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Francesca's On Taylor

#553 of 8,486 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
University Village / Little Italy
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1400 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4624 (Loomis)
Blue Line Harrison/Racine stop
312-829-2828
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Francesca's on Taylor features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the...
Francesca's on Taylor features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Chicago Magazine notes, "It brings a new kind of abbondanza to an old Italian neighborhood." It is the fourth restaurant opened by Chef Scott Harris, whose philosophy is to encourage the lively art of dining with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices. Anne Spiselman of Crain's Chicago Business observes: "A rolled-mesh ceiling, warm woods and geometric light fixtures give the room a rather clubby look, brightened during the day by light coming through the windows facing the street. And, Francesca's on Taylor takes reservations. "No, it does more; it honors reservations. Twice I made reservations, twice I walked into a packed dining room, and twice I was seated within 10 minutes," notes respected Chicago Tribune food critic Phil Vettel who claims this to be his favorite Francesca restaurant.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 52
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Excellent meal.

Very good food and service. Well worth the trip out of downtown. Try getting several appetizers and sharing. The grilled calamari is a real standout. Very extensive gluten free menu; the gluten free pasta with sausage and peppers was excellent, but the gluten free pizza was unremarkable. Save room... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
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Herndon, Virginia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Entertaining clients
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Saugatuck, Michigan
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Where to begin. I had the carpaccio and it was wonderful. Then I had tilapia al fungi with was also incredible. The service was terrific. I made a reservation and never waited a minute. Northern Italian at it's best. There are 6 of them in the Chicago area so you really can't not find one. FIND ONE!

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Herndon, Virginia
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107 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Very good food and service. Well worth the trip out of downtown. Try getting several appetizers and sharing. The grilled calamari is a real standout. Very extensive gluten free menu; the gluten free pasta with sausage and peppers was excellent, but the gluten free pizza was unremarkable. Save room for desserts! It's a bit small and noisy, but still comfortable... More 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Made a reservation for Valentine's day as was our tradition. We choose this restaurant not only for its good food, but because when we make a reservation, the table had always been ready at the time we have reserved it. This year, however, was an absolute disaster. We arrived 5 minutes before our scheduled time to find the restaurant 30... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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66 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I went here for restaurant week with 2 other colleagues.. Good food and very reasonable prices. Good for a business lunch or dinner.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

The staff is amazing and when I didn't see my favorite pasta dish on the weeks menu, they Made make it happen:) Such delicious food and people who give a dam. Thank you Francesca's onTaylor.

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Chicago, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My boyfriend and I ventured to the Little Italy neighborhood in Chicago with the hope of having a nice leisurely dinner. The food throughout the night was good but not outstanding. We shared an appetizer, the Prosciutto alla Norcina and ordered the Rigatoni and a Fillet special as entrees. We also enjoyed a lovely bottle of wine. The service was... More 

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Rochester, New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My wife, son and I just finished an early day of sightseeing in Chicago on a cold windy day (go figure!). We were in the mood for a warm, cosy, down-home Italian meal. We couldn't have hoped for a better experience than Francesca's. We got there about 3:50, when the menu was changing from lunch to dinner. The owner /... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Meal made easy. Delicious appetizers and meal. Wine selection was great. Service was prompt and friendly. Great recommendations. Would love to go back next time in town. 5-10 minute cab ride from Museum/Convention Center area and well worth it!

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Holland, Michigan
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110 reviews 110 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We were there with four friends, and loved the food and service. Our server was helpful and professional, knowledgeable and wanted to make everything perfect for us. This is amazing because the servers seem to cover lots of tables and are always very busy. I had the chicken romano, and was pleased with it. The chicken was perfectly prepared and... More 

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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Extraordinary relation between price and food. Great service, and they went out of their way to get everything right.. would go back easily

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1400 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4624
    (Loomis)
  • Public Transportation: Blue Line Harrison/Racine stop
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > University Village / Little Italy
  • Neighborhood: University Village / Little Italy
  • Phone Number: 312-829-2828

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Entertaining clients

Description

Francesca's on Taylor features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Chicago Magazine notes, "It brings a new kind of abbondanza to an old Italian neighborhood." It is the fourth restaurant opened by Chef Scott Harris, whose philosophy is to encourage the lively art of dining with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices. Anne Spiselman of Crain's Chicago Business observes: "A rolled-mesh ceiling, warm woods and geometric light fixtures give the room a rather clubby look, brightened during the day by light coming through the windows facing the street. And, Francesca's on Taylor takes reservations. "No, it does more; it honors reservations. Twice I made reservations, twice I walked into a packed dining room, and twice I was seated within 10 minutes," notes respected Chicago Tribune food critic Phil Vettel who claims this to be his favorite Francesca restaurant.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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