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About Franchesco's

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.

7128 Spring Creek Rd.
Rockford, IL 61107
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 4:30pm-9:00pm Friday & Saturday 4:30pm-10:00pm

Cross Street:
McFarland Rd

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(815) 229-0800

Website:
http://www.franchescos.com/

Parking Details:
Valet Parking Available

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Franchesco's Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (29)
Special Occasion (27)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
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Good for Birthdays (22)
Romantic (18)
Business Meals (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Live Music (11)
Cozy (10)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Authentic (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Casual (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Fun (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (4)
Seasonal (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food and service wad wonderful. Love the piano in dining room. Unfortunately a band started half hour before piano was done and drowned out piano.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 11, 2018

I was in town from Minneapolis and found this restaurant on Open Table. I'm really glad I did as it was a 10. The bread and oil before the meal was delicious. The appetizers were great, the chopped salad was excellent as was the lobster soup. Our meals were just as good as everything else. Prices were really reasonable. If you're a local and haven't been here you're missing out. If you're in from out of town I can't imagine there is a tastier place in town.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Enjoyed a great meal along with great service. There were 5 of us. One had salmon, one the filet, one a prime rib, one pasta and one shrimp. All were excellent

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great pasta. My wife loved her shrimp.

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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve!!!

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary. All staff were congenial and treated us kindly with an always there smile. The food and crafted drinks were excellent! We will return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Cozy, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Greatly disappointed last evening with my order of Sea Bass. As a loyal diner, I was not aware that the meal had changed. Forbidden rice. Gone. Change to white rice. Portion of bass was embarrassing. Truly. Smaller by almost half. Flavor of meal dramatically changed and weakened. Too bad. Was a favorite.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Good and service was top notch. Had a party of 9, was seated quickly with drinks within minutes. Food was of great quality and all guest where served within minutes of each other.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Always a great meal with excellent service. Friday and Saturday evening you can enjoy live piano music while you dine. Great setting

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Live Music
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was good, but poor waitress had too many tables. There was a mistake on our bill, but we worked it out between couples. Friend ordered bowl soup, but received cup of soup and had to send back. Husband ordered shrimp de jonghe which was supposed to come with linguini, but didn't. He didn't bother to have that brought out since waitress was too busy.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Love this place. Food is wonderful, drinks are great, awesome service, very nice place. This is our go to for birthdays, anniversary, ect. Can't say enough good things!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent food and service. Really enjoy coming here

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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food5
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Franchesco’s is totally AWESOME!!! I highly recommend visiting them for an entertaining, exquisite dining experience!!!

Tags: People Watching, Healthy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Fabulous night with our kids from out of town.
It was there first time at Francescos They really like the restuarant,ambiance,food and the gentlemen playing the piano.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great atmosphere. Live music, great decor, and dimmed mood lighting. Food is above average, not quite the best Italian I’ve had.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The ambiance is very elegant and the food is always excellent. Our server was very attentive without making us feel crowded. They had a wonderful piano and bass players that played very nice background music. lighting and decor are very nice and I recommend this for upscale but reasonably priced dining, if ever you are in Rockford for a nice evening out.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Overall we were pleased. The service and atmosphere were excellent! However, some issues with the meal brought the value down. The bruschetta bread was too crispy, the ribeye was under cooked and too much gristle for the cut of meat. The mashed potatoes were very dry, I'm not a chef, but maybe try some butter or cream before serving. The prime rib was delicious, and the tomatoes and veggies we're perfectly ripened and tasty. We are locals, Polar Grove, and are not wealthy, but don't mind paying up for a great experience. Any issues aside, we had a wonderful date night and have made reservations to come back again. Thank you for your time. Brad

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food3
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Celebrated my husband’s 70th birthday. This was our first time here, and we will definitely be back. Our server Devan was excellent, and she cooked up a mean “flaming bananas foster” right at our table, which was delicious. The food was very good and the decor was tastefully elegant. I highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasions!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We love this place for the food, atmosphere and upscale dining experience. The piano and sometimes brass accompaniment makes for an excellent atmosphere. We always pick this place for a friends get-together.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Needed to change up the venue before theater. All 4 of us were thrilled and pleasantly surprised.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Disabled Access
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food was fantastic. Service was wonderful. I kept asking myself why I didn't visit here sooner.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fantastic dining experience with great food to satisfy any appetite .

