Francesca's North
Francesca's North

Francesca's North

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3115,3232
  • Phone: (847) 559-0260
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Dinner:
    Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Javier Gomez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We cater to large Carryouts with delivery. Check out our menus online at www.miafrancesca.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Francesca's Intimo has two private dining rooms to accommodate all of your private party needs. Please contact Shiri for more private event information.
  • Private Party Contact: Shiri Nissim 8889379009x156
  • Special Events: 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.

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 became part of The Francesca's Restaurant Group in May of 1995. The restaurant 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.

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 North reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (77)good for groups (38)fit for foodies (30)kid-friendly (23)great for lunch (21)special occasion (21)romantic (10)notable wine list (10)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • A comfortable, pleasant dining experience.
    Jimbo6VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Italian eateries abound in the northern suburbs of Chicago. This particular restaurant is a roomy, well-lit, slightly pricey purveyor of pasta. Quantities were more than ample which seems to be the rule among these restaurants. Tastiness has been abandoned as a result of the medics push for salt abstinence. If you're looking for flavor, look else ware.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK, not dazzling
    Lucy
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We came here for lunch. It was OK. Service was good. Food was lacking in flavor which is unusual for an Italian restaurant. More seasoning would have helped.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bland food, poor service
    acktravels
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Sunday evening dining (7pm) – treated as if we were there after closing. Service was secondary to cleaning and visiting with staff – even sitting at tables with staff versus providing service. Food was bland at best. Have eaten at the Barrington location in the past – good food, good service. This location was terrible. Will not return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food was good, Our waiter Mary Jean was great but it was very loud and we had to scream to talk to each other.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hard to hear
    opentableseniorsVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We have consistently enjoyed Francesca's. Food is good and menu changes frequently so there are always delicious choices. But be careful where you sit if you want to hear your dinner companions. We asked for a quiet table for four and were seated in the larger and newer dining room centered between three tables of five or more diners. Not a very quiet location The bigger room is generally filled with larger tables so noise makes it uncomfortable. Original dining room is the better option, against the wall or near the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blitzen
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food is very good and the service was wonderful. It's very noisy and hard to talk to others in your group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not enough choices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    It's an Italian place how bout good ol fashioned spaghetti and meatballs or fettucine Alfredo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Look elsewhere
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I have been to this restaurant several times, each time thinking the food will be better than the last time, but I am always disappointed and won't be returning. With a very limited menu and poor quality, I don't know why I return other than the location. I won't make that mistake again. On the positive side, we had a great waiter! Not her fault the food was so poor!
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  • Joan
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great food and service. Great food and service. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprised
    Howardr48VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It has been awhile since I last ate at this restaurant. I was pleasantly surprised at the improvement in the food. I had a very delicious short rib over polenta dish that I could eat over and over. My wife had a fish dish that she was very satisfied with.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid Performance for 20 years
    RonOVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Francesca's continues to be a solid go-to favorite of mine. Since I first started eating at the Clark St. location over 20 years ago, I have been to many of the locations in the restaurant group and they never disappoint. Some of my favorite dishes are at Francesca's. From lunch, to dinner to private parties...I look forward to many more meals at a Francesca's/Scott Harris restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MGK1
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I am never disappointed. Always outstanding food service and atmosphere At any if the locations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner with friends
    Bkl33
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Came here for dinner while my son had his homecoming group here! food was great service was great. Fed the kids a little fast, but never saw or heard them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Favorite
    cityplaceVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We go here often as it is close to us in the suburbs. Food is consistently good and very fairly priced. Childrens menu is very good. They are very good about splitting orders. A favorite destination.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiter neeeds training
    AndiVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I come to Francesca's often and have had this waiter before (Michael). He is inattentive and not that friendly. We had to flag him down several times. The food is always good which kind of makes up for the bad service but I wouldn't let him wait on me again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good!
    Redhead
