Great dining experience.
Great dining experience. New to area but have hit 4 or 5 of the area's premier restaurants and Franchesco's is my favorite.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
It is an experience not just
It is an experience not just dinner. We have never been disappointed.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
We have a Winner here!!
We have another winner here! It's our second year for Easter brunch and each year it gets better and better! This year not as many people they held back on reservations so we weren't so packed with people and it was GREAT! The food was awesome and the service was wonderful - I am so happy that we came again! My family is looking forward to this becoming a long standing tradition for years to come! Thank you Franchesco's!
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Restaurant very friendly and
Restaurant very friendly and great atmosphere, however, the menu lacks the variety usually found at good Italian resturants.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've been to Francesco's many
I've been to Francesco's many times and finally got to take my whole family (grandparents down to 8 yr olds) to celebrate our daughter's 12th birthday. It was such an elegant treat for her as well as the rest of us. The server was so conscious of making it really special. The complimentary birthday dessert that was prepared right in front of us was AMAZING! We all enjoyed the atmosphere as we got to sit right near the beautiful fireplaces and waterwalls. I absolutely love the live piano music. Everyone enjoyed the food, too....yummy bread, a special salad that fed many of us, pizza with the best crust ever, plus pasta dishes. There was something for everybody.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Latenight pizza at the bar.... YUM
I always yelp for dinner (and lunch) when traveling for work.
I got into town late and ended up at the Franchesco's bar for a pizza right before the kitchen closed. It was fresh, hot and extremely tasty.
They also have a better bourbon selection than most places in Wisconsin, which is often a key for a Kentucky boy like me.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best of the Best
Long drive for us but worth it. Simply best of the best. No more need be said
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Music on the patio
We went there to enjoy the music on the patio and have a small bite ti eat. The appetizers were great. We will be back more Wednesday nights for the outdoor atmosphere and music.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Franchesco's really impressed
Franchesco's really impressed me, without a doubt. There are several different dining and entertainment areas, and each one is practically its own experience, from the main dining room with live piano music, to Frank's room with a stage for live entertainment. I was there Saturday celebrating with dinner, and we sat out on the patio. The service was excellent, and the food was to die for. I had a prime rib with great marble, one of the best cuts I've had in a long time. The salad that my girlfriend got as her side was HUGE, and just delicious. Even the bread and olive oil tasted like they went the extra step to make sure the diners and their pallets are happy. There really are not enough good things I can say about our experience.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
we have been there before,
we have been there before, never disappointed, a little wait fo rthe food, but they were very busy with high school proms
food was excellent, server was very good. the server was busy, i think it was a manager that came out and boxed our foor to go and offered us dessert. it is refreshing to see everyone pitch in to keep service at a high level
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday Dinner for Elderly Mother
We hosted my elderly parents for a birthday celebration for Mom. The server was outstanding and very accommodating, giving us extra time and service as needed. The menu was well constructed with excellent choices, including notable vegetarian choices, interesting fish dishes, as well as their core high-end Italian cuisine. Dad raved about his veal piccata, and the rest of us were equally satisfied with a wide range of menu choices. The piano and, later, trumpet music provided a nice ambiance without interfering with conversation.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not as expected
We took our daughter here for her Golden birthday. It was during the week so not very busy. My husband ordered the alfredo with chicken. It has absolutely no flavor what so ever. Even the chicken tasted like nothing. We had the chicken Maderia. It was very good. I'm not sure I like the food all being piled on top of each other but I knew it was coming that way, it said so on the menu. The waiter was very friendly but had such an accent he was difficult to understand and it was clear he didn't understand us. It took us three tries to order a Sangria. For the money, I'd prefer to try some place else next time.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cannot go wrong with this one!
Great place to eat! Loved using open table. Great service. Food was good, service was great. Place is beautiful! Great nigh!
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sunday night dinner
Good food for a quiet sunday evening dinner. The chairs were comfortable and the food service prompt with an excellent variety to choose from. I had the special of the day and it was tasty and plentiful. The desert was excellent as was the soup. We will go to this restaurant again and try another type of food.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We found this place by accident, and are so glad we did! The restaurant is lovely, the food is very good, delicious specialty cocktailsn and the service is excellent! Both meals have been very enjoyable. The portions are very generous. Hank, our server, was outstanding! He makes you feel as comfortable as a regular, even on your first visit. We will always make it a point to be seated at his table for future visits. Celebrating a special occasion there is great fun - table-side Bananas Foster! This is our new must-stop on the way to Wisconsin!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't get enough
We drive 50 miles to go to Franchesco's. We like the high back chairs opposed to the booth or low back chairs, you melt in them. Everything we order there is excellent. Drinks are plentiful and there is many options to do there such as sit in the bar, they have a music area, they have banquet facilities. They have it all and it is elegant to the nines. If you have never been, do it. If this place were downtown Chicago, Washington DC, LA, Miami, Palm Dessert, New York or anywhere it would be the number 1 place to go but if it were in those places I am sure prices would be completely different.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food / Great Times
We went with 6 couples total and had a great time. Service was excellent and good just as good as the service. Next time would request a circle table with a large group.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great music on the patio and
Great music on the patio and the food was very good. Would do again
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were seated very quickly.
We were seated very quickly. The service was excellent. The portabella appetizer was unbelievably delicious and almost large enough to be a meal by itself. My wife's steak was cooked to perfection. She ate all of it, which never happens!!! I had the world's best gnocchi. They were like little pillows and were light like clouds. The basilica sauce was very fresh tasting. Needless to say, I finished a very, very large portion.
