Franco's Ristorante

4.8
169 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.
What 169 People Are Saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great pasta dishes

BH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. Waiter suggested several dishes and they were very good. nice family place. Will return. Bill

KA
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. The food is great and a super value
LOVE IT.

PK
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service. Great wine selection and wonderful desserts

JY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noise level is very high, and very tight spaces, but with that said, everything else was 5 stars. The food makes you want to come back for more. Servers were very attentive. Reasonably priced.

FT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Food and Great Service.
The has some really great items on it.

MJ
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for lunch for the first time and was very pleasantly surprised. What a gem! Very quaint restaurant with good ambiance not to mention fantastic food! Wait staff super attentive! Will go here again soon!!

LR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. All homemade pastas and they are delicious. The gnocchi is to die for. Friendly people and wonderful service. If I could go to dinner there every night, I would. Outstanding.

MA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant always offers excellent service, wonderful food and a very pleasant atmosphere.

Great job! Keep up the good work!

Mary Ann Roti-Walz

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

Service is great and I can’t say enough about the food. Everything I have eaten here is delicious.

PE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The veal Marsala was perfect! The service impeccable. The libations were thirst quenching. The company entertaining. A five star night! Highly recommended!

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal and service as always!

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

Amazing food and very friendly staff.

MS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good Italian food and service, easy to get to with easy parking

NP
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family has been dining at Franco’s for many years. The food is consistently excellent, the service attentive and overall the atmosphere just feels like home. Always top notch.

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

We had an amazing experience. Highly recommended!

LL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time, the menu has sevark pastas
Chicken fish veal- vegetables
So after narrowing down our choices, we asked our server (Ashley)to describe the items on our list. I went with the giant rigatoni’s
Simmered in grandmas gravy with the shredded beef— omg the flavor 😋
My wife selected the stuffed raviolis
And the cheese stuffing and texture of the pasta was amazing. We shared an order of meatballs that were delicious a wonderful compliment to our pasta. Finished with homemade tiramisu-that was the bomb
Our server Ashley c was Fantastic
Will definitely be back

DF
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as usual!!!! Food and service excellent!!

JH
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

I've already recommended this to a friend because the food was great, and liked the ambiance. The setting of the tables, and chairs though were way to close to each other so forget about having a private conversation. I took a woman there on our first date, first time being there for the both of us. We both felt like we were breaking the ice with everyone near us including the cooks that were DIRECTLY behind my date in the kitchen visible through a window. So don't do a first date here. Everything as I said is crowded and felt like sitting in a Steak n Egger. Not fair for the excellent food, and service.

FD
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We haven’t been to Franco’s in a number of years but the food and service did not disappoint. Our waitress came to our table a number of times asking if we needed anything. It’s not often we have such an attentive wait staff anymore. Franco’s was GREAT!

TT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal here. The food was excellent overall. We started with the meatball appetizer and the grilled calamari appetizer. The meatballs were outstanding. The calamari was also good, but it could have used a bit more seasoning and the addition of more dressing would have improved the dish. We had the sea bass with tomatoes and white beans and the risotto with scallops. Both were very good. We finished with a huge piece of tiramisu that was also delicious. The service was very good throughout the meal. Overall, a great place to have dinner!

H
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

This just seems like a long-popular traditional Italian Restaurant. Our drinks were good, salad was good and we both got a specialty of the house: Chicken Giardinara, which was great.

S
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary with a friend

FR
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

KF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I could give more than 5 stars I would. Unbelievable food, world class service and great ambiance. We came pretty late (9pm) on a Saturday but were able to a nice table for 4. We live in the northwest suburbs but we will make the 1.5 hour drive just to eat here. Close to China town so you could do late night cocktails and karaoke after for a fun night in the city. Highly recommend!

AI
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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.

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

JD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great dining experience every time!

S
Denver
6 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!

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.

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

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!!!

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.

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

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

N
Dallas
124 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!

OT
Chicago
5 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.

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:)

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

The specials of the day are amazing !

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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