Francesca's North

4.5
1682 Reviews
$30 and under
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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice and warm in the tent. Well ventilated. The food was fabulous!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Despite sitting outside they made it very comfortable. Food was great.

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vipMarkC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very clean and all servers wore masks
Job well done

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PammieSue
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is always excellent, Francesca's is our go-to restaurant! Staff is friendly and personable.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was great food and service

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vipMRCIFRN
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice effort on the restaurant's part to keep us dining safely during COVID. The tent was very cozy and we feel all staff and fellow diners were doing their best to allow patrons to have a decent night out in the midst of the pandemic. THANK YOU!

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vipcritique
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had such great service & wasn’t rushed while enjoying a bottle of wine with dinner! The restaurant was clean & Covid compliant.
We enjoyed our meals; we just wish there were a few traditional Italian items on the menu (like chicken parm/baked ziti/spaghetti/alfredo) to choose from.

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vipFoodcritic1
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently wonderful! They have a tent now with warm air being pumped in. Great food, great service and one of the best!

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vipRichard
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

All I ask for a nice date night with my wife should include: a nice table, good food and great service. We had all three. A perfect booth for us to talk away from others. We shared a salad, fish, spinach and dessert. And or waiter Greg was there when he was needed and gave us the right amount of space to be left alone when he wasn't. All in all a great date night, why we'll be back soon!

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vipNGKG
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate lunch in the heated, outside tent.. The food and service was great.

Francesca's North
Responded on October 24, 2020

Many thanks. We look forward to having you back as soon as possible - inside/outside, as you like. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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vipDouglasG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

as usual, food and service were great. Excellent Covid precautions too

Francesca's North
Responded on October 21, 2020

Many thanks. We look forward to having you back as soon as possible - inside/outside, as you like. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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vipMaven5
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We had an excellent experience dining outside at Francesca's North. We had a choice of tables inside the tent or outside. Great menu and lots of good choices. Would definitely come back again.

Francesca's North
Responded on October 18, 2020

Many thanks Maven5. I am so glad you enjoyed yourself as we strive to still do our best under these circumstances. We look forward to having you back as soon as possible - inside/outside, as you like. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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vipFoodcritic1
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Atmosphere in tent was safe and also warm due to the warm air being piped in. We loved our server, Greg! He is attentive and hilarious! Thanks!

Francesca's North
Responded on October 16, 2020

Many thanks Foodcritic1 - I agree with everything you said! We are looking forward to having you back as soon as possible. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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KhaniaL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! As it came to the table the aroma was so good. They had all sorts of "safe" and social distanced options.

Francesca's North
Responded on October 16, 2020

Many thanks KhaniaL. I am so glad you enjoyed yourself as we strive to still do our best under these circumstances. We look forward to having you back as soon as possible - inside/outside, as you like. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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vipDonMarco1
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, as always! They have properly addressed the Covid-19 restrictions, and I felt very safe dinning in the Dining Room.

Francesca's North
Responded on October 12, 2020

Many thanks DonMarco1 - we always strive to go that 'extra' amount for our guests. I look forward to having you back as soon as possible. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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vipAndi
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

There weee ample heaters. Our steak was a bit fatty and stringy; disappointing. The birthday dessert was very tiny.

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vipKathie
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my girlfriend here for her Birthday. We sat inside because it was very cool outside. We had a lovely lunch with two wonderful waiters assisting us. Food was delicious and service was a delight!

Francesca's North
Responded on October 3, 2020

Many thanks Kathie and when it comes time for your girlfriend to BRING YOU here for YOUR birthday - we'll be ready with bells on! Looking forward to having you inside as soon as possible AND ANYTIME AT ALL. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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vipDj1755
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have been there many times and the service and food are quite consistent . They wait staff are attentive and respond to a request.
I recommend the restaurant to anyone who is looking for a great meal

Francesca's North
Responded on September 26, 2020

Many thanks Dj1755. I look forward to having you in again soon. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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vipdisappointed
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Restaurant food was poor quality. The restaurant felt dirty.

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vipNatashax4
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding! Service friendly & timely.

Francesca's North
Responded on September 25, 2020

Many thanks. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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ChristinaM
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food at a good value. What I love most is that they will readily alter menu items for you. I ate in the tent in front of the restaurant next to a heater that they lit for me as it was a little chilly - very pleasant.

Francesca's North
Responded on September 25, 2020

Many thanks for your review ChristinaM. We look forward to seeing you in again very soon. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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vipJohnM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Your open table platform won’t accept outdoor dinning reservations. I had to call the last several Resturants. I could only reserve inside dinning.

