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Francesca's Intimo

4.5
1072 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday: 11:30am- 10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(847) 735-9235
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Marco Rea
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Catering
Francesca's Intimo offers on and off site catering. Delivery options are available. Please contact our restaurant for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Western
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Parking details
Parking garage located across the street.
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Public transit
UP-N Metra Lake Forest
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Special events & promotions
Tuesday Night Wine Club. Guests are able to choose a pre selected pairing three to four course meal.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Semi-private area of the restaurant may be booked for functions.

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What 1072 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (Puerto Vallarta)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Love Francescas. The food is always good as well as the service!

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taxman (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Our dinner at Francesca's Intimo was one of the best I have ever had. Our waitress was excellent, her wine choices and explanation of a couple of items on the menu were spot on. Our meal was cooked perfectly, I had the salmon and my wife had pasta with vegetables. I can't wait to go back.

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vipBill (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent food and service!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Great service
Thanks for the birthday ice cream!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Appetizer was very good. Husband got special- steak and I wished I had done same. He really liked his. Was in mood for pasta so I ordered the mushroom, asparagus and shrimp pasta dish and was very disappointed. No flavor whatsoever. Service was uber slow and inattentive. Won’t go back .

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SCO85 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We were Celebrating my husband Birthday as well as San Valentine. Food was very good, real Italian flavors (same as my parents home), music was good. Service was a little slow, I think it was because the restaurant was really crowded. Francesca's Intimo in Lake Forest is my place to go for Special Occasions.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Vakebtines❤️❤️😏

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Johnv (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Good food very flavorful. Good size portions. Small so sitting is a bit cramped.

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vipsmdds (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Went here for Valentine's Day, early dinner. We knew there was a Happy Hour menu, but it was not presented until we asked. Fortunately, there were a number of things on that menu that we were happy to order, from wines to pizza to mussels. Pizza was ok, mussels decent but could have been warmer. Nice salad, wine and service.

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Miligd (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

My husband and I made reservations in advance for 7pm on a weekday and when we arrived the restaurant was almost fully booked and there was one table waiting for us. The table in our opinion was the worst table in there since it was the first table on the ground level and whenever the door open a cold breeze would hit straight at us. We reserved a table for this reason to avoid poor seating and we felt that was not successful and set the mood. We have been here before and liked the food so we came back hoping we could have an intimate dinner however it was pretty loud at that time and not much space between tables. The food was great as usual!
Also the restaurant does not have enough options for non alcoholic and non carbonated/caffeinated drinks so for example, pregnant women do not have a lot of choices for drinks.
We loved the Francesca's on Taylor and thought we would try Intimo but it just did not measure up, we are not sure if we will be back here.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Alway good food and service. Good variety on the menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Fantastic as always!

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Yummy (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

AS usual, our meals were very good. Service was doting and considerate. Do wish my chicken had a little more brown sauce--the sauce is what makes this entree special. Overall, very good!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Fantastic food, drink and service

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Very good food & service

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vipKatieB (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Our regular go- to for Saturday date night. Long term friendly servers, happy vibes all the way around.

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vipNanciful (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We always enjoy our visits to Francesca Intimo. Food is delicious w great presentation. Although my favorite veal medalions weren't on the menu that evening, the homemade gnocchi was divine. My husband loved his twin tenderloins served to perfection. Family friendly yet friends & couples hopping. Check out that ceiling! Did I mention the pecan pie was scrumptious?

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a reservation and got there on time. We had to wait , but it is so small and crowded there was no where to even stand. We were pushed aside constantly while waiting. The hosts said they were running behind and finally after badgering they gave us a round of drinks. They finally sat us in an uncomfortable corner table right on top of a very loud large party. They while serving us salads they knocked a drink onto on my guests laps. Even though the food was great we would never ever go back there. Too small and too loud and they don't honor their reservation times

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PamL (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Hello- unfortunately we did not have a good experience. A waiter while delivering a meal to another table dropped the plate and entire meal all over my husbands back, it was a mess. He was in town for a business meeting and had on a costly suit. The only thing the restaurant said was, have it cleaned and give us the bill, not I’m sorry or are you okay and the meal was fresh and hot out of the oven. Sadly, we hadn’t even eaten yet so it wasn’t very comfortable eating for my husband, thank you, would like to hear from you. We did have suit cleaned the next day, thankfully it was able to be cleaned completely.

