pompei .we wont be returning on valentines day let alone any day after they ruined a special day.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went for valentines day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went for valentines day and really enjoyed ourselves. Great waiter who provided us outstanding recommendations all evening. Plan on going back
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentines day visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I went there this past Valentines and the service was understandably a bit slower because there was a line of the door and every table was filled. Food came out quickly and tasted amazing. Had a great time.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant, a must for all!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great food, great appetizers and overall friendly and professional service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have gotten different meals
    thrill
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Have gotten different meals everytime and have never been disappointed!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • POOR SERVICE
    MIKE
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    OUR FOOD WAS COLD AND OUR SERVER COULD NOT BE FOUND MOST OF THE EVENING
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Good
    Matt
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Had an early Valentines Day reservation (5:15). Couldn't have had a better experience. Great bar menu and craft cocktail list. Steak cooked to perfection. Wife ordered off menu and despite the crowd, chef had no problem making her exactly what she was craving. All around great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Day Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Francesca's is a classy restuarant and the food is fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lighter flavorful Italian
    cdgchgoVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We love everything about Francesca's - the attentive, unobtrusive, knowledgeable service, the flavorful fresh light emphasis on high-quality Italian food, fresh fish multiple options, sandwiches with either salad or fries without an up charge, fresh simple salads, daily risotto special, numerous meat options, daily dessert options, house made gelati and sorbetti, and the beautiful decor. I highly recommend Francesca's on Taylor for either lunch or dinner. They also have a back room area for private parties and a vibrant lounge scene. The price point is very reasonable for the service and food received.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pleasant atmosphere but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    A pleasant atmosphere but an uninspired menu and lackluster cooking.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is our place for all
    LFDW
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    This is our place for all occasions, everyone is so friendly, the food is delicious, we always enjoy ourselves
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Francesca's never disappointsh
    Rushendo
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We have been enjoying Francesca's on Taylor for many years. We usually go twice a year, usually a group of 4-10. We love the quiet atmosphere; it's full and lively but you never have to shout to be heard, The food is consistently yummy, over 20 years and I have always loved what I ordered. The menu is just right, and they seem to change it all the time so the selection is fresh and new. They know not to mess with their bruschetta which is the best anywhere because they know how important it is for the tomato topping to be nicely chilled. Their tiramisu is simply the best anywhere. The staff at Francesca's is consistently warm and helpful, always able to squeeze in an extra person, you never are made to feel rushed. A gem !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    ChitraderVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    have been going to this restaurant for several years and the food and service are consistently excellent. You can't go wrong with this restaurant for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed Restaurant Week
    DavidB
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Really enjoyed the Restaurant Week including: food choices, quantity, and service. I am looking forward to next year's offerings. Food choices were varied and tasty, service was attentive and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Risotto is outstanding
    TGiancioli
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    great mushroom pasta dish with veal reduction. Wow! The Dogajolo is an excellent red pairing.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Jerry
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Outstanding as usual, a great place for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 01/17/2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Top Shelf all the way! Great restaurant, great service and people, GREAT FOOD!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fantastic!
    MmaureenVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Francesca's on Taylor never fails to deliver a wonderful dining experience. The food is beautifully prepared and presented. They have a great wine list and dessert to die for. The service is exceptional. Patrick and his staff greet you like family and treat you like a VIP. This is a dining treat you should not miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tasting food
    Kayt
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    I love the food here. the salmon and 1/2 chicken were excellent, as was the mushroom pasta with tomato cream sauce. My only complaint is that there is no comfortable place to stand and wait for the 20 minutes past our reservation time. And I would have preferred a round table for our group if 5. We couldn't really interact with each other.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great!
    CstacyVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Always our go-to place! Food and staff consistently great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    ang123
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Food and service were outstanding. Would definately recommend for any and all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Francesca's on Taylor is fine.
