Francesca's Amici

4.5
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$30 and under
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Italian
Francesca’s Amici opened in July 1999 and is the 6th restaurant in the Francesca’s Restaurant Group bringing downtown Elmhurst a restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices. The menu features the freshly inspired cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Located in the heart of downtown Elmhurst, the restaurant is centrally located to Downtown Chicago and the Western Suburbs.

About the Francesca’s Restaurant Group: Founded in 1992 by Restaurateur Scott Harris, Francesca’s Restaurant Group has grown from a small, welcoming Italian restaurant on Chicago’s North Clark Street to a restaurant group of 5 concepts across 25 locations in 3 states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 18 Francesca’s Restaurants, 4 Davanti Enoteca's, Disotto, Fat Rosie’s and Hillgrove Tap.

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What 1182 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent food and service at this Francesca's location.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Favorite place in Elmhurst.

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C
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service never disappoint. Our waiter was attentive and very friendly. We had the vegetable pasta and pasta with vodka sauce (they made it special for my daughter). It's always a winner.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I made reservation 7pm on thru opentable on Thanksgiving. When I got there was 7:05. The manager told me kitchen is closed at 7pm. I just dont understand why they took the reservation if they close at 7pm????? Very unprofessional manager who handled the situation he didnt even apologize for their mistake to take reservation with bad attitude. He just kept saying "I didnt take the reservation so I dont know" so I have to complain to opentable ?

SN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We were pleased that they had a very nice Thanksgiving menu. The traditional turkey dinner was very good as was the pumpkin stuffed pasta.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

It was as expedited. Pasta was very generous portion and tasty.

EJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time here, though we live 2 mins away. Food was amazing, service was exceptional and ambience was inviting!

S
Chicago
145 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Our food was very good, our service was very good. But I can't give them 5 stars because the noise level is deafening in the place. I don't know what they can do about it, but you literally couldn't carry on a conversation. There were a surprising amount of kids, which of course didn't help the noise level as they were getting louder than most adults would, just to be heard by their parents. It just isn't a place we'll come back to with friends as there are other places you can enjoy talking to each other.

a
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Chicagoland.

M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Friends moving to Chicago area

EP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is good We enjoy going to Francescas as we can always rely great service and food.

RH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great Friday night meal with the family after a long week. A nice glass of wine and delicious entree selection for my spouse and I, and great and affordable kids meal selection for the kids that includes a scoop of gelato. One of our favorite restaurants in Elmhurst.

DJ
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a good outing. Their Branzini was outstanding. Service is always knowledgeable and friendly.

CF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great as usual

A
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

We were seated in the side room which I do not care for - too bright, not good ambience. Feels a bit like a banquet hall.

We waited at least 15 min for our server to approach the table for the first time after we were seated. This, to me, is not good service.
We will consider other options next time we are dining out.

CD
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were fantastic. My husband requested an item that was not on the menu and the chef made it. That is service.

NA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The noise level was so loud we couldn't have a conversation at our table with the couple we were having dinner with. While the food was good, the service was for the most part indifferent and the noise level was intolerable. We won't be returning anytime soon!

r
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a favorite. Great food, great service. The waitstaff is exceptional!

PD
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice evening. Great food and atmosphere was lively. Good bar scene.

EP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Accomodations and service was excellent. Food very hood. Great menu for lunch. We usually do dinner here. But will definitely consider if we are out earlier. Great place

EB
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The entire meal experience was wonderful. The service was attentive but not intrusive. Servings were a nice size and served piping hot. Good wine selection. Very reasonable in terms of price and excellent value.

LM
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food. Our server Angie was amazing! We will be back!

OT
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Birthday dinner! Food was excellent and the service was great!

k
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a reservation, but we were seated quickly. I’m not a huge fan of bench style seating so I was happy to get a small 2 person table. We both had delicious gluten free pasta dinners off the GF menu. Our waiter was polite and attentive. I would definitely recommend.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sweetest day. Both of us our very happy!

