We’ve been coming here for years now. We decided to try new wine tonight and selections from the menu we haven’t tried before. AMAZING. When my wife and I go out at the end of the week, we are exhausted from the work week. Going here to eat - makes it all worth it. If you fancy time with your loved one, want excellent food and service, this is the place to go. The staff is amazing and they are just as nice meeting you the first time as over the years.
Ps. If they have the crab cakes when you go, try them for sure, as well as the burrata o’vesuvio.
The service was very slow and the noise level was high, probably due to the fact that there were two large parties at the time we were dining. The food was terrific.
We love all of the Francesca's restaurants, especially Intimo. We visited on a Sunday for "brunch" since there was a brunch menu on OpenTable; however, this location does not serve a brunch. We were very well taken care of, though, and did enjoy our meal - ravioli and a Napoletana pizza. Always delicious!
Had reservations for 6:30pm. Arrived early, but took 10 minutes to find a parking spot.
Fought my way to reservation podium, where we waited 1/3 hr on our reservation, with nowherr to stand.
Pasta was mediocre, while sausage was very good.
Wine service with 5 and 8 oz servings and prices was strange.
No one rushed us, so we enjoyed our time eating.
We took advantage of their special on meatballs and they were very good and with a side of pasta to split with our grandson very filling. by arriving early at 5:00 we missed much of the crowd, and it was quieter than normal too.
Never disappoints - service was, and as always exceptional
Great date night place
Plates are presented well and exceeded expectation
We are there weekly, reserved a booth more than a week in advanced, got to the restaurant early . The hostess said nothing and started to walk us to a table. We said we requested a booth - she turned with a scowl on her face and walked us to a table. She put the menus on the table, and left - she said nothing -didn’t address us.
The busboy came over , greeted us and said thank you for coming.
The hostess was rude, not what we expected when we are there weekly. Not sure when we will be back.
Service was slow. Salad came late. I’m not sure if kitchen or waiter at fault.
Very impressed that they honored our reservation within 5 minutes on a very busy night. We had a terrific very competent server! We will be back.
Always good food here--and always busy--but worth the wait.
Always liked the food, menu and service. Unfortunately this location has a horrible space.
It is very cramped, way too small for the number of people and seating. Noise level description should read "deafening" - not "energetic. Impossible to carry a conversation.
Having people pushing their way though it and blocking the tiny entryway is not enjoying a night out.
Very busy and they have stepped up their game. Glad they no longer pour wine glasses with an eye dropper. Two glass sizes work. Great food and gracious service. Thanks love this place!
We felt very rushed from the time we sat down. Servers were pushing for us to hurry and eat so they could sit the next customer. I have never been treated like that at any of the other Francesca’s restaurants. Was not pleased at all.
As part of the local Francesca's chain, Intimo has very good food and a freindly atmosphere. My only issue is with their "happy hour". According to their website they have one but there's nothing about it at the bar or anywhere in the restaurant, so if they're going to offer it, they should let customers know (and not charge unsuspecting individuals sitting at the bar the full drink price during weekdays 3:30-6pm)
Francesca's is not a cookie-cutter American-Italian spaghetti house. Rather it is a wonderful and authentic Italian restaurant with creative and delicious food. The menu features homemade pastas and sauces, delectable fish, seafood, and meat entrees, select cheeses and fresh vegetables that are all a cut above the usual Italian fair. It is highly recommended.
Always wonderful! Salmon Aqua Pazi is my favorite and they will always make it even when not on the menu. Fabulous veal medallions. Great martinis. Always fun. Our go to place to eat out and to take out.
Love Francescas. The food is always good as well as the service!
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.
Excellent food and service!
Thanks for the birthday ice cream!
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 .
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.
Good food very flavorful. Good size portions. Small so sitting is a bit cramped.
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.
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.
Alway good food and service. Good variety on the menu.
Fantastic as always!
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!
Fantastic food, drink and service
Very good food & service
Our regular go- to for Saturday date night. Long term friendly servers, happy vibes all the way around.
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?
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
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.
Good food and pleasant staff!
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.
seated us 45 minutes past our reservation time of 7:30
did not honor our request for round table
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.
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!