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Francesca's on Chestnut

200 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2356 (Near North Side)
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Ranked #170 of 8,270 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Near North Side
Cross street: Michigan Ave
Transit: We are accessible via the Chicago red line stop as well as the 151, 145, 146 and 147 Chestnut & Michigan CTA bus stop.
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90% Recommend
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Boise, Idaho
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I was very happy with the service and the menu for this Sunday Brunch. I ended up choosing from the regular menu and tried an amazing salad with hearts of palm, tomatoes, black olives and covered in a vinegarette. Delicious. My main course was hot noodles covered with a cold sauce of tomatoes, onions, olives chopped finely. Very tasty. I... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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77 reviews 77 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Our hotel concierge sent us to Francesca's. We went twice. The atmosphere is fun, noisy, trendy, relaxed. The food is really good and the wines just fine. The staff know what they are selling. We were not disappointed and will go back! The turnover is quick. We had no reservation but got a table right away both times. Peple come... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Francesca's is a good, basic Italian restaurant located in the Watertower area. Menu is varied and the entrees were very good. Service was attentive, but not overbearing. Pasta's were well cooked and tasty. Wine list was also varied and reasonably priced. There is a wine bar located in the restaurant, but it was closed the night we dined due to... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Ok, our meals were excellent, maybe my pasta was a little more al dente than I would have liked, but overall meals were very good...paid for our drinks at the bar, only to have the server charge us again at the table, our dinner was also served before the anti pasto...so there was that...it was hot, crowded, live music was... More

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Miami, Florida
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123 reviews 123 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Very mixed bag: calamari appetizer was great - not at all bready but then served with sauce likely straight out of a jar. Main course of pasta and sausage was seriously light on the sausage (3 small pieces in a bowl), the pasta was like glue, stuck to the bowl and to your teeth, and the sauce was - wait... More

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North Carolina
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101 reviews 101 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

My husband & I had been touring Chicago and surrounding area and time slipped away so quickly that we forgot to have lunch! Our taxi driver suggested this place...and it was FAN.TAS.TIC! Even for a 3 pm late lunch! Just down from the Ritz-Carlton, it's so convenient to downtown. When we walked in, it looked very dark & cool...and since... More

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Sherwood, Wisconsin
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322 reviews 322 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

Service was exemplary from the moment we walked in to meal end. The ambience was good and though open, it was not noisy even as it filled. We (3) shared a calamari appetizer which was perfect, great taste and not the least bit "chewy". My friends had ribeye steaks and enjoyed them. I had the halibut and it was truly... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Great menu. Fun Bar. Families, to couples to singles eat here. Good bar selection. Yummy pizza. Delicious Brussels sprouts. Excellent pasta. Fun afternoon or evening can be spent here. Good people watching too.

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Boulder, Colorado
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209 reviews 209 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We ate a late dinner here on a Friday in June. Service was excellent. My spouse had the Calamari, which she said was excellent. I had the Ravioli which was very good. The place was not noisy in spite of several large groups near us. Would recommend this place - reminds us of some of our favorite Italian restaurants when... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

The moment you entered this restaurant you felt like part of the family. Our waiter was very accurate on his recommendations for dinner. The atmosphere made you feel as if you had stepped back in time in Italy. In fact our waiter had just returned from Italy. The salad was delicious and looked like a piece of Art. Our meals... More

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