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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

Specials

$5 Lunch Cocktails.

Special valid Aug 3, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 all week from 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Happy Hour Specials in Bar Area

Thursdays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Specials

$5 Lunch Cocktails.

Special valid Aug 3, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 all week from 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Details

$5.00 bellinis, $5 Mimosas $5 Zing Zang Bloody Marys $5 Select House Wines Monday through Friday during lunch and Saturday and Sunday during brunch! (11a-3:30pm) . Excludes Tax and Tip. No valid with other promotions!. Special valid Aug 3, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 all week from 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM.

Happy Hour Specials in Bar Area

Thursdays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Details

Choose from: Carpaccio del Giorno $8, Mussels Pomodoro $6, Create-Your-Own-Pizza $6, Bruschette all Romano $5, Polpette in Umido $5, Insalata Cesare $5. $3.00 Select Beer $5.00 Select Wines $5.00 House-Brand Cocktails. Excludes Tax and Tip. Does not include tax or gratuity. Available at the bar/cocktail section only. Special valid Aug 3, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 on Thursdays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM.

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

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (28)
Authentic (26)
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Neighborhood Gem (24)
Special Occasion (23)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Business Meals (16)
Comfort Food (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Romantic (14)
Cozy (14)
Fun (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Seasonal (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Healthy (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Vegan (2)
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Live Music (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Loved our evening at Francesca's - we dined after a play at the Lookinglass Theatre - perfect location and distance. There were 6 of us and we all enjoyed our entree's and the waiter was extremely helpful in providing advice and recommendations. Everything was delicious and reasonably priced. The desserts were out of this world - the Tiramisu was the best I have ever had (and I don't like it usually). Everything was perfect!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We enjoyed pizza, soup, and Fettuccine alla Bolognese, all the food served to our table was wonderful. The service was also very attentive. I highly recommend the restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Francesca's was excellent. We were seated and immediately given bread which was excellent. My daughter ordered a Moscow Mule and Inhad a raspberry martinit. Both were excellent.We started with the Calamari which was very good but nothing outstanding. My husband had the pizza which he said was one of the best he has ever had. It was loaded with prosciutto and he felt it was a great value. My daughter loved her rigatoni. I had the special which was pasta with lobster and lagostinos. Pasta and lobster were excellent however I was disappointed in the lagostinos as they were covered in sauce and could not be broken apart to get anything out of the shell - if that was even possible. It was a little noisy but not bad. Excellent service. We will definitely be going back.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

My husband and I had a wonderful evening in this restaurant. The taste of everything was extraordinary and we liked it very much. The bread was very good which is not common. The ingredients are at a high quality. Just good, good, good!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Sooo good I am going back again

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Fantastic as always
Consistently great food
We wish they had frequent diners card

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious food. Very energetic (so conversation was necessarily loud). Would come back for flavors but wish volume could be lower.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Dear Real Management,

We have been goIng to Francesca’s for years. You cater all our parties and the food is amazing. The staff except for your fill in RM Chris, have always been top notch. When Alex left to take a position at your restaurant in Rockford why didn’t you promote Linda or Joe? Instead You bring in this regional guy named Chris who is a complete tool. He is absolutely the worst. Doesn’t know his clientele and couldnt care less to know any of us. Chris is More worried about trying to hit on the younger women guests and walking around like he owns the place. His ego is way too big for that restaurant and the staff can’t stand him. FRANCESCAS DO SOMETHING BEFORE YOU LOSE ALL YOUR LOCALS!!

Tanya and Duncan (your Friday night steady diners).

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Fancy dining with affordable prices. Romantic ambience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Solid Francesca dining! Perfect corner table for our group. Very attentive service. However, our server interrupted our conversation 3 times. There's a nice way for a server to approach a table and wait for the guests to pause their conversation but our server did not do that. I know a server is busy but rudely approaching and interrupting guests is not "hospitality" friendly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Date night without our kids, great service and romantic atmosphere, the Chef and servers were very friendly and attentive and a pleasure to have stopping by our table for Black Truffles. Food very tasty and dessert must have : the Chocolate / Pistachio Profiteroles!!
What a treat in Chicago! Great job guys! from a retired corporate Food Service Director / Exc. Chef. Merci et a bientot! PP

Tags: Business Meals, Quick Bite, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Spicy, Cozy, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Romantic, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Vegan, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 28, 2017

A lively restaurant with wonderful stay and extensive menu - especially the wine menu. A prime location within walking distance. In short, all of us enjoyed it meals. We cannot comment on the dessert.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Always a Huge fan but the Chestnut location was not good. I’m a regular in Palos Heights and live near Edgewater