    Jimmy
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Friendly greetings, hard-working capable waiter, nice special appetizer/first course, mains better than satisfactory in all respects. A little noisy, but Saturday night prime time with full house. No one rushed us, and everyone seemed to appreciate we were there. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Comfortable
    Gemfndr
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Very pleasant atmosphere, everyone was very pleasant. Server was very knowledgable of the menu. They had a kids menu which was a nice surprise. The desert was absolutely fabulous and the portion was perfect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Off Day?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    I am a big fan of Francesca's - but my visit on this date with a friend left me disappointed. The service was slow and the waitress got part of our order wrong. The caprese salad was over ripe and unappetizing and the cheesecake missed the mark. In fairness - this day was the coldest in Chicago this year -16. I also have never been disappointed in the past. They could have done better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience
    Blonderunner913
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Went with a party of 6 and though the restaurant is tiny, they accommodated our group. Food was great and waiter was knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'm a regular at Bulls games
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I'm a regular at Bulls games (which is tough this year) and am always looking for good places to go. I haven't been to Francesca's in a few years and was really pleased when I went back. The food was great, the service was prompt and thoughtful and the valet had the car in no time. A great option for a pre-game meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, Francescas on Taylor
    miaitalian
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    As always, Francescas on Taylor served up our family a wonderful meal. We have been to many of the other locations, and none of them can compare to Taylor Street. Our daughter and husband were in from Colorado for the holidays, and because we have always talked so fondly of this restaurant, this was where they wanted to eat. They loved it as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Location, Venue and Dining
    DMWL
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    The restaurant is located in the Tri-Taylor area and offers a regularly changing, excellent menu (although they do take special requests). The salad course was excellent and very fresh. The fish and pasta were well prepared and delicious. A good wine list and drink menu are available. In addition, desserts are very well done! I would suggest the front dining area as has better soft lighting and is cozier than the back dining area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for lunch
    Zeke
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Server was attentive. Seated quickly. lunch prices moderate. No complaints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special birthday celebration
    KimmersVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Everything was great especially since my Party of 7 were REALLY REALLY late on arriving for a 4:30 reservation. The appetizers of bruschetta and Calamari were delish. Everyone nJoyed their meal. I asked for a Pinot noir and they had Meoimi which is one of my favorites. The only stain was that my meal was not that hot. Could have been due to the coordination of 7 meals Overall it was a hit just as all of the others occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We've been coming here for
    MariaM
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We've been coming here for the past 5 years. It's been a bit of a tradition for us, and we look forward to it EVERY year. Last night, we visited Francesca's for our five year anniversary. Our waiter, John, was the same waiter we had a year ago and he ACTUALLY REMEMBERED us. I cannot express how good that made us feel. I love the "Rigatoni segreto" that you have sometimes on the menu. It was not on the menu last night, but I asked John if he would be willing to ask the kitchen to make it for me, and they did. It made my night. John also gave us an unsolicited complimentary profiterole for our anniversary. What a surprise. We absolutely LOVE this location and will continue to frequent it for years to come.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was very good.
    JandBVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Enjoy the food and the service. Our drinks were well made and the wine selections offered every price range.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Once we were seated, no one came over to the table. What was maddening was we could see all the waiters just standing around talking to each other. After about 10 minutes, my date went up to the hostess stand. It was much improved after that, but initially, inexcusable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience!
    doglover
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Went on a Friday night at 8pm with three people. Service was great! Very attentive and helpful. Ambience was nice and although it was full, did not feel crowded at all. I highly recommend the tilapia - delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food and Warm Ambience
    GraceVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    The pasta dishes were fresh, delicious and plentiful. At 7:30 pm the kitchen was already out of the roasted chicken, but prepared chicken breasts the same way. Also delicious. We sat in the back room which was quieter than the front. We did have to wait 15 minutes beyond our reservation time even though there were 2 empty tables.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Favorite
    KayeC
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    I have always loved Francesca's and they keep me coming back! Great good great service!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent Gem
    Adda40VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    I find myself returning to the Francesca group with the same results: consistently good meals. I particularly like the Taylor street location for casual business lunches or meetings. The food is always delicious from either the regular menu or the daily specialties. Whether you desire appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches, or full meals, you will be satisfied with your choices. I particularly enjoy their fresh fish or seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were on a time constraint
    corkieVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    We were on a time constraint and the staff at Francesca's were attuned to that. It is greatly appreciated. Our waiter was very helpful and friendly without overstepping. The food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    Francesca's food never disappoints but the service was gruff and rude, even though the restaurant was not crowded at all.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.