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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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
3 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
322 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
78 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
18 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.

m
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

consistently great! great food, great service and a great lunch spot in additon to dinner.

SC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. I liked the bread and the salad. The water was friendly and attentive...

KA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food although everything seemed to have pine nuts which is great if you like them and are not allergic. They can leave them out.
Nice atmosphere in the restaurant. I was disappointed that Chicago's "little Italy" neighborhood was not very Italian.

OH
New Mexico
48 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent business lunch! Frequent many other locations, but only stop in here once a year w/clients. Very friendly, proficient service. Food is outstanding. Chill vibe. Quiet for conversation. Will be back next year!

VP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 2

This was my 3rd time here. I was disappointed that I had to be moved to another part of the restaurant. Food was delicious of course. I was celebrating my graduation and birthday with my family. Although everyone did enjoy their food.. I didn’t like the service, nor being moved.

YP
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for Father’s Day celebrations. I was upset to learn that the Father’s Day discount (dad eats free) was for Sunday’s only. I spoke with the manager and he said he would make an accommodation with the bill. This didn’t happen. I just ended up paying the bill.

AL
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Terrible flavorless food swimming in greasy sauce. We couldn’t finish our meals.

D
Chicago
290 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great meal as usual!

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

The food and service were excellent. I ordered a dish with gluten free pasta and it was perfectly cooked.

ST
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

I ordered pasta with seafood...it was cooked too much, and the sauce was below average. This is the 4th Francesca's that I have been to: 1) St Charles-excellent; 2) Emhurst-excellent; 3) Clark St--food prepared poorly; 4) Taylor St---food prepared poorly.

c
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure. Consistently good.

B
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed introducing a friend to Francesca's on Taylor...great meal, fabulous service and as always, good ambience!

c
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was good, a tad late but they offered a glass of wine on the house, it was a nice gesture. For the apps, we had the crispy calamari, it wasn’t crispy. The pasta was great! We had Calamerre al Taleggio; it was very delicious. The wine selection wasn’t big but there’s something for everyone. The kids menu is very good. My son had the spaghetti with meatballs, he liked it. It’s a packed restaurant, definitely a reservation is recommended.

FS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visit Francesca's often and I and I am never disappointed. I brought friends from out of town this time and they really enjoyed themselves.

E
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly accommodating from hostess to kitchen and servers. One of my favorite places that do gluten free well. Thanks!

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