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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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Food was good. Service was excellent. Would have loved to see just a bit more variety to choose from on the menu.
Half prices bottles of wine on Monday are great...usual good food and strong service from Juan
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.
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.
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.
Great service! Incredible food! They were very accommodating to dietary needs. Always a sure bet!
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!
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.
Our service was outstanding thanks to our waiter, Mario. The food was very good. Would recommend Francesca's for lunch or dinner.
With a birthday Wonderful service by Rene!
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
consistently great food ambience, cocktails and service!
Great food, poor service
A staple favorite. One of the better Francescas in the area. We go out of our way to come here.
Great food! Service a little slow but server was great...friendly and helpful!
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?
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.
Nice surprise to see half price bottle wine special on Mondays...will be back. Great service in bar!
High school homecoming night. The place was slammed. Typically it’s very good.
Two in our party ordered the Create Your Own Pizza. We asked if it came with tomato sauce and were told it did. The pizza was very good and the crust was great, but the tomato sauce, which was important to us, was almost non-existent. We waited quite a long time for our check and didn't get to ask the server to take our picture. I was with two out-of-state relatives so it would have been a rare chance for a picture.
Great menu with so many choices! Loved the prix fix special! We had great service by David! The food was delicious as usual. Can't wait to go back! Would recommend for sure!
I invited friends from out of town. They loved the food although the expected meatballs!!! My fault. We had salmon, risotto, and the stuffed farfalle special. All great. But the best part is Renee. He was very informative, helped to choose wine and generally charming.
Food was very good. Best restaurant meal in a long time. I definitely recommend the chicken/mushroom ravioli.
Love the Happy Hour menu..make sure to ask for it. Not always out!
We have been here many times. The food is always good and the service is fine. It does seem however that pacing between courses has gotten worse. You are barely done with your salad when the entree shows. The desert arrives right after they clear the entree plates. I would just ask that you give more time to enjoy the meal.
Been going here since they opened. Food was better than a few years ago but more expensive too. Good service.
Excellent!! They made my Mom’s 70th birthday extra special. It was perfect!!!
I had the salmon fresca..very good amd my companion had the salad half meatball sandwich combo. Great value at 9.99! Server was Kenny and he was great.
Great place and top notch food when staying near O'Hare, food was authentic Italian along with great service with a smile, good food experience as I was with my colleague and were too tired to make the trip into the city
Best salmon dish ever!!!!
Birthday celebration. Food was delicious and our server Jennifer was great.
Happy Hour menu is great and 1/2 price bottles on Monday can't be beat. Lasagna great also
Service was pleasant but a bit slow on this busy night. Food outstanding as usual. Recommend going with the specials, otherwise it's always too hard to choose. Risotto variations, pasta, salmon always amazing. House salad is full of fresh veggies.
We both ordered specials and they were excellent.