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Francesca's On Taylor

#521 of 8,174 Restaurants in Chicago
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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 - 10:00 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, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
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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  • 57
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  • 39
    Very good
  • 15
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Italian Food

Great Italian food at very reasonable prices. Excellent service and surroundings Recommend the special Pasta stuffed with short rib and mushrooms. Yummy

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 29, 2015
C H L
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Connecticut
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Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Francesca's On Taylor has terrific Italian food. My husband and I ordered off the restaurant week menu and were delighted with all our choices including the salad with yummy bleu cheese, bruschetta, lovely pasta dishes including a delicious spinach ravioli. Our entrees consisted of a wonderfully prepared tilapia with mushroooms and tomatoes as well as a nicely seasoned chicken breast... More 

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St. John's, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Supper was fantastic! Our waiter was very helpful and the food came with very little wait. The wine was reasonably priced, as was the food. The salads were fresh, the pasta delicious and I had no room for desert...large portions! Great restaurant.

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Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Great Italian food at very reasonable prices. Excellent service and surroundings Recommend the special Pasta stuffed with short rib and mushrooms. Yummy

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Thank C H L
new york city
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71 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We ate at Francesca's twice while in Chicago in early October. The pastas were 'abbondanza' and' delicioso', the meat dishes, plentiful and well done. Even the desserts were delicious and I highly recommend the budino. It is homemade and different from the desserts you would expect in an Italian restaurant. Delicious. I would not order the pizza, though, because there... More 

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Thank redcat777
Houston
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52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Very inviting Italian atmosphere- had the Insalata Caprese to start and it was flavorful and fresh. Also had the Rigatoni Melanzane- the pasta tasted homemade and the sauce was light with just the right amount of spice and the roasted eggplant was juicy.Others had the chicken with spinach dish as well as the salmon- all were well pleased. The portion... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Beautiful pasta dishes, well prepared with fresh ingredients. Lunch was wonderful but the pizzas were good, but not something you could not get elsewhere. Friendly service, and really good desert menu. Buddino of cornbread, pecans, salted caramel sauce over vanilla gelato is worth writing home about.

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

We came to "Little Italy" hoping for more of an authentic Italian experience. The area was not really as we expected and Francesca's did not offer the traditional Italian fare we expected, but everything we ordered was delicious. Service was great and we enjoyed the experience.

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Thank Marty D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Have not been to Francesca's on Taylor for many years. Tried it this weekend during Festa Italiana and it was amazing. Everything was delicious and everything was farm fresh. I highly recommend this Chicago favorite. A bit off the beaten track for visitors to Chicago. It's a short cab ride from downtown, but worth the trip.

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Thank FunlovingJohn
Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 via mobile

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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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, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Business meetings

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?