Francesca's Tavola
Francesca's Tavola

Francesca's Tavola

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3115,3246
  • Phone: (847) 394-3950
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Everyday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Dinner:
    Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    Wednesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • 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
  • Catering: Francesca's Tavola offers large scale and small scale catering options. Please contact our restaurant for more details.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a private room that holds up to 65 guests. Our restaurant can accommodate up to 275 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Julie Ingoglia 8473943950x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Three blocks 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 weekends.
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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Francesca's Tavola reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (55)special occasion (41)good for groups (38)fit for foodies (38)romantic (25)great for lunch (22)notable wine list (16)kid-friendly (16)vibrant bar scene (7)hot spot (6)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • always amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I love how the menu always changes to offer amazing seasonal food. It's fun to come here and try something new every time. The service is always great, and of course you have to try the dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wife's 55th
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We celebrated my wife's 55th birthday with two other couples who we have known for years. I made the reservation a week in advance and they clued to confirm the day of the event. When we arrived 10 min. early our table was ready and we were warmly greeted and seated. The waitress was friendly, helpful and attentive. Our friends arrived shortly and we were guided to our table. The waitress came by and took drink orders and then we were given time to meet, greet, settle in and enjoy our drinks. The waitress stopped by to refresh our drinks and walked us through the menu and answer questions. We placed our order and the food was fabulous in appearance, taste and portions. Everyone was pleased. We finished by sharing several desserts which were excellent as well. Thank you for a great evening!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfext birthday dinner!
    Sandra16
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    6 of us dined out Saturday for my husbands birthday and had a fabulous evening! Dinner, wine, service and table were all an A+!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service and Food
    Cubbie
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great service from Chrissy - Didn't rush one course to the next - let us have time to enjoy our company before bringing the next course. I had the Rigatoni con Pollo and it wa excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JimboVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The dinner was OK, not great not bad. The service was good not great not bad. Overall it was a fair experience. I can not say that I would recommend Francesca's to a friend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    A wonderful, friendly place to go. Service is exceptional and very helpful in explaining the menu
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Fancesca's has great food and great service! Recommend 5 stars!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply the best
    sandybeaches
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food was fabulous! They even made an item that was not on the menu that I had had there once before. The service is outstanding the portions were huge, couldn't wait till dinner the next night just to eat the left overs and I never like left overs
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    HeyJudeVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been to this restaurant twice and each time the food was so special and the service was impeccable. They have a menu that changes a bit, so they will hand you a menu on a nice sheet of paper as well as a list of sumptuous sounding specials. Meat, fish, seafood, pasta - all are good here. offerings. All have been good. Save room for dessert. Their lava cake is one of the richest most deep chocolate ones you will ever have, fresh berries, mint chocolate chip ice cream, pistachio gelato, real tiramisu, profiteroles are generous. Berry sorbet made fresh and will wow you. Definitely a winner. You will want to return again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the Francesca's we expected
    DGeats
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We absolutely LOVE Francesca's Famiglia in Barrington. The food at Francesca's Tavola was pretty consistent with FF, which was great. The atmosphere and decor was old and tiring, definitely needs a facelift. Nothing special at the bar. Parking = nightmare even with the valet. Our table was literally shoved up against a half wall surrounded by large parties - our poor server had trouble getting to our table! Won't come back to this Francesca's, just not our scene.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed this time
    Dinegrandmother
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We have been going to Francesca's Tavola for years and ALWAYS have been thrilled with our experience....but this time we were very disappointed. We were there on a very busy Friday evening when they had a large party in the back. Parking was a very big problem because of all the people going to the large party. The food was just not up to our usual expectations. Pasta with Italian sausage that we have had many times just didn't taste right. Noise level was very uncomfortable...a group of 10 women were across the room and they were very loud which made our dining unpleasant. We were a party of 4 adults and we could not communicate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed feelings
    Olive10VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We've been coming here for the past 10 years, many times with extended family, and it shocks me that on my birthday our server would be so disengaged. She didn't offer a refill on my Prosecco, or coffee to go with my dessert. Disappointing visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum-O
    GGGG
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Met a colleague for lunch, good location just a block from downtown and plenty of parking. The service was wonderful, but the food was the star!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Neighborhood Spot
    Tigerjoe
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I am from Chicago but do not live there now. Every time I am in town to visit family and friends I always dine at Francesca' Tavola and it never disappoints me. I and 3 other friends had another great meal there on Monday. I had Mahi Mahi with mashed sweet potatoes and vegetables which was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must have been a bad night....
    CC22
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I had the whitefish wrapped in prosciutto & it was terrible. The prosciutto was so dry, it was up recognizable both in appearance & taste. There was also some type of chemical taste to the fish. Another in our party had the salmon with pasta. That too was terrible & had a very strong fish taste- like they has added a fish flavored sauce to the pasta that didn't go well with the salmon. Two other members of our party had pasta dishes that were good-but not great. I've dined here &'at other restaurants in the family previously & loved the food- I guess this was an off night. I was surprised the place wasn't packed on a Saturday evening & wonder if this place is in decline?
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little disappointed
    HappydinerVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We've been here before but food was not as good as we remembered. Calamari was great but my husband's pork tenderloin was dry and my speghetti con vognole had way too much marinara sauce and too little noodles and seafood. We were disappointed, especially when this was our fifth anniversary dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Tavola and had an outstanding time. We were given a very comfortable booth, complete with a Happy Anniversary sign and a complimentary champaign toast. The service (Rene) was excellent, as were the food and wine. Tavola is by far our favorite restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic restaurant
    Japaneseguys
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    good atmosphere with cost effectiveness. Our family completely enjoyed the dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great grouper !
    CavalierM0m
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Loved the balsamic infused breadcrumb topping. Very tasty !
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charlieVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The host, Zack, treated us with great respect, and the service of our waiter, Michael, was only outdone by the delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food excellent
    SonnyVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food is excellent, however, parking on Saturday night is very difficult
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt Special
    bartsitarski
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I made a reservation on Open Table and in the comments section, I wrote that it was my wife's last birthday before our first baby is born in a couple weeks. I asked them to make her feel special. They totally pulled through! When we arrived and checked in, we were taken to our table which was specially set with a birthday card from the manager, flowers for her, and 2 flutes of champagne (ginger ale because she was pregnant). The manager as well as several members of the wait staff came by to wish her a happy birthday and ask about her due date, etc. In addition to the awesome experience, the food and actual food service was amazing. I would highly recommend the restaurant for the quality of food as well as the quality of service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    THE PHYSICAL APPEARANCE OF THE RESTAURANT WAS SHABBY. IT HAD SEEN BETTER DAYS
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 791 reviews are from the Francesca's Tavola reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic