The Franklin Room

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838 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

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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.

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 838 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
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.

ID
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

T
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Franklin room! Place with a great atmosphere and amazing food and cocktails!!

F
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Initial service was not good, but our server was amazing so they were redeemed.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The food was bland and not worth the price. Disappointed in the experience!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Excellent selection of whiskeys, very short list of wines, limited choice of beef entrees. Steak Frites is sliced hanger steak so I passed on that. Waygu Sirloin was very, very tough (no steak knives btw) and over cooked; gray throughout which is not medium rare. No grill marks on the meat. I'm pretty sure they use a microwave and therefore the toughness and gray all over color/texture. I would have told our waiter but we only saw him three times. Would have ordered a second whiskey and then later a second glass of wine if the first hadn't arrived until I was almost done but, you know, no waiter. Also, 4oz pour of wine in a big glass looks cheap and the vegetables were cold - I could go on but you get the idea. Come on, Union Hospitality Group, at least pretend like you care or is it the GM at this restaurant?

OT
Chicago
140 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent drinks and food in a unique, smart setting

OT
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love steak and whiskey? This place is for you. The ambiance is great. It is cozy and warm- but elevated. We did sit for dinner, but I love the fact there’s a a bar that goes along the way for HH or a night out. If I was local, I could make a habit out of their Old Fashioned. It was delicious!. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Overall a great find. I come to Chicago several times a year for work and I will add this in the “repeat” column.

BF
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Franklin Room was awesome. Bone in ribeye was one of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten. By far the best service I’ve received in awhile - shoutout to Mark - very attentive and thorough. He asked if we were celebrating anything and we were - a birthday and he brought out a complimentary dessert with a candle and everything. Great experience!!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about the atmosphere and happy hour was killer! Will definitely return.

TB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, drink and service

OT
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peter was our bartender and host. Very knowledgeable about the whiskey selection and shared some very interesting history about the whiskey industry as well. Short ribs were excellent!

S
St. Louis
18 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience2

We found the Franklin room online as we do not know the area. We love “popovers“ and that was one of the reasons why we went. Found out they no longer serve them. We wanted a filet but a filet was not offered on the menu. The server suggested the strip steak with truffle fries. It did not come out as a traditional strip steak. It’s already sliced, kind of like you would slice a pork loin. It was rarer than rare. Bloody. We ordered medium. Had to send it back. It came back within 60 seconds which I guess it was put in the flash cooker. I’m sorry, it was just not good. The fries were way too salty as was the truffle aioli. The restaurant reminded me of a speakeasy as you had to go down steps to a basement situation. That was actually kind of cool. Wedge salad was good. But the steak was awful.

TW
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The ambiance has a very relaxed effect on you the second you walk in. The lighting is done in such a way that the hundreds of unique liquor bottles almost glow!

The staff is both friendly and prompt. However, let’s talk about the food. Everything tasted fresh. The oysters were amazing, I had the steak and it was almost so tender you didn’t need a steak knife! The whole time you can hear slight sounds of Sinatra and jazz playing.

Just a very well run establishment that I highly recommend if you’re looking for something off the beaten path.

KP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Peter was amazing, we went for a tasting as a start to our anniversary night.

N
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Too forever to get a table even with a reservation but they recognized that and left us two fantastic appetizers.. service was slow but it appears to be by design. I have had issues with seating and service just about every visit.

UF
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I made a reservation and upon check-in the host grilled me about how long I was going to stay although I made a reservation. She went on to say, I can put you here but you have to leave in 2 hours since I have a large
Party coming at 7:30pm. When I advised I would not be done within that time she appeared inconvenienced. We sat and stayed but that was rude and unaccomodating. The food and wait service was great (5 stars).

d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails and service

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Amazing space - cozy yet modern. Very nice menu, and delicious food. The place was packed which added to the positive experience. I will definitely be back again!

ND
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great whisky selection. Steaks were excellent.

JV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere!! Food was amazing and the drinks were even better!! Would definitely go back!! The waitstaff was very attentive!

CC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience - highly recommend The Franklin Room if your travels take you to Chicago!

JF
San Francisco
1 review