Francesca's Vicinato

4.6
955 reviews
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Phone number
(708) 671-1600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mario Lopez
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Catering
Pick-up to full service catering options available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
131st St.
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Parking details
Ample parking with complimentary valet on Friday and Saturday nights.
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Public transit
Pace bus stops at La Grange Road and 131st
Metra station Palos Park 127th street and Orland Park 143rd street
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Special events & promotions
3 rooms to choose from 20-250 guests for private dinning.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Gather your friends and family and join us on Thanksgiving Day! We will serve traditional Thanksgiving dishes alongside our full dinner menu.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

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

What 955 People Are Saying
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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Have been dining here for years however getting very bored with the same menu. Need more specials and variety.

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BR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we dine at Francesca Vicinato, we are very pleased. The food is consistently delicious, the atmosphere is fun and pleasant, and the service is outstanding.

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RM
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed when my friends and I dine at Francesca’s! Food is always delicious!

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The waiter was inattentive, we waited an hour and a half before he took our order. I had to get up and head to bar myself to purchase additional bottles of wine. It was a large party and the only person who was exceptional was the bus boy.

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BR
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We appreciate the delicious, fresh fish and top-notch service we always get at Francesca's Vicinato. Be sure to order a martini -- they are all superb. We decided to try a different appetizer -- Prosciutto e Melone -- and we were not disappointed. It was a wonderful combination of sweet (cantaloupe) and savory on our palates. For our entrees, we ordered Linguine alla Genovese and Salmone alla Fresca. The first entree had melt-in-your-mouth, tender sea scallops, shrimp that was cooked perfectly, mixed with steamed potatoes and string beans, and a tomato basil-pine nut pesto that made the al-dente linguine divine. The second entree consisted of 3 pieces of moist, grilled salmon with tomatoes, avocado, red onions, olive oil, basil and lemon over grilled asparagus, which was equally amazing. For dessert, we ordered our usual mugs of Francesca's smooth Italian coffee with the Budino di pane e banane. Loved its crisp, caramelized bananas with the banana chocolate chip bread pudding, topped with banana fudge gelato, caramel and chocolate sauce. We couldn't finish our entrees because there was so much on each plate, so we asked for them to be wrapped-up and we took them home. Francesca's Vicinato is one of our most favorite restaurants for special occasions, because we know we will love whatever we choose on their menu.

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JE
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always top notch food and service. Comfortable and congenial surroundings.

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r
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meet friends for dinner. A little noisy small place tight seating but good was great

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OT
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was sub par. Disappointing Service amount of time to waited on and served ...too long. Had 6;30 reservation on Open Table was not seated until 6:50 when there open tables available. The reservation station was unorganized!

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m
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was outstanding. Food good. Only complaint was the loud 80's music.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

The food isn’t as good as some of the other Francesca locations.

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TG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious!!! Excellent atmosphere. Friendly, attentive service. Wish I had tried this play years ago, but now that we've tried it, will certainly be back!

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EK
Naples
74 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience for our group of 8

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p
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Michelle she was great. She made our evening. She was attentive, friendly, very nice and service was impeccable.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I went there expecting a better selection on the menu.. it was lacking in a Southern Italy type of menu. Didn't care too much for the selection. A little more of vegetable called tomato would be nice.. I'm not too keen wth the Northern Italy food on the menu. Please, please try to be a little less creative in your menu items.

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GB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Average food. Expected more "Italian " dishes. 1/3 of the menu devoted to pizza

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n
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food. Took out server 15 minutes to even take our drink order. Another 20 minutes for appetizer order. Wasn’t really busy but they definitely could use a couple more server

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Alittle on the pricey side, but food was absolutely delicious. Would definitely go back for special occasion.

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KL
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Usually very good food but this time was a disappointment. The mussels were not fresh and some stank. The gluten free rigatoni was bland. Otherwise very good gluten free calamari and roast chicken

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

Great spot

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a
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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S
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The service has really gone down! So slow, no one to pick up dirty dishes, or refill water. I’ve been frequenting this location since it’s opening, and this is the worst it’s ever been. Will definitely find a new place. So sad with the decline.

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service, they make our whole family feel comfortable and special!

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JF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience and the staff is always amazing. Rachel was our server and she was phenomenal. We have a special needs daughter and Rachel treated her with great respect.

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R
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and food as always! Great waitress!

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c
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious as usual. Yacht our waiter was awesome as usual . Francesca’s continues to be very consistent as far as service and quality.

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G
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We go here quite a bit. Always a good night, but dinner was mixed on this visit.

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o
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised. I was last there about seven years ago and did not care for food. That was why I avoided restaurant. Am glad I went this last time as t was a very good experience.

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f
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Dan, was phenomenal! He provided just the right amount of attention and provided great conversation. Oh, and the food was great too!

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MR
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy Francesca’s. The beet salad special Fri night was delicious! Food is always good.

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P
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent. The food was delicious. I would go back again.

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WB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual, great food, excellent service. Especially love the salmon with avocado and tomato, the house salad, and desserts (to split, of course)! Tried the watermelon salad with feta, ham and honey - wonderful!

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p
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always have a great meal here. The service is attentive not crowded and rushed. E enjoyed their fish and veal selections

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PR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was perfect. I am sorry I forgot our servers name. Nice young man. Food was great. No leftovers.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Migal our waiter was way too busy to take care of us. Wish Juan still worked there.

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M
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We've been coming here for many years and have always had a great meal.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, as always! Our “go to” place to eat locally.

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G
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Francesca"s Vicinato is our favorite restaurant. It combines the combination of great food and excellent friendly service.

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LE
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our Server was wonderful! Great food,but like other Francesca’s cramped dining space. Man sitting behind me had to stand up from his chair so that I could pull my chair out and stand.

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M
Chicago
130 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Francesca’s never disappoints. The food, wine, and service are always excellent. The salmon is the best in town.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Okay so no this isn’t a computer because this is a five star rating but I went with my parents and the food was really good. I enjoyed it so much and they did follow every request we had about anything. My mom did have one minor complaint but who doesn’t?

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