Wonderful waiter, very attentive and friendly.
The service was good, but the attention bordered on too much. Our water glasses were being refilled after almost every sip. The waiter also topped off wine glasses with plenty of wine already in them. We were being poured wine faster than we were drinking it.
It all felt very rushed. We would have appreciated a little more privacy from the wait-staff but that's a tough balance between not enough attention and too much attention.
Our dinners were delicious and reasonably priced.
Went with my girlfriend for Saturday nite date nite and had a very nice evening. The atmosphere was busy and service was on the mark. We had the calamari appetizer which was really good. Lite flaky batter and not greasy. We split a salad which was enough for us both. I had the twin filets on a bed of mashed potatoes...awesome! My girlfriend had the seafood pasta special and the portion was large with good size shrimp and scallops. Didn't have room for dessert, but the option s looked good. All in all, a fine neighborhood restaurant..4 out of 5 stars for me.
Celebrated birthdays with 6 friends. The food & service was excellent! They surprised us with 6 profiteroles for dessert & were very attentive to us even as we spent over 2 hours leisurely enjoying our lunch.
Always good food and service!
I wish I had more to say!!
We sat in the bar/lounge area because there were two large birthday parties in the main dining room. Good decision as the lounge was quiet and very comfortable. The service was excellent and the food very good. We all enjoyed our pasta dishes.
My wife, daughter and I decided to go out for dinner and wanted a nice Italian place. This was our first time at Francesca's and it was terrific. I had a rigatoni in creamy tomato sauce with spiced sausage. Delicious! I ate every last morsel. My daughter had the cheese ravioli and loved it. She also finished the whole plate. I do not remember what my wife had but I do know she also loved her entree. The service was great and waiters were very attentive. The moment we sat down we were brought warm bread and parmesan cheese (olive oil was already on the table). Shortly after that our waiter was there taking our drink order. All in all it was a great meal and definitely worthwhile. What a nice surprise. We'll be back!
We've been dining at Francesca's Tavola for several years now, and we are continually pleased. We were celebrating a birthday, with 4 in our party. Although it was an extremely busy night, and the noise level a bit more elevated than normal, we were seated immediately with our reservations.
The menu is always changing, which makes every dining experience a treat. They are terrific with special diets, which is a relief as one member of our party has multiple food allergies and never has to worry. Service is prompt by the wait staff, and food comes out fresh and hot. Portion sizes are quite large, leaving one with another delicious meal the next day also.
We will continue to dine at Francesca's Tavola for special occasions.
I come for lunch quite often and always order the same (shrimp mare e Macon)? It is my favorite meal. I ordered it this past evening and also my guest did as I highly recommended it. I was disappointed. The sauce was heavier than usual and not as tasty. Did you change chefs? Is the evening chef different than the lunch time chef.? I was very disappointed as was my guest
Very good food and service. Especially I would like to recognize the manager, Aaron Nunag.
He was very friendly and accommodating. Made our dining experience very pleasant.
Kudos to Aaron from all 4 of us.
we are longtime customers and will be forever loyal. eating or drinking with our longtime server/friend Rene is always a treat. he knows the food as well as the chef. he understands service!
the chef is amazing and authentic Italian-not just wanna be Italian.
as a long time loyal customer here is my request: Mr. Harris PLEASE spend some of the money you have made here on refreshing the place! Not one thing has changed since our first visit it 2001. the tables in the bar have to be shimmed up as they are all uneven. the ladies room doesn't look or feel fresh because even if clean--it looks old and worn.
you get the message you are a smart businessman I know!
The service and food is always wonderful, one of our favorite restaurants.
Francesca’s Tavola is a great restaurant. Management goes out to say hello and make you feel welcomed. We had a booth with Kenny. Kenny is incredible in every way. Professional, friendly, attentive with outstanding service. The people who work with Kenny are very good. We started with Fried Calamari which was perfect. Then we had the Rigatoni with large chunks of mozzarella cheese for our pasta. Our entree was the Chicken Vesuvio with the best gravy you’ll ever taste. Finally, Profiteroles with Pistachio gelato and chocolate sauce. I had a wonderful hot tea and my husband had a cappuccino. Just a great dining experience.
While our food was good. We were there for throw back menu prices, but there was only 3 items on the special throw back menu, one of which was a salad. So what was special; pork chops or lasagna. The prices were not exactly throw back prices. Wine was offered at half price for a bottle and our waitress seemed to be pushing that even tho I mentioned there are only two of us dining and we didn’t need a full bottle. I order a merlo at 5 oz and my husband order a 8 oz. when the bill came my wine jumped from 9 to 14. So I am thinking lasagna at 15: salad at 14, appetizer at 14 and two glasses of wine at 14 each was not my idea of a special on a Monday. Nest time will call before hand and review the menu before coming out on a winter night. So to me there was nothing special about the evening!
