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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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

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 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

D
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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
20 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

With a birthday Wonderful service by Rene!

OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

consistently great food ambience, cocktails and service!

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Great food, poor service

TS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

d
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
55 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
20 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

TS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

JK
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

p
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

RS
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good. Best restaurant meal in a long time. I definitely recommend the chicken/mushroom ravioli.

OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Happy Hour menu..make sure to ask for it. Not always out!

m
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

w
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Been going here since they opened. Food was better than a few years ago but more expensive too. Good service.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!! They made my Mom’s 70th birthday extra special. It was perfect!!!

OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

C
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

S
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best salmon dish ever!!!!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. Food was delicious and our server Jennifer was great.

OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy Hour menu is great and 1/2 price bottles on Monday can't be beat. Lasagna great also

EF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

GK
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We both ordered specials and they were excellent.

OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat in middle section as there was a private party in bar. Jen was great and took care of everything despite having a full area and a large group in the back dining room. Nice lunch combo and will be back soon!

MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

restaurant was not at all full yet they sat us very close between 2 occupied tables which took away from the ambiance for sure.

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