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Francesca's On Taylor

#564 of 7,473 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
University Village / Little Italy
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1400 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4624 (Loomis)
312-829-2828
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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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fullerton, CA
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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!

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Evansville, Indiana
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198 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 

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Chicago, Illinois
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104 reviews
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5 of 5 stars 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.

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Austin, Texas
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93 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars 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 

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Bryce Canyon City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars 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.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2016

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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new york city
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71 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic
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
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
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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