This place is great, even on weekdays. Great food and drinks. The oyster happy hour is pretty good and quite the deal. The food is usually a good bet here - the rock oyster shrimp was outstanding. The mussels weren't that great though, limp and not juicy.
We've been here numerous times and have always enjoyed the food and the whiskey selections. If you're looking for a very loud boisterous place to go you'll really like Franklin room. If you want to have any kind of conversation, it's probably not the place for you. The acoustics of the place make it unbearably loud when they're busy. Another tip is to avoid sitting near the bar area when they're busy as you'll get jostled constantly by people packed into a tight space. For an enjoyable meal, try an off-peak time.
Amazing food and even better whiskey! Thanks so much!
Great service and good food!
Everything we ordered was fantastic, the drinks were superb. I brought 3 people that have never been there before and they all said they would come back in a heartbeat.
Wonderful little basement spot with great drinks and food! It’s a personal favorite.
LOVE coming to the Franklin Room. Their Happy Hour drink specials are amazing & the food is delicious. We tried the steak salad, oysters, buratta & steak tartar - everything was served beautifully, prepared to perfection & the flavors were fabulous. Definitely try the Whiskey Boy cocktail & the steak tartar - you will not be dissapointed.
We had a great time! The food and service was winderful and the whiskey flight was amazing! Highly recommend.
Wonderful accommodation by the manager. Gorgeous ambiance. Delicious cocktails.
Food and service are always excellent!
Good food and very good service.
A bit loud for a date...better for a group of friends for cocktails.
Came for happy hour and stayed for dinner. Love their squid ink pasta. Steak was tender. Will return, and highly recommend. It’s a noisy place with some tables very close together... not for a romantic date. Fun and lively.
Great lunch special!
Overall very good experience
Excellent service, delicious food. Will definitely return!
Great! The whiskey 🥃 boys were AMAZING!!!!!
Cool restaurant..had a reservation for 915 but didn’t get seated until almost 10pm but they were really nice about it and even the manager came over to apologize to us for wait. Service was good. The fire shrimp for an appetizer was excellent!
Dan- our waiter was great! They even subbed an item on the Restaurant week menu because they ran out one of the items. The food was good, the key lime pie was excellent!
Burgers were some of the best we'd ever had. Cocktails were very very good. The service was a little rushed--almost too quick! I'd love to come back with a larger group and try some more of the menu, I'll definitely be back!
This was our first time here and it will definitely not be our last! The food, service, and ambiance were all outstanding. The drinks were awesome, too. Highly recommend The Franklin Room!
Great Restaurant Week menu. Soft shell crab on a burger was weird, but good. Whiskey Boy cocktail stole the show.
Dined for Restaurant Week and was not disappointed. The rock shrimp were a favorite as well as the burger. Get the key lime pie! Also loved the $1 oysters for happy hour.
We celebrated a birthday in early evening. Found street parking but a pay lot and building are adjacent. We requested a quieter table area when we reserved and so it was provided, but still a din. Dan our waiter was friendly, attentive, helpful, and put us at ease. Great menu of upscale pub foods. Sandwiches were superb. Then there’s the bourbons!! Get there before end of happy hour and get a $5 Whiskey Boy.
Mark B provided the best service I have experienced in several years. He helped my to colleagues find dishes they liked, was skillful at helping another colleague find an off the beatin’ path Bourbon, and made a table of 11 feel welcome as individuals. Very excellent.
Will be back.
tl;dr: it's worth. but if you aren't convinced, $1 oysters 5-630 daily should do it.
The Franklin room has been my favorite restaurant in Chicago for almost a year now (it replaced Maude's on my list) because of their atmosphere (it's feels like a damn cool place), their food (with creative and ambitious menu items such as steak tartar, chicken liver mousse, short rib poutine (off the menu)) and their exquisitely creative cocktails (the office isn't the only place in town that can wield a bottle of green chartreuse). I love the place so much I know the names of the manager and a bartender or two.
The best part, however? $1 OYSTERS DAILY 5-630. 'nuff sAID.
The drink selection was amazing! Easily one of the best around. The food was delicious and perfectly proportioned. This has just become a favorite!!
Had to wait a bit to get my reserved table available, but overall great experience
My husband and I have been going here for a while now. The food is always good and it has a fun atmosphere. I’m never disappointed.
Absolutely amazing service! Incredibly helpful to find the perfect drink to your liking!
By far some of the best meals I've had. The atmosphere and aesthetic is perfect - lots of energy, some sauciness, but not obnoxious like some RiNo restaurants can get.
Food was excellent. Service was great. Had to wait 10 mins for our table and mgr comped two flutes of wine as an apology. Extraordinary cocktails and whiskey list. Definitely coming back.
Stopped in for lunch, loved the $1 drink specials (beer or wine) to go with an entrée of $12 or more. Great food, atmosphere. Our waitress, Grace, was AWESOME!
I tried the Squid Ink Pasta, and Rock Shrimp. Both had great flavors! The Rock Shrimp have a small hint of spice to them, and the pasta in the whole portion appears as if it would be the half portion but is still very filling with a nice flavorful yet delicate alfredo sauce.
Grace was awesome! Burrata was delicious! Came with my best friend, will definitely be back with my boyfriend.
An impressive whiskey list with a variety of well crafted cocktails, both with and without whiskey. The food list all looked great and my short rib was amazing. Definitely recommend!
Cute vibe two tops too close together but overall nice menu good sharing options and entrees solid service can't complain!
It was fun.. very speak- easyish!!
Great ambiance. Great food. Fantastic whiskey selection.
Chose this restaurant during a couples’ weekend getaway. The husbands enjoy bourbon, so this was a great choice. Other spirits are available, too. Our server was very attentive and the food was above average. Food allergies and sensitivity were handled expertly. Would go back!