Francesca's on Taylor

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The 4th member of the Francesca's Restaurant Group, Francesca's on Taylor features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Chicago Magazine notes, "It brings a new kind of "abbondanza" to an old Italian neighborhood." The restaurant functions under the philosophy to encourage the lively art of dining with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices. 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 5 concepts across 25 locations in 3 states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 18 Francesca’s Restaurants, 4 Davanti Enoteca's, Disotto, Fat Rosie’s and Hillgrove Tap.
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Bruschetta Romana is excellent. Try the mint chip gelato. My mother loved the pollo disperata. My sister said the pork tenderloin was delicious. Jenna was our server. She was very patient. The manager came over to our table to check on us. Francesca’s is highly recommended by my family.

k
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time the room was live jazz was kicking the service was great

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious. Ambiance was lovely. They did their best regarding prompt service as they appeared to be short staffed.

MA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire meal from the Bruschetta, the entrees, to the dessert was absolutely delicious! Great waiter and the atmosphere was cozy and warm.

MH
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Christmas. They were short staffed. It took20 minutes to get our first drink because only 1 bartender and couldn’t handle crowd. We have been dining at Francesca’s since MIA opened. Our son has lived in South loop for 15 years so we have dined here many times but not my favorite Location -have had several sub par experiences. We regularly eat at Francesca Amici in our home town ELmhurst since they opened. We do enjoy the food and Andy in ELmhurst is a great bartender.

OT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super good authentic Italian food. You won’t be disappointed

D
Chicago
297 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Staff was a bit overwhelmed because there were more last minute reservations ,including ours but we still had a great dinner!! The manager was helping out too!!

l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family atmosphere, and equally great for date night.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the cocktails and food was everything you would hope for in a special occasion.

a
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Totally inattentive service. We were there to splurge our one night near downtown Chicago. We ordered the mussels for appetizers and it was served as a pasta dinner. The server noticed and did nothing to correct it, we did have it and it was delicious. My husband ordered the sea bass, but the truffle sauce was horrible and he had to exchange it for the salmon, which was delicious, but the service again was so blahhhhhh. As for me, the mussels with the linguine was very delicious, so I ordered the seafood pasta, or turned out to be dry and no one even came by to ask if it was ok. It wasn't that busy either. Long story short, I was very disappointed and I didn't even get a chance to order dessert. The only positive is that I had budgeted $300 for my special night out, I only spent $130. So, I keep thinking it was because I didn't get all dressed up and I did have reservations, but we decided to go right after our visit to the Kris Kindle market, we didn't look our best, but that shouldn't matter. Anyway. Their loss.

MR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Francesca’s in Little Italy is a classic. The owner is old school and greeted every table. For a Saturday night, the area was not too busy. Perfect for anyone who needs to escape the busy downtown area. The food was delicious including their gluten free options!

r
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very very slow service

c
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Since Francesca opened Davanti across the street it has been much quieter at Francesca which makes it a perfect place to dine with friends or family or for a faculty recruit which was my purpose. The pasta and fish are typically excellent, although I went away from my reliable choice of salmon to go with the sea bass which I thought was not as good. but the food is reliably good and the desserts are to die for -- I never can decide between the profiteroles and the tiramisu so we ordered both! the wait staff are very attentive and the ambiance is classic old style Italian. it is not spectacular but if you need a good meal in a calm and a bit upscale this is a good choice.

MS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

j
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner with friends before seeing a movie. Our server was a bit too timid, so timing of our dinner was a bit elongated as we waited to place order for drinks, appetizer and dinner itself, but overall the food was wonderful and we had a great time! Thanks again, Francesca's!

J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I have enjoyed Francesca's in the past, but we got a really bad server this time. No bread til right before our meal came. We had to nag to get that. I ordered a second drink and the waiter didn't bring that either. I had to flag him down after a very long wait to get that drink. I supposed he was new, but he made the evening a drag.

MK
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food2service2ambience4

Service was slow but expected for a saturday evening. Very confused waiter

TM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food1service3ambience4

The evening at Francesca's was great, except for one dish that my BFF & I both had. It was called something fancy, but basically it was butternut squash ravioli. It was too "doughy" and the sauce tasted like beef gravy~yuch! Otherwise, the appetizers, bread, & food that our hubby's got was great. The service was great too.

G
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family decided to have dinner here before going to the United Center to see the comedian Sebastian Maniscalco. We had so much fun at your restaurant! The food was excellent, service was outstanding even though it was crazy busy! We are planning on coming back after the holidays!

MH
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent-a great place for a family meal

D
Chicago
240 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A couple of friends and myself gathered at Francesca's for a birthday dinner. The service and food was as it usually is...first-rate.

D
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience5

The Francesca's restaurants are among my favorite Chicago restaurants. We have frequented them for years, and only twice have I had a bad meal. This was one of those times. I ordered homemade pasta with a brown butter sage sauce. A brown butter sage sauce has two ingredients: butter and sage. The sauce that Francesca's is serving was viscous, and tasted nothing like a brown butter sage sauce. It even had tomatoes in it. The pasta (light, homemade pasta stuffed with butternut squash puree) was tasty. The sauce was barely edible. Don't order this entrée. Francesca's, you can do much better than this!

NG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Had a lovely early dinner. The service was stellar. We sat at the bar and John, the bartender, served us. He was attententive, but not overbearing, and very familiar with the menu. He made several helpful and knowledgeable suggestions. The food was fresh and flavorful, and portions were generous. The decor could use a little updating but that will not keep us away. We'll definitely dine there again.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Service was extremely slow and we arrived when there we only a few people in the restaurant. Other people after us we're eating before us. Food was mediocre, was disappointed because years ago it was one of our favorite places to eat in the Italian neighborhood. It has changed in my opinion.

RK
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Francesca’s always a solid “go-to” for quality Italian food in Chicago. Came with an out of town guest and we were all pleased with our selections as always. I have been going to Francesca’s on Taylor for over 20 years and have never had a bad meal.

K
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and dining experience. Highly recommend!

E
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went there for lunch with my co-workers and we had a really nice time. The place was clean and looked very nice. Service was prompt. The lunch menu is small which I like because then I know everything will be fresh and it was. Our server Joaquin was great - and I am so embarrassed to say that I took the copy of the merchant receipt and almost stiffed him on his well deserved tip! I called back and management was so gracious and easy to work with in making the adjustment! Food was excellent. We had calamari, perfectly breaded and fried. Chicken parm for which they made a small substitution for me on the pasta and wow it was so good! I wanted aioli instead of pomodoro on the pasta and it was no issue. The other plates were a Rigatoni lunch special with salad, and two orders of pasta I believe is was Alle Verdure - it looked really tasty and they all enjoyed lunch. We were also served a nice crusty table bread. Very nice, nice background music perfect volume for still being able to have a conversation - will be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Servizio pessimo per i lunghi tempi di attesa. Abbiamo aspettato un’ora per l’antipasto. Visto che poi anche i primi tardavano ce ne siamo andati via senza aspettare oltre. Abbiamo chiesto di chiamarci un taxi per tornare in hotel ma non ci sono riusciti. Meno male che un gruppo del tavolo vicino al nostro ci ha chiamato un auto con UBER. Quindi esperienza PESSIMA !!!!

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C
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was jam packed when we went due to the Chicago Marathon going on. We waited a long time for our meals but we were forewarned and we were very well taken care of by our waiter with a drink on the house. The burrata was outstanding, the salads also outstanding. The main dishes were average, so so, nothing to write home about.

Still, I would recommend Francesca's highly for their care of their customers, the ambience, the excellent cocktails and I will not judge their food until I try them again on a less insane evening.

n
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Saturday night and very crowded due to marathon the next day. Staff was not up to the task of managing the chaos. Waited over an hour for food and waiter never came by during that time to see if we needed water or bread and did not reappear until he dropped the check and ran. Guy in suit and tie supposedly running things but also did not make the rounds or offer any service recovery. Gave the impression they couldn’t care less about the customer. People around us were just leaving without eating. Cannot recommend this location.

LI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant in Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood. A gem: the food and service were outstanding. Appeared to be a neighborhood favorite, as well. Thank you for helping to fuel my 2019 Chicago Marathon adventure.

AD
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Overall, our experience at Francesca's on Taylor was average. We had no issues being seated as soon as we arrived, as we had a reservation; however, tables were situated in incredibly close proximity making it very difficult to eat comfortably with your party. Waiters were struggling to weave in and out of the tables with meals and drink without bumping into a guest's chair. The food was good, not great and as such, we felt the value was mediocre. I will admit, they may have not been at the top of their game due to it being marathon weekend and crowds were extremely large.

DW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service and exceptional dishes. Great place to go with friends.

CH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We are new to the area and picked Francesca’s on a whim. The food was excellent. But the service was over the top. It is not an exaggeration when I say that we had the best service of any restaurant we have been to in years. I highly recommend this restaurant!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, as always!! We love to eat at Francesca’s when we are in the city.

AE
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, not too expensive, but the taste is far from cheap. Service was excellent too. Will definitely be going again.

S
Chicago
92 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated upon our arrival! The food was good. We recommend this location to others.

MC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday party. They made it very special

m
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was excellent.

SM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Myra was delightful and made our night even more special.

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