About Francesca's Fiore
Francesca’s Fiore is the 10th restaurant in The Francesca's Restaurant Group, bringing the downtown Forest Park area a restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, simple 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 in the heart of the revitalized Madison Street area, just four blocks West of Harlem Avenue.
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 three concepts across 33 locations and four states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 23 Francesca’s Restaurants, five Davanti Enoteca, and five Glazed and Infused locations.
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday: 11:30am-3pm; Sunday Brunch: 11am-3pm
Monday - Tuesday: 3pm-9pm
Wednesday - Thursday: 3pm-9:30pm
Friday - Thursday: 3pm-10pm
Four blocks west of Harlem
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catering options available upon request.
Ample street parking available.
We also provide valet parking on Friday and Saturday.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Thursday night live jazz 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Francesca's Fiore has three beautiful private dining rooms available.
Francesca's Fiore Ratings and Reviews
Celebrating 95 years of life!
We were celebrating the 95th birthday of Leo Baranowski! He has frequented Francesca's Fiore for many years. It's been a place of celebration for the family. We have enjoyed Mother's Day Brunches, as well as birthday's through the years. This night was exceptional. The restaurant wasn't that crowded which worked will for Leo who is hard of hearing. Not only were we celebrating his birthday, but our Mom's, his wife who had passed 3 years ago, as well. One of her favorite meals to celebrate with was hot dogs and champagne. Francesca's allowed a friend of the family to arrange the appetizer's to be hot dogs, brought in for the occasion! The wait staff was incredible! Making sure we had everything we needed. Once again, it was a night for memories at Francesca's!!
Everything was great. Food was great. S ...
Everything was great. Food was great. Service was great. Enjoyed our meal.
We enjoyed our experience and were very well treated by the server and other staff. Our group included a toddler in highchair who enjoyed making eye contact with the serving staff, who gave him big smiles and made him laugh. The food was great too, as usual.
Easter Brunch Buffet -- Meh
Easter brunch was just okay. Unfortunately, we were there at an odd hour. We had a 2:15 seating, so it was after the brunch rush, but before the dinner crowd. The food was picked over and the restaurant was a bit empty. The service was a bit slow because it was after the brunch rush -- so I feel it was an incomplete experience. I wish the server had just recommended an option to order off the main menu instead of eating the remainders of the crowd food. Usually, the food and service are terrific however -- I think we just got a bad day.
We had excellent service, the food was d ...
We had excellent service, the food was delicious and the banana bread dessert with chocolate chip gelato was absolutely wonderful! It was our first time dining there and we plan on returning!
Good has really gone downhill. We ordere ...
Good has really gone downhill. We ordered several different dishes and they were all tasteless. Have not been there in a few years and we will not go back!!
Great quality reasonable price
Great quality reasonable price
This place is Amazing. It was my wife n ...
This place is Amazing. It was my wife n I 19th anniversary. They were the best! Everything was top notch.
Eaten here many times - always great food and service. Portions large enough to share, which we like to do to watch calories!
Great Food - Reasonable Prices
The food was DELICIOUS. My husband and I dined here for Valentine's Day and loved the food. We actually ate 2 loaves of bread which was hot and yummy. We had the meatballs as an appetizer along with the asparagus topped with tomatos and blue cheese. It was great. He had the pork chops and I had the roasted chicken. We ended up taking a major portion of our entrees home and had no room for dessert. The manager suggested a delicious white wine that was perfect with my chicken dish. We will be heading back again to celebrate our daughter's birthdays and try the personal pizzas!
Favorite restaurant. Never disappointed.
Favorite restaurant. Never disappointed. Always a good choice. Great service, excellent food, always attentive staff. Nice to have an excellent local place that is so good.
Wonderful food, warm and inviting atmosp ...
Wonderful food, warm and inviting atmosphere.
Very consistently good service and food.
The food is always delicious and the service is attentive. Our waiters are very nice, knowledgeable and attentive.
My favorite - cannot lose when you dine here
Francesca's Fiore is one of our favorite places to dine. Nice atmosphere, nice to sit near the fire or in a cozy corner, or, when it is nice outside it is great to sit outside. The front of the restaurant opens up to a large open area, with part of it under umbrellas. The food is always great and notches above the norm, for sure! That's why we like it. A touch of class. Thank you here to whomever the chefs are. They are on their game. Also, the wonderful management and serving staff are consistent and friendly. It is great to go in and see familiar faces and they recognize their "regulars." A shout out to Angel. What a great guy. I have to mention that the support staff (bussing staff) is impressive. Really professional. They have daily special deals - some days, children are free. Other days are ½ price bottles of wine, etc. Worth your time.
Our New Year's Eve dinner was a hit all around - good special choices for the occasion for several of us and for the fish-hater there was a very satisfying pasta dish. Ambiance near the fireplace made the evening extra special too.
Always great food and excellent service. ...
Always great food and excellent service. Enjoy coming with the family.
Went for lunch with another couple and could actually hear each other. All loved the food. Had a pasta dish, the Davanti burger-yum, a pizza and the risotto. Only negative- we asked for 2 separate checks and it was all on one check. It's still one of our favs!
