My favorite Francesca's
More Northern Italian in style with lighter sauces, many seafood options, wonderful vegetable salads as well as pasta, pizza, chicken, veal.
Good bar - terrific Negroni up as well NA beer - reasonably priced
House made sorbets as well as richer desserts
Wonderful friendly professional service
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistency on Taylor Street
Even though this restaurant is part of a small food empire, this location on Taylor Street has always been my favorite. This neighborhood gem fits the "Little Italy" location. "Old School" chic, always serving reliably delicious well prepared meals at a fair price. The servers are excellent, very knowledgeable and eager to accomodate your wishes. If you have a favorite which is not on the daily menu, simply ask. You will usually get what you desire.
This is a great restaurant.
7/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great service! Thank you!!
Great service! Thank you!! Hostess was timely in seating us, wait staff was excellent - and took the extra step of informing us when our cab arrived. Food (salmon, salad, gelato) was wonderful as always! Thank you all!!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great go-to place!
Always a great go-to place! They never disappoint!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I enjoyed my trip there - the food was very good, and the drinks/wine menu were also good. The service was great; they were delayed with one of our group member's, but they brought the table an amazing dessert tray! It was delicious.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday dinner spill
We went to Francesca's for a birthday and our server spilled a glass of red wine on my husband. They went the extra mile to make sure everything was ok. The manager gave my husband a dry shirt to wear and they came by several times to make sure all was well. This is not only a restaurant with good food, but a great neighborhood place to come with family and friends.We have been here before and would come back, not ony for the food but for the welcoming atmosphere.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We haven't been to this Francesca's in a long time, but have always enjoyed other locations, so were expecting a good meal. We were not disapointed! The food was excellent! There were 3 of us and we each loved our meals. It's a short walk from my daughter's apartment, so we will definiately be back soon. The fact that the menu changes fairly often is a plus, as it is on the small side. The only megative we could find was the service was a bit rushed. It was a Saturday night, but they were less than half full, so it wasn't like they needed the table.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Super friendly and fun staff!
The food was great and we had a chance to try so many new plates. Service was exceptional.
8/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
You can always find a friendly face, great services and fresh food with a somewhat different selection every time you go to Franchesa's on Taylor. Been coming for years and our high expectations are always met, one of the few truly consistent great restuarants in Little Italy, and throughout the city.
In light of the Italian festival they called to tell us in advance where to park and how to navigate the traffic. What restuarant does that!
Love the place and the local managers.
8/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Francesca's always comes through
Food is always fresh and tasty. You will never go home hungry. Portions of pastas are huge and delicious. You have enough to surely share. Great salad also.
8/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
We have been to Francesca's on Taylor many times and have never been disappointed. On week-ends it can get noisy, but we just webt during the week and the noise level was fine. Our server was attentive, but we did not feel ruahed. The food and the wine wer both excellent!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We thought the food was very
We thought the food was very good. Wait staff was excellent! Will definitely go again soon!
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
It is always a wonderful time.
It is always a wonderful time. The staff is fabulous.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always our go-to place! We went with coworkers and had a great time!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
tipout if all is good
I love the local activity and choices, we will definitely be back to this place for sure.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everyone at the restaurant helped make our group of 7 have a wonderful experience. The food was excellent.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
nice for visiting with a friend
Francesca's is a great place to walk to, consistently have a fine meal, nice choices amongst pastas, meats and fish. After a few minutes, I hardly notice there are others around, yet one never feels that it's not being patronized; there's always a crowd there showing that it's a good place to eat. I decided to have the Bianca Pesce alla Paesano, the white fish with various mushrooms and loved it. It was a healthy portion so I brought 1/2 home and loved it the next day for lunch as well. The waiter was attentive without hovering.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our umpteenth visit to a Francesca
We are always impressed with the quality of food and outstanding service at Francesca's. This visit exceeded our expectations - even with a specialty entree that was not on the menu!!!
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had one of their new specials, braised pork ragu, which was excellent. I hope they keep adding new and interesting items like this.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Multi-Generational Dinner
My husband, myself and our two young children came for a birthday dinner for my mother. With little kids, you never know how things are going to go. I was immediately relieved to see the hostess had paper and crayons ready to go. There was always enough food and drink to keep the kids occupied, and our server, Sergio, I believe, was fantastic. Portions were generous, and we had lots to bring home. Everything was delicious -- from the bruschetta tricolore, to my spaghetti with scallops and shrimp, to the kids' pizzas. And the profiteroles, ordered as the birthday dessert, were super yummy. We all had a wonderful time and I highly recommend Francesca's as a place to bring kids for a lovely family meal.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch time retreat
Francesca's on Taylor is simply one of the best South Loop establishments
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun for all occasions
Took some family and friends there for a weekday dinner. Great food! Fun choices for all courses and plenty to choose from if vegetarian. Desserts are excellent too! Really a nice evening out, occasion or no, just go!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
everything was wonderful there. We did have reservations We still had to wait for about 15-20 minutes. They said they were going to get us a window seat however, they put us in the corner. The food was excellent, the suggestions were dead on, and the wine went wonderful with the food.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love excellent Italian Dining
Some of the best Italian food we have eaten. Service was outstanding and very reasonably priced.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The live music was fantastic! Great place for people to go who are gluten intolerant. Most of the dishes on the menu can be made gluten free.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dine here about once a week! Never have a bad experience! Always great!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
50th anniversary dinner for two
The food was great, as ususal, Sam was outstanding as a waiter. Ask for Sam, he will lead the way to great wines and Food , including dessert.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's all about the food - and the for is terrific, but if you're expecting the neighborhood to be anything like Little Italy in NYC you will be disappointed. Go for the great food and head back downtown for a nightcap. One criticism: service seemed very rushed. This was food to be savored, but it just kept coming at us.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Francesca's on Taylor always great
I've been to this location numerous times as I've previously lived in the neighborhood. The food and service is great. Never a disappointment.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Enjoyable Birthday Dinner
Been wanting to go to Francesca's for some time - finally got around to it. Very walkable neighborhood, welcoming staff, and perfect attention to the request for a simple birthday dessert with a candle. Best cream puff I have ever had. And while not all the wait staff helped with the birthday song, our adorable waitress was more than game (with a very respectable voice.) Dinner was very good if not over-the-top. Wait time acceptable and service pleasant and efficient.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great pre-race dinner
Had dinner the night before the Chicago Marathon and it was fabulous!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never A Dissapointing Experience!
