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Francesca's on Chestnut

#223 of 7,633 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Neighbourhood:
Streeterville
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200 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2356 (Michigan Ave)
+1 312-482-8800
Today
11:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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USA
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102 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been to other Francesca restaurants and specifically chose this one for Christmas dinner. We had a reservation but it was chaotic in the restaurant and while we crammed into the bar area to wait it got worse. We would have walked out but choices were limited and we have liked Francesca's food. Finally the hostess suggested we might prefer... More 

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Thank library48
Atlanta, Georgia
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154 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great atmosphere and they had a decent selection of veggie/vegan options in terms of vegetables. All the meat eaters enjoyed their dinners too.

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Thank winnie1000
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were here on December 18, the coldest night in recent memory. I'd chosen the restaurant for its proximity to our hotel, and we were pleasantly surprised by the fine food and warm, professional service. Our table of four ordered a wide range of dishes, including steak, salmon, and pasta. Everything was well prepared, and we saved room for dessert.... More 

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Thank Thomas U
Ottawa, Illinois
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at a hotel on Michigan Ave. very close to the Hancock Building on during the coldest few days we've ever spent in downtown Chicago. We did not want to walk far for dinner. TripAdvisor showed us Francesca's on Chestnut. It was perfect. It was busy but service was attentive. I had a salmon entre that was very good... More 

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Thank cfrango
Palatine, Illinois
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Off the beaten path by a couple of blocks but good food and a even better value. Nice wine list and even had the darker Italian beer. Service attentive but not too much. Too full to try deserts

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Thank Frank K
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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232 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

The food was served so fast that you knew that nothing was just made. The minestrone was at best mediocre, the carbonara had too much cream on it, the eggplant was not sufficiently cooked, and the profiteroles were soggy. All in all a disappointment.

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Thank delen1
Wells, Minnesota
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Just a really nice Italian Restaurant. I shared a Caesar Salad with a friend, it was served already split, and quit portions as well. The was, and always is, just awesome! The service efficient without being fussy. It's one of my favorite places to go, and just around the corner from the Hancock Center, Water Tower Place, and lot's of... More 

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Thank John D
Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

I just wanted to send a note to say that we dropped by your restaurant a week ago by random as we were looking for a quick drink and lunch and enjoyed it so much that we brought 6 of our friends back for dinner! We arrived late on sat night, you were packed but the staff made us feel... More 

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Thank 1rugby13
Burlington, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Francesca's is the best Italian restaurant and very fairly priced...we are chefs and have travelled the world searching for the astonishing cuisine from Toscano on the great Oceania cruise lines to small larders in quaint towns. Some descriptives for Francesca's: incredibly professional, front staff worked so well as a team under the leadership of the general manager Alex Montero, one... More 

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Burbank, California
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177 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Been there with some colleagues and all happy. Service was friendly and food good, only our table was a bit squeezed in so not overwhelmed by the experience. Francesca's Vitello was great though.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2356
    (Michigan Ave)
  • Public Transportation: We are accessible via the Chicago red line stop as well as the 151, 145, 146 and 147 Chestnut & Michigan CTA bus stop.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Streeterville
  • Neighbourhood: Streeterville
  • Phone Number: +1 312-482-8800

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Streeterville

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Streeterville
Streeterville is where visitors head for play at Navy Pier, a pseudo amusement park and development of restaurants, shops, rides, and other activities. You’ll find lots of action and excitement on the docks. Along the pier, you’ll see the statue of the captain for whom Streeterville is named. While you enjoy your fair share of sightseeing at the pier, you can also visit other popular attractions there such as the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Off the pier you’ll find more restaurants from low-cost pubs to high-end establishments. Arts and culture aficionados should be sure not to miss the Museum of Contemporary Art.
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