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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

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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (28)
Casual (26)
Special Occasion (23)
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Authentic (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Cozy (19)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Comfort Food (17)
Business Meals (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Romantic (12)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Fun (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Seasonal (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined 2 days ago

Very good food and service. Get the veal medallions.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Late-night Find
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·Dined 2 days ago

We had a fantastic experience. We all ordered a different entree and each was incredibly tasty. Jesse, our server, was fabulous! Very attentive, kind and gracious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

surprised at the bad quality of service and food, very disappointing

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·Dined 6 days ago

Great food, wonderful kids menu, lively atmosphere, and quick service. We were in and out in approximately an hour, which was amazing considering we were there with two slow eating children. The only very minor complaint was that server follow up on topping off drinks and ordering dessert was a bit slow compared to what we were accustomed to. Thanks largely to the online reservation system, it was only a 2-3 min wait until we were seated. We would dine there again!

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 7 days ago

Coffees is bad and pasta is not cook properly

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Though the restaurant was crowded and the tables were small and very close together and it was pretty loud, the food, service, wine were great as always, this remains one of our favorite restaurants, we have been to several of the restaurants in the chain, all great

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Francescas was a great experience. Every part of the meal was great. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Chicago.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

They accommodated a special no-carb diet with a very special calamari. The world's best!! And some of the staff were very customer-oriented. Overall, it was quite a memorable experience. And I want that sauteed calamari recipe!!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The salmon had a greasy taste. Our previous visit it was fine. Need to be more consistent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We enjoyed our meal. Our server, Jesse, was very polite gave us enough time to look over the menu without hanging over our shoulder or checking on us too frequently. I made the reservation through Open Table and added a note that it was out 16th Anniversary. Jesse congratulated us on 16 years together and the dessert was on the house. It was a lovely evening and the food was delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Went shopping at Mag Mile and this is one of our go-to spots. The kids love it too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I only rated the service "good" because we had to ask three different wait staff before someone bought us crushed red pepper. Really? And the almost laughable thing was the other waiter only had to walk a few steps to get it!!!

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I was celebrating my 1st wedding anniverary. Per my reservation i stated that this my 1st wedding anniversary with my wife. The whole time we were there nobody acknowledged our anniversary. I know all places are different , but every restaurant that I've been to has acknowledged any special occasion that i was celebrating. The food was great and service was ok. They really pack you in and the space is really cramped. I wouldn't go back to this location.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Mediocre food and service. Need to significantly invest in the quality of the ingredients and cooking.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Tasty Thanksgiving lunch! Service is superb and food is honest and great! will be back

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Neighborhood regular - new menu didn’t seem that interesting so I ordered a salad (excellent) and pizza (couldn’t eat it). Pizza dough was underdone and chewy and the tomato sauce was lumpy and literally tasted like it was paste out of a can. Our server (excellent) was very apologetic and accommodating and removed the pizza from the bill. Everyone else in our group was pleased with their dinner. But my pizza, like it was store bought and warmed up on my dorm room radiator.

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 (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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