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About Francesca's on Taylor
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.
Chicago, IL 60607
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We currently offer live Jazz and $5.00 Martini's every Thursday!! Please call for dates and times.
We offer a range of catering options for both pickup and delivery.
Valet offered during lunch and dinner ($8.00 Lunch, $10.00 Dinner)
Side Streets are zoned for residents. Metered Parking available on Taylor Street
Blue Line Harrison/Racine stop
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Live Jazz every Thursday night.
We can accommodate private parties of up to 130 guests.
Francesca's on Taylor Ratings and Reviews
The restaurant was not only lovely but the food delicious and our waitress was simply fabulous--engaging, funny, but not intrusive! We were there early because I had a flight to catch, but I found the sound level to be very comfortable. And if you had a TV installed anywhere, it didn't appear in my peripheral vision, so kudos to you for expecting your clientele to be engaged with their dining experience! Parking was easy with an affordable valet, but street parking was accessible as well.
Jazz Nite is great fun: $5 martinis and live jazz from a trio!
Jose, Reuben and the rest of the staff cared for us.
The food was good and we enjoyed ourselves.
We were very saddened to find out that both Sergio and Katrina, two of our very favorite servers have left Francesca’s on Taylor.
The food is very good but the service was annoying. Too many people stopping at the table asking if things were OK, looking to take an order, taking things away or bringing them. It’s overkill, and there’s no one person focusing on the table. Instead you get people asking the same thing over and over and also interrupting conversation. Also, in an Italian restaurant, the staff should know how to pronounce the names of the items properly.
This was the first time my husband and I dined at Francesca's on Taylor. The food was excellent - I had the butternut squash tortelacci and it was wonderful. My husband had the gnocchi and loved it. The caesar salad was too heavy with the dressing, my only criticism of the food. Profiteroles at Francesca's is marvelous! The noise level, however, was too much, if you want a conversation with your partner on a busy night.
We selected Francesca"s because both the food and service had gotten better. We were celebrating a friend's birthday that evening. While the food was delicious, the service was the worst we have ever experienced. We were seated on time. The restaurant was crowded, but it took 10 minutes before anyone came to talk to us. After we ordered drinks, it took another 15 minutes to get them. We all believed there were not enough wait staff that evening. the waitresses we saw were running around trying to take care of customers. Really a shame given the quality of the food.
I ordered Sausage & Peppers for my entrée (a dinner portion of an appetizer item). The meal was presented in tomato sauce which I did not like. I asked for the ingredients of the meal to be simply sautéed in olive oil and re-presented without the tomato sauce. The restaurant cheerfully complied. At my request, the restaurant added onions and mushrooms. All in all, the re-presented dish was a very nice meal to enjoy with red wine, which I heartily did. Thanks!
Francesca's is a great neighborhood spot. The food is. Dry authentic and uses fresh, local ingredients. The service isattentive, but not hovering. Wine prices are fair and there are many. Ocktails. We have come to enjoy this place.
Amy gave excellent service. A lack of training was sadly evident in the service from the runners and bussing staff.
We had an excellent festive meal celebrating the son-in-law's birthday.
Thank you very much to all, especially Amy and the kitchen for making his celebration special.
Food was excellent. We were originally seated by a window (our request) at a high top in the bar, thinking it would be quiet. If the bartender and bar patrons were not shouting back and forth to each other, it would have been perfect. We moved to the main dining area, and the noise level was much better. The ceilings have acoustic draping and the noise level for a busy restaurant was really well controlled. We had calamari and a tomato/asparagus/blue cheese salad, both good. I had the special, which was pasta, spinach and tomatoes in vodka sauce with smoked mozzarella. If it were a menu regular, I would be back immediately, it was truly different and very tasty. The dessert, an oreo pie which was also a special, included a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough, which sort of ruined the overall pie and made no sense in the pie, other than to add a lot of sweetness. Would not have it again. Would return to the restaurant!
The husband and I came on Jazz Night Thursday 8/31. We were greeted enthusiastically by Kim, and seated with Sergio, Sam and Reuben providing our service in their usual expert professional friendly attentive service.
Although Francesca's on Taylor is one of our favorites, especially on Jazz Night with live jazz music and $5 martinis, we haven't been as frequently this year due to my health.
The menu has expanded. There are more salads than ever, but my favorite is the Francesca's salad with its multitude of vegetables enhanced by vinaigrette and blue cheese. One of our favorite appetizers is the sautéed calamari which is not on the menu, but is a variation on the breaded fried calamari. Another appetizer that I often choose as my entree is the braised lentils topped with sautéed shrimp.
Tonight the husband and I chose the same entree, the chicken breast in the lemon caper sauce with sautéed spinach. Delicious as always and one of our favorites.
For dessert, the husband had the pistachio gelato topped with the luscious Francesca's caramel sauce sided with a biscotti. I had the chocolate sorbet topped with both Francesca's caramel and chocolate sauces and garnished with fresh raspberries.
I highly recommend Francesca's on Taylor, especially on Thursday Jazz Nights.
Visiting from Florida, we visited Francesca's based on a colleague's recommendation. We wanted to the local flavor. The experience was exceptional, from the food, the service, ambiance and live music, it was unforgettable. One of the best pasta and sauce dishes I have ever had.
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