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The Franklin Room

4.7
515 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Happy Hour
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
The Franklin Room is a proper city tavern located in Chicago's popular River North neighborhood. Our menu features comforting and flavorful turn-of-the-century inspired American tavern fare. The Franklin Room beverage program showcases a thoughtful selection of fine spirits, wine and beer with a strong focus on independent distillers and limited edition, rare releases.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
LUNCH HOURS
Monday - Friday 11:30am to 2pm
DINNER HOURS
Sunday: 5pm to 9:30pm
Monday - Thursday: 5pm to 10:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 5pm to Midnight
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Phone number
(312) 445-4686
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
On Franklin St. between Huron and Erie
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Parking details
There is plenty of street parking available during all business hours.
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Public transit
Purple and Brown Line EL stop on Chicago and Franklin. Number 11 CTA Bus stop on Orleans/Erie and Wells/Huron.
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Special events & promotions
Full capabilities for both private events and private dining. Visit us online at www.franklinroom.com for more information.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 515 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Cocktails took a very long time to come out.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great experience - craft cocktails, lamb and seafood were the highlights.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I enjoyed the Franklin Room, we were there after 10 pm so we got the late night menu. The food was really good but there were almost no vegetarian entree options for my husband. The ambiance was great, there was a live jazz band that was really good. Our server was wonderful and the wine was excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Had a few fantastic drinks at the before being seated. The food was so good! Dan was a great server and made sure we were taken care of all night.

Definitely will be back!

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Significantly pricey for what it offers. Ambiance is good. Value is not. There are far better choices for food in this price point... like Ema’s just a few blocks away.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Stayed at nearby hotel & this franklin room was excellent!!!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

The Franklin Room is an outstanding place for food and atmosphere. The Wait Staff is outstanding. Love this place.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Go here. It’s great

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great dinner for a large group business dinner. Lots of variety in food and drink to please everyone. Very knowledgeable waitress.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Great service, cozy and trendy atmosphere, and delicious food. Wagyu burgers are a must try - started with the cauliflower tots, which were refreshing and satisfying.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

The happy hour specials are rad! My sister and I went here before seeing a show, and we were able to get in and out in about an hour, including two drinks each (whiskey boys are scrumptious), and splitting the burrata, a salad, and soup. It was delightful!

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The restaurant was so noisy I couldn't have a conversation with the person sitting directly across the table.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Great experience, waiter was prompt and very nice. Food was amazinf

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

This place is so cool. It really is a speak easy. The environment is very relaxed and inviting. Definitely make reservations it’s not very big. The food was very good. I had the surf and turf burger which had a fried egg, fried softshell crab and Wagyu beef. I have had some good burgers in Chicago and rank this one up there. I would put it just below the burgers at Au Cheval which is number one in my book. They have hundreds and I mean hundreds of whiskeys to choose from. They offer them in flights. I discovered Elijah Craig whiskey here which I absolutely love.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Loved the cocktails and the burrata for our appetizer. I was honestly underwhelmed with the squid ink pasta, especially for the price. And the ambiance was lovely but it was tough to hear from just across the table -- might have bene precisely where we were seated or the acoustics but was tough to hear my friend.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We have been to Tye Franklin Room many times and are never disappointed with the food and drinks. A delicious meal.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Delicious food, service so so. Will definitely go back for the burger, delicious apps and cocktails.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Relatively small and very close quarters which means if there is a noisy group ( there was), conversation is difficult. My Wofford Reserve Manhattan was exceptional. The cauliflower tots and rock shrimp were like tempura and sooo yummy. My friend was happy with the corn chowder and King Crab dip. Jazz was beginning as we left and the group seemed good. Dress varies from super casual as in shorts, tees and flip flops to dress casual. Service was great. I recommend it.
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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Birthday done right!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Give me another 20oz

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

I always have a good experience every time I go to this restaurant! Their drinks are good and the food is delicious. I always recommend this place if I have friends in town visiting.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Service was slow, 2 hours for lunch.

