Franchesco's
Franchesco's

Franchesco's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.franchescos.com/
  • Phone: (815) 229-0800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 4:30pm-9:00pm Friday & Saturday 4:30pm-10:pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking Available
A word from Franchesco's
Beauty, Innovation, and culinary perfection, only begin to describe Franchesco’s Ristorante. A new generation of Salamone’s and a finely tuned management and wait-staff ensemble, promise to deliver on our customers’ demanding expectations. Our continued strive towards excellence, will only ensure our ability to grow our Franchesco’s Ristorante family.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Franchesco's reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (61)romantic (49)fit for foodies (30)good for groups (29)neighborhood gem (22)vibrant bar scene (19)hot spot (18)notable wine list (15)great for outdoor dining (13)great for lunch (9)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (3)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Great place to go for any occasion!
    AwesomeNight
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I had a first date on Friday night and Franchesco's was a great choice. I had a special request to be at a table, not a booth, close to the band...and they delivered. We were literally a few feet away from the band! The ambiance is just right, with subtle lighting and light jazz played by a live band. White tablecloths add a nice touch and everything taken together makes the dining experience feel special. The main course was excellent and the salad was topnotch. After dinner, we went to the bar area where they had a lively jazz band playing. Listening to the band and dancing was a perfect finish to a great evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleased
    TKLZVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Excellent food and service, we dine here on a regular basis and have not been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable dining experience
    Gumbylvr
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This was our first time here. Great dining experience! Nothing negative to be said about restaurant. Highly recommended and look forward to coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    SueandAl
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Always assured of wonderful food and service. Enough staff in the bar area to give quick service and timely bill when your reservation is called. One small criticism, there was a reception in the room next to the dining room and the music was overpowering. The piano and horn player in the dining room could have done without the pounding base from the other room as competition. Our booth was on the adjacent wall which was distracting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Franchesco's
    PWD64
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was our first time at Franchesco's. The appetizers, salads, and entrees were excellent. The calamari and shrimp appetizers were excellent. Caesar salad was good, grilled romaine salad was very good. Our table ordered pasta, the veal Marsala and the lamb special and everyone enjoyed their entrees. Friendly servers. Saturday night was crowded but we weren't rushed and our cocktails and meal were served in a timely manner. We decided to chat for a long time over dessert and they were in no rush for us to leave. Price was very reasonable for the quality and quantity of food served. And they pour a good cocktail and don't overcharge you. Overall a very enjoyable dining experience and I would highly recommend Franchescos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2dine
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Always enjoy our dinners at this restaurant. The food is great and the bananas foster is a special treat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining and service
    loude1117VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    as usual the food and service were excellent and the atmosphere is always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Good Food
    Luvcris3
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The food is always fresh and delicious. The wait staff is excellent and so is the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First visit but not our last !
