Francesca's North

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$30 and under
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Italian
Francesca's North became part of the Francesca's Restaurant Group in May of 1995. The restaurant features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Located in Northbrook, it encourages the lively art of dining with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, simple cooking, friendly service and fair prices.

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 5 concepts across 25 locations in 3 states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 18 Francesca’s Restaurants, 4 Davanti Enoteca's, Disotto, Fat Rosie’s and Hillgrove Tap.
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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent though my sister was given the wrong salad. It took a little bit to get that fixed. Otherwise very nice experience!

CF
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food, expert & accommodating service, energetic ambiance - and if you get the right waitperson, they have no issue with making dietary substitutions.

d
Chicago
171 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I’m a regular at this location. Server was rude tonight from the very beginning.
Sat down 10 minutes to 6 pm. Asked to order drink off the Happy Hour menu which ends at 6 pm. Server said she would get me the menu. In the meantime asked the host if I could move one booth over due to a large party that just sat down next to me. I wanted a more quite location.
When I asked the server for the drink she said Happy Hour is over. She said I missed it due to the time I took moving booths! They were next to each other! Unbelievable!
I ended up getting the drink.
The bread they brought over was burnt and hard as a rock.
Usually this is a good restaurant, I’m not sure what happened tonight.

MV
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu items with salmon are superb. Carlos took care of us. He was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. We’ve been Dining at this location for over 20 years.

M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had one of the best servers we’ve ever had anywhere. Carlos was fantastic with recommendations and accommodating issues with the meal I ordered. He made it a great experience

b
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love the food-love the restaurant. we like that the menu is changed very often.

JC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table was ready, specials were given. Our food was delicious, but I was disappointed I did not get a free birthday dessert.

J
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food is delicious. It is very noisy. The only complaint was our main course took over 20-25 minutes to be delivered.
If making a reservation, ask for a booth. They are on the sides and a. It less noisy.

DC
Chicago
374 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Tonight was a small disappointment. The Fried Calamari was very good. The Burrata with cherry tomatoes was excellent. The Chicken Parmigiana with pasta was for myself just ok. For my spouse a big disappointment. I’ve been looking forward to this, but it is now off my list. The service was very good.

A
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food!

C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved seasonal special pasta with Scallops and Asparagus. No corkage fee on Mondays.

DC
Chicago
374 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The Chicken Parmigiana with a side of pasta in a wonderful cherry tomatoes sauce is outstanding. We both had this entree. Perfectly delicious. Service by Carlos and Greg is always good.

LF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a long day at work if you want to just relax for an early happy hour it is a great place to go in addition to their normal restaurant menu. The service is fantastic. drinks and excellent appetizers at a great price.

DC
Chicago
374 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service. We had the Chicken Parmigiana and the Pasta dish with scallops and shrimp. Delicious

T
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A local favorite with great food, service and specials. Waitstaff is attentive, helpful with menu choices and descriptions of food preparation. A valuable asset to downtown Northbrook.

RB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and even better service from Eric. Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner there. Food is fresh and flavorful.

l
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiters were knowledgeable, respectful, friendly and professional.

GB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I would never go back to this so called Italian restaurant. What Italian restaurant does not serve minestrone soup or not have veal on its menu? The "great recommendation" from the waiter- a filet needed to be sent back because it was half-cooked, and the taste even after cooking it fully was mediocre at best. It was a tremendous disappointment!!

DB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great food and service. brought a birthday cake which they keep hidden as a surprise until dessert time.

OT
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The restaurant was very crowded....and there seemed to be insufficient staff to help serve all the patrons. Our server was adequate...missed a lot of requests...came back time and again to clarify what should have been simple instructions. Also, very unhappy that you were out of Walleye at 6 pm on a Sunday?

Overall, ok, but not something to rush back for....too many other choices where service is much better.

DC
Chicago
374 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tonight Francesca’s was outstanding. The service and the food. We got our favorite booth by the kitchen. Denise was our server and she was a joy. She did not miss a beat. Her suggestions were great. We started with the Burrata with cherry tomatoes and snap peas, French green beans and other wonderful ingredients. Delicious. I had the Chicken Alla Salvia with a side of linguini and my husband had the Alaskan Halibut over fresh vegetables. Perfection. For desert the Peach Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream. Another great suggestion from Denise. Tonight was a perfect dining experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my Birthday. We took our family and spouses. Food was delish. Server was on top of his game. Lovely time.

GW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was our 3rd business dinner there. My food was not hot when served, it took too long to get a bottle of wine ( 15 min. from when we ordered it at the table ) and the service was just not as good as usual on this visit. One of our orders was totally wrong and had to be fixed which took another 15 minutes. Probably give it another shot but will try something else next time. I like the location and atmosphere. But the staff this time seemed a bit aloof.

e
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

haven't addressed prior dining experience concerns

M
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lively dinner. Especially like the no corkage fee on Mondays! We like to bring wine from our collection and enjoy it with you wonderful food!

DC
Chicago
374 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We don’t go out to often, but it was lasagna night at Francesca’s. We invited a friend and the three of us had a excellent meal. We both had the lasagna with a side of Italian sausages with peppers. Very delicious. Our friend had the Chicken Alla Silva with a side of pasta. Delicious.
Thank you to the Kitchen. Great food with good service.

j
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food plus friendly service that was attentive to our needs and requests.

OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and location!

C
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always excellent. Service is great. Noise is a high level.

DC
Chicago
374 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service. Started with a Dell Estate pizza with beefsteak tomatoes. Very good appetizer.
Then the Chicken Alla Silvia with pasta in a wonderful gravy. Finally, my favorite dessert...Profiteroles. Excellent dining experience. Always great conversation with Ed and friends.

MJ
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They make the best lemon drop martini around! I had one of the specials that night and it was great - unusual presentation but very cool!

HO
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Francescas never disappoints. Good food, good service at a great price. Very kid friendly as well.

SG
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant had very good food, but was way to noisy to be able to converse with friends,

F
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were seated promptly and the service was outstanding.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant !!

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C
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

They were short Service, so the service was very slow, but they were very courteous and explained why.

BG
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

We were seated but waited over 10 minutes before a man brought us bread, we waited another 5 minutes and asked a passing waiter for service. He said it wasn't his table but he would get someone. When she arrived she said she had just arrived at work. She did apologize but the service was still not great. We felt that her regular customers around us got better service. Food was not great for the price.

E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good, service was less so and the noise level was annoying.

VM
Las Vegas
58 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to dinner with 2 other couples who we hadn’t seen in ages. Our meals were very good and the service was excellent. We all had a hard time hearing each other over the loud din.

DC
Chicago
374 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed Francesca’s so much on Tuesday we came back tonight. Two days later to enjoy the Chicken breasts with fresh mozzarella, linguini with sage and fresh tomatoes with a wonderful gravy. The gravy was so delicious I took the bread and wiped my plate. So very good. Jamie’s service was excellent. She did everything with a smile.

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