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About Francesca's Intimo

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.

293 E Illinois Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday: 11:30am- 10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Western

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 735-9235

Website:
http://www.miafrancesca.com/locations/profile/francescas-intimo-lake-forest

Catering:
Francesca's Intimo offers on and off site catering. Delivery options are available. Please contact our restaurant for more details.

Parking Details:
Parking garage located across the street.

Public Transit:
UP-N Metra Lake Forest

Executive Chef:
Marco Rea

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Tuesday Night Wine Club. Guests are able to choose a pre selected pairing three to four course meal.

Private Dining

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

Francesca's Intimo Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (29)
Good for a Date (24)
Authentic (19)
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Casual (18)
Cozy (17)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Special Occasion (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Romantic (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Business Meals (10)
Fun (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Healthy (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Wonderful family dinner! We lost power for 1/2 hour or so and the staff was wonderful- very attentive. Bravo!!

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 (London)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Hostess kindly took our coats, and we were seated right away at reservation time. Chicken and pasta dishes were good.

We live in Chicago and were meeting friends from Wisconsin. Lake Forest turned out to be a good meeting spot, and we were allowed to visit as long as we wanted without feeling rushed.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Outstanding as always. It’s a favorite and never disappoints. Coconut cake is the best.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Never disappoints and service is always exceptional

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our first visit to this Francesca's was wonderful. Great, cozy, friendly atmosphere with amazing food. We will return soon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Fun
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Never disappointing. They prepare delicious salmon and pasta dishes. Pizza is always satisfying.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Michelle is a delight and a fabulous server

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Kale salad served with many yellowed leaves. Side of sautéed spinach served essentially raw.... good service but food prep is getting sloppy

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

I love this place it has a great location, great food and normally amazing service, I am spoiled by the service I always receive. This last visit the waiter we had wasn't as attentive as we normally see, it wasn't bad and probably great from many restaurant standards but just less then the normal amazing. No worries, I will be back because I love this place.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Have dinner here often. Am always satisfied.
Pasta is delicious. Great tiramisu!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We happen to be teens so our waitress assumed that we didn’t know how an Italian restaurants works/could read a upscale menu. She deliberately asked if we needed help reading the menu. Felt like she was babying us. Very uncomfortable start to dinner.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

always satisfied with Francesca’s. Good menu. Friendly staff

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Always a great meal with great service. We brought a business guest from California that is a foodie and he loved the Veal Medallions. We will be back

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I was overall disappointed in the food and service.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Always super consistent food! Wonderful neighborhood place

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

It is always excellent they custom the menu to accommodate my allergies.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Had the salmon with the brandy cream sauce. It was so salty I could barely eat it. The spinach was also too salty. I would have sent it back but our waiter never checked on us. Very frustrating. The place was packed and we had a reservation. Would not recommend going on a Saturday night!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Waited 30 min even w our reservation
Waited for food for 30 min and my wife’s was ice cold and not even cooked Properly
They never brought out dessert for my wife bday when I even asked for it in reservation

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food1
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was the third time at this restaurant, and possibly the last. The fettucine Bolognese was watery and tasteless. The waiter forgot we were there and details of our order. I truly can't recommend any reasons (see above) for why there would be a recommendation to use this restaurant. It was almost like there was no management that night.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good overall, but it gets very crowded and I didn’t appreciate that people waiting, were hovering over me while I was trying to enjoy a romantic dinner with my wife.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Go there frequently. Was busy and bar and kitchen seemed to have difficulty tonite handling the rush Waitress ,who we’ve had several times was nice but there were long lapses between times we saw her. Will go back but off night

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great local spot. ....tight dining spaces. Consistent food and decently priced.
Friendly and accommodating

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (Northern MI)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Outstanding food and wine. Nice ambiance. Wait staff was attentive but not overbearing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great place close to home and we will absolutely be back!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Seated 25 minutes late, then waited 13 minutes to be greeted by a waiter, get water and order cocktails.

Food was good, service was poor. A/C was off, very hot in restaurant, pray it was just an “off” night. Manager bought us a round of drinks, he knew service was really bad.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent salad with berries, goat cheese, and pine nuts. Good wine. I had a delicious pasta dish and my husband’ veal with eggplant and mozzarella was also very good.
Family atmosphere, but also good for a date. A little loud and tight seating, but nice service. We really enjoyed it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants. Everything is always delicious. I especially love how they prepare their fish - so wonderful with fresh ingredients. The bruschetta, calamari and salads are all fabulous as well. Great selection of wines. Great service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Last two times service has fallen off. Slow. Bad timing. Etc. not sure if new employees or something else. Service previous always fantastic

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Always good!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Loveee this restaurant! The food is excellent and the ambiance is so cozy and intimate. We celebrated a friend's birthday here and had a great time !

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Always one of my favorites. Great food, great service from a great staff. I will be back

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Server didn't know it was my mom bday.
Mention it on OpenTable. Not server fault.
Had good experience other wise

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Had a 7:15 reservation. Place was packed. Waited 40 minutes to be seated as people just wouldn't give up tables due to heavy rain. Manager was so professional-brought out bruschetta for customers waiting, bought drinks for our table plus two appetizers! As if that wasn't enough, he comped half of our entrees. Other than the wait, very well handled by management, wait staff was great, and food was very good. Because of the terrific way we were treated, we will be back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

A little disappointed. Scallop pasta special was cut up scallops—less than 2 in the bowl & exactly 2 pieces of spinach. Bartender uninformed of all wines available. A Reservation got us a scrunched up table right by the reception desk; no thank you. But had to wait another 20 mins for a small table.
We’re avoiding this place on Friday’s. Terrible service.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was fresh and delicious - service was great!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Obvious that waiter forgot to put our order in! Waited way to long for our meal! Bus boy brought us take out meal I ordered first!! Also, they repacked the take out to make it look like we got a new order!! Then when we were ready to check out, I watched the waiter cut someone's pizza, with my credit card in hand, then forgot to run it! So, what should have been a quick meal turned into 2 and half hours! Ugh!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great
We have been customers for 4 years now, very happy the gnocchi are back. Our waiter is the best.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fun, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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food5
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vip
 (Tucson)·Dined on October 4, 2017

this restaurant is always busy, because the food is always delicious! Good service, friendly staff!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Always good food; good service; good outside.eating ; do not miss the Italian candies on the way out!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Food is always fresh and appealing. Seasoning perfect, with a menu that changes frequently. Ambiance cozy and comfortable. Great service - always a positive experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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