Franco's Pescheria

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Seafood
Franco's Pescheria is a premium seafood market, restaurant, and raw bar. Our dinner menu includes a mix of entrées and savory small plates, many inspired by dishes served in the famous cicchetti bars of Venice, Italy. Fire shrimp, oysters Rockefeller, zuppa di pesce, and seared scallop risotto are perennial favorites. Diners may also select fish directly from the case in our seafood market and choose to have it broiled, grilled, or fried. Because our market receives deliveries daily, our lunch and dinner guests enjoy the freshest fish and shellfish available. Our selection and stock is in constant flux, so we encourage guests to call ahead to reserve a filet of their favorite fish.
While our dinner menu is dominated by seafood, you'll also find vegetarian and non-seafood options such as roasted chicken and pan-seared steak. Lunches here are fast and fresh, with plenty of healthy options. Think grilled salmon salads, homemade seafood soups and chowders, fish tacos and oyster Po’boys.
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KC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My husband and I had a memorable (in the positive sense) dining experience at Franco's Pescheria. Our server was attentive, informative and cheerful; and the fresh seafood dishes were exquisite! We particularly marveled over one of our appetisers -- Calamari Fritti -- which was remarkably tender and in the lightest, crispest batter we have tasted. The Blackened Grouper and Swordfish (broiled) were delicious and done to perfection. Grilled fresh seasonal vegetables were a lovely complement to our meal. Portions were very generous! The only potential downside I would mention is that the noise level was quite high -- we went on a Saturday night, so the restaurant was close to capacity. It may be quieter during the week. But, as my husband noted, "The food is SO delicious who wants to be distracted by a conversation, anyway! We can't wait to go back!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hawaiian fish was delightful. Light & flaky. We were able to choose prep & had 2 sauces on the side to try with the fish.

JS
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was there once before and loved it ! Brought two friends to celebrate a birthday. They thought the food and atmosphere was amazing!,,

RH
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by a friend and the food was outstanding. As first timers the waitress did a great job of discussing all the fish options. So many great choices we will have to go back soon.

WI
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time here. Service was great, as was the food. We’ll definitely be back.

MD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a special night at Franco’s!
Top notch drinks, perfect food, delightful people.
Another Fresh, Friendly, Fran-tastic evening!)
Suggest to everyone. We will be returning often!

HT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are somewhat regulars at Franco's. Been going there since they opened a couple years back. The fish is exceptional and perfectly cooked every time we go. Highly recommended.

KK
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an great dinner at Franco's. My scallop risotto was amazing, but my husband's order of the Fresh Catch from the Case - he chose Opah, seared with butter and topped with an espresso chili rub - was incredible. Our server Fran was great and super helpful choosing a wine to pair with our meals and even helped us warm up some baby food for our 9 month old son. Overall a lovely night out.

SA
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been to Franco’s a number of times and was a bit disappointed this time. It took awhile to get waited on and then the crab cakes and calamari were not as good as usual. Pasty and a bit undercooked. One piece of calamari was so chewy that it was inedible. The grouper was excellent as usual and I was glad to see they have J Winery Pinot Noir. Delicious!

CB
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there, will go back again. Everything was very fresh.

C
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious as always and very attentive service too!!

BH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

GS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

This was our second time at Franco’s. We had a wonderful experience the first time. This time I ordered the fish stew. It was very disappointing. The description says it comes with a broth and cream. The amount of liquid was minuscule at the best. The seafood was dry and over cooked . The crab legs came un cracked and needed to be sent back to the kitchen. Our fries were not seasoned properly. My husbands tuna was cooked properly. I will be back for the lobster roll, but afraid to try something new.

Franco's Pescheria
Responded on October 1, 2019

Glenda, I am sorry to hear about your experience, especially after I personally came to your table and inquired about your meal and saw that the crab legs needed to be split a bit more. If you had told me when I talked to you that you did not think the food was fantastic, we would have been happy to replace the meal or get you something new without question. In the future please do not hesitate to let us know you are unhappy; we will not hesitate to make it right. Thanks Franco.

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C
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful as always!! Black cod is fabulous!! Lobster mac ‘n cheese is scrumptious! Fran is always a terrific server!!

MU
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really, really terrific food, setting, great concept and execution— meeting a real need outside the city!

c
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall my sandwich was really good but I probably won't go back. The waitress or kitchen screwed up our order and it was not handled very well (they ran out of the fish that was ordered and made no accommodation for the mistake). The salads were good but drowning in dressing. The prices were higher than average and the atmosphere average. I may go back and try them for lunch and get all dressings/sauces on the side.

Franco's Pescheria
Responded on September 18, 2019

Ms. hood, I am sorry you felt that we did not accommodate properly you for the kitchen inadvertently putting the sauce on your plate instead of on the side. I am also sorry that we ran out of the fish you ordered originally; as we only bring in so much each day to ensure the freshest quality. We did attempt to make it right by crediting your original order. I will work with my staff to ensure things like this do not happen in the future. Thank you for your business.

