Francesca's Intimo

4.5
1341 reviews
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$30 and under
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Francesca’s Intimo opened in early 2001 and is the 11th restaurant in the Francesca's Restaurant Group, bringing downtown Lake Forest a restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio.

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 5 concepts across 25 locations in 3 states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 18 Francesca’s Restaurants, 4 Davanti Enoteca's, Disotto, Fat Rosie’s and Hillgrove Tap.
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PS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

The chopped salad dressing was a little to vinagary. The music was too loud. With only four patrons it was unneeded. There were so many flies that our whole dining experience was ruined. We were eating indoors. There is no reason the staff should be surprised when you complain about so many flies that you have to constantly bat them away!

RH
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our "go-to" place in Lake Forest - can't go wrong with anything on the menu. The whitefish tonight was delicious!

W
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The sauce and preparation of some menu items has changed. They used to have a delicious marinara but now they are using a cherry tomato sauce on everything. The sauce & food is simply not as good. They do offer a complete gluten free menu which is a plus.

DF
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Really gone downhill. Bad service, small portions, expensive and very noisy. Would not recommend this place any longer.

s
Chicago
121 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food here is really terrific. Service is friendly, but our waiter was doing double duty as the bartender, so at times others ended up covering for him. We had: mussels marinara (fantastic), Caesar salad (very good, anchovies optional), sauteed sausage and greens (terrific), chicken breasts grilled with olive oil and herbs (perfect) and the Cappellacci Tre Funghetti, mushroom and ricotta filled pasta sautéed in a brandy cream sauce with porcini and wild mushrooms (out of this world!!). Wonderful dinner!

g
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The outdoor patio is an enjoyable setting for very good food and service. We go there often.

BW
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

VERY LOUD PEOPLE NEXT TO US IN FRONT! Need to sit in different part of restaurant next time.

O
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The out door experience at Francesca’s in Lake Forest is truly awesome,food was good service was one of the best waitresses we have ever had anywhere. Stefanie was cheerful,knowledgeable and delightful .We will return and ask to be seated in her section again.

5
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in for dinner before a show at Ravinia. Sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the beautiful weather and delicious food. Service was attentive and we wiil definitely be returning!

JD
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Usually this restaurant is quite good, but perhaps they have new chefs (my fish was boney and almost raw, way too much sauce on the pasta dishes)
A big disappointment .

H
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always good good and great service. A nice relaxed but special atmosphere.

p
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I like knowing when they have "specials" that we can have a nice meal for a good price. The food & service is always consistent and delicious.

LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A definite YES. Peggy was our server snd it was like she read our minds! Awesome food and experience. Can’t wait to go back. Definitely going to check put happy hour. All 4 of us ordered the lasagna. 2 w/meat. 2/veg. OMG!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and beautiful outdoor evening.

I
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful night to eat outside.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and outdoor ambiance!

TF
London
23 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is terrific. Very fresh. They will customize your pasta which I love. Very good staff. Sitting inside is very loud.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service good food and plenty to drink

DG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was not as good as it used to be. Chicken very dry and missing the prosciutto. Very disappointed unfortunately

H
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food outstanding as always. They do the little things right. Salads are crisp, salmon perfectly cooked, love it here.

m
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We sat outside which was great on a lovely night. Service was very slow and we didnt receive our cocktails for probably 20 min. Food was ok. Pasta sauce too sweet. Francesca salad had way too many carrots and a tiny dry piece of salmon. Not like i remember it.
Maybe they were having a bad night....i will return for another try though.

d
Chicago
171 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lindsay our server was terrific just sold nice professional and warm we really enjoyed meeting her food is as usual stellar we love this location the best of all the Francesca’s

KB
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go- to Saturday night place. Always lively with excellent food.

DW
Italy
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Party of 3. Dinner with my two kids, ages B15 & G12. It was an awesome time and the food and service was terrific. It was so nice and enjoyable.

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a delicious dinner. The staff could not be more accommodating or friendlier.

C
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food is good. Service was slow. Waiter kept forgetting requested items: Butter, glass of wine. And, the poor young boys were sent out with dishes not knowing whom to deliver them too. Overall, very sloppy service.
Tables are 18” apart from one another. Felt extremely tight. Noise level very high. Disappointing visit. Not sure it’s worth another try.

DK
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I don't typically like to post negative reviews, but we've been going to Intimo for years and feel like its quality has consistently fallen over the past 6-12 months. The food has become mediocre, the service is okay, and the bar isn't what it used to be. Too much staff attrition? Time to turn it around Intimo. We go to Francesca's North now instead.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A nice lunch

S
Chicago
136 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite “go to”. Always great food and phenomenal service.

HH
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely wonderful dining experience...everyone loved what they ordered (out-of-town friends said it was the best italian food they ever easten!) I loved the gnocchi with pesto! Our desserts were so delicious..creme brulee, tiramisu, gelato! Everything was perfecto!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside it was very nice and the server was very good

r
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

We had three different entrees. The halibut was good, the pasta was just plain average pasta and the chicken was horrible. Never saw our waitress after the enteees served. When the entree arrived We ordered more wine which finally was served when our table was being cleared
This was a special dinner to celebrate my son’s college graduation. It wasn’t much of a celebration. I told him we will celebrate again next weekend
There are plenty of good restaurants around there isn’t any need to try this place

B
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

While we usually have a great mean at Francescas Intimo, this time was different
became the white wine we were offered (in a bottle) was ice cold. When we ordered
individual glasses, we fared better. Then my husband ordered a pizza which was
delivered to him ice cold. He did not choose another entree and that was that.
My friends and I had good meals, however, pasta and a fish dish along with
house salad that were up to previous standards.

We'll try again down the road, but hope that the white wine is just chilled instead
of icee

MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always delicious!

RP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful delicious dinner at Francesca's Intimo. I would highly recommend
this restaurant!

CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants! Food and service is always good!

W
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great gluten free options & there are very accommodating with requests.

S
Chicago
136 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars here and cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. The food is great and the service is even better. We always feel like we are treated like family. Obviously well managed! I'd recommend this place for anyone that wants a fun enjoyable night out.

GG
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and experience, as always. Servers are incredibly attentive and responsive without being annoying. Still trying to figure out what they did to the spinach which accompanied the monkfish entree - really delicious!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good as always!

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