La Sorella di Francesca
La Sorella di Francesca

La Sorella di Francesca

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3115,3231
  • Phone: (630) 961-2706
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm
    Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Margaro Ochoa
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering options are available on premise or off premise. Please call the restaurant for more details.
  • Special Events: We have private rooms that hold parites as small as 8 to as many as 100 people.
    For more information on special events please contact our events coordinator Nancy Gerenstein at 888-937-9009 x152

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington
  • Public Transit: Five minute walk from the Downtown Naperville Train Station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available. Recommended to park one block north on Van Buren in the 5 level parking garage. There is also a 3 level garage located on the opposite side of Washington off of Jefferson Ave.
A word from La Sorella di Francesca
A Member of The Francesca's Restaurant Group, La Sorella di Francesca features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. The Sun proclaims, "La Sorella has, without question, The Best Italian Food in the Western Suburbs." Located in Naperville, the restaurant encourages the lively art of dining with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices.

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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La Sorella di Francesca reviews from OpenTable diners
135 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (63)fit for foodies (56)special occasion (55)good for groups (41)romantic (32)great for lunch (31)notable wine list (22)hot spot (19)kid-friendly (16)vibrant bar scene (9)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Food is above average but nothing special. Noise level is very high - both upstairs and the main room are big spaces with high ceilings with lots of sound bouncing around. Wine list is adequate, with only a few choices available by the galss. Waitstaff service was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Too noisy
    nick1
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was excellent and they were very accommodating to my gluten intolerance. We definitely enjoyed the food. However, it was too close seating for our taste. I felt I was actually sitting much closer to the stranger next to me than to my own husband. Also the noise level was so ridiculous that my husband & I were literally shouting to hear each other talk.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Francesca's I've found!
    kjhcVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This restaurant has a fast-paced feel, but you don't feel rushed at all. It's hoping on a Saturday night. Great food, friendly service, good wine choices. Bright, cheery feeling inside. Love that! There's a time and place for dark and romantic, or stuffy and proper. This restaurant is just FUN!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Food4thought
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My family usually comes here everytime they visit me in college. We typically enjoy the location, ambiance, and food. We were disappointed with so many things we won't be going back. We each ordered something different so I can say the mushroom ravioli and sausage and linguini was delicious. Unfortunately, our table was next to the where the waiters place the orders in the computer and the place where they store menus was so close to my mother's head we had to move our table. Secondly, the waitress was aweful and absent for long periods of time. We always order the calamari as a starter and we were disappointed with the taste and presentation. My parents ordered their meal squash gnocchi and linguini with shrimp and it was flavorless.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vegetarian couple's dining delight!
    HellenicOne
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Francseca has wonderful fare for delicious vegetarian meals. A Naperville gem! Our waitress, Debbie, is great. Francesca's a terrific place to get a delightful meal in downtown Naperville for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    Robert
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Outstanding tilapia and even better polenta. I know Francesca's on Taylor Street from when I worked in the city. Always happy with their food and service. La Sorella meets or beats their standards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food
    outtolunch
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Food is always superb! The Crabcake Special--Sauce was terrific!. Great food and good service. You can always count on a Francesca for good food and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Front desk folks are wonderful..
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Love this place... It's a weekly event for us ... Lisa runs a great restaurant and the front desk staff is excellent... Wait staff and bar team is all good
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    FamilyRunsARestaurant2VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Spaghetti with muscles and clams was really fabulous, my compliments to the chef.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh.
    Huzjordadi
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Mediocre pasta carbonara. Crowded. Noisy. Mildly overbearing waiter. I thought it would be good - friends gave it great reviews. Too many good restsurants in Naperville for this.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ray W
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great food, service was attentive without being overbearing. Went mid week so parking wasn't a problem. Been to other Francesca's before and this measures up well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time at another Francescas R!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a lovely dinner, only problem was the noise level. Tooooo loud
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • formerchef
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Nice space but was very noisy and one of the pasta dishes was way oversalted. They replaced it without any problem with another choice (shortribs) which was good. Rest of meal was tasty but not stellar. $185 for three with 1 appetizer, 2 salads 3 entrees and 4 glasses of wine.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Love to come to this restaurant for special occasions. We can always count on the food to be great and the drinks made perfectly. It is $$ more than we can spend very often, but worth it. The one thing we don not like about this restaurant is the high noise level. Lots of echo. This time we sat near the window at a table for 2 and it was much better...back further into the restaurant it is quite loud when the place is full. The food, service, and experience of eating a special dish makes this place a must for anyone visiting Naperville!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food except corn oil used
    LoveItalianFood
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Francesca's had great food and service when we visited on Oct. 17. Since it was National Pasta Day, there were specials on the pasta courses. They offered five pasta courses for $4 each. Additionally we had Bruschetta for an appetizer and the Pollo Arrost alla Romano (half chicken and roasted potatoes seasoned with garlice, rosemary, and lemon). Overall the dinner was outstanding. The place was very busy but the service was excellent. The only thing that brought the dining experience down a notch was the use of corn oil (not olive oil, corn oil!) in the decanters on the table. I did not realize this until I saw our server refilling the decanters. Overall I would still highly recommend this restaurant, but avoid the corn oil with the bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & Great Service
    NeighborhoodGemVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    With so many restaurants and especially Italian restaurants in Chicago to choose from . . . this is a stand out! I am looking forward to bringing friends & family back here!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great short ribs polenta and server
    JmglgVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We got there really early at 5pm because we were going to a book signing nearby at the bookstore in downtown Naperville. We asked our server if she had any recommendations. She indicated the short ribs and polenta were outstanding. It was a cold rainy night so we both ended up ordering them. Both of us agreed we would drive here again to have this delicious dish, even though we live 15 miles away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but yummy
    Michael
