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Francesca's Intimo

4.5
1070 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
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 1070 People Are Saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBill (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food and service!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great service
Thanks for the birthday ice cream!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

Vakebtines❤️❤️😏

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Johnv (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

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vipsmdds (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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