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

The striped sea bass was very old tasting. The halibut was better.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Butternut squash pasta was rough and not particularly flavorful but service was excellent and we enjoyed the burrata and wine. This was only my first time at Francesca's that was not a huge hit.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We went for their $12 pasta day, so the food was definitely worth it. We would recommend the scallop pasta, linguine alla assunta, even for the regular price. Was not impressed with fettucine primavera. Wish they offered fresh parmesan on top. Otherwise great service, good wine.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Our lunch for six was an excellent experience. The music was a bit in the loud side.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We went to Francescas on Chestnut for our 2nd Anniversary. The service and atmosphere were perfect. They also allowed us to move downstairs after 5 to be more alone and it was just us for quite a while. The food and wine were great as well. Really enjoyed our time there. We would definitely recommend this for a date night.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Francesca's never disappoints! Enjoyed treating friends to dinner from out of state.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Love this place
Chicago has a ton of Italian restaurants but this is my go to for consistently good fresh and seasonal food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Authentic, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I have to remark that despite the reservation being for 9 people, we were given a round table of eight seats where we had to settle. I understand that the restaurant was full on the eve of Marathon, but next to it was a table with 7 people that could hold 10 people. This group arrived at the same time as us, and since we had booked it was a matter of common sense. We appreciate the courtesy of a complimentary entry for the delay at the table.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

On Saturday night, my family dined at Francesca's on Chestnut and had an excellent experience. My sister chose Francesca's as her pre-Marathon meal; with her Gluten-free diet, Francesca's Gluten Free menu was perfect for her protein & carb-loading needs. My Dad ordered his regular: sausage Rigatoni, and he was very pleased. My Mom chose the Butternut Squash Tortellini and had only fabulous things to say. For my Vegan self, I opted for the Special Salad (avocado, tomatoes, olive oil) and vegetables. Everything was delicious.

Francesca's on Chestnut has a classically elegant ambiance, and located right in the heart of the Gold Coast, this is truly a Chicago Italian gem.

Tags: Vegan, Romantic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 30, 2017

A rare misstep for this mostly consistent restaurant. It won't keep me from coming back but the service was average at best. The waiter and support staff were courteous and engaging while at the table but those interactions were sparse because they were both clearly spread thin as they had far too many tables and customers to attend to on this evening. The food was great as always.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

A little noise at peak times, but thankfully no music on top of that

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

One of the best Italian restaurants we’ve been to
Extensive varied menu Good wine list. Really friendly and knowledgeable staff

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Wonderful menu. Spot on service. Good value. Will return.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Needed a restaurant to appease both vegetarian and carnivore. Francesca's made all diners happy with their menu choices. However, our service was hurried and we felt we were being rushed to leave so they could flip the table after 1 hour. Noise level makes it difficult to have conversation anyway so we adjourned elsewhere for coffee and dessert. Food is good if that's all you want. But if you want to talk or linger over your meal, this is not your place.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Highly recommend the fettuccine bolognese, and the gnocchi-melts in your mouth! Service was good, prices reasonable.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our server was great..the Gnocchi was the best we ever had. Definitely be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We enjoyed this restaurant with friends before a show. The food was really good and the portions were quite large. Beef carpaccio really stood out. Great service. No complaints!

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 21, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious. The noodles are made fresh each day and the flavor was perfect. I had the homemade fettuccine with fresh salmon and mushrooms in a tomato cream sauce!!! Then I had the chocolate lava tarte with mint ice cream...omg so good

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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Never disappointed in food, service or atmosphere...always pleasant experience and good place to meet friends from out of town for enjoyable, casual dining experience.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Restaurant was nice and accommodating. The noise level was high. It was quite difficult to have a conversation at the table. Food was good, salad was very enjoyable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Way too loud!!!! To the point that my ears were ringing afterwards.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 9, 2017

This was our first time at this Francesca's and we were not disappointed. The food was as good as the othe Francesca's that we have been to. Had my favorite, asparagus, tomato and blue cheese salad. Was fantastic as usual. Had the pork chop special that was delightful. For desert had my favorite Banana Fudge Gelato. Everything was superb.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere!!! We live about an hour from the City and this is one of our favorites!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

We were greated right away and seated in very nice area, service was excellent, food was fantastic, what more can I say except will definitely go back again.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Took out of town co workers here for dinner and it was much loved by all. Nice portion size, fresh ingredients, huge wine list! Fantastic service, nice sense of humor and personal touch from busboy even! Will definitely be back with my husband.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Food is always consistently fabulous! Sergio was our waiter and amazing! Great service!!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 3, 2017

I used to dine at the Bryn Mawr location almost weekly when I lived in Chicago over 13 years ago. Always great service and wonderful food.

The Chestnut location had lackluster service from check in to service. First, despite having a confirmed 7:30 reservation both in writing and by phone I received a call at 6:45 asking if I would still be honoring our 6:30 reservation.

Our waiter didn't offer us bread (they don't normally serve this anymore), we had to ask for olive oil a few times, I let our waiter know it was one of my friends birthdays and he charged my friend for the bday dessert. And when we asked him to take a group photo of our table ( we hadn't seen one another in 20 years!) he didn't take the time to make sure everyone was smiling and visible. We had to ask the hostess to take another photo as we left the restaurant.

The food quality was just ok. The pasta dishes lacked the flavor and plentiful ingredients the other locations are known for. It was mostly just pasta My boyfriend (who has never dined there) was not impressed.

All in all a disappointment. And given all the great restaurant choices in Chicago and during our brief stay here I wish we had chosen differently.

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