Francesca's Tavola
Francesca's Tavola

Francesca's Tavola

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3115,3246
  • Phone: 8473943950x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Everyday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Dinner:
    Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    Wednesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:0pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Gabriel Arista
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private room(s) available for groups of up to 65 guests
  • Private Party Contact: Julie Ingoglia 8473943950x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1/2 Block south of Northwest Highway
  • Public Transit: Just a five minute walk from the Arlington Heights Metro Station
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet service offered on the week end
A word from Francesca's Tavola
Francesca's Tavola is the 9th restaurant to be added to The Francesca's Restaurant Group, bringing the downtown Arlington Heights area a restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio.
The restaurant is located within walking distance of the Central Business District in downtown Arlington Heights.

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Francesca's Tavola reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (59)special occasion (45)good for groups (43)fit for foodies (35)romantic (26)great for lunch (26)kid-friendly (16)notable wine list (11)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Food excellent
    SonnyVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food is excellent, however, parking on Saturday night is very difficult
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food great service
    bubsVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Everything was wonderful from the salad to the entrees, wine & dessert. Love the menu easy to order from very limited one page menu which it ideal. Cant wait to come back. The best Francescas we have been to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BobbieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Even though it is not an extensive menu as is typical of most Italian restaurants, Francesca's delivers all items perfectly prepared and very flavorful. The bread is crunchy and warm. The Caesar salad had just the right amount of garlic although the peppers were kind of unusual addition. The salmon had a wonderful crust and the whitefish was exceptional. We would definitely recommend going here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    THE PHYSICAL APPEARANCE OF THE RESTAURANT WAS SHABBY. IT HAD SEEN BETTER DAYS
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Francesca's Tavola aims to please
    mermaid
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The staff at Francesca's is consistent in service and food quality. The ambiance is perfect for so many occasions from personal to corporate. We return knowing we won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    SteakVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    All of the Francesca's are great. We had not been to this location in years and thought we should try it again. Very glad we did. The service was as good food. We would most certainly go back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Atmosphere. Food lacking.
    Runmom
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The service and atmosphere was wonderful and typical of all of the Francesca's restaurants, but the food was a disappointment. The "special" salad was very average, chopped heart of palm, avocado and tomato. I ordered the pork chop special and they were the driest pork chops I have ever had. Saving grace was the delicious risotto underneath them. I will stick to pasta and traditional salads the next time, as those have always been good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday celebration
    kbtaichi
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Nice and roomy table for 6. Conversation appropriate. No rush..Great portions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charlieVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Once again, our waiter, Zack, outdid himself in providing friendly, courteous, and efficient service. When the kitchen screwed up on the order, he took care of it immediately and apologized.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    Kath
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Our waiter, Kenny did a great job. Food was good and hot. It's a great place that we can walk to.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food and great service!
    Jeannemcham
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I always enjoy going to Francesca's! The price is reasonable, the food delicious, and the service great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We have dined here many times, we always know the food is fresh and the menu is varied. I like that they will accommodate a change in a certain dish to make it more pleasing and I like that they offer a half order of pasta, since it is vast. Will go back any time. And the service is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • At this rate will be closing soon..
    CHICAGOFOODROCKS
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Disappointing is an understatement! Drinks off their own drink menu took 20 mins and two were poured incorrectly. Menu was not consistent with their Italian theme. Entrees came out cold and 2 of the 4 were not edible. For a Saturday night we were originally surprised by all the empty tables....we found out why by the end of the night!! We will not be going back! One bright spot was their support staff servers. They were running all over the place making up for mistakes by the wait staff.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Senior Citizen
    Reunion59
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Lunch menu too limited. Sunday menu excellent. Gluten free menu and roll outstanding. Prices are just right. Wait staff friendly and are able to answer all food related questions. Good parking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Francesca's Dining
    Shytown
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was excellent. Wait staff were attentive. Atmosphere was good. Beverages were a bit high priced. Two beverages each cost as much as the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Francesca tavola
    LatrosaddieVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We have gone to this restaurant since we first discovered it on Clark street! We would drive there all the time until they opened a Francesca franchise by us in Arlington heights. We are so happy to have it so close to home!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charlieVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    If one wants excellent food with great service, this is the place. Everyone enjoyed their entrees and our waiter, Peter, was superb.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden gem.
    DbldVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I've driven by so many times glad I finally went in. Great experience good food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ljw54
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The entree I had was very good however the dinner salad was so over dressed that it was barely edible.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a Pleasure
    luvdowntown
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went to Tavola's with several friends who haven't seen each other in a while. We wanted to be able to talk quietly and have an excellent meal in an intimate setting. Tavola's delivered both. It is always a pleasure to dine there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Lunch
    YamYam
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I went to this restaurant with my family including the baby. The dish is very suitable amount. It is not too much and too small. Everybody enjoyed the lunch very well. My baby always maintains the smile.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Favorite
    Olive10VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Everything here is good, and the service is also very good. This is one spot the whole family can agree on. For dessert, try the peach pie!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charlieVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The food was excellent, as always, and the service of Michael, our waiter, was very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful
    goodchoices4us
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was my second visit in 3 months. This time I brought a group of people to dine at this lovely neighborhood restaurant and it didn't disappoint. Our meals were cooked to perfection and delicious. Service was well-timed and accommodating. I hope to dine there again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well done
    ChaucerVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Notable for reasonable prices on all options. With a some wonderful choices of wine, this place offers a neighbor atmosphere with high standards of varied options. Friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BobbieVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The service was outstanding both by the waiter and the bus boys who constantly refilled our water glasses. The chicken breast with prosciutto was very flavorful as were both the minestrone and beef barley soups. We would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Have been to Francesca's Tavola many times, and it always delivers. Also, on a busy Saturday night we were 15 minutes late for our reservation, and they seated us right away.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    Mitch
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Was hosting a client for lunch. The restaurant was very busy, but the service was great and the food excellent. I was surprised at how fast the food came out, considering the activity level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The only thing I didn't like...is the tables are too close together so I could hear the conversations next to me, which means they could probably hear my conversation.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MisterB
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Excellent food,service and ambiance. I had the halibut and it was prepared perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a Romantic Dinner
    GR8Dine
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Had a blast celebrating our 20 year anniversary with our friends. The staff was awesome. They knew we were celebrating our Anniversary and they decorated our table with roses and made us feel special.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love Francesca's
    KRod
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Excellent Italian. Delicious Homemade pasta. Very accommodating. Excellent service. Delectable desserts!! We live in Nashville now and always have to stop in when we are in town. We've had dinner there several times to include large groups 50+ for rehearsal dinners, baptisms, etc. Always delicious, always great service above & beyond. Love, love!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place for gluten free dinner
    Diner222
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Impressed with friendly, attentive service, tasty gluten free options. Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 61 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 773 reviews are from the Francesca's Tavola reviews archive.
  • Enjoyed the gluten free menu
    Carebear
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    While our server was slow an in attentive the food was good. Portions were large allowing for a second meal at home. The hostess stepped in to take our drink orders. The gluten free bread was made to order and they have a set gluten free menu. 7 drinks and 4 meals was 130.00. Felt this was reasonable. Clean and quiet atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charlieVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The Wednesday night special deal is wonderful. Michael is a very good waiter, too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Foodfanatic
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I didn't realize that the restaurant was having a buffet for Mother's Day. The food was mediocre and the price too high. I usually have a great meal at Francesca's Tavola which is why my daughter made reservations for dinner. I would not go back for a buffet there. They also tried to put us at the worst table in the restaurant, by the kitchen and the buffet traffic. They did put us at a booth upon my request.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother Day Disaster
    WillNeverReturn
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Right off the bat Francesca's ignored my note on the reservation that someone in my party was in a wheel chair. As a result they scrambled at the last minute and stuck us in a very tight corner. Then there was nothing on Francesca's website indicating that Sunday was a brunch and you could not order off the menu. We didn't find out about this until we walked in the door. I thought the price was very high for a small and mediocre buffet. It was mostly breakfast food. The other pasta and chicken dishes were cold. The service that the waiter provided was the only highlight of this whole experience. Francesca's made my "will never return" list of restaurants.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not4me
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Very disappointing. Was hoping for a pleasant visit with friends I had not seen in over a year and was Not even able to visit Across the table. Ordered, ate and departed quickly. I won't be doing this Again shortly. The management needs to better monitor and manage their parties and Large groups.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite of the Francescas
    favoritefoodies
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Having dined at many of the Francesca restaurants, Francesca's Tavola remains our favorite. The food is consistently good and the service is always war, friendly, and efficient. It's the perfect place for couples and families.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent meal
    goodchoices4us
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    My friend and I opted to share a main course of chicken pagliacci (I'm sure I've misspelled that) while each had separate appetizers. All was excellent except the minestrone soup was not hot enough for her taste. We were overjoyed that the restaurant was accommodating and had choices that allowed us to stick to our diets. We would recommend and intend to return.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.