The Franklin Room

4.7
540 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
The Franklin Room is a proper city tavern & speakeasy located in Chicago's popular River North neighborhood. Our menu features comforting and flavorful turn-of-the-century inspired American tavern fare with a variety of fresh and flavorful items 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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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
LUNCH HOURS
Monday - Friday 11:30am to 2pm
DINNER HOURS
Sunday: 5pm to 9:30pm
Monday - Thursday: 5pm to 10:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 5pm to Midnight
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Phone number
(312) 445-4686
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
On Franklin St. between Huron and Erie
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Parking details
There is plenty of street parking available during all business hours.
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Public transit
Purple and Brown Line EL stop on Chicago and Franklin. Number 11 CTA Bus stop on Orleans/Erie and Wells/Huron.
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Special events & promotions
Full capabilities for both private events and private dining. Visit us online at www.franklinroom.com for more information.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sun 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Mon 12:00PM - 1:00PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Tue - Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 9:00PM - 9:45PM
Fri 11:30AM - 11:30AM 1:00PM - 1:30PM 9:30PM - 11:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:30PM - 11:00PM

What 540 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
service
4.6
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4.4
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The service was fantastic! I highly recommend the Parmesan cauliflower tots. They were amazing!

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

I honestly didn’t think thia restaurant would be such a nice surprise. It looks like any other bar in Chicago but the food is exceptional. Their cauliflower bites are to die for. The softshell crab is what you expect in a Michelin starred restaurant. In excellent experience overall.

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2.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Too many gnats! Disgusting! You cannot enjoy your food when there are bugs landing in it.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Classic cocktails and yummy plates are on point. I knew the house Old Fashioned was $20 each, yet I kept ordering them all night. : )

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Out for an early dinner after arriving in Chicago. Our server informed us it was “happy hour” that applied to a cava and a whisky-based cocktail “Whisky Boy”. The cava was served in a coupe style glass which made for a shorter pour (by about 2 oz) than average and the Whisky Boy was delivered in its own small glass hip flask (can be kept as a souvenir- cute idea). I had the $28 short rib - it was the largest piece of short rib I have ever seen. When I cut into it and ate a piece - I think instead of short rib - it was a nice piece of pot roast. Tasted fine but a $28 piece of pot roast needs to be sublime to be a good value! Unfortunately it wasn’t. And beware of shorter pours for happy hour offerings.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

We ate there for a low key dinner and were very happy with everything. Our waiter was very nice an attentive and the food was all great, even the cauliflower tots (who'd have guessed). Everything we saw at neighboring tables also looked very good and we did not see much food left on plates.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

The food was exceptional. I had the mushroom risotto and my partner had the ribeye steak. We both enjoyed the wide whiskey collection and flights. We will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

It was a very cool bar, with great energy. Not the best place for dinner but it's an awesome place if you're looking to grab a few drinks, especially the cocktails.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Friday evening was quite busy and will revisit in future. Enjoyed the food and beverage.

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Ressemble à un speakeasy à l'intérieur mais l'accès y est trop facile. On a envie d'arrivée par une porte dérobée et ne n pas une entrée classique. Dans l'ensemble très bien mais le petit côté underground manque vraiment.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Excellent food and service. The bone in ribeye was incredible! I would definitely return on future trips to Chicago!

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Unique cocktails, that were good. Delicious food! Stellar ambiance! Would definitely go again!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Really good food and service! The steak frites is phenomenal.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Awesome service and delicious food!!! It was my 3rd time here, and it’s consistently been amazing!! I’ll continue to keep coming back, especially for $1 oysters and 1/2 price bottle Monday’s! ❤️❤️

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We love The Franklin Room. They have amazing lunch specials, fantastic cocktails, awesome service & great ambience! Anyone could easily enjoy the Franklin Room at any hour (lunch, business meeting, dinner, drinks). Go! You won’t regret it!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Great bartenders and atmosphere. Extensive bourbon/whiskey selection, with some very good prices on bottles you can't find at home.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

