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Francesca's On Taylor

#693 of 7,819 Restaurants in Chicago
#756 of 8,583 Places to Eat 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 - 9:00 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: Lunch, Dinner, 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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  • 54
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 5
    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
Large amount of Gluten free pasta choices

I normally avoid Italian since I am not usually confident proper GF kitchen practices are observed. Their large GF menu online persuaded me to try a business dinner for 7 last night. What a wonderful surprise. Excellent service. Each plate was handed to me as I was told "gluten free." Fettuccine... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We have dined at many of the Francesca's chain restaurants multiple times in the Chicago area and generally have always been very pleased with the service and the food. Francesca's in St. Charles is our favorite by far. Our first experience here on Taylor was quite disappointing and not consistent with the quality of the other restaurants that are part... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Like the overall experience. Generous portions and friendly stuff. Good if you have a nice group of people to share different dishes

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I normally avoid Italian since I am not usually confident proper GF kitchen practices are observed. Their large GF menu online persuaded me to try a business dinner for 7 last night. What a wonderful surprise. Excellent service. Each plate was handed to me as I was told "gluten free." Fettuccine alle Verdure was huge and very good. Nice affordable... More 

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clovis CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

found this place on a whim walking the streets of Little Italy in Chicago. At the windows we saw sweet smallish tables with white linen. We checked prices and menu and. Yes! What great service we had and very tasty pork chops with white beans and stuffed pasta with crab. Both delicious

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Each of us thought are food was great. The roasted chicken and potatoes with gravy and a lemon potatoes was wonderful. The ravioli and kids spaghetti was great. Also try the desert the pierogi and gelato were tasty

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 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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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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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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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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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: Doing business, Romantic

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?