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The Franklin Room, Chicago, IL

The Franklin Room

4.8
4.8
1272 reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Franklin Room is a proper city tavern and speakeasy located in Chicago's popular River North neighborhood. Our menu features comforting and flavorful turn-of-the-century inspired American tavern fare that is elevated with a modern approach. We offer a delicious variety of approachable items including fresh seafood, prime steaks & chops, and vegetarian friendly items that are all made from scratch on a daily basis. The Franklin Room beverage program showcases an extensive selection of classic cocktails with an award winning whisk(e)y program. Our thoughtful selection of fine spirits, wine and beer is well curated with a strong focus on independent distillers and limited edition, rare releases.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 44 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 445-4686

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Namo Chowcharoen

  • Private party facilities

    Whether it’s a private event, cocktail party, semi-private dinner or whiskey tasting, The Franklin Room has a variety of customized options for your next event.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (312) 445-4686

  • Area

    River North (Chicago)

  • Cross Street

    On Franklin St. between Huron and Erie

  • Parking Details

    There is plenty of street parking available during all business hours.

  • Public Transit

    Purple and Brown Line EL stop on Chicago and Franklin. Number 11 CTA Bus stop on Orleans/Erie and Wells/Huron.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Offers

  • Half Off Whiskey Happ Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 17:00 - 18:00,Tue - Sat - 17:00 - 18:00
    Enjoy 50% off our entire whiskey menu everyday from 4:30pm to 6pm.

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What 1,272 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Chicago

    American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and flavorful , service was spot on ,phenomenal whiskey selection . Our waiter was informative and kept checking in with us constantly. Crowd was a lil loud ,which one of the staff came over to apologize for a loud table but it was a Friday night and ppl are out to talk and enjoy themselves. Overall a 5 out of 5
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server made all the perfect recommendations and everything else we chose was very delicious and beautifully plated. We had a Wonderful experience.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beyond expectations, excellent.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience for our anniversary! We were welcomed to two glasses of Prosecco, very knowledgable and personable waitstaff, great food and cocktails!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience from start to finish.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seriously incredible. The Taro Fries were the best. The drinks were amazing. The dessert was light and perfect.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mussels were very good. Bread was a little too hard for my liking but it is what it is. Playlist was very good. Old and new R&B and Hip Hop. Drake, Ashanti, etc. Dan was our server he was good. My Fresno drink (forgot actual name) was better served on ice when I asked for a glass of ice. My friend loved her sea food pasta. Small menu. Would have loved to enjoy dessert there because of great ambience/music but nothing sounded appealing.
  9. SM

    ScottM

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome ambience and food that was only outdone by the service!! Peter is a master of his art at the bar, second to none!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food - in particular the Kale Salad. Great service. Great ambiance. Highly recommend - especially for those who enjoy whiskey.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, top to bottom
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful!!! With the exception of the unseemly sewer aroma.
  13. S

    Sanibh

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No place like Franklin Room for the best whiskey and great food.
  14. KS

    KateS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really outstanding food! Ambiance was great and waiter was wonderful. Best meal of our trip.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience at this restaurant. I booked a table for our 9-person team and everyone loved our meals and drinks.
  16. SJ

    StephenJ

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends birthday celebration
  17. N

    Nancy

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing!, sat outside, got a little loud when trains went by but didn’t last long. Only issue was the 2 outdoor heaters near our table were out of propane and 5ere were no replacements. Vibe inside is fun and casual, can’t wait to go back.
  18. JA

    JoAnnB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Food was great, service was good but beware you will be asked to leave when your time is up. We would have added after dinner drinks to our bill but we were asked to leave.
  19. Y

