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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K
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and dining experience. Highly recommend!

E
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

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
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

DW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

CH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

S
Chicago
87 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a birthday party. They made it very special

m
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Service was excellent.

SM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BR
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phyllis is back and that makes all the difference in the experience! Mike G. Assistant Manager is a priceless asset as well. Foo is always top notch and now a new chef. Just great!

LP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Francesca's is always wonderful. We've never had a bad meal & the salmon is outstanding!

MS
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Italian Restaurant in all of Chicago! When I lived here, visited either Frankfort or Palos weekly for date night. Excellent menu with outstanding service and a great bar to be reckoned with. Have since relocated to the Houston area.
But Francesca's is an absolutely must dining experience in my quarterly visits home to Chicago!

SM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted warmly by the valet and all of the staff. They were very attentive and the food was fantastic. It was an enjoyable evening with family.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always enjoyable to dine at Francesca’s. I haven’t had a bad dish there yet and many surprisingly good ones! The bread at the table service is addicting. Service was attentive to our water levels and drinks, and food was prompt with excellent help from the waitress.

M
Chicago
327 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Menu changes often. Food is quite good. Pastas are not your typical pasta and meatballs. They are a bit different but always very good. I especially love the appetizers and the key lime pie dessert. Service is quite friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. They are willing to change things up for you if you ask. Nice place to dine out on the patio. Good wine too!!!

m
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

Very disappointed of this place. Food was awful, service is good!
I was hopping to have a great time with my baby girls for her birthday but she didn’t like the food at all!!

G
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love Francesca's. Go there almost every time we visit our daughter - a student at UIC.

KG
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Friendly staff. Love it!

K
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful gastronomic delight My husband has to eat gluten free and they had a wonderful menu. He had the salmon and it was the best ever. I had the Baramundi and it was also superb . The mohito’s were one the best I have had

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love it here. Our bartender, John, is accommodating, gracious and knowledgeable and the live music was excellent as well.

OT
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family was sightseeing in Chicago and decided that we wanted Italian food from the Little Italy section of the city. We didn’t know if we were going to be seated because we thought that it was too close for an open table reservation. The manager quickly greeted us and sat our family at a table almost immediately. Food and drinks came out at a timely manner and everything was delicious. We will return.

D
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick service, great staff, and very tasty food. One of my favorite restaurants in the city.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here just about once a week. The ladies at the hostess stand are super friendly. Tom is manager always makes it over to stop and say hello. The bus boys are so friendly and efficient. Sam is the best server. Always friendly, helpful, efficient and serves with a smile. The food is always spot on. These reasons are what keeps me coming back. Thanks you all.

SE
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

In from AZ. We remembered Francesca's As being great but it was not! After talking to other people their service and food has gone down down hill. Our friends and us will never go back

J
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic menu! Beautiful dining room have been many times

c
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this place! Excellent customer service and great food.

TW
Chicago
119 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited here for National Lasagna day. Service by Filippe was phenomenal. Great value if you can make it during happy hour

L
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating service, food was delicious.

JW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. Great food and excellent service.

RG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been eating at Francesca's for years now and they are always the best. At no time have I ever had a bad meal there. Great service staff too.

Love this place!

SH
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Sam is the world's greatest waiter and the food is consistently outstanding.

D
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Francescas on Taylor is typically great, but when we arrived, they didn't have our reservation. Although the host found us a table where we thought we could have a business discussion, the patrons were still a bit loud. It was difficult to hear each other. A loud patron is not Francesca's fault, but it's a relatively small restaurant, so a couple of loud patrons can raise the volume quickly. I'll still be a regular customer because the food and service are great.

SU
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always amazing!!

N
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific ole to take a large group. We had our family of all ages and they loved it

CH
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Prompt service with excellent food. Drink was heavy on ice.

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