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Francesca's Tavola

4.5
1473 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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 three concepts across 33 locations and four states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 23 Francesca’s Restaurants, five Davanti Enoteca, and five Glazed and Infused locations.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Mon 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Phone number
(847) 394-3950
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gabriel Arista
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Catering
Francesca's Tavola offers large scale and small scale catering options. Please contact our restaurant for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Three blocks south of Northwest Highway
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Parking details
Complimentary valet service offered on the weekends.
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Public transit
Just a five minute walk from the Arlington Heights Metro Station
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Accommodate up to 200 guests for a buyout.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Show Mom some Amore! We'll be serving a beautiful buffet from 10am - 9pm. $38 adults, $16 kids (12 and under)

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1473 People Are Saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Awesome food along with very attentive service.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We had a very nice experience food and service were wonderful. Our only issue was the very tiny parking lot. Take advantage of the free valet parking and enjoy every moment of your evening.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Our server was prompt, friendly, and helpful in describing some items on the menu. The food arrived in good time, and was excellent and hot! We chose just gelato from the ample dessert menu since that was a perfect small dessert after the great entree's.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Francesca’s was really busy last Saturday but our reservation was honored right on time. Food was delicious and our younger friends enjoyed theirs too.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Extremely loud & very crowed. Food was just OK and expensive as it is A LA Cart

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We were celebrating my mom's birthday. The weather outside was miserable but inside the restaurant, it was cozy and warm. The service was great, and the food was fabulous!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We were warmly greeted by Aaron. The service of Juan was absolutely perfect. The food was excellent, especially the special with scallops served in a tomato cream sauce and spinach over pasta.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Good. Juan was great. Special Tilapia was overpriced.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

This was for my daughter’s 13th birthday. The food is always flavorful and fresh. Our waitress was friendly, attentive and patient with all of us. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

LONG TIME NEIGHBORHOOD FAVORITE.
WE ARE READY FOR SOME UPDATES TO THE FURNISHINGS! RESTROOMS, TABLES/CHAIRS, BAR ETC. ALL GET HEAVILY USED AND COULD USE REFRESHING.
THANK YOU.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The menu changes often. Nice sized portions. The tiramisu is amazing!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It was ok but we had a couple slight problems with the restaurant. First it was not a sit down meal it was a buffet. They sent me a text the day before to let me know it was a buffet and it was $ 30.00 per person and $ 15.00 per child. After dinner when we got our check they were trying to charge us $ 38.00 per person, luckily I still had the text and proved to them they said $ 30.00. The restaurant agreed and took care of the tab and did charge me the $ 30.00 per person. It was taken care of very well and we were very impressed how well quickly it was taken care of. We will be back.... Thanks

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I have been to Francesca's Tavola many times because my parents live in Arlington Heights. I have been a fan of all Francesca's restaurants since they opened in their original location on Clark Street in Chicago.

I took my parents here for Easter brunch. Compared to some other restaurants, the brunch is not big, but all of the items served are well-prepared, fresh and delicious. I loved the Italian entrees that they have available on the table, too. We had a choice of a $5 Mimosa or Bloody Mary to go with our meal. The servers were attentive and friendly.

The only negative is that brunch is served in a rather small room and they split the bread and dessert into a separate room. It's rather odd because they have fixings for bagels in one room and the bagels in another room. When it was busy, there is a crowd of people waiting to get into the brunch room. However, based on the size of the rooms and the layout of the restaurant, there is not too much they can do about it.

I was surprised to find out that Francesca's does not honor Open Table's reward cards (which I had with me that day). They graciously made up for it in other ways, but Open Table reward card users should be aware of Francesca's policy (I was not).

Otherwise, a terrific experience. I will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great service and food. We very much enjoyed dining at this location. The food was excellent with several different menu offerings. The service from the host stand to the waiter was exceptional. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Since the Francesca's Compagna suddenly closed, we've had to change the one we go to. We stopped here after picking up our son from the airport. It was delicious, as Francesca's normally are! My husband is in a wheelchair and the staff couldn't have been more accommodating. Our server, Christine, was knowledgeable and attentive.
Would highly recommend! Unfortunately, we don't go to Francesca's as often, since Compagna closed. :(

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Food and service is always excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The food was exceptionally good. The branzino was the best I have ever had anywhere. The three-course dinner on Wednesday nights is quite a value. And what made the whole experience even better was the service of Michael.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We enjoyed every minute of our visit to Francescas’s. The host staff was courteous and accommodating. Service was top notch and the food was awesome. We haven’t been to this location in quite sometime. We plan on returning soon.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Birthday celebration! All was good waiter was very nice & friendly
Good home made food & pasta!

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Been there many times with wonderful food and service. This time I could only describe the service as inept and neglectful. Very disappointing. I tried to give the service a 0 but the review software didn’t allow it.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Wonderful waiter, very attentive and friendly.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great! Good food and nice atmosphere

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The service was good, but the attention bordered on too much. Our water glasses were being refilled after almost every sip. The waiter also topped off wine glasses with plenty of wine already in them. We were being poured wine faster than we were drinking it.

