Franchesco's

4.7
940 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Beauty, Innovation, and culinary perfection, only begin to describe Franchesco’s Ristorante. A new generation of Salamone’s and a finely tuned management and wait-staff ensemble, promise to deliver on our customers’ demanding expectations. Our continued strive towards excellence, will only ensure our ability to grow our Franchesco’s Ristorante family.
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BT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Went with friends and we waited over 20 minutes for a waiter to come to our table, in fact we had to go up to the hostess for that to happen.

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J
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Outside seating area is quite enjoyable. Food cooked perfectly. Great drinks

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D
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Menu selections are very poor now as compared to the last time I was in the restaurant. The bar was packed so it looks like that is where they are making money. Restaurant seems to be neglected and a second thought at this point. Prices are steep for the quality and selection. Will not go there again. Much better restaurants in Rockford if you want to spend that much on a meal.

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TG
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our waiter Brandon was excellent! The restaurant greeted us promptly and read the notes that it was our Anniversary ♥️

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MF
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was great as well as the service, the food was delicious even for picky eaters. I would go here again to try a new dish!

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PK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food at a price that you would expect from a high end restaurant with entertainment during your dining experience. Had a three piece Jazz Band playing. Very enjoyable. We usually come here for special occasions and this one did not disappoint. Complimentary Bananas Foster on anniversaries and birthdays prepared at your table.

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JW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable. I can not say enough about the friendly attitude of all of the staff. The food was outstanding as well. Can strongly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we celebrate all of our special occasions at Francescos, nicest place in Rockford

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d
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love going to Franchescos !! The food is fantastic , the service is fabulous, the atmosphere is elegant, and bartenders are friendly. Right when you enter the restaurant you are treated like you are royalty. You don't feel pressured to go to your table right away. You can go to the bar before you eat and have a drink. You never feel rushed and hurried . I feel relaxed and enjoy everything around me when I was there. We had nine people in our party and they all enjoyed Franchescos. We will be back... thank you for everything.

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Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary and everything was very good and almost everything was perfect. The food was great!! The New York strip came with roasted Brussel Sprouts which were AMAZING! The Cognac sauce was really good and the potato wedges were seasoned perfectly! I had the bourbon smash which was on point, and the coconut shrimp was very tasty (albeit there were only three shrimp for a party of two which is VERY minimal for an appetizer. The only blemish on the night was the bananas foster. I think the server did not allow the brown sugar to caramelize completely before adding the bananas because there were crunchy sugar crystals as we ate it. Overall it was a great dinner, great experience, and we will be coming back for sure!!

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VF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We been to the place on a number of occasions for business and personal dinning . This time we took family for a birthday. It was noisy there. The food was poorly prepared . The Chicken Parmesan was so over cooked it was hard as the sole on a shoe. It was clear the larger table was a priority as we waited longer for service , food, and the entire experience was dismal. Since we made the reservation indicating it was a BD the server never asked or offered the celebration but other tables that had birthdays were recognized

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GO
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I set reservations for 7:30 pm with tickets to go to the "comedy night" at 9 pm. This didn't go as planned. After an appetizer, we ordered... 1 at our table received their food at 8:15.. as we watched them eat, the other 2 meals didn't arrive until 8:40.

It was extremely odd for them to bring one person food but not the others. Ultimately, after quickly eating and trying to get our bill for the dinner, we were late for comedy night.

So, for this visit I would have to say the service was sub par for an establishment that has been historically above the fold.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beat Dinner of life

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DR
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and romantic setting. Food was absolutely delicious and to top it off the staff is very friendly.

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OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful experience. My husband had the prime rib, however there was no horseradish. I enjoyed the miso seabass, which I highly recommend. We enjoyed the evening. Would have preferred not to have sat at the table we were at, as it was not intimate, and with the noise level it was hard to hear.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, staff and music to entertain while you enjoy dinner..

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AK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch was excellent! Will definitely be back and would definitely recommend

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BG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit and we will go back. Our waiter made the evening for us. He was friendly, attentive and made good suggestions about what we might like. The background piano music was performed by a talented young man. It was not loud and overpowering so we were able to carry on our conversation in normal voice levels. The atmosphere was warm and inviting as were all the service personnel.

