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Francesca's on Chestnut

1602 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Special Occasion (29)
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Wine Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm

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

Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Satuday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 482-8800
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Martin Ontiveros
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Please contact Katherine Woods for questions about catering.
(773) 281-3310 ext. 21
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Cross street
Michigan Ave
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Parking details
Valet is offered through The Seneca Boutique Apartments at $16. Metered street parking and parking garages are also available in close proximity.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Katherine Woods for questions about special events.
(773) 281-3310 ext. 21
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

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.

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What 1602 People Are Saying
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GirlzNiteOut (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Mom/daughters weekend trip to Chicago to celebrate upcoming wedding with future daughter-in-law. Francesca's was convenient to our hotel on Magnificent Mile, too group reservations, and varied menu with something for everyone. Staff (esp. Reese) was outstanding!!

vipDiningout (Miami)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Delicious Food, Great Service. Just as we expected.

5.0  Dined 3 days ago

The food was incredible, our waiter was very very good, all around a great experience!!

OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

We own a hotel condo at the Raffaello - but only get to Chicago every couple of months. We always like going to Franscesca's! Last weekend our grandchildren came down for a birthday and a show across the street. It worked out very nicely! They love your spaghetti, too! Thanks for the Birthday dessert and candle!

vipLBSY (Chicago)
1.0  Dined 6 days ago

Everything was awful

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

It wasn’t bad. The food was flavorful and fresh. Our problem was the service. Our waiter wasn’t around a lot and didn’t follow through on bringing us things that we asked for (like bread) or if we did ask it took a decent amount of time to actually receive.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Very limited menu. $19 for 6 pieces of mediocre ravioli?!?! I could frozen ravioli that is just as good for less than $5. Pizza was quitetasty. Service was not good for having only 3 tables eating in the entire restaurant.

Will not go back. There are much better Italian restaurants in Chicago in my opinion

MomoSan309 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Post theatre dining on a snowy weekend. We arrived early for our reservation and we were seated right away. Friendly service by Carlos for our large group (6+) though he seemed stretched thin as he appeared to be the only server in the late weekend afternoon. Dining was good for the group although I make claim to the best dish of veal ala limone. Hubby had a ravioli that was quite good also. Desserts selected were delicious! A very memorable lemon dessert and a chocolate lovers dream the Torta Lava.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Overall a great experience. The restaurant was in a great location and was very reasonably priced for the locale and the high-quality food.

Portion sizes were very good. They weren’t pretentious like one might expect in the Gold Coast yet they were not obnoxious either as some Italian chains are.

We even received a free birthday dessert for my wife.

My only complaint would be the service. The restaurant was not terribly crowded yet our server was slow. This was unfortunately exacerbated by the fact that when he was around he was very quick to clean around us of any dishes/settings that were either used or unneeded, to the point that we started to feel somewhat pressured and rushed.

Overall it was very good though!

vipOpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

I was there last Saturday night with 2 great friends. We were all from out of town and really looking forward to a great meal. I was very disappointed. Two of us ordered Risotto appetizer. It was grainy, salty and not prepared well. It had to be exchanged for other dishes. One of us exchanged for the calamari appetizer; the other got the rigatoni with Italian sausage. Neither dish was satisfactory. The rigatoni noodles were tough and not thoroughly cooked. The calamari was also not prepared well. I ate the rigatoni because I was very hungry from walking around all day. The service was spotty.
Overall this was a very unsatisfactory experience. I visit Chicago a lot and will not likely return to this restaurant.