    Yummy

    Chicago

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have used Open Table to review places I have dined and have found that other diners reveiws were spot on. I don't know how else to state it other than the food we had enjoyed was simply exquisit. We shared the Spicey Bourbon Mussels which were amazing. The off-menu suggestion of grilled octopus was expertly prepared, tender and full of flavor. Bristol Bay Scallops and the Miso Salmon were a delight to my tastebuds and though full of flavor, none were too overpowering for the dish. Chocolate Crunch and Mango Cheesecake wrapped up the meal nicely. The portion sizes left me satisfied, but not "stuffed". The pours were amazing as well - The Barrel Aged Manhattan and a new offering and twist on the Gin and Tonic were smooth, and fantastic. Along with the fantastic service and recommendations by our waiter, I can't say enough good things about this establishment. You have to dine here. You will not go home disappointed. I can not wait to return.
  20. N

    Nina

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We will be back again. This was our first time returning to Franklin Room since the pandemic began. Service, food, drinks and atmosphere are all still what they were before - great. Anthony, our waiter, was so considerate and gave us excellent recommendations. Can’t wait to return!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed the low key and urban vibe of the Franklin Room. I will definitely add it to my rotation of favorite restaurants in the area.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you!
  23. JP

    JPDad

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the hostess, to the food, to the server, the experience at Franklin room was wonderful.
  24. PD

    PeterD

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent cocktails. The steak, sea bass and scallops were all terrific.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and excellent cocktails at the bar.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were excellent
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Get the ravioli!! Steak tartare was amazing too.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s my second time back and I love the oysters here! Great service every time. They also have an impressive whiskey selection. I’ll definitely be back!
  29. DM

    DaveM

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food. Tatar and muscles were great. Bone in ribeye phenomenal.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Very disappointed that we were on a time limit after spending $240.00 for two people. We were told we had an hr and a half table time limit. They timed everything so that when time was up we got our check and pretty much were told we had to leave. This is no way to treat people who are willing to spend money in your restaurant. That’s the last time I will go there. There are plenty of great restaurants in Chicago that don’t enforce time limits like a parking meter!!
  31. KS

    KavityaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing waitstaff. Had a wonderful time and will definitely be returning.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience5
    Food and drinks were bland for the price. 4 bites per plate, will not be back
  33. JT

    JTTB

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an annual large-group gathering we hold after WhiskyFest Chicago. Most members of our party visit the Franklin Room other times throughout the year, but this is typically the highlight. It seems Dan is always our server, and we have nothing but compliments for him! The addition of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society offerings on the menu was a highlight of this visit. Everyone enjoyed old favorites and new menu items from appetizers through dessert. Thanks for maintaining your high standards for quality and service!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Andrew our server was as awesome! We ordered a variety and basically loved everything!!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anthony was an amazing waiter. His recommendations were fabulous.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought my parents and grandparents for my college graduation. Food and drinks were delicious, although the portions were on the small side. Service was spectacular, and the desserts were the highlight. The restaurant was cute, but very loud and my grandparents had trouble hearing. Would come back with a younger crowd.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great ! Best oysters around ..
  38. T

    Tiffany

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks, even better service. Andrew is the best!!!
  39. DS

    DevonS

    Milwaukee

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great to be back. After two years of travel restrictions and masks, it was great to see The Franklin Room is better than ever. Their library of spirits is impressive. Their menu is fantastic. Their staff is attentive, without being bothersome.
  40. j

    jshoen

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and drinks with perfect service! Would return. Ordered scallops, steak, seafood pasta, taro fries and chocolate dessert which was amazing.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Franklin Room offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 445-4686.

The Franklin Room is rated 4.8 stars by 1272 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 44 times today
Google Map for The Franklin Room

675 N. Franklin St. Chicago, IL 60654

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    On Franklin St. between Huron and Erie

  • Area

    River North (Chicago)

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    There is plenty of street parking available during all business hours.

  • Public Transit

    Purple and Brown Line EL stop on Chicago and Franklin. Number 11 CTA Bus stop on Orleans/Erie and Wells/Huron.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Namo Chowcharoen

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (312) 445-4686

  • Private party facilities

    Whether it’s a private event, cocktail party, semi-private dinner or whiskey tasting, The Franklin Room has a variety of customized options for your next event.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (312) 445-4686

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