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For 2
Date
Sat, 2/17
Time
8:00 PM
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Francesca's on Chestnut

4.4
1598 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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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Cuisines
Italian, Wine Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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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
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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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Catering
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
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

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 1598 People Are Saying
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vipLBSY (Chicago)
1.0  Dined 3 days ago

Everything was awful

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 3 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

We have been to this restaurant several times on our visits from out-of-town. We like the menu as well as the ambience for a relaxing, comfortable dining experience. The wait staff was competent and friendly. We have no complaints except for one thing: the wine we chose was not available so we were offered the next best bottle for $10 more; we thought we should have been offered it for the same price as our original order.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Food and service was great

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HappyDiner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

My husband and I love this restaurant. It can be both romantic and family friendly. This time we were celebrating my husband’s birthday, and everything was, as usual, top notch. We had our wedding here in September, and that was perfect too. The food and service are always excellent. It’s very special to us.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Great service, even better food. I like about 40min away but would drive down every weekend to have the gnocchi!

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