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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Special Occasion (23)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
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Good for Birthdays (22)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Casual (16)
Authentic (13)
Cozy (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Romantic (11)
Fun (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Business Meals (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Very slow paced enjoyable dinner with great atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Waiter was absolutely awesome. Food was GREAT. Parents really enjoyed their anniversary.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2018

I personally am not a fan of the food but my wife loves it. The place is nice service is good it’s close to home but I like the food better at other Italian restaurants

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was cold when presented to the table. Ordered twin petite filets. Only took one bite. Informed waiter and when they brought me a new plate of warm food they only gave me half of my order with 1 filet and a very small dollop of potatoes. Asked the waiter where my other “twin petite filet” was and he said he would have the kitchen make one and bring it out. By this time everyone was done eating. Not a good experience! Felt short changed on my meal.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Saturday night dinner with hubby. Great food, great service. Love this restaurant. Definitely make a reservation!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Good food, unfortunately it was slow to get out of the kitchen, unusual for them.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Service and food were excellent. Would dine here again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Met with friends for a delightful evening. The food was delicious, it always is. The service was amazing. The server was attentive but not overbearing.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was our anniversary tonight on New Years Eve. They were packed and running behind. They couldn't find our reservation, until I pointed it out. We waited for about 15 minutes to be seated. Couldn't even get a drink at the bar. Service was slow, food was slow, we were crammed together next to other tables so that you couldn't have a private conversation. They were definitely over booked. We've had lots of great dinners here before. We've also come on our Anniversary before, and it was never this crazy. We would go somewhere else, but it's a sentimental favorite because they catered our wedding on New Year's Eve, so we like to go back on our anniversary.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I have been to this restaurant more than a dozen times but I would never go there again on New Years Eve. They over crowded the restaurant and we were actually sitting at a folding table. The waiter was inattentive and he never even came by to ask if we needed another drink or how we liked our meal. I understand it was a busy night, but that should all be taken into consideration by management when they planned for the evening. Other wait staff , at nearby tables, weren’t having the same problems so it was definitely the waiter. Where the waiter slacked off, the busboy was terrific. When the food arrived some of it was hot and other items cool. I just think the restaurant tried to cram in too many people that night which is unfortunate since they usually do a great job.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We love this place good food and service!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year eve

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

What a wonderful meal for NYE!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was a short wait on a busy New Year's Eve and was delivered piping hot. Excellent rigatoni and sausage and rice risotto.
The only draw back was the restaurant was filled with an older crowd and the music was geared towards the younger crowd who shopped in a clothing shop. It would of been so nice if they would if had more relaxing dinner music to make this dinner experience better. Most of the servers working there are young and it seems they had the music on for them instead of the paying customers of this cute restaurant.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great Italian restaurant with excellent imaginative menu. The service is always excellent too. Wine comes in two size glasses as well as bottle. Fun specials during the week.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent meal to end the year!!!
The homemade lemonchello is fantastic!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always a wonderful meal. Francesca's salad is a great start, pastas and seafood items all delicious! More than enough to bring a doggie bag home.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This is by far our favorite Francesca's.
Food is very good and a good happy hour for 3.00 beers and 5.00 glass of wine.
Prices are fair and services are very good.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Consistently delicious food + friendly perfectly-attentive service makes Francesca’s the perfect choice for any occasion.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Wonderful meal again! Always a good evening with the best carpaccio in the Chicagoland area!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food is always delicious. Love sitting in the hi-top tables in the bar. Great ambiance.

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 13, 2017

First time at this location and was very pleased with the food and service. Will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Enjoyed visiting with an old friend over Italian food. The 3 course price fixe option was terrific! Soft drinks are expensive. Service very good despite a rather full house!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Always a good experience at Francescas. Wonderful food and service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We really enjoy this local restaurant. It would only be better if they made their own fresh pasta.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

I am never disappointed in the food or the service. Francesca’s is my go to restaurant in the southwest suburbs

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our Family has been going to Francesca’s Vicinato restaurant in Palos Park for years. This was our family’s “Go To” restaurant for years. We had celebrated many special occasions and our experiences there have always been very good. Went to Francesca’s with the immediate family, 5 individuals, last night (November 26th), to celebrate my wife’s birthday, what a huge disappointment.

The restaurant was about half full, we were lead to a table just outside the ladies room and the kitchen entrance. We asked to be reseated and was lead to the bar sitting area, when there were numerous table available in the main dining area. We ordered two 8oz glasses of house Pinot Noir, when we got the check $18 each for an 8oz glass of Pinot. Really, it’s Francesca’s in Palos Park for Pete’s sake! And not the best tasting Pinot at that. I guess our bad should have asked the price. Our family ordered 5 bowls of pasta with the a Wedge salad. My daughter ordered a bowl of pasta with 4 shrimp for the amazing price of $23. The taste of the food was OK not great. Service was OK also. Not sure what has happen with the establishment we knew?

I do not write many reviews, needless to say negative ones , but our experience was just so very sad and disappointing so I am compelled . Time to look for a new “Go To”, I guess!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 19, 2017

We've been looking for a good basic Italian restaurant in the southwest suburbs, and had high hopes for Francesca's Vicinato. But the food was very disappointing. My wife's seafood pasta included shrimp that had not been cooked through. The tomato sauce for my pasta was watery, and there was far too much of it. $11 for a drink is a little steep; there are no beers on tap. The service was harried, the dining room was overcrowded, and the noise made it difficult to carry on a conversation.

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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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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Excellent food

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