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Francesca's North
Francesca's North

Francesca's North Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com
  • Email: northcontact@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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "I have been dining at this restaurant for years. It gets better every time we had a made to order pasta that was amazing and even better the next day! I always get the Francesca salad with grilled chicken and it never disappoints. Robin the manager recognized us as regulars and sent us dessert! Talk about great service! Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Francesca's North is not your everyday Italian place with only the expected Southern dishes. While lasagna and manicotti may appear on the rotating menu, the choices are unique: rigatoni with oxtail ragu, linguine with puttanesca, carpaccio, as well as veal, beef, chicken and seafood dishes that are excellent. Very reasonable wines and great service! Go there again and again!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Francesca's is a great neighborhood hangout. The atmosphere/noise level are much more manageable since they added a new room. We have been customers since they opened & would like them to add more variety & try more interesting ingredients especially for the pastas. They say they change the menu daily but they always rotate the same pastas . Portions of "pasta" are very generous but the main ingredients are not. In fact they are very skimpy for what you pay for and on a few occasions we have had to ask them to add some ingredients but they will also charge you disproportionately for it. Other entrees are avgerage/above avg but depends on the day you go. We do hope they take reviews seriously & do not just rest on their laurels."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We have been dining at Francescas for years. I have seen many Managers come and go. I am hoping to see Ethan stay for a long time. He brings a new positive energy to the Francescas dining experience. He is the ONLY manager in 15 years that has ever stopped by my table to ask how everything was. Food was great as usual, drinks were wonderful, ambience great and a wonderful lively atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We're locals and this is our go-to place. Food ranges from good to great. Prices reasonable. Something for every taste, and they will accommodate dietary needs/desires. Attentive service at minimum, sometimes great. Tip: Saturday lunch features $5 pizzas. Not on menu is pizza verdure which is outstanding--they pile on the veggies and it's so good even a carnivore would love it. Noise level varies depending on crowd size, but generally a bit quieter than most restaurants of its type."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Have not been there in a very long time. Nice to see the addition. Good food. We'll return soon."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We always love Francesca's North and this was no exception."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Everyone in the group enjoyed the atmosphere and the food."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Always loved the chicken dinner, however, the recipe was changed to make the dish much spicier, and not to my liking. Hope they will return to the original recipe"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We took our two kids (4 and 1) for dinner. Food was very fresh and tasted fantastic. Service was fine. My only complaint was the noise level was a bit higher than I would have liked. But I guess tha means my kids weren't going to bother anyone."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We go often and it is consistently good. And well priced. Great for carry out also"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Shared their stuffed peppers (had prosciutto, feta, diced tomatoes) that are outstanding. I had the salmon on a bed of spinach and lentils that was fantastic! My husband had the mahi mahi that was also delicious and our son had the shrimp on a bed of pasta with lemon sauce that he loved! We chose a Tuscan red wine that was fabulous and reasonable! Our waitress was very attentive as was the wait staff. My only complaint is that no one mentioned the birthday celebration that was on the Open Table reservation. I thought they might bring our son a simple dessert to celebrate."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "We've eaten at Francesca's North at least a dozen times since a friend recommended it last summer. The food, the drinks, the service: ALL have been first class every time. My wife and I can't rave highly enough about this excellent restaurant!!!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We love the food and the willingness for the server and chef to accommodate our food needs. Best bet is to be seated in the back room so you can hear your table mates conversation."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We have gone to Francesca's North for the last twelve years - with professionals and family in tow. The food is quite consistent (hot, not overly salted, fresh flavors), and the service is excellent. The attentive (yet non-intrusive) service is the reason that we return time after time. Thanks for another opportunity to show off a local highlight to two out of town professionals."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Our waitress seemed a bit flustered or overwhelmed due to the crowded evening, but overall she did her best and stayed fairly calm for a very busy evening. She knew the menu which helped in our decisions. The food was outstanding as usual and we will definitely go back. We had the mussels with white wine sauce which was all consumed by dipping our bread in the sauce. I had the strip steak special and it was perfectly seasoned and cooked. My wife had the Mahi and she had no complaints. We also had the apple tart desert. Between the two of us, everything was consumed and we ended up not bringing home any leftovers which is rare. Total bill per person with drinks and shared dessert around $60. Worth every penny!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We go often and carry out also. Everything is delicious and consistent. Server this time not as good. A neighborhood favorite"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "As usual we enjoyed our dinner and service. It always makes us smile."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was very good. Wine was fabulous. Service was prompt but relaxed and not stiff. Prices were a little high for Italian but you get what you pay for. We will be back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food is consistantly good. Service this time was not as good. Server seemed to disappear. They are good about splitting orders. Everything is always good. Favorites are pasta and fish. We go often and do carryout also."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Tables on top of one another. Not romantic at all."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This restaurant was nice but pricey! Nothing but bread came with the meal. I would recommend the restaurant offer a small salad or cup of soup with the main course. For a party of two our bill with tip was $80, 2 pasta dishes, 2 drinks, and 1 dessert shared. The restaurant itself was nice, not as noisy as the ones visited in the city but the value, it confirmed that we would not go back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have gone to Francesca's for years, and it is always a favorite. On Friday we went for the Valentie's special. The place is always warm and inviting and the manager, Mr. Berlin is always there with a welcoming remark. Kelly, one of the hostesses is also great and is part of what makes this place seem like home. I just want to focus on the special we had. It was sea bass topped with crabmeat. While the fish dishes at Francesca's never disappoint, I have to say that this one was the best we've ever had. I really wish they'd put it on their regular menu. My wife had the same and we were both impressed. Overall, it made for a great valentine's day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "You can always count on Francesca's (North) for a good meal. The food is comforting and presented well. The staff takes care of you without being in your way. A great place for lunch."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have been going here for almost 20 years and we very disappointed in the service, food and pricing. We have no problem paying their prices but portions were about half the size they normally are. Managers did not seem to care - it is what it is. Would not recommend - and will not go back - very disappointed - used to be a go to place - we go about once a month and have taken our son there for every birthday for the past 17 years."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I love all of the locations - but NBK and ARL HTS are my faves. One of my fist choices when thinking Italian. I have never had a bad meal here EVER!!! Love the pasta and the specials are usually out of this world. PS Not real romatic - as the tables are very close and the noise level is WAY UP THERE....but that I how I like my Italian restaurants - manga!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great food with great service. Always and enjoyable meal."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Pasta was fresh and delicious, menu selection was small compared to some restaurants."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We've been to other Francesca's locations. This one was our poorest experience. The service was poor. We waited almost an hour for our food with no visits by the server. The noise level was deafening and the food for just ok. Pasta was so al dente that it was crunchy. Hardly any sauce adorning the noodles. Very long pieces of spaghetti were served without a large spoon to twirl them on. We won't go back here but will visit other Francesca's establishments."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Every year my group of 8 celebrates our "Knitaversary" at this wonderful restaurant. And every year we have an amazing time. The service is great and available. The food is outstanding. It's our best pick!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Pretty limited menu but has the standard Italian options."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "As always Francesca's North was a perfect resturant for our monthy dinner out with the Girls! The food, service and attention was excellent! Our waiter was helpful, kind and knowledgeable. The meals were delicious and hot! The weather outside was awful but everything inside for our dining pleasure was perfect! Thank you!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Have been here often & never disappointed!!! I love that you can special order just about anything & they are more then happy to accommodate !!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We had dinner with my 3 and 5 year old. There was a table across from us with 10 kids around 10 years old who should know how to behave in a restaurant. The parents at the other end of the table while the kids went wild. Screaming, throwing things and blowing noise makers at 5pm. I couldn't hear a thing my kids were saying because it was so bad. We spent over $100.00 on dinner and couldn't enjoy it. The manager went by making rounds and we told him when the table across left that the noise level and behavior was terrible. He laugh. No sorry- I prefer the lake forest location"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This is our 5th year going to Francesca 's north for a New Year. My boys enjoy food and my husband and myself enjoy ambient, food and great vine list. '"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We are always delighted with our meal, the service and the comfort of the ambiance. The pasta dishes are delicious as are the main entrees. Dessert is decadent."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We have eaten at Francesca's several times and although I li,e the ambience. My entree is always overlooked. My chicken came in a sauce that was not described on the menu and was so dry it tasted like mush."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Consistently good and fair prices. Portions are large and they split portions easily. We go often and also great for ordering out."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Ihappened to go there 2 days in a row with different groups. The first day they forgot to bring the bruschetta before the entre, but made it up by bringing us a free desert and apologies. Bruschetta was just ok, the salmon was very good, though a bit greasy. The 2nd day, we had to wait about 50 minutes between appetizers and entrees, and no apology. My wild guess is that they messed up one of the salmon orders, because that one came raw inside. The positive is that the carpaccio and calamari were great, as well as the pepper soup and the entrees (eggplant parmigiana, chicken - made on request without tomato sauce, also appreciated were the regular chicken and the other dishes ordered). The manager never stopped by our table to check on us.."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Very high noise level on weekends and service and food seems rushed. Just the opposite during the week. Menu is heavy on pasta, 2 chicken dishes being the only meat items,"
    Dined on 12/13/2013