Francesca's Intimo

4.5
1267 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Francesca’s Intimo opened in early 2001 and is the 11th restaurant in the Francesca's Restaurant Group, bringing downtown Lake Forest a restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio.

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 5 concepts across 25 locations in 3 states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 18 Francesca’s Restaurants, 4 Davanti Enoteca's, Disotto, Fat Rosie’s and Hillgrove Tap.

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Chicago
122 reviews
Dined 3 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It just doesn’t get better than this. Great food - yes. But the service and hospitality trumps everything. Wonderful experience.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food. Nice quiet seating. Lovely server

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Disappointed with the food. The bruschetta appetizer was delicious and we excited for the next course which took a long time to come out. Three different pasta selections and we all agreed that we’ve had better, sorry to say.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Extremely slow service

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OH
New Mexico
40 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Seated quickly. Very crowded. Bar area overflowing into dining area. Diners greeting other diners across the room — none of this of course is controllable by the restaurant. Just trying to describe the loudness. Tried a new dish and was amazed by it!!! Try the bistecca!!! Wine list needs updating. Two bottles we ordered were off by 4 years from the menu and waiter didn’t point it out — we notice when he displayed bottle prior to opening at table. Honestly with the people yelling and bumping into my chair and nearly knocking things off my table with purses, jackets, etc. I was happy to leave.

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AH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’ve been to Francesca’s MANY times but our meals tonight were particularly good! Love the current preparation for the salmon.

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m
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Very crowded & noisy on a Thursday evening. Service was OK, considering the crowd.

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KE
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my birthday. Just me and my husband. Server was very nice and helpful and everything was delicious!!

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Always a great meal. No complaints.

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CL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service, we will definitely be going back here.

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m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Incredible food.. Just small short of pasta but tasty and fresh. Wine list also right on variety and price. Will return by sure

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AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing. I like how they change the menu every 30 days. Our server was the best.

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BD
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always excellent. Love the profiteroles. We dine here often.

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G
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always excellent. Quality of Food, service. Price variety atmosphere

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JM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Birthday dinner. Great food, great wine, even better company.

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B
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Period. Excellent. Great service too. Overall a superb restaurant.

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p
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Our waiter was so not engaged. Waited way too long for our wine and then my husband’s order was not right.. and he didn’t even try to make it right.
My meal was medicore at best. An off night for the restaurant.

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d
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Perfect evening! We decided to grab dinner out at the last minute and were able to find a reservation at Francesca's. The meal and service were superb. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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W
Chicago
141 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Good happy hour drink prices. House red was very good. Food was fine. Crowded and service was fine. Nothing special here.

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NK
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

The food was too over priced. I ordered a pasta with pesto and chicken. The pasta was too hard and the pesto was soup like. I went home with a terrible toothache. Also when a waitress was taking our plates. She tilted a plate with bread crumbs on it and spilled it all over me. I did not get an apology. Wouldn’t recommend this placw ans never going back.

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BQ
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Loved it! The brochette was to die for! Saturday is a busy night but still fun

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d
Chicago
158 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Our standard go to restaurant that has lately fallen due to service that is slipping and food that just doesn’t seem to be on the top of its game per server basically couldn’t care less about our table never asked if we want water or another drink or anything else for that matter and the food was only average

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LL
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

The food was flavorless, the drinks were watery and the service was inattentive. We were very disappointed in our meal this past Saturday night....all of us. It is a great location and a nice looking place but will not go back until they decide to put more effort into their food...flavor and all.

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LF
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

We have dined and Francesca’s before and enjoyed it but we were terribly disappointed with our recent experience. The service and the food was poor. Our server disappeared for extended periods of time and was not attentive. Our calamari was cold and did not taste good. Our pastas were okay but nothing great and our son’s Caesar salad was not good at all and even looked unappealing. It just seemed like the ingredients were plopped on the top. The evening was not what we expected from Francesca’s.

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EK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Calamari was good as always. Cradle sald was not. Lettuce was not fresh. Bisque was good but Valentine Napoleon was very disappointing. Not at all what I expected. Pastry was over baked. Filling minimal 😕

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E
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Each and every time we are delighted and comforted -your restaurant is fabulous and the service sincere. well done.

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to Francesca's Intimo on Valentines Day with my wife. Best dinner ever!!! My wife had a great ravioli and I had the Filet Mignon on crab cake off the special menu. Best steak ever and prepared perfectly to order. Service was impeccable as well. All in all, best date night ever!!! Will see if they can top it for 20th anniversary in April!!!

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c
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

We were not especially hungry even though this was a special occasion. Service was exceptional. I think our server's name is Leslie, and we always enjoy seeing LaLo at the bar...

Food was OK...my cavatelli with chicken in pesto was too salted, I should have sent it back, but decided it was not worth the effort since we were not so hungry in any event.

btw, I do wish the menu was a bit more extensive, even granted this is a small restaurant not on the scale of other Francesca's....

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S
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was really a good meal, great wait staff and given ample time to enjoy the evening and company.

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Food & service always impeccable. Can always count on all the Francesca’s in the Chicagoland area.

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p
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappointed! Such an amazing wait staff and the food is fresh and fantastic.

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KL
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a lovely family dinner. Food is always consistently good, as is the service at Francesca's!

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J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Nice place. Solid food options. Mussels are great, pastas are too. Skate special was just ok. Friendly service. A quality spot.

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RF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Just tried the tortiglioni off the new menu. I have a new favorite pasta dish. Pasta, short ribs of beef (shredded), mushrooms, tomato sauce and a dollop of ricotta. Yum

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was very good, however we had to wait quite a while before we were seated, even tho we had reservations. I was with an elderly couple with physical issues so it was difficult to stand and wait for them.

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BA
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and reasonably priced. The only complaint I have ever had is that the tables are quite close to each other. Overall, great place for a nicely prepared meal.

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H
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always a nice experience.

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c
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Service makes a difference and it was really lacking. Slow on attention, slow on drinks, had to ask for plates in sharing desert, and just placed down in a stack at the end of the table.

Steak was delicious, though lots of places to get steaks with better service.

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BV
Chicago
207 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food is always good here. Never disappoints and even if something we normally have there (the pea pod salad) they will make it for you even it's not on the menu.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and our server was awesome!

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