The Franklin Room

4.6
723 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 28, 2018

Ends: August 29, 2117

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-6:30PM

What 723 People Are Saying
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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Food on menu did not represent what was on their website. Food on menu was misrepresented. All proteins were way over-coked based on temp requested. Beverage wise,if you are not a whiskey or bourbon drjnker this is not the place for you. The vodka,beer, wine choices were minuscule and poor. Too many other fabulous restaurants in Chicago to waste stomach space at this one.

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Orlando
33 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

A great whiskey list, yet they insist on serving drams in chilled glasses.

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EH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

It was very crowded and chaotic for lunch and everyone was packed in together. I requested a standard table. Got a high top. Asked for sweetener for iced tea never got it. It was so chaotic there that I lost my credit card. I think I dropped it when I was trying to squeeze out. I called when I realized it and even tried to go back to look for it myself when I realized how nonchalant they were about helping me find it. They couldn’t have cared less about me. It was awful. I have been there several times but won’t go back again because they just weren’t nice. There are plenty of other options in Chicago.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible spirits selection, service and food. Ambience is beyond welcoming. I always end up craving to come back.

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JJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time and the service was fantastic. My husband and I were visiting Chicago for his birthday. He is a huge bourbon fan and our server really made our dinner feel special. The food was great as well.

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AG
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I love the Franklin Room! The food is always delicious, and the atmosphere is wonderful. Our waitress was a little slow, and took forever to bring my husband a refill on his drink, but she was very friendly. All the staff there is friendly!

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MV
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We ordered the oysters on the half shell. They are always very fresh and delicious. We also shared the pasta dish with mushroom and truffles. The pasta was perfectly al dente - the flavor of the sauce was rich without feeling over indulgent. We added steak to the pasta and it was tender, flavorful and cooked as we ordered.
The service is always accommodating and gracious. I've dined at the Franklin room many times and I am sure that I will continue to visit on a regular basis.
Excellent!

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SB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mark was attentive and pleasant. He made our experience really great. Well done.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Waiter Dan was amazing, couldn’t have been more of a gentleman

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good steaks. Great whiskey list. We were placed near the entrance and didn’t get the ambience of the place.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I thought the food was good and same with the ambiance.

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Service was friendly but a little slow.

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RD
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The “squash” soup tasted like a thickened vegetable broth with orange food coloring. The “signature” French Onion soup was a weak broth that was almost tasteless, undercooked onions, and a gross blob of cheese. The scallops were okay, but nothing special. Steak was good... My wife and I won’t go back.

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MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Franklin room for the atmosphere, vibe, music, great staff, awesome food, bourbon and whiskey! And of course the vanilla bourbon milkshake. Highly recommend you make it a point to go to The Franklin Room!

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M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bit bustling environment but still retains a low key vibe. Food is high quality but served in a very approachable way. Drinks are fun and delicious. Opened with steak tartare that was perfectly seasoned as were our main dishes. Friendly service, we felt welcome and not rushed to enjoy a leisurely meal on a busy Saturday eve.

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SG
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and setting was great for a fine dining experience that offered a great menu selection as well as boasting a huge variety of bourbon and whiskey selections. The only mis-step (if you can call it that) was my lamb shank was cool right out of the kitchen. The waiter addressed it immediately and the GM came over to ensure it was addressed in the kitchen and they gave me an incredible complimentary bourbon to end the evening. Other than that it was perfect. There will always be a chance for some small error with food preparation, the important part is what the restaurant and staff does to address it. I would not hesitate to go back and am looking forward to it already!

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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Happy Hour!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our date was so wonderful! The food was amazing. We ordered the oysters as an appetizer, and they provide different sauces than usual, which made it very interesting but delicious! I ordered the scallops, my husband ordered the New York strip, and we both thoroughly enjoyed our meals! Definitely recommend!

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PB
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and ambiance. My wife and I weren’t super hungry when we got there but ended up stuffing some of the steak tartar in our mouths. The whiskey and drink selection alone is worth it!

