Francesca's Tavola

4.6
1763 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Francesca's Tavola is the 9th restaurant to be added to the Francesca's Restaurant Group, bringing the downtown Arlington Heights area a restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio.
The restaurant is located within walking distance of the Central Business District in downtown Arlington Heights.

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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought the food, service, and restaurant ambiance was nice overall. It was hard to find parking in the evening and the parking lot was rather small. Otherwise, I had a great time. It was nice to go to a restaurant like this that offered a coupon for those who work at a school. It was certainly a great treat.

P
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The experience was good but we both felt the food was under seasoned.

RL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

outstanding food and excellent service with a nice ambiance

R
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our local favorites! Always great food, drink, and service.

M
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mario was a Great waiter!

C
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous - as was the service. Always a lovely experience at Francesca's!

f
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Although my steak was a bit overcooked for my taste, the mgr. made it right. Overall a consistently great restaurant.

LS
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Wine was great. Appetizers were great. Desserts were great. 3 of us ordered the Chicken Limone, and all 3 of us said it was very salty. Not enough variety in the Wednesday specials.

S
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fabulous birthday celebration and the lasagna special was the best!! Our waiter was very attentive and we enjoyed our evening. Thank you

GS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was fabulous - she really went above and beyond. The happy hour deals made the meal very good value.

M
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going there. Service is great, it's comfortable and they have the best lasagna among other dishes.

D
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

My daughter has Celiac disease and ordered the Gluten-Free pizza. There must have been cross-contamination as she was Glutened and became ill.

TD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our wedding anniversary. We were congratulated when we checked in, they brought us a glass of champagne and gave us a nice dessert on the house. All the people working there were very friendly and we had a total of 5 of their staff wish us a happy anniversary. The food was excellent and so was the service.

MP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place. Nice overall look and feel and the food is large portions and outstanding. A must place in Arlington Heights to eat at.

c
Chicago
193 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two of us enjoyed the carpaccio, and the salads were fresh and delicious. Those who ordered pasta dishes were also quite pleased. We were warmly greeted by Michael, one of the managers, and the friendly service of Sergio, our busboy, was outstanding.

R
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire staff are incredible. Rene always knows names even after a few weeks. Umberto is so congenial and nice.

DH
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my daughter's 22nd birthday and had a fabulous time. I hadn't been to one of the Francesca's in quite a while and it wasn't hard to remember why I love it. Our server, Mario was fantastic; kind, funny, attentive, helpful and made us feel incredibly welcome and satisfied. My kids fought over the leftovers the next day, so I had that going for me!

DH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Francesca’s is often a “go-to” place for us. If we want something more than real casual and want to be treated like special guests. We live near-by so that’s an extra incentive.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a family dinner- outstanding service and very delicious food.

c
Chicago
193 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pasta dishes were exceptionally good, as was the service of Kenny. The Wednesday night special dinners are a real value.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s was a wonderful evening.

FN
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fabulous! We often visit the Francesca’s in Barrington, but tonight we were in Arlington Heights, so we visited the one in town. It was awesome! So much friendlier and the service was excellent. Don’t get me wrong, Barrington is great, but we may drive a little further for Arlington Heights more often. The food was great, as always, and they let us design our own pasta. We had 3 kids with us, all ordered kiddy cocktails, and they brought us a full plate of cherries! We had a great night.

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This is one of my favorite restaurants. Our dining experience this time was very disappointing. We had a coupon for $20 off $75.00. We both ordered a pasta in a vodka sauce. The pasta dishes came out in a bowl of vodka sauce soup. The manager took care of it. He also brought out more roasted eggplant since my dish had very little. We had expressed to our waiter that we both wanted the special dessert on the menu. When it came time to ordering dessert they were out of the special bread pudding dessert. The waiter said he would buy us dessert. I gave the waiter the coupon. It took him over 20 minutes to figure out that the coupon could not be used because they comped our dessert. If they put the desserts back on the bill we still would have paid $5.00 less. It was very frustrating that they could not do that. It was also frustrating that it took so long to pay the bill. Just not one of my best experiences in one of my favorite restaurants.

M
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around excellent!

As usual!

S
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service, great food. Entire staff friendly. A very pleasant experience. Will come again.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner. All the food was excellent and we were so happy with all the gluten free options. Server was very responsive and supportive of the person in our group that was gluten free.

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

Daniel was an excellent waiter. Outstanding service and friendly.

Thanks

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing 🥰

RH
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service top notch. We were celebrating my mother's birthday, and they treated us very well. I will say that the menu was difficult for the elderly members of our party to navigate -- the print quality was rather light, the sections kind of ran into each other, and everything was written in a flowery font that made it more difficult to read. Obviously, not a reason to avoid the restaurant, but maybe something they could do improve upon to better accommodate older guests.

S
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming to this place! The people are great and the food is great!

BK
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy my time here!

b
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love it - great place in arlington heights. food is always wonderful and staff is always friendly.

M
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful waitress named Chrissy! So nice!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fathers Day

HE
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. Our server was very attentive and good natured. He helped make the evening out very enjoyable. We will be back.

DT
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful warm and welcoming atmosphere and great Italian food!

LB
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Francesca's many times but for some reason it's been a long time since our last visit. We were so happy to have an experience that was as good as we remembered. They have some interesting and delicious signature cocktails, good wine selection, and fabulous food. We were very happy to be back!

PD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service staff were excellent, very attentive! Never had to ask for refills of anything! menu is more limited than we would have liked and some items seemed pricey to us, 2 of our meals were excellent but the carbonara was swimming in sauce. 2 of us had it and we shared the same feelings about the dish and we felt it was missing something.

R
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite. Service awesome. Go to place

D
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday. Always a great place to go. Service is wonderful ands AP is the food!!

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