Francesca's Tavola

4.6
1707 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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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MZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lots of showers going on nearby. It was pretty noisy, but the food and service are excellent.

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JK
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a fantastic meal and incredible service!

Everything was delicious but I must mention the Bruschette con Ricotta e Pomodori was great, loved the hint of Tabasco complimented by the roasted peppers in the Caesar Salad, pizza was perfect, avocado salmon delectable and caramel brownie à la mode decadent!

Service was phenomenal - always someone checking in to make sure our drinks were refilled immediately!

I couldn't have asked for a more pleasant dining experience.

Thank you! We will be back soon!

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The meal was amazing.

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F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was delicious! Definitely will be back.

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DB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Their MOther's Day Brunch did not disappoint! Planning another visit to try the full menu.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Came here on Mother’s Day for brunch and was not impressed. Service was poor - our waiter barely spoke, we had to call him over a few times because he was nowhere to be found. The orange juice tasted weird and when we ordered mimosas I had a bug and fuzzies in mine. Food was mediocre...bland and much of it was over cooked. The carving station had prime rib, lamb and ham - both the prime rib and lamb were as well done as could be and quite dry. Pasta options were yummy though, I will say that. As was this chocolate pudding dessert thing.

Was quite disappointed with the brunch but have been here several times for dinner and have been very happy. So gonna chalk it up to brunch buffet just isn’t their thing.

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MS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Fast seating with a reservation on a busy Saturday night. Efficient and friendly service. Only negative was limited parking and need to use valet.

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HM
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was incredibly flavorful and plentiful. Service was prompt and courteous. Definitely would go back and recommend to others.

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AP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

The food was very good. The busing service was not attentive but the manager noticed and handled it and apologized. Very nice atmosphere

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CG
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fabulous. Server was attentive and the atmosphere was wonderful. A little loud. But that was kind of the charm. Free valet helped make the parking downtown much less stressful! Would go back again for sure.

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t
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Parking is the major issue. They have valets who run around moving cars because the lot is way too small. Had to wait too long for them to move many cars like puzzle pieces to get to mine. No street parking near by. Empty lot for doctor office adjacent they should be renting for overflow. Won't go back because of that

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KK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, the Francesca dining experience was a treat! Same is true for all the locations -- a first class operation.

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PB
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Half price wine night on Mondays. Also specials are delicious and at a great price-point

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AB
Chicago
129 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

My sisters Special Olympics!! :)
1st Place Gold Medalist-Yay!! 👍🥰🙏😇🎉
Waitress was lovely & took special care of us. We left her a great tip!

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GP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, , generous portions. We each have something different, chicken dish, pasta, fish , salad, And everything was tasty and amazing

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

Menus always a little different. I always feel like nothing is really jumping out at me , but I’m always impressed once the food comes! Always ends up being delicious

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JY
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our server Jennifer was top notch! Will request her table from now on.

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A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great service!! Keep up the good work. Will be back!

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MS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food but pricey

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

Celebrated our 5th Anniversary, great as always!

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OT
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Easter brunch was a little disappointing. Long lines, food was average and the price for this brunch was ridiculous!!! Dessert that was offered was not anything to even mention.
The waiter was the only good thing.
Would never go back for this brunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

A fun and delicious Easter brunch. Loved it!

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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food and atmosphere was very nice! My only complaint was parking and finding a space. The restaurant offers complimentary valet but for a price (of course). We ended up parking down the street at the local bank.

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M
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very loud, but food was good !!!

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DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious .It was the first time we were there.My friend recommended the restaurant and we really enjoyed the dinner and dessert
Highly recommended

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CA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was outstanding, the staff was attentive but not obtrusive. I would definitely go there again.

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TS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

consistently good food and service and daily specials are always worth a try

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J
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always great food. They do fish perfectly. Halibut on special was the best ever! Nice wine list, too.

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M
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our meal was excellent. They were very attentive and even the manager made the rounds to all the patrons to see how their meal was going. Best lasagna in town!

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B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, wait staff’s knowledge of menu and ingredients, wine offerings; wonderful ambiance. Was a pleasure to dine here! Will return soon and often. A real jewel in Arlington Heights!!!
Servers and management are professional, expert in the foodservice industry, respectful and fun to engage with!

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SC
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was excellent! Service was very good as well. Restaurant has parking - not much parking nearby. Highly recommended!

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We went as a group of 7 to celebrate 2 of our birthdays.
The service was great and the food was even better.
Loved the dessert selection and how the additional dessert with candle for our birthdays.
I would definitely come back and recommend to my friends.
Thank you for a great time.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious, as usual!

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c
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Year after year...Francesca's Tavola...Arlington Hts. has been putting out GREAT FOOD.
Our server was amazing, and the throwback Thursday was fun.
We never hesitate to pick this restaurant for any occasion.

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GK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed the salads, pizza, and pasta dishes. We’d recommend it for lunch or dinner.

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MS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner with my daughter. Jennifer our server was awesome!

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PH
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food and service were excellent,the table was not the ideal spot we were on the corner and there was a pillar on my left side. This was not catastrophic but I felt like I was in the isle. I will return again because it’s one of my favorite places to eat and it has been for 16 years.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Francescas is an Excellent choice for all types of customers, weather it be a date or a family group

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EO
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

We definitely felt extremely rushed. We would put our fork down and they would want to take the plate. I do not like being rushed. I like to enjoy a dinner out, not pushed out the door. We both ordered a different dish that supposedly had different sauces but they tasted and looked the same. Otherwise the food did taste good. I would say slow down your staff.

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