We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 8,411 Chicago Restaurants

Francesca's on Chestnut

200 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2356 (Near North Side)
Improve this listing
Reserve with OpenTable
Ranked #394 of 8,411 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood: Near North Side
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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.
Write a Review

176 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Top Contributor
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Granger, IN
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dixon, Illinois
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saint Louis, Missouri
Top Contributor
164 reviews 164 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Worth, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brentwood, Tennessee
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Popped in here as it was only 500 ft from my hotel and it was getting late. I was very pleasantly surprised. Prosciutto Caprese was outstanding as was the butternut squash gnocchi with boar ragout. Washed down with an economical a tasty bottle of Brunello. The service was attentive and friendly but not overbearing. Overall experience was very good and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Francesca's on Chestnut also viewed


Been to Francesca's on Chestnut? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Francesca's on Chestnut

Address: 200 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2356
Phone Number: 312-482-8800
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
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
Cuisine: Italian

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Francesca's on Chestnut staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?