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Francesca's On Taylor

1400 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4624
+1 312-829-2828
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good32%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (21 reviews)
“tilapia” (4 reviews)
“bread” (8 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
Italian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1400 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4624
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Felipe was our waiter and if you engage him he will engage you. Ask him a little about the history. He is a great guide through the menu and specials. Tuesday's are 1/2 price wine. Also we reserved through Open Table and noted it was...More

Thank Tom B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to their other location on Bryn Mawr Ave. This location was closed on the day I wanted to go due to a wedding, so we went to the Taylor street location for the first time. I was very disappointed. Bad service and bad...More

Thank lauradiaz2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have had good meals at other Francesca restaurants, but this was a true disappointment. Menu not particularly interesting--we were hoping for grilled seafood or pastas with sauces that were not tomato-based. My husband had mussels and an arugula salad--he salad was so tart that it...More

Thank Erwinka
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed a delicious meal with family this evening. Sergio provided our first rate service! Beginning with the warm and crusty bread, through Caesar salad and terrific pasta dishes. Unfortunately we were just to full to add dessert. Will definitely be back and will send others....More

Thank Mary1055407
Reviewed 12 May 2017

It's been a long time since I have been at Francesca's on Taylor. To be fair, my last experience went poorly, so when someone suggested that we try Francesca's on Taylor, I came along. Francesca's on Taylor is located right in the heart of the...More

Thank Allen21096
Reviewed 1 April 2017

I had dinner here with my daughter and her fiance. The service was very good. The menu had a nice selection. The food was very good. If the mushroom soup is soup of the day, select it. My future son-in-law had a great minestrone. This...More

Thank Bryan H
Reviewed 6 March 2017

I have been here a few times over the past 6 months and really enjoy it. The food is great! I love the lava cake too!

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 2 January 2017

We came here by accident because the restaurant we normally go to was closed. This is a very quaint place. Our waitress Myra could not have been any friendlier. Was was excellent! The bread here is to die for! We had the special fettuccine with...More

Thank Daybreak42
Reviewed 30 October 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...More

Thank Ty N W
Reviewed 20 September 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...More

Thank Jason K
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Takeout, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: University Village / Little Italy
  • Phone Number: +1 312-829-2828
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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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