    Lexi
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Found Franchesco's online made reservation because it happened to be Sweetest Day. Upon arriving we were all pleased with how quickly we were seated considering how busy they were. Waiter was prompt with taking our drink order, and the staff followed serving ice water , fresh bread, and tasty olive oil . I ordered the Costoletto Di Maiale which was a fabulous 16oz pork chop with sweet potato mash. It was the best I've had in along time ! I really enjoyed my entire meal ! My wife enjoyed the Sea Bass entree . We both agreed Franchesco's was a good find and we would recommend it to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classy Joint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Wonderful atmosphere, pianist in the middle of the room playing the entire night. Very comfortable seating. The food was wonderful, the only negative is good luck finding a meal with an appetizer for two under $50.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Night At Franchesco's
    aria3
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It was my husband's birthday and we asked the waitress to "make a fuss" over him. She treated him like a king, even preparing Bananas Foster at our table for him. We brought friends who have never been to Franchesco's and the were very impressed. The food was excellent, the wine was top-notch, the waitress was so wonderful....even the trumpet player was fantastic and played a song just for our friends. The jazz band in Frankie's Lounge was outstanding. Overall, we couldn't have asked for a more satisfying and fun evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding *****
    asdf1234VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Very comfortable and great flavorful food. Worth going.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a treat
    Debbie
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    It is always a nice evening when we have dinner at Franchesco's. No complaints.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not a happy camper
    HappydinerVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The usual top notch experience definitely lacked on Friday. Stuck in the side upper level. Loud group behind us separated by a drawn curtain. No candle on the table till half down with dinner. Salad served before cocktails. Full meal and salads served, done and check paid in a RUSHED 45 minutes. Two servers instead of one. Not a good experience. Would rather have been told where seating was to be done. I would have waited for the main floor.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for two
    JakeandCindy
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Walking in, the appearance was great. The piano player was outstanding and a nice touch. Our server Michael was awesome, very knowledgeable, friendly and perfect. The food was outstanding, generous portions and tasted great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Susan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Food was delicious. Wait staff attentive but not hovering. Dinner was a little slow in coming out but would not have noticed as we were having a very pleasant evening except that we had a 16 son with us who is always starving.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never a disappointment
    pludster
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Top notch food and atmosphere. Always treated with respect. Requested a booth, which we usually do, and had a very nice romantic dinner. The music is always a plus. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Table selection
    Roma4food
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    My husband had NEVER been to Francesco's before. We invited grandparents - who are in their 90's. The main dining area had - maybe - maybe eight to ten tables filled so it was rather empty. My in-laws arrived early and were seated when we came. My mother in law walks with a cane and is VERY unsteady on her feet - and again they are over 90 years old. We were seated at the furthest table - right next to the kitchen. There were many tables closer for her. And my view was the bright lights from the back. There we no atmosphere no ambiance no anything.... except for the bright lights and noise. Had I been with someone who was able to walk easily I would have demanded a new table. So that absolutely ruined our evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in Rockford
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We really enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Franchesco's. The food was great, the service very attentive, the background music was nice, especially the trumpet player. We'll come back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Franchesco's review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We just love Franchesco's. We go at least 1 to 3 times a month. Great atmosphere, staff food!!! Prices are reasonable and you are well taken care of.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Real Gem
    ratpackdino
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    From the moment we walked in we were made to feel special. Great decor conducive to a romantic atmosphere. Choice of tables or a more private booth. Big wing-back chairs are as beautiful as the are comfortable. Lighting was just right and the waterfalls beautiful. Great music, not too loud. Great service, attentive but not overwhelming, and outstanding food. Cooked the steaks perfectly. Seafood was delicious. We will be coming back soon. I am from out of town but it was worth the drive. We can't say enough good things about Franchesco's. A real class act. It must be experienced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Bliss
    MelindaR
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went to Franchesco's for our 5 year anniversary. We had dined there on our 2nd date and enjoyed it. We requested one of the U shaped booths as we had sat there years before. We arrived 10 minutes early and were seated right away where we had requested. The wait to be waited on was a little long but the server was very good and attentive when need be. We were delighted to be able to listen to a live piano player while we dined and minus a group of individuals who arrived drunk and were a bit loud and obnoxious our evening went well. Thank you to Franchesco's for making this a wonderful anniversary for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    sweaver88
