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Date
Sat, 1/20
Time
8:30 PM
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Francesca's Intimo

4.5
1048 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.
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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What 1048 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0
Dined 2 days ago

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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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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sherlock (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on January 9, 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 7, 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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

Went for a nice dinner on New Year’s Eve and the restaurant doesn’t disappoint. Busy but great service, wonderful food, and outstanding wine by the glass. Highly recommend.

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Scott (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was wonderful

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Denys (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Love it, food is great, service outstanding. Great for all occasions!!!

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vipShelleyL (Chicago)
4.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Good food. Nice drinks. Good service. Just a bit cramped for our party of 4.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

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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Cross street
Western
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(847) 735-9235
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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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Parking details
Parking garage located across the street.
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Public transit
UP-N Metra Lake Forest
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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
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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.

Private Dining

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

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