Francesca's Fiore

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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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KM
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and ambiance was excellent. Staff attentive and readily available

TD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent overall!

R
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

TL
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

BM
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was excellent and our waiter Uriel was terrific!!

AS
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
14 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

W
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

L
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best in Forest Park.

B
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

RG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 1

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

BW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As always Francesca’s had a wonderful buffet for Mother’s Day. We plan to go back often

MU
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day Brunch... outstandingl!

BC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful dinner at Francesca's Fiore this week. Each of us ordered a different entree, adn they were all delicious! The Talapia con Brodetto was out of this world. Our server gave us the time we needed and was very gracious. We had a lovely evening, and I recommend Francesca's Fiore highly.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice experience

OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter Brunch there was one of the best we’ve ever had! Such a huge variety of foods to pick from.

SB
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is always good and well prepared. The wine selection offers something for everyone. The service was great and very attentive. Love the warm fresh bread.
We will keep going.

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

Food was wonderful.

AO
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

As soon as we entered the restaurant a smell of an old moldy basement hit me. The food quality is very poor, not fresh. I ordered a snapper and asked for it to be cooked through because I’m pregnant. They served me raw fish inside. I will not return there and I do not recommend this restaurant. Very disappointing experience!

MM
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful place. They remembered it was a birthday too!

SB
Chicago
115 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our server was great - however there were some times when she wasn't able to attend to our table - could have been the staffing. The food was excellent. My dining companion had the trout - and while I had asked for it plain, it arrived wrapped in prosciutto... which we peeled off. The fish was moist and well prepared - just had the taste of the ham. The minestrone and roasted potatoes were great. The sauteed shrimp were outstanding. The host and staff demonstrate attention to the guests that makes this a place well worth visiting.

s
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service is attentive but not annoyingly so. This is a good place to bring families. Note that you can request dishes that are not on the menu (for example: chicken parmesan or ravioli). Olive oil for dipping bread is a bit spicy.

ES
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was exceptional, food was great and there is a room you can choose to dine in that is conversation level.

m
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Great place, great service but the food wasn’t great

J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately, we had a really bad experience. We waited a long time before anyone stopped by the table and then there was miscommunication throughput the night. I can’t imagine this was typical because the service was horrible. We almost left during dinner. In the end, they did the right thing and took care of the meal but I want the 2 1/2 hours back.

WP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Took 45 minutes for food to be brought out. When it was brought, the Pasta was not cooked all the way. So much so that it was sticking together in clumps. Not only that but hey never brought oil out for the bread. Not to mentioned we were seated at a high top that was wobbly. The waiter pushed it against the wall to fix it..with how many Italian restaurants there are in the area, I will not return.

AA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

Took almost two hours for food. Then when we got it, it was cold and not how we ordered it. Normaly a good place but seemed like they were completely overwhelmed, on a day they should have been most perpared.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We were seated within minutes of walking in. Our reservation was intact and everything went smooth. We had 2 servers assisting all throughout the meal which was great. Our waiter made suggestions and recommendations so that was a bonus. I was there with my wife and son and at no time felt uncomfortable or it being somewhere I couldn't bring him to. The food was good, the Creme Brulee is out of this world delicious. We were in and out in just about 90mins with full tummy's and smiles on our face. We also received a coupons for $15 off our next $75 purchase. Very nice touch. Thanks guys, we will be back!

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