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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (27)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Good for Groups (20)
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Casual (20)
Special Occasion (19)
Authentic (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Good for a Date (12)
Cozy (11)
Business Meals (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Romantic (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Seasonal (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Too noisy
Burthday

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food. Good service.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 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 6, 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 5, 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 25, 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 25, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 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 22, 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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 (Naples)·Dined on December 20, 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 19, 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 17, 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 14, 2017

Bad service, waited forever for our food!

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 11, 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 10, 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 10, 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 9, 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 26, 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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·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 21, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Pablo is the best! He is always helpful knows the menu and remembers his clients well making great recommendations.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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

Tags: Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The food and service were outstanding! We were very pleased!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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