Francesca's Intimo is always
Francesca's Intimo is always a favorite place to meet with friends. They change their menu quite often, but if you have a favorite item that is not on the menu they will gladly make it for you. The wait staff is very friendly.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent. We had to wait
Excellent. We had to wait about 15 minutes past our reservation time but we were compensated nicely with complimentary appetizer
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love this place and come
I love this place and come often on business. Great Food and Great service.
4/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of my most favorite places
One of my most favorite places to dine for lunch or dinner
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and libations.
Great food and libations. Great but busy service. A bit over crowded.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was above average. Spicy
Food was above average. Spicy mussels were excellent. Felt very rushed to order, eat and leave by waiter and bus staff.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall pretty good. A bit noisy
When we first arrived at the restaurant it was a bit wierd. We could not find a place to park because the parking lot adjacent to the spot was for another business and had very threatening looking signs around it that my wife and I decided we did not want to test. So, we had to go down the street and around the corner to park. It was raining and we had to therefore walk through the rain to get to this restaurant. So not a good start to what turned out to be a very pleasant meal. When we walked in the hostess very sweetly said, "good evening!" So that was nice. We ordered wine and the waiteress was excellent at giving us some time - not too much - to order our food. The meal came and was VERY good. Very flavrofull and worth a 4*
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always good with great portion
Always good with great portion size...tastes great the next day with leftovers
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Their food is excellent!
Their food is excellent! They are gluten friendly and really strive to meet the needs of anyone who has this health issue. They truly do understand what it means to prepare food for gluten free patrons.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding meal and service!
This restaurant was very loud and very busy but it was run so well and our waiter was very attentive and nice. Food for all 4 adults was amazing. Still dreaming about my salmon!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Friday Night Dinner Date
Had 7:30 pm Friday reservation for 2 after work. The place was hopping (which we like). Chic decor (the ceiling is beautiful with rolling dark wooden beams and soft fabric, I think?). By 8:30, plenty of room (typical for Lake Forest). Very small bar area, but excellent martinis as we waited briefly for our table. Food was great. Francesca's salad is just right. I had shrimp and pancetta ravioli and my husband had veal medallions. Both excellent. Coconut cake was special. Cappuccino excellent. Our server was attentive and quietly friendly. Will definitely return. Ideal for groups of 4 or less. I saw only a couple of larger tables for 6. Larger than that would be challenging.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had outsanding veal medalions
I had outsanding veal medalions with polenta in a demi-glace/reduction.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
A personal favorite
Francesca's is one of my favorite places to eat. The food and drinks are delicious! However, it is a small space that can get a little cramped and loud.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous Mother's Day dinner
The dinner was scrumptious and the kitchen accommodated my food sensitivities. Glad we had a reservation cuz this place was packed!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a good experience
Good food, good service, good atmosphere. What more could you want?
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Something for everyone
I go to Francesca's because I can count on everyone finding something they will like~good service and amazing coconut cake.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
My second visit - as good as the first. Had the Francesca's salad, penne with asparagus and a delicious lemony sauce and shared tiramisu. Each was outstanding. Others raved about the salmon. Lively and chic ambiance. Wonderful martinis and cosmos.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
No wait for the table - seated
No wait for the table - seated immediately. Service was terrific. Food was memorable. We shall return.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistent....... good quality...re
Consistent....... good quality...reasonable pricing
Nice menu which is flexible.
Service is right on.
We always ask for Michele who has been there for years...first class lady!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for a date
We've been here several times before but it's been about a year since the last time. I'm always amazed at how packed it is every time. The food portions are huge and, though it's a bit noisy, it actually makes for a better date because the small tables allow for a close conversation.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of our favorite restaurants
One of the first that w think of for special occasions.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've eaten here on several occasions and it is a great place for quality food. The menu isn't overbearing which I find wonderful.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, so-so service
The food was excellent. We had no complaints about it. The flavors were great and worked well together. The service was slow and the wait staff was not very attentive. Our waiter came over ready to take our order and one of the guests in our party asked for a napkin. The waiter delivered the napkin then did not return for about 10 minutes. We placed our order, including appetizer, and the waiter took the order back. It was over 15 minutes before our bruchette arrived, and we had to flag down the waiter to confirm he put the order in first. The price for 3 of us was over $100, with only 1 glass of wine. I would hope that the service level would match the price of the food but it did not.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tastes like a great home meal
Warm and cozy. Delicious and served in generous portions! Will definitely return.
