Francesca's Vicinato

4.5
1003 reviews
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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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MS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was great. Food was okay for an upscale Italian restaurant. Child Salmon came as just a chunk of Salmon no sauce, so the child refused to eat it. The pasta dish my waiter recommended was good. The other adult with me her chicken entree came as a large portion. We had a bottle of wine which was tasty but was overpriced. Two adults, a child, 1 appetizer, 1 bottle of wine and 2 of their desert drinks was $130 I would expect better quality of food for the price.

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A
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Entrees and desert were just okay. Too many other local Italian restaurants I would go to before going back to Francescas.

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k
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Spaghetti special was very good. It was a spectacular value. Very tasty with just enough heat.

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TJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The best Italian food in the neighborhood. This place never disappoints. The food and the staff are great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Very crowded and parking was difficult to find. We drove around for 10 mins, before finding a parking space. It is New Years Eve though. We had reservations & we were seated about 15 mins past the reservation time, which was good considering how packed it was. I wasn’t pleased with our small table, located up against a wall on the main walkway of the restaurant. Servers repeatedly bumped my chair as they entered and exited the kitchen. Diners constantly had to squeeze past our table as they entered and exited the restaurant. The food was excellent and service was efficient. I had the crab cake special and it was delicious. My date had the Roasted 1/2 chicken and he was very pleased with it.

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JI
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still my favorite restaurant.
It was NYE. Crowded. But we expected that.
Staff couldn't be more accommodating considering it was very crowded.
Best carpaccio anywhere.

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s
Chicago
155 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local Italian restaurant

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SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Dined at Francesca's last New Years Eve, food was delicious and service great. Very disappointed in the food and wine this year. The service however was very good. The restaurant was very crowded and busy so we did not complain to our waiter. My friend had the the sea bass which was "fishy" tasting...only had a few bites. I had an expensive glass of wine that tasted old like it had been sitting around opened for a long time.

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RE
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Enjoyed our dinner this Christmas Eve. Had our table ready when we arrived early for our reservation. The waiter was busy and most tables were taken. He was very efficient and kept the pace with all tables he had in our section. The staff worked well together to keep everyone moving along as the food came out. It was consistently good as it usually is. Even though they were very busy the service was passed nicely. Everything was spaced a little farther apart but no one waited at anyone of the tables around us longer or quicker than our table. Was very pleased with the two hours we spent there. Not rushed to get us out and clear the table for the next group. Thanks for a pleasant dinner.

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T
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are always superb. They are also very accommodating with requests that may not be on the menu. Reservations are recommended.

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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I got here often and this time the grilled Calamari was a little too crispy and waitress seemed new and wasn’t very attentive and I wasn’t able to comment on the calamari in a timely manner. The gf pasta was delicious and so was the lava cake!!! Generally the service is far better than that evening. Overall though i would recommend !!

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PS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Keep going back for the food and wait staff always wonderful and friendly. Host staff not as
friendly.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent experience.

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EC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

Ordered a gluten free entree because of an allergy. Later that evening I became so sick. They must have served regular noodles and not gluten free. I would not go back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food always. My go to restaurant when I want a guaranteed great meal!! Holly is a great server who I had Saturday but Dan is also the bomb. Love both!!

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JT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

It took the waitress 20 minutes to come to our table to take our drink order and 30 minutes after arriving to receive a glass of wine. Terrible service. Food was not very good. Worst dinner experience ever!

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OT
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection options. We both had fish (Icelandic Cod and Salmon). Both were cooked perfectly and side were a great compliment. Highly recommend. Happy Holidays.

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CC
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We tried one of their lunch specials, salad and pasta that was great and just the right amount. One guest had the calamari salad that was delicious. The other person had chicken parmigiana and found it tasty.

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f
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The meal was excellent, the staff very attentive and our waiter Daniel did a great job....the only comment I would make is that they could have had additional server. Poor Daniel was running ragged and it would have made things a little quicker and smoother for all patrons.

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DK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

No hostess when we arrived. Not very professional for a fine dining experience. Disappointing because normally this place is a good experience. Oh, and Wedge Salad was far from a Wedge Salad you would expect.

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BT
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food
Bustling dinner experience
Excellent table service

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG! The food was ah-mazing! From the bread with the grated cheese & olive oil to my roasted grouper! Also the service was outstanding! We will definitely return.

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LH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Well we felt that the special trout dish was not very tasty. I felt like they pored spaghetti sauce on the fish. It wasn’t as good as the salmon. Service was a bit inattentive. I was wondering if it’s because I made reservations through open table.

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DM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really love this place. The service is a hallmark!

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SA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Waitress was good. Had to ask for bread refill twice. Food was greasy and lettuce was brown.

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A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. This is by far the best Francescas location. absolutely amazing

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SS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our absolute favorite Francesca’s location. Even on a holiday they are always at their best!

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l
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Always a good meal in a great atmosphere.

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MC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, and service was great. Wish a salad or soup was included in the price of the entree.

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CT
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered from the Tuesday night fixed price menu. From appetizer to dessert everything was delicious. The three of us were very happy. Our server was very good.

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K
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

They did not have me reservation when I got there????????

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MM
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

This is a low key, friendly place with nice bar area should one not want to sit in the dining area. The service is unfailingly polite, helpful, and friendly. There is a private room for showers or other celebrations. The cost for lunch is reasonable and there is a good by-the-glass wine list. We go here frequently and have done so for years.

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IS
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite location. Food and service has always been superb!

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MT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last Saturday Night we had dinner for our 11year anniversary of our first date at Franchesca Vincinato.
We asked for the same table that we had our first date and it was ready for us greeted by the host with a glass of champaigne . Our dinner was wonderful as usual served by our waiter Tacho who was most accommodating and a pleasure talking to and a special treat of an overflowing ice cream sundae.
Our wonderful visit by Dan H also was such a pleasure.
Thank you for making our annual visit special, as we live in the Oak Brook so we do not travel the Palos Park area as much as we would like but make it our annual visit to celebrate our first date.

Mary Therese Munaretto
Richard Munaretto

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B
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent!!

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Not good at all. The food was very mediocre. They were out of many options (like the veal). It was quite noisy. And the waiter serving us was completely useless.

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BR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & ambiance! Staff is friendly & very cozy atmosphere.

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RM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The host upon entering the restaurant seemed very overwhelmed and out of sorts, attending to us, he had greeted us, had us hold on, greeted us again, got distracted again, had us going to a table and then announced we should wait a minute. A bit crazy

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