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Francesca's on Taylor
Francesca's on Taylor
  • Address:
    1400 West Taylor
    Chicago, IL 60607
    Neighborhood:
    Little Italy / University Village
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: $30 and under

Francesca's on Taylor Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com
  • Email: taylorcontact@miafrancesca.com
  • 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
  • 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 (773) 281-3310 x21
  • Entertainment: We currently offer live Jazz and $5.00 Martini's every Thursday!! Please call for dates and times.
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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
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." It is the fourth restaurant opened by Chef Scott Harris, whose philosophy is to encourage the lively art of dining with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices. Anne Spiselman of Crain's Chicago Business observes: "A rolled-mesh ceiling, warm woods and geometric light fixtures give the room a rather clubby look, brightened during the day by light coming through the windows facing the street. And, Francesca's on Taylor takes reservations. "No, it does more; it honors reservations. Twice I made reservations, twice I walked into a packed dining room, and twice I was seated within 10 minutes," notes respected Chicago Tribune food critic Phil Vettel who claims this to be his favorite Francesca restaurant.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Consistently great food,service, and fun We have been here many times and it is one of our go to restaurants Mgrs & owner are great and responsive as well as staff Never had a bad meal!! Daily menu changes to add variety Delicioso!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We've been to many of the other Francesca locations. Never to this one. It was very enjoyable. We liked it! It was clean; the server was nice. The food was yummy. We had a bar table near the window, which gave us some privacy and quiteness. Overall, a very nice evening!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "It is a great place for all. I live the neighborhood & have always had an incredible meal."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I've never been to Francesca's before, but I will definitely be coming back. They have a great wine selection, fantastic calamari, and their entrees were phenomenal. Service was great, friendly, and attentive. Absolutely no complaints."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Although, our waitress forgot to check on us in a timely manner the food was good as usual. Eating here is like going home to get a good home cooked meal."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We love bringing friends to Francesca's on Taylor. The menu is seasonal, the staff is great and always knows what to recommend, and our kids love eating off the adult menu."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "My wife and I spent a lovely evening in this charming restaurant. Located in Little Italy, a great corner location. Food was outstanding--although if you are a light eater , as we both are, be careful, the portions are quite generous. Service was great, friendly, and they were accommodating in pacing the service to our satisfaction. We would be glad to go again."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "The service was outstanding. The food was very good I had chicken in a white wine sauce with lots of grilled veggies. There were eight in my party and everyone ordered something different. The owner came to our table and thanked us for coming. I would recommended this restaurant to others. We were not rushed to complete our meal and the owner said we could stay as long as we wanted to. Our party has already selected a date to comeback."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Excellent service, quiet relaxing dinner. Smaller, less traditional Italian menu, but very tasty! We will be back again!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Have never had a bad meal here. The service, food, atmosphere are all top notch. We keep on going back for a reason!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "After a bad experience in the snow and cold, we were pleased to see Francesca's on Taylor back to form!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Francesca's always has good food and good service. A great staple!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I had yet another lovely evening at Francesca's on Taylor. My server paid the right amount of attention to us and my pasta was perfect. I wish there were more less expensive wines on the wine list, but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Service was great and the food courses were timed perfectly. Mussels in red sauce were a hit!!! Entrée was pasta with shrimp, scallops in a red sauce....amazing food. Will definitely be back.....this is a neighborhood secret away from the hustle and bustle of downtown....Loved Taylor St and Francesca's!!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "As always, I enjoyed my dinner at Francesca's. My dining companions, who had never been there, enjoyed their experience also. The Francesca's restaurants never disappoint !!!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Our waiter was attentive without being overbearing and the food was great. No waiting for drinks or food,delivered in a timely manner."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Francesca's on Taylor remains my favorite go-to place. Food is marvelous, service is impeccable."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We picked Francesca's on Taylor to celebrate our wedding anniversary because it's consistently good. The menu changes so we never get bored with the options either. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. We will be back for sure."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Francesca's on Taylor is among our favorite restuarants in Little Italy and elsewhere. After a busy week, we can always rely on Francesca's for a great selection of entrees and specials, wonderful friendly service from the wait staff and a dining room where where my wife and I can actually hear one another talk over the background noise and not feel as though we are eating in the lap of the table next to us. Always a relaxing, enjoyable restuarant with great food, service and atmosphere to share an evening with friends and family. Never gets old or dated."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I usually eat at the Francescas on Bryn Mawr and had discovered a dish that I enjoy. I ordered that entre at the Taylor street restaurant and was very dissappointed. The pasta had clumps and shrimp overcooked. I nearly choked and was fearful that I would not be able to dislodge the clump in my chest. After that episode I pushed a barely eatened dish away. My friend ordered the same dish too and couldn't eat. I was embarrased. I've had good food at the Taylor Street restaurant in the past. I guess I picked the wrong item on the menu that night."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Good food, reasonable prices, traditional Italian fare."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We are big fans of then Francesca chain and this was our first visit to the Taylor Street location. Everything was great, from the attentive valet, the smiling hostess who hung our coats, and our server Sam was polite experienced and very attentive. Really enjoyed ourselves and will always choose a Francesca restaurant whenever we have the chance"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Were visiting Chicago to tour colleges. Chose Francesca based on reviews & location. Used valet parking (paying for valet parking is not common on Long Island where we are from) because the streets were packed with snow & ice. Host greeted us in a most friendly way discussing the NY sports team jacket I was wearing. Upon being seated, service was outstanding, but more important, so was the food. Had carpaccio appetizer that was superb. My main dish was Mahi Mahi in a delicious wine sauce with mushrooms, onions, and peppers. Rest of our party had gnocchi that was so good they wished they could take the unfinished portions w/us, but we were staying at a hotel. Excellent wine list, reasonably priced also. Will return if ever in Chicago again."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Ate dinner here before a concert at United Center. Service was fast but not rushed so it was perfect. The Gnocchi was outstanding."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great "after valentines day" day! We had a great meal and a great time after the holiday!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went for valentines day and really enjoyed ourselves. Great waiter who provided us outstanding recommendations all evening. Plan on going back"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Another trip to Francesca's, another home run. Food is magnificent, service outstanding. Fantastic, as always."
    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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Have gotten different meals everytime and have never been disappointed!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great food, great appetizers and overall friendly and professional service!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Francesca's is a classy restuarant and the food is fabulous!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service with a smile. Always willing to try to accomplish request, especially menu adjustments."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "OUR FOOD WAS COLD AND OUR SERVER COULD NOT BE FOUND MOST OF THE EVENING"
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A pleasant atmosphere but an uninspired menu and lackluster cooking."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This is our place for all occasions, everyone is so friendly, the food is delicious, we always enjoy ourselves"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "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 !"
    Dined on 2/7/2014