Francesca's on Chestnut

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Francesca’s on Chestnut is a member of the Francesca's Restaurant Group. Located on the first floor of the Seneca Boutique Apartments, the restaurant brings its famous rustic, Italian cuisine to the 180-seat space. Francesca’s provide a classic fare of zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. The wine list and specialty drinks are equally impressive in this one-of-a-kind location featuring a hidden wine bar, DiSotto Enoteca on lower level.

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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there and had an amazing meal. The GM, Joe, was very hospital and made the dining experience very special.

DB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Overall food was great. We did order a pizza that we did not like and sent back but everything else was really good and a good value for what you get. The house made lemoncelo was great and the wait staff took great care of us. My one complaint other than the pizza was the noise. There were a couple large tables and the noise was quite excessive making it hard at times to hear my wife across the table. We requested to be moved and were but it was really no help. But the meal and service were top notch in my book

J
Omaha
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had fantastic service and scrumptious food. We will definitely come back when we’re in town.

N
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Mia Francesca location is wonderful. They are on top of their game !

h
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Three tables and twice they got our order wrong . But food is always good here. So.. mixed review.

CB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here before and again the food and service were excellent. My wife ordered a spicy dish which was good but not spicy so she mentioned it to our waitress. Our waitress came back and offered a replacement dinner for my wife but since we were traveling it was not an option. Our waitress came back and told us that my wife's meal was comp'ed and that they were sorry for the inconvenience. We will return as the service and food is difficult to beat in Chicago along with a very reasonable cost.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was super attentive!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and our server, Elliot, was incredibly helpful and attentive! I would highly recommend Francesca's!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great as well. We will be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Michael was great!

CE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have visited the location on 95th and for Valentines I decided to make a reservation here. The food was excellent (with leftovers!) and service incredible. The volume level was a bit louder than anticipated, but 1. It's an Italian place, can't complain. and 2. It was, in fact, Valentines Day - so a lot of energy in the air (candlelit was nice). That being said, would highly recommend!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent! Great service, food and overall everything top notch. Thank you!!

GN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dining spot particularly if you taking in a show at Water Tower Place.

TD
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t recommend this restaurant enough. Nothing is too much or out of the question. They treat you like family. It’s our go to for every family occasion and our standard by which we measure other establishments! A must when visiting Chicago.

JA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Highly recommend. A must during a visit to Chicago.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Waiter, Pablo, was absolutely fabulous! Went out of his way so I could have my meal prepared exactly how I wanted it! He was so courteous and accommodating! The food here is always great but Pablo is the reason I’m writing this review. He made our dinner just all that much more enjoyable! So 5 stars!

SS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always. And the noise level is low enough for easy conversations.

TG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience! The meal (Bruschetta, Chicken and sauteed vegetables in a white wine and lemon sauce, and a chocolate torte with pistachio ice cream) was outstanding! The service was also uniformly excellent. Highly recommended.

DD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Francesca’s is consistently great: outstanding service, excellent food, extremely kid/baby friendly. My family and extended family love it.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Meal selection was rather small and many pasta dishes that you would imagine to see were not available. Dishes ended up tasting just “OK”. The main reason for a low rating was the poor service....the restaurant was not busy at all (should have been a sign) and there were plenty of waiters. Our waiter did not stop by very often and our two hour dinner took almost 3.5 hours!

DV
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious birthday lunch. Despite being fairly full, the room was very quiet. Service was terrific but not intrusive. Second time I have been here and I will absolutely be returning. Putting Francesca's on my regular rotation.

OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Family trip to Chicago.

CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

I had the branzino. It was inedible. Overcooked and hard to find in the bath of soupy polenta. I would have sent it back, but I never do that.

E
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We frequent Francesca's, usually once whenever we stay on the Gold Coast. We enjoy the ambiance at the bar, the service in the restaurant is very good, and the downstairs enoteca is charming. A quiet place to end an evening. The food is delicious by the way.

MK
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has Chicago style and the atmosphere was far above our expectations. The waitstaff and food were amazing. We would definitely go back and recommend to others.

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding. The red sauce is one of the best I’ve ever had. I’m still thinking about their flourless lava cake with mint chocolate chip ice cream. They have a dedicated gluten-free menu with a generous selection of options.

GK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional meal and service tonight! Kindly split a meal and the entree was delicious. Well done!

S
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine, wonderful service. We were there on a Monday night, so the noise level was fine. On a busier night I imagine that it may be difficult to hold an intimate conversation. But since the food is so good, save the conversation for later.

l
Chicago
184 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

$10 spaghetti dinner was a good value! Always love their profiteroles!

R
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding and the ambiance was great. Noise level not too loud.

OT
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing.

PD
Northern MI
23 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We popped in after a Show and Grab so appetizers and light fair our server. Was great and The Whole experience was Perfect! Great lil Neigborhood spot in the Gold Coast

J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Salad was not fresh - at least a day old - gross. Food was fine - but great. There are better choices

B
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The quality of the food is not what it use to be. Service was good. My pasta dish was very underwhelming. The pasta was over cooked and stuck together.

DC
Mexico City
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for New Year’s Eve, can’t say enough good.......service was excellent (often terrible on a holiday), truly delicious, and we could actually talk and hear each other! This is our new “go-to” for Chicago, will eat here at least once each trip to the Windy City.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Ate at bar. Bartender not adequately trained to serve food, or bartend for that matter.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible food and service. Poor food presentation

CZ
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service! Food was ok...not bad but not great. Excellent location and value for what you get. Would recommend.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food and our server Mike was awesome!!!

MM
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed very much and our seating request to move to the lower level was graciously accommodated!

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