The Franklin Room

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859 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
The Franklin Room is a proper city tavern and speakeasy located in Chicago's popular River North neighborhood. Our menu features comforting and flavorful turn-of-the-century inspired American tavern fare that is elevated with a modern approach. We offer a delicious variety of approachable items including fresh seafood, prime steaks & chops, and vegetarian friendly items that are all made from scratch on a daily basis. The Franklin Room beverage program showcases an extensive selection of classic cocktails with an award winning whisk(e)y program. Our thoughtful selection of fine spirits, wine and beer is well curated with a strong focus on independent distillers and limited edition, rare releases.
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Happy Hour Specials

Join us for our amazing $1.50 Oysters, Half Price Whiskey Boy Cocktails, and Half Price Glasses of Sparkling Wine every Tuesday - Saturday from 5pm to 6:30pm

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 30, 2018

Ends: December 1, 2117

Availability: Tue-Sat 5:00PM-6:30PM

Late Night at FR

Join us for our amazing Late Night menu from 10:30pm to Midnight.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 19, 2018

Ends: October 20, 2117

Availability: Fri 10:15PM-11:30PM

Industry Night 50% Off Food

Join us for Industry Night Every Sunday from 5pm until close for 50% off all food. Promotion is valid for service industry only, and must show proof of employment.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 23, 2018

Ends: September 24, 2117

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-10:00PM

Half Price Bottles of Wine

Enjoy half price bottles of wine every Monday from open until close.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 3, 2018

Ends: September 4, 2117

Availability: Mon 5:00PM-10:30PM

$1.50 Oysters

Enjoy our signature $1.50 Oysters on the Half Shell every day from 5pm to 6:30pm

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 28, 2018

Ends: August 29, 2117

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-6:30PM

What 859 People Are Saying
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TS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great and the food was good. I do appreciate the ever changing menu however I feel past items were much more appealing. That is the only reason they didn't get a great for the food. I will be back though.

DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and nice atmosphere, service was very good. Would definitely go back and recommend to others

CR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great drink selections. Steak was really good!

HE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a night out to celebrate with friends after work. The energy in the restaurant was great! Very busy but not over the top. Despite all the people, I felt the service was prompt and attentive. My only critique would have been the doneness of the Wagyu steak. I requested Med Rare and got something closer to Med Well. The Oysters and the Tartare were fantastic. Beware..the Whiskey Boy is dangerous...in a good way. :)

DM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I decided to try this restaurant on the basis of opentable’s reviews. I am really glad I did because it was great! The Old Fashion’s were one of the best I have ever had. I ordered the beet salad and mussels and my friends ordered the short ribs and sea bass. Everyone enjoyed their dinner!

F
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great neighborhood spot with some very good food. Items that stand out for me are the burger, the truffle pasta and the milk shake. Will be back!

m
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is the best. Amazing whiskey selection, fantastic cocktails, helpful bartenders. Oh and great food. I come here every time I visit Chicago.

PH
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place! Great selection of whiskeys, really tasty food and great service.

E
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Need more than one bartender and one waiter tending to the lunch crowd.

ZM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Our first two appetizers were wrong (against our dietary restrictions). Main course was OK. No attempt to rectify

TD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to the Franklin Room with a few friends on New Year's Eve. The food was great and the atmosphere was awesome!

HS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for Birthday dinner visiting from WI. The mussels are fantastic! The tenderloin was amazing and the wine was delish...just so happened we were there on a Monday, 1-2 price bottles!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time and good service. Whiskey selection as always is impressive.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all around!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was good. It’s very warm and inviting place. The service was ok. Cocktails not great - overpriced.

DF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pricing is not justified

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The restaurant was very crowded the day we dined there and it took almost an hour to get our food after we ordered. A long wait when out to lunch in the middle of a work day.

RH
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Awesome service and good drinks. Shout out to Andrew who made our visit great!

BM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and delicious food and drinks! Great happy hour drink options, available on the weekends!

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

we arrived early for our reservation so found a spot to squeeze in at the overcrowded bar. we each had a signature cocktail - both delicious. we headed to the host stand at our res time to be told that the current patrons at our table were paying. but then it took 30 minutes, and the host gave a myriad of made-up excuses. we finally learned that they were running late and there were 2 other earlier res before us that needing seating. had we simply been told they were running late when we got there, we could’ve made a decision to leave or eat at the bar (which we really like doing anyhow). poor guest management, unfortunately.

also, this isn’t a speakeasy. it was established 5 years ago in a former burger joint, so it’s decorated as a speakeasy. not bad, just set your expectations accordingly.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely meal. We did our company Christmas dinner and had a great time!

ID
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The cocktails are amazing, the staff is good and the food is wonderful. Always on my must go list!

AW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loooove the Franklin Room. They have my heart. Always good food and service. I’m a regular if you can’t tell.

C
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far one of our favorite spots! My husband enjoyed the extensive bourbon list, I enjoyed the creative cocktails, and the food is excellent! Nothing compares to the service. Our waiter was extremely attentive and was great at making suggestions. The bar staff is extremely knowledgeable and easy to talk to. Highly recommend!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place & atmosphere! Food & drink recommendations by Andrew were fantastic! If you are into scotch, you should check this place out. Peter behind the bar is very knowledgeable. He even made a non-alcoholic drink called the Mousetrap for one of my friends & it was delicious!You won't be disappointed at this place. We will be back!

s
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good atmosphere tight seating but appropriate to setting. Good service and food. Would definitely come back

M
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Smaller than expected. Craft cocktails and brands. Nice atmosphere like an old speakeasy. Will eat there again.

m
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Staff were very polite and attentive. The food flavors were lovely. My ONLY criticisms would be the size of the meals and the price of the wine. Although we don't like huge meals, these were a little on the small side even for us.

We also had a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc which we know well so know the mark up which we thought was very excessive...other than that, we loved it and will return when next in Chicago

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 12 of us for dinner. Our waiter was attentive without being overbearing. Every dish met with approval from each of us but I would have to say what got the best reviews were the burgers. I didn’t have one but they did look amazing.

DN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Ambiance creates an atmosphere of a personal residence. Like having a dinner party at a friends house.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, will definitely come back!

OT
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

T
Kansas City
3 reviews