Never a bad meal; the best seafood and always something different but always good. Was so good I had lunch today at their other location in Barrington; need I say, excellent.
Very poor disorganized slow service. Took 3 requests and 15 min to get a beer then brought wrong kind. Dirty martini horrible. House Pinot Grigio horrible. Veal way over cooked. Carpaccio tasteless. Margarita pizza very good. You should send your team to Lake Forest Franciscos to get a lesson on service and food quality....
We love Francesca's. The food is always good, and there are often new choices. The service was fine.
We have been before but the evening was below adequate. The kitchen was very slow (over a half hour) in getting out our appetizers And the lentils, which we have ordered in the past and always good, we fair at best and the portion was very small. We usually have plenty to share with a large group. Also the special beet salad tasted like they came from a can.
Our waitress apologized for the delay but did nothing to show any remorse from management. Perhaps a complimentary dessert or free drinks were in order.
Our main courses can out more quickly but were not very good. The Branzino special did not taste fresh and the rigatoni with eggplant had barely any eggplant. The gnocchi special was better.
We allotted ourselves one and a half hour for dinner (there were 7 of us) as we had to be somewhere. We came in at 6:00 on a Sunday evening and had to rush to finish dinner and get out.
We tallied up a large bill with a bottle of wine and it did not go unnoticed that we felt unappreciated.
They put us in the back. They were slow with service - 2.5 hours there for dinner. They charged us full price for two alcoholic drinks in which we asked for the alcohol to be taken out (kiddie cocktails at this point). I live in Northbrook and plan to never go back again. They forgot my mother's coffee.
Great restaurant and wonderful food. We all loved our meal. Can’t wait to go back again.
Always a great meal with great service to match.
Nothing was recognized for our anniversary. I put down on the reservation that we were celebrating. Nobody asked or said anything . Disappointing for our 10 year anniversary dinner.
Thank you to all for an exceptional evening. Everything was perfect from the table, service and special attention from management and most of all the delicious food! Kale Brussel sprout salad is a GREAT ADDITION to the menu.
Everyone was so friendly and nice. It was a pleasure to go there for dinner. The food was great too.
The skirt steak was terrible and salty. I should have sent it back. The waiter was great. Also the piece of meat was not even what I would call skirt steak. It was like flat and awful
Awesome as usual
Great food a little noisy
Been going to Francesca's for years, since the original one on Clark St in the early '90s - always a consistently good meal. However, this time we were left a bit disappointment. The fried calamari was a bit over cooked. The Insalata alla Francesca was really nothing special. However, the salmon and tilapia were both delicious. Our server was very friendly and professional. Of course, we will probably return and do hope this was just a one-off.
Francesca’s was busy and after waiting for awhile our server came and we put our whole order in with him. My husband knew we would be waiting. We started with Fried Calamari which was hot and delicious. I had ravioli with large chunks of mozzarella and a delicious sauce. My husband had large shrimp with asparagus, mushrooms with a beautiful red sauce. He ate all of it. Then we waited and waited and I finally caught his eye for the check. He came over and asked us if we wanted to see the dessert menu, but I wanted to leave. My husband was polite and said no thank you, just the check. Again, we waited. He asked me for some cash and we left. Francesca’s has great food, but very slow service. I will say this, my husband doesn’t care. He likes to enjoy the evening with me and the energy of the restaurant.
Loved throwback entrees..salmon with lentils wonderful
Calamarri very good and fresh
Francesca salad disappointing. Usually my favorite. Always get it
Had it split and each of us only had one piece of endive and the rest was mushy romaine mix..just ok this time
Nice evening not to noisy at a corner window table except foe music with heavy base. Try some nice dinner music instead
All was great
Great. Waiter was terrific and very helpful as was kitchen
Great meal and friendly staff. Truly enjoyed our evening.
Great, as always
Wonderful and delicious!
excellent salmon with lentils I would have this again. everyone like their orders
Restaurant was very noisy, mostly due to music playing. Maybe we were directly below the speaker
Good is always good. However my salmon came and it seemed to have been sitting out. It was not warm. I told the waiter who must have put it in the microwave. Came back hot but dried out. Flavor was good. My friends had a very yummy meal
Valentine's Day dinner was OUTSTANDING! The place was very busy. Service was top notch. The food was spectacular. We ordered off the menu rather than the Valentine Special. Wait staff was really hustling.
I've been to Francesca's North numerous times for special occasions as well as a business lunch and even weeknight dinner. They NEVER disappoint, and are one of the BEST Italian restaurants in the area. I look forward to going back for another great time.
awesome food, the calamari was so delicious, everyone was so friendly
It wasn't the usual FN experience. Too much happening for Valentines Day- would not recommend for a special day because the kitchen was clearly overloaded. I should have sent it back but did not.
Server and staff were very nice.
Delicious, healthy food though servers brought the main entree right after the appetizer was served. We felt rushed and assumed they wanted to turn the table. They kept trying to take our plates while we were in the middle of eating. Consequently, not a relaxed meal. The food is excellent amidst a high volume in a lovely room. Good service if you are in a hurry.
Usually, this bustling place is welcoming and serves classic Italian comfort food. I love the burrata salad and the fact that they will make the chicken romano to your order as boneless breast instead of a 1/2 chicken. The pastas that get mixed hot in the parmesan wheel are terrific.
This time they fell a bit short of the mark because we had a very long wait between cocktails and ordering and the food was bit cold upon arrival. Perhaps just attributable to being short staffed- hopefully this was just a one time glitch. We hope the restaurant will continue to be one of our old standbys.
Pasta choices were great.
Hadn't been here in awhile and I can't wait to go back. eggplant appetizer salad was delicious and large enough for all of us to taste. My pasta with shrimp and clams in a spicy light sauce was delicious and the Chicken Romano moist and delicious. will go back in a few weeks but will go early to avoid the crowds
Food is always delicious. Menu changes every time you come! One negative is the table next to us let their children use their IPad with the sound on! That did not seem right to have that sound drown out our conversation ! All in all love this restaurant!
This was our first visit to Francesca's North and truly enjoyed our experience. My husband had the twin filets which were done perfectly and I had the parmesan wheel pasta and peas, which I thought delicious.
I was craving good and authentic Italian food and Francesca's met my expectations. The food was delicious. I tried an appetizer recommended by our waitress, which was amazing.
Ease of parking, delicious food, friendly wait staff. Biggest issue is the noise level. Way too loud. We felt like we had to scream to be heard. Got tired of saying "what did you say"? There's got to be a way to fix that. I'd go back for the wild mushroom polenta. You could eat that out of a shoe and it would be delicious! Please work on the noise level.
Such a wonderful place. As good or better than city
Great food. Good service.
Food was great and our waiter was so good. Had a wonderful birthday experience.
Friendly, consistent good food. Service is welcoming
Service slow. Food was OK but portions crazy small for the price. Linguine with seafood $27 had was so small with very few shellfish in it, if felt like an appetizer. Went home and ordered a pizza.