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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CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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.

GK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
179 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
21 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!

MM
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tender calamari, very good linguine & meat sauce

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Our food arrived warm, not hot. Pork tenderloin dish was overcooked. Asked for medium and it was not pink in the middle. Chicken dish just ok. Menu online had more choices than in restaurant. Drinks were good. Nice atmosphere. Nice waitress.

a
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All was good service was great and food was great.

L
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Great service and good food. The restaurant could use a bit of sprucing up for ambience..

I
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was great! Wine was delicious. Cocktails were disgusting. We were seated in the basement, next to, where they dump dirty dishes. Made it very loud as they just tossed plates and silverware into the bins. Our server was nice but a little pushy, kept trying to up sell more wine to us. He kept asking our table questions about ourselves, our relations to each other, where we were from etc.

L
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous food. One of our favorites in the neighborhood. We love the Carpaccio.

S
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family night out in Chicago

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was too salty

BC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best tiramisu I've ever tasted! Great food overall, friendly staff, good ambience. Highly recommended for couples, groups...

s
Cleveland
42 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chestnut location is one of Francesca's most popular locations and for good reason. The food is delicious and the service impeccable. I try to visit every time I am in town and always find the locals welcoming. This time we came with my son and a friend for Christmas dinner. It was absolutely the best choice, even though we did have to take an early seating to get in on short notice.

AG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Francesca’s upped their game from previous holidays in terms of menu and much better service. A great experience!

DV
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I have been to other Francesca's locations but this is by far the best. Our Christmas Day lunch was magnificent. Every bite was delicious. The buche de noel was amazing!

L
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Christmas Eve meal with family. The restaurant was very busy on arrival but service and food were excellent and lived up to prior experience. Reliably high standards. Thank you!

TH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Tiffany was amazing. She made our Christmas Eve dinner very special. Her recommendations for food and wine were spot on. It’s hard to find servers that will really engage and provide a true dining experience.

PC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate in the basement wine room. Lovely ambiance and quieter than upstairs. The food was delicious and service terrific. We will go again soon.

MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food! Only negative was once we were seated, it took at least 10 minutes before we were acknowledged by wait staff. The restaurant was barely full so the wait made no sense to us. Once we got our waiter, service was great!

TD
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely return. Joe the manager, was amazing. Food was fabulous. Best bolognese in the city. We will be returning

A
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went there for pre-theater dinner as we have several times before. Nice place, upscale casual, excellent service, got out on time for the show without being rushed. Ask to be seated on the main floor, not the mezzanine. Pasta is what pasta should be and so are the entrees. My wife had the Branzino (which I tasted and was first rate) and I had the pork medallions, very nicely done...just the right way. I always love their gelato here. I tried the pistachio and banana fudge this evening and they were great. I think they're actually homemade. You certainly won't go wrong here.

GK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I’m a long time huge fan of Francesca’s so my rating is based on what I KNOW they are capable of not, unfortunately, not what I experienced on 12/14. I believe they were simply overwhelmed and over committed to reservations. We waited (really no place to wait so just bumped around) for slightly over 30 minutes past our reservation time. It seemed that the overwhelmed host team provided seats to the loudest complaints rather than by time reserved and checked in. Waiters were scrambling to keep up with too many table assignments resulting in minor, but disappointing, errors on special orders usually handled without missing a beat.
Francesca’s is a great place for a solid meal and I’ll continue to recommend without hesitation. Unfortunately something was amiss that night and it looks like they simply got “too far over their skis”. I’ll look forward to my next visit.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kid's friendly.

CR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Sommelier at the bar was very helpful in helping us find a bottle that is similar to one that we really like, in addition to being similar in price. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. We all ordered pasta, one was on the special list, delicious and tasted home made. By far the profiteroles for dessert was our favorite! Within walking distance of our hotel, which was super convenient. We will go back!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food

JF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice, convenient. Good service. Quiet even though it was buy lunch hour.

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