Francesca's North

4.5
1269 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Special Occasion
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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What 1269 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
3.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

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

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s
Chicago
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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RN
Chicago
3 reviews
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 3

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

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j
Chicago
3 reviews
3.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was typical Francesca !!!

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A
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

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

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C
Chicago
11 reviews
3.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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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G
Chicago
3 reviews
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently great

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SD
Chicago
10 reviews
3.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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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JS
Chicago
2 reviews
4.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
3.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

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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S
Chicago
19 reviews
4.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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l
Chicago
4 reviews
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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MS
Chicago
8 reviews
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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F
Chicago
12 reviews
4.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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

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FM
Chicago
38 reviews
5.0Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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k
Washington DC
113 reviews
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JS
Chicago
4 reviews
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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BL
Phoenix
10 reviews
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Chicago
1 review
2.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

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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A
Chicago
111 reviews
4.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always good.

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LI
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good food and the customer service is outstanding

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JR
1 review
3.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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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ST
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Chicago
1 review
3.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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S
Chicago
108 reviews
3.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Price/ quality not good

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l
Chicago
6 reviews
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was delicious. Love the Parmesan cream sauce they serve. Many choices on the menu. Love it!!

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LI
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday party

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FC
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous always...delicious Italian food....friendly and accommodating staff...one of our favorite restaurants!

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M
Chicago
3 reviews
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Service was excellent.

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e
Chicago
18 reviews
3.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very few servers there. Our requests were overlooked. Had to hunt server down for coffee refills, etc. place was hot when I came in, she had to ask them to cool the air.

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JS
Palm Springs
1 review
4.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Solid delicious Italian food, good portions, can share pastas, great Caesar salad, friendly waitstaff, changing menu, reasonable wine list. Reservations a must on weekends. Exterior surroundings can be off-putting - in a grocer’s shopping center but interior well-appointed. One of our go-to local restaurants for most needs.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ivan was superb waiter

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BG
Chicago
42 reviews
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FOOD IS FRESH, SERVICE IS OUTSTANDING, AND DAN TREATS EVERY GUEST SPECIAL.

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K
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite place to dine! Very kind and welcoming servers & staff. Veggie Verdure... THE best!
Yummy bar drinks, too!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lunch with coworkers. everyone loved the food and we were in and out in an hour. perfect.

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D
Chicago
15 reviews
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Loud but service was great.

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j
Chicago
76 reviews
3.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The food was tasty but we needed to ask servers to keep the food replenished and accessible...very busy day. They weren't very pleasant or understanding. Can't understand it, given the very pricey per person charge.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

There was an issue with the location of our table and we mentioned it to manager. He and his staff were very responsive and attentive.
The buffet was excellent—with similar quality as their evening dinners. We will go back!

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OT
Chicago
43 reviews
3.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Went for Mother’s Day Brunch. Everything just okay. Nothing great nothing spectacular overpriced fixed price. Lovely place but I won’t be back

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