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Francesca's on Taylor

4.4
1606 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
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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 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
Mon 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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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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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Show Mom some Amore! Book your mother's day reservations with us today. Regular menu and specialty dishes will be offered.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1606 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

we decided on our selections promptly but had to wait for bread to be served and then wait for our salads to be served only to have our entree's show up before we were halfway through our salads. How hard is it to get that timing down.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

In town on vacation, this place was recommended by an Uber driver and he was spot on! Fantastic food, excellent service and cozy atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food was mediocre in comparison to some of the other Little Italy restaurants. Service was good, especially the manager who was extremely friendly and we saw touch many tables. They did forget our dessert so we waited 20-25 minutes for that but we were having a good time drinking wine so it wasn't a big issue. It was overall just mediocre. The best part about the place is that it is quiet and cozy.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Really great lunch with a great waiter Roberto!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was awesome, the service was top notch. Manager was very attentive and they gave us a plate of different deserts free of charge. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Loved the specials Francesca’s that featured! Different from their usual menu and supppper delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went for Easter lunch and it was everything we hoped it would be. Outstanding food, wonderful, attentive service, fresh house made food, good cocktails, special atmosphere--cosy and comfortable.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter celebration !

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Everyone was wonderful. Great service, personable, and professional staff. Will definitely be going back!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Awesome time had by all. Great service, great food. Can’t go wrong having dinner here.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

The food was very good. The ravioli was very tasty and the checken with mushrooms, peppers and onions was outstanding. Salads were great. Wine was very good and gelato the perfect ending g to a good meal.

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3.0Dined on March 20, 2018

The food was good but overpriced for the amount you receive compared to other Italian restaurants. We had reservations at 5:00 p.m. and had to wait about 10 minutes to order a drink to only be told that the bartender was not there yet. It took another 10 minutes to get a drink.
The service was fair - nothing to write home about.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

great service. delicious food. delicious drinks. can't go wrong with this spot.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Staff was very welcoming when they greeted us and acknowledged the person we were celebrating the birthday for. Wait staff was attentive and accommodated special requests. Food was delicious and we felt like we could relax and not be rushed before our 8pm showing of Hamilton.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Our waiter was extremely patient and understanding about special food needs. Some of our party arrived late and we did not feel like we were rushed through our meal.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Good food. Our server was pleasant, but new and a bit unseasoned. Made a few mistakes. Nothing major.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Great quality Italian food with fresh salads, great pasta choices and overall cordial atmosphere. Seafood linguine is my favorite. Recommend for both casual and business occasions.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We always have a great experience when Amy is our waitress!!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The Italian food is consistently good with several unique dishes as well as the the main menu of pasta, meat, and seafood dishes. There are several Italian Restaurants on Taylor Street and Francesca's is as good as any we have visited. The atmosphere is cozy and comfortable with plenty of activity but still able to talk at your table. I love the lentil salad and calamari grilled or fried is excellent. Various pasta dishes which should be tried, they are excellent. The wine selection (both house and brand) are reasonably priced by bottle or glass. We recommend Francesca's for very good authentic Italian Food and an enjoyable experience.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food is always good and it’s a nice lively place without being too loud. Staff are friendly and helpful.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Food was average (although pizza was very good) but the service was horrible. We needed to ask for everything, we were made to feel like we were bothering them and very little came out correct. I will not eat here again.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The food was excellent and very flavorful, service could have been better as we waited 10 minutes after being seated for a server. The wine is way overpriced!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

I've never dined at the Mia Francesca's on Taylor, always at the original location on
Clark St., which reminds me of living in NYC. One always wonders if the chef at a different location will be as good as your usual fab haunt. Pleasant surprise, with a lovely open and bright casual interior, very attentive helpful staff, on top of their game. But best, was luscious, delicious, f r e s h l y prepared dishes. Fab branzino on polenta, knockout roasted 1/2 chicken with potatoes in a sauce-- you can't stop licking your fingers and rolling your eyes, memorable eggplant in spicy red sauce rigatoni, what a tough decision when selecting what entree with what pasta! So full we didn't have room for the great pistachio gelato, but now I have a great reason to return. Nice selection of wine by the glass, and Manager brought us glasses of limoncello. Delightful meal.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Food was great! Drinks were great! Very comfortable atmosphere. Would definitely recommend! My friend are a pretty hard crowd to please everyone of them afterwards gave Francesca’s a thumbs up and would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Francesca's on Taylor is a really nice, consistently delicious, Italian restaurant. The staff are really kind. And, if at times a little overwhelmed, the service is solid, which means that the place gets busy. I was also pleased to find out that they have a Jazz trio playing at dinner after 5 PM. It's not too loud -- just right.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Lovely evening overall. Accommodated

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great every time!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on January 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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