About Francesca's North

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 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.

1145 Church St
Northbrook, IL 60062
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

Dinner:
Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Shermer

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 559-0260

Website:
http://www.miafrancesca.com/locations/profile/francescas-north-northbrook

Catering:
We cater to large Carryouts with delivery. Check out our menus online at www.miafrancesca.com

Public Transit:
Just two blocks from Metra's Northbrook station.

Executive Chef:
Javier Gomez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Book your next special event at Francesca’s North. We offer family style dining, plated events, as well as opportunities to have your guests order off the menu that day! Plan your next lunch or dinner with us; business or social. We offer semi-private and private events, with multiple rooms and seating up to 120 guests. Also ask us about our catering options.

Private Dining

Francesca's North has two private dining rooms to accommodate all of your private party needs. Please contact Shiri Nissim for more private event information.

Francesca's North Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (18)
Special Occasion (17)
Authentic (14)
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Good for Groups (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Casual (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Business Meals (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Cozy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Romantic (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Seasonal (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Good food, good service. We made reservations a few weeks in advance for 6 people and were seated 20 minutes late at the worst table in the restaurant. It was located by the server station, the order placing PC and the restrooms. People were constantly running around the table. That table should not be there at all. Sitting there ruined the experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

The brick chicken was one of the best meals I've ever had.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Everything was good as usual. We had a very enjoyable afternoon.

Tags: Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Manager is clueless how to handle a bad meal. In complete denial just let’s the waiter handle it!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

As the ratings show, food was good, service was OK (food came cold), but the noise level wasn't "energetic" it was downright cacophonous. Could not even hear our dinner companions without shouting. Way too noisy to ever go there again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Had a reservation via opentable, and my date arrived late. the place was very busy, but they accommodated us almost immediately once she arrived. Service was great; food was delicious. The general manager of the restaurant stopped by our table at least twice to say hello and make sure everything was to our satisfaction.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Decided to go out last minute on a Saturday night, when they had opening we had low expectations. Wow where we surprised-greeted by a warm smile from the host, taken to our table immediately, followed by an amazing meal and great service. We will definitely go back!
Place was packed when we left, I guess we just got lucky to find an opening last minute!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

When we arrived, our party of four was seated right next door to a table of 12 ( very noisy) in the back room. We had to ask to be moved but then we were quite close to another very large and noisy party. The service was terrible...our main courses shoved onto our table while we were still eating our salads. My husband’s pasta was ice cold. It took way too long to track down the waiter. Horrible service, absolutely terrible food. We have been patrons if this restaurant since the day it opened but we will not be returning.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Service was extremely slow. Food came fast and was great once they got to us

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food is always good here, however this time it was very busy and the wrong food came to our table a couple of times. Eventually we did accept the pasta dish, but it was linguine rather than the rigatoni that had been ordered. It was very busy, and perhaps our servers were new. We've been coming here for many years, and will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

A great place to dine! Good food, service and atmosphere.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Delightful decor, delicious food, friendly service...always a pleasure to dine there

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We went for our third wedding anniversary dinner, and it was a perfect experience from beginning to end. Charming host, excellent serving staff- our server made some fantastic suggestions- and we never felt rushed or forgotten about. The food was dynamite- one of the best meals we have ever had! The halibut was the best piece of fish my husband has ever eaten. For dessert we had tiramisu and profiteroles. If the server tells you they are addictive, believe them. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good food; terribly noisy ...tables were way too close together. We were seated right next to a very poorly behaved child whose parents had no concern about his behavior...running around. Waiter who we have had before was going thru the motions ...too expensive a meal for us, too rare for us to go out to have this type of experience.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We have always loved all your restaurants and seek them out every time we travel to Chicago. The waiter greated us and provide bread and water. Unfortunately, it took him 12 minutes to come back to us and take our order. Everything was very well prepared exept my Tortellacci con Zucca was cold when they placed it on the table. I told the waiter and he took it back to the kitchen to warm it. When he brought it back, it still really was not well heated through. For $18, it really was not worth ordering. This was very disappointing. We were also sad that your location recently closed in Madison, WI.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food and service. The surrounding and people were very friendly.

