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Franchesco's
Franchesco's

Franchesco's Details

  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "I decided to take my girl friend out somewhere very nice for our anniversary and I choose to surprise her with Franchesco's. We both like the restaurant very much but live quite a ways away. Very glad I choose Franchesco's, it was a big hit!!!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had such a wonderful dining experience at Franchesco's! The service was excellent, with knowledgeable, friendly staff. The beautiful music created romantic ambience, and I cannot wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Franchesco's is a diamond in the rough. The food was delicious. Service prompt and friendly. Live music added great ambiance and romance."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My girlfriend & I came in this weekend to mark the anniversary of our first date at your restaurant. The experience was nothing short of superb! Eric was our waiter, who was very accommodating & the food he recommended was delicious. We ordered the coconut shrimp for our appetizer, the seafood risotto for our entree, & the tiramisu for dessert with a glass of Chateau St. Michelle Riesling & a cup of espresso to compliment the whole dining experience. The decor & ambiance of the restaurant could be best described as romantic & luxurious. I would definitely recommend this establishment to anyone who is looking for a nice, quiet night out with a group or a romantic evening with a significant other. Cheers!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We visit Francesco's a few times a year, and it never disappoints. The warm atmosphere is great for a romantic dinner for two or for a special occasion dinner for a group. The live music in the dining room adds a first-class touch. The waitstaff is very attentive and friendly. Will definitely keep going back!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had a very nice evening. The food was excellent, we weren't rushed and the tables were far enough apart to be private. Very classy atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "From the moment you pull up and park the anticipation of the evening begins, when you walk through the front entry you welcomed with genuine warmth you are made to feel that you are important and valued , the bar speeks for itself, the dinning room is superb, the staff is impeccable, the menu is spot on, the flavor really pulls through every dish. If you are ever dissatisfied in anyway you will be accommodated ."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I entertained some clients at your restaurant and the overall experience was very positive. The service was excellent and the food was very good. I personally had the N.Y. strip and I found the taste to be a little off. It was cooked to my liking ( med. rare) but it wasn't the best I've ever had, perhaps aging? The wine tasting in the entrance was a nice touch. I purchased a $100.00 gift certificate for a gift for a friend in the future and would definitely recommend your restaurant."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We travel 100 miles to meet friends for dinner and selected Franchesco's for reviews on both Open Table and Yelp and both were spot on correct with their recommending reviews. The location, service and food selection was perfect for our group of four. These guys are the real deal and I have put them on my short list of fine dinning and a real gem you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Was a lovely evening with good friends each celebrating something. Mostly wanted to talk and be together in a nice atmosphere. Food was wonderful ....especially the signature soup! No disappointed comments were made. Waiter had to be artful about getting orders since there was a lot of talking going on. Excellent music that night.....live piano + trumpet! Were sorry to leave....will do it again, hopefully soon. Waiter seemed a bit inexperienced but was very nice. Some of the dishes ordered were Salad Francesca with blue cheese crumbles, Veal tips with rice, Sea Bass. Not sure what else. On couple split a dish and each got a generous 1/2 salad. Coffee cups were generous. Perfect place for a reunion dinner with friends who like to talk."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our family spent the day at the funeral and burial of my husband's mother. I thought Franchesco's would be a great spot to unwind after a long, exhausting day.. I was so right. What a wonderful evening we had. Our server was one of the best I've ever had. Not only was he attentive to the needs of the adults, he treated the baby in our party like a little prince. Once he found out why we were there, he was so compassionate and empathetic. Our food was excellent and exactly as ordered. But, it was our server who made the evening so special. We all agreed we will come back to Franchesco's for special occasions or just a night out. Thank you for making the end of a rough day so enjoyable."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I've been to Franchesco's for luncheons, family dinners, and functions. This was an anniversary dinner for two and was a great choice. White linen, pleasant wait staff, good food. Live Piano music made for a fantastic dining experience. There is an outdoor deck and a bar as well, that we did not check out, but both looked excellent for a summer evening dinner."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Don't much care for the no hat policy. As a cancer survivor, my head gets cold. And I don't like being patronized/told to take my hat off."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Good food on special occasion. The seats were comfortable and the prices reasonable.ihave been there many times before and will go again. The bookbinders soup was excellent."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We arrived a few minutes before our reservation was told that we would have a short wait. We visited the bar and ordered drinks. the staff was nice but after fifteen minutes still no drinks and we had been called to our table. The drinks arrived as we were being seated. the menu is not overly large so choosing what to eat was simple. We had scallop appetizer very good a bit underdone, and only two scallop's not worth the fifteen dollar price tag. Both entree's were good although again portion size is small. Very nice place to visit for a special occasion, but to pricey for the average person to frequent on a regular basis. But a special occasion it is nice."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We chose Franchesco's because it is romantic and the food is great. The service is second to none. We had a great dinner."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Honestly, we were a little nervous about finding a good place to eat when we arrived at our hotel in Rockford. I had found Franchesco's online and we decided to give it a try. It's a stunning restaurant with an old school Italian vibe. I loved the ambiance. It's very romantic, quiet and charming. Our waiter was so young! But, he was polite, helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. We really enjoyed talking to him. The food was fabulous. We had bacon wrapped shrimp to start that was excellent. My husband had the Boursin filet and it was perfectly done. I had baked penne with meatballs that was also excellent. We really enjoyed our experience at Franchesco's. If we ever go back to Rockford we will for sure dine here again!