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Francesco's Hole In The Wall

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254 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL 60062-1612
4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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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Northbrook, Illinois
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32 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Home made italian cooking. Absolutely great. My mouth waters at the thought of going there. Every dish us excellent followed by excellent service. The only down side is you usually have to wait to get in. Just go and see for yourself!

Thank 84u2c
Andover, MA
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Man oh man, what a great find in the Chicago suburbs. Visiting for business and had dinner at Francesco's and so glad I did. Small restaurant with tables very close together, so be prepared for a vibrant scene. Outstanding service to match outstanding food. The Osso Bucco was perhaps the best I ever had. Good wine list. Highly recommended if... More 

Thank NYGuyInMass
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This local spot is easy to bypass, but well worth finding. It doesn't take reservations, so be prepared to wait - because it really is a hole-in-the-wall-sized place, with tables almost on top of each other and servers squeezing between patrons. The menu is different every day, written on the end wall; look for traditional Italian gems (like gnocchi) as... More 

Thank Michelle B
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117 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Francesca's location is definitely a hole in the wall but the food is amazing as always. Reminds me of the Bryn Mahr location in terms of food quality. Great orchiette marinara.

Thank Njp007
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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

Because there were only 2 of us, we were seated in about 5-7 minutes on a Friday night st 7:30. I used to come here years ago, put our name in, go home, and come back an hour later. Then our table would be ready with a very short wait. What's so bad about reservations? The place is tiny but... More 

Thank Squirrelhound
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135 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

This long-time Northbrook landmark restaurant has been around forever. After 40 years, it's still tough to get in on weekends. Menu, food and service are all top notch. But the management is aloof and indifferent.

Thank Joel K
Chicago, Illinois
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Hole in the Wall offers excellent food - the menu, written on a board located on a main wall in the restaurant, includes fish, meat and pasta dishes. The Hole in the Wall salad is a must-starter! Warm bread served with the meal. The staff is friendly, and the owner is there every, or almost, every night checking in with... More 

Thank Katie P
Northbrook, Illinois
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67 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

Superb pastas and sauces are the best, so is the antipasti salad. Not a lot of tables but worth the wait.

Thank botts49
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

I ordered a $35 plate and it was Seafood....big big huge mistake...Seafood here in Chicago has been a total and complete disappointment........the pasta was better, but the seafood plate.....Rubbery Hard Lobster, same with the Shrimps......thanks young thanks....... nothing like Florida or the Florida Keys or even South florida to eat Seafood.......or Maryland, Boston....Maine

Thank Mario E
Northbrook, Illinois
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

You need to know that it is there. Go early. Don't try to tell a personal private secret. It is impossible. Too crowded. Excellent food, good service

Thank Betty S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
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?