Franco's Ristorante

4.9
391 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 391 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic date night. Great food. Nice atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s birthday

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All the food was excellent

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vipshelleyl
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is absolutely amazing! Service is ALWAYS exceptional!

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vipFireball
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best service and food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and vibe for NYE early dinner!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter visiting f

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service
Friendly Help
Delicious Food

RG
vipRichardG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Food was traditional italian, which means it felt like Nonna was in the kitchen!! Great value.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Almost perfect, everything was outstanding. The only disappointment was the wine list. Not a very good selection of wines. I was hoping for a better selection of Italian wines. Other than that everything else was outstanding. Will definitely re-visit.

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KonniS
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved loved this adorable quant restaurant! Can’t wait to go back. Waiter was amazing. Food was delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!

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pairleed
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

the food was outstanding, I had the sausage with rapini. I make a version of this dish and wondered if it was better. It was a very different approach and definitely a standout. My two son;s have very different palates, and both enjoyed their meals.

MJ
vipMJM2021
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. The food, staff and experience are always stellar.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time taking all three grandsons.

AW
vipAlisonW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RA
RashelleA
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SW
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
3 reviews
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 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!

JC
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.

DG
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!

DS
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
4 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
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JO
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.

RM
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.

DC
vipDonnaC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and service!

GF
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
3 reviews
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!

BD
vipBrantD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SG
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!!❤️❤️

DM
vipDonnaM
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!!

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 4.9 stars by 391 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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