About Francesca's al Lago
Francesca's al Lago is the 21st addition to The Francesca's Restaurant Group. The Capital Square location offers guests “simple rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices,” which has been the winning recipe at all Francesca’s locations since 1992. Our menu features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. An expansive wine list, local beers and handcrafted martinis are the perfect accompaniment to an outstanding dining experience.
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: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Francesca"s al Lago has a wide range of catering services available to suite your needs. From full-service to pick-up, Francesca's catering is an easy & reliable way to entertain guests in your home or workplace.
We have validated parking at the Block 89 parking ramp located on Doty St. between Martin Luther King BLVD & Pinckney St.
Metered street parking available as well.
From Milwaukee & EAST
I-94 West WI-30 West Left onto US-151 S/E (Washington Ave)
Right onto Wilson Right onto MLK Jr Blvd
From Chicago & SOUTH
I-90 West/1-94 West US 12-18 toward Madison John Nolen Dr Exit
Left onto Broom Right onto Wilson Left onto Hamilton
Right onto Doty Left onto MLK Jr Blvd
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Francesca's al Lago can accommodate all your special event needs.
Francesca's al Lago Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I had dined here before and ...
My wife and I had dined here before and decided to go back......we weren't disappointed. The food was very good, the service was good, and we had an enjoyable experience. I would recommend this restaurant to all my family and friends.
We have come to this restaurant a number ...
We have come to this restaurant a number of times and have never been disappointed. The staff are freindly and service impecable. The menue has many choices to entice and the sea bass was a special delight as was the lightly breaded and fried calimari. The wine list has varried price offerings with many by the glass choices. We finished off our dinner with deserts which were just the right size and delicious.
Unfortunately the great memories I have ...
Unfortunately the great memories I have for dining here were spoiled by this outing. Although the food was great, it was disappointing that the menu seems to have been scaled back since I was there last. The biggest problem was a table of about 20 people that made the place extremely noisy and I couldn't talk to the person across the table from me. Added to that was that our poor waitress looked like she was supposed to handle that 20 people table by herself. Needless to say she was too busy when we needed something. I guess my advice would be to check and see that they have enough help and don't go there on the weekend, maybe you will avoid a crowd like that.
We had a great experience at Francesca's ...
We had a great experience at Francesca's. The food was exceptional. Great quality and flavors and large portions. My wife ordered the spinach ravioli, and my daughter the roast chicken, and asked the waitress to split them for each. Four plates came out, each one enough for one person! The chicken parm was outstanding. Our guests were also from New York, and were shocked that their food was as good as any in NYC. I would highly recommend Francesca's to anyone.
The ambience was very relaxing and we en ...
The ambience was very relaxing and we enjoyed our food.
However, the kitchen lost our food ticket and we waited 45 minutes before our waiter informed us of the mistake. Once we finally received the food, my husband got the wrong meal and was not asked if he wanted it taken back and his original order made. It was disappointing because we both went for pasta and then ended up giving him some chicken with lettuce on top.
They did comp us a dessert.
We enjoy Francesca's al Lago. Overall, ...
We enjoy Francesca's al Lago. Overall, the food is good. Their marinara sauces are a bit salty but still tasty My husband loves their salmon. We especially like the location just off the square between the Capital and Monona Terrace. We can take a stroll after dinner and walk off a good dinner!
Reservations were at 6:15, we arrive at ...
Reservations were at 6:15, we arrive at 6:16, the table was ready and we were seated immediately. The wait was long for the waitress to arrive, after that the service was good.
The place was nice, food was very good. Time wait for dinner was good, the wine list for are occasion was good.
Hostess/manager was wonderful. Seated us ...
Hostess/manager was wonderful. Seated us at the quietest table. All of the service staff was great. Food was fresh, flavorful, and just the right spice. Great calamari app. Depending on seating, space can be a little loud. Love th bar area, very comfortable.
The staff is very attentive, and there i ...
The staff is very attentive, and there is a gluten-free menu that encompasses all facets of the meal, including appetizers and desserts! :-) Most important, of course, is that the food is terrific and plated nicely.
We had a reservation for 6 people and we ...
We had a reservation for 6 people and we were accommodated very well when a 7th person joined our group. Great service, food and drinks were superb.
My only small complaint is you have flyers on the table advertising 1/2 price drinks and appetizers before 6:30. We arrived at 5:45. We were told it did not apply to us because we were at a table not in the bar. The flyers should not be on the dining room tables.
The meals for the four of us were very g ...
The meals for the four of us were very good, the wait staff ok. One of the waiters poured water into an unfinished gin and tonic. There was a large loud party in a private room, but the door was open most of the time - wish we had been seated elsewhere .
We went for Father's Day to take advanta ...
We went for Father's Day to take advantage of the free entree for dads. The service was excellent, and we enjoyed our time together. The food was good, but not great. There are better restaurants in Madison, particularly for the price.
nice place for lunch. We are familiar wi ...
nice place for lunch. We are familiar with Francesca's as they have few restaurants around our town in IL. Always good experience. Familiar Italian dishes, I like the fact that the menu is not too confusing. Enough good choices.
We had never been here but chose the res ...
We had never been here but chose the restaurant for location, type of food and based on online reviews. The food was excellent, they were able to cater to my gluten free needs. We came for our rehearsal/night before wedding dinner!
Best Happy Hour deal in town
We have been to this restaurant many times. It provides the best deals for happy hour! Longer hours (until 6:30pm) and available on fridays. You get half price appetizers (and these are not fried from frozen type food). Half price glasses or wine and beer. You can't beat this deal. The appetizer menu has several selections and always risotto of the day (big portion enough to be a meal). My favorite was the spicy mussels.
Great Pre-Show Dining
My family had tickets for the Lion King and was looking for a kid friendly place to get a good meal before the show. Francesca's fit the bill perfectly! The kids pizza was not your average kids pizza, and since they didn't have pepperoni, they added prosciutto instead. Delish! And the halibut was out of this world! Our servers got us out with ample time to walk to the show.
We went here for my son's graduation and the food was great quality - and beverages, too! The 4 of us each ordered something different and all of it was excellent. (Yes, I tried everyone's dish!) I have rarely found good gnocchi in the US and Francesca's was excellent. Service was good, too. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
Disappointed in brunch...
I know that I should have known, but on Mother's Day, my son and I went to Francesca's and they weren't serving any pasta or Italian. They were serving omelets and fratata's. Yes, it was still delicious, but we were just disappointing there was not a choice for their usual great Italian food.
I was with a group of young adults with disabilities for dinner on a busy Saturday night. Our waitress, Renee, was incredibly patient with us and extremely knowledgeable. She made great recommendations of food and drinks. She went out of her way to check on items not listed on the menu for one member of our party, and had the kitchen make her a dish that wasn't listed. I will definitely recommend Francesca's to others, and plan to return in the future.
Warm atmosphere, excellent service
This was our first experience here. We came for their "Teacher Appreciation" special as we are both educators. Our server Davide, made the experience even better. From his warm smile to his recommendations to his attentiveness, we were very pleased. The calamari and the tiramisu were the best we have tried in town. Our salmon and scallop dishes were perfectly cooked and flavorful. The wine selection was also good. We will definitely return!
Good for gluten-free.
They handled gluten-free very well for those of us with Celiac disease. I do wish some of their other menu items were on the gluten-free menu. I don't really care if they have to use the GF penne for all the entrees as long as it's GF. I guess I will ask the waitress next time if they could make something on the regular menu GF. My husband said his rosemary chicken dish (not GF) was the best he had ever had.
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