Francesca's on Chestnut

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$30 and under
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Italian
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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KM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and great price for the amount. We had the crab cakes and Cappellacci Quattro Formaggi which were very delicious. The service was great, I would come back again!

k
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we live close by and it is a good neighborhood restaurant, we recommend it to enjoy a good meal in a friendly environment and reasonably priced

H
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I am a regular at Francescas in Palos and was not at all disappointed with Francescas on Chestnut. Service was great ( we had theatre tickets ) and the food was very good. We were not rushed and enjoyed delicious after dinner drinks .

LT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great dinner on our way to theater. The wine selection is perfect

A
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great prix fixe option for lunch. Pleasant atmosphere for shoppers or neighbors who want to relax!

KH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Francesca's is the best place to have lunch before a play at the Broadway Playhouse. The food and service are always very good. I have been there several times and have always been pleased. This was the first time for my friend and she REALLY liked her salmon meal. She talked about how good it was for days! We will be back the next time we are in the area.

LR
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dined here about 9 years ago and loved it. We were in town and knew we were going to be in the area and I remembered this restaurant. We will be back!! Sergio was fabulous, the coconut cake was divine.

C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience5

while the atmosphere is quite pleasant, the quality of the food is disappointing. this is not like the Mia Francesca of earlier years

PW
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Francesca's is an old favorite, and I was glad I selected it for a reunion with an old friend that I hadn't seen in years. Not only was the service impeccable and the food delicious, as always, but the mood, ambiance and noise levels were great for a long catch-up. We stayed until closing time, but were assured that even if we stuck around chatting longer they wouldn't throw us out! Francesca's is the BEST.

f
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Wide range of selection, appetizers were decent but my Gnocchi was extremely salty.

SC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We've had a great experience every time we've been there. We come to Chicago every year and make it a point to dine at Francesca's , however I've been disappointed the last couple of times as I had specifically requested to be seated at quiet, private table but never did get one.

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TT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attended a show at the Broadway Playhouse in Water tower place and this restaurant is only two walking blocks away!! Great location & great food. They accommodated our group of 15 with no issues. Service was friendly and accommodating! Highly recommend 😊

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
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 on February 22, 2020
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 on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

h
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

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

CB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
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
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love it! Great Italian food, the service is top notch, and the price is worth what you get. Love that it feels cozy - perfect place for a date!

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!

TM
Chicago
3 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
31 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