Francesca's Intimo

4.5
1297 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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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m
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

I think the food and service has gone down recently...new ownership and chefs perhaps? I will give it another try but was disappointed.

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LB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always have a great meal and experience! The service is efficient and professional, the food is great and it was a lovely birthday treat!

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O
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Good as usual but they did forget one of our guests order.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Waited 30 minutes for our table past our reservation time. Had to order right away as we had a 1 year old in tow. Waited more than 75 minutes for our food and we all ordered basic pastas. Eventually had to tell them we needed to take it to go and it still took another 15 minutes to get the food. Pastas were mediocre at best.

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Always amazing food! Can’t go wrong with Francesca’s Intimo.

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W
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great assortment & gluten free menu. They will also accommodate special requests.

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N
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always take our grandchildren there. They love the meat balls and spaghetti and the tiramisu!

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p
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

It waa good.. very crowded tonight!

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SB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Very noisy! It was difficult to talk across a small table for two without shouting. They were very busy but our waiter allowed us to enjoy our cocktail before ordering. My whitefish over risotto was excellent, but could have been half the portion. Still one of our favorite places for great food!

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a
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good wine selection, excellent food and service.

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KA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

3 meals arrived on time. The pizza was completely wrong and needed to be reordered. The wedge salad, recommended for sharing, was very small. Our special occasion was not even recognized. They did give us 1 slice of tiramisu for our order delay. My salmon was wonderful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious. Requested a booth when making the reservation but none were available. Noise level a little loud. Service, cocktails and food very good.

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CR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great

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LH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful meal!!!

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DI
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I brought my friend to Francesca’s to celebrate her birthday. Our lunches were delicious, the service was very good, and a birthday treat with a candle was presented to her at the end of the meal. It was a lovely way to acknowledge her special day.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It was great

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, great meal and service!

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. I wish I’d known about this place sooner.

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always good and the service is great! The specials and the wine list never disappoint. We have been big fans for more than 20 years.

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

Best food on the North Shore, great service and Lisa is the greatest at the front desk!

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GL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent menu and ambiance. Good wine list, albeit small

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RL
Las Vegas
73 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food and service were very good. The salmon with capers was excellent, as was the chicken parmigiana. Our guests also were very pleased with their lunch selection. There were not too many other diners even though our reservation was at the peak lunch hour time, so the service was very attentive.

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JJ
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always such a wonderful experience! Food is superb and the service is always attentive and kind!

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S
Chicago
129 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome experience. Always enjoy the anniversary pricing specials too.

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H
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Bronzini dish was virtually inedible. Other items were fine.

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JB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved Vincent!

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W
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great gluten free menu. Mary provided wonderful service. Lunchtime combos are delicious & good value.

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S
Chicago
129 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
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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L
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We always enjoy eating at Francesca's Intimo. In fact, we included it in our itinerary on a visit back to Chicago and did not regret it!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food. Nice quiet seating. Lovely server

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
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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