Franco's Ristorante

4.8
377 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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Franco's Ristorante is the perfect combination of old world Italian classics and your new favorite pasta dishes. We've been around for over 27 years and have perfected our craft. Some of our most famous dishes include whipped ricotta tuffo, sausage and peppers, eggplant parmigiana and gnocchi.

Our great food and atmosphere helped us earn the honor of being named the Chicago Reader's 2016 "best place for a cheap date" and "best local restaurant."

You will be wowed when you step inside our bright, airy and modern restaurant. You can enjoy a drink at our new marble-topped bar or cozy up to tables with bright red-leather chairs and banquettes in the dining room. In the summer we are happy to offer outdoor seating that allows dogs.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 377 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time taking all three grandsons.

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vipAlisonW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lunch! The whipped ricotta starter and meatball salad were so so good!

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RashelleA
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch and loved the atmosphere!
Bottomless bloody Mary’s were so good as well

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ShariW
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went to celebrate our mother's 90th birthday. Mandy was fabulous! She made us feel right at home. We LOVED (!) the feel of this small restaurant. Food was very good. Service wonderful. If Franco's was in our neighborhood it would be a staple (perhaps even a weekly staple). We will for sure be back! For sure! (Oh, and the Eggplant Parmigiana is outstanding! And so were the Baked Clams appetizer, and the Mario's salad)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute place with excellent service

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VictoriaS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous small Italian restaurant. Great food. Great service. Make a reservation to be sure you get in.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as usual. Marisa our server was very friendly and attentive. It was an old friends get together and he loved it. Great neighborhood restaurant. The meatball appetizer is a must!

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JohninChicago
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A small, neighborhood place with consistently good food and service.

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Grace
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Italian. We will definitely visit again when back in Chicago.

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DebraG
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was always very good but space in restaurant is just very tight. Overall great waiters and waitresses and food is deelish.

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Ashley
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Franco’s and keep going back. Great food, great ambiance, great service. We love having Aida as our waitress.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best caprese ever! Food fresh and comes out hot and prompt. Spumoni doesn't have cherries so it reminds me more of neapolitan ice cream. This place doesn't disappoint!

JB
JulietaB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ate outside, the ambience was great, very romantic, quiet street. Great food and great service. We will definitely come back next time we are in town!

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DorothyS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service happened upon it glad we found it!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Franco’s has been our date night before the Chicago Marathon for the last 5 years. The food is great, the ambiance is sophisticated neighborhood dining and the staff makes you feel like family. 5 STARS all around.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food and service is excellent!!!!!

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JenniferO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was wonderful! We were stuck in traffic and didn’t make it on time for our reservations so I called and they were so friendly on the phone.

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RayM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The space is a bit condensed, but the staff accommodated my party of 5 and a stroller. The staff was very friendly and food was exceptional. A dimmer lighting environment would have been the icing on the cake.

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vipDonnaC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and service!

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GabriellaF
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great neighborhood gem. Old fashioned great Italian food without a lot of pretentiousness. Waitress was amazing and great ambiance. Only negative is that whoever answered the phone at 7pm told us they were full and could not take walk ins but they had alot of availability online to reserve. Made a reservation for 730 and they have a few tables open when we got there no problem.

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AlanG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal with fantastic service. The only downside was the noise level due primarily to the high ceilings and two tables (each with only 2 people) of people who were compelled to talking exceptionally loud, rather than using a normal tone.

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NickZ
Fayetteville
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food, location and service. One suggestion, but it makes all the difference. Cover up the large window from the kitchen. The fluorescent light KILLS the ambiance provided by the candles and incandescent lighting, especially for the tables right near the window where the light shines in your eyes. There is nothing added to the experience by this window, you can't see into the kitchen to watch thechefs cook, all you see is the backside of some shelves and stacked plates. Cover this window and add more soft lighting and you'll have a truly remarkable romantic destination.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot!

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vipBrantD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always. Halibut special was very fresh and delicious.

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SoniaG
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg!! Food was absolutely delicious 😋.. if you never been here you must stop by.. so glad it’s close to my place of work!!❤️❤️

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vipDonnaM
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, absolutely wonderful menu and great ambiance.

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vipLiz312
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come here at least once a month, that’s how good the food and service are. I brought my dad along before a concert and he raves about the food for a whole week. This last visit, I brought both parents and my aunt. Everyone loved their dish. They loved the wine, the appetizer, the food and dessert. Deanna was our server and she’s the bomb! She’s funny, down to earth and very accommodating. She remembers my name and what I usually order since it’s one of two dishes which are my fave: penne buttera and veal milanese. The bartender, Monica, she’s my girl! Always knows what I drink and them just right! The manager, Marisca (spelling could be off!) is super nice. As soon as she saw me walk in with my parents and heard them speak Spanish, she joined in, which made them feel much more at ease. It’s comforting knowing that my parents can feel at home here. When I go solo, I sit at the bar with Monica. It’s a small place but it’s perfect. My dad is already planning his next visit with the whole family, which is 10 of us plus a baby so get ready!

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Alex
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a party of four, and everyone was pleased with both their salad and their entree. A friend had recommend Franco's to me, and I will thank him. We would recommend it and will go to Franco's again when we are in the area.

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SusanD
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again an excellent dining experience at Franco’s. Food, service, and atmosphere exceed our expectations every time. We brought friends for their first visit and they are now fans. Well done.

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Alan
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Again had a wonderful meal before a ballgame. So glad we found this place service and food are great.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are from Los Angeles. We loved this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great time and wine list is very reasonably priced.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

My husband and I were excited to try a new place for an over due date night. Our service was mediocre. Our service Deanna gave us little to no attention. I’m not sure if she assumed it was because we were younger looking minorities but actions spoke louder than words. We still tipped her even though I’m sure she assumed we wouldn’t. We are not those types of people. She was very attentive to her other tables. Overall I loved the ambiance. The food was good. I will try the restaurant one more time.

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ThomasS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food excellent and the price was reasonable for what we ordered. I recommend this restaurant.

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AdvocateSupporter
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before the Sox game was terrific as always!

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cathleenk
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Beautiful night to dine outside

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu with a lot of choices. Food was outstanding

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MaryFahey
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love going to Franco’s. It’s intimate enough and love seeing the familiar wait staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always but the need to get the air conditioning fixed!

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You can order delivery directly from Franco's Ristorante using the Order Online button. Franco's Ristorante also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Franco's Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 225-9566.

Franco's Ristorante is rated 4.8 stars by 377 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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