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Francesca's On Taylor

1400 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4624 (University Village / Little Italy)
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Ranked #395 of 8,413 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun - Mon 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood: University Village / Little Italy
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Good for: Romance, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Loomis
Transit: Blue Line Harrison/Racine stop
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.
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English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

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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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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59 reviews 59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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102 reviews 102 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Annapolis, Maryland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Good food in large portions at a very reasonable price. We had a large party that shared appetizers and desserts. Everything was delicious.

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Hoboken, New Jersey
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69 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I came here with my boyfriend at 3pm on a Monday. It was the end of the lunch crowd and we were able to take advantage of the lunch special. This is three courses for $18, which is a really good deal. I got the cream of tomato soup with a single piece of bruschetta. The bruschetta had fresh mozzarella... More 

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Rio Vista, CA
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44 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Our son treated us to an excellent dinner at this Italian dinner. Francesca's on Taylor certainly does a good job. Not only are the dishes very well prepared and presented, they are much more than I could eat. (Enjoyed it again for lunch today.) We all had different choices and we all enjoyed not only the meal but the service.... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Met friends for a late lunch (around 2:30 PM) at "Francesca's on Taylor" on their recommendation. We parked on a nearby street but saw a sign in the doorway that said they have valet parking for $10. The restaurant was cozy and modest in size. We got seated right away since there were not many people (most probably because of... More 

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Additional Information about Francesca's On Taylor

Address: 1400 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4624
Phone Number: 312-829-2828
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > University Village / Little Italy
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
Cuisine: Italian

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