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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 #391 of 8,335 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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Denver, Colorado
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59 reviews 59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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100 reviews 100 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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30 reviews 30 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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 reviews 69 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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183 reviews 183 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 via mobile

The menu is very interesting. Food is very good. Service is very friendly and always willing to offer their recommendations.

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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

While in Chicago we wanted to visit Little Italy on Taylor St. To our surprise the area had transitioned into a college town (UIC) - not much of Italy left. We were so bummed, but we decided to dine at one of the only Italian restaurants left in the area. Francesca's on Taylor turned out to be a pleasant surprise.... More

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Utica, Michigan
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Being Italian, I have eaten at many different Italian restaurants. This is one of the best. Food is delicious! Service was great! My wife is a very picky eater and for her to say she loved it is saying a lot! I bordered the linguine with calamari and I asked the waiter if they could add wild mushrooms to the... 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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