Francesca's Vicinato

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$30 and under
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Italian
Francesca’s Vicinato is the 12th addition to the Francesca's Restaurant Group. Open since July 2003, Francesca's Vicinato brings to Palos Park, and the surrounding areas, a restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, simple cooking, friendly service and fair prices. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio.

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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Sun 3:00PM - 5:30PM
Mon - Fri 3:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:30PM

What 1143 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing as always!! He is friendly and always talks to my elderly mom who is a regular at this Francesca’s. The food was delicious as always! The staff and management of this restaurant are excellent!! Always a pleasure to dine here!!

DH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful as usual. From the wait staff to the ambiance to the delicious food. Never a disappointment.

OT
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Birthday dinner with my family. Goff is very good . I did not give the ambience four stars. Not a very relaxing atmosphere. The restaurant is a little small and tight... felt a little on top of other patrons. Crowd was a bit stuffy . We did not have to wait long for our food but our server was a aloof and not entirely friendly.
Overall good fairly priced Italian food , served in a timely manner. Wish overall ambiance was less stuffy and more comfortable.

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

Wonderful staff and food was delicious

AA
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was great! The service, the food was amazingly good. They truly cater to our palate by preparing some dishes according to our favorite way. It was a birthday party for us and it was better than we anticipated. We'll definitely plan on going back soon.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for a late lunch date. Bread was a bit on the stale side. Pasta was very al dente possibly undercooked. Risotto was good. Will try again for the dinner menu but not for a while.

SD
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tacho is one of the best servers Francesca’s has the good fortune to employ. He is thoughtful, insightful, fun & genuine. Tracey is a great bartender. She is unobtrusive, knows when to approach and talk & when to step back and observe. That’s a true talent. She reads people and situations extremely well. Bravo!

K
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There were 6 adults in our group. We all had the "evening special " of Chilean Sea Bass which was recommended by our waitress. All six of us loved it! It had great unique flavor and was a generous piece of fish . The drinks were full to the top and tasty as well. The desserts were unique and attractive. We truly enjoyed our dining experience. We will return for another tasty meal.

LO
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. We come here when we want to go on a date night locally. We get take out from here on a weekly basis. If you can’t tell we Love this place. Food is always delicious! The entire staff that we have direct contact with are fantastic. See you soon!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great food and service!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was delicious- from the warm bread, to the delicious salad to the main course.

M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good from our server Crystal and the girl that brought us bread to the fabulous food. We love Franscecas!

J
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I come here often, I know many of the staff and am never disappointed! The music selections have been my complaint for quite some time. I do not wish to go to an Italian restaurant to sit down and relax as I enjoy my meal and hear pop music. Finally, the other night we were back to the oldies but goodies of Frank Sinatra and the likes! Now don’t get me wrong I love pop music, just not at dinner when I’m trying to relax! !

S
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very slow service

AF
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Food was mediocre. Birthday party was forgotten by staff after several reminders. Our desserts came with no candle. They spilled sauce from a chicken dish down my white pants and Never said sorry. Not going here again. Big disappointment.

r
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service from Carlos. Never felt rushed, especially when we told him we wanted to take our time with ordering and eating. He made sure my friend’s meal order was exactly how she requested. Other staff very friendly.

CP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently a favorite place for me. You are greeted like family, the service is extraordinary and the food phenomenal. This is not to be missed. Always an exceptional dining experience at Francesca’s Vicinato. And I co-hosted a luncheon for 30 at this location...the family style served luncheon was amazing and everyone present loved it. I highly recommend this restaurant!

DG
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good was excellent. Service was very good. Noise level was a bit high.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crystal our waitress was so much fun. She made our dinner very enjoyable!!!!

MW
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal!

D
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The halibut special with the corn salad was wonderful. Both lasagnas were fantastic.

B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

The restaurant is very clean and inviting. The staff was excellent. However, are seating was terrible. We were seated near a service station and servers were constantly bumping into our table. The special $10 lasagne was awful. The portion was very small and tasteless.

SD
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Service!!Rich is an amazing manager. Juan was our table attendant and he is so attentive. Lauren was our server and she did a great job! It is our favorite restaurant!

JE
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service! Our waiter Dan was excellent — very knowledgeable about the wine, specials and food overall. All his suggestions were spot on! Even brought us samples of wine before choosing. Food was delicious, too!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience...with great food, service, & company you can't go wrong!

PV
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a wonderful birthday celebration at Francesca’s with my husband. Richard, the host, was friendly and attentive. Tacio, our waiter, was just as attentive and friendly which made our dinner enjoyable. Service was excellent. The halibut was outstanding! Thanks for a wonderful dining experience. Already made another reservation for Lunch with my sister and friend.

KK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was outstanding, as usual. Server was attentive without hovering. Manager checked in on us as well. Overall very enjoyable.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dan was amazing love him! Made the whole experience!!

J
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the staff at Francesca’s delivered another excellent experience. Started with a shared house salad , which they split for us. It was fresh and perfectly dressed, letting the ingredients’ flavors come through. Then had the rigatoni with sausage. It was no problem for them to hold the mushrooms, which I don’t care for. The pasta was nicely al dente, nice red sauce and plenty of sausage. It was a large portion that could easily have been shared, but made a yummy doggie bag. The staff was attentive and helpful. My out-of-town visitors loved the Francesca’s experience!

M
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

We’ve probably rated at this location 100 times...literally.
This night was so far off the. Irma’s, it was ridiculous. 15 minutes to get a drink, 20 minutes to get a salad, and over 45 minutes to get our food.
We’ll go back, but if this repeats itself, maybe not again.

i
Naples
15 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was perfect - food delicious - we celebrated 4 birthdays- it was a lovely afternoon

TF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Loved the food but it is a bit pricey for a restaurant in a strip mall

M
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my daughters birthday. The food was excellent! Our server, Crystal, was so helpful. Our dinner was great from beginning to end. We will be going back for sure!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love their salmon dishes. They never disappoint

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

It started terribly we had a reservation for 5 when we arrived I said reservation for me for 5 the hostess took us to a 4 person table with 5 water glasses. We had to call the 5th and let them know not to come in as they were parking since there wasn't room for them and the hostess refused to put two tables together. Then two of our dishes had under cooked pasta how do u screw up pasta my 9 year old can make pasta. Lastly our waitress was God awful she clearly didn't want to be there. Overall steer clear.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great time at Francesca’s!!

f
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for roll-back price day. Good deal! My wife had the salmon, which she said was excellent, and I had scallops which were great. Our server, Dan, was outstanding.

J
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous! Much better than the Bolingbrook location.

MC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was absolutely wonderful. Our server was very attentive but the best was the time the manager spent talking with us. We learned a few things about the restaurant and it’s running. We’ll be back regularly 👍

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