Francesca's Tavola

4.6
1731 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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Chicago
64 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

Always enjoy my time here!

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b
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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M
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful waitress named Chrissy! So nice!

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

Fathers Day

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HE
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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DT
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful warm and welcoming atmosphere and great Italian food!

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LB
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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!

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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.

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

Always a favorite. Service awesome. Go to place

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D
Chicago
18 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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CL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit and we will go back for sure. Manager was very attentive to the fact that we were going to the Met after dinner. Everyone was very friendly!

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K
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Francesca Tavola is just one of many Francesca restaurants where I have dined. The food and service at every restaurant is consistently exceptional. It is a special place for anything from everyday dining to a celebration. I have attended group lunches and events at the Arlington Heights restaurant and they were all excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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DC
Louisville
30 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was so good we had to go back1 The food was prepared perfectly both seafood and pasta's. The flavors were amazing and when we wanted a special dish they had on their menu our previous visit and was not there now, they gladly made it for us!!! Service was attentive but not intrusive. We were not rushed but able to fully enjoy our experience. You need to go here to Francesca's for a true culinary experience.

I also must mention that my wife order a 1/2 order of a special pasta. She mentioned how wonderful it was. When we were paying our bill the waitress gave us another 1/2 order to take with us because she knew my wife enjoyed it so much. Unnecessary, unasked for but the focus was on true customer satisfaction and delight. Go and enjoy!!!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner!

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JS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both hostesses we’re very friendly. Wished us both Happy Anniversary & Happy Birthday. Seated promptly & were served with 2 complimentary glasses of champagne. Our waiter Mario was great. Our food was fantastic & we also had a complimentary desert. Thank you to everyone at Francesca Tavola for a wonderful dining experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

This place used to be good. They must have downgraded their food service source as the food is now mediocre- previously it was much fresher and less processed

They really need to do a deep cleaning. As the common saying... good from far, far from good

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HM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I've eaten here many times and have enjoyed the experience. The food is exceptional. Most recently, the service was poor, and this has happened, from time to time, in the past.

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CS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Only negative I have for this establishment is they seem to have a problem with fruit flies. There were several swarming around our table and landing while we ate which was annoying.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant personnel; food is ok nothing super spacial.

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GK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and nice service in a good atmosphere. We will continue to visit.

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

Wait staff completely attentive. Great bottle of wine for under $40!

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A
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent.

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MZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lots of showers going on nearby. It was pretty noisy, but the food and service are excellent.

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JK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic meal and incredible service!

Everything was delicious but I must mention the Bruschette con Ricotta e Pomodori was great, loved the hint of Tabasco complimented by the roasted peppers in the Caesar Salad, pizza was perfect, avocado salmon delectable and caramel brownie à la mode decadent!

Service was phenomenal - always someone checking in to make sure our drinks were refilled immediately!

I couldn't have asked for a more pleasant dining experience.

Thank you! We will be back soon!

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was amazing.

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F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! Definitely will be back.

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DB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Their MOther's Day Brunch did not disappoint! Planning another visit to try the full menu.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Came here on Mother’s Day for brunch and was not impressed. Service was poor - our waiter barely spoke, we had to call him over a few times because he was nowhere to be found. The orange juice tasted weird and when we ordered mimosas I had a bug and fuzzies in mine. Food was mediocre...bland and much of it was over cooked. The carving station had prime rib, lamb and ham - both the prime rib and lamb were as well done as could be and quite dry. Pasta options were yummy though, I will say that. As was this chocolate pudding dessert thing.

Was quite disappointed with the brunch but have been here several times for dinner and have been very happy. So gonna chalk it up to brunch buffet just isn’t their thing.

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MS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Fast seating with a reservation on a busy Saturday night. Efficient and friendly service. Only negative was limited parking and need to use valet.

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HM
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredibly flavorful and plentiful. Service was prompt and courteous. Definitely would go back and recommend to others.

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AP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was very good. The busing service was not attentive but the manager noticed and handled it and apologized. Very nice atmosphere

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CG
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous. Server was attentive and the atmosphere was wonderful. A little loud. But that was kind of the charm. Free valet helped make the parking downtown much less stressful! Would go back again for sure.

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t
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

Parking is the major issue. They have valets who run around moving cars because the lot is way too small. Had to wait too long for them to move many cars like puzzle pieces to get to mine. No street parking near by. Empty lot for doctor office adjacent they should be renting for overflow. Won't go back because of that

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KK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the Francesca dining experience was a treat! Same is true for all the locations -- a first class operation.

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PB
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Half price wine night on Mondays. Also specials are delicious and at a great price-point

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AB
Chicago
129 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My sisters Special Olympics!! :)
1st Place Gold Medalist-Yay!! 👍🥰🙏😇🎉
Waitress was lovely & took special care of us. We left her a great tip!

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GP
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, , generous portions. We each have something different, chicken dish, pasta, fish , salad, And everything was tasty and amazing

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Menus always a little different. I always feel like nothing is really jumping out at me , but I’m always impressed once the food comes! Always ends up being delicious

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