Food excellant service very good meal great value
Fabulous atmosphere with the most friendly staff. The food was awesome. Loved everything!
Wonderful every time! They were packed, but the service was still spot on and our server was great and friendly! The food was absolutely delicious. One of my favorite places for a reason .
Food could have been hotter. Lobster bisque should have been thicker (heavier cream).
I am a regular dining at this Francesca and tonight the food/service was very disappointing to say the least
We arrived on time and they seemed rushed but we were seated in a few minutes, they were not extremely busy
We waited 15-20 minutes before someone brought water and bread. The Restaurant Week menu was not appealing at all so we ordered from the regular menu
The salad greens had a lot of hard ends and barely any dressing even though I had requested some extra on the side My daughter loves papparelle noodles which they had on the menu with scallops, she was really looking forward to the entree but alas the noodles were served hard, barely cooked. My linguine entree was good
In all the years I have frequented this restaurant, this was the poorest meal to date
They seemed very short of help, were stingy with the bread and butter- they definitely need to improve to bring back their customers
Started out at the bar waiting for the rest of our party. Juan made an amazing sour green apple martini while another patron sang the praises of the food offerings. I actually ordered the first dish she recommended - salmon over braised lentils. Oh. My. Word!!! So good! Everyone else ordered pasta dishes and loved their choices. Wish we were just around the corner and not a half hour drive away.
Service was very friendly and super efficient.
Food delicious and tiramisu was awesome!
Unfortunately they sat us in the middle of a high school dance party in the main dining area. The party arrived after we were seated. So much for a relaxing dinner. Understand this is not the norm but really?
I choose this restaurant for my husband birthday , good food excellent service
This is really good restaurant. I like the linguine of this restaurant.
Sunday afternoon early dinner...superb food, great waitstaff -- always -- never disappointed.
Food is excellent here! They always have seasonal specials that are good choices.
Good food and great service.
Everything was fantastic food, drinks, service all worth going and checking out!
The restaurant seemed to have overbooked reservations for valentines day. We were crammed into a two top that barely left room to pull the chair out on either side. Both me and my date were sitting with our backs against the parties behind each of us. This did not allow for great conversation since you could hear every table around you. With the restaurant being so busy- there were food runners, bus boys, and servers running around like crazy. This "chaos" took away from the overall ambience of the restaurant. Lastly, we had to wait in the cold/drizzle for valet to get our car. There was a line of people waiting to get their cars to leave.
Valentines Day dinner with my wonderful wife. One of our favorite Italian restaurants wonderful food and service. Mike was our waiter and had been before. He is Great. LOVE THIS PLACE
Always love Franchesca's :) Great gem in Arlington Heights
Excellent Valentine’s Day dinner. Good service and great food! I would definitely go back.
Authentic food with a great atmosphere. Friendly staff. Great bar area. Only negative is the parking. Great for s date night, anniversary, birthday, special occasion. Will definitely be going back.
Always great dining but understandably busy and crowded for Valentine's Day. Food and service were still good. Seemed like their were additional tables set up so noise level was high.
Valentines Day OT was able to get us a table on short notice, so we walked in and were immediately seated. Very knowledgable wait staff were at our side quickly and orders were served in superb sequence. Our food was excellent the atmosphere busy but not too loud a very nice date!
Starting with the good, the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. And the food was always at least average, with a few things really good. On the bad, they were entirely unprepared for Valentine's Day. We waited over an hour for our food, making us late for our after dinner plans, and the parking situation was absolutely awful (the valets were so overwhelmed they couldn't keep up, and they just left my keys in my car and the car unlocked in the parking lot). I respect that it was a busy night, and I'm sure everyone was trying their best, but even our server admitted they weren't prepared for Valentine's Day and they didn't even realize it was happening.
Great food, great service. Enjoyed the whole experience!
I could not be more pleased with my first experience at the Arlington Heights location. We were there for our post-wedding luncheon with a few family members. We called ahead to see if there was a corkage fee for Champagne and although there was, they waived it for our special event! We received complementary apps and one dessert, and our server, Mike, was outstanding! We really felt like one of the family there and they were just an awesome team. Thanks for making our luncheon a great experience!
Really enjoyed Francesca's in the past but did not have a good experience Saturday. Disappointed in both the service, and the quality of the food. I was embarrassed because it was my suggestion for a dinner with our son and soon-to-be daughter in-law.
We brought our granddaughter to dinner for her birthday. Our waiter was very attentive and the food was delicious. It is a great neighborhood place...comfortable.