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Francesco's Hole In The Wall

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254 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL 60062-1612
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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All 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
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Arrived to Francesco's on recommendation by a nearby hotel. Returned every time I was in the area also with colleagues, who equally loved the place. Some of our hghlights were Lobster and seafood marinara, eggplant parmesan, chicken parmesan, basically everything we were served was fresh, excellent flavours. Thank you so much for the amazing memories.

Thank Ryoukousha
Rapid City, South Dakota
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived in town hungry. Read reviews and decided Francesco's was the closest and sounded interesting. We were not disappointed. We arrived early as the line was forming. We're promptly seated and educated in the menu concept and beverage options. By the time we ordered our food the dinning area was full and there was a line out the door. Our... More 

Thank Michael B
Valparaiso, Indiana
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We dined at Francesco's for the first time the other evening and found the food and service excellent. This intimate restaurant does not accept reservations, but with a "heads up" phone call, they were able to seat us shortly after the seven o'clock time we had told them our table of four would arrive. It did not take long to... More 

Thank Stu S
Placida, Florida
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If your willing to wait you'll get the best Italian Food on the North Shore. Get there early and enjoy. It's worth the wait.

Thank Kim S
Irvine, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

First of all the food and service from the waitress was wonderful. However, the hostess (owners daughter Lucy) should be replace. Extremely rude and ignorant. She needs to read the ADA rules and also study what a service dog job can be. When tables are a foot apart and no one around you notices a service dog, there isn't a... More 

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Northbrook, Illinois
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

My wife is Italian and makes homemade dishes and pasta. This is just like hers and her mothers. When they are out of a dish that's it. Get there early. The only bad thing is too few tables but that makes it special. No over produced meals. Love the food! Go on a week day.

Thank Jim o
Lake Villa, Illinois
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43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

We have not revisited Francesco's in quite some time. Our anniversary was the perfect excuse! Unbeknown to us our daughter (in D.C.) called ahead and talked to Lucy and told her to have a double Maker's Mark and Pinot Grigio ready for when we got there. They do not take reservations, so there is alway a wait(well worth it). To... More 

Thank LIVVY_11
Dublin, Ireland
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156 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

Enjoyed a great meal here with a girlfriend. The service was friendly and relaxed. We felt in no rush to order or feel we had outstayed our welcome. Really important when you have a lot of catching up to do! The food was gorgeous but really big portions which they were happy to box up for us. Tables are close... More 

Thank Ellulje
Los Angeles, California
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

We found this place based on a recommendation from our hotel bellhop. He drove us over to the restaurant and seeing it was quite small we were concerned about getting in. The inside is very tight and small. We opted to sit out on the patio and enjoyed the warm air and the Cicada's chirping. The dinner was fabulous, the... More 

Thank Jojobeanm14
DeKalb, IL
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

The food and service was very good. It is small, crowded and noisy but most definitely an old Italian feel. I don't know that I would go again, but did enjoy the experience.

Thank JudyBethDeKalb_IL

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 254 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL 60062-1612
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Northbrook
  • Phone Number: 847-272-0155

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?