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Francesca's North
Francesca's North

Francesca's North Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com
  • Phone: (847) 559-0260
  • Hours of Operation: Now open for Lunch 7 days a week
    Sunday-Wednesday - 11:30am - 9:00pm;

    Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm,

    Friday & Saturday: 11:30 am - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary Italian
  • Executive Chef: Scott Harris - Chef de Cuisine:Jose Luis Losoya
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We cater to large Carryouts with delivery. Check out our menus online at www.miafrancesca.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Party room now open!!!
    Book your parties with us at both lunch and dinner. Our Private rooms can seat up to 120 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Shiri Nissim (888) 937-9009 x156
  • Entertainment: With Graduation and Father's Day coming up this June, what better way to celebrate the grads and dads than to come to Francesca's North with family and friends?! Let us do the work for you on these special days. Make sure to call 847-559-0260 to reserve a spot! We hope to see you there!
  • Special Events & Promotions: Join us every Monday for "MEATBALL MONDAYS"
    Spaghetti and Meatballs $13.99
    Monday is also "No Corkage Fee" night, so go ahead and bring in a bottle of wine.

    Join us very Tuesday for our $24.99 Super Club. The chef has prepared a special prix fixed 3 course menu just for you.

    Wednesday is half price bottles of Wines!

    $5.00 Cosmos and selected Martinis Night every Thursday!!!!!

    Book your next special event at Francesca’s North. We offer family style dining, plated events, as well as opportunities to have your guests order off the menu that day! Plan your next lunch or dinner with us; business or social. We offer semi-private and private events, with multiple rooms and seating up to 120 guests. Also ask us about our catering options.
    Event Coordinator:
    Shiri Nissim
    888-937-9009 extension 156

    Please feel free to visit our website and view our menus.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shermer
  • Public Transit: Just two blocks from Metra's Northbrook station
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Francesca's North
"Francesca's North opened in May (1995) and instantly became the hottest spot on the North Shore - for good reason. Scott Harris has mastered the art of serving generous portions of good food at low prices in stylishly simple surroundings with friendly service - a winning formula that eludes so many." (Chicago Magazine Great Dining '95)