In the middle of the dining room sits a grand piano. We were entertained all evening by an exceptional pianist. He was joined by an equally gifted trumpet player. They played the classics and went from one song to another without stopping. It really made the whole evening special.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Night Out
If you are looking for an upscale restaurant in Rockford, this is one in only a handful that would fit the bill.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our first visit to Rockford
Our first visit to Rockford and this restaurant. Recommend this restaurant to anyone--food and service was great! Especially the Bananas Foster dessert! Absolutely would go to Franchesco's again when we return to Rockford.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were in Rockford for a tournament and wanted to find a place to have dinner with our adult son. Franchesco's was what showed up on the list for Open Table. The online menu looked good so we decided to give it a try. While the decor was fancy we were made to feel comfortable even though we were dressed somewhat casually having been outside all day at the tournament and being from out of town. The wait staff was very attentive and the food delicious. There was a 3 piece jazz combo playing in the center of the room to provide some entertainment. The music was loud enough to be heard, but not too loud to interrupt with conversations. If we are back in Rockford and need a place to eat, we would definitely consider returning to Franchesco's.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
the evening was great.....
Even though it is pricey for Rockford, Francesco's is a lovely restaurant and the food is very good., and the service is great. So are the cocktails!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bachelor party dinner
I planned a bachelor party here (dinner) with a party of 12. They gave us a private room and it was wonderful. The staff were courteous, energetic and sociable. The food was spectacular. The restaurant had an exceptional feel to it and was very classy. Everyone was extremely impressed and had a wonderful time. Perfect place for a fine dining/large group experience. I highly recommend it.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went the first time and took guests hoping it would be a good experience. It was far beyond our expectations. Restaurant is beautiful. Very tastefully decorated; makes one feel that the dining experience is "special". The food was amazing (even at lunch!!); the service was stellar. We will be back many times. Have already told many of our friends. We live 20 miles away; people in our community have not been there but we are "spreading the word".
Big concern is Mapquest; gives directions for turning LT on Spring Creek Road instead of RT when heading north on Perryville. Mentioned it to hostess. She said they have tried for3 years to get erroneous directions changed. I am sure that they have lost business because of it!!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good night out.
Visited Franchesco's for the 3rd time over the past year. Food has been consistent each time we have went. It's an interesting venue with a wide variety of options on the menu. It's a little hard to figure out what their target audience is as some people wear suites, while other's wear flip flops. I ordered the 14oz ribeye with the pasta option (very garlic, but delicious linguine). My wife ordered the Chicken madeira. Both were great. Service here from the wait staff has been hit and miss. Once seated, water is poured right away, but we found ourselves waiting for our sever for 10-15 minutes, 3-4 times during the dinner. When we went, it wasn't overly busy so that was bothersome. Best place we have eaten in Rockford, prices are reasonable.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of Rockford's best
Not that many great restaurants in Rockford outside of the chain type. Being a Chicagoan, I can resolutely say Francesco's is an equal to many of the downtown eateries there. The ambience and a piano player putting out some soft jazz and classic lounge music makes it a great dining experience. My only complaint is the background noise level is a bit high. Good house wines to go along with the food.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic experience and the
Fantastic experience and the live piano music was outstanding!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
perfect pre wedding party
Went to celebrate a family members upcoming nuptials and had a great time. Restaurant was busy with teens going to homecoming but we still had great food and service. Will go back when noise level is less energetic.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Friday night
Franchesco's continues to be a superb restaurant with quality food and expert staff. The ambiance is relaxing and the prices are very reasonable.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
NICE PLACE !!
Husband and I came for my birthday from out of town. We were impressed with this place from the moment when we walked in. The only complaint I have is we had to wait fifteen minutes even though we had a reservation and I would get Aggrevated seeing people get seated before us but we had a great table and the service was oustanding and the food was simply amazing!! It more than made up for it
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great atmosphere, wonderful
Great atmosphere, wonderful food , drinks and service , you can't go wrong here
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Experience was out standing. The Service was over and above.. The Food was great. Music was very nice and enjoyable . Would recommend this place Made you feel welcome, and felt like a VIP. I give it a AAA plus over All.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The entire experience was amazing. The food was great and the staff were very friendly. Love the Banana Fosters table side for the birthday treat! Great place we would go back for sure!!!!
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Four of us had dinner here
Four of us had dinner here last week, and surprisingly not one of us had a single complaint about our meals! Everything from the baked french onion soup to the main course (lasagna, fettucine alfredo, shrimp with linguine, and steak) was delicious! The portions are quite large, so I had to take some home, and unfortunately was too stuffed to try dessert. Will leave room for it next time though!
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy Anniversary at Franchesco's!
We loved it so much! Had a nice Anniversary dinner and a nice glass of wine! It was great!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good food and service.
Very good food and service. Price is acceptable. Ambiance is very good.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was my first visit to
This was my first visit to Franchescos. The food was good, cannot say great as I have had better, and the service was good. I didn't care too much for the seating, we were in a booth which made conversation difficult. And with the size of the booth, it is very difficult to share an appetizer. I do recoomend this place for special occasions, such as proms or wedding rehersal dinners, but not an every day place to eat.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect venue, ambience, dinner & wine for first night reuniting family for Thanksgiving. Wonderful waitstaff. Delicious food. Broad menu. Lucious deserts.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
My comfort level is to ask for the high back chairs. you melt in them and there are only a few tables with them. On Friday and Saturday there is a piano man and an accompanist in the round just delightful. There are many areas to this place, The have a dinner theater room, private dining rooms, part rooms. Elegant is an appropriate adjective. The servers are top notch, food iis flavorful, all else is great.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was the first time we
This was the first time we have been to Franchesco's. We went for our anniversary and really enjoyed our evening!
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM