Franco's Ristorante

4.8
319 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
If your preferred time is unavailable please call for possible openings.

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.

Support Franco's Ristorante during COVID-19

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 319 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.8
ambience
4.8
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
o
vipoftendiner1
Chicago
154 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious appetizers and incredibe entrees. We had the halibut puttanesca, chicken giardiniera, chicken fancaise, and everything was delicious. We will return. Our server, Deanna, was outstanding.

DC
DavidC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing! Everything delicious! My only quibble is the seating is a bit close together. But if you don't mind that, a fun and tasty experience.

AC
AmandaC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Francos always provides the best food, drinks, and service!

DT
DeborahT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very good. Our server was busy but saw to our needs. The restaurant was crowded and only one server had a mask on. Portions were large.

ST
SamT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service that was extremely fast, cozy atmosphere, and delicious food at great prices.

7
7777777
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Calamari was bitter because it was over cooked. Pan seared Salmon was too salty. The outside table sat near the crossroad and was very noisy

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marisca was a delightful server who was very knowledgeable and friendly. She definitely added to the experience. Now for the food, delicious! We enjoyed the clams, caprese (best mozzarella texture I've ever had) but will get extra basil next time. The spicy pesto pasta had just the right spice and ample prosciutto. My mate finished his chicken marsala, so that speaks volumes. Bread was soft and fresh, just like the parm and oil pairing. Only wish they had a wine night but the per glass list is more than sufficient for a single consumer. This will be my go to taste of Italy. Also patio seating is optimal but I prefer the intimacy of the indoor ambiance.

P
frankP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem with great service and a wide selection of Italian dishes including seafood items. Handsome interior. Nice little bar if you want to just get out of the heat and have a cocktail. Highly recommended even if you don’t live in Bridgeport

FF
vipFoodieForever
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is what every old school Italian restaurant strives to be! Such a great environment with excellent service and well prepared dishes!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

The food was good but service was slow The doorman insulted the hell of me and my wife. Reservations were made prior too, the place was half empty and the doorman asked if we wanted to eat outside We we’re about to leave but the guy got us seated finally. I failed to mention that it was drizzling outside Probably wouldn’t recommend Waitress was not welcoming neither. But food was good

D
Dave
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Good neighborhood Italian restaurant. Service and staff were still getting used to more tables, guests, requests (indoors and outdoors) as things open up, but we're apologetic regarding the slow, sometimes forgetful, service. Food and coziness of the location/inside were worth the evening.

P
vipPattywagon
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved how hospitable everyone at Franco’s was ( especially Ralph) - we ate outside, had spectacular food and drink, and will definitely be coming back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was exceptional

MB
MichaelB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AS Always, Excellent food, Outstanding service, a great place to have dinner.

D
Desi
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While it was busy, our server was very attentive and kind. The drinks were delicious, the food was superb, and the environment was quaint and appealing. It was perfect for our trio friend date but would be perfect for a more intimate date or a casual outing. We definitely want to try for the patio next time!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was very busy but we didn’t even notice. Very attentive and sat outside. Was a beautiful evening and the food as always was amazing

EA
vipEllenA
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a retirement gathering for my husband. The waitress was amazing and food/service outstanding

BP
BPortGuy
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mom wanted to go to one of her favorite places for her 90th birthday dinner and Franco’s didn’t disappoint. Everything was on point, the food, the service, the ambiance. The birthday tiramisu was much appreciated. Thank you for making it a very memorable evening!

JP
JulianaP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptionally delicious! The server was very attentive. The ambience was calming and pleasant after a challenging day at work.

BA
BlairA
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way, I will return again and again.

J
Julie
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We all enjoyed our meal and will be back. Prices were reasonable and the place is very cute. Pretty standard menu, would’ve liked more vegetarian options but I asked for no prosciutto on something and they had
no problem with that. The cannoli cake was really good! Very pleasant server.

J
Jills
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed this traditional, no put-on-airs comfortable Italian restaurant

WP
WorldParty
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Chicken Giardinara is amazing. Huge portions. Wonderful experience. Lovely service. Just wish our vodka pasta dishes, which were delicious, were served at a hotter temperature. We definitely recommend that you try this neighborhood gem.

MF
MaryFahey
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Franco’s. They are perceptive of their guests time factors. Some nights we like to eat and go home and other times we like to linger.

JM
JaneM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable dining experience. Great vibe,food and service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Franco’s never disappoints! Had a great Mother’s Day day lunch. Service and food were amazing! Love visiting Franco’s!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delicious meal and wonderful service celebrating an Early Mother’s Day Lunch with my Mother. It’s always a great experience whenever we dine in or carry out and we love seeing Frankie (owner) when he makes it a point to stop at the table to check in on us and makes the kids feel special! I highly recommend for anyone who hasn’t been!

JL
vipJaniceL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Livery quaint plAce with great authentic Italian food and service

B
vipBusia
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants!! Never disappointed...whether carryout or dine in.
Food always amazing!!

Especially love veal marsala...risotto daily specials and amazing desserts!

MB
vipMaryB
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, so nice to be back. Wine list is terrific and moderately priced, food is always good and in extremely generous portions.

S
Sharon
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, affordable and authentic Italian cuisine. A classic Chicago restaurant.

JM
JackieM
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed being out again, and enjoyed Francos. We chose it because they are still offering a full menu, unlike many restaurants that only offer limited choices still. Service was good, tables were space enough that we were comfortable. Veal was outstanding, and full bar is always nice.

DC
DonnaC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only was the food delicious, but our server was awesome!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Pasta, on point. Service, outstanding. Location, convenient. Overall... a definite date night extravaganza!

DT
DeborahT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food always never disappoints, service is great don't pass this restaurant up it's a winner.

N
vipNolagirl
Dallas
151 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ieeta is awesome! Love the food. The little pipettes with sauce and meatballs was wonderful. Love Franco's

DM
vipDonnaM
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dining experience. A true neighborhood gem!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I grew up just a few blocks away from Franco’s but this was my first time eating here. Not sure why I waited so long to visit, but so glad I finally did. I had a special, the swordfish with risotto, spinach and tomatoes. It was fantastic! My partner asked for salmon vesuvio and they were able to make it and that was also delicious. The baked clams were perfect. We sat outside on a beautiful night and our experience couldn’t have been better! I can’t wait to go back and try more dishes!

TN
vipTyraN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and atmosphere. Best red sauce anywhere! Fresh. Hot bread and wonderful staff. Have been going for 30 years and it never disappoints

D
vipDisappointed
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From beginning to end the food is amazing & the service impeccable!

FAQs

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 319 OpenTable diners.

Franco's Ristorante does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/francos-ristorante/giftcards?utm_source=opentablelist&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=opentablelistcampaign.

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.

Tweets by Franco's Ristorante