Tags: Cozy, Late-night Find, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Very noisey tonight could barely hear my wife talk to me

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Neighborhood standby, the food is always delicious and the menu contains old favorites and new items and preparations. Friendly service, always a good choice.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

It was a very busy night and the manager was seating preferred customers first. Very poor form. It was obvious and I called him out on it

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Love this place. Grand daughter loves the spaghetti and meatballs . LOVES the tiramisu.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We enjoyed our dining experience at Francesca North. The food was very good; although a bit pricey. The service was good and it wasn’t too noisy. I would recommend this restaurant to my friends.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I would not recommend this restaurant. We've been there a number of times over the last few years and it just keeps going downhill. We were a party of six, I asked for a quiet table because my father is hard of hearing and they put us smack dab in the middle of the dining room. We waited at least five minutes before anyone approached the table, they took our drink order, and they insisted that we order our salads and soups immediately. Which we did and then they came before our drinks even arrived. Then the entrées took forever to get there. And you would think if they have something as a special it would be delicious. Not so. Everything was just OK. Nothing stood out for us meal wise.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Risotto and one of entries salmon and shrimp with vegetables were bland. Gluten free pasta and gluten free calamri appectizer and the salmon with linguine very good

The waitress was non existent couldn't get drink refills water included and finally another waitress brought check when asked. Our waitress was doing nothing in back of uncrowned restaurant

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Extremely unhappy. Arrived on time for a 7:30pm reservation. Was told by the manager it would be a 20 minute wait-mind you we had a reservation. He suggested we have a drink at the bar. No space at the bar. We went to the restaurant next door. They seated us within 10 minutes. It was 21 minute before I received the message from Francesca's WITH a reservation. I ignored it and enjoyed my dinner at 406. Francesca's Manager was unapologetic and unorganized. Don't make customers who have been dining with you since you opened wait 21 minutes past their reservation time and expect to keep them.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

As out-of-towners, we Googled "Italian restaurants near me" from our hotel and saw the favorable reviews for Francesca's. Also, they could accommodate a party of 6 on very short notice. We were wow'ed. The service and the food were fabulous. And the vibe was really welcoming -- clearly a neighborhood favorite for locals. Strongly recommend.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Francesca's is slipping, not what is used to be. We went on a busy night, but that's no excuse for service that is overworked. Our waiter had little time for our table, and when he was there it was clear he wanted to move on as quickly as possible. Dinner was a series of long waits and rushed moments. The food was good, but some of the pasta was hard, as if it sat too long beneath a heat lamp waiting for the other dishes at our table., and the flavors a bit bland. The carpaccio was too thin and because it's prepared earlier in the day, it stuck to the plate.

Francesca's was a place for special meals, celebrations or important get-togethers. It's still a step above the pasta houses in town, but the food is less "fine dining" and more average Italian.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Really nice authentic Italian food, good atmosphere, friendly staff, good service. The mozzarella on the bruschetta tasted incredibly fresh, the pizzas were good and the Merlot we had was nice. We arrived at 6.00 and it was quite quiet, by 7.00 it was almost full and was still busy at 8.00. We are really happy to have found this place, we will definitely be returning in the near future.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I have been here many times. The food is very good but the tables are very close together. My father uses a walker and we can no longer get into the restaurant comfortably. Also because the tables are so close together the noise level tends to get loud especially on the weekends.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We are from out of town. Found them in open table and it was a great place. Excellent food and service. Reasonable prices and we would go back if we lived in the area.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Always can count on a good meal at Francesca's. Seasonal menu; authentic Italian food; noisy but lively.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Consistently good food, fresh, expertly prepared. Great service a real neighborhood gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Nice place to try Tiramisu - very tasty.
Also, good selection of meals for lunch, business lunch

Tags: Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious...The beet salad was the best and the grilled Salmon with Asparagus was fabulous...even ordered and split a side of wedge potatoes..All in all we had a delightful evening..noise level is high, but we had a round table and it worked fine...

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Good food,friendly service can't be beat. We have been to this place many times for the last 20 years.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Francesca's Northbrook always offers us amazingly delicious meals, fabulous wines, wonderfully warm and attentive service and even close attention to food allergies. It is, indeed, one of our favorite restaurants.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Burrata salad and artichoke soup were excellent. Service could not of been better. Nice ambience.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

The noise level was unbearable. We were 4 people and we all had to scream to hear each other. About three years ago we were 12 people. We all left and skipped dessert because we couldn't stand the noise. We decided to try again and it was awful.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 22, 2017

The food here is great and you can tell that even the pasta is homemade. I've never had a meal here that I did not thoroughly enjoy, check this place out!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Thee food was delicious. The portions were plentiful, and the service was great.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 15, 2017

While I understand that accidents do happen, I was disappointed that we did not receive a phone call that the restaurant could not honor our reservation because of some kind of "accident" which closed the restaurant for the day.
Heard nothing of this until we arrived to find the door locked and a handwritten sign saying the restaurant was closed, but would reopen the next day.
Have always been happy with the food and service in the past and I'm sure we be back in the near future.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays
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