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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.

1400 West Taylor
Chicago, IL 60607
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

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

Cross Street:
Loomis

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 829-2828

Website:
http://www.miafrancesca.com/locations/profile/francescas-on-taylor-little-italy

Entertainment:
We currently offer live Jazz and $5.00 Martini's every Thursday!! Please call for dates and times.

Catering:
We offer a range of catering options for both pickup and delivery.

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

Public Transit:
Blue Line Harrison/Racine stop

Executive Chef:
Dante Espino

Additional:
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.

Private Dining

We can accommodate private parties of up to 130 guests.

Francesca's on Taylor Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Romantic (15)
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Special Occasion (14)
Comfort Food (11)
Authentic (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Casual (8)
Cozy (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Business Meals (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fun (2)
People Watching (2)
Spicy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Great every time!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·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

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Spicy, Vegan
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 (Chicago)·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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Spicy
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 (Chicago)·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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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We love this place. Never have we had a bad meal.
Had our wedding in the back 12 years ago & that was awesome.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Fabulous as expected. Thank you!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Went for our anniversary dinner and were sat by the bar and the waiter was pushy on drinks and appetizers. Seemed to give up on our table after we turned down wine and appetizers. Didn’t take our order for 20 minutes after that. Good food and decent price, but definitely have had better.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Enjoyed a lengthy quiet conversation with my date. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Enjoyed the pasta dishes (spinach ravioli and sausage manicotti). Tasty wine and decent selection, though somewhat pricy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We were glad to have Amy as our waitress! She’s the best and she really knows what we like!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We came in from out of town and were given Francesca’s as an option for great Italian dining. The food was excellent! Our server was friendly and the atmosphere was great. It was a cozy restaurant but I believe I saw an area for larger groups as well!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The service was not up to par. Our waitress had no clue what she was doing. She was very slow. Didn’t know the menu. The food was luke warm and the menu was too small and full of dishes that had too many ingredients. Simplicity is best with Italian food. I usually like Francesca’s, but this was a very disappointing evening.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

I was at Francesca's 2 days in a row this week once for Happy Hour with a group and once for dinner with a friend. The menu is varied enough that I had plenty to choose from. I wouldn't really call it casual but it is definitely a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Francesca's never disappoints. The salmon is outstanding. Very nice wine selection.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Cute place with amazing food. Sam our waiter was a fantastic help with understating the menu and wine list. Sam made sure we were comfortable and well attended. Each meal our table ordered was cooked the way we ordered. We will be back for more!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Very good restaurant with very good ambience, attentive wait staff, very good menu choices, very good food at a good value

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We had a great meal and great staff.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a great time for our family dinner on Saturday night. Our server and all of the staff made our experience there very pleasant. I would love to do it all over again. Thanks Francesca's on Taylor.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Francesca' was the perfect place to celebrate my son's confirmation with the family. Everyone has a great time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The service was terrible. Our lunch for six people too an hour and a half to be served. Very disappointed. Will never return.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful dinner experience, large portions, good wine pairings. Very authentic. Reminiscent of dining in Rome. Great neighborhood feel.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Authentic, People Watching, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Francesca's is one of my regular spots. It is pleasant, comfortable and the food is excellent. The risotto is the best in the city in my experience, and the profiteroles are superb.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

One of the best meals we have ever had. Great place. We will be back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Went before a Blackhawks game. Food was good but service was slow, had to track down our server all dinner. I usually do like to go to this restaurant, maybe they were just short staffed that night.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I love Francesca . we never have gotten a bad meal.
Our waitress was very good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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