Francesca's North features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Located in Northbrook, it encourages the lively art of dining with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, simple cooking, friendly service and fair prices. Now accepting reservations, Francesca's North put an end to the tradition of waiting for hours for a table at the bar. Large parties are encouraged to call and set up a family style tasting by the chef called Tavoli di Amici (Table of Friends).
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Diner Reviews
  • "Fantastic as usual. Always fantastic. Great service. So accommodating!!!"
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "We love Francesca's North for the exceptional food and outstanding service - Francesca's is never a disappointment."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Always great food, great service, great wines, great to come back."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "This restaurant serves good, reliable Italian food. We had the salmon (good) and a cheese-filled pasta dish (very good), plus soup and salad. All good but nothing exceptional. Decent wine by the glass list. Best part of the meal was dessert! A caveat, though: we went on a Thursday night, and I have to say this is among the noisiest restaurants I've visited. Close tables and the noise level made it difficult to hear each other!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "My friends and I enjoyed our dinner and the service was execllent."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "As usual, everything was wonderful-- food, service and quite reasonable for a lovely meal."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Always consistently good. A reliable restaurant for a nice meal."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Even though we just moved to Glenview we did go to this place several years back & enjoyed it but when living in Park Ridge we just didn't get up this way much. Now, we are making it one of our favorite spots. Food was great & service was wonderful."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Myron's great, MaryFrances is still there, but where's the rest of the team?"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Not as dark as last visit so more enjoyable. Busboys were a bit too zealous in clearing plates. Food very good."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • " Food is always good but it was very dark this night since they closed the blinds. This darkness on a beautiful summer night made it unpleasant"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Having dined at several within the chain, and been disappointed here before, it was really nice to see that Francesca's North has been making improvements across all areas of the restaurant. The food was very good, service was spot on, and the atmosphere for an early dinner on a Sat. had a nice buzz to it as later diners arrived."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Authentic food and was a great experience. The service was wonderful!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We've had good experience here before but this time around, the food quality seems to have gone down. Bread did not seem fresh baked, it tasted like grocery store bought. And the pasta was very very bland, didn't even taste like they salted the pasta water. Very disappointed."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "What a great place. On our first visit two months ago we sat in the bar with a great view of all the hustle and bustle. It was a Saturday night & very busy. We were warned that the service could be brusque. Not being ones who want chatty wait staff, this was not a problem. They were friendly but efficient, meaning we could carry on our conversation without having to visit with the waiter. Sipping our wine while waiting for our dinners we noticed that for as busy as the place was, it was beautifully organized. Sort of like watching a ballet. Food was excellent. Perfectly seasoned & portioned, we ate every morsel. Our second trip was this past weekend. This time with a reservation & once again, we thoroughly enjoyed every bite."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My son came home from 4 weeks of camp and wanted to come here for family dinner! He was heading back to camp the following day! Tiramisu is a must have!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "A friend and I had interesting salads with asparagus and prosciutto in a balsamic dressing and shared a good pizza of the day, a switch on the classic Margherita with fresh tomato and pesto. Filling but not overstuffed."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We love this restaurant because the food and service is consistently wonderful."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "So loud couldn't hear the person next to me. There was a large party in the private room and the waiter warned us that he had to get our order in before they started the service for the party or we would wait for our food for a very long time. We were rushed. Food was mediochre. I will not go back. It's a shame because the Francesca's on Taylor street in the city is one of our favorites."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We dined on a week night. We requested a quiet spot and they put our party of four in the back room and since that room was filled up, the noise level was low. The food was excellent. Our waitress was excellent. She did not interupt our conversation when taking the drink and food orders and waited patiently until we reached a break in our conversation and didn't keep interupting to ask how the food was after it was served like they do in too many restaurants."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We had a great dinner meeting at Francesca's, but it's also great for family dining or even a date. The food is good, it's a nice atmosphere, and it's reasonably priced."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The food is always great at Francesca's and I especially loved the house salad this visit. So fresh and filled with veggies. You can always count on a good meal here."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great choice for the burbs. Food was good. Great salads."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The menu focuses on 6-8 pastas and 6-8 entrees, but what they do is well executed. Food is fresh and flavorful Service is helpful and busy. They work hard to keep things moving and customers aren't waiting."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "One of my wife's favorite restaurants, and one of mine as well. Both dishes were fantastic, waiter made a wonderful suggestion and was great as well."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "After being greeted and taken to our table, the first thing that happened is that I touched something sticky on the back of my chair. The ambiance was warm and cozy. My dressing on my salad was very sour but I didn't think of sending it back until halfway through. Also there were some bruised blackish leaves in the salad (a pet peeve). There was a nice variety of wine by the glass and the coconut cake was delicious. Probably won't go back."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I generally go to Francesca's North at lunch and the noise level has not been a problem. On a Friday evening, however, it was not what I would call conversation-friendly. The tables were so crammed that I was almost as close to the guy at the next table as I was to my dinner companions. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Always good!xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We ate an early dinner (seated @ 4P). We chose two seafood entrees: a halibut and a skate wing. Both were simply prepared each with their own sauce and side. Both were delicious! There was a nice selection of wines - and the real topper for the meal was an aperitif: crema di limoncello. It is made for this restaurant locally. It is a creamy presentation of the Italian limoncello, sort of an Italian "Bailey's". What a great end to the meal!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Pasta & fish dishes were all good but be weary if ordering steak. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "One of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. Consistently good food, reasonably priced in attractive surroundings."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The noise level is high. The tables are so close together that it was hard to squeeze by the tables to leave when we were done. Our waiter was great and the food good, just unfortunately too loud to hold a cobpnversation easily. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Much too noisy. Couldn't talk. Order got screwed up but got straightened out. Not enough sauce on 1 pasta dish. Skimpy on salmon in fettuccine dish. Lots of scallops in special fettuccine dish."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We have dined here at least 20 times in the last couple of years and the food is ALWAYS excellent and NEVER boring! Francesca's North is FIRST CLASS in every possible way."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "been eating here for years - it's always been a great dinning experience"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "$27.00 sirloin special that was primarily gristle. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Between the planned kids activities we didn't have much time and told Sean our waiter we'd appreciate ordering even before the full party had arrived (taking their choice via text). The waiter totally understood this and got our order into the kitchen promptly, so when the last two people sat down the food arrived that moment. Perfect! Delicious food and out of this world service. We'll be back for a more leisurely dinner soon."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is a wonderful and reliable restaurant that we go to often. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Having been to the Francesca's in the city, I was anticipating a great meal. In terms of the food, I was not disappointed. My ceasar salad was wonderful and asparagus paella first rate. Others at the table had the caprese salad, seafood pasta, and one had the sausage pasta, and all were pleased with their meals. However, in spite of my requesting a quiet table, the place was so noisy that we could hardly hear ourselves speak. My elderly companion couldn't even make herself heard at times. We were indeed shown into an interior room, where it seemed quieter; however, we soon realized that the table next to us was filling with a party of kids. We unfortunately had no option to move. No carpet, no wallpaper=too noisy!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Each time our small company meets in this area we make sure to head to Francesca's North! Always excellent food and service. The food service is timed just right--not too hurried, allows for a nice leisurely meal. The wait staff is attentive but not intrusive. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/6/2014