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1.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I've lived a block away from Franklin Room since it opened a few years ago. FR has long been one of my favorite neighborhood places to drink whiskey and/or have a meal. I had such a poor experience this past Monday night, that I feel compelled to share. For reference, this is the first time ever complaining in my years of using both OpenTable and Yelp.

I recognize that even great restaurants can be understaffed or have an "off night", but this felt more along the lines of sheer neglect. The moment we sat downm the table next to us let us know they had an awful meal and have been trying to get their check for almost a half hour. Our evening began with waiting 20 minutes to get water service. A few minutes later when our server came by to touch base, we ordered a bottle of wine. This took 25 minutes and we ultimately needed the busboy, who was much more helpful, to remind her about the bottle (we watched her enter it into the computer). When she returned, she insisted we order everything immediately. As my girlfriend and I discussed our plan, the server rolled her eyes and abruptly walked away. Upon her return, we ordered our entrees. We both finished our meals and were to pay before she or a manager came by to check in with us. We intentionally waited around after paying and did a lap to find the manager without any luck.

This entire experience has me questioning if it's time to step outside of my comfort zone when looking for quality food in the neighborhood. Very disappointed..

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Went for birthday dinner. Made reservations and were sat within 5 minutes. Very polite server and even got a key lime dessert on the house for my birthday. The truffle fries are the greatest thing ever with the garlic sauce. I am coming back for that aioli! Drinks were decent for me since I do not enjoy whiskey much, but friends enjoyed theirs since they are whiskey fans. Everything has great presentation and worth the price paid. Friends had squid ink pasta and I got the steak frites. All delicious! Also the cauliflower tots were amazing as well.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My wife (then fiancé) and I, decided to go to Franklin room to celebrate after I proposed. I could not have asked for better experience. I just happen to make a note while making the reservation that it is a special occasion. The waiter (April) greeted us with glass of champagne and then at the end offered us desert and coffee on the house. The Manager came and congratulated us and gave us a card and included a discount for our next visit. All in all they made sure we had an amazing time and enjoyed our special day. My fiancé couldn’t believe how kind and attentive the staff were.
Our food was very good. We ordered cauliflower Parmesan tots (they were okay, not great), steamed mussels (very good!) for appetizers. For our entrees we ordered truffle mushroom pasta (good, rich and filling) and the spicy bourbon burger. There is a lot going on in the burger and the flavors come together very well and the burger was cooked perfectly. For dessert we were surprised with key lime pie that was so good, the crust was like homemade and we ate it all. Big Thank You to Franklin Room staff.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Waiter was great! Incredible whiskey selection, nice atmosphere, good food, wonderful apps, it was nosier than expected but still incredible.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great place!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Really cool ambiance, and good drinks. Great happy hour deals, but the normal drink prices are a little steep.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Fun menu! Really.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Great experience. Good food and service, fun drink menu. Quite loud for a business conversation.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

A must try. I took advantage of one of their great happy hour deals.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Delicious as always! Great spot for lunch or dinner. Lunch special is awesome!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

LOVED this restaurant! We weren't really sure what to expect since we hadn't been there before, but it was such a great place. Prohibition/Speak Easy-style ambiance with hands down the best burger and Old Fashioned I've ever had. Would definitely recommend for a date night!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We have been to the Franklin Room many times and are never disappointed. The food and cocktails are always great.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Aplusplus!! Great food and drink, price and service. Very chill but dynamic vibe.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

This place is great, even on weekdays. Great food and drinks. The oyster happy hour is pretty good and quite the deal. The food is usually a good bet here - the rock oyster shrimp was outstanding. The mussels weren't that great though, limp and not juicy.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We've been here numerous times and have always enjoyed the food and the whiskey selections. If you're looking for a very loud boisterous place to go you'll really like Franklin room. If you want to have any kind of conversation, it's probably not the place for you. The acoustics of the place make it unbearably loud when they're busy. Another tip is to avoid sitting near the bar area when they're busy as you'll get jostled constantly by people packed into a tight space. For an enjoyable meal, try an off-peak time.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Amazing food and even better whiskey! Thanks so much!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great service and good food!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Everything we ordered was fantastic, the drinks were superb. I brought 3 people that have never been there before and they all said they would come back in a heartbeat.

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