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.View Private Dining Details
Everything was awful
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Food and service was great
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.
Great service, even better food. I like about 40min away but would drive down every weekend to have the gnocchi!