About Francesca's Vicinato

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 area 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 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.

12960 S. LaGrange Rd.
Palos Park, IL 60464
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

Dinner:
Monday & Tuesday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Sunday : 4:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
131st St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(708) 671-1600

Website:
http://www.miafrancesca.com/locations/profile/francescas-vicinato-palos-park

Catering:
Pick-up to full service catering options available.

Parking Details:
Ample parking with complimentary valet on Friday and Saturday nights.

Public Transit:
Pace bus stops at La Grange Road and 131st
Metra station Palos Park 127th street and Orland Park 143rd street

Executive Chef:
Mario Lopez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
3 rooms to choose from 20-250 guests for private dinning.

Private Dining

Francesca's Vicinato is the perfect place to host your private function. We have rooms that can accommodate groups 15-125 for a semi-private or private event or up to 225 in the entire restaurant.

Francesca's Vicinato Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
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Casual (19)
Authentic (18)
Special Occasion (17)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Romantic (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Cozy (8)
Business Meals (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Fun (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food, poor service. The RESTAURANT has a good vibe. People friendly.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

We frequent Francesca's as always great food and wine. We go as a couple and with friends. We prefer Juan as our waiter but it is difficult to get Juan even when we request him. I guess others enjoy his outstanding service.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This is usually my favorite neighborhood place to go for my birthday; it has great ambiance, good food choices, and usually great food. But this year it was a huge disappointment. My food was horrible (I didn't complain because I didn't want to ruin the evening or have my friends have to wait for me to get my food, or for me to have to eat alone when I got a replacement) , and even though we had an early reservation (6:00) and there were many open tables when we arrived, we were seated way in the back corner where the servers come out of the kitchen. It was cramped, and crowded and we had to keep moving the chairs to let the servers get through. On a scale of 1-10 on this night, I would give it a 5.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The Waitress Laura was energetic and Extremely polite and knowledgeable the food was great! The icing on the cake was my Company!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Casual
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Best restaurant on the Southwest Side of Chicago!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Love this place. It's a half way point for me and a friend. Our waiter, Toncho (sp?), improves the quality of his service with each visit. We go to Francesca's maybe 4 or 5 times a year, but he remembers our special requests. Most enjoyable experience

Tags: Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always a wonderful experience at Francesca's. We are regulars and truly enjoy our visits to this restaurant. Staff, food, and atmosphere are excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Always great service and wonderful food. Have never had a bad experience here.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great place. Great service. Great food. Tttttttttttt

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food is always wonderful. Dan was our waiter and he made the evening memorable. Great service/ great suggestions.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We go there often, but their fish special on Friday was one of the best meals I have eaten there.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 20, 2017

I ordered the halibut

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Seated immediately. Food was excellent as always and service was good despite the fact that the place was very busy and our waitress was handling many tables. Have never had a bad experience here. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Casual, Authentic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Just a very nice venue for food and conversation

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

An excellent server that provided great attention and excellent food. There was much more room in the restaurant than I was led to believe and we were able to have a comfortable conversation. We will definitely return.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Took 25 minutes to get appetizer, we ended up at the sports bar next door. Blonde older waitress was as rude as can be, when we asked for our check to pay for our drinks she said that we appearantly couldn't see they were busy----ummm, that's no excuse for being rude, and she had 4 open tables---if you can't handle the pace don't work with the public. Francesca's in Bolingbrook treats customers much better.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We go here often. Itis our favorite Italian restaurant. Th tables could be larger but the service is always superior. The only thing disappointing this visit was the mint ice cream desert.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Pacho was a great server! The food and drink was fantastic as usual!!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Great ambiance, excellent food and even better service. This restaurant is doing everything right. Once you go here, you will definitely become a regular.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Excellent management and waitstaff. We felt special. Thanks to everyone for a delightful dinner.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We went there for lunch! We had such a Delicious lunch! We will definitely be back

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Great wine, good food and nice atmosphere! We were not rushed and the service was very good. We enjoyed an appetizer and shared a sandwich. We will go back, give it a try!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in all of southwest suburbs. Dan did a great job.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We had a very nice dinner Sunday night, food was excellent, service was excellent as well!

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

They literally customized our salad. Immaculate customer service. Of course great food!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Great friendly neighborhood restaurant . Excellent wine selection. Outside sitting in warm months is another plus

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 2, 2017

In the past we have always had a great meal and service until last night. Service was very poor. It took a long time after ordering for our salads and soups to come out and when they did half of the orders were incorrect! No apologies, just an "oh". Dinner also took a long time to come out and when my husband complained to the waitress she just said " it will be out soon". Again, no apology. When the food finally did come out it was barely warm. My son ordered a medium rare steak that came out well done! Waitress rarely came by to see if we needed anything. Very disappointed!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Enjoyed the food, wine and service. Week nights a little quieter than week-ends, which is nice for conversation.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on July 31, 2017

We enjoy dinner at this location about once a month. They never disappoint. Another delicious meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on July 31, 2017

This is our neighborhood "go to" restaurant. It's always reliably great food and service and BY FAR the best restaurant around!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 31, 2017

I was there for their Lasagna special. It was delicious and the meatballs I got as a side were some of the best I've had in a long while. My server, Michelle I believe, was very attentive and pleasant. Highly recommended

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 31, 2017

We had lunch to enjoy their Lasagna Day Special which ran Sunday and Monday. Unfortunately, we ate an early lunch on Monday. it was very apparent that the salad and lasagna were left overs from Sunday. The lettuce and cucumbers were browning and the lasagna noodles limp from being reheated. We always have good dinners here, but this was not their best presentation. In January, we totally enjoyed their spaghetti day special but went for dinner when everything was fresh and hot. Lesson learned---go for dinner for any Specials.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

I've been a Francesca's fan for some time. The locations in BolingBrook and Frankfort are actually more my favorites. Their atmosphere 's are better with more ambience. Service at Francesca's Vicinato is hit or miss. Ironically, with the waiter/waitress. The ancillary help has always been wonderful. As for the food, it's delicious! Portions usually leave you with plenty to bring home, unless you get one of their daily specials, such as, lasagna for $8.00. That portion is strictly for the moment, no doggy bag there. I would recommend Francesca's Vicinato, however, the other Francesca's are a step above.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

Everytime we dine here...the food is consistently amazing. Always leave full,happy and look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

It was loud because there was a party in the other room but they gave us dessert on the house. We LOVE this place. Food is always good.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Service was excellent! But the food was very salty! No real chefs, just line cooks reading recipes given to them. Lacking the common sense not to add salt to a dish that already has: pancetta and sun-fried tomatoes which are salty enough! It was uneatable. Also because they are given a time for pasta al-dente they figure all pasta is cooked in the same time frame. Angel hair al-dente works great, you cook large tubes in the same time frame and you have a rubber ball. They might as well be cooking tacos.

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·Dined on July 20, 2017

Outstanding!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Had a lovely dinner at Vicinato! We shared the scallops over risotto starter/ delicious! I had pasta with fresh vegetables, my husband pasta with Italian sausage. We also happened to go on half priced bottle of wine night. Service was excellent. Only criticism is how loud it gets.

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 (Key West)·Dined on July 18, 2017

I was looking for a nice restaurant in the Orland Park area to host a client for dinner, and Francesca's Vicinato was an excellent choice. We had a lot of choices in menu, but we all opted for the $25 4-course selection, and enjoyed each course.

My family also had my mom's 90th birthday party there in February, and my mom was delighted with the service and ambiance.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants. Never had a bad meal. The menu is always so different and the servers are always so personable!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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