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, loved the bourbon selection. My waiter was attentive and had a really warm personality. My food was all prepared to my expectations. The peppers that came with my steak were a pleasant surprise, and contrasted well against the richness of the NY strip. Overall a fantastic experience. I will be coming back when I’m in Chicago again.

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Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Franklin Room was a great find. Tucked away in a nondescript location in the basement. The whiskey-based drinks were outstanding. Our waitress Apryl was very good - friendly, attentive, and made some great recommendations. All the food was pretty good - both appetizers & main courses. Only the truffle fries were slightly disappointing - I’ve had better. Overall, I’ll certainly be back again.

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!! Cool
Ambiance

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GG
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I took 17 folks and everyone enjoyed the restaurant and will go back for sure!!!

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O
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I used to love the Franklin room. But not any more. The menu has changed. NO more tuna tartare sandwich or salad. The place now has large groups. WHY would you bring ten of your besties to crowd into a comfy bar. It felt so impersonal. Sadly I will have to cross the FR off my list of special local places.

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LG
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The lamb was unfortunately under salted, but the service was absolutely excellent.

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BA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love coming here every time we visit Chicago! Incredible drinks and service as always.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The mixologists are amazing! Everyone loved their dinner with the exception of 2 of us that ordered the lobster Mac and cheese! We barely touched our entrees and the server never asked how everything was. There was onions in it which was not on the menu! The burger with the egg looked amazing!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Tony, the swanky waiter! Always makes you feel welcomed!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

My friend steaks was underdone and sent back 3 times.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great whisk[e]y. Great atmosphere.

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t
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu and a Bourbon list that will make you dizzy if you look at it too long. Staff was very helpful and insightful and even substituted two Bourbons in a flight where two spirits were temporarily unavailable. I learned a thing or two while sampling, so that’s always good. I’ll definitely be back.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Expect a more casual dining experience. Many of the tables are high tops and near the bar. Restaurant is rather small.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exactly what I was looking for in a date night in the City! The service was great, our food was amazing and full of unique flavors, and the vibe was relaxed and cozy. And the featured old fashioned was worth the $$! I will be back again!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place every time we go and the lobster mac n’ cheese is phenomenal

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DL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed it. Friday lunch date. Sat at the bar. Service was initially perfunctory but warmed up to good + friendly. We took some food recommendations. 50/50. Tartare was excellent. Burger was ok. Would experiment more on the rest of the menu. Limited wines by the glass. Will go back.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot say enough about this restaurant! Our waiter was SO knowledgable and shared such interesting information about the various whiskeys and bourbons. Gave great advice, helped us choose flights and never rushed us, despite us being a group of 10. The food was excellent, and we will all be coming to the Franklin Room again soon!

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Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found The Franklin Room while searching for speakeasy style places that have a great bourbon and scotch selection, nice atmosphere and excellent food. I can say with certainty that it fit my requirements perfectly. In addition to the excellent selection of spirits, and the very best gourmet burger I have ever had, the service was impeccable. We came in on Sunday early evening and had the pleasure of meeting Peter behind the bar. He was very knowledgeable about all the menus, both cocktail and food. It was obvious how much he likes his job, and how much pride he takes in it. His professional, yet friendly manner was very welcoming and made us want to try everything he suggested. We learned a lot while sitting with him, and that really pushed our experience over the top. The cocktails were spirit forward and spot on. The oysters were perfectly shucked, and had a wonderfully sweet and tangy cucumber relish sparingly placed on top. As I said before....THAT BURGER....wow, wagyu beef, a fried soft shell crab, and an over easy egg. What else could you want? My fiancé very much enjoyed his bourbon burger as well, just as much in fact. The Franklin Room, and Peter, are definitely keepers for us!

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Mediocre food and drinks. Service was good, however, no steak knife was offered. My steak 'ok' at best, they overcook my medium rare order. The bottle of Malbec we ordered was just 'ok'.
There are much better restaurants in this price point, Trattoria no. 10, RPM Steak, Flemings, Smith and Wollensky just to name a few.

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SG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this place. Great food, amazing cocktail/bourbon program, and top notch service. Get the bourbon milkshake!!!

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