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r
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was was quite good.Love the Nantucket scallops.Love the anchovies plain without the pesto.

k
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

we came out to see Paul Allodi play. We were about 30 feet from where he was playing and could barely hear him. Food was good. Waitress was very nice. Management was helpful and available. We came out on a Thursday, very nice time. We will come back when Paul plays again.

DK
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner Frank is great! Came to the table a few times to check on food. Lobster rolls were wonderful and packed with lobster!! I highly recommend the beet and burrata salad!!

S
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and so close to home. Perfect.

MD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing short of perfect! Love the staff love the food!!
Favorite place for fish...ever

JW
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was Awesome good portions very fresh. The Lobster tacos and crab cakes were so good we wanted more Everything was great. Fran our server was attentive while she had many tables she kept coming to check on us. We will be back.

KE
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!!

L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been here several times. Franco's is the place to go for fish.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time my husband and I visited Franco's, although it is relatively close to our home. We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary, and craving lobster rolls, so I googled "lobster rolls near me" and Franco's came up. It had received good reviews, so we thought we would give it a try. I reserved a table online, and wrote that we were celebrating a special occasion. Franco's was wonderful! The service was friendly and great, the rolls were DELICIOUS! and upon discovering we were celebrating our 30th, the owner treated us to a yummy dessert and an aperitif. We enjoyed the background music and the attentiveness of the staff. We will definitely recommend Franco's to our friends!

NS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food. Great value . Fresh food. Just wish staff was a little more knowledgeable with the menu.

DF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After buying fresh fish from Franco since he was in the former location, we have dined twice at the restaurant. We have been impressed both times. This is a hidden gem and, while selfishly I hope it doesn’t become too crowded, it is definitely some place to try when you are in the area.

l
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Franco was personable and checked in with us at our table, and our server Lily was very attentive. Seafood was awesome! We plan to return!

CN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service was a bit slow. Everything else was fine.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our order took a long time. When it finally came, my husband’s salmon wasn’t cooked, my martinis were sour, my daughter’s scallops were not cooked. Had to ask several times for water. My 2nd martini which I ordered when my meal came, did not come until we were all done with dinner, so I didn’t even drink it, but was charged for it.
We’ve never had a bad experience here before, but everything was bad this time. I’m hoping it was just an off night.

Franco's Pescheria
Responded on August 3, 2019

Sandy, I am very sorry that you had this experience, we were using a new Point of Sale system that we just started with that week; however that is no excuse. I really wish that you had reached out to me while you were here I would have gladly made things right. I hope you will give us another chance and please let me know when you come in so I can ensure that the service and food are to your satisfaction. Thanks Frank

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DF
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always delicious.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fresh, awesome seafood. The oysters and copper river salmon were incredible.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and good service. Lily is our favorite

I
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Never again! We have sent dozens of people to this restaurant. Today, service was awful and slow. Food was watery and bland. Additionally, wine was $16 per glass. So a dinner for three was $300. Crazy! This is a restaurant in a strip mall in the suburbs , with mediocre food. Are you kidding me!!! Never again! I feel like you stole from me. Disgraceful! D&J Bistro is right across the street. Better food and a better value.

Franco's Pescheria
Responded on July 16, 2019

We are truly sorry. No guest should ever feel this disappointed. But it seems strange to hear you suggest your bill amounted to robbery. Our prices are printed plain as day on our menu; entrées from $18-$38, glasses of wine from $8-$16. As for the "watery" food and "awful" service, I wish you’d brought this to my attention that night, when I asked. I would have bent over backwards to make it right.

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T
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was wonderful!! Our server Francesca was explained all the entries we asked about. She was attentive but not annoying. The shrimp bisque was amazing and I had the Sea Bass special that was delicious!! Nice job!!

C
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Always fabulous! If you haven’t eaten here you’re missing out!!

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I was at dinner with girl friends, always like this place but is bit pricey. When I got my grilled fish it was totally under cooked. I asked them to put it back on the grill, which they did. The fish was not that great so I told the waitress I was not happy, She asked if I wanted a replacement and I ordered another type of fish which was really good. When I got my bill I noticed that they did not charge me for my fish, I told the waitress that it was nice but to go ahead charge me anyways. She said it was on the house. On my way out, I talked to the owner and he said he wanted to make things right. I will return because of his great customer service! Just a few things I would change, the menu is confusing and they didn't have the fresh fish listed, the waitress had to tell you. Also, their desserts could be much better, when you pay $10 for small dessert it should be fantastic.

C
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Once again again a fantastic dining experience! Had a new kind of fish- palino, a Hawaiian snapper. Yummy! Shrimp bisque was delicious, salad very tasty and chocolate truffle covered gelato ball was totally decadent! Can’t wait to return!!

F
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fresh fish. Great atmosphere and service

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance! Frank, the owner stopped by our table 2 times. First time and we will be going back!