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vipWendyL (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Good food and pleasant staff!

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vipDrDetroit (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We have been eating at Intimo for years and have always enjoyed the experience. This time was no exception. The food was very good,Diane our server was excellent as usual, and our reservation honored on time. A very enjoyable "date nite"! Thanks.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

seated us 45 minutes past our reservation time of 7:30
did not honor our request for round table

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Very good food. We started with classic bruschetta. Then my wife had barramundi, I had ravioli in 4-cheese tomato sauce, both excellent. We also enjoyed Hess chardonnay. Professional and smiling staff. Overall a very pleasant experience.

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vipEatoutalot (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

We have had many great experiences at Francesca's Intimo in Lake Forest, but a recent disappointing evening (that really can happen anywhere) earned them far more than the five star maximum we are allowed to give. How can I give five stars when a visit was disappointing? Well, the Assistant General Manager, Chris E., actually called us at home later that evening to apologize and invited us back with an over-the-top generous offer of a fully comped meal. Wow! It was so not necessary, but very much appreciated. Chris exemplified the fine service we have experienced from the wait staff...always polite, agreeable, and solicitous without being intrusive. And the food...I have always loved everything I have ordered. Beginning with the warm, crusty bread served to all tables, the food is delicious. My favorite salad is asparagus/bleu cheese with plenty of finely chopped tomatoes. There are too many tasty entrees to describe, but if you like salmon, they always do a great job. Francesca's is intimate and pretty with a very cozy ambience. I highly recommend, but don't expect a free meal as they nearly always get it just right!

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KT2017 (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

My husband and I showed up at the time of our reservation and waited for 3 staff members to stop talking to greet us. We checked in and were shown to a table in the upstairs portion, to the left, next to one of the order entry screens. The girl who led us to the table basically threw the menus down and walked away oblivious to the fact that the menus slid off the table onto the floor. We definitely did not feel welcomed! I sat with my back to the computer hoping I wasn't obstructing the screen for the waiter who seemed overwhelmed in this cramped section. We ordered calamari which comes with a tomato sauce, however, my husband - who cannot eat garlic - is disappointed that Francesca's cannot offer a basic tomato sauce without garlic (other Italian restaurants can and do) or an alternative sauce. Regardless, the calamari was enjoyed. About one hour later our dinner entrees arrived... my husband had the Filetto di Manzo con Cipolle Fritte which was supposed to come with mashed potatoes but didn't because garlic was in the potatoes (the menu should be updated to say garlic mashed potatoes, not mashed potatoes) and I had the Barramundi Pagliacci which was good but small and had a little too much sauce for my liking.
Throughout the night, we were not checked on and our drinks, water, and bread were not refilled. We asked three different staff members for refills on water and drinks.
Although the food was good, the service was lacking, the atmosphere was chaotic and overwhelming, and the wait time for our entrees was unacceptable.

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vipLocalguest (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

Good, average food, tight quarters, especially at the entrance and at the bar. Friendly service good food.

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sherlock (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 8, 2018

We had a great time and the food was exceptional. We had a $20 discount available to use and that prompted us to come. We will certainly be back

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Just yummy food and a great place to escape to on a Saturday night!

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Schram (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Francesca’s always has interesting and varying items on their menus. Food is presented beautifully and always high quality. Service is consistently excellent and the ambiance is warm, comfortable, and appealing. It is a destination I return to frequently.

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vipWendyL (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

I am never disappointed by the food or service! It's a pleasure to dine at Francesca's with friends or family.

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