The Franklin Room

4.6
648 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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Restaurant Week

Join us January 25th to February 7th for Restaurant Week at The Franklin Room

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 25, 2019

Ends: February 8, 2019

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-10:00PM

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

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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.

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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.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 23, 2018

Ends: September 24, 2117

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

Live Jazz

Join us every Saturday night from 10pm to Midnight for Late Night Live Jazz featuring The Dan Chase Band

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 15, 2018

Ends: September 16, 2117

Availability: Sat 9:30PM-11:30PM

Half Price Bottles of Wine

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

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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

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 28, 2018

Ends: August 29, 2117

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

What 648 People Are Saying
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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was fabulous and the service was top notch. The food was absolutely amazing and the cocktails were perfect. I look forward to dining there again!

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SJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

The food was pretty good however I found it to be overpriced. My bill for baked mac and cheese and a burger was kind of ridiculous. The cocktails were great. Our server was not diligent and our whole group sat with empty drinks for long periods of time which is very frustrating when we were spending so much money, about $500. When I am spending that much money and tipping 20% I expect my server to come around more frequently and make sure no one goes 15+ minutes without a drink.

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SC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

They have a signature old-fashioned which was uninspiring considering the $20 cost. A microcosm of things to come...

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JK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate here with my mom while she was in town. Even though it's more of a whiskey&steak place, we both had fish and both dishes were incredible. We started with the focaccia and it was the BEST focaccia I've had in years. I should have placed a second order to bring home because I've been dreaming about it! Wine list was great, and so was dessert. Our waiter was knowledgeable, attentive (but not overwhelmingly so) and very personable. Would definitely recommend, and would repeat!

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TK
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from a waiter named Brian. Cool music as well. I recommend “The Whiskey Boy”. Great drink!

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DS
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

They were very helpful with my husband and his wheelchair.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great service, great experience

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C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, perfect vibe for a night out. Service was some of the best I’ve had!! Definitely recommend for a great dinner!

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DW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

I made a 9PM reservation for a group of 10 for the Franklin Room well in advance for New Year's Eve and the service we received that night was completely unacceptable and disappointing.

From the moment our group was seated, we were treated as if we were an inconvenience to our server and the restaurant in general. We were pressured to order, had our appetizers thrown at us and then were repeatedly asked by staff if they could remove the plates. As soon as our entrees came out, we were asked if we wanted to close out our tab. We found this very strange considering the restaurant had promoted this big New Year's Eve event on its website and Instagram account for the weeks preceding.

Early in the meal we asked our server if we could hang out at the bar after we finished our meal to ring in the New Year and we were told "I don't know. We're playing it by ear." This surprised us because at that point, and throughout our meal, the restaurant was full. When two of our guests went outside to smoke at 10:30, they had to be let back in by a busboy because the staff had locked the front door (again, promotions for the night invited people to join them "at any hour" so everyone could "celebrate together"). When we paid our bill, our server literally shooed us out of the restaurant at roughly 11:20 despite there being about 15-20 people at the bar. Unfortunately some members of the party were left to spend New Year's Eve in their car/on the street trying to get to another location for the countdown.

As patrons who have frequented Union Sushi and The Madison in the past, we were extremely disappointed with our experience on a night to which everyone was looking forward. It goes without saying that a large group who spends over $1,000 at a restaurant on New Year's Eve shouldn't be treated that way.

I'll also be sending the above directly to the restaurant as well.

Danielle

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New year eve dinner

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MA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The whole experience was just OK. The service was mediocre. The bartender was more interested in serving the 2 regulars to my right. He was very standoff-ish to my husband and I. The whole vibe of this place is very pretentious. This is a bar/restaurant in a basement, not a 5 star restaurant. Our Manhattans were good so that was a plus. The food is overpriced and mediocre for what you pay. The short rib entree took up a quarter of the plate. They can't justify charging so much for a mediocre meal and very small portion. I had the burger and it was alright. I think the burgers down the street at Good Measure are better.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It’s a great space in a basement-like setting. Food and cocktails are good, I just wished the food menu were more extensive. Service is okay; not the most attentive service while sitting at the bar. However, would definitely recommend for a date or special occasion! The steak frites is delicious.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to the franklin room for NYE was very nice as they didn’t change their menu prices for the holiday and the service was wonderful!