It all felt very rushed. We would have appreciated a little more privacy from the wait-staff but that's a tough balance between not enough attention and too much attention.

Our dinners were delicious and reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Went with my girlfriend for Saturday nite date nite and had a very nice evening. The atmosphere was busy and service was on the mark. We had the calamari appetizer which was really good. Lite flaky batter and not greasy. We split a salad which was enough for us both. I had the twin filets on a bed of mashed potatoes...awesome! My girlfriend had the seafood pasta special and the portion was large with good size shrimp and scallops. Didn't have room for dessert, but the option s looked good. All in all, a fine neighborhood restaurant..4 out of 5 stars for me.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Celebrated birthdays with 6 friends. The food & service was excellent! They surprised us with 6 profiteroles for dessert & were very attentive to us even as we spent over 2 hours leisurely enjoying our lunch.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Always good food and service!
I wish I had more to say!!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

We sat in the bar/lounge area because there were two large birthday parties in the main dining room. Good decision as the lounge was quiet and very comfortable. The service was excellent and the food very good. We all enjoyed our pasta dishes.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

My wife, daughter and I decided to go out for dinner and wanted a nice Italian place. This was our first time at Francesca's and it was terrific. I had a rigatoni in creamy tomato sauce with spiced sausage. Delicious! I ate every last morsel. My daughter had the cheese ravioli and loved it. She also finished the whole plate. I do not remember what my wife had but I do know she also loved her entree. The service was great and waiters were very attentive. The moment we sat down we were brought warm bread and parmesan cheese (olive oil was already on the table). Shortly after that our waiter was there taking our drink order. All in all it was a great meal and definitely worthwhile. What a nice surprise. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We've been dining at Francesca's Tavola for several years now, and we are continually pleased. We were celebrating a birthday, with 4 in our party. Although it was an extremely busy night, and the noise level a bit more elevated than normal, we were seated immediately with our reservations.
The menu is always changing, which makes every dining experience a treat. They are terrific with special diets, which is a relief as one member of our party has multiple food allergies and never has to worry. Service is prompt by the wait staff, and food comes out fresh and hot. Portion sizes are quite large, leaving one with another delicious meal the next day also.

We will continue to dine at Francesca's Tavola for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I come for lunch quite often and always order the same (shrimp mare e Macon)? It is my favorite meal. I ordered it this past evening and also my guest did as I highly recommended it. I was disappointed. The sauce was heavier than usual and not as tasty. Did you change chefs? Is the evening chef different than the lunch time chef.? I was very disappointed as was my guest

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Very good food and service. Especially I would like to recognize the manager, Aaron Nunag.
He was very friendly and accommodating. Made our dining experience very pleasant.
Kudos to Aaron from all 4 of us.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

we are longtime customers and will be forever loyal. eating or drinking with our longtime server/friend Rene is always a treat. he knows the food as well as the chef. he understands service!
the chef is amazing and authentic Italian-not just wanna be Italian.

as a long time loyal customer here is my request: Mr. Harris PLEASE spend some of the money you have made here on refreshing the place! Not one thing has changed since our first visit it 2001. the tables in the bar have to be shimmed up as they are all uneven. the ladies room doesn't look or feel fresh because even if clean--it looks old and worn.
you get the message you are a smart businessman I know!
thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

The service and food is always wonderful, one of our favorite restaurants.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Francesca’s Tavola is a great restaurant. Management goes out to say hello and make you feel welcomed. We had a booth with Kenny. Kenny is incredible in every way. Professional, friendly, attentive with outstanding service. The people who work with Kenny are very good. We started with Fried Calamari which was perfect. Then we had the Rigatoni with large chunks of mozzarella cheese for our pasta. Our entree was the Chicken Vesuvio with the best gravy you’ll ever taste. Finally, Profiteroles with Pistachio gelato and chocolate sauce. I had a wonderful hot tea and my husband had a cappuccino. Just a great dining experience.

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3.0Dined on March 5, 2018

While our food was good. We were there for throw back menu prices, but there was only 3 items on the special throw back menu, one of which was a salad. So what was special; pork chops or lasagna. The prices were not exactly throw back prices. Wine was offered at half price for a bottle and our waitress seemed to be pushing that even tho I mentioned there are only two of us dining and we didn’t need a full bottle. I order a merlo at 5 oz and my husband order a 8 oz. when the bill came my wine jumped from 9 to 14. So I am thinking lasagna at 15: salad at 14, appetizer at 14 and two glasses of wine at 14 each was not my idea of a special on a Monday. Nest time will call before hand and review the menu before coming out on a winter night. So to me there was nothing special about the evening!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food excellant service very good meal great value

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Always enjoy Francesca’s

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Fabulous atmosphere with the most friendly staff. The food was awesome. Loved everything!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Wonderful every time! They were packed, but the service was still spot on and our server was great and friendly! The food was absolutely delicious. One of my favorite places for a reason .

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