Can't say more than that has already been written, I've eaten there dozens of times, and have never been disappointed with the food, or service, or the total experience. Just a lovely place to go!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Francesca's is my fiancé and
Francesca's is my fiancé and my favorite restaurant. We have ordered something different off the menu everytime and have never been disappointed:)
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely love this place and have been going there for several years now. The service is just incredible and they do the best job to make sure I have the most exciting experience.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service always consistently great! Our go-to place!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really Awesome Food
I really love this restaurant, one of my Italian favorite restaurant. The food is amazing. My favorite food from them is fruitte de marie (sorry for the misspell) and Creme Brulee. If you are looking for authenticate Italian restaurant, I would recommend you to try this restaurant, you wont regret it.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I arrived a little ahead of time, but were seated immediately. We were even given a choice of seating. We chose a window seat in the bar area, which was surprisingly quiet. The bread was fresh and hot with a wonderfully herb flavored oil, and fresh parmesan cheese. Our wine selection was a very nice glass of Riesling. Our entree arrived got and was prepared extremely well, seasoned just right. We followed dinner with the cream puff dessert, and our waitress even suggested sharing the dish, but adding one extra pastry to make it an even four. It was outstanding!
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Francescas is a wonderful "go to" restaurant because the food is so good! While the wine list is limited and overpriced, the griled calamari appetizer makes up for this! The group tried several dishes including a pizza, the mahi mahi, and the tutte mare special and no one left hungry or dissapointed. The portions are generous and flavors are bold.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Francescas is a sure bet every time and at every location in Chicagoland. I love the atmosphere of the Taylor location and its great for before or after dinner if you have any events at the United Center. Service is great and food is always great!
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I hit Francesca's on Taylor for an early dinner this past Saturday prior to a Blackhawks game. We had not been in a while, but as we remembered, food and service were both great. Restaurant surprised us with a free dessert in honor of our anniversary (I guess I had put something about the occassion on our reservation through OpenTable . . .). Overall, a very nice dinner.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food Can't Be Beat; Service ?
Francesca's was the only place we could get a reservation after an event at UIC. Stuck in the parking garage and called to alert them of our tardiness; they were quite gracious, saying they'd had a few similar calls. Arriving about 15 minutes late, our host was as gracious as can be and seated us immediately; then the throngs arrived. It took us asking the busboy after being seated almost 10 minutes, to get our waitperson. She was clearly under pressure - greeted us and asked if we were ready to order - we wanted to start with a cocktail. That came, she took our food order, and it was not 5-10 minutes later that our food arrived - good food but we were clearly rushed. Won't plan it that way next time.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food, poor service
Francesca's food never disappoints but the service was gruff and rude, even though the restaurant was not crowded at all.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I find myself returning to the Francesca group with the same results: consistently good meals. I particularly like the Taylor street location for casual business lunches or meetings. The food is always delicious from either the regular menu or the daily specialties. Whether you desire appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches, or full meals, you will be satisfied with your choices.
I particularly enjoy their fresh fish or seafood.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were on a time constraint
We were on a time constraint and the staff at Francesca's were attuned to that. It is greatly appreciated. Our waiter was very helpful and friendly without overstepping. The food was delicious.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have always loved Francesca's and they keep me coming back!
Great good great service!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went on a Friday night at 8pm with three people. Service was great! Very attentive and helpful. Ambience was nice and although it was full, did not feel crowded at all.
I highly recommend the tilapia - delicious!
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
The quality of each meal is so steadily great! This place should be on everyone's list for great food, great service, reasonable cost.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
MY ATF Restaurant
This is my ATF restaurant, for the location, food, service, and the professionalism, friendliness, personable hostess who ALWAYS makes you feel welcome. Never disappointed in all the years, and all my visits.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Francesca's on Taylor
I've been there severl times and each visit is special. The food is fresh with seasonal menus, service is excellent, especially Amy. Anything from appetizers, salads, entre to dessert is very tasty. It has the kind of atmosphere and service that makes you want to go back. We will!!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Francesca's has improved over the years. Food was imaginative, tasty and plentiful. Wine list solid and service good. We would definitely go back because it was so good.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM