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Francesco's Hole In The Wall

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254 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL 60062-1612
847-272-0155
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Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
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
Dining options: Lunch

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Visitor rating
  • 53
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A Lovely Dinner with Friends

Met with a couple for a long awaited dinner. Have heard about Francesco's Hole in the Wall and decided our dinner was to be there. We had heard that they didn't take reservations, so we arrived early and had a drink while waiting for our friends who were traveling further to arrive. Now, I have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
HappyinChicago45
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Lunch
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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Met with a couple for a long awaited dinner. Have heard about Francesco's Hole in the Wall and decided our dinner was to be there. We had heard that they didn't take reservations, so we arrived early and had a drink while waiting for our friends who were traveling further to arrive. Now, I have read some complaints about the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
353 reviews 353 reviews
282 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Though there is plenty of parking, I must admit that I thought there would be a bigger dining area. If there is any negative to be said, it is only because of that and the tables are close to each other. If you are looking for a romantic place, this may not be the place to go. We were seated... More 

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Chicago, IL
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014 via mobile

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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Wombourne
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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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

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
Top Contributor
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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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
93 reviews 93 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 254 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL 60062-1612
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Northbrook
  • Phone Number: 847-272-0155

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
  • Cuisine: Dessert, French, Italian
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?