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice evening out
We enjoyed our dinner at Francesca's. The creamy chicken vegetable soup was fabulous! My go-to dish is the Pollo Arrostro; must have been a different chef that evening, as it wasn't quite as flavorful as usual. A rain storm brought us inside from the lovely outdoor terrace. It was very noisy, and had some trouble conversing with my husband over dinner. Will definitely go again.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Veryh good food; very noisy;
Veryh good food; very noisy; table service very good by support staff; pricey for the meal.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was wonderful, as always
Server was very knowledgable and took the time to explain some menu items to us. I had the tilapia, which was perfectt. My friend had the pasta with "cold" sauce, which he enjoyed. We enjoy the ever-changing menu and people watching and we get our fill. It's very noisy, but it's not a big place, so sounds bounce around. Coconut cake was out of this world
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a regular dining spot for us. It can be a little noisy, but the food is always good, the ambiance is warm and the staff is great. We'll be back.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not your ordinary italian
Not your ordinary italian menu. The choices are always innovative not to mention delicious. There is not a better meal for these prices, Never disappointed.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very pleasant surroundings,
Very pleasant surroundings, easy parking, and we didn't have to wait long for our order.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dined outdoors and had great food and a wonderful waitress. My only issue is that I feel they could do so much more with that outdoor space. The wire tables are wobbley and seem cheap. I would love to see tablecloths, flowers, more in line with the elegant indoor experience.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
great appetiizers, grilled
great appetiizers, grilled squid, warm spinach, responsive to gluten avoidance. main dishes were average, desserts awesome
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pastas very good, always great
Pastas very good, always great coconut cake. Tables close together so adjacent loud talkers unnerving.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, good waters and
Good food, good waters and waitresses, especially Michelle
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food which is great is
The food which is great is only surpassed by the knowledgeable and competent wait staff. A real gem in Lake Forest.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very pleasant team celebration
Eight of us gathered there after a long day and had a very nice time. The staff is very accomodating, the ambient noise is low enough to allow easy conversation without interference from neighboring tables. The food is very good, more of tasty comfort food than a gastronomic adventure, but that works for us!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was not up to par
Service was not up to par with the food but a great dining experience--as usual.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always Good Food !
We come here alot and are never disappointed. We have our favorites, but they always have specials using in-season vegetables. The roasted grouper I had with arugala and lemon was delicious and it was made even better when I asked them to add some home-grown tomatoes to it.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty and reliable
We brought out of town guests and were not disappointed.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service is as outstanding as the food! We will continue to go back every month and will recommend it to everyone we know! We appreciate the recommendations from the waitress! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about all the options available!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun, small Francesca restaurant
We enjoyed the food, the energetic ambiance on a Saturday evening, the pace of the meal and the service. The restaurant, however, books tables to avoid a long wait on a busy night. We waited 25 minutes after our reservation time, jammed into a very tight space. It must be corporate policy to do this. We will return but not on a Saturday.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is always great. The service is always great. The ambiance is nice and it feels special. We always enjoy our dinners here. Love the bruschetta, salmon with asparagus and avocado, lentils, ravioli and tiramisu, although you can't go wrong with anything on the regularly changing menu. Truly a local gem.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second visit
This was our second visit and the food was again delicious, and our server was very attentive but not hovering. Our entrees seemed to be individually chef prepared with a trained chef inspired recipe not just a just vat produced sauces poured over pasta. The entree menu is a bit limited but it would be easy to pair a salad and appetizer as an alternative.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
You cannot go wrong with pasta. We've been here several times and always have a nice evening. Save room for dessert.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great gluten free options
We went here because my son and I both have problems with gluten and a few other food allergies. We each ordered a gluten-free build-your-own pizza and they were great. The chef even brought out the wrapper from the crust, so we could see all the ingredients in it.
That level of care about ensuring that we had a good experience is still relatively rare in the restaurant business. We had reservations which was really important for a Saturday night and we were seated immediately. Furthermore, the service was fast, efficient, and timely. We were visiting from out of town, so we took a chance going here without a personal reference. We will be back again!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
fun dishes that change often...ask for the fennel salad, it may not be on the menu but they will always make it for you
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't wait to go back
Loved the Sausage Risoto and the Gnocci, also had Sausage Rigatoni which was good. Service was good didn't feel rushed, however; delay in getting wine and forgot about expresso until after dessert was already finished. They were very apologetic and we were compensated. If you are smart you will take leftovers home and have dessert.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a small group of 8
We had a small group of 8 for a business dinner and requested the 5 course Italian Wine dinner. It was spectacular! Every course was so flavorful (especially the butternut squash ravioli with marscapone cream sauce), and paired with a great wine selection. Michelle timed our meal perfectly without making anyone feel rushed. Our table was set aside from the rest of the seating so our team was able to talk. All in all, a very great experience!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very Good Food
We went to intimo to meet another couple and enjoyed our meal very much. I had the chicken breast with artichokes and mushrooms which was delicious. My husband had the half chicken and loved it.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
You can always count on a wonderful meal at Intimo. The salads are always fresh and delicious, and the pasta is great. Servings are ample, so we split the pasta and order another entre, usually fish, to go with it.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM