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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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4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (27)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Casual (20)
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Good for Groups (18)
Authentic (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Comfort Food (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Good for a Date (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Business Meals (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Cozy (9)
Romantic (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Fun (3)
Seasonal (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful and delicious!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

excellent salmon with lentils I would have this again. everyone like their orders

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Seasonal, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2018

awesome food, the calamari was so delicious, everyone was so friendly

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Pasta choices were great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Such a wonderful place. As good or better than city

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Too noisy
Burthday

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great food. Good service.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was great and our waiter was so good. Had a wonderful birthday experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Friendly, consistent good food. Service is welcoming

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Always good . pasta special. Was a great deal.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our Christmas dinner of 10 was delicious with a very attentive server. Perfect celebration!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food - great service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We have been here before, at least four times and this time I was not happy with my food. The gnocchi were very salty! I ate some but they were bad. The pasta someone else got was not very good either. The waiter was great, prompt and very pleasant. The place has a very nice ambiance.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food is always great and so is the service. Highly recommend!!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Excellent authentic Italian food. The waiter remembered it was our daughters 28th birthday and he brought them each a delicious pistachio gelato filled puff with a lit candle-nice touch. My son said it was one of the best dinners he ever had-filet. The linguini served tableside from a huge Parmesan "tub" was impressive. The $5 Cosmo didn't hurt.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Very generous portions. Good salads served in generous portions. Nice pasta, but limited variety. Very good waitstaff. Ample parking. Limited menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food was delicious. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Waiter could have been more attentive, but not terrible by any means. The restaurant was very busy and a little noisy, but in a positive way. Overall a delightful experience. We look forward to returning.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 18, 2017

As always, great meal and great service. It is walking distance and a perfect quick meal for a birthday celebration.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Really great Italian restaurant. Great food, good atmosphere and friendly staff. The ingredients all tasted really fresh, the bruschetta was delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Meal was very good. Server was professional and friendly

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Bad service, waited forever for our food!

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Even though reservations were made a week out they weren’t prepared for us, didnt seem like they remembered calling me the day before to confirm. First table was unacceptable, by the kitchen bathrooms and very noisy party. I’ve been going to this place since it opened and find it very on and off these days. Service slow and food only so so

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 9, 2017

From start to finish amazing. Ivan was great and really gave top service. The GM stopped over and was very welcoming and held a great conversation. Would go back anytime.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

This evening my food was disappointing. Some of pasta was cold. Not mixed well enough with hot sauce. Portion was smaller than usual.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Last minute find for out-of-town relatives arriving a day early. They are world travelers and foodies, so the pressure was on. The place was jam-packed on a Friday at 7 pm, but the restaurant was well run and once seated, you felt free to linger. Our meal was exceptionally delicious! Fresh Italien food made perfectly. Just enough menu choices. Francesca's never fails.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints. We hadn’t been there in a while and the only noted change perhaps were slightly smaller portions. Quality was still very high and we are eager to return. Service was attentive and excellent.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was typical solid Francesca's, but the service and the timing of our dishes was disappointing. After we ordered appetizers, we could never find our waiter to get more drinks, more water, more bread, or order our entrees. Kids meals came out 25 mins before adult entrees, so kids were completely finished before adults were served their entrees. Waiter brought out a pinot noir instead of a pinot grigiot. Too expensive of a meal to have service issues detract from the overall dinner.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I took my family here for Thanksgiving meal. I realize this is an Italian restaurant but they offered a traditional Turkey & dressings meal. Unfortunately, the mashed potatoes were cold. Not mildly warm, COLD! Stuffing was mush. Terrible. The rest of the meal including the turkey was delicious. Server was top notch. Meal and alcohol prices are steep.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Always a pleasure to dine at Francesca's. Friendly service, very attentive and close by in the burbs if you don't want to treck to the city!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Casual, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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