Francesca's on Taylor

4.6
1737 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
The 4th member of the Francesca's Restaurant Group, Francesca's on Taylor features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Chicago Magazine notes, "It brings a new kind of "abbondanza" to an old Italian neighborhood." The restaurant functions under the philosophy to encourage the lively art of dining with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices.

About the Francesca’s Restaurant Group: Founded in 1992 by Restaurateur Scott Harris, Francesca’s Restaurant Group has grown from a small, welcoming Italian restaurant on Chicago’s North Clark Street to a restaurant group of 5 concepts across 25 locations in 3 states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 18 Francesca’s Restaurants, 4 Davanti Enoteca's, Disotto, Fat Rosie’s and Hillgrove Tap.

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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We're not from Chicago, but have been to this restaurant a number of times. The atmosphere is clam and warm and our waiter, Felipe, was fantastic. It's a very friendly, welcoming place with great food in a cool neighborhood. I highly recommend it.

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KA
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Best happy hour prices in Chicago!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great experience.

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R
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Met our friends at Francesca’s on Taylor before going to see Fleetwood Mac at the UC. Service was very sensitive to our timing constraints. The Salmon was superb,the Osso Bucco was excellent. The entire experience was terrific down to the valet guys!!

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N
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As always, every Francesca’s we go to is a wonderful experience! Whether it’s in the city or in the suburbs you can count on one thing, perfection!

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RC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent. There was four of us. Two had the chicken dish special. One had the trout and I had the salmon. It was 1/2 off on bottles of wine Tuesday. We ordered a $100 bottle for 50 bucks. I wish that I would of jotted down the name on the bottle, because it was probably the best tasting wine I've ever had. Desserts are tremendous. I will definitely go back.

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s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was great. Wait staff was very nice, but some issue with drink order that didn’t come. We’ve gone to this restaurant on many occasions and will definitely go back. Thanks

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Selection of choices is limited, especially for people on special diet.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our anniversary dinner was phenomenal! We were married there several years ago, and before that we dined there at least twice a year. They did not disappoint. The wine is superb, the food is fresh and just right portions, and we had our dessert paid for by our server! We’ll be back soon.

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CO
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Will not go there anymore on hockey game days they cram too many tables in and we’re understaffed. Food was excellent

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HS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Francesca's on Taylor St. is a guaranteed great dinner every time. I bring clients here frequently and they always enjoy the food. It's a great place to meet before a Blackhawks or Bulls game. Highly recommended.

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MK
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Our third year in a row celebrating Valentine's Day at Francesca's on Taylor. Food was decent. Service was OK. Maybe we will try a new venue next year??

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Chicago
273 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Really great Valentine’s Day dinner! Sam was wonderful as usual! The restaurant was busy as would be expected but everything was great!
Aa per usual for me I ordered with changes to my food and the food came out even better than I expected!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and Cocktails.
Just heard Scotts WBBM interview an entrepreneur Friday congratulations Scott and Joe on your new adventure

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P
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Always have had a great meal at this location. This time, however, service was not as good as in the past and our food was cold.

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GD
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Love coming here for dinner before events at the United Center.

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal and service on opportune anniversary pricing evening.

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VP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious, Delightful! Food was on point! We also had dessert..

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place. The food is always delicious and service is friendly and attentive.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. The seating was very tight. Food was very good.

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YK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Take-out order and drinks at the bar while we waited for our food. Thrown in one container which really messed the meal up.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place. 2nd vist to Chicago and 2nd vist to Francesca's; will definitely go back every time I visit. Prices are great, food is fresh and delish every time. Service is amazing. No complaints here.

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D
Chicago
273 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had a great meal and great waiter Sam!
Nice and relaxing time!

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J
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been dining here for more than 18 years, but, even after several years absence, the food is still increíble. And, our server, Nick, made the experience memorable. Thank you!!!

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f
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed a nice week day meal here. The brushetta is wonderful Choccked full of tomatoes, garlic and basil. We each had a spaghetti dish that was yummy. His was spicy with egg plant in a nice red sauce and mine was a vegetable affair in a lite, garlic broth. We enjoyed anice bottle of wine. Ended diner with espresso and profiteroles. Good meal all around.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for NYE dinner. Great food and experience.

