The Franklin Room

4.8
1168 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Offers

  • Half Off Whiskey Happ Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Sun 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Tue - Thu 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Fri - Sat 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    Enjoy 50% off our entire whiskey menu everyday from 4:30pm to 6pm.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1168 people are saying
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vipadamw
Indiana
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious.

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Bill
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience3

We were sat and told that there would be no one sitting next to us for 90 minutes. 40 minutes later there's a couple sitting next to us when the restaurant was not even 50% occupied.
We enjoyed our food and wanted to order another appetizer later and was informed by out waitress that there may not be enough time to cook the appetizer because there was "another reservation at our table in thirty minutes".
These things on top of drink prices that rival the Four Seasons shows me that I'll pass on this restaurant in the future.

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girlwhirl
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whiskey happy hour is a steal! The bartender Luis was fantastic.

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vipBrianF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall2food4service4ambience1

They fought us to sit a 5th person yet tables empty the basically threaten us to be out at 1.5 hours. For a table of 5. When we see 3 other parties of 6. The host is a problem. Food was great , drinks great , but service and hospitality matter. No class

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a good birthday celebration and the desserts were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a great first date. The salmon dish was excellent and the Sazerac drinks were perfect. The chicken dish was good but paled in comparison to everything else.

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vipellelloyd
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dinner at The Franklin Room. Our wait service was amazing as was the food and drinks.

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

Everything was amazing our waiter, food, and drinks. Great way to start our New Year’s Eve celebration.

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Paige
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and drinks! Went on NYE with 3 of my friends and really enjoyed my first experience here. There was a slight mix up with an entree that one of my friends ordered, but the staff was extremely accommodating. They provided a free order of taro fries and mango cheesecake to us because of the mistake and slight wait on the entree. Would definitely visit again!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve date

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Turro
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never gets old and never disappoints, can't wait to go back.

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Ozzie2ChiTown
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This a great date place. The staff was very accommodating. Our server was wonderful and gave us just the right amount of attention needed to have a wonderful time.

As for the food, it was fantastic. We had the Mushroom Tartine that was fabulous. The Asian Kale Salad, that had some spice to it. For entrees we had the Sea Bass with a potato cake. They were delicious. We also had the Scallops with quinoa and peas. They were cooked perfectly and the sides a perfect accompaniment.

The drinks (Perfect Rye Manhattan and Paloma) were spot on.

I will add this to my regular list of places to go to.

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ShamilC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

peter the bartender is dope!

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MichaelB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food good service the servers was quick and efficient

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Frank
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We miss the cocktail and oyster happy hour!

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vipMatzi
Detroit
56 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

we love the Franklin Room. we discovered Franklin Room a couple of months ago and we have happily integrated into our Chicago visits now - including buying our own whiskey bottle they 'keep' for us now :-). This time we brought 4 more folks with us and they also loved it! food is excellent and a lovely variety (best oysters I've ever had) and many plates are easy to share as well.

we will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of our favorite places to enjoy when coming to Chicago. Fantastic as always!!

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PattiR
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After our truly tasteful appetizers, taro fries and lamb chops, we enjoyed 4 lovely and different meals; sea bass, scallops, chicken and steak. All were cooked to perfection. We then indulged in a bit of dessert with the chocolate crunch, which was absolutely heavenly. It was a really great dining experience and we will be back.

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LaCristaM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate a friend's birthday and had a absolute ball! The staff was attentive and kind. I will definitely be going back soon!

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JessicaP
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak I have ever eaten! All of the food was the best

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vipellelloyd
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always The Franklin Room does not disappoint. The food was amazing, the service was wonderful, our server Julia was spot on with drinks, apps and some birthday cheese cake to finish our meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was pretty good! Really enjoyed lamp chops and mussels for appetizers. The tuna appetizer barely had tuna in it but was pretty good as well. Drinks were pretty good - cocktails were just okay but whiskey was a hit! Steak was well cooked and potatoes were very good. The vegetarian dish was ravioli and pretty small in comparison to other dishes and not as good in flavor, but still quite enjoyable!

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vipNick
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Always a very good experience at The Franklin Room

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Everyone loved it snd we had a party of 8

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely amazing! We will be back here next time to Chicago!

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LThomas
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant is not very big and the noise level can make conversations a little difficult. The food is the standout. From appetizers- mussels excellent- to cocktails - fall wanderer tasty and unique - to the entrees all fresh and delicious. We didn’t have dessert but probably also good. Prices are reasonable. Recommend a visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome and unique experience! Server was outstanding and food was incredible!!!

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BrandiM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful for my birthday celebration! Good and drinks were excellent. Great service and wonderful music in the background

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Birthday and a piece of cake was brought out without even resting it.

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CindyR
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent day in city seeing Holiday lights. The Franklin Room was perfect end to the day. Great food and delicious drinks. Would definitely recommend and go back.

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virginiac
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Great environment and food. Little overpriced and service was slow but enjoyed our time/meal.

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KristenS
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We capped a great day with whiskies here. Got to share this favorite spot with our favorite people!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and incredible whiskey menu. Service was spot on, too. We will be back!

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LisaG
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food very good and the service was outstanding! I will definitely be a repeat customer.

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ValerieR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks, we had wonderful time and will be back soon

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NutrProf
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fun environment

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viptedo
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service