Francois Frankie

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Francois Frankie is an American Brasserie featuring a rotating carousel bar and food from Executive Chef Mike Sheerin.
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.4
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3.9
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sat at the carousel bar, food what good. Unique experience

f
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was good, but pricey.

D
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for business lunches. Also the carousel bar is unique and interesting touch, and worth visiting after work.

SP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant ambiance is great and our waiter (I can’t remember his name unfortunately) was amazing. The food was good

SW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's perfectly fine but completely undifferentiated. With a clever name and unique atmosphere, I was expecting something different, or at least with a twist. Does the north loop really need another nice restaurant seving cobb salads and chicken caesar salads for lunch? Accoustics are good so it's a safe choice for a business lunch.

G
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time here on Saturday evening. Jarrett was a great server. From recommendations to fixing an error on a drink that I had, it was such a memorable and fantastic experience. I will definitely be coming back!

M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had to wait quite a while even though we had a reservation. The hostess was extremely apologetic and offered us an appetizer on the house. Although it was unnecessary since our wait was due to guests at a table that would not leave. The gesture was very classy and considerate of our time. Thanks for that extra special touch!

JC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

I was excited to go here but quickly regretted it. We went for an appetizer and cocktail before a show. I don’t have many positives to share. The bartender was kind. Service was slow, the food was not great and it was pretty expensive. The carousel bar was neat but I wouldn’t go back.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food.

MK
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there. We had dinner before a play handpicked the restaurant because it is less t han
1 block from the Cadillac Theater. It is an upscale restaurant with a short menu but great food. Loved the brussel sprout appetizer. The red fish was really good as was the filet mignon. Also, the truffel mac&cheese was also very good.

RB
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. From the craft cocktails to the amazing dinner. Service was AAAA+.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

The server didn’t care about us at all. We were an inconvenience. Never checked on us. I had to ask if we could please order our food, ask for more water, etc. it was so bizarre. I expected a different experience. Very disappointed

RH
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was fantastic, service, food and drinks, thank you and Merry Christmas and a great New Year

t
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My impression was the restaurant was short staffed and/or unprepared for the theater rush. Food was fine and service was friendly when it got to the table. The restaurant comped the party of five next to us due to a very slow kitchen. Our service was slow but no where that bad.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! The food was incredible. The wine was perfect. Jeremy made the experience above and beyond with his knowledge of the wine list, attentive but not hovering attention to our table, and overall friendliness and personality. We will definitely return!

RR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and the food was amazing. We got a small table in the front window and got to watch the Christmas lights and people walk by. It was perfect. Only a five to ten minute walk from the Lyric Opera House. Can or recommend highly enough!!

D
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was very good. One of the things we ordered was so spicy, we couldn't eat it. They should have told us it was spicy. But they were very gracious, took it back and we re-ordered. Again, the food was very good. We thought it was a tad loud, live music. The music was enjoyable, but too loud. We would go back. It's a beautiful atmosphere.

JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was fine--typical of the the relatively new style lunch spots in the loop- Randolph St Tavern, The Dearborn, Roanoke, City Social--not special. The carousel is an aesthetic twist. Pastrami reuben was overly salty but decent quality. Nothing offensive. Server was attentive.

BK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waitstaff was first rate. Attentive without overbearing and helpful to out time constraints.

I’ll have to return and try out their revolving bar one Happy Hour.

J
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Fun new place in the loop by why so expensive! Food was tasty and service was good but prices will keep me from going back.

BC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere and food was wonderful! What a great menu! Fabulous service too!

m
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic. A bit on the noisy side, especially for one diner who is hearing impaired, but we both really enjoyed the evening.

RT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, plenty of space for private conversations. In and out in under one hour for lunch.

LH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had excellent service from Jared. Made the meal very enjoyable

SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Maybe a little less lights but the carousel lighted is great.

CM
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent and attentive staff. Terrific food and large portions. elegant ambiance.

EA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal service at this new city bistro. We arrived early for our dinner reservation and were graciously invited to sit at a small table by the window in front of the bar. We selected a bottle of Italian red from several options our drinks server suggested, and it was delicious. We ended up staying at that table all evening as we worked our way through appetizers, dinner, and dessert. Everything was delicious and the service was prompt, but we never felt rushed, even though we stayed several hours. Would definitely go back.

JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was ok, nothing to write home about. Drinks were inconsistent. The first drink was mediocre, the second drink was great. The service was friendly and very good.

DK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was average to good, but not good enough to warrant the prices. Nice service and ambience.

R
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

We loved the Saturday brunch jazz trio.

Place has French name but not very French.

C
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has quickly become a favorite spot in the Loop! We returned to Francois Frankie again for dinner and this visit could not wait to have the crab legs to start. So fresh and delicious - served with the traditional butter but also a Louie sauce such a fun variation. We had the blackened redfish and lobster cioppino at a previous visit and could not wait to have it again. The redfish we were told has only 4 ingredients - it is so simple and well prepared. The lobster cioppino with the fresh lemongrass broth is delicious! Of course eating the lobster is a treat but served with grilled bread we love soaking up the broth at the end. Interesting wines and great cocktails. This is a great spot for pre-theater or any time you are downtown!

EJ
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful, the food was great, the service was impeccable. Highly recommend!

m
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Overpriced awful food left a lot to be desired. Service was excellent.

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

While my chicken sandwich was a bit dry, the fries were great and the service excellent.

JC
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parfait très bon service et plats délicieux

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MG
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful and the service was outstanding. They need to work on the food and make it interesting.

T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I had the Crispy Calamari for an appetizer. Too much crisp and not nearly enough calamari. I had the kale salmon salad and it was excellent.

AB
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a wonderful new restaurant. Fabulous decor & food!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good time!

SC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing bad, nothing particularly special about this place