The Franklin Room

4.8
1069 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.

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

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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
  • 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
What 1069 people are saying
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doverdiner
New England
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do not pass on the taro fries! That being said, this is a pricey place. Be prepared!

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vipSundayNightDiner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible food and such good service
The only thing not to love is the occasional train noise

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner was lovely! We got mussels, sea bass, and steak. They gave us complementary dessert! Made the evening very special. Our server Julia was wonderful.

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crunch914
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a delicious meal. The mussels were a fantastic starter and we enjoyed tbe steak and scallop dinners. Just note, the "patio" is the sidewalk tables and the El runs right overhead but it honestly just added to the experience of eating a good meal in Chicago.

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vipefeld22
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Outside patio is right under the El tracks so good luck having a dinner conversation. The drinks were not what you would expect. Manhattan tasted like a grape juice or whiskey punch (did not enjoy). Oysters were sub-par and due to rain we were unable to eat anything else as they had no room to accommodate us inside. If service was a little quicker, we may have gotten at least one more course in before the rain.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute gem of a restaurant, the service was awesome and the food impeccable. One of the best meals of my life and far surpassed many more expensive meals. Truly a great chef and a great meal.

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susanneH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our friends birthday on the patio. It was a beautiful evening. The food is absolutely fantastic!!! Service was excellent. Yes the brown line runs next to the patio iso if that bothers you eat indoors. We had a lovely time with some of the best food we have had in the city.

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MelissaP
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our group loved the atmosphere and the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Would definitely go again!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

With my husband we celebrated my Birthday there. Food is delicious, good quality, and the service is great, quick, I even got a surprise for my Birthday (ice cream with a candle on top, really thoughtful).
However since we were sitting outside I didn’t check it beforehand that the restaurant is right underneath the L so every 5 min it was super noisy for like 10sec. Not the restaurant’s fault but something to be aware of if you reserve a table outside. Inside it looked great and clean. So still overall a good experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Chicago for a quick trip w mom and mother in law. While most/all the customers were much younger, The Franklin Room had a quieter noise level because it has soft furnishings- much appreciated being able to hear! I really liked the speakeasy vibe.

Ans the drinks and food were outstanding! We had salmon, steak and steak tartare- all were well presented and flavorful. And I am still thinking about the fingerling potatoes! Would recommend!

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Ranger
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great atmosphere
Staff was so nice and accommodating
Food was good but my Bay Scallops were Sea Scallops

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vipCarolK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. With great drinks food and service. A favorite of our and we live in the city!

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KJODining1
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food was delicious. Service was excellent. We sat outside, a d the noise from the L was awful. Sit inside to fully enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place.. great food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining is lovely with good weather;however, the brown line is directly above. Consider train frequency and personal tolerance when reserving outside.

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vipFoodiusMaximus
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't emphasize how impressed I was with the Franklin Room. I rarely feel compelled to write a review, and after our experience there this is compulsory. The waitstaff was excellent and gave great recommendations for food and drink. The cocktails were delicious and memorable. And the food was served promptly and every dish was *chef's kiss*. It's one of the few restaurants in river north that I consider to be well worth their price tag.

10/10 will be coming back again.

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KatieB
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

We we’re there for a birthday and despite confirming MULTIPLE times, they didn’t bring out a birthday dessert so we could sing. Very disappointed. Service was also very slow and poorly timed. I’m we were there for nearly an hour before someone came to take our entree orders. Food was good but expensive for the portion sizes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Most of the other patrons were dressed very casually. Not what I expected.

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Sept21
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food (seriously will remember the mushroom tartine forever), great service, and a wonderful atmosphere!

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vipRyan
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were absolutely incredible. Only problem is that the portions are a little on the small side.

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Tati
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing place!!! Great service, our server was very knowledgeable about whiskey and had great recommendations for us. The food was phenomenal and almost outshone the drinks because of how delicious it was. The atmosphere is very cool and hip. It feels like exclusive and warm at the same time. I would happily return!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely AMAZING!!! From the time we entered we were greeted with the upmost respect and it was so welcoming. Our server Anthony was great in his suggestions as it was our first time there (we will be back)!!!! Compliments to the chef! Just wow! We had the lamb chops and both salads i. The menus. I had the 18 century for a cocktail; delightfully refreshing.

Thanks to all of the staff! A wonderful experience!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bartender Pete was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was great!

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HectorT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall dining experience was absolutely phenomenal, the staff were absolutely on point, and it was honestly one of the best dinners I've had in the last few years. The food was delicious, and the bourbon selection they have is literally in a league of its own.

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AliandPete
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and the food was amazing. The cocktail list looked wonderful but we stuck to wine and the selections were perfect.

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vipNickD
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience! Outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food5service2ambience1

Horrible seating under train and kept having to stop talking due to a train and it wasn’t a good place to dine because of that

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in Chicago for a wedding, and it was also my birthday weekend. It was a great date night dinner for me and my boyfriend. Our server was incredibly friendly and accommodating. The drinks and food were perfect, as well as the vibe of the restaurant and bar.

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David
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really awesome speakeasy-like restaurant with delicious food and an incredible liquor selection! Loved the salmon and the scallops, not to mention the cocktails! The ambiance here is lovely and would be a great place for both social and romantic meals in my opinion. Will definitely be coming back here!

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JuliaG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and I thought the food was fabulous!

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Kieran
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a date night. the menu was amazing, drinks were great. They do have, currently, a little wooden block with a QR code to scan for the menu, which is a great idea.... but that's about it.... it didn't work with my phone.

The staff was amazing, very kind and hospitable.

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vipDinersFromTheWoo
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Truly excellent food (great menu) and service, but very pricey especially given the small portions. Still, we'd go back again.

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vipTerryLynn
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entrees were fabulous and service was great. The tables are a bit close together, but the plexiglass barriers help for conversation privacy and covid concerns without being intrusive. Cheers to you, with a Basil Hayden Manhattan.

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MichelleT
Chicago
4 reviews