Franco's Ristorante

4.8
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210 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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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here three times now & have had a great experience each time. Food is always great & service is on point. Taken three different people here & all have had a good meal.

CC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing. Wait staff not great. Tables a little too close together.

N
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic little corner spot with really great food. Went there twice within three weeks and will be back very soon!

NF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find! Loved the whole experience!!! We will definitely be back.

LB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and staff! My sister and I are obsessed with Italian food and this is our fave!

SO
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Other than sitting by the door on a cold evening, we were very pleased with the food. We all loved our salads, entrees and saved room for a delicious desserts. Next time we will ask to be seated in the back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!

CK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good Italian food at a reasonable price. Very good service and Ambience was nice

H
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Not glitzy or trendy. Just good Italian food served by friendly knowledgeable servers.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was New Year’s Eve dinner with my family and everything was fantastic! The food was perfect and our waiter was fun and he went above and beyond. My husband and I are already planning to come back,but next time just the two of us for a night out alone. You won’t be disappointed in Franco’s. Enjoy

T
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience2

great meatballs easy street parking and delicious pasta, homeade style

JK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Staff was friendly and efficient!

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great! Never a bad meal.

OS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious! The waiter was great and personable! The space is small but it is very intimate and wonderful

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a small restaurant like Franco’s we always get spectacular service. Food is always fresh & their specials are great. Despite the close tables in a small area it is very comfortable noise wise. Highly recommend Franco’s!

F
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and service ws excellent. Looking forward to the next time.

AM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yes, the food was wonderfully tasty. We had a lunch reservation and the staff let us linger for a couple of hours at our table. It smelled a little musty when I walked in but once lunchtime food emerged from the kitchen I didn't notice the musty smell. Yes, a winner in my book and would return to this place.

BP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love this place! Even picked up a Christmas gift card to share with someone else I know who loves this place as well.

TW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back in a couple years Still really great & will be back soon

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I love everything on the menu and I’ve been here numerous times. The halibut special this weekend was disappointing.

AS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quaint old school Italian eatery. Service was excellent... the food amazing! Only one issue: tables close to doors/ windows were freezing!

R
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server, cute bar and excellent food! The pistachio dessert was amazing

H
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We felt as if we got special service when we arrived about 40 minutes before our reservation time. At first they said we'd have to wait, but as we were situating ourselves at the bar, they found a table for us. So nice. We shared fried calamari among the three of us: Delicious. We had three different entrees and all were very good. The waiter Ralph is personable. Lovely night for us.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and drinks. I was initially worried because the food came out really quickly but it tasted great!

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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JC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our second visit and every bit as good as the first. Terrific servers and fresh, homemade Italian recipes. So good!!

SE
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Franco’s is a Neighboors gem!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out for a birthday dinner.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and fast service.

We had the risotto of the day plus the shrimp fra diavlo. Both excellent.

Wait staff is very friendly.

Highly recommend.

BS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was great. We enjoyed everything ordered but they need a dehumidifier. The large duct over our table was sweating and dropping condensation on our table. A staff member addressed the problem by sweeping a towel on a broom on the duct overhead - yes, right above our table as we sat there.

KR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food is always delicious & fresh! Best tiramisu in town!

JD
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was excellent. Love this restaurant

d
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love this neighborhood spot...our go to for great Italian food and service.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome hidden gem in Bridgeport.

DM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great! It is a small , warm and inviting, space. There were clearly regulars in there and they gave the space a lot of energy. But honestly, I felt like our service was just as good as the service and attention I observed being given to the regulars. I tried Bucatini and my mom had Veal Marsala and we both ate EVERY SINGLE BITE. It was that good. And then we had desserts and also ate EVERY SINGLE BITE. This space is good for families, dates, groups of friends. I can't wait to go back!

JD
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great. Service is great and everyone is very friendly

JF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and always reliable, and just a great place for good Italian

DG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Nice local place to enjoy a good meal👍 Staff is very nice and easy to reach by car or bus.

p
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at Franco's and once again it was great. Told my wife about Franco's after my first time and made reservations from Ottawa, Canada to make sure we got a table. We were happy for making the effort.

The calamari and bread were delicious. The shrimp/pasta and sea bass dishes were cooked just right. Unfortunately, didn't have room for dessert. Next time!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food always good just not the best service this time around but that can happen.

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