Franco's Ristorante

4.8
144 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Franco's Ristorante is the perfect combination of old world Italian classics and your new favorite pasta dishes. We've been around for over 27 years and have perfected our craft. Some of our most famous dishes include whipped ricotta tuffo, sausage and peppers, eggplant parmigiana and gnocchi.

Our great food and atmosphere helped us earn the honor of being named the Chicago Reader's 2016 "best place for a cheap date" and "best local restaurant."

You will be wowed when you step inside our bright, airy and modern restaurant. You can enjoy a drink at our new marble-topped bar or cozy up to tables with bright red-leather chairs and banquettes in the dining room. In the summer we are happy to offer outdoor seating that allows dogs.
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AI
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great find. Neighborhood gem! Great food and service.

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Franco's is a cute neighborhood place with nice drinks and good food. It's small and can get noisy but the ambiance makes up for it. The photos on the walls and the accents of red button-tuck booths feel cozy. The wait staff is always helpful and attentive, the food is so good and fresh, from the salad to the pasta to the meat entrees. I have not been disappointed on several visits. I hope Franco's will be around for many years.

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TB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Can be a bit loud due to small open dining area. But very charming at the same time

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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great dining experience every time!

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S
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great time! The food was fabulous! Can't wait to return and bring friends!

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CN
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Franco's offered delightful food and delicious wine in a welcoming setting. It's clearly a local icon, with family "regulars" enjoying an evening together. Portions were huge - easily enough for two meals! Service was good but staff were busy. We had to remind our waiter of our order and redo the check, which was handled quickly and pleasantly.

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Service. Three course dinner was excellent and quick, but didnt feel rushed

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MW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So great! Highly recommend. Def need a reso, it’s small, but so worth it!!!

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect southside friday night, sox won, the restaurant was full of families enjoying friday night pizza, young professionals sipping cocktails and apps at the bar, and diners dipping bread in oil anticipation of their entrees.
We had gnocchi, baked cauliflower, and chicken.
Loved this place.

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CK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem! Would come back often - food was amazing!

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N
Dallas
115 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Ralph, our server, fantastic. Michelle at the bar remembered that we like our wine slightly chilled. Food incredible as always, had the sausage and peppers! Meatball salad! What a great spot!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem in Bridgeport - always a fresh and delightful meal that is served fresh with wonderful ingredients and well presented. service is always top notch.

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EQ
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place blew me away! Service was absolutely fantastic, made us feel right at home. Nonna's meatballs were like a big hug covered in marinara:)

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SI
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The specials of the day are amazing !

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AR
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious bruschetta and gnocchi. Will come back again when in the area

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CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friendly, competent, and helpful staff increases a restaurant experience by tenfold. If that is true, Franco’s staff increases one’s experience one hundredfold. The food is delicious. Some of the best Italian food can be found here. The portions are generous and prices are affordable.

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BB
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to dine! We had pork chop Vesuvio and veal parm. Both were great. Also, grilled calamari app was super. You will enjoy this place.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m a foodie. A snob, and very picky. Mostly I would rather cook myself, because the chef just doesn’t get it. Not here. Fresh, old school Italian food. Like your grandma made, and only if your grandma is a true paisano. The meatballs are to die for, the calamari as fresh as it gets. Wonderful fresh salads and homemade soups that will knock your socks off. A large selection of entrees that will feed any old soul. AND they even have real spumoni this is wonderful. If you want to take a date to a place that shows you have taste, goto Franco’s. You need s quiet place for a business meeting with quick service, goto Franco’s. You wanna take your family to a wonderful meal you won’t forget, goto Franco’s. My only regret is the owner was there that night, I wanted to introduce myself as this is the 5th time in a row I’m in from Clevaland, and make Franco’s my first choice. Don’t screw up, this place is a real gem.

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KW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED this place! Just recently moved to the south loop area and decided to try this place out as a Friday date night place. I have a feeling this place will be a GO-TO for my boyfriend and I. Additionally, I have celiac and all of the gluten free options and accommodations were amazing! HIGHLY recommend.

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FR
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and reasonable prices. Great service and an incredibly cozy comfortable space. It was wonderful to see the owner going around to different tables.... a real nice touch which makes you feel welcomed and this attention to customers may invite you return again!

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AP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Franco's has a great family vibe to it. It's small and comfortable, service was friendly, food was delicious. I will definitely be going back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a new job! The staff was excellent as always. Thanks for making my special day even more special.

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DF
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time there. Won’t be the last. Everything was great!!

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy charming neighborhood restaurant. Try the fried calimari; it’s the best in town. Our server was professional and very accommodating.
Everyone at the table loved their entrees. We topped off our experience with homemade tiramisu—fabulous.

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TB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had a bad meal. Staff is amazing!!!

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CI
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently delicious. Enjoy meeting new people, which we did last Saturday. Fine dining close to home without breaking the bank. AND the staff is wonderful.

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FT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good menu.
Very nice neighborhood restaurant.
I highly recommend Franco’s.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place with my lovely wife. Would go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and fresh. Price was decent. Love the ambience. I definitely want to come back.

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SB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and great food. I brought my wife and three daughters here for a late night Saturday dinner. We will be back!

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AW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here, was super lovely and the food was amazing. However was super cold inside, next time I know to bring a sweater. But overall amazing experience, delicious food + outstanding service = definitely coming back.

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is a little small, so when it’s busy the seating space is a little cramped and narrow. But when it came to food and service, everything was perfect.

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T
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time there and I loved it! I’m 100% Italian and very fussy about my restaurants! What a gem. Can’t wait to go back!

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BM
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was outstanding. Good atmosphere. Quaint. Quiet. Good place for date night out. I will definately go again

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! Great service and ambience

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I very much enjoyed Franco’s. It is the local restaurant that everyone wishes to enjoy. We grew up with ethnic family restaurants. Franco’s is a Chicago original.

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ER
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing, the food was incredible and the ambiance was perfect for Valentine's dinner.

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LR
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Minestrone soup is SO good. Also had the Halibut special which was delicious. To be honest, anything you eat there will be good.

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OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Been wanting to go to Franco’s for years. Did not realize how small the restaurant was. Close quarters quite noisy. Food very good but not great. That seemed to be the opinion of all four in our party. However the cannoli chip desert was superb. Will we go back , probably. I would rate a 7.5 out of 10.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can always count on a great dinner at Franco’s; it’s become one of our go to places to take friends. Food and service are always spot on.

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