Francesca's Tavola

4.6
1746 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasions
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  • Good for Anniversaries
Francesca's Tavola is the 9th restaurant to be added to the Francesca's Restaurant Group, bringing the downtown Arlington Heights area a restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio.
The restaurant is located within walking distance of the Central Business District in downtown Arlington Heights.

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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R
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The entire staff are incredible. Rene always knows names even after a few weeks. Umberto is so congenial and nice.

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DH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for my daughter's 22nd birthday and had a fabulous time. I hadn't been to one of the Francesca's in quite a while and it wasn't hard to remember why I love it. Our server, Mario was fantastic; kind, funny, attentive, helpful and made us feel incredibly welcome and satisfied. My kids fought over the leftovers the next day, so I had that going for me!

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DH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Francesca’s is often a “go-to” place for us. If we want something more than real casual and want to be treated like special guests. We live near-by so that’s an extra incentive.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for a family dinner- outstanding service and very delicious food.

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c
Chicago
187 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The pasta dishes were exceptionally good, as was the service of Kenny. The Wednesday night special dinners are a real value.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It’s was a wonderful evening.

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FN
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Fabulous! We often visit the Francesca’s in Barrington, but tonight we were in Arlington Heights, so we visited the one in town. It was awesome! So much friendlier and the service was excellent. Don’t get me wrong, Barrington is great, but we may drive a little further for Arlington Heights more often. The food was great, as always, and they let us design our own pasta. We had 3 kids with us, all ordered kiddy cocktails, and they brought us a full plate of cherries! We had a great night.

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

This is one of my favorite restaurants. Our dining experience this time was very disappointing. We had a coupon for $20 off $75.00. We both ordered a pasta in a vodka sauce. The pasta dishes came out in a bowl of vodka sauce soup. The manager took care of it. He also brought out more roasted eggplant since my dish had very little. We had expressed to our waiter that we both wanted the special dessert on the menu. When it came time to ordering dessert they were out of the special bread pudding dessert. The waiter said he would buy us dessert. I gave the waiter the coupon. It took him over 20 minutes to figure out that the coupon could not be used because they comped our dessert. If they put the desserts back on the bill we still would have paid $5.00 less. It was very frustrating that they could not do that. It was also frustrating that it took so long to pay the bill. Just not one of my best experiences in one of my favorite restaurants.

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M
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All around excellent!

As usual!

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S
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful service, great food. Entire staff friendly. A very pleasant experience. Will come again.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great dinner. All the food was excellent and we were so happy with all the gluten free options. Server was very responsive and supportive of the person in our group that was gluten free.

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GE
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Daniel was an excellent waiter. Outstanding service and friendly.

Thanks

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing 🥰

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RH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service top notch. We were celebrating my mother's birthday, and they treated us very well. I will say that the menu was difficult for the elderly members of our party to navigate -- the print quality was rather light, the sections kind of ran into each other, and everything was written in a flowery font that made it more difficult to read. Obviously, not a reason to avoid the restaurant, but maybe something they could do improve upon to better accommodate older guests.

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S
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love coming to this place! The people are great and the food is great!

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BK
Miami
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Always enjoy my time here!

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b
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

love it - great place in arlington heights. food is always wonderful and staff is always friendly.

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M
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful waitress named Chrissy! So nice!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fathers Day

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HE
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. Our server was very attentive and good natured. He helped make the evening out very enjoyable. We will be back.

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DT
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful warm and welcoming atmosphere and great Italian food!

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LB
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We have been to Francesca's many times but for some reason it's been a long time since our last visit. We were so happy to have an experience that was as good as we remembered. They have some interesting and delicious signature cocktails, good wine selection, and fabulous food. We were very happy to be back!

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PD
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Service staff were excellent, very attentive! Never had to ask for refills of anything! menu is more limited than we would have liked and some items seemed pricey to us, 2 of our meals were excellent but the carbonara was swimming in sauce. 2 of us had it and we shared the same feelings about the dish and we felt it was missing something.

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R
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a favorite. Service awesome. Go to place

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D
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for my birthday. Always a great place to go. Service is wonderful ands AP is the food!!

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CL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our first visit and we will go back for sure. Manager was very attentive to the fact that we were going to the Met after dinner. Everyone was very friendly!

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K
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Francesca Tavola is just one of many Francesca restaurants where I have dined. The food and service at every restaurant is consistently exceptional. It is a special place for anything from everyday dining to a celebration. I have attended group lunches and events at the Arlington Heights restaurant and they were all excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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DC
Louisville
31 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The experience was so good we had to go back1 The food was prepared perfectly both seafood and pasta's. The flavors were amazing and when we wanted a special dish they had on their menu our previous visit and was not there now, they gladly made it for us!!! Service was attentive but not intrusive. We were not rushed but able to fully enjoy our experience. You need to go here to Francesca's for a true culinary experience.

I also must mention that my wife order a 1/2 order of a special pasta. She mentioned how wonderful it was. When we were paying our bill the waitress gave us another 1/2 order to take with us because she knew my wife enjoyed it so much. Unnecessary, unasked for but the focus was on true customer satisfaction and delight. Go and enjoy!!!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous dinner!

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JS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Both hostesses we’re very friendly. Wished us both Happy Anniversary & Happy Birthday. Seated promptly & were served with 2 complimentary glasses of champagne. Our waiter Mario was great. Our food was fantastic & we also had a complimentary desert. Thank you to everyone at Francesca Tavola for a wonderful dining experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

This place used to be good. They must have downgraded their food service source as the food is now mediocre- previously it was much fresher and less processed

They really need to do a deep cleaning. As the common saying... good from far, far from good

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HM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

I've eaten here many times and have enjoyed the experience. The food is exceptional. Most recently, the service was poor, and this has happened, from time to time, in the past.

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CS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Only negative I have for this establishment is they seem to have a problem with fruit flies. There were several swarming around our table and landing while we ate which was annoying.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Very pleasant personnel; food is ok nothing super spacial.

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GK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good food and nice service in a good atmosphere. We will continue to visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wait staff completely attentive. Great bottle of wine for under $40!

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A
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was excellent.

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MZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lots of showers going on nearby. It was pretty noisy, but the food and service are excellent.

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JK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a fantastic meal and incredible service!

Everything was delicious but I must mention the Bruschette con Ricotta e Pomodori was great, loved the hint of Tabasco complimented by the roasted peppers in the Caesar Salad, pizza was perfect, avocado salmon delectable and caramel brownie à la mode decadent!

Service was phenomenal - always someone checking in to make sure our drinks were refilled immediately!

I couldn't have asked for a more pleasant dining experience.

Thank you! We will be back soon!

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