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We walked in and had very high hopes. The photos on line show white table clothes and water features. At first it was exactly as we had thought. We were sitting there enjoying what I felt was very good food and having a conversation when suddenly the thunder of the DJ started shaking the joint. As it turned out there was a wedding reception in the next room. This would not have bothered me had it been say 9 or 10 pm, but it was 645pm. I wonder what it would have been like to sit there for the entire meal with this thunderous racket? I am disappointed for sure. Perhaps a Sunday night would be safer.... but is that really a date night?"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "we loved the ambiance and the chef inspired specials (salmon with rhubarb - yum) and the room and the piano / trumpet player on this saturday night was a very nice surprise. THe service was so-so -- obviously a new server because my appetizer came long after my husband's was finished. Plus i would have like to see a wine list because the house wines were not the best but none was offered. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My wife and I visited your restaurant on our 21st anniversary. The food was excellent, the service was outstanding. The food was exceptional."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Franchesco's continues to be a great restaurant in the Rockford area for me to have business dinners in a very relaxing atmosphere . Good food good service ,friendly staff."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We dined on the patio Wednesday evening and listened to Mark Reed and Waddy. The music and food were great! We had the steak taco's,( just the right portion and delicious) and the risotto (equally delicious)!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Both the food and the service was great. We ate in the main dining area. During our dining experience,there was a person playing the piano.Very relaxing while eating.Would recommend this place for lunch or dinner.Either inside or at the outdoor dining area."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The service and food were both fantastic, would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We had our parents 50th wedding anniversary dinner celebration with our party of 12. The staff was really kind and caring attending to us like family. The restaurant itself has a happy energy great for dinner and a drink in the bar to follow up. We had kids and teens so a great space for all ages."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "First time there. Really enjoyed it. Will come back again. Did not feel rushed which was great. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had prime rib and found it to be on the cold side and very bland. It showed I had a choice of baked potato or au graten with the prime rib, I chose au graten and got both, but was charged $7 for the au graten. The atmosphere very nice, but on the noisy side. Very disapponted with the meal."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our dining experience. The food was fabulous. The atmosphere was enjoyable, romantic, yet suitable for a family. Great for any occasion."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Had our wedding party here and just as special as 2 years ago. Patio was perfect Saturday. Trumpet and piano perfect. Bar. Perfect. Service as friendly as ever. Keep up the great work. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The service was wonderful; it was our 34th wedding anniversary and we had a delicious meal! The man at the piano and the trumpeter were a wonderful addition to the ambiance! Franchesco's is the kind of place you would find in the suburbs, but we are lucky enough to have it here in Rockford!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great place for a special occasion. Great wine, appetizers, bread, salad and main course. Excellent place to celebrate a special occasion"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "already been before at Francesco's, always a nice place to come back! Had dinner with my fiance on the patio, really enjoyed the typical Italian appetizer; carpaccio and bruschetta wonderfully wet with Sonoma Chardonnay. We had then well done entrees, all professionally and friendly served by our waitress. What else to say... Go there and enjoy! You'll not regret! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The food was fair, nothing that wonderful. Our bread didn't come out until the meal was served, and then with no butter or olive oil, like you would expect in an Italian restaurant. The restaurant is beautiful, but I wouldn't go back just for that. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "My wife and I visited celebrating our 5th anniversary and had a great time. The food was excellent, as was the wait staff and the live music was highly enjoyable. This was a great experience, but a bit pricey to visit on a regular basis for us."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Rockford has a gem of a place here.You cannot go wrong,From pizza to steaks and everything in between. Fantastic."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Easily one of the best restaurants in the Rockford area!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "My family and I have been coming to Francesco's for several years now. We have celebrated many special occasions over the years. We enjoy the food. service, and ambience. It is always a delightful dining experience."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Have dined there before. A little pricey. I asked for a specific pasta which the waiter said would not be a problem and received the pasta that I did not request. The waiter brought a complimentary glass of wine which I thought was great customer service. The noise level was a little annoying,especially the live music...way too loud! Should be soft background music to fit the ambiance of the restaurant, not where you have to feel like you're talking over the music to be heard. Had a difficult time hearing my fellow diners' conversations. All in all, I would dine there again."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Another pleasing experience dining out...we like the new menu structure...pay as you go!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Franchesco's is a great place to go for a memorable meal. We were shown to our booth right at our reservation time and our waitress was there almost immediately to take our drink order. We ordered the coconut shrimp appetizer and it came with 8 medium shrimp that were delicious. While we were enjoying them the owner came over to welcome us. A few minutes later he brought us another appetizer?? He said the first had the wrong shrimp, they should have been jumbo. We couldn't eat another appitizer but he said that's fine take it home and enjoy it tomorrow. That was above and beyond but that's the kind of establishment Franchesco's is. We always enjoy our meals there."
    Dined on 4/5/2014