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PI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful and the restaurant is such a nice place for a special occasion. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening, the food, the ambiance and the service. Everything was and always is top notch.

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NW
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasant dining experience. If Kim is there so much happier. Good and service always the best.
My mother’s birthday and she loved the pianist.
Recommend highly

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was good. The waiter seemed preoccupied. He tried to take our order more than once and seemed a littled scattered but was very nice.

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K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Loved our waiter and service! One of our favorite places!

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c
Chicago
176 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated at table 23. This is next to the piano where the piano man played soft and elegant music. Quit a treat. The comfortable chairs and ambient lighting really made for a pleasurable experience. Food was flavorful and plentiful. To me the best restaurant in the the Rockford area.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

11/10 recommend saying you’re going out for an anniversary to get free dessert 😩😩😩

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BG
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a lovely place, Service was excellent , food was great!
Pasta was great but just a little pricey!
Had a great time.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend an I decided to go somewhere a bit more upscale for our anniversary this year, and we chose Franchesco’s. What an amazing experience it was! The food was incredible, the staff was very friendly, and the overall ambiance was perfect for the occasion. It was a bit pricey, but the experience was worth it. We will definitely be back!

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KG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

For the price you should get more. Atmosphere was great, ribeye was awesome love the pictures and the wall of football players that were signed and they signed the wall

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BC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It met our expectation, as it did for our fiftieth anniversary, ten years ago. More guests this time--more family! Met/exceeded their expectations, also.

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m
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter treated us like we were the most important customers he was going to have that night. I am sure he treated the other customers with the same enthusiasm but when he was attending to us his complete focus and attention was on us. Such service is commendable and made the special dining occasion even that much more special.

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UW
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

We had a 2:00 reservation through Open Table. We arrived from Madison WI and from Chicago at 2:00 only to be told Easter dinner was not dinner but a buffet. We were seated after a 20 minute wait in the bar and visited the buffet to find out it was basically over at 2:00. There was no ham, just the tail end of salad and green beans. Dessert was over also. Our Easter Dinner was pizza and a very nice pasta that was a specialty of theirs. It was a long drive for that. We expected a lovely meal and were willing to drive that far so our family could be together for Easter. I think someone from either Franchesco’s or Open Table should have told us the Easter “Dinner” ended at 2:00 before we made the drive! And why did you even offer that time as a reservation option?

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c
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch

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JG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter Brunch was fabulous. Great food and great variety. Service was excellent and we felt no pressure to eat and run.

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LM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Me and a couple friends went there and we where younger and we over heard the waitress pointing at us saying we could afford it that’s why we only got starters which I find disrespectful

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EB
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Rhett was amazing and charming! Im months pregnant and it was our Anniversary and thy got us a booth close the the bathroom for me. Food was amazing! Atmosphere was outstanding! Loved the live piano player! We will definitely be back! Thank you for making our Anniversary extra special!

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KH
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Francesco's for special occasions because it's such a special experience! Everything about it, from the moment you come in to the moment you leave. It's not just going out for dinner, it's a dining experience! The service is INCREDIBLE, the surroundings and ambiance are like no other place in town. There's always live music which just adds to the evening without being too much, just right. The food is always amazing. You feel so welcome and cared for. I would highly recommend Francesco's to everyone I know!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, Ambiance, Entertainment, Food and Cocktails all are outstanding! The staff are Ver accommodating and friendly!

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D
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Franchesco's. I had the special which was seabass with cinnamon and maple syrup. I was hesitant to order this dish but I took a chance and it was incredible. The spices and all married quite nicely. I also had Bookbinder soup which is always a must. We had calamari for an appetizer. Always excellent. My wife had Carbonara which she absolutely loved. Our server was very attentive and friendly. We had a great experience.

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RS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My brothers and sister came out to celebrate my birthday. They were very impressed and would like to come back out next year

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CG
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Franchesco’s always delivers excellent food with a awesome atmosphere for dinning. Never disappoints or falls short of expectations.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed when dining at Francesco’s. Always a pleasant experience.

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