Francesca's Amici

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Francesca’s Amici opened in July 1999 and is the 6th restaurant in the Francesca’s Restaurant Group bringing downtown Elmhurst a restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices. The menu features the freshly inspired cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Located in the heart of downtown Elmhurst, the restaurant is centrally located to Downtown Chicago and the Western Suburbs.

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 5 concepts across 25 locations in 3 states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 18 Francesca’s Restaurants, 4 Davanti Enoteca's, Disotto, Fat Rosie’s and Hillgrove Tap.
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Sun 3:00PM - 5:30PM
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What 1148 People Are Saying
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DN
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was absolutely delicious. Alll courses were superb. Services were excellent. Only negative was it took a while to clear before dessert. We were celebrating a birthday and my daughter was given gilato with biscotti. Very nice. Definitely will be returning.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

ML
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

It was nice that we were able to get seated right away. But we had to ask for bread, cheese and refills each time. Our server forgot to give my dad’s wine. Portion of the kids pizza is the same as the regular menu; Very disappointing.

Francesca's Amici
Responded on September 4, 2019

Good Afternoon! I'm terribly sorry to hear about your experience with us. Although I hate hearing negative experiences, without your input we might not be able to correct standards and improve our restaurant. I will be contacting you directly in hopes to make this right by you!

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NH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The serene setting of Francesca Amici's was inviting and friendly. The serving staff was attentive to every detail of our comfort as well as our experience. The bus boy was friendly and funny and added a delightful humor to the evening. We had the PENNE CON POLLO E BROCCOLI a lightly sautéed pasta dish with grilled chicken and broccoli in a light basil cream sauce with fresh tomatoes, the cream was light and tomatoes fresh. For dessert we had the Tiramasu, which was light and delectable. The wines were half off the night we went and were a tasty addition to our meal. We would go back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

The service was great as always, however, the food taste was sub-par to say the least. The pasta that my wife ordered was missing something, the fish I ordered was dry and not flavorful and the pizza wasn’t great either. The food quality definitely doesn’t live up to the price you pay. I would recommend having someone randomly taste some fishes to ensure quality of what you are serving.

FR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I felt like we were rushed thru our meal. My mistake was we ordered our entrée when we ordered appetizers. We had barely finished our appetizers, ( dishes were not even cleared) , when our entrees arrived.

B
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and good service made thus an enjoyable evening with our friends. We will visit again soon!

Francesca's Amici
Responded on August 24, 2019

I'm so glad to hear this! We look forward to you joining us again soon!!

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DG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Angie is one of the best servers we have had. Knowledgeable and responsive.

LB
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food is consistently delicious and wonderful wine list. The waitress was not very attentive and never asked if we wanted more wine, host took our drink order. She was very rushed and literally took a food order and dropped off the bill. Love this place -- hope they hire better waitstaff.

DP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. The noise level was low and the room has a great deal of natural light. We took the parents (mid 80's). They completely enjoyed the experience because the could see, hear and move along inside without problem. We had 3 generations including two teenagers. All had a great time and there was something for everyone, including the Keto and vegetarians!

K
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For many years now Francesca's Amici is our family go to restaurant. The food is always delicious, the service is consistency good and we just feel at home there. I highly recommend!

C
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly neighborhood place,delicious food, great fish dishes, solid wine list. One of my go-to restaurants when in the area. Great place to take friends

GW
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone at Francesaca's were kind! Everyone greeted us with a warm welcome and a Happy birthday!
The food was outstanding! I highly recommend this resturaunt!

M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Francesca's Amici. I was bringing old friends and read this was the top restaurant in Elmhurst. We were not disappointed. Every possible item we could have rated was outstanding. Our waitress, Alex (Alexandra), was fabulous with suggestions, conversation, and helpfulness. Even the busboy was amiable and carried on pleasant dialogue with us. We were extremely happy with our experience here and will definitely be back again.

CJ
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and service

DL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

portions were small, liked the olive oil that was infused with herbs

RL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The sreved was inattentive and a sourepuss. However the manager stepped in and made our experience wonderful.

AW
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I’ve dined at Francesca’s many many times and I am a big fan. Unfortunately on this Sunday evening the service was very slow and our waiter was not very competent. We sat for 20 minutes before our drink order was taken and waited probably 15 min before it was served. We never got our salad and the salmon was undercooked. Needless to say we were very disappointed on this visit to Francesca’s.

MB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Francesca's is our go to place. They never let us down. Great food. Great service. Highly recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service,great lunchtime values. I had salad and Pasta,plenty and delicious for lunch!

JP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our friends from Dallas were in for the weekend and we all went out to dinner. Francesca's Amici offered a broad selection of items and everyone loved the dish they ordered. I had the seafood pasta and it was delicious! We were seated in the front room right in the center. It would have been easier to talk if our group had been seated in the back room. Other than that, everything was wonderful!

E
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food

OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Francesca's! One of our favorites.

S
Orange County
47 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here many times, and it never disappoints. Better than average menu in terms of creativity and delicious flavors. Our server was great, we all loved our food, including our California "foodie" guests.

SH
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food, great service. Parking a bit difficult to find in the area.

DG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Angie provided great service—knowledge, personable and attentive.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriends and I tend to come here every Thursday or every other and we absolutely love it! The staff is very friendly and the food and drinks are delicious. We particularly love Thursdays because they have $5 house martinis.
Angie is the best waitress ever. She is kind, funny, and by now pretty much knows our orders. I definitely recommend Francesca's in Elmhurst!

D
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The nicest staff AND great food—-you cannot go wrong. Also less crowded during the daytime.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FOOD WAS GREAT. SERVICE WAS GREAT. THIRD TIME FOR DINNER.

B
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes for sure always delivers on food and service- good choice for any occasion

S
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

There is a terrible welcoming smell to the restaurant upon entering the space. It smells musty, old, rancid... which is why we don't frequent the restaurant. We only went because of the Father's Day promotion (and the food is always wonderful).

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Francesca’s restaurants are one of our favorites! We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and needed to squeeze in an early dinner and it was just perfect!

IN
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and the service was excellent. But I had one issue and it took the edge off the dinner. I ordered a decaf cappuccino with dessert and it was lukewarm. To me, that means that they had a pitcher of expresso made in advance and simply poured frothed milk on it. That is not cappuccino. And it's not cheap either. I should have sent it back. But if they're cutting this corner, what other corners are they cutting?

JZ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We required certain accommodations and Francesca’s was outstanding in how they helped us without making us feel uncomfortable. Special shout out to our server Emmy and all the wait staff! Food was delicious as always!

DS
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was succulent, timely, and proportionate, and we enjoyed the wine selection. Take a troll downtown Elmhurst after the meal. Great place for a date night!

R
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

We have been here several times before. The food and service have always been very good. On this visit our waitress was not to be found. Our food, every course, took an extremely long time to come. Our wine glasses were empty and there was no urgency on her part to open our wine bottle. Very disappointed in the service.

AO
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Enjoyed - halibut excellent. Waitress did not remember to split check and didn’t ask. server was excellent . drinks were slow.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with some friends and enjoyed the great service and specials that they offered. Would definitely go back.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always know what to expect...a wonderful experience every time.

T
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently outstanding!

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