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Francesca's on Taylor

4.4
1581 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem (17)
  • Romantic (14)
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 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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday-Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

Dinner:
Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 829-2828
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dante Espino
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Catering
We offer a range of catering options for both pickup and delivery.
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Cross street
Loomis
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Parking details
Valet offered during lunch and dinner ($8.00 Lunch, $10.00 Dinner)
Side Streets are zoned for residents. Metered Parking available on Taylor Street
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Public transit
Blue Line Harrison/Racine stop
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Entertainment
We currently offer live Jazz and $5.00 Martini's every Thursday!! Please call for dates and times.
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Special events & promotions
Live Jazz every Thursday night.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

We can accommodate private parties of up to 130 guests.

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What 1581 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipfoodie (Chicago)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

The food was very tasty. The arga salad was nicely dressed and very flavorful. The cheese ravioli were delicious with a nicelight marinana. The sea bas was very nicely prepared as well as the sauted vegetables. The wine was nicely priced. Service was a little uneven.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Lovely evening overall. Accommodated

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MKinChicago (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The restaurant was busy for Valentine's Day. Service was a little slow at times, likely due to the large number of patrons and not enough staff on hand. When the bread was served to the table there was no olive oil. It took a while to get someone's attention and when the bus boy brought over a bottle it was almost empty. Had to ask server for a new bottle that never came. After asking another server a third time, the olive oil finally arrived. But it was annoying to wait 25 minutes for this to be finally delivered. Took a while to order (almost 20 minutes) since server had her hands full with other tables. After taking drink orders, someone else delivered a miniature cocktail and glass of wine, but the wine pour was not what was ordered. Fortunately the server corrected it, but we were starting to get annoyed. Although we waited some time, fortunately the bruschetta appetizer and main courses were delicious. When we ordered a second cocktail it came in a significantly larger glass. We wondered if that was to make up for the issues we were experiencing already. We arrived at 7:15pm and did not depart until close to 9:40pm when a large party was just starting to be seated and they were overtaking the room that we were in. We were one of three remaining patron tables still finishing our meals, but were feeling like we were being pushed out. The server asked at one point if we wanted to move to another table, but by then we were just waiting for the check to pay so we declined. Overall, experience was so so. We have had better experience there on past Valentine's Day dinners. Just chalk it up to being short staffed that night I guess.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great every time!

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vipDocc (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was great and we were really happy to get Amy for our waitress!😄

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chuckandlisa (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Good food small portions. Ok meal for the price. Would probably not go back. Better options

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful menu and food!!! Staff was fabulous and welcoming

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was excellent. Very flavorful. Our ice crea m dessert was delicious. Recommended for date night as well as family time

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Disappointed with food; “chain restaurant food;” also menu was limited for an Italian restaurant.

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vipMP7699 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

It has a great selection of wine and food. Service was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Just another uninspired American chain that thinks that overpriced quantity makes up for over-seasoned and badly prepared meals.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

Our server was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. Received our drinks and food in a very timely manner. The food was prepared superbly . Great tasting food and deliver to the table very warm. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Tony (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 8, 2018

I dine at this restaurant once or twice a year and this visit did not live up to expectations. The service was very slow even though they were not very busy. The small pizza that I had greatly enjoyed on a previous visit came out luke-warm after a too-long wait instead of being served hot right out of the oven. They did accommodate my guest, who's a simple spaghetti and meatballs guy, with a special off-the-menu order. I splurged on an expensive Tuscan red which proved to be only pretty good but not exceptional. The server was only minimally attentive, but gave good advice when asked. The special lemon sorbetto / biscotti dessert she recommended quite enthusiastically was the highlight of the meal for me. In all though, just an OK experience this time and not quite worth the charge.

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vipInoj (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

loved our meal and Amy was fantastic! Best mussels we ever had!

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vipDocc (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

So glad Amy was there to wait on us!! She’s just the best!

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Kath (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

Having lived in this neighborhood for many years, Francesca's has always been a "go to" place for consistently excellent food and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We were seated in a bad spot and the restaurant wasn’t full. The waitress was rushed and the service was borderline bad. The servers were better than the waitress and didn’t show preference between tables. The food was mediocre. We’ve been coming to Francesca’s for several years now but this recent experience, including the food, no longer hold the same value.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants but something was lacking on New Year’s Eve. The service was slow, food quantity was poor, lack of attention and I spent $350.00. It was not worth it on this particular evening. Definitely will go else where next year. I do still love this place for everyday but not necessarily special occasions or holidays.

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Caribbeanfoodie1 (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

It’s an old fashioned restaurant with slow service and inattentive servers. The food was blend. Not a great experience.

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vipGohawks (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

The service was great and the food was great as well!

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