Francesca's Tavola

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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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time as always!

PP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were there for veterns day and received my meal for free; Nice touch for vet's.
This was the second time in a month we have been there; my wife was disappointed with the gnocci the butternut was better last time, she did send it back and was told to order somthing else. She did , the veal was outstanding.

OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Half price bottles of wine and a very nice Veterans Day special..

DM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Yes, if they can tolerate a lot of noise and do not mind straining to hear conversation. Food good. They permit sharing a plate, which helps with cost.

PS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was great that they had valet parking because the lot was full. We were seated on time. The dinner was excellent. Great restaurant with a good vibe!

OT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is great value with the Salmon Fresca with Avacado and Asparagus for $16...you can also sub in lentils and that is very good also.

H
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bread was warm and the olive oil and grated Parmesan tasted so good on it. The wine was very enjoyable. The food was delicious. And the dessert was decadent.

JK
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greeted with smiles and seated immediately. Michael treated us to the delicious bruschetta as we are regular customers. He is always so friendly and kind . Rene was our server and couldn't have been nicer. His service was great! We all enjoyed our drinks and meals! Can't wait to go back and would definitely recommend to my family and friends. Wish parking was better, but at least they have valet available.

MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Delicious food. We can't wait to go back.

E
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Food is delicious and presented so well. Service is excellent! However, the noise level is atrocious! We were a party of four, and could not hear one another. We were constantly craning our necks in toward the center of table to try to hear what was being said. This lead to a frustrating evening as we had hoped to catch up with each others' travels and this was not possible. Not sure how you can cut down on all of the noise, but this is a real problem when dining at Francesda's.

K
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always reliable! Delicious, friendly and enjoyable! Love that they change the menu up and have specials. Highly recommend!

PB
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent as always. The special salad had too much dressing & too much vinegar, fyi

t
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Was good but after supporting this restaurant since opening I feel like the prices are really increasing
Would also like a larger selection of meals.

R
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our very favorite restaurants. You can depend on excellent service, delicious food and drink, lovely ambiance, and reasonable prices. Highly recommend.

CW
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

What ever happened to the old fashioned restaurant where you get soup, salad, potato vegetable? Food was great, so was the service but all I got was 2 pork chops with a cup at the most of spinach for $28.00.

CM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

I brought my elderly uncle and his Swedish cousin to dinner Saturday evening 10/19 at 7 pm. We've dined at Francesca's Tavola before, but never on a Saturday evening. We found the noise levels quite high, so it was difficult to carry on a conversation. The booth that we were assigned was very tight, so much so that my uncle spilled his cocktail on himself since the table was so full, even before dinner was brought. Most of all, even though I hailed a passing waiter to get a towel to wipe down the mess, no one came for at least 15 - 20 minutes, by which time my 92 year old uncle was thoroughly soaked. When the meal was finished, it took another 20 minutes for us to gain the waiter's attention to bring us our bill, even though the restaurant was only about half full at the time.

The food was OK, but the overall ambience and service left a lot to be desired. My uncle is still talking about how uncomfortable he was with the overall experience, even days later. It's unlikely that we'd be coming back, even on a different night. There are too many other good restaurants in the greater Arlington Heights area to take another chance.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was a half way place for us to meet some friends for a get together. I had been here before for a baby shower & lived the food. We all lived our dinner & conversation

T
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just amazing, our waiter was on top of our needs and wants and even got our special order we had been dreaming about. Spectacular, another 5 star evening at Francesca's Arlington Hts.

c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The food was yummy but the waiter was truly the best....very considerate of some personal issues and very attentive. Wished we'd gotten his name.

D
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Jack Daniels on the rocks was $13!
I don’t think I will return. Feel bad, as
really liked this restaurant. Service was
not good either.

N
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so well satisfied and the manager came by to inquire as we were sharing our very good experience with each other. A delight.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good. Service was excellent. Would have loved to see just a bit more variety to choose from on the menu.

OT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Half prices bottles of wine on Monday are great...usual good food and strong service from Juan

D
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have been to quite a few of the Francesca restaurants. This is the second time my wife and I have eaten at Tavola. For some reason, the service and food here is not as good as the other restaurants in the Francesca group. The restaurant is very loud and everyone in our group had difficulty hearing our waitress. Frankly, her service was average at best - and seemed more rote than personal. My wife asked to have one ingredient - butter - not included in the sauce/topping for her fish. Instead, she received no topping, whatsoever - no vegetables, no seasoning, etc. When the waitress was informed of this, there was no apology. Eventually, other staff brought over a bowl of the topping without the butter. Meanwhile, the fish had been sitting. Obviously, it had not been cooked in the correct sauce. We'll continue to go to the other Francesca restaurants - but not Tavola.

OT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 8..was seated promptly. Bread and cheese brought out quickly...pasta and salmon special was delicious. Juan was great server..overall a great night.

FS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb Italian restaurant right next to downtown Arlington Heights. Very authentic and delicious food starting with the warm sliced bread loaf with oil and fresh grated cheese, some Italian wine, prosciutto rucola, burrata, and two great entrees, finishing up with a shared dessert special, we had a great experience overall. Sat in the comfortable bar area this time, had friendly and responsive service, and will definitely go back again.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service! Incredible food! They were very accommodating to dietary needs. Always a sure bet!

OT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Homecoming night in the restaurant so we sat in the bar and had great service from Chrissy and Kenny. Had the salmon fresca and soup and was fantastic . Always a nice evening!

O
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The problem was the amount of time it took to get served. It was easily an hour before we got our meals and it caused us to miss the reservation we had for 8:30 show. This is after ordering. The waiter was a nice guy. He said they were out of the fish I ordered and had to get more! Was my fish from Jewel or Mariano’s? Had I been told, I would have changed my order. Also, our birthday boy got incorrect toppings on pizza. We weren’t going to wait to get that corrected. Disappointing and would not recommend nor go back.

S
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our service was outstanding thanks to our waiter, Mario. The food was very good. Would recommend Francesca's for lunch or dinner.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

With a birthday Wonderful service by Rene!

OT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate lunch at the bar. David was server and did a good job . The salmon fresca with asparagus and avocado is alwaya good and for $15 a great value

NA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

consistently great food ambience, cocktails and service!

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great food, poor service

TS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A staple favorite. One of the better Francescas in the area. We go out of our way to come here.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food! Service a little slow but server was great...friendly and helpful!

d
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s usually a good deal but they raised their prices substantially. It would be different if it was just their meat entrées, but $3-4 on pasta?

TP
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was delicious and service was excellent. Our dining room table was adjacent to the bar area, so it was fairly noisy. In the future, I will ask to not be seated that close to the bar; there was plenty of space elsewhere in the dining room. Their parking lot is small for the size of the restaurant but the complimentary valet service is able to park cars 2 deep and make it work.

OT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice surprise to see half price bottle wine special on Mondays...will be back. Great service in bar!

b
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

High school homecoming night. The place was slammed. Typically it’s very good.

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