GN
Cincinnati
70 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Simple, good Italian...wouldn’t know its a chain - worth a local Elmhurst try.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Dave was good

OT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Dennis is a terrific waiter. Love the food. Always a great experience.

l
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Francesca's Amici was able to accommodate our party of 6 through Open Table with a same day reservation. We enjoyed a delicious meal with wonderful, friendly service, at a large round table. The appetizers - calamari and an antipasto platter - were enjoyed by all as well as two wonderful shared salads. We all enjoyed our entrees from fish to pasta. The wait staff and busing staff were all cheerful, well-informed, and helpful. This is one of my favorite restaurants.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Just a Friday night out!
Food good service and wait person very nice.
Ask for a Cesar salad said we’ll split it; they did for us brought out 2 plates very nice!!

SQ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

A reunion of 4 friends getting together during a visit with one that had moved away. Francesca is normally 100% consistent. We don’t normally go to the Elmhurst location - this was my 4th time here. That said, service was inattentive and slow by our waitress. And the last straw was the bus server put his finger in one the girls
Wine glass and didn’t offer to replace the glass. It was weird. This is unusual and not the norm. I’ve been to at
Least 8 of their restaurants & never had a disappointing experience until now.

Francesca's Amici
Responded on 26 September 2019

Good evening! First off thank you for taking the time to let us know where we dropped the ball. Without your feedback we may never know what we did wrong and how we can fix the problem moving forward. With that said I'm terribly sorry that your experience was what is was. I would love to talk more about this and get you back into our doors and show what we are truly all about here at Francesca's Amici. I will be reaching out to you privately to make this right by you!

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JB
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every time we go here, I marvel at the quality of the food. This time I had the crab cakes, and they were perfect: great texture and taste, and the arugula salad that accompanied it complemented the flavors well. My husband had a steak special, and he, too, was exceptionally pleased with its taste, presentation, and accompaniments. Kudos to the server who was able to help me with a wine choice as well as my dinner choice.

Francesca's Amici
Responded on 26 September 2019

Great to Hear! Look forward to seeing you again!!

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FR
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

The gentlemen that brought our dishes from the kitchen had his thumb clearly in the bowl of every dish he brought to our table, it was gross.

B
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We were originally seated in the special event room which was very loud and not very nice. We asked to be moved to the main dining room and they immediately moved us. Excellent service and food was great would go again.

DN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner was absolutely delicious. Alll courses were superb. Services were excellent. Only negative was it took a while to clear before dessert. We were celebrating a birthday and my daughter was given gilato with biscotti. Very nice. Definitely will be returning.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food!

ML
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

It was nice that we were able to get seated right away. But we had to ask for bread, cheese and refills each time. Our server forgot to give my dad’s wine. Portion of the kids pizza is the same as the regular menu; Very disappointing.

Francesca's Amici
Responded on 4 September 2019

Good Afternoon! I'm terribly sorry to hear about your experience with us. Although I hate hearing negative experiences, without your input we might not be able to correct standards and improve our restaurant. I will be contacting you directly in hopes to make this right by you!

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NH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The serene setting of Francesca Amici's was inviting and friendly. The serving staff was attentive to every detail of our comfort as well as our experience. The bus boy was friendly and funny and added a delightful humor to the evening. We had the PENNE CON POLLO E BROCCOLI a lightly sautéed pasta dish with grilled chicken and broccoli in a light basil cream sauce with fresh tomatoes, the cream was light and tomatoes fresh. For dessert we had the Tiramasu, which was light and delectable. The wines were half off the night we went and were a tasty addition to our meal. We would go back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience5

The service was great as always, however, the food taste was sub-par to say the least. The pasta that my wife ordered was missing something, the fish I ordered was dry and not flavorful and the pizza wasn’t great either. The food quality definitely doesn’t live up to the price you pay. I would recommend having someone randomly taste some fishes to ensure quality of what you are serving.

FR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

I felt like we were rushed thru our meal. My mistake was we ordered our entrée when we ordered appetizers. We had barely finished our appetizers, ( dishes were not even cleared) , when our entrees arrived.

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