The Franklin Room

4.7
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890 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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Specials

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 890 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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JF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and very tasty food and drinks. Fun place to go alone or with a group of friends.

R
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool Boutique vibe with exceptional food and service that still stands out in a city that is known for great food and service.

N
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good drinks, great food, delicious oysters, and a cool place to meet friends for happy hour.

OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went very last minute and our server was more than welcoming. Our bill was only $35 due to it being industry night so our bill was 50% off. Food was fantastic, definitely will be returning!

J
Chicago
117 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andrew P was fabulous and so engaging about the food, drinks and history of The Franklin Room.

KP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Arrived at 8:28 for our 8:30 reservation. Seated around 9:15 after standing around the bar for 45 min. Felt like we were nuisance to management. They reluctantly brought us some food around 9pm while we stood around the bar and waited.

CS
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and nice list of whiskey. I really enjoyed the oysters and the rib eye steak was outstanding.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite neighborhood spot. I take all of my visitors there and everyone loves it.

DA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time. We were extremely impressed with our first visit, including great bartending with the Sidecar martini's. This time, Dan was our server. Great service. I had the mussels. They were DELICIOUS!!!! And of course, the drinks were great...Franklin Room Old Fashioned and Sidecar Martini. Plus we love the ambiance of Franklin Room.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish I would’ve remembered our server’s name, but he was awesome. He was very attentive & provided great service. The food was delicious & they had a wide variety of whiskey which was pretty cool. I would definitely come back.

MJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Food was delicious

CH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to The Franklin Room for business lunches multiple times. The noise level is moderate, so it is not hard to have a conversation. The food is always delicious - and the $1 wine special makes it a great place for a Friday lunch!

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Best Mussels I ever had. When I first got there having never been I was early went up to the bar and ordered a kettle and club . The bartender just said we don’t have that just organic spirits. It would of been nice to hear what the restaurant specializes in and a little about the speak easy theme and brand. It wasn’t crowded in fact I was the only one at the bar until other patrons began to arrive.

When our table was ready we asked to transfer the bill to our table we were told yes but we would like if you closed out at the bar first. Because of how the host answered us we transferred the tab.

We found that the food was excellent, the atmosphere great but the experience with the bartender, host and waiter not good. They were edgy and we felt they did not want to be there.
I’m going back one more time and give the staff another try. If I find the same I will not return or recommend this restaurant. I am hopeful just need the staff to come up to the same standards as the food and the atmosphere
.

PF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our Waiter Anthony was very knowledgeable. Would dine there again.

JQ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not as expected. Cool inside - but packed in like sardines, and the atmosphere was loud. Drinks were average at best. You can get Pappy's here - but there was no creativity in the drinks. Ok - but not great.

J
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the Franklin Room! I know I am going to get great food and drink. And great service!

D
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and amazing service! We had a great time and our waiter was extremely helpful and kind

TE
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a really great dining experience. I never seem to be able to give out 5 stars, but this was a really great evening. The food and drinks were excellent. The happy hour was fun and the service was attentive. I really reccomend this restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Food is amazing drinks are amazing. Would go again for lunch

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a good time here. The service is impeccable and they have a long list of whiskies to try and many whiskey flight variations. Will definitely be back yet again

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food awesome service 👍🏽❤️

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Visiting my daughter from New York I made these reservations on line hoping for a great meal, beautiful ambience . I guess that is the problem my expectations of the place from online pics were totally out of wack. The place is small, crowded, super loud and really not someplace I want to go again. The people at the bar were so close to our table a women almost get her hair in our food what she quickly looked around. I almost always end my meal with a relaxing port but my daughter and I left to have it somewhere else.
On a positive note the food was delicious and the server was awesome. He really knew his whiskey and was very helpful to my daughter.
If the place wasn’t so small, so noisy we would go again but with all the other great places in Chicago Why would I.

TH
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. Service was outstanding and it was a great time.

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Very loud and super warm inside. Meaning temperature hot. No need for a sweater. Good food thou

LM
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

From the moment we walked in, was really impressed by this garden/level room and the feel of it. Very cool ambiance.
It was however extremely loud partly I think because it was an early res (6:30) and a lot of tables seemed like workers out together. It did get quieter as the evening went on and people left. However the room is a lot of hard surfaces so it's going to tend to be loud. Our server was the biggest disappointment. Very detached and no personality whatsoever. We were there to celebrate my son's 26th bday and the server did treat him to dessert. The food was very very good.
Wine and whiskey etc great! I will return.

BD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation for a group of 13 here for a special occasion. The staff was personable and knowledgeable. I had the steak tartare, which was excellent and just the right portion, and my husband is still talking about his ribeye. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice evening out without the overblown price tag of a Chicago steakhouse but with food that is better!

AK
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best old fashioned

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a large party and they did an amazing job accommodating us.

HH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I would definitely recommend The Franklin Room for drinks as they have an extensive menu. Some of the food items were a little bland while others we really good. Cesear salad was tasteless even though it had plenty of dressing. The steak tartare need some seasoning (just a touch of salt since it lacked capers). The scallops and mussels were outstanding! The fries were underwhelming. It was difficult for my server to hear me and messed up on two of my drink orders (I drank them and did not mention to him due to the noise level). They provided a dessert on the house to several tables and I thought that was a very nice touch. I will return and give this beautiful establishment one more shot.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food