Francesca's Intimo
Francesca's Intimo

Francesca's Intimo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3115,3248
  • Phone: (847) 735-9235
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30pm - 9:00pm
    Friday: 11:30am- 10:00pm
    Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Marco Rea
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Francesca's Intimo offers on and off site catering. Delivery options are available. Please contact our restaurant for more details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private area of the restaurant may be booked for functions.
  • Private Party Contact: Shiri Nissim 8477359235x
  • Special Events: Tuesday Night Wine Club. Guests are able to choose a pre selected pairing three to four course meal.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Western
  • Public Transit: UP-N Metra Lake Forest
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking garage located across the street.
A word from Francesca's Intimo
Francesca’s Intimo opened in early 2001 and is the 11th restaurant in The Francesca's Restaurant Group, bringing downtown Lake Forest a restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio.

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Francesca's Intimo reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (75)fit for foodies (51)special occasion (33)great for outdoor dining (25)great for lunch (24)romantic (19)notable wine list (17)good for groups (15)hot spot (12)kid-friendly (11)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Hot Pasta and Warm Service
    HotRoxJeweler
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Francesca's Intimo continues to be a favorite of ours - 4 couples, including out of town guests from Florida, gathered for dinner there last Tuesday. We were seated immediately and the server was helpful at recommending wines for our individual tastes. It seemed like there were fewer items on the menu this visit but there was something for everyone in our group - vegetarian, meat lover, lactose intolerant etc....My rigatoni with roasted vegetables was outstanding - at my request they substituted a red sauce - pasta was cooked perfectly, the sauce rich and tomatoey, and the vegetables were perfectly roasted, tender and flavorful. Our Florida friends were very impressed by both the food and service. We often come here in a party of 6 or 8 -- even the pickiest eater can find something they love on the menu - but more important, the staff makes the experience so friendly and (yes) intimate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An initimate, warm environment, homemade like meal
    Esther
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    It is a perfect neighborhood restaurant you would want to bring your family to regularly. A warm, comfortable environment where you can wear casual clothes, run into your friends, and even strike a casual conversation with strangers. Pasta cooked to perfection (slightly under cooked like in Italy) and served hot (physically) just like right from the stove. While the menu is somewhat limited, what's served is delicious (and not salty!). Besides, leftover can be two more meals!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BarbfromVernonHillsVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Very consistent--always a good meal--and one of our "go-to" places. Really nice in the summer when the outside sitting is open.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Popular, pleasant, and enjoyable
    Judgemug
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    A most attentive staff with quality products and a great variety. Easy parking and very busy, within walking distance to neighbors and metra when weather is cooperative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not going back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had to wait an hour for our 7:45 reservation. The food was just fine, but not worth the wait. We will not be back to Intimo.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A return visit in order
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This was, by far, the best Francesca's outpost I've dined at. Food was better than expected with a wonderful manager, Guadalupe, who went out of her way to ensure our comfort and satisfaction with our dining experience. Despite it's tight quarters, it was a most pleasant evening. I would request the :upstairs". Noise was a little lower up there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eastsider
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious. Although it was noisy and the tables were close together, it was possible to have a conversation. Our server was excellent, and had no trouble giving us plenty of time between courses even though there were diners waiting for tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Italian
    GoodToGo
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Have been here several times when in the area on business. The food and service are consistently outstanding! I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A hidden gem!
    teddyVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Francesca's is a hidden gem, hardly noticeable from the street, but outstanding food and attentive service inside. The menu offered a wide range of selections instead of just pasta with red sauce. The pasta stuffed with butternut squash in a brown butter sauce was excellent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The service was excellent. They gave us glasses of prosecco and a dessert on the house becuase it was our anniversary. The special salmon pasta was delictable and homemade spinanch noodles made it extra special. The short ribs dish was a perfect fall comfort meal. We will be back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Food - but Rushed
    Philly
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We've been meaning to try this restaurant for some time. We were a party of six. The food was tasty. The restaurant was busy, I find it a little loud as it is a small restaurant. Would I go back - yes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great
    Jeff
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    There are several Francesca's in the Chicagoland area; I have visited 4 now. Each one is unique in its decor and menu selections, but they all have great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dissatisfied at Francesca's
    FoodMan23
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I ordered the meatballs as an addition to my entree and they were served cold. Also had a waiter that I had to flag down every time that I needed him .
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was slow compared prior
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We found service to be very slow for basic items. Water, bread, taking orders. The food was good. It was 8:30p and was full so we expect quicker more attentive service. We would go back but would better service in the future.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • trainman
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Wonderful experience. Our waiter was a lot of fun. The food was fantastic. We will be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • StephanieVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The service here has declined significantly in the past year. There was less than a quarter cup of sauce on nearly a pound of spaghetti. No one at our table or the one next to us had good food or service. Not worth returning
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They Try Hard!
    restaurantmavenVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I like this restaurant and they do try hard to get it all right. The service is very good, the ambiance is fine but the noise level on a Saturday night is deafening. It is not a place for a quiet dinner unless you go during the week. I ordered the special 12 oz Rib eye and was not thrilled. The flavor was fine it was medium rare, but the meat itself was chewy. I expect fat with a rib eye but the meat is usually very delectable. I am not sure what was wrong with it but chewing was a chore. Sometimes when you do everything right the meat is tough and that's because it came that way from the butcher or purveyor. Everything else was fine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attention to details
    LBdiner
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food is always good. The pasta is homemade, their fish preparations are delicious and I love the peapod salad. But what I really appreciate is how they handle food allergies. They have a gluten free menu. In addition, the waiters are very knowledgeable and can help you avoid other allergens like dairy. If I ask for substitutions or a different preparation I always get what I ordered. These are rare qualities and allow our food allergy family to enjoy a special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MaryPat
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great food always, good service and in our neighborhood! Always good choices for all diners. Happy and knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Laureen
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had dinner at Francesca's before going to Ravinia Saturday night. The service was very good but the meals were amazing. We're always happy we went there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food Should Be Hot
    Andy
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Hot food should be served very hot, and it wasn't here. It was warm, which was OK, but could be hotter. This is a consistent problem with all dishes for all diners at our table. Great good - just needs to be hotter.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lovely dinner
    DMGMDVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Enjoyed outdoor dining on a beautiful evening. The peapod salad is always crisp and refreshing. The salmon was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Francesca's Intimo serves fabulous food and has terrific service. We have eaten at this restaurant several times and have never been disappointed. Quality and taste of the food is delicious and consistent and moderately priced. Our server was very attentive. We look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad meal
    1badmeal
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I ordered a glutin free pizza that was under cooked. The waiter brought a second one that was also under cooked. Both main dishes were over cooked. My pasta was like paste and my wife's fish was dry. For $100 this was a huge disappointment. Will call the resturant to complain. Service was great but waiter did not cook the meal
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  • George
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Excellent food and excellent service. Our server, Peggy, one of the best servers anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    GoodToGo
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    In Lake Forest on business and Francesca's was recommended as a good place to meet with colleagues. Was wonderful! Great service and all the dishes were fabulous! Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite local restauarant
    NBIXMVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Always great for delicious italian food. Outdoor patio delightful in summer. Effortlessly accommodates special requests.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine DIning in Lake Forest
    ChicagoTraveler08
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Francesca's is consistently a very good choice for dinner. Pasta, chicken, veal, steak are all excellent choices. The kitchen and staff will also work to adapt to your specific requests. Fairly priced. Very good service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    D1t5VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was mediocre. The wine list was very limited. The portions of real food were small; lots of pasta filler. The prices were exorbitant. Overall apathy disappointing experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always good here !
    BarbfromVernonHillsVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Always have a good meal here. Love it during the summer when you sit outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected more shrimp
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Pasta is usually always a great choice here, unfortunately this time I was disappointed. Order was a very large portion of good tasting pasta with light sauce on it, but it was a shrimp pasta dish and when it came out no shrimp on top. I literally had to search and only found four shrimp which I would say were medium. Very disappointing for the cost paid. Should have gone with the pasta and sausage combo as the cost was cheaper and plenty of sausage was included with the pasta. Blueberry bread pudding and blueberry gelato for dessert was the best part of the meal!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Excellent
    Stan
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Francesca's continues to delight us with wonderful food, fine service and good value. This time we dined outdoors on a lovely afternoon. Perfect. We highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mickeykVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Party of 6 sat at outside oval table. Wonderful summer scene. Nice service. 5 out of 6 meals very good, well seasoned and presented beautifully on plate. My wife's chicken dish very flavorful, but the chicken meat very soggy like it had been pre-cooked and rewarmed several times. We like this place and will be back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mitch
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food and service was good. The outdoor dining experience was too loud making conversation difficult.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • r199VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Pleasant atmosphere, good food with a limited menu, typical of this chain. Whereas other Francesca restaurants usually have good service, the service here was cheerfully slow. Although drinks came promptly, it took over half an hour to order and another 30 plus minutes for the food ( pasta dishes and dinner salads) to arrive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 79 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 538 reviews are from the Francesca's Intimo reviews archive.
  • Fresh and Delicious
    CalamustardVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Summer pizza topped with fresh tomatoes and herbs, hangar steak salad, and pasta dish were split in the kitchen, offering a delicious and beautiful meal for two on a very special occasion. Many seasonal options on their lunch menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time - A Winner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The server was amazing and patient & the food was good. A little saltier than I'd like for the lobster ravioli - but overall it was good. The 1/2 chicken my date had was perfect! The blueberry bread pudding was AMAZING!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good food !
    BarbfromVernonHillsVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants--always good food--and especially nice in the summer when you can sit outside and eat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening
    Karen384
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    After spotting Francesca's during a bike ride , we tried it for a Saturday evening dinner. The setting was beautiful.... The service was knowledgeable and attentive . And the food was incredible. What more could you ask for !! Thank you for a very enjoyable evening!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian in LF
    robb
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went here with a gift certificate for my anniversary. Haven't had traditional Italian in a while and glad we went to Francesca's. Outdoor seating looked nice but busy and full so we just had a table for two inside. Right from the moment we sat down to the time we left our waitress was awesome! We had calamari app which was fantastic. We had a salad with some honey balsamic dressing which was also great. My wife got the salmon pasta dish in vodka sauce which was solid. I had the lobster ravioli in vodka sauce and it was perfect. We finished it off with the blueberry bread pudding and I wish my wife didn't eat most of it b/c it was wonderful. Wish it had a better bar scene but it's a family Italian restaurant so I get it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate