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Francesca's on Chestnut

200 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2356 (Near North Side)
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Ranked #294 of 8,292 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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Delta, BC
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Centrally located but the setting seems rather tired, and the food just ok. Given the number of restaurants in this area, I recommend trying somewhere else.

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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Francesca's on Chestnut is located behind Water Tower Place, so it's very convenient to the delights of Michigan Avenue shopping but a world away from all the hustle and bustle. I had a late lunch on my own; I was one of only two tables in the restaurant at that time. The service was friendly and attentive, and the food... More

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We met family here one evening and it was an enjoyable meal. The Italian food selections were delicious. Everyone ordered different things but all were very pleased with their selections. Nice wine and beer selections too.

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Welland, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a great little place, just steps away from our hotel. The food was really good, the wine was okay but not spectacular. I did find the restaurant a little noisy, so if you are looking for quiet and intimate, this might not be the best choice. We had the calamari as an appetizer, and thank goodness we decided... More

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83 reviews 83 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The food is bland and overpriced. The server screwed up drink and good orders. The appetizers were cold. The place was fairly crowded and noisy. Staff seems aloof and slow. We will not eat there again. Very disappointing!

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Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

As former Chicagoans, we're very familiar with this local restaurant which has many locations. They all aren't created equal! The food at this location never disappoints and the value is unbelievable! I ordered tilapia ($23) which wasn't just a piece of fish, it had spinach and other things that were wonderful! Ask for the "al funghi" preparation--my favorite! The staff... More

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Lewisville, Texas
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590 reviews 590 reviews
395 restaurant reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

My wife and I ate here on a Friday night. It is a trendy, vibrant, somewhat noisy, Italian restaurant just east of the Prudential building. Our server was reasonably prompt; the bussers were amazingly efficient. I very much enjoyed my pasta, which came as a very large portion. It was delicious. Remarkably disappointing was my wife's Margarita pizza. The toppings... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This will be a fairly quick review because there is not much to say. Francesca is a very good Italian restaurant with impeccable service and a very nice atmosphere. We were by no mean blown away, but had a very nice evening. All dishes were cooked to perfection and very tasty. Pricing was very reasonable considering the quality of the... More

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Houston, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Francesca's is a tradition for us. We enjoy the high quality food and fine service. We're thrilled that they now offer half portions of their pasta. When we travel, we don't need leftovers! Great evening with consistent service and food.

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Pittsford, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

Were last night at Francesca's on Chestnut. Decent food but nothing to write home about. Stay away from the mussels, they were super dry. Have been at two of their other restaurants in the Chicagoland area and they somehow all taste the same and have nothing to do with real Italian food.

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