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

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4.6

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4.5

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4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (28)
Special Occasion (26)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
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Good for Birthdays (18)
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Romantic (13)
Cozy (12)
Fun (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Business Meals (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Notable Wine List (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 11 hours ago

Took server/bus staff a while to attend to us, had to ask hostess to send someone over - also had to ask 3x for water to be brought to table. Not much ambiance to speak of, and crowded - wait staff probably bumped my chair well over a dozen times with No apology. That being said, they prepared a salmon dish with wilted spinach that wasn't on current menu which was quite good, and my friends rigatoni with sausage was also really good. If the wait staff and logistics of the space could improve, we'd go more frequently, however the Frankfort location is the better option.

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·Dined 3 days ago

I was severely disappointed. I came for Valentine’s Day with a reservation at 7:30. I had to wait 15 minutes to be seated which I was fine with because they were packed and I understand, but after we were seated at 7:45 a waiter didn’t come to our table until 8:30. I think that was rediculous. I had my 80 year old grandmother with me who doesn’t like to eat really late and night which is why my reservation was scheduled at 7:30 and we didn’t get served our main dish until after 9pm....not because the food took long, but because our server came To the table to ask what we wanted to drink at 8:30. On top of that it was an absolute icebox in there...we ate with our winter jackets on and it wasn’t the Valentine’s Day experience we were hoping for. It was extremely loud with people in the dining area getting beligerantly drunk and obnoxious and there was like weird 80s dance music playing. Not what I was expecting since I came last year and had such a nice evening. I don’t know what happened but I made a mistake choosing This restaurant on Valentine’s Day. It wasn’t worth my money

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

It was a very busy night, but we were promptly seated. The food was remarkable. The tastiest mussels appetizer ever, warm fresh bread with olive oil. The fillet medallions melted in my mouth. My wife's salmon was also outstanding. We will be back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Good food as always, sketchy service but it was a holiday and they were slammed.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent as always. The profiteroles are superb!

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·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great place and terrific food and unbelievable service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Excellent food and a really wonderful experience. We enjoyed the birthday event. The service was attentive and helpful. Our party had fish, bruschetta, ceaser salad, pasta. All were wonderful.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Excellent food and service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was delicious and the server was very attentive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Normally a good meal and not much has changed. Chicken Limone was a bit dry this time, but nothing awful and they were very good about addressing it. Would continue to return.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Still my fav- best food and service in the southwest suburbs

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Wonderful, the management stepped up on a very busy night
Excellent food
Very personable
Great food presentation

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, Business Meals, Vegan, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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 7, 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 6, 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 6, 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 5, 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 4, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We love this place good food and service!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year eve

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

What a wonderful meal for NYE!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 28, 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 24, 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 15, 2017

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·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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vip
 (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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 (San Francisco)·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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