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Francesca's Intimo

4.5
1102 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
Mon 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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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, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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

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Show Mom some Amore! Book your mother's day reservations with us today. Regular menu and specialty dishes will be offered.

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What 1102 People Are Saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Good service and liked better than the Northbrook location. We will be back!

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Our server was so slow-maybe he was new? Forgot drinks never refilled waters-messed up orders. Disappointing as it was a special occasion for a friend. Each said they may not go back

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Really good food and good service. Little on the pricey side

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Delicious Food! LOVED the cinnamon gelato!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Birthday. It was nice and they brought us both a birthday dessert. It was a delight!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Consistently awesome!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Service was excellent and the restaurant honors their reservation without a wait.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

I was very disappointed in the service. My ice tea was never refilled or even asked about. The ordering took forever. There was no apology or even recognition that we were neglected. I had taken a client there and it was quite embarrassing

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

This restaurant never fails to be anything but great - excellent service and menu ... a neighborhood gem!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Lovely experience. One of our favorite spots.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The only negative is that we had to wait 20 minutes with a reservation. However it was 7:30 on a Saturday. Once we were seated the food and service were very good. I had the roasted chicken and the sauce alone could have been eaten.
My wife had a pasta with shrimp. It was a bit spicy for me but she enjoyed it. The doughnuts we had for dessert were fantastic. Overall I would go back just maybe not at such a busy time.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

the don't honor their reservations. but once we were seated 40 minutes later it was good

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Everything was wonderful. My husband and I both started with a Caesar salad, which I followed with a rigatoni with eggplant and my husband the lobster and homemade pasta special enter which he really enjoyed. Our friends also liked their meals, including a gluten free pasta dish one ordered that isn't even on the menu! The Waiter was very hospitable, and he never made us feel rushed.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food & service we’re good as usual. Restraint was crowded & noisy.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Never disappoints - service was, and as always exceptional

Great date night place

Plates are presented well and exceeded expectation

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Service was slow. Salad came late. I’m not sure if kitchen or waiter at fault.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Always good food here--and always busy--but worth the wait.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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!

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

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)

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent food and service!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Great service
Thanks for the birthday ice cream!

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Vakebtines❤️❤️😏

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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