Francesca's Tavola

4.6
1665 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for Birthdays
Francesca's Tavola is the 9th restaurant to be added to the Francesca's Restaurant Group, bringing the downtown Arlington Heights area a restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio.
The restaurant is located within walking distance of the Central Business District in downtown Arlington Heights.

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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What 1665 People Are Saying
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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I've always enjoyed Francesca's for the food and the vibe. This visit was distinguished by the new and delicious items we ordered from the daily specials menu. My salmon salad (can't remember the fancy name given it) was just outstanding. The salad was presented as an arrangement of six or seven components in rows with a wonderful green-goddess dressing on the side. Included were arugula, skinless almonds, tiny corn kernels, faro, finely grated parmesan cheese, and of course, fresh, lightly-smoked and thinly-sliced salmon. May partner had the red snapper in a creamy saffron sauce that was a really lucious. We were able to stick with our no/low carb routine and enjoy some exceptional dishes and great service. New chef?

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JL
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

We've been to this Francesca's in the past, but this time, it was quite noisy. Maybe it was because it was a Saturday night or where we were sitting in the restaurant. There were 6 of us sitting in a round table so it was hard to hear across the table. The food is always good, but service was just ok this visit. We barely had time to finish our salads before our main entree arrived. We also wanted to make an addition to our order after we ordered and it was difficult to track down our waiter. I would try again, but maybe on a week night when it is less busy and not so noisy.

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JV
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a very nice dinner. Staff was very accommodating for a 9 month old we ended up bringing. Will certainly visit again.

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KW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Very good!!

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o
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Nice place for a tasty lunch

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AB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night out with friends! Food as always was excellent and we had wonderful attentive service. Nice Wine list!

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k
Chicago
166 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was excellent and the service very good. They have a great fix prix lunch. I wouldn't hesitate to go back. Really good time.

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

Wonderful food. Welcoming staff. We will be back soon.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

The wine and bread were delicious and our main entrees were good but not above average. And the salad we were served was very poor. Very sparse and wilting arugala. I could have made a better salad.

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g
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you are gluten free- this restaurant is for you - the bread was amazing- our gluten free meals were delicious - lots of choices. Ended with a gluten free chocolate lava cake. My husband is not gluten free and really enjoyed his meal too. The service was also top notch, with knowledgeable gluten free staff.

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C
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for Restaurant Week and were delightef! The fish entree we had was excellent and the salad and dessert were great. Would come back again.

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KG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excelllent service for our group. Chef prepared a special salad ( not currently on the menu) at our request. All of our requests were met. As always, food was excellent.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious, the service was great.

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H
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Food was ok took a long time to get. 1 Wait staff with a big party in back. Bus person trying to always take food before we were done. Only checked on by staff once to ask if food was ok. or if we needed another drink. Was there for 92 birthday for Grandmother. It was early on a snowy Sunday expected better service.

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p
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were there late on a Saturday night. Among the last diners. Our service was still great and the food outstanding as usual.

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T
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Great meal with a great menu and selection.

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T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service on a busy Saturday night, Valentine's Day weekend, was still excellent! Food is creative, fresh, and delicious. Best dessert ever...Cream puffs filled with pistachio gelato, drizzled with chocolate sauce!

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I like that they have so many gluten-free options, including bread & dessert. Another great night if tasty pasta and decadent lava cake.

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DB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great authentic Italian food, fantastic service and nice ambiance. One of our go-to restaurants in the area!

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

Our server was very attentive and the food was delicious , we'll be back.

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AS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Anniversary on Valentine’s Day

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

Excellent valentines dinner. Food and service was great.

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HO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Ambiance was nice - food was rather tasteless.

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MS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Have been here a number of times and it never disappoints. Will be back soon.

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JN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Watery and tasteless minestrone soup, mushy really really mushy caprese panini. Neither one of us finished our food. The server never asked how everything was or we would have told him. We were with two other people and didn't want to turn the lunch into something negative.
Dated interior, lousy food, the whole experience is not worth repeating so we won't be back.

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R
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food great service.

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d
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was great, but overpriced. The service was very good and the food was brought to the table hot and prompt. The sidewalk from the parking lot to the door needed shoveling and salting.

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C
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We had to wait a half hour after our reservation. When we were seated the hostess told us that there had been a special event. Had she told us this upfront, the delay would have been less annoying. Service was friendly but a little less attentive than we would 've liked. One of our main courses was not hot enough and we finally asked the bus person if he could take care of this. To the restaurant's, they prepared a fresh piece of fish, rather than heating up the original. And we appreciated the offer of complimentary desserts at the end of our meal. And we would go back

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They were *slammed*, so things were running a little behind, but they kept us updated + happy & once we got started, the service & food were outstanding!

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

We had a party of 8 with a 5:15 Saturday night reservation. Service was very good, food was outstanding and the prices are reasonable. I highly recommend Francesca's Tavola.

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

Seated in front of a bus station that was open to the entire room and busy and full of people all night. Spotlight over the bus station was directed at our table.
It was a cold night and the front door was constantly opening letting in cold air through most of the tables. Once, the cold was consistent for a few minutes so I got up to close the door and the team at the host stand was oblivious to the cold flowing into the restaurant.
Mains were delivered before we finished our starter

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L
Chicago
98 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my first visit to Francesca's and I loved it! The food and service was excellent! I work right across the street, so I'm sure I will be back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Took over 30 minutes for our server to take our order. Had to ask for bread to be brought to our table twice. Normally, we’ve had a good experience at Francesca’s. I think this was more server related than anything.

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LD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I invited two of my friends and their wife's. It was there first time at Francesca's. Not to my surprise they will be coming back soon. Totally enjoyed the evening. Excellent food, service, and company. Keep up the great job.

Les

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

It was great to escape into Francesca's Tavola on a cold and snowy night; the atmosphere was warm and inviting. All three of us enjoyed our dinners (an entree salad, a pasta dish, and the steak frites) and found them excellent. My only "complaint" is that the fruit crisp we ordered for dessert wasn't especially "croccante," just stewed fruit with gelato on top. It still tasted very good, however. The service and staff are friendly and efficient.

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TP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Server was not attentive and the food was to expensive for the size plate received

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JS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always well-prepared and delicious tasting food. The service is exceptional.

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P
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our first visit- will definitely be back. Enjoyed everything - food and the service. Our waiter and others staff were all very attentive. It all added up to a great dining experience!

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c
Chicago
171 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The service of Jen was excellent. We were also warmly greeted by Aaron. The food was quite good; we especially enjoyed the burrata salad, the salmon, and the sausage and lentils.

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W
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

First visit to Francesca's. Large, handy to the concert we were attending. Reservation handled efficiently, seated on time, which was early on a Saturday. Food was good, interesting wine list, service was quite attentive, enjoyed desserts. By a bit after 6:30pm the place was jumping and the noise level a bit high for an old duffer but people were enjoying themselves so the atmosphere was good. Several families with well-behaved small children were in that seating. Rest room was clean and well appointed. All in all a nice experience

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