Francesca's Fiore

4.7
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$30 and under
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Italian
Francesca’s Fiore is the 10th restaurant in the Francesca's Restaurant Group, bringing the downtown Forest Park area a restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, simple cooking, friendly service and fair prices. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio.
The restaurant is located in the heart of the revitalized Madison Street area, just four blocks West of Harlem Avenue.

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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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great cozy vibe

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was disappointed in the food. I had pasta with marinara and mushrooms. The marinara was bitter and that ruined the dish for me. That said, my companions liked their dinners, our waitress was very nice, and the restaurant was warm and cozy.

SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had never been to Francesca's for lunch before and was pleasantly surprised by the selection and value. In addition to a lunch menu that includes salads, soups, pastas, paninis and a burger, there are also two lunch options - 3 course set price and a 1/2 salad, sandwich combo.
Our table enjoyed lightly battered calamari, eggplant parm sandwich, chicken parm entree, the Davanti burger and the mushroom salad. Fries were wonderful - crisp and hot. The mushroom salad was served dressing on the side per my request. It didn't need any dressing at all-the creamy goat cheese melted with the mushroom saute to create a lovely dressing. Service was excellent and friendly. Nice wines by the glass selection. Can't wait to go back.

l
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious and sitting by the fireplace on a cold night was the topping on the cake. Thank you.

RB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The staff treated us like VIPs. Everyone was thrilled with all aspects of the meal. Great cocktails to begin the evening followed by the calamari and bruschette fungh. Both were tasty. Entre selections varied, but all were pleased. The evening ended with some wine and desserts. Great place to celebrate a special occasions or have a date night.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the Spaghetti special - delicious!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had an ok experience.

MF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful New Year celebration with my husband and son. All our meals were delish, albeit a bit on the pricey side. Love the fried calamari as an appetizer.

DE
Naples
24 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We like Francesca's very much and have been there many times. I was disappointed--my fault--because I hadn't read the menu carefully and didn't notice that the new preparation for salmon had a thick cream sauce covering it, which I don't like. When the meal came, I mentioned this to the server, who offered to get me something else; I decided to keep it and scrape off the sauce (which, by the way, was completely unnecessary for the dish), but said that I would appreciate a fresh side of spinach without the cream sauce. However, we were surprised to see that we were charged for the side of spinach when it seemed to have been offered to make up for our disappointment in the salmon. While the charge was taken off ("I have to ask the manager"), we felt that the server should have made sure that it hadn't happened to begin with. (We gave the server a good tip nonetheless.)

m
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Pleasant dinner on Xmas day evening. Service was attentive and our group enjoyed both appetizers and entrees.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for Christmas Eve dinner. Didn’t feel rushed even though it was really busy. Food is always delicious and consistent.

CW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Made reservation and confirmed when they called me. Arrived on time, the hostess didn't recognize our reservation and she and the manager acted like they were annoyed. Sat us in the bar at a high bar table. When I expressed my dissatisfaction the hostess said "we don't guarantee the type of table you will be seated at". This was not a warm greeting.

R
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christmas Eve dinner was a family affair at this restaurant- nicely done!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time celebrating my son's birthday. Food and service was awesome

GC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. The food is consistently very good

m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful.

A
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. The side room was loud with several very large tables. We only had 3 people

AD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious and the server was very nice. My friends and I were celebrating my birthday and I would return to celebrate my birthday there again.

KM
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food and ambiance was excellent. Staff attentive and readily available

TD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall!

R
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I don’t know where to start. First table we had had an A/C leak above dripping onto table. We moved. Then it took about 5 minutes for a server to come to the table. They brought a bread basket without butter and a small plate of grated Parmesan cheese without the olive oil. 5 minutes later a girl who could not understand English asked in broken English if we needed something. I asked if there was supposed to be olive oil on the plate and she said she didn’t understand. I asked for butter and she didn’t understand. We got out Caesar salads and they had noodles or something on them. Also we had a reservation for two and they sat us next to the kitchen which was so loud we could barely hear each other. Needless to say we walked out. If I’m going to pay $30 a plate I clearly expect more. Worst dinner experience ever.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best whitefish ever!!!!! We love this place. Great service too.