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We really like Franchesco's - great food and atmosphere. In fact we like it so much we drive 30 miles from the Crystal Lake area to dine here. The main dining room often has a piano player on Saturday night - nice touch. This time however I forgot to ask the important question - "Is the main dining room booked?" As it turns out they had a HUGE wedding reception - the place was mobbed! They did not tell me when I made the reservation that we would be seated in a different room that is not nearly as nice as the main dining room. Sure the food and service was very good, but it wasn't the experience for my wife's birthday dinner that I was expecting.

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Always a favorite go to restaurant. Lovely atmosphere, piano and base music. Delicious meal with spot on service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. I have never been disappointed and the prime rib on Fridays and Saturdays is down right awesome. Please if you haven’t dined here you don’t know what you are missing. It is very tasteful and classy!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Organic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Always a great choice. Server and owners are second to none

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

My collegue was from MI and had a wonderful time. She enjoyed the piano player.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Tapas, Business Meals, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wait staff needs to learn how to decant wine correctly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

This resuraunt is a very elegant dining experience. My parents and girlfriend recently visited for my parents special 23rd anniversary. We all had prime rib and the potatoes, which were cooked just how we had ordered. The drinks and appetizers were also excellant. I would prefer this dining experience for anyone looking for a nice meal out and they have a live pianist.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Live Music, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was great. Good menu! Good wine. Server Andreas was great!
Love the music although the trumpet player was not there. Think we will try the wine cellar next time. Could be a great night for two but nine people wasn’t romantic.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Cozy, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Shrimp Charlie was enjoyed by myself and two other guests. My husband had the double pork chop and I tasted it; divine. We went there for our anniversary and it was not disappointing. Lovely piano player and a great waitress. What more could you asked for. Benny, the owner even stopped at our table.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Outstanding! Great food, service and ambience. Will be back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Have been there many times, never disappointed. Always the best service and great food

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Best in place in town by far staff is great the food is great if you havent been there before you need to go

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We went for the first time for a special family meal. Was very pleased. All of our food was very good and very attentive service. Upscale for Rockford which was very nice. Wonderful piano music in middle of dining floor. Lovely evening. Quite expensive, but they have price variety on the menu. Very glad we went. Will certainly return!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Healthy
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

The gathering was to celebrate the 57th wedding anniversary of David and Fran Waller.
it included sons David Jr. and Jerome with wives and children. A total of 10 in the party. Highlight of the evening was when Evan Waller played the Baby Grand for his grandparents enjoyment as well as all in attendance for dinner that evening. A great time was had by all. The food was excellent and exceeded all expectations.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Excellent in every way. We specifically came for the Prime Rib and it was perfect. We have dined here many times and enjoyed every experience. Service was great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Everything was great!!

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Our cocktails were great and the food was delicious. My husband had the prime rib and thought it was the best ever! I had the veal medallions with risotto and both were excellent. Our waiter, Javier, was very attentive and entertaining, and made the bananas foster "sing". We enjoyed Carl Cole at the piano also. Definitely a place to visit again and again.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Business Meals, Organic, Disabled Access, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

This was my our second time visiting Franchesco's for an evening meal. We were returning from Ohio to Minnesota and made it a point to go through Rockford, IL to eat at Franchesco's. We enjoyed the food and atmosphere so much during our first visit we wanted to see if it would be the same . We were not disappointed. Arriving around 6:00 PM on a Friday night, we were provided a very comfortable booth immediately. Upon ordering, we did have to wait over 30 minutes for our meal, however, the food was hot and delicious. My wife and I enjoyed our meal, atmosphere and time comfortably relaxing after a long days drive. My wife ordered a cappuccino which was poorly made. Our previous waiter, Andres, from our last visit recognized us and after a brief discussion he stated he would make my wife a new cappuccino. This one turned out great. This is a simply example of the outstanding service reflected at Franchesco's.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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