Francesca's North

4.5
1284 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
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.
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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
Mon 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Phone number
(847) 559-0260
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Javier Gomez
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Catering
We cater to large Carryouts with delivery. Check out our menus online at www.miafrancesca.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Shermer
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Public transit
Just two blocks from Metra's Northbrook station.
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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.

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

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.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Jamie was our server and she did an excellent job. We love going to eat at Francesca’s.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Good food. Did not appreciate staff cleaning (sweeping and mopping floors) around our table (in preparation for closing) at 8.30 pm. Service could be better.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

While we enjoy many other Francesca groups restaurants this one is certainly on the lower spectrum of our list of favorites the food here while good is not as well prepared as Francesca’s intimo. Service is not attentive. Literally didn’t ask how our meals were -four people or ask if we wanted another drink, so we each only had one. Before we finished our meals the dessert menus were thrown at our table -really were you trying to turn over the table at 9 o’clock at night in Northbrook for the next party anxiously awaiting to be seated? Idoubt it

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Another fantastic meal at Francesca's North. Excellent pasta special; whitefish with mushrooms excellent as always. Carpaccio is one of our favorites.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Excellent food and great value!
Wait staff very attentive!

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1.0Dined on July 29, 2018

I ordered the same thing I always do and it actually had no taste. A friend who also ordered the chicken dish felt the exact same way. Was very disappointed that Francesca’s wasn’t up to the same standard that I remember.

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Service was in general good , food was very good specially the pasta, spacing was not good, room very noisy ,people in next table were very loud.
Over all good experience,will go back for the food.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

great italian food at great prices.close to home .we love it so much.

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Tables were being moved around us while we dined which made for a disruptive experience. Service was Ok but the server seemed distracted.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We were seated immediately. The service and food was very good. The veal and bolognese was particularly good.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

The food was really good. The service was poor, very slow. I will return there for dinner.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

This place used to be one of our go-to's for Italian, but it just hasn't been as good as it used to be for the last few years. Now we go maybe once year, still hoping for it to return to its former self. Everything used to taste so fresh. No longer feels like it's put together with care by a "chef". I wonder if they changed who heads the kitchen?

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Great service and great food! Nice atmosphere! Lovely place to dine!

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Good neighborhood restaurant, efficient service, food well prepared, fresh hot and tasty. Good atmosphere and bar area, open kitchen. Overall very good weekday evening meal!

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Food mediocre and service not good. 2 of 3 orders not fully correct. Pasta dish too salty.

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2.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The last few times we went here we did not have good experiences. We decided to give them one more chance.
The service was horrible! It took forever for everything from drinks to appetizers to dinner. We ordered appetizers but they brought the main courses first. When we pointed out the error they took the main courses back to the kitchen and must have put them under heat lamps. The appetizers came and they again brought the main course before we could enjoy the appetizers. The MGMT team stepped in and tried to save the night but they dropped the ball again. The main courses now took forever to arrive and then were cold. The night was awful and none of us will return.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

our server was very helpful especially since my friend needed assistance with a walker she uses and deciding what to order.Our food was very good as was our yummy dessert.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The white fish was very dry- manger took it back and gave me credit.
Very disappointed.

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

It was typical Francesca !!!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Their menu is constantly changing so you can continue to go and enjoy new items.

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3.0Dined on July 3, 2018

We come here for the food, particularly their house salad and warm bread, which was just as consistently delicious and perfectly prepared as always. It was a very busy night so service was a little haphazard but they did their best to keep up. We enjoy their nice selection of wines and varying nightly specials.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Food was great server really took care of us!!!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Always consistently great