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I don't know why I don't think to eat here more often - maybe because it's a bit off the beaten track from our home in Highland Park. The food is always marvelous, though on this visit I was hoping for fish and didn't care for any of the options. A friend had the maui maui which was definitely too dry, maybe overcooked. So, I opted for penne with white beans, roasted tomatoes, pine nuts, spinach, and sausage and it was divine!!!! The bread and oil are particularly good. While the dinner salad is a good size, I do think that they could put something in it to make it truly interesting - pretty ordinary so I add onions and parmesan. Doesn't take much to spruce up a salad - good dressings. The apple tart for dessert was wonderful as always!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The restaurantcontinues to give its guests great value for the money
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice but loud
    otcaba
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My spouse and I came to dinner for a special occasion on a Tuesday night and the place was quite full. Unfortunately we were seated next to a very loud table. However the food was quite good and the Tiramisu was excellent. An incorrect drink order was replaced without problem. The service was very decent. We would probably come back but this establishment is not in our top 5 restaurants.
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  • Always good
    FrankJudyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Never miss eating there when we visited Chicago. Food and service is consistently excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Francesca's North was Fabulous
    hadfun4
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our server was wonderful and patient. Our food was delicious. The atmosphere was inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best fish
    friendVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I try to eat fish at least once per week but no one makes it better. I also like that you can change out this for that and they do not even blink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MIKEVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Love Francesca's, we had a great waiter and service but this is one of my least favorite in the Francesca chain.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Usually dependable but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We caught them on a bad night. While it was a typical busy Friday night, service was awful and computers went down. Not only was the service slow, my lasagna came out cold in middle. They refired and still was cold. Consider this a blemish on what is usually a dependable dinner spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints- Always fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We try to get to Francesca's twice a year because we always have a great experience. Our last visit was no exception. What do they do so well? High quality ingredients, prepared with just the right amount of flavor and technique. No over-thought or overdone dishes. One can get a hearty meal here (pastas, meats) or put together a lighter option with some of the seafood entrees, appetizers and salads. A lot of Italian restaurants are great at one type of dish (e.g. pasta) and tack on the obligatory chicken and fish dishes which are just ok. Not here---everything is excellent. My husband says "it's his favorite place for seafood"- my son says it's his "favorite restaurant for Pasta"---and i love their salads. The place is very noisy (very little fabric to absorb the noise), tables are close together and the staff, while very good, can get overwhelmed during peak times. But still, great, great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Reliable
    Oldandhip
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our favorite place for great Italian food and fun atmosphere. They always accommodate a special request and everything on the menu is great. The move you along but are happy to slow the pace if requested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food good ambiance
    Tracy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Consistently great experience Good food good ambiance this is a keeper
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Noisy
    Frequentdiner
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We will not return to Francesca's. The noise level is atrocious. Conversation at a table for four was difficult. They need to carpet the floor and make sure there is sound-absorbing material on the walls and ceiling.
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  • Just average this time.......
    AwesomeVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have enjoyed this place in the past. We did have a table of 9 so maybe we threw them off their game this night but the service was just fair. The food was also just very average to almost below average. Very bland and not the usual experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Fantastic as usual. Always fantastic. Great service. So accommodating!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great Food
    AstellasWay
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We love Francesca's North for the exceptional food and outstanding service - Francesca's is never a disappointment.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reliable
    TomK
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Always great food, great service, great wines, great to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Come to eat, not to talk!
    Relaxed
    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!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My friends and I enjoyed our dinner and the service was execllent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    As usual, everything was wonderful-- food, service and quite reasonable for a lovely meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EnjoyableDiner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Always consistently good. A reliable restaurant for a nice meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just moved to Glenview
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staffs gone!
    ArlyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Myron's great, MaryFrances is still there, but where's the rest of the team?
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  • Neighborhood favorite
    cityplaceVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Not as dark as last visit so more enjoyable. Busboys were a bit too zealous in clearing plates. Food very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite neighborhood spot
    cityplaceVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Night Out
    NorthbrookDines
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 87 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 655 reviews are from the Francesca's North reviews archive.