We were a group of 6 and half of the party arrived late, the restaurant was very accommodating. Service could have been better. Food was good but not outstanding.
The eggplant Pannini was phenomenal! Clo ...
The eggplant Pannini was phenomenal! Close to Dominican U., grab lunch or dinner before a show!
Good was very good. For second time, bo ...
Good was very good. For second time, booking a special occasion via open table at this restaurant was ignored by staff
Excellent food and service
We've been to Francesca's Fiore several times, and it never disappoints. The menu is broad enough to appeal to a wide range of tastes and appetites (from small children, to teens, to elderly parents), and they are happily willing to meet special needs, such as no garlic in the pasta. The bartender is also excellent. We look forward to returning soon!
Nice restaurant; great food
I've lived in the area for a long time and never visited this restaurant. A friend invited me out and I'm glad this was her choice. The food was great. I ordered a Manhattan and it was strong but had very little flavor. Overall great experience ambiance.
Lovely restaurant part of the Francesca' ...
Lovely restaurant part of the Francesca's group. I like this location a lot. Tasty food, great service, and a terrific location.
Everything was perfect, but charging $9 a glass for the house wine is definitely too much. The wine was honestly not superb (as house wines may be), but $18 for two glasses was definitely excessive.
Have been here many times and they never dissappoint. Menu is not huge - so everything is fresh and great. Something for everyone. -81
The front room opened up to the outdoors so we had the pleasure of eating outdoors without being outdoors. The service was good and the food was fine. Nice evening.
The food is not as good as in the past. ...
The food is not as good as in the past. Something has changed, maybe the ownership or the Chef, maybe both!
Love your sauce...I had the rigatoni gorgonzola.
Miss your short ribs rigatoni. Put more and fresher bread on the table. When there's a group of people, there's a need to replenish.
Perhaps coming in late and ordering a sp ...
Perhaps coming in late and ordering a special was not the best choice but the steak my wife ordered was overcooked, pan-fried and grill finished. It had to be sent back because it had such poor flavor and was too dry to eat. A shame but from now on...steak at steak places and pasta here.
Drove 35 miles to eat here
I've eaten at several Francesca's around Chicago - and would give reviews from fair to good. However, the Francesca's in Forest Park is in a class by itself - really amazing food. I would follow the chef and wait staff anywhere. This is my fourth time here - funeral luncheon, late night dessert and coffee, dinner with my Mom (twice). Every meal is memorable. The staff knows what to recommend. the food stops you in your tracks - really delicious. Go there and find out. I grew up around here and have eaten in the top restaurants in Chicago and the surrounding area. The Forest Park Francesca's is one of my top three picks. You won't be disappointed.
Really pleasant experience
Generous portions, fine cuisine. pasta dishes come out piping hot, perfectly seasoned. Service is friendly yet not overbearing. I always enjoy a delightful evening here.
Fine dining prices with fast food servic ...
Fine dining prices with fast food service. Our waiter's intro included "You don't have to tip me because it's a mess and we are out of alot of items" The hostess was very unprofessional and rude since we decided to close our bill early due to the poor service. Gaetanos down the street is better or drive the 15 minutes to Rosebud if you want excellent food and service. This place is a failure in every aspect, avoid at all costs.
Great food, great service
I stopped by for their Easter brunch, and this being my first visit, I was not sure what to expect. My family and I were completely blown away by the delicious food and prompt & courteous servers. Everything was great and resulted in a very relaxed meal.
Francesca's Fiore Spectacular
Food totally fresh and prepared how YOU like it. Excellent service. Great for date night or a group sharing.
Excellent customer service
Staff was very friendly , they made me feel welcome.
A very nice experience
We found ourselves unexpectedly needing to be in the suburbs for my husband's birthday and I needed to find a nice restaurant so we could properly celebrate. Francesca Fiore was receommended to me by several individuals. I requested a conversation-friendly table to which they accommodated us; brought a delicious complimentary dessert with a candle and our meals were delicious as well. Thanks very much for accepting a fairly last-minute reservation for a special occasion and taking such good care of us!
always have a great meal at any Francesca's!
I live in Chicago and have visited many Francesca's locations, most frequently the Taylor Street original. We dined at the Forest Park location before hearing a concert at Concordia University. We had 7 people and had only a little over an hour to spend. The service was extremely accomodating and the kitchen got us our appetizers, salads, and entrees out in a speedy manner but still with a good pace. There were many lenten specials, including vegetarian and fish dishes that I had not tried before. The food was delicious---I especially loved my cod. The wines were excellent and well priced. While we did not have time to linger it was lovely and relaxed. Another great Francesca's location!
Good ambiance, good service, not to busy or noise when we went & delicious meals!!
Always a good meal at this location. We ...
Always a good meal at this location. We tried multiple appetizers and all were delicious. Recommend for any occasion.
Attentive , great italian food
Everyone was very attentive even to my daughter. Manager even visted our table ..Food was great and portions large. Kids meal was a great deal..my daughter got pizza and it wasn't a slice. It was a 9 in pizza and it was really good.and she got a pretty big bowl of gelato I had the Salomon, husband had the skating and the 3 of us shared the spicy mussels. Everyone thing as s great.
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