The Franklin Room

4.8
1098 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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Offers

  • Double Points Happy 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

    Happy Hour is Every Day! Earn 2x Customer Rewards points when you join us from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. New members can register for our rewards program online at www.uhgrewards.com. Available at all Union Hospitality Group restaurants.

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 1098 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anthony is a great server. Very attentive and knowledgeable of the food and the different selections of alcohol! Will be returning next week! This time will be sitting at the bar! Time limit on table seating but host will work with you if they are not too busy!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing steak and great bourbon selection. Wait staff was on point. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I do not recommend outdoor seating. This is under the L, on a bad sidewalk with tiny tables.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and food was unique and phenomenal!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Usually when I book a reservation in the “bar” at a restaurant, that means a table in the bar area…not a seat at the actual bar. Apparently here it’s just a seat at the bar—just a heads up!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food tastes good, we waited almost 45 mins to get our food, most of them came out cold. Probably won’t go back but it was a cool vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very good meal. Apps were great along with entrees. Highly recommend.

MK
MichelleK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance and the service make it a perfect place for a meal with great friends!

MF
MegF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my boyfriend out for his birthday and everything was outstanding. The host found us a spot inside even though we were booked for outside. Drew, our server was fantastic, attentive, and funny. Made some good recommendations. The food and drinks were phenomenal, I will definitely be returning. 10/10

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been for cocktails and oysters before and love this place. Our first time having a full meal here. The food was incredible! Oysters, cocktails, and service were top notch as always

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The service was great and the food even better. The plating of the food was beautiful with nice bright colors and tons of flavor that came together. I can’t wait to come back.

JB
JBSTL
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! I will be back and would recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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Optigirl
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice ambiance, food was great, our server Jeanne was terrific!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here on a Saturday night with our teenagers and loved everything! The food and atmosphere was lively and delicious. Our entrees took a while, so the chef gave us three complimentary desserts. Highly recommend this classic Chicago spot!

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vipDocman
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience, food and service was amazing! We loved everything we ate. The mussels are phenomenal. The steak is superb. Mango cheesecake is tasty. Cocktails are so well balanced. Highly recommend.

KD
vipKenD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Helpful staff , good food a little pricey

KM
KMM4
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a fun time and amazing drinks!

JP
JamesP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was interesting and incredible had several small dishes (including oysters and everything was fresh and delicious.

MT
MichelleT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! The service is impeccable, food is delish and can’t beat the vibe-so cool!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food,ambience and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and best ribeye I’ve had.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Overall great night but was disappointed to find out the happy hour specials ended and they used to be featured everywhere, even recently. Our waiter was great though and we still had a good time. I got double points which was nice but I would’ve preferred to have just had the regular

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!!!

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vipNeenz2000
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Overpriced. Mussels and steak tartare were good but nothing to write home about. One rib-eye was overcooked. Drink concoctions were total misses. At over $400 with tip. Not worth it.

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doverdiner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SN
vipSundayNightDiner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
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
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
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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SophieC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hi,

I was here to celebrate my birthday with a group of friends. I chose this restaurant because I alive speakeasy and city-tavern vibes. Also, we all flew into Chicago to run the half marathon. So I wanted to pre-celebrate, since we all live in different states.

Our seating was nice, hostess was pleasant and waiter was kind. From the appetizers to our entrees were all delicious. Although, I thought I might have got a complimentary birthday dessert. But that didn’t happen. I wished we had more of a view of the nice bar at least. But it was spaced out for Covid reasons so that’s understandable.

The music was our vibe too.

Anyhow, overall pleased and would love to come back & grab a drink at their bar.

c
crunch914
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
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 on September 24, 2021
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.

LK
LaurenK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the Franklin room for my birthday last Wednesday, and it was a treat! It was a vegetarian paradise, and the wait staff made me feel very special.

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Ksmr
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good setting with outstanding food. I’ve decided to go there again

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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.

MP
MelissaP
1 review