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About Francesca's on Chestnut

Francesca’s on Chestnut is a member of The Francesca's Restaurant Group. Located in 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 three concepts across 33 locations and four states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 23 Francesca’s Restaurants, five Davanti Enoteca, and five Glazed and Infused locations.

200 E. Chestnut Street
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Wine Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Satuday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Michigan Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 482-8800

Website:
http://www.miafrancesca.com/locations/profile/francescas-on-chestnut-gold-coast

Catering:
Please contact Katherine Woods for questions about catering.
(773) 281-3310 ext. 21

Parking Details:
Valet is offered through The Seneca Boutique Apartments at $16. Metered street parking and parking garages are also available in close proximity.

Public Transit:
We are accessible via the Chicago red line stop as well as the 151, 145, 146 and 147 Chestnut & Michigan CTA bus stop.

The closest L stop is State and Chicago.

Executive Chef:
Martin Ontiveros

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Katherine Woods for questions about special events.
(773) 281-3310 ext. 21

Private Dining

Francesca’s on Chestnut proudly offers special events in our private dining room for business, family & social event for group of 10 to 60. Our philosophy of simple, rustic cooking served in a casual sophisticated trattoria setting translates flawlessly to group dining.

Francesca's on Chestnut Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (31)
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Quiet Conversation (17)
Good for Groups (17)
Romantic (15)
Business Meals (15)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Fun (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Second time to Francesca's and still it's one of my favorites in Chicago. The food is delicious the service is amazing. I prefer the pastas and the desserts! You cannot go wrong with this restaurant!!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We enjoyed our meal and our waiter, Oscar was excellent. We also enjoyed the Happy Hour in the bar...as this was a REAL Happy Hour. The food was delicious and offered at a fair price. We will definitely return!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Daddy and daughter date

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I love the Francesca's franchises and the restaurant on Chestnut is now my neighborhood place. Great food, an excellent wine list, and wonderful service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

For National Spaghetti Day, the spaghetti with meatballs, house salad, Italian bread with olive oil, all paired with Chianti Classico was a real nice experience. Delicious and authentic.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This restaurant had nice ambiance, attentive service, and very good food--including some great vegetarian options.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was quite good from a diversified menu. Unfortunately we were here early on New Year’s Eve so probably not a fair time to evaluate. Noise was moderate but crowded due to what appeared to be their placing out additional tables.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Treated my daughters to a play at Broadway Playhouse and was looking for something the family would enjoy. With one picky eater in the group this had something for everyone. For New Years Eve it wasn’t crowded and the service was friendly and helpful. The food was wonderful with one comment from my oldest daughter that it was the best alfredo sauce she has ever had; which is saying a lot from the one who is quite selective on her food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was our firts visit to this location. I have to say I was very pleased and will come back. The menu is the same as my local Francescas but it was the same tasting and quality.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very good Italian menu. My wife and I each enjoyed a selection from the Festival of Fish special menu. Service was great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

On a busy evening, we felt well cared for and enjoyed the special holiday menu available for several days in December. Friendly service. Tables arranged for private conversation. Great food and wine.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great space and location. Food is always consistent. Waiter didn’t have much personality and staff hovered grabbing plates before we were finished

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Absolutely delicious! Great service by host & wait staff

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

A love,y restaurantv with a limited menu, but all tasty options.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Typically, I am a big fan of the Francesca restaurants. But, unfortunately I have not had the same experience at the Chestnut location. While it's a very nice restaurant, both the food and service were average at best.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We live the Francesca restaurants and we have gone to Francesca on Chestnut the past three years in Christmas Day. They do a great job. Nice for couples, families, neighbors.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We ordered the wedge salad and the dressing was of the Cosco variety. The bread was stale and no taste We both ordered the pasta which was supposedly homemade with pieces of lobster. It barely had 2 ounces of lobster. Best thing I could say was the service was acceptable. Top tables reviews had me convinced I would get a good meal and honestly Olive Garden would've been better

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was just very very average. Had a lobster pasta dish which might've been better labeled pasta dish. Almost zero meat in it. Fiancee had the sea bass which was decent but not memorable in any way. Waitress just going through the motions at best. Don't like leaving blah reviews I was just a bit disappointed overall. It was Christmas Eve so might have caught them on off night.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It was wonderful! We celebrated my daughter’s birthday and the staff made it very special. Thank you!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

My daughter works at a near by hospital. Our Christmas Eve tradition the last few years was to meet her at Francesca’s. We have enjoyed the food in the past. My daughter enjoys this restaurant because of the gluten free pasta. Unfortunately, they did not have any on Christmas Eve. Of course after a long day at work, she was upset. They offered her fish with no sides. We called the manager over and he wasn’t sympathetic. We asked for risotto. My daughter said it didn’t have much flavor. After the poor response, we have decided to find different restaurant for next Christmas Eve

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food and service does not compare to Francesca on La Grange road. Disappointed

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great service from entire staff. Everyone was extremely friendly patient and kind with our large diverse group. Arrived late evening due to flight schedules, they allowed us the time to linger. Relax and visit. We never felt rushed. One person left their phone behind, they promptly called and stayed after close to allow for us to come back to retrieve it. Would highly recommend.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

food was delicious!!! great comfort food! big space great for crowds the pasta was fantastic and great wine list....

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great little neighborhood spot. Love this place!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Such an amazing meal! Wait staff was perfect! This place is the best!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Service was great!

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great Italian food located in the heart of all the Mag Mile/Water Tower fun. We went on a Saturday night and it was packed full with people - I think we only managed to get a last minute reservation because someone cancelled, and I'm so glad they did! The gnocchi and Bolognese were to die for!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Seated immediately despite arriving ten minutes early, so off to a good start. Very nice waiter who took care of us despite a very busy night. Food was excellent and ambiance was wonderful. As an added bonus, they are the first restaurant to stock a wine from an Italian winery we visited last year.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Romantic, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Good food, great service. Overall a nice evening.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Francesca's was very good. The restaurant is very easy to find and in a good location. There is lots of seating available. The menu has a lot of variety, but too much. The food was delicious and the drinks were nice as well.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Very good food and service. Get the veal medallions.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Late-night Find
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

We had a fantastic experience. We all ordered a different entree and each was incredibly tasty. Jesse, our server, was fabulous! Very attentive, kind and gracious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

surprised at the bad quality of service and food, very disappointing

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great food, wonderful kids menu, lively atmosphere, and quick service. We were in and out in approximately an hour, which was amazing considering we were there with two slow eating children. The only very minor complaint was that server follow up on topping off drinks and ordering dessert was a bit slow compared to what we were accustomed to. Thanks largely to the online reservation system, it was only a 2-3 min wait until we were seated. We would dine there again!

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Coffees is bad and pasta is not cook properly

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Though the restaurant was crowded and the tables were small and very close together and it was pretty loud, the food, service, wine were great as always, this remains one of our favorite restaurants, we have been to several of the restaurants in the chain, all great

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Francescas was a great experience. Every part of the meal was great. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Chicago.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

They accommodated a special no-carb diet with a very special calamari. The world's best!! And some of the staff were very customer-oriented. Overall, it was quite a memorable experience. And I want that sauteed calamari recipe!!

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Xmas shopping trip

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The salmon had a greasy taste. Our previous visit it was fine. Need to be more consistent.

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