We had a great time! Delicious food and a unique and diverse drink selection. A lively crowd and everyone was enjoying themselves. Will go back next I visit Chi-town.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Interesting menu. Great drinks. Knowledgeable, prompt service. Typical city prices. Extensive whiskey options. Everyone in our party enjoyed the meal. Gluten Free menu a bonus as a daughter has Celiac disease.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Tables very close together.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

We came to The Franklin Room for lunch last Friday. $1 Wine and $3 Martini's...how do you beat that? This is a really unique, hidden gem of a restaurant. We both had salads and they were outstanding. I cannot wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

I had reserved this restaurant not knowing anything. I don't mean that in a bad way.
1) I came to find out that the restaurant was 2 blocks away from my hotel.
2) They were having oyster happy hour between 1700-1830 i think?
I haven't had a good oyster in a while, but I loved it, from the presentation to the sauce, and the oysters were so fresh.
We ended up getting 2 dozen oysters for appetizer.

My friend got the Octopus ink pasta, I got Truffle mushroom pasta, and my husband had the lamb chop.
All of the food presentation was great, and the taste was just as amazing.
A lot of meat was on the lamb dish... which is always good.

The Franklin Room seems to be having a lot of different specials going on so it should definitely be on your "To-Eat" list in Chicago.
Also, if you're a whiskey connoisseur, this place should best be on your list for visit.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The a/c was not working or not turned down to a cool enough temperature. It made for an uncomfortable dining evperience.

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2018

We will definitely return. Served me oysters on half shell at lunch even though it was not on lunch menu. Price was regular $2.50 not happy hour special of $1.00. Seafood sandwich excellent says spouse. Amazingly extensive bar!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Cocktails took a very long time to come out.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Great experience - craft cocktails, lamb and seafood were the highlights.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I enjoyed the Franklin Room, we were there after 10 pm so we got the late night menu. The food was really good but there were almost no vegetarian entree options for my husband. The ambiance was great, there was a live jazz band that was really good. Our server was wonderful and the wine was excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Had a few fantastic drinks at the before being seated. The food was so good! Dan was a great server and made sure we were taken care of all night.

Definitely will be back!

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Significantly pricey for what it offers. Ambiance is good. Value is not. There are far better choices for food in this price point... like Ema’s just a few blocks away.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Stayed at nearby hotel & this franklin room was excellent!!!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

The Franklin Room is an outstanding place for food and atmosphere. The Wait Staff is outstanding. Love this place.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Go here. It’s great

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great dinner for a large group business dinner. Lots of variety in food and drink to please everyone. Very knowledgeable waitress.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Great service, cozy and trendy atmosphere, and delicious food. Wagyu burgers are a must try - started with the cauliflower tots, which were refreshing and satisfying.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

The happy hour specials are rad! My sister and I went here before seeing a show, and we were able to get in and out in about an hour, including two drinks each (whiskey boys are scrumptious), and splitting the burrata, a salad, and soup. It was delightful!

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The restaurant was so noisy I couldn't have a conversation with the person sitting directly across the table.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Great experience, waiter was prompt and very nice. Food was amazinf

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

This place is so cool. It really is a speak easy. The environment is very relaxed and inviting. Definitely make reservations it’s not very big. The food was very good. I had the surf and turf burger which had a fried egg, fried softshell crab and Wagyu beef. I have had some good burgers in Chicago and rank this one up there. I would put it just below the burgers at Au Cheval which is number one in my book. They have hundreds and I mean hundreds of whiskeys to choose from. They offer them in flights. I discovered Elijah Craig whiskey here which I absolutely love.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Loved the cocktails and the burrata for our appetizer. I was honestly underwhelmed with the squid ink pasta, especially for the price. And the ambiance was lovely but it was tough to hear from just across the table -- might have bene precisely where we were seated or the acoustics but was tough to hear my friend.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We have been to Tye Franklin Room many times and are never disappointed with the food and drinks. A delicious meal.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Delicious food, service so so. Will definitely go back for the burger, delicious apps and cocktails.

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