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was my girlfriend and my first time to Franchesco's. The two words I would use for the experience: perfect and exquisite. The food was amazing. The only downfall would be the price but your paying for the memories WHICH was worth the price in the end. One unique thing I got here was the waiter gave us what WE needed. With most sit down restaurants, they hound you, ask personal questions, try to be overly friendly just for a tip. Our waiter was there when we needed him and away when we didn't. It gave us more time to ourselves; more romantic.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friends8food
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Entire group of 8 enjoyed the food and service was excellent! The parmesan tilapia and lasagna were our favorites dishes and portions were very generous. And the piano and trumpet music complimented the meal. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Do It
    asdf1234VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Just do it and you will be glad you did. Over and beyond the flavorful food dining here is an experience. Our favorite is a table with high back chairs, not all tables have high backs. The booths are nice too but, we like the high back chairs you melt in them, I am talking major comfort.. There is a piano in the center that adds a super touch to the dining experience. Been around and this place is perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice
    Popper
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was very good. The only issue was we were rushed to eat our salads. The restaurant apologized and gave us dessert, so all ended well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Anniversary Dinner
    anniversarycouple2
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We walked in the door, were seated promptly in a booth that we requested. Our waiter was very nice and friendly. He helped with choices. We had a nice, pleasant dinner for two. The bookbinder soup was superb, and the french onion soup was also superb. The shrimp with garlic noodles and a breath mint was very tasty (but the mint was not included.) The 15 lb lobster tail was flavorful, but I think it was a little too done and tough. Our service was excellent, AND - my husband "did" get his mint after all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service spotty
    TKLZVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We arrived with a reservation and were taken to our table quickly but we sat there for at least 10 - 15 minutes before anyone came over. No water, no bread, no one stopping by just to say they would be right with us. We saw tables around arrive after us and have bread and water brought to their tables. We have dined there before and really have enjoyed it so maybe it was an off night but the evening started and a down note. The food was god , we enjoyed out meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too loud
    SuburbFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went on a Saturday evening with some out of town guests. We had hoped to be able to visit. There was a piano and trumpet ensmeble playing right behind our table and there was a wedding on site in a private room. It was much too lud and did not provide the nice ambience that woudl have made for a pleasnat evening. The food and servce were good, but the noise level took away from what coudl have been a much better experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Lasagna Ever
    Nomorecooking
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I had never been to dinner here, only lunch, so it was wonderful to experience the piano/horn duo. Their lasagna was heaven. The special bananas foster for the birthday guest was a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Excellent
    Graybeard
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was fantastic, we always eat there when in Rockford
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely Fantabulous!!!
    klwclw
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We came to celebrate a birthday. The food, atmosphere, service, everything made it a wonderful evening. We'll be back!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somethng Special
    asdf1234VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    They know what they are doing. Not sure if their history but their present is outstanding. They are firing on all cylinders. Comfort, Ambiance, Food, Service, Price. Just excellent. There ae only two places in Rockford on Open table. This one is soft, quiet, dimly yet appropriately lit. Has elegance, a great bar, outdoor dining and banquet facilities. Great parking. Address does not show up in my GPS. Actually on the Corner of McFarland and Spring Creek Rd parallel and 1 block east of Perryville on the east side of Rockkford. You see Spring Creek rd ended at Perryville but the extended it 1 block to McFarland and address doesn't compute in any of my devices. Good thing I've been there before and it is totally worth going.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Italian Luxury
    Overdressed
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    You almost expect the Rat Pack to walk in. The staff is excellent and the menu varied with a setting that makes you wish you wore a tuxedo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JohnnyS
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great apps and dinner was delicious. Good atmosphere in the main dinning room. Service was great! Entertaining customers was a breeze.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to celebrate!
    FunFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We brought my father-in-law and his wife to dinner here to celebrate his birthday and we all loved the food, environment, live music and service! The chicken madeira, filet, salmon and lobster were all perfection. We'll be back for another special event!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Good food, great experence. We went there for our anaversery and had a great romainic dinner. They have great live music playing, but not too loud that you can not talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    HappydinerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Been here so many times, I cannot count. Waited for table. Seated in side room. Waited over 30 minutes for entre. Server not congenial. Had to discuss options to personalize meal. (almost argue). Guess we cannot depend on consistency here either.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pete
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was pretty good. The atmosphere is very nice but conversation was very difficult, primarily because the piano was close by and being played quite loudly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good with the exception of......
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    When we asked for outdoor dining the response was no and somewhat curt. The prime rib was all gone by 7:00. Tuna was good, but served still cool in the middle.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet