Francesca's Intimo
Francesca's Intimo

Francesca's Intimo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3115,3248
  • Phone: 8477359235x
  • 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
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private areas of the restaurant may be booked for functions
  • Private Party Contact: Shiri Nissim 8477359235x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Western
  • Public Transit: UP-N Metra Lake Forest
  • Parking: Street Parking
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
124 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (77)great for outdoor dining (42)fit for foodies (37)special occasion (34)great for lunch (27)romantic (23)good for groups (14)kid-friendly (14)notable wine list (11)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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.
  • 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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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Overall very good, the food was excellent, the bread was hard and dry, but the wine and service and ambiance was enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DarthVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I have eaten at this Francesca's many times. This is the first time that the experience was not satisfactory. The service from the waitstaff was excellent. Our main courses (tilapia and salmon) were also very good. However, the appetizers (risotto and mussels) were quite bland. In addition, I had called several hours before our reservation to tell the staff that we were celebrating the anniversary of the couple we were eating with who are regular customers of Intimo. I asked if they could do something (a dessert with a candle, etc.) and they assured me they would. I kept waiting after dinner expecting them to bring a dessert as they have in the past for such events, but all we got was the check. All we could do then was pay and leave.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beware the Bugs
    pcsk8VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The outdoor patio is nicely lined with table level planters. However they attract lots of bugs intent on sharing your food. The menu is very limited as is the amount of salmon served with the over abundant pasta.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I normally love Francesca's, but this was my most disappointing experience yet. Slow service and nothing we ordered was very impressive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Julie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food great. Waiter a bit aloof. Airconditioning was broken so we had to eat outside. Fortunately it was warm and didn't rain outside. We had a recerv so would have like to know about a/c
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Nice evening with excellent food and service. Outdoor dining are was very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lively and fun, but...
    KatieBVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I just wish their portions weren't so huge. I really don't need a bowl of pasta that's enough for 3 people. Also, I thought the pasta was going to be shell-shaped and it was rigatoni, instead. Place is lively and fun, service good, and menu has a nice range. For some reason, this place and others has flat tonic water and club soda. Wish it was fizzier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local treat
    AwesomeVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Solid food, great service and a nice location in the very uppity downtown area of Lake Forest. I would have given an overall 5 but the parking issue held me back. Guys, you need get that figured out, it is very difficult to find parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • jendVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Quite some time had passed since we last dined at Francesca's, and we would not hurry back after our experience Friday evening. We sat for the better part of 15 minutes before anyone approached our table. Finally, when we asked for our waiter, one of the hostesses came and took our drink order. We can always be forgiving if the waiter comes and explains the situation, but to completely ignore the table is just not acceptable. There are too many alternatives, restaurant-wise, to put up with bad service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic Italian Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was excellent, the wait service was friendly, funny, complimentary, very helpful with menu choices, and the food came quickly. The presentation was awesome and was very tasty. We were there at 3:30 pm so it was pretty early with only a few other customers in the restaurant. That can change things obviously but I am pretty sure quality wouldn't be compromised, just the speed. We will go back when we return to the area for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient, friendly and tasty
    CarlosMontoya1
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Very nice service and nicely presented. Good quality.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always Great
    FromUpNorth
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The pasta dishes are always tasty and well-prepared. Portions are large, so ask for less pasta or be prepared to take some home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Reservation was honored and we were immediately seated. The waitress was friendly and knowledgeable and allowed time for a drink and conversation before introducing the evening's specials. The appetizer arrived and again time was allowed for relaxing enjoyment and conversation. The entrees were delicious and we split a dessert that topped the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious, Italian Wines by Glass
    DelightedDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    This popular Italian restaurant in Lake Forest is indeed a "neighborhood gem" that is always reliable and generally packed but very hospitable. Our server on this last visit, Diane, was a model waitperson, and she, as well as the menu, specials and wine list, insured a happy experience for all at our table. That not only are domestic wines available by the glass for chauvinists and xenophobes - or for those whose knowledge may be limited to the varietals, Chardonnay, Cabernet and Merlot - but a good number of Italian ones also for those who recognize that they did choose to dine on "Italian" fare. For example, with respect to white wine, not only is palatable Pinot Grigio and Prosecco offered by the serving but Gavi and Vermentino as well!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Hadn't been in a while
    redfisher
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food is good, consistent, wait staff was nice, hadn't been in a while. Will go more often.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Francesca ( Lake Forest)
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We had several meals there.wonderful food. friendly reception and staff.Pleasent ambience. We enjoyed our lunch.will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet