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Francesco's Hole In The Wall

254 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL 60062-1612
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Ranked #1 of 104 Restaurants in Northbrook
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $30
Sun 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: French, Italian
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Dining options: Lunch
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English first
Chicago, IL
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

My wife and I have enjoyed eating at The Hole in the Wall for years but as it has become more and more popular, the waiting time gets longer and longer. They will say about half an hour and it will be an hour and a half. Service is spotty and the food has become mediocre and overpriced.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Be prepared to wait in a cosy little reception - and I mean cosy!! It's worth it though. The tables are nearly on top of each other and you get close and personal with other diners, but this adds to the ambience of the experience. A great little spot with excellent food.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Dining at 5 PM on a Friday with a well-behaved child earned us clipped responses to our questions and brusk service. Clearly, the server wanted us out of there fast! She was not at all friendly or welcoming in any way. The food was excellent. $100 for entrees, drinks plus shared app, dessert and a half order of pasta for... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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66 reviews 66 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We have not been to Hole in the Wall in several years; we did not like it before and nothing has changed. But, the small, attractive room was buzzing with happy diners.. its like so many things in like, its what you get used too. Service was fine, prices a couple dollar higher than some places, but the food we... More 

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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Heck..maybe in The city of Chicago as well. If you are looking for a cozy little restaurant with great Italian food..this is it. A local gem. Want a menu..need to look upon the huge chalk board. Want a reservation..not happening. The restaurant is small, the tables for two are so close to the others, you feel you are having dinner... More 

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Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This place is so good but very small. Expect to wait 20 minutes for a table for 4. No reservations. Frank and his line chefs are excellent cooks of Italian fare. We started with Blue point oysters baked with spinach and garlic; cooked to perfection. We had a Francesco’s salad. Very good. Still not sure what the vinegar was but... More 

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New York City, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I simply cannot hold back my praise for this awesome little eatery in Northbrook, IL. Being a visitor to the Chicago area, I decided to sample the suburbs over the city because, well, I live near a city and didn't really feel like running barefoot down Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Maybe next time. My first trek to Francesco's was on Tuesday... More 

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Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

After waiting for roughly one hour I was excited to eat here after reading the reviews. I should have listened to my gut instinct when I saw what the staff looked like. Very unprofessional. The food took forever to get to our table (I was dining with friends) and it was bland and over cooked. We tried to find something... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The restaurant was tiny and felt like we were sitting on top of one another. The food was good. Surprised an italian restaurant was out of Lasagna at noon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

We were out of town for work and saw that it was #1 out of 82 in the Northbrook area. We decided to check it out. Atmosphere is great! We had unbelievable service and the food was to die for. Wow! We will be back!

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Additional Information about Francesco's Hole In The Wall

Address: 254 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL 60062-1612
Phone Number: 847-272-0155
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Northbrook
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
Cuisine: French, Italian

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