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KM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for an early dinner on NYE with our 3 year old and our server was OUTSTANDING. She had a blast and so did we. Food was amazing and it was just a laid back environment. At first I thought it was odd that this beautiful italian restaurant was blasting Huey Lewis and the News and 80s music but it worked and put us all in a good mood. We live in the area and have spent a Christmas Eve, birthdays and NYE here. It is a favorite of ours and we will continue to come back.

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H
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A Christmas Birthday celebration for a very special person!

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DW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Francesca's is a lovely spot. Great for a family dinner. Something for everyone.

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E
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

We were so happy to find this place and overall it was very tasty food. Burratta was a little too wet (the ball burst when I cut into it) but the balance of flavors was wonderful. Both of our entrees were delicious but not hot. I realized how important it is to have your dinner be hot and not lukewarm. Eggplant Parm appetizer - delicious but better hotter, lamb shanks the same.
Dessert looked more awesome than it tasted. The house comped dessert due to the temp on food (they didn’t need to do that - classy touch) but the crisp was too sweet. The perfiteroles were the best.
I would definitely return. Loved the feel of the place! Lovely staff.

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ND
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the manager/mixologist and he serviced us at the bar. Friendly and attentive. There were specials this particular night for happy hour, however they were not mentioned to us by the manager/mixologist and we had to inquire about them ourselves. When it was mentioned to the server, he stated it was too late to partake in the specials as there was only 10 minutes left in which to take advantage of them. Once we received the happy hour appetizer specials, the cost did not reflect what was advertised on their chalkboard. It stated there were $5 appetizers but all the specials were $6 and above. Once ordered, the appetizers came out promptly and were delicious. The server, however, did not return to take our order for some time. He also forgot to bring items that were requested such as a glass of wine, a straw and a glass of ice. We went to the bar to get the straw ourselves. After some waiting, we had to flag down the manager to get the wine and glass of ice as the server still had not returned. Once the food was ordered and brought to the table, the food runners called out the name of the dish and proceeded to hand out the food from across the table instead of coming around and placing it in front of each customer. Even when refilling our water, they would reach right in front of our faces across the table rather than going around the table. Service was sub par and just needs a little tweaking. On a good note, the food was excellent. I would still recommend going and hope the little service details get ironed out. Note to management: Please have your seating numbered so the food does not have to called out to each person like rollcall, teach the staff the proper way to serve/pour by not reaching across the table. The server was too busy to pay proper attention to us so put more servers on.

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service atmosphere and as all Francesca’s the food was terrific!

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j
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Dined on a Sunday night. Service was excellent. We asked for a modification to the dish which was accomplished with ease. We thought the food was very good and we had a nice table. We would recommend to others who want to visit Little Italy.

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K
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, in a cozy environment. Was nice place to catch up with the family for dinner.

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AN
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

I have loved this restaurant for a couple of decades now! Our last 2 visits have begun what I hope is not a trend... poor service. Our server was great for his first visit to the table. After that, he was a ghost! Our water glasses were not refilled until at least 20 minutes past when they should have been. Desert menu not offered until well after it should have been. We spent 2 hours being neglected. The service was not horrible but it also was not good. We should not have to scan the room for 15 minutes wondering where the waiter went. The food on the other hand was GREAT! Get it together Francesca's :(

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AK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, cozy atmosphere, and great service. We loved all the dishes we ordered, but the risotto with sausage stood out. Our waiter took great care of us. After the risotto, he asked if we wanted our Tuscan chicken with spinach instead of potatoes since we had already had bread and rice, and it turned out to be the perfect substitution. We wouldn't have even thought to ask! Definitely a place to go back to.

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IM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food could have been hotter. I had a reservation and was told to sit anywhere. Unfortunately all tables by the windows were taken. A window seat would have been nice.

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B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really good food and Myra was an excellent server!

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DV
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Veal was delicious. Everyone was friendly, especially our waiter and valet attendant! Will dine in again.

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