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    As always, we enjoyed our dinner at Francesca. It happened to be a busy night with large groups in the dining room, so the noise level was distracting for a small group conversation. Nevertheless, the service was good, and the food delicious! Will come back again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    WillyVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Had the spare ribs which is new on the autumn menu, and I loved it. Service was a bit slow on Friday night, but that appeared to be due to our particular server. Overall a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always amazing
    Kris
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    No other restaurant in Naperville compares. Everything from the service to the food to the ambiance makes dining here a true pleasure. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, but noisy.
    Tbarr
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Hadn't been in quite a while. The menu has improved. All of the food was excellent. The venue, like all Francescas is very noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable dinner!
    Susan
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Nice evening with my daughter and her friend for North Central Family Weeked. Perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy with food and service for 6
    2dine4
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    When I made the reservation for six, telling them it included 4 from out of town, I requested a "calm location" in the restaurant, as it can be quite noisy and crowded. They gave us a wonderful table in an alcove next to the windows in front, it was great. The food was consistent, I really liked my chicken and the others said they were very happy. Could not believe how crowded downtown Naperville was on a rainy Thursday. At any rate, Francesca's came through on all counts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impromptu date night was the best!
    collmatt
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Asked for a window seat but guests weren't quite done - took another table and was told that one just opened - perfect! A little slow getting our bread and oil to 2nd table (had to ask - new server didn't bring any) - but great special "honey" menu - great wine - thoroughly enjoyed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Service
    JNikVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Horrible service. Got one drink and left. There was one waiter for 16 tables and a bus boy as the bartender.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food choices
    OJazzVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The gluten free menu was as large as the regular menu! That was great but the food was excellent! Exceeded our expectations! Our waiter wasn't the best but above average. We will dine there again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    DiningNerd
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We are frequent diners at La Sorella. The service is attentive and the food wonderful. They have made a few menu changes recently, which we have enjoyed. My only suggestion would be to switch back to classical music. The wood floors, tightly packed tables, and bare walls already make for an "energetic" noise level. BTW, there is a small room upstairs that holds about 8 to 10 people, which is perfect for a small get together.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as Always
    WinfieldManVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Excellent experience yet again. We each had fish dishes - salmon and grouper - and they were outstanding. Servers and waitstaff are extremely attentive but don't push or make you feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Menu improved
    FamilyRunsARestaurant2VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    For years I have been saying that they needed to make the menu and they finally got rid of the handwriting you sometimes couldn't read and went to a menu that is printed. The food and service was very good as usual. We were seated immediately and pasta was hot and tasty.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderfull dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Dining at La Sorelia di Francesca in Naperville is a truly wonderful, relaxing experience. The wait staff is attentive but not intrusive. Drinks are superb and the wine list includes something for every taste and budget...and the food is the best! From the asparagus, tomato and blue cheese salad to the roasted chicken and potatoes, the ricotta gnocchi and the fabulous key lime pie, each member of our dining party enjoyed dining in this Naperville standout. Francesca hits the mark from honoring a special table request to the perfect timing of meal service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and food
    Midwestern2dine
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A definite recommend. Great service and fantastic food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Very Good
    AuroraDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    One of the things I like about the Francesca's restaurants is the consistency. You can always expect a good meal at any of the Francesca's locations.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great
    peterbray
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    With La Sorella di Francesca, you can count on three things: 1. World class Italian food 2. Attentive and personalized service 3. A memorable dining experience If I want an extraordinary dining experience that's consistently terrific and always memorable, this is where my wife and I go. If I have family, guests, and/or business associates I need to impress, this is where we go. Francesca's would put any Italian restaurant in New York, San Francisco, LA - heck Rome, Florence or Bari - to shame. Thanks for being there and always making it great. Cheers, Peter
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place
    AmyHVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My husband and I frequent La Sorella multiple times a year. The food is fabulous and the service is excellent. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Wonderful!
    IndianaHemingway
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We have been going to “la Sorella” for wonderful Italian food for nearly twenty years; they have never disappointed us. For appetizers, my wife and I shared fried calamari while another couple had it sautéed; having tasted both we can attest that they were both excellent. As a main course, three of us ordered Veal Scaloppini and it was nothing short of exquisite. Some of our guests, who are definitely “foodies” claimed that it was one of the beast meals that have ever had…anywhere! As usual the service was top notch; our wait person was attentive but not intrusive and the atmosphere as always was lively but not too noisy. There is a new fresh menu everyday and, especially considering the quality of the food, prices are quite reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wildcat2
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The atmosphere was good. The table that we were seated at was actually in the isle. The restaurant was trying to make room for as many customers as possible. This felt a bit strange to be seated in the flow of foot traffic. The service was excellent. There was no wait time to be seated. The waitress was very accommodating and gave great service. The food quality was excellent. I plan to return for future meals at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice birthday dinner celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We came here on a Thursday nite and it was quite busy, very glad we had made reservations! We had a nice dinner: great salad, seafood risotto, roasted chicken and lemon chicken. It was nice of them to accommodate us when we asked for an appetizer that was not on the menu but they were able to make it! Finished with an amazing chocolate flourless cake with raspberry sauce! Had a great time, and will return again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    Hundals
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Really enjoyed the corner spot cozy and intimate, great service, amazing food and all done for a reasonable price!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saturday Night Dinner
    RedWineMe
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    They were very gracious about us being 15 minutes late and promptly seated us at a window table per our request. We expressed the desire to enjoy our drinks before the meal and our waiter obliged. The roasted chicken and halibut were wonderful. The restaurant is loud, but having been there before we knew that. A wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    203Teach
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The best. Always. Seriously always flawless. Service is fast and attentive. Food is different and you can order meals not on the menu. They seem to want to do well on every meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.