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Francesca's on Chestnut

#365 of 8,443 Restaurants in Chicago
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200 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2356 (Michigan Ave)
We are accessible via the Chicago red line stop as well as the 151, 145, 146 and 147 Chestnut & Michigan CTA bus stop.
312-482-8800
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 79
    Excellent
  • 77
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Food and Service were Wonderful

My wife and I chose this restaurant off the list of recommended restaurants provided by our nearby hotel. We chose well! The service was attentive and personal. The drinks were interesting and tasty. The menu had a blend of standards with plenty of more unusual offerings to entice. My wife and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
nofearkengear
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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

My wife and I chose this restaurant off the list of recommended restaurants provided by our nearby hotel. We chose well! The service was attentive and personal. The drinks were interesting and tasty. The menu had a blend of standards with plenty of more unusual offerings to entice. My wife and I enjoyed an excellent meal, and it did not... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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65 reviews 65 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We had dinner at Francesca's the week-end before Christmas. We had reservations and were seated true to our designated time. The food and service were excellent. Our only complaint was the noise level! It was very hard to hear anyone other than the person sitting next to you. The restaurant was very busy, as I would hope it would be,... More 

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Granger, IN
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Found this cozy place looking on Yelp for an Italian restaurant near The Drake where we were staying. A quick 5 minute walk just a few blocks away. Had rezzies and arrived a little early and they tried to cram us into one of those little 2 tops that are literally 6 inches away on either side of another 2... More 

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Dixon, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We arrived at this restaurant at 3:15 and our food arrived at 4:30. With only two tables ahead Of us, we were curious as to what had happened. Lo and behold, the chef had lost our order according to the waiter. Our recompense, tiramisu. Because we had paid with gift cards--too bad. Think twice before you frequent this restaurant!

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IL
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102 reviews 102 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We understood that the waiting list for reservations was several months, but our hotel concierge got us right in for Saturday night reservations during a busy holiday weekend. The service was very helpful, food came quickly and was very good. the house salad was especially a great treat! I had the chef's pasta special of spinach fettucini with a ball... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Prompt friendly service for carryout. Delicious spinach ravioli. Portion size a little small for the price. Fudge lava cake with pistachio gelato was delicious.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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164 reviews 164 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We tried Francesca's for lunch and liked it so much, we came back with a friend for brunch. Both visits were very pleasing. First, the kitchen knows what it is doing. Every dish was well prepared. From a simple burger that obviously was char grilled absolutely as I ordered it, juicy and delicious, to a risotto that was luscious. The... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

My mom and 5 sister/sister-n-laws have met downtown Chicago every year now for around 10 years to Christmas shop. We have gone to Francesca's on Chestnut for the past few years and have really enjoyed the superb service and delicious food. There is a wide variety of choices on the menu. I enjoyed the Pollo Arrosto alls Romano this year... More 

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london
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100 reviews 100 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Vegetarian in Chicago, first evening ate at Karyn's wanted something local, say a good bowl of steaming delicious pasta, especially with the cold weather. Why was I recommended to Francesca's, I have no idea. I started with a salad which was tasteless, not sure how you can go wrong with a salad but this was just so mediocre. The pasta... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

I am a high level professional (doctor) who frequently does public presentations. I have been highly disappointed by the Carryout options from most of the upper scale restaurants downtown Chicago that specialize in Italian food. I was so impressed with Luis, the GM of this Restaurant that had completed my order to,the delivery and set up,by Dino, the assistant manager... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 200 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2356
    (Michigan Ave)
  • Public Transportation: We are accessible via the Chicago red line stop as well as the 151, 145, 146 and 147 Chestnut & Michigan CTA bus stop.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
  • Neighborhood: Near North Side
  • Phone Number: 312-482-8800

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?