OP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Francesca's on a Tuesday night and the food was amazing! 3 out of 4 of us ate literally everything on the plate. The Sea Bass was exquisite, as was the whitefish, chicken, and gnocchi. Our waiter was very attentive and even fixed a slight wobble in the table. A wonderful dinner and evening!

GW
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We love Francesca's and have been going for years and years. As of late, the experience there is a toss-up. Good or not. Last month, the service was awful. This visit, the service was good - but unfortunately, the kitchen made a mistake on the order. Two of us received our food, and what came for my husband is not what he ordered. What came out was something he could not eat. Normally, one might say, "oh well, it isn't what I ordered, but it looks good and I'll try it." But this is something he cannot eat. So, my son and I had finished our meal when my husband's food arrived. We just sat and waited whilst my husband ate his food. These things happen, it is just unfortunate. They gave my husband a free glass of wine. They are very nice here.

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

BM
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Francesca's Fiore in Forest park many times. This was our first time for Sunday brunch. The menu is excellent. We appreciated the soup or salad and half a sandwich choices at a very reasonable price. The staff was attentive but not hovering. The food was excellent. Not a bite was left to take home. Maybe next time we'll order a full meal so we have those delicious left overs.

JG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved that we could be accommodated by being in a quieter room. It is so unpleasant to go out to socialize and not be able to hear your company.

TC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My mother and I had a lovely dinner, and our waiter Alex was so nice and cheerful. Great food, great service!

ME
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was excellent and our waiter Uriel was terrific!!

AS
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was a new find for us. Wonderful surprise. It's affordable but the food is excellent. Sometimes Italian food in the Chicago area can be rather heavy. This was not at all the case here. Really glad I found it.

MC
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

went there on independence day for an early dinner. the burrata appetizer was wonderful. meal was very good also. we had a cocktail and wine. great place for a date.

MA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine often at Francescas and it has always been very good. However our last experience was tremendous. Our server was spot on. The appetizer and main courses were top notch. And our wine was fantastic! We highly recommend!

KW
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Our waiter basically forgot about us... never checked in on us.. never asked if we wanted refills on drinks.. and we had to flag someone down to pay the bill.. we sat for almost 20 minutes to pay the check.. the noise level was horrible and there was a screaming baby at the next table.. the food was amazing but soured by the lack of service.. especially when you can watch him actually giving good service to other tables... and just to be clear.. we are not a problem table. The only request was my daughter asked for no tomatoes on her dish.. and you guessed it.. there were tomatoes all over it.. she just picked them off and ate her food.. mainly because it did not look like the waiter was ever coming back.. I honestly think he was mad that we did not all order alchohol...

JG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a reservation and we were taken right on time.

W
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for a great Father's Day for my husband since our sons couldn't be here with him.

L
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best in Forest Park.

B
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

This was the most disappointing experience. We were there to celebrate our daughters graduation and we waited 20 minutes for service.
Then once served the meal for 4 took over 2 hours.
Server was disinterested and disengaged.
Will never return.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service, wonderful cocktails excellent food. Absolutely a perfect place to go and enjoy

RG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience1

Pasta entrees very good, bread was warm and delicious. Bartender couldn’t get a classic cocktail ( Old Fashioned) right after sending back twice. Adjacent bar noise was not only loud while we dined, but also profane. Waitress even forgot to give us a pen to sign the credit card slip. Disappointing overall.
I mentioned on the Open Table reservation we were celebrating a birthday, but I guess that never got delivered to the staff?

CD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and service were great. The only issue I had was seating. The table was situated at an angle in the front dining room. There were 5 of us and my seat was close to an adjacent table with very little space for people to move through, so my seat was constantly being bumped. I moved to another part of the table and it was a little better. My suggestion would be to not even have a table in that location or be more mindful of the foot traffic patterns in that dining room.

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