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
Mon - Fri 3:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:30PM

What 1157 People Are Saying
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Cincinnati
65 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simple, good Italian...wouldn’t know its a chain - worth a local Elmhurst try.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dave was good

OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dennis is a terrific waiter. Love the food. Always a great experience.

l
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Francesca's Amici was able to accommodate our party of 6 through Open Table with a same day reservation. We enjoyed a delicious meal with wonderful, friendly service, at a large round table. The appetizers - calamari and an antipasto platter - were enjoyed by all as well as two wonderful shared salads. We all enjoyed our entrees from fish to pasta. The wait staff and busing staff were all cheerful, well-informed, and helpful. This is one of my favorite restaurants.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just a Friday night out!
Food good service and wait person very nice.
Ask for a Cesar salad said we’ll split it; they did for us brought out 2 plates very nice!!

SQ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

A reunion of 4 friends getting together during a visit with one that had moved away. Francesca is normally 100% consistent. We don’t normally go to the Elmhurst location - this was my 4th time here. That said, service was inattentive and slow by our waitress. And the last straw was the bus server put his finger in one the girls
Wine glass and didn’t offer to replace the glass. It was weird. This is unusual and not the norm. I’ve been to at
Least 8 of their restaurants & never had a disappointing experience until now.

Francesca's Amici
Responded on September 26, 2019

Good evening! First off thank you for taking the time to let us know where we dropped the ball. Without your feedback we may never know what we did wrong and how we can fix the problem moving forward. With that said I'm terribly sorry that your experience was what is was. I would love to talk more about this and get you back into our doors and show what we are truly all about here at Francesca's Amici. I will be reaching out to you privately to make this right by you!

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JB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go here, I marvel at the quality of the food. This time I had the crab cakes, and they were perfect: great texture and taste, and the arugula salad that accompanied it complemented the flavors well. My husband had a steak special, and he, too, was exceptionally pleased with its taste, presentation, and accompaniments. Kudos to the server who was able to help me with a wine choice as well as my dinner choice.

Francesca's Amici
Responded on September 26, 2019

Great to Hear! Look forward to seeing you again!!

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FR
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The gentlemen that brought our dishes from the kitchen had his thumb clearly in the bowl of every dish he brought to our table, it was gross.

B
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were originally seated in the special event room which was very loud and not very nice. We asked to be moved to the main dining room and they immediately moved us. Excellent service and food was great would go again.

DN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
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
3 reviews
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
15 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
5 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
11 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
8 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
22 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Francesca's! One of our favorites.

S
Orange County
48 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
20 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
23 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).

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