Francesca's North

4.5
1439 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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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Chicago
74 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Overall, very good, as usual.
My only complaint was that the special sausage and pepper dish I ordered came out lukewarm (which has never happened, and they immediately fixed). The pasta was a little too thick and chewy for my taste and I didn’t think had enough sausage or peppers. Also, the peppers were fairly crunchy, which is not typically how this is served.
Everything else was excellent, and the service was excellent as well.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always consistently good service excellent food and friendly staff

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GL
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always good food and friendly service. Enjoy the menu specials

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FJ
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Our first time and we enjoyed it. Nice interior design, particularly the bar and ceiling. Like the open kitchen. Food was very good. Best was bruchetta and tiramisu.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Minestrone soup served cold for all three of us. I saw a bowl of minestrone served at the table next to us which was piping hot with steam coming out. Not sure what happened there especially since the soup is $5 a cup. It should have been amazing.

Bread was delicious

Pasta served cold and completely tasteless. I was hungry so I still ate it. Pasta was cold so he couldn’t get any cheese on it from the cheese wheel they serve it out of which made the pasta taste like just pasta with no flavor.

Pizza was excellent and chicken breast dish was also excellent. Both served hot. Actually I would say both were amazing.

I did complain about the cold soups and tlcold tasteless pasta so the soups were discounted but it would have been more professional and customer service friendly if the manager came out and talked with us about it. I wasn’t impressed. Its not about the discount, it’s about being heard.

Server served one cappuccino, forgot mine, and forgot my husbands tea. My daughter had to remind her so she eventually brought it out.

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DC
Chicago
357 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Francesca’s is now our go to Italian restaurant. The food was incredible and service by Mary was equally outstanding. We started with a bottle of White Haven Sauvignon Blanc which is delicious. It went well with the Fried Calamari. Then we had the Halibut over Spinach with cherry tomatoes and capers. Unbelievably delicious. For dessert the Pistachio Profiteroles with Chocolate sauce on the side. I like a little, my husband dips every bite. One of the best dining experiences.

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NG
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Another great dinner on Friday at Francesca's ! We were watching our Grandson, who is very picky about food, and he ate everything on his plate. The service was fabulous as usual - We are always made to feel as if we are valued !

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PW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great Anniversary dinner. Complimentary dessert was a nice bonus. Thanks!

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AH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We have been there many times and always enjoy it!

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LS
Raleigh
62 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Really appreciate this Northbrook gem. Great service. Delicious food. Huge thank you for accommodating dietary restrictions

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is by far my favorite restaurant!!! They let you make substitutions to their menu which is key!

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S
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always tasty, always great service.

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m
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was fabulous. Everyone loved the menu and will come back

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MK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Went to the Easter Brunch and it unfortunately was not very good.
A bit over priced. Would have preferred ordering off the menu.

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P
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We love going to Francesca’s restaurants. The service was great!
The Easter brunch was excellent. It was not overwhelming like the big hotel brunches. They had a nice presentation with many appetizing food choices.
The salmon dish and the prime rib were my favorites.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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PA
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time and a real pleasant surprise. Wonderful ambiance and fantastic food! Highly recommended!!

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EE
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious dinner and excellent server! The salad and chicken specials were great.

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D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Quality food reasonably priced. Server could have been more attentive, but this was an exception to our past experience here.

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

We go all the time! It’s a mainstay in our dining.

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

We had a very nice romantic booth. We had a bottle of White Haven Sauvignon Blanc which was a pleasant surprise. Bursting with fruit flavors and very smooth. We had the Fried Calamari which was perfect. The calamari went perfect with the wine. Then the Halibut dinner special. Absolutely delicious. Very light, flaky and outstanding. Finally the profiteroles. A outstanding dining experience. Thank you Eric for service and Ed for being the best.

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CD
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good food, great service and happy tummy's to go home! Always a treat and a pleasure to dine here.

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BF
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and overall excellent dining experience as always at Francescas. I've been patronizing this restaurant group since the mid nineties and it keeps getting better. Best Italian cuisine in Illinois!

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DC
Chicago
358 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was excellent. Mary was great. She didn’t miss a beat. Wonderful service. The Pasta dishes were outstanding. Great Bruschetta and a nice bottle of Chardonnay. The food was so good I told a friend he had to try it. I called Ed at Francesca’s and he had a nice booth for our return visit. Again, outstanding.
Thank you Ed, Mary and your wonderful kitchen.

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e
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

I had the Branzino! I asked for it with very light sauce. It came covered in greasy vegetables and sauce. The server took it back and then brought it back dry and overcooked with the greasy vegetables on the side. By that time the other 3 guests were finished eating. I had called in earlier and told Chris we were celebrating a birthday, and to
Make sure our server knew, as they never do. Sure enough our server didn’t and I had to ruin the surprise by telling her. Most annoying.

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t
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great value, food was ok, the service was excellent

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J
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful lunch menu, attentive wait staff, quiet enough to catch up with an old friend. I hope to go back soon.

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TM
Adelaide
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I have been coming here for the last 20 years, and it somehow just keeps getting better. We never tire of the consistently delicious food or lovely staff.
I love in particular their carpaccio and pastas.... they offer spectacular little pizzas and seafood as well.
Absolutely gorgeous bar with a generous selection of wines and spirits. We love to end a meal with whatever fresh gelato they are searching.
Just a gem for any occasion or casual night out.

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SZ
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

5 star evening. The food was absolutely delicious!

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b
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

the ravioli was delicious-service was great-we all loved it!!!!!

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

Girlfriends birthday

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LM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
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
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
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
23 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
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
13 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
90 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
99 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
45 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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