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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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5:00 pm - 10:00 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: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 78
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Great food Hard to get in

Great sauces great pasta great Italian Only the or twelve tables come early or late It's worth the wait You can buy the sauces in the grocery store but you should experience the apps and desserts Always busy always good

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Patrick H
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great sauces great pasta great Italian Only the or twelve tables come early or late It's worth the wait You can buy the sauces in the grocery store but you should experience the apps and desserts Always busy always good

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Thank Patrick H
Bloomington, Minnesota
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

This is family Italian and I do mean "family". You would swear that mamma is in the kitchen supervising the chefs. Skip the overpriced steak houses near by and jump into a dining experience. This is fine dining at reasonable prices and a menu that I would put up against the Federal Hill Italian restarants of Rode Island. A Sicilian... More 

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Thank 2227mechanic
Sycamore, Illinois
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137 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

So you need to realize that unless you are ordering takeout, get there early. It opens at 5 but we got there slightly before and five tables were already in use. The menu is on the wall and the choices span traditional to more exotic Italian fare. There are great wines by the glass or bottle but it all starts... More 

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Thank Belikinbeer
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

There was a little wait but we'll worth it. Best Italian I've had in a long time. The service was great. You have to stop here if you like Italian food.

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Thank Jason G
Chicago, Illinois
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97 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

The main appeal of Francesco's is its unique staying power. It's a tiny room, now more elegant than it was 30 years ago, but it has retained its basic character and stuck to it. Result: a truly unexpected suburban Italian find. No, it's not just the "authentic" Italian restaurant so many mention; to me that would be an insult to... More 

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Thank RJNJR
Gilbert, Arizona
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

This place is amazing.if you can think it they will make it if it is not on the menu. Food, service and value is incredible. Get there early if you don't want to be on a wait list.

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Thank Blumldm
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

This is by far the best pasta place in the North Shore!!! It is really small, but that just adds to the fun and intimacy. Menu changes daily so lots of variety. We have found if we get there just as they open we don't have trouble getting a table. we have gone at peak times and waited as long... More 

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Thank Catherine A
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

Love this restaurant. It's a little stone Italian restaurant. It smells really good when you walk in. Get the chicken luccia with angel hair pasta (NOT ON MENU, ASK) and the house salad and never forget the chocolate banana cake for desert. Come here a lot because the food is amazing. Come here!!!

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Thank Zach S
New Jersey
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Local restaurant that doesn't take reservations but it's worth the wait. Friendly, professional staff serving home made Italian food of top quality. We were full from the salad and entree so unable to try dessert.

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Thank giantsfan11
new jersey
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145 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

We ate here last night and the service was great, the food was delicious and the warmth of the restaurant staff was just fabulous. They like their jobs, they like their customers and it shows. If we lived in the area we would be regulars here.

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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 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, French
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?