Francesca's North

4.4
1409 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
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 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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What 1409 People Are Saying
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K
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Girlfriends birthday

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LM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Nice experience w business friend celebration. Challenge w bill but they resolved quickly; always good to check the bill!

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AN
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Service. Was very slow tonight
Need to redecorate -we sat in a booth with tape on seat -very tacky

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N
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Was very noisy due to a private party with open doors and high traffic in and out. Couldn’t hear each other.

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CR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Always a solid meal with great service. Nice gluten free options.

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P
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

The service was terrible... we hadn’t finished our salads when our dinners were literally thrown at us. I ordered branzino which was not fresh...It looked like leftovers. We have been customers since you opened many years ago. The last few times we have eaten at Francesca’s has been very bad. Sorry to say we won’t be coming back.

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

Always good love it the server Jamie made the night great she’s awesome

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AK
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Foods are always delicious! I want to come again. The price is reasonable. Happy hour is recommended!

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had not been here before, but the service was prompt and courteous and the food was remarkable. It's a shame I had not known about this gem of a restaurant earlier.

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e
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Sat in the back room and there was a huge party group, screaming across the tables. We could barely hear our conversation. Trout was Fair, salad good, roast chicken good, but not worth the money.

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N
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was impeccable & friendly. Food was outstanding. A bit on the noisy side but only because of happy diners engaged in conversation. Music was not a factor

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C
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Hostess and server were terrific!

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WP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great.. especially with Jaime as your server!

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RW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistantly terrific. The best Italian food in the North Shore.

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MS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Manager Ed was very accommodating.
Great gluten free choices

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

We regularly come to Franscescas and enjoy the food and atmosphere. However, on this last visit, the service was very poor. Very slow. We probably sat for at least 10 minutes before we were given water or asked for a drink order. We were sat in the back room and the ambience was poor. Waitress was nice but service was slow, not one of the enjoyable dinners we usually have there.

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 2

Valentine's Day is not the ideal restaurant night. Had to sit in the back of the banquet room facing the wall at the end. Missed on one of the appitizers, waiter was prompt and friendly, but just not the usual Francesca's quality.

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D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and food

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JD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

Your choice of music does not fit the venue. I would think it would be more background with a more traditional flavor. Not coldplay and am repeats. We have also noticed this at your Disotto location. Very out of character for the setting.

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

As always, the food and ambiance at Francesca was wonderful. We celebrated a birthday and it was a nice evening!

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D
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Service & food were very good. The 80's & 90's rock music was too loud & distracting though.

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b
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Had a great meal with great service. My only complaint was that at about 10pm I felt as though we needed to leave. The room we were in was being totally cleared so I felt uncomfortable to stay

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Food was fantastic. Ambiance was very casual/ insignificant. Highly recommend the lobster pasta

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OT
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yummy always good the skate fish was outstanding we all had it and loved it
Great place service good

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WK
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this place. The food is excellent and the service is always good. Very convenient for us.

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d
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful cheerful waitress, good meal, a pleasure

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DE
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a nice quiet dinner. Food, wine, and service were excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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DF
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was fantastic. Service top notch....Recommend.

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OT
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always excellent
Server Jamie was awesome she was great

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e
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great play for a local italian meal and a great place to celebrate an occasion

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T
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful food and service. This place was packed by 7pm on a Thursday evening. Give yourself a few minutes extra to find parking which can be tight at this mall location. Would love to go to Francescas North in the future.

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ML
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, as always, was delicious. There was a nice variety, And the service was excellent.

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CG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Birthday, kindly offered a complimentary birthday dessert

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X
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic dinner.
Started off with their new cauliflower and Brussels sprouts appetizer. My wife had the sea bass and shrimp and I had the rigatoni with sausage. Everything was excellent.
Btw, the make a very good martini as well.
Mary is a great waitress.

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d
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We asked at the beginning of the meal for separate
Checks, he brought one we reminded him he brought two checks, but put the salad on only one check, since we split the salad I had hoped he would he would split the price of the salad.

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C
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Been here about half a dozen times. Always great food and service.

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DG
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Lousy service! Your server Gregorio has no customer service skills! Abrupt & more concerned about pushing the alcohol. No greeting, no reference to menu & specials. Seemed very frazzled. If I wasn’t familiar w/Francesca’s I would never come back! Do something!!!!!

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C
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great Italian go-to for just about any night and any occasion. One of our favorites for many years.

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JL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Very disappointed in our meal, usually they area very good. This time it was tasteless - so bad I will not be going back to this location again. On top of the bad meal - the music was so loud that you could not have a conversation at the table without speaking up. Really a shock to us, Francesca's other locations have always been good. We have had issues with loud music at this location before but the food quality really was upsetting.

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BO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always enjoy Francesca's. Food and service very good and staff is more than accommodating. Excellent!

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