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

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Authentic (17)
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Good for Birthdays (16)
Special Occasion (16)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Casual (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Cozy (9)
Fun (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Romantic (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Business Meals (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined 2 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 restaurant in the southwest suburbs

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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
 (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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