Francesca's North
Responded on October 8, 2020

Thank you John, There is a Patio Requested 'Tag' you can add, and we're always happy to add any special notes by calling us at the restaurant 847.559.0260 to ensure you're happy with your visit. Many thanks and we are looking forward to having you back as soon as possible. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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vipBeverlyR
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful safe setting. Great service

Francesca's North
Responded on September 18, 2020

Many thanks and we'll see you again soon I hope. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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MikeV
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant with our innovative entrees for over 20 years. Ed and his staff go the extra mile to make sure everything is satisfactory.

Francesca's North
Responded on September 15, 2020

Many thanks Mike - always a pleasure to see you. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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vipMike
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I'm a regular here so I am a bit biased. Pablo behind the bar is always top notch and provides great service all while navigating the challenges that the pandemic provides us. John the manager always checks on us to make sure we are taken care of!

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vipSophie
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was delicious as always. Our waiter was very good as well

Francesca's North
Responded on September 11, 2020

Many thanks. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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vipDGG3
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We chose Francesca’s Northbrook because, in addition to good food, it has always had a warm welcoming vibe and great service. This visit, the tent in a parking lot setting was acceptable under current circumstances, but although things didn’t appear to be terribly busy, and the server was pleasant, he was largely indifferent. We had to ask for bread, were never given suggestions, asked if we wanted appetizers, salad, sides (my beef filet came with only seasoned tomato slices), a second drink, or coffee. Overall what was supposed to be a birthday celebration fell flat due to a less than caring server who in a now more challenging environment, appeared to have less than basic interest in his job or customers.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the meal and service

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vipSharonP33
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlos our server and Scott the Manager were great. Food was fantastic! Thanks for a great date night!

Francesca's North
Responded on September 7, 2020

Many thanks. You're welcome anytime. Carlos and Scott both received your compliments. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hard to give high marks for ambience for Covid outdoor dining but it is excellent. I would quickly give it five stars for ambiance once back inside the restaurant.

This is a frequent restaurant for my wife and I and the food is always outstanding. The specials are always excellent.

Francesca's North
Responded on September 26, 2020

Many thanks and we are ALSO looking forward to having you inside as soon as possible. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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vippumpkinmuffin
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of all-time favorite restaurants.

Francesca's North
Responded on September 1, 2020

Many thanks. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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TijaM
Adelaide / SA
11 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Francesca’s has a special place in my heart for all of the memories with friends and family eating there.
The food is consistently delicious, unpretentious, beautifully plated and served by a staff that feels like family.
It’s a lovely place with a gorgeous oak bar, a generous wine selection and a menu that suits every taste.
Our go to for just about everything. Could not recommend more highly.

Francesca's North
Responded on September 1, 2020

Many thanks. You are ALWAYS welcome!! Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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vipKdubz
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my two favorite restaurants. The other is within the Francesca restaurant group. Food is amazing!

Francesca's North
Responded on September 1, 2020

Many thanks. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate in tent outside. Tables were well spaced and I felt very comfortable. The food was absolutely delicious. Both my husband and I lived the chicken thighs. can’t wait to have them again!

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vipeatauthority
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We ate outside. Server was nice, but a little too Social with everyone, so he overlooked some requests. Empty glasses, and plates, sat on the table too long. Asked for more bread, and finally asked another person to get it for us!! Slow to give us the check. Weather was nice and table was fine.

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vipSammy
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fun to sit under tent, well spaced. Food delicious as usual!

Francesca's North
Responded on September 1, 2020

Many thanks. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

My wife and I love this restaurant and it’s always five stars. This is our 2nd visit dining outside with Covid restrictions and our first visit was wonderful. Unfortunately we had a terrible waiter that seemed to serve every table well except ours. We sat with our menus for 25 minutes before our order was taken. We would normally get desert but he never stopped back and were waiting another 20 minutes after finishing our meals. When he finally returned I was so fed up I simply asked for the check. If this were my first visit it would have been my last.

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Ardisal
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely dinner with my niece in the tent, service, food and company were all very good. Haven't been out much since the pandemic, so this was a treat.

Francesca's North
Responded on September 1, 2020

Many thanks. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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PammieSue
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was perfect they cooked to our liking and came out piping hot. Can't ask for more.

Francesca's North
Responded on September 1, 2020

Many thanks. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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RonF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We ate outside and felt pretty safe. All tables appear to be a safe distance from each other and the waitstaff were all wearing masks and gloves. The Whitefish was just as amazing as it always is.

Francesca's North
Responded on September 1, 2020

Many thanks. Ed Huelke General Manager cell 312.965.8965

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Francesca's North does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Francesca's North also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 559-0260.

Francesca's North is rated 4.5 stars by 1682 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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