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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 #576 of 8,267 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: University Village / Little Italy
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
Melbourne, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We started we calamari- fried just right, crispy, not greasy, very tasty and tender: pizza topped with cheese and tomato - thin crust and delicious and melon wrapped with prosciutto - fabulous. I tasted the Salmon and bow tie pasta in creamy white sauce - the spices used just blends beautifully together. Finally, the tiramisu - out of this world... More

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Saugatuck, Michigan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Francesca's on Taylor is my favorite Francesca's, with the exception of La Sorella Di Francesca's in Naperville. With a little pre thought call a few days ahead and tell them you want the skate wing and it will be there. I have ate at Francesca's for years and everything on their menu is exceptional, as is their service. I never... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Loved the feel of the restaurant - All of the staff were great - especially the professional behind the bar ( that's where I had my dinner) but the pesto was average at best - I'm sure the other offerings are better. Sounds like this small chain went corporate vs locally owned .

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Greenville, South Carolina
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86 reviews 86 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Took the wrong train to get to what they call the "Little Italy" section of town so did a lot of walking to get to this restaurant which ended up being worth every step. First let me mention that "Little Italy" is not like what you would find in New York or in the North Beach section of San Francisco.... More

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59 reviews 59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We have gone to many of the Francesca restaurants, including this one, and have never been disappointed. It's been a few years since we've been to this one Taylor Street and brought out of town company here on Saturday night. I have to say that our service was outstanding! We had a fantastic waiter, John. However, the menu and the... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We were in Chicago for a long weekend and picked this restaurant based on reviews. We did use valet parking - that was fine even though we are not used paying for it so much where we come from (Cincinnati). But it was probably worth it. We were surprised by how big this place was - quite an operation. I... More

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Dix Hills, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Were visiting Chicago to tour colleges. Chose Francesca based on reviews & location. Used valet parking (paying for valet parking is not common on Long Island where we are from) because the streets were packed with snow & ice. Host greeted us in a most friendly way discussing the NY sports team jacket I was wearing. Upon being seated, service... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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123 reviews 123 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

Six of us had dinner here, and only one thought they had a tasty meal - the pizza (I tried it, it was good). The appetizer of bruschetta was the best part of the meal. Only two desserts ordered, but the green apple sorbet was outstanding. Otherwise, four salads that were mediocre at best, with both ceasar's being bland to... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This was a memorial celebration for 34 people, honoring my recently departed mother in-law. The people were great to work with. I hadn't been to this Francesca's in a couple of years. The food was terrific with a couple of great wine choices. Our waitress couldn't have been any nicer. We had a private room, very intimate, with tables of... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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207 reviews 207 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

I had a business lunch here with a colleague on December 6th. The services was excellent, friendly, and attentive, but the food was unremarkable. I gad the calamari salad and my colleague had the eggplant parm sandwich. Both were okay, but not in line with the excellent reviews for the evening food. For example the salad greens were soggy with... More

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