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London
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Food is great! Steak and frites is amazing!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe and excellent food/drinks

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Austin
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kudos to Gabe (GM) for accommodating our party with preferred seating.

Bar service outstanding with a great local porter recommendation.

Mark and team provided excellent food service and menu suggestions.

Starters: tartare, mussels, focaccia bread — home runs.

Salads were fresh; butternut shrimp bisque was tasted & enjoyed by entire party.

Squid ink pasta serving generous; burgers properly cooked to order with incredible flavor (no sharing here).

Background jazz music selection was entertaining, keeping the entire dining experience exceptional.

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AG
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food I’ve ever had. I would go there again in a heartbeat.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

My experience at the Franklin Room was just average. A friend recommended it to me as a place to take coworker friends for lunch. She’s normally spot on with restaurant picks so I really looked forward to the food but it was just okay, a little on the bland side. We ordered crab cakes which were tiny but tasted fresh and good. The crispy shrimp were delicious and and just a bit spicy. The lobster roll was more roll than lobster and the butternut seafood bisque was flavorless. I may go back once more for another try.

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EB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing bartenders

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were amazing

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CG
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Good is great, service is very good as well and the ambiance is great. If that wasn't enough it's located right across a parking lot! The only negative wild be that the tables are too close together but it's worth it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server did a fantastic job pairing our filets with the perfect whiskey! Flew out from California and has been my top choice for dinner three trips in a row!

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HI
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, we took our parents who lives in the suburbs to try out the restaurant and they absolutely loved it!

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f
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and staff were very accommodating. The food came out fast and taste was good too. Overall very enjoyable experience!

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e
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere. Small. Recommend reservations. Bartenders were attentive and very nice. Server was patient and friendly. My short rib was delicious. Looked small when it came out, but was actually filling. Crab dip was yummy.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing coming in again!

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FR
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The place itself is nice, well decorated, friendly staff and good service.
Appetizers were good. We had the cauliflower, rock shrimp and cheese curds. All pretty solid.
The main dishes was just meh!
I had the shortrib. Was cooked properly but too fatty - even for shortrib.
My colleagues had the sea bass - didn't look like a sea bass, the stream salad - looked sloppy, and the mushroom pappardelle, which looked alright.
I was a bit disappointed after seeing all the amazing reviews. Didn't love up to my expectations.

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ED
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall a wonderful experience. I ordered a steak (medium rare), which came out more medium. I usually wouldn't comment on this in a review, but considering the price and high-end status of the restaurant -- it's pretty important to note. Other than that, the mussels and cocktails we had were terrific.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience at the Franklin Room on a Saturday evening.
Amazing service and well-served food (lobster and prime steak). Noise level stayed moderate while the restaurant was full.

I definitely recommend.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We waited 25 minutes after our reservation time for a table. After waiting without an update, everything else was amazing - especially our waitress.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Seated too close to other patrons

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

All great .. just waiter was bit lost because the place was so busy!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my all time favorite bourbon bars, but if you don’t like bourbon, there are plenty of other things to choose from. The prime rib salad is absolutely amazing and so is the bourbon caramel milkshake. Highly recommend this place.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Order wrong. Food didn’t taste good. Everything overpriced.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very loud for a speakeasy, but such a fun place! Get the mushroom pasta, it’s to die for.

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R
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails and dinner. Will be back on our next pilgrimage to Chicago!

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BD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great waiter. Professional and Friendly. Good at advising for food choices.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great alcohol selection

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Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a little hidden gem. We were from out of town found them here on open table. Our waiter was amazing. If you are a bourbon whiskey drinker this is the place. I had their signature old fashion, it was very good. I had a steak prepared perfectly. The potatoes were very good. I would recommend the franklin room.

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BS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant in 2018. Food is stellar, service outstanding. Get a reservation, it's busy even during the week!

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