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3.0Dined on June 28, 2018

There's nothing wrong with this place. The wood, fabrics and low-but-not-too-low lighting set a nice mood and the service was attentive without being intrusive. The food was on the good side of "meh". The menu is not huge but there is a nice diversity of items so for a group or business lunch everybody will find something they like. Salads were pretty average. We were warned that the sizes were generous, but they were not. Eggplant was a little soggy. Sausage and Peppers was small and oversauced. Pizza was tasty but a bit bland. Tried the pistachio profiteroles for dessert. The pistachio gelato inside was the best thing we tasted all night but for 7.50 the portion was very small. Which brings me to the main issue I have here which is that dinner for two, without any wine, came to roughly $80 with tip. For average at best itallian food in a strip mall, that seemed excessive. I am happy to pay for a great meal, but this really was just OK. I have had some great meals at Francesca's other locations. Maybe a little cross-training is in order! Bon appetit

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

As always, a go to place for a good meal…good drinks...easy parking.

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3.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Brought out main course before we were finished w salad

Gave us small table but said we could change if done in hour
We did not want to b rushed so we stayed YET— an hour later tables we could have had were still not occupied!!!

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Always delicious, quality food, executed well. Very flavorful meal. Enjoyed by both of us.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Francesca's North is our go-to spot, walkable from home, great food, and a fabulous bartender who over the years has become a personal friend.

This Tuesday was a Francesca's "original menu" night, on the anniversary of the chain's opening in the 1990s. Meals were priced now as they were back then. I had branzino for $16, whereas the usual menu posted on the front door listed it at $28. It was delicious.

Due to the night's discount pricing plus a private event, over 250 diners were expected. We were lucky to lock in a reservation early that morning for 4:45pm. Despite all the expected chaos, when we were arrived the manager and hostess treated us as though they had all the time in the world. As a wheelchair-bound woman in our party approached, the manager spotted her through the glass door and went out to help her inside. Once in, the hostess warmly accommodated our friend's limitations. Later this hostess somehow found time to check back in. She listened attentively as our friends mentioned it was an anniversary night for them too, and made some very thoughtful adjustments to our desserts. All in all we felt these people connected with us. It added considerably to what was already a memorable evening.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

My dining companion’s Birthday. Excellent dinner for a special day.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

FRANCESCA'S NORTH HAS A WONDERFUL LUNCH COMBO MENU AND TERRIFIC STAFF.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Great food in a friendly atmosphere! All four of us had very enjoyable meals that were very flavorful and creative.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

It was a rainy afternoon, Francesca’s was warm and inviting,
Delicious Italian comfort food. We enjoyed our pasta dishes with Italian sausage
and salads. The profiteroles for dessert were wonderful

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Got together with friends. The restaurant was large enough to accommodate us and not feel crammed. We enjoyed our time and our waitress was great!!!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Ambiance good, service, good, food is good. Been dining here for a long time/ Love this particular Francescas's.

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2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food was ok, nothing special in the world of Italian. Service was off the night we were there. Were seated at 6:50 and the waitress came by as well as a tray of salads for another table. That diverted our servers attention and she left. When she came back she took our wine order, but forgot to ask our daughter for a drink order. We give our food order at 7:15. We received our salads on a timely fashion, I had a ceaser, it was ok, nothing fantastic. We did not receive our entrees till 8:10. The tables next to us ordered after us and received their food before us. Food was average to above average Italian. Nothing made me go wow, the sauce in my pasta was runny. First time we have eaten here and we were very disappointed by the experience.

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Always good.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

very good food and the customer service is outstanding

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2018

I have come here over the years for special occasions and I was somewhat disappointed this time. A couple of us ordered the pizzas and the crust was dry and they lacked crunch, and flavor. Would never order pizza here again.
My daughter had water spilled over half her menu when it was being poured and it wasn’t changed out. My mother in law was salting her pasta because it was under seasoned. The other pasta dishes were good and the service was very good. Didn’t have to wait, and they accommodated us running late by 15 min.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Always one of my favorite places. We’ve been here a million times and never had a bad experience. The food is always phenomenal and the staff is wonderful. I highly recommend Francesca’s North!

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Chicken was tasteless. Very disappointed because always was good previously.
Did let server know that it was not usual and. We were disappointed
He told us the manager would come and he didn’t bother.
Not sure will go back.

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