Francesca's Forno
Francesca's Forno

Francesca's Forno

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/
  • Phone: 7737700184x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday – Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Thursday & Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    Brunch:
    Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Dan Weiland
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Damen/Milwaukee/North
  • Public Transit: Located just steps from the Blue Line at the Damen Avenue Stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking
A word from Francesca's Forno
A member of The Francesca's Restaurant Group, Francesca's Forno is proud to welcome new Executive Chef Dan Weiland to the team! Not your typical corner restaurant, the menu at Francesca's Forno changes daily. Come explore the creatively scrumptious adventures Chef Weiland will take you on with his delicious daily whims.

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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Francesca's Forno reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (8)hot spot (6)romantic (5)great for lunch (5)good for groups (5)special occasion (5)scenic view (5)great for brunch (5)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (2)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Loved the food, service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/7/2009
    Loved the food, service was great and just a brief wait following the reservation time which we were late for, due to my date! Valet parking was available for $10.00, well worth it due to no parking in the immediate area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was amazing. I had
    Mickey224
    Dined on 1/30/2009
    The food was amazing. I had the bacon wrapped pork tenderloin. It was amazing! I couldn't believe the price either. Everything was so inexpensive. The wait staff was also very considerate. When making my reservations on Open Table I noted it was my fiancé's birthday and they brought over dessert with a candle in it without me saying anything. I will definitely will be trying the other Francesca restaurants soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I thought this was the perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/28/2009
    I thought this was the perfect dinner for a birthday and some girlfriends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went to lunch on a Saturday
    DMTCS
    Dined on 1/24/2009
    Went to lunch on a Saturday since had heard good things about the food. However, disappointed as only a brunch menu is offered on the weekends. Could have gone anywhere for eggs. Very noisy. Whenever door opened got blast of cold air. Service was good but may have just been because they weren't busy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was our first nite at Forno,
    akepp
    Dined on 1/23/2009
    It was our first nite at Forno, however we are big fans of Mia Francsca's on Clark. The food was outstanding and the portions perfect. Our waiter John was incredibly knowledgeable and recommended an outstanding dish that was just that, besides being one of the friendliest people around The overall experience was fantastic and we'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I had a reservation for two
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/17/2009
    I had a reservation for two and had to wait 10 minutes for my table, but that was the only downside of the experience. our waiter was extremely nice, we received our food very fast, and it was delicious! good atmosphere. good for dining either with friend or date. One other slight downside is the noise - i had to yell across the table so that my friend could hear me...but, it was packed and when you have a lot of people, it's going to be noisy.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I thought this palce was very
    FunLunchVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2009
    I thought this palce was very good and not too expensive. Our waitress was really nice and it was a good choice for a first date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Francesca's is a great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/9/2009
    Francesca's is a great spot if you are looking for good food accompanied by an energetice enviornment. I perticularly enjoyed the bacon wrapped pork tenderloin. The service was timed perfectly and essential to a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tuesday night was a good night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/6/2009
    Tuesday night was a good night ot go because we could get a three course meal, app, entre, and desert for a fixed price of 23$. A great deal! And a great way to sample a lot of food on the menu since I was with a group of 4. The food was delicious! And I didn't feel overly full.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very good and staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/3/2009
    Food was very good and staff was very kind. However, it seemed maybe they were too interested in turnover because our appetizer came within three minutes of us ordering it and our entrees came while we were still eating our appetizer.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite restaurant and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/28/2008
    My favorite restaurant and apparently a favorite for others, as well, since we see the same people there for Sunday brunch every week. Love the food and love the people!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • poor drink selection. great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/17/2008
    poor drink selection. great calamari and menu selection for appetizer/entrees
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food at a great value!
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2008
    Good food at a great value! Avoid going Saturday, and perhaps Friday, nights since it can be quite noisy. Just went Sunday night and it was "conversation friendly." Waiters are always very helpful and friendly. Tuesday night specials should be available more nights of the week!! Mariette Weinles
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Forno is our favorite place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/16/2008
    Forno is our favorite place for Sunday brunch (as well as other meals, but especially brunch). The staff is always very attentive, friendly and knowledgable. We have been here many times and are pleasantly surprised at the consistent quality of the food. Definitely a place you should try. In addition to the great brunch, the Tuesday night fixed price dinner (3 courses for $23) is an incredible deal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • VERY loud and busy. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2008
    VERY loud and busy. Food and service were quite good except for seating our reservation 30 minutes late.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 3rd Francesca's visited and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/12/2008
    3rd Francesca's visited and found it up to the same high standards of the others.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is great, the food,
    DiggsterVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2008
    This place is great, the food, atmosphere and service all work well together to provide a casual great dining experience. I have eaten here at different times of the day and each time has been a pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Francesca restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/9/2008
    The Francesca restaurants have been one of my favorite, but when I was invited to go to brunch by a friend of mine I had to try it. We ended up with a very good server who made some pretty good suggestions. We had a wonderful experience and would love it if more Francesca's would offer brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have eaten at Francesca
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 11/9/2008
    I have eaten at Francesca Forno many times for dinner, but this was my first brunch at the resaurant. The brunch menu was interesting and the food was excellent. Service was adequate. The one complaint I have about Forno is that it is tremendously loud inside, for brunch as well as dinner. I had trouble hearing the conversation at the other end of the table. I will return to Forno, but I wish they could do something about the accoustics.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great but they pack
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/7/2008
    Food was great but they pack you in tight and it can get a bit loud. But never been disappointed with the quality of the meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We absolutely love Forno for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/2/2008
    We absolutely love Forno for Sunday Brunch - it is the best in the city. The amazing thing about this restaurant is that the quality is consistently amazing, both in food quality and service quality.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic