Francesca's North
Francesca's North

Francesca's North

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3115,3232
  • Phone: 8475590260x
  • 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: Contemporary Italian, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Javier Gomez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, 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: 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 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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Francesca's North reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (61)good for groups (36)special occasion (22)fit for foodies (20)great for lunch (19)kid-friendly (19)romantic (6)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (3)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Authentic food and was a great experience. The service was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happydiner
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A New Favorite
    magdallian
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome home
    Bkl33
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, nice place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable
    DebbVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We love this restaurant because the food and service is consistently wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • it was awful
    DisappointedVIP
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very accomodating
    LittleAl7VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for meetings and yummy food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    Robi
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for the Burbs
    LuveatingoutVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Great choice for the burbs. Food was good. Great salads.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliable Quality
    Rick
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    MacMentor
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Service Food Not Impressive
    sjaron
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food. Too Noisy.
    Mary
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always goodxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Roger
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Always good!xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Seafood Entrees
    Steven
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FrustratedVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Pasta & fish dishes were all good but be weary if ordering steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 76 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 637 reviews are from the Francesca's North reviews archive.
  • We go often
    cityplaceVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    One of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. Consistently good food, reasonably priced in attractive surroundings.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy and tight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • My dining
    MarzyVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant continues to amaze!
    CellistVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Old Favorite
    GFLover
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    been eating here for years - it's always been a great dinning experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average at best
    diner
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    $27.00 sirloin special that was primarily gristle.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate