Franco's Ristorante

4.8
127 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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BB
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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FR
Chicago
11 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
44 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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OT
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
1 review
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
1 review
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
74 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
16 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
21 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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KA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant!! Service was outstanding. We had Ida as our server, very attentive. Very cozy atmosphere. Food was excellent!! Highly recommend.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Very small and a great place for a date. Excellent service. Cannot wait to go back.

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JT
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, authentic Home style Italian cooking. The meatballs were just like my Mom's.... and I've
NEVER said that before. The calamari was fresh.... not the frozen rings you get everywhere. The waitress
was pleasant, informative. The owner is very accessible and came around to see if everything was to our
liking.

Cant' wait to go back. In fact, got rezzies for this Friday with friends !!!

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SC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to franco's and we lucked out by finding a parking space right next to the building.
We were impressed with the friendly welcome and cleanliness of the restaurant. We were very pleased with the quality and presentation of the food. In fact, the food was outstandingly good. Dinner for two, with tip, cost us about $100 but that also included two glasses of wine, a delicious salad and a super good desert. Not bad. We are definitely going to come back..

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Made the reservation and asked for a table but could not get one because there weren't enough available so one in the party had to sit in a booth and the other had a chair. Was disappointed but the food is very very good.

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f
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time diners and everything was terrific. Our server, Ralph, was delightful and knowledgeable. He knew the menu inside out and made perfect wine pairings with our food. Grilled calamari was cooked to perfection, a huge portion of four delectable pieces. Meatballs were seasoned perfectly, pasta cooked al dente, just the way I like it. Good crowd for a Tuesday night. Nice vibe as everyone seemed to be having a good time. Kept eyeing entrees at other tables so I’m definitely looking forward to coming back to sample more from their menu very soon!

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EO
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Definitely on our monthly dining rotation list for ease of parking, meeting friends from the suburbs without having to drive through the city & for a tasty meal. Reasonably priced bottles of wine, daily specials & very friendly service. It's a cozy restaurant with tables close together, if you are there when there is a large group celebrating a special occasion, it may be hard to hear your dinner companions, but has never kept us from returning. Always a full-house, so I would definitely make reservations before driving there. Usually find street parking easily, convenient on/off Dan Ryan xway. Worth trying for sure.

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K
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very tasty quaint three prices r outstanding. Didn’t even realize it before eating and ordering. Definite return

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E
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Heard about Franco's on Chicago's Best TV program on the "Best of the Best" contest show. Show highlighted Chicken Vesuvio, my very favorite meal and hard to find. Franco's version was good but nothing I'd order again. In a word, bland. However, my wife's shrimp with pasta was outstanding. Next time, I'll stick to their pasta dishes or other Italian specialties. When we left, the entrance was packed with anxious eaters. Will definately return even though inconveniently located from us.

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JS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was Absolutely amazing the food was great the service was outstanding the restaurant was clean and beautiful inside

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CJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed a very relaxing delicious meal. Service was attentive but not intrusive.

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d
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has delicious food and the cost is more than reasonable. Go check it out!

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LG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Franco's never disappoints me - staff is very friendly and service oriented and food is always fantastic. Chicken Limone is one of my favorites there, but always count on the specials being very good.

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t
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian Food in the City!!!

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M
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great. The only downside was learning the Italian wine was replaced with a California wine.

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Great neighborhood atmosphere. Friendly and accommodating staff. Food was delicious!!!

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CO
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Franco’s is a comfortable, intimate neighborhood restaurant. The food was top-notch and the service was outstanding! Also, the prices are quite reasonable. Can’t wait to go back!

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