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Francesca's On Taylor

#626 of 7,611 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
University Village / Little Italy
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1400 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4624 (Loomis)
+1 312-829-2828
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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73 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

We went with friends and found the salad to be wonderful with salmi & olives and true Italian style salad. I had basil tomato spaghetti which was true Italian style! HUsband had fettuccine which was fabulous with rich creamy sauce and loved the authentic Italian style feel of the restaurant!

Thank Ty N W
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

We took a chance and stopped in for an early dinner before the Bears game. This place was simply amazing! The bread was piping hot, the wine selection was fantastic, the homemade meatball appetizer was outstanding and the sauce was decadent. For dinner we had the Ravioli alla Sorella and Barramundi ai Funghi (Sea Bass) which were cooked to perfection.... More 

Thank Jason K
Reus, Spain
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

The food was very good, I loved the carpaccio. My friend asked for the risotto, which was regular however a larger size than you would expect for an appetizer. The pizza was good. Our server was really attentive. The price was expensive in my opinion, but the food, service and ambiance were good.

Thank CharlottteSmith
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105 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

My husband ate here 40 years ago and we returned with our daughter. Our table was ready and water and warm bread came promptly. Portions are more than generous. My salad Francesca was almost a meal in itself with ample beans and pea pods and blue cheese. My husband's risotto with sausage appetizer was good but more like a main... More 

Thank mleleanor
fullerton, CA
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

as an italian national, i find the pretension and the prices laughable. over $20 for a plate of pasta? i can make it better for a fraction of the cost. and the wine list? you would think you drink liquid gold. this place is for gullible americans who have never been to italy. let them eat cake!

Thank godard17
Evansville, Indiana
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204 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

We were part of a small family reunion of folks who did not know each other at all! Seems we had the same great grandparents and our grandfathers were brothers. They evidently had a major falling out as young adults and their children knew little or nothing of each other. The old family business was a funeral business located in... More 

Thank ladydrake
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

The asparagus ravioli is one of the best meals I have ever had. To die for! Nice selection of imported beers. Good location on Taylor Street. Perfect for family dinner or business meeting. Reasonably priced.

Thank joshua916
Austin, Texas
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95 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2016

I had to entertain five business associates from across the country in for a meeting and Francesca's was a hit with everyone. Everyone found something on the menu they liked. The service was prompt, friendly, and professional. The food was outstanding and the portions were gracious. The signature deserts were outstanding. The restaurant has a decidedly local feel, in a... More 

Thank UTAustin
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2016

We dined at Francesca's last night and it was awesome! I miss a true Little Italy section of town since we live in Washington, DC and we really don't have this type of restaurant in our magnificent city. The mussels in spicy marinara are not to be missed . . . you will want to eat bread dunked in the... More 

Thank emilystamp
Bryce Canyon City, Utah
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86 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2016

Very good Italian food. We had a tilapia dish and spaghetti with sausage; both were fine. Their tossed salad was quite good. Bruschetta was also good. Service was very professional. We were there on a Saturday night and it was pretty full, but service was efficient. Tables were small; noise level was medium.

Thank alanxfox

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1400 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4624
  • Public Transportation: Blue Line Harrison/Racine stop
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > University Village / Little Italy
  • Neighborhood: University Village / Little Italy
  • Phone Number: +1 312-829-2828
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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