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Date
Sun, 4/22
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7:30 PM
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Francesca's on Chestnut

4.5
1642 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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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Cuisines
Italian, Wine Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Mon 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Brunch
Saturday : 11:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday : 10:00am - 3:00pm
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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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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Show Mom some Amore! Book your mother's day reservations with us today. Regular menu and specialty dishes will be offered.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1642 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Wonderful atmosphere. Food was very tasty. Great proximity to Broadway Theater and easy parking nearby.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Have a good food and good price

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The service was great - the waiter was so accommodating when we were annoying and wanted half orders of dishes. He was very patient and suggested great dishes. The food was excellent too. We have been to other Francesca locations before, though not this one. They never disappoint.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Francesca's was able to accommodate our party of 6 last minute on Friday night. We were seated right away and had great service. The waiter was attentive for most of the meal and was very, very helpful in making sure certain members of our party had food that fit their dietary needs (allergies, etc.) They were incredibly conscientious about this which was so appreciated. Our meals were very good and we all had a fun night.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Top notch service and food delicious. Our friends birthday and she was treated like the queen., so special. Great team and staff.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had great dinner on my wife's birthday. Food is excellent, one of the best Italian food. The service is awesome as well, great place; highly recommend for a great dinner.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Nice place for a family dinner. Food is delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Very delicious meal. Service was excellent. Really enjoyable evening!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great experience! Fantastic service (thank you, Reese!). Fresh and flavorful food from apps to dessert. Great wine recommendations. Very accommodating of our gluten-free diner and two children (ages 5 and 7). This meal was one of the highlights of our trip!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

During a terrible weather weekend in Chicago, Francesca's provided a warm comfortable setting with excellent Italian fare. Conversation friendly, it allowed me and my wife and my niece to catch up and enjoy each other's company.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We plan to come back, however, it is noisy. But the food is very well prepared and wines are wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We had a wonderful time. The mozzarella, tomato basil salad Was outstanding. However,, I ordered the braised beef and artichoke dish. I was disappointed because there was very little meat, maybe 6 bites and a whole boatload of pasta. Everyone else loved the meals and we loved the atmosphere and experience.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

My husband and I shared a carpaccio appetizer, and neither of us feel well the following day

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Went for date night - gave us a cozy table by the window. Service was outstanding - attentive but not hovering! Had the shrimp & pasta - large, juicy shrimp in an excellent tomato based sauce.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Wonderful food and drinks! Was a great evening with friends. Unfortunately, the waitress seemed to forget about us after the salads came to the table. We wanted dessert but got so tired of waiting for a menu and the waitress that we asked for the check not knowing when we might see her again.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I really like Francesca's on Chestnut, even when I can't get a table downstairs! This meal was no exception - Bruschette Alla Romana is a must, and the smoked salmon appetizer special was fantastic. My date and I shared the Veal medallions in white wine lemon sauce and it was spectacular - fresh baby spinach just barely sauteed and thick, luscious pieces of veal cooked perfectly to mid-rare. My only complaint, I got the wrong cocktail and the bartender insisted (via our server) it was what I ordered - seems easier to just acknowledge the mistake.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The brunch menu was wonderful. Several breakfast or lunch items from which to choose.

We had a terrible waiter though; one of the very few times I could not leave 20% tip

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food, the service, and the drinks were very exceptional.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Francesca's is always consistent at each location we have tried. Ambience is simple but elegant and the food was outstanding.

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1.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Very few vegetarian options. Bar man lacked customer service skills when we arrived. Food average - could have cooked better myself.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

I can always depend on quick service and a genuine Italian delicious meal!!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

So many wonderful entrees to choose from. We all enjoyed our dinners. The salmon, pasta and chicken dishes we ordered were delicious. Service was great. We chose Francesca's because it's a great location when seeing a play at the Broadway Playhouse . But we'll come back just for the food!

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Always good and a good value. Waiters are very helpful and friendly. It is very close to me so I go often.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Francesca's provides an outstanding neighborhood option to the crowded Rush Street scene. Their menu changes with nightly specials and seasonal shifts which allows for the opportunity to explore new entrees or stick with the regular items. A great place for a meal, where you can carry on a conversation without screaming and also not feel rushed by the staff

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

A nice place with great food, they even made a little special attention for my wife birthday, nothing fancy but really well done. Tks

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Consistently friendly service and good food. Prices more reasonable than many restaurants in this area.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Great food and great server. Just seemed that the notes on my reservation were completely ignored. I requested a table away from service stations and preferably along the windows. My guest and I were seated at a four top table near the stairs that lead up to a secondary dining area. So not only were we near the service station, we had a great view of it.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

It was super delicious! Management and service was on point! Great restaurant for a special occasion or just a casual date!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Francisco was a great waiter and very patient...Saturdays downtown are always busy...

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great food in a lively yet neighborhood oriented vibe. Great find in streeterville area highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Ages ranging from barely 6 to almost 80.
We live a 5 minute walk away and this neighborhood offers a vast array of alternatives but Francesca is our go-to choice with a menu broad enough to satisfy anyone. Venue was packed but service still up to the mark.
FOC is high on our where shall we go tonight list.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Always a truly wonderful dining experience in every way!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Our waiter, George, was attentive and delightful. The food was AWESOME! My husband didnt choke on the bill either!

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Our appetizers were outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

While staying at the Drake, we had dinner at Francesca's on Chestnut. It was a short 2-block walk. The restaurant is lovely with excellent food and service. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Downstairs here is great--quiet with an additional menu. The squid ink pasta dish is exceptional! Always a good meal here, good location and reasonable in price.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

This is a really awesome restaurant. I love Italian, and this is the best. Thanks for a really nice evening.

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Food is fair..lacks zip.....creatively missing...nothing special on menu...

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

This day was Throw Back Tuesday to celebrate their anniversary so pricing was extremely reasonable. Our table of 4 was engrossed in conversation and took a long time to decide on our orders. The waiter was very patient and helpful; he didn’t try to hurry us. Our water glasses were promptly refilled.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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!!

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