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Francesco's Hole In The Wall

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$$ - $$$
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254 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL 60062-1612
+1 847-272-0155
4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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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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Fort Worth, Texas
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a great find. We went here and were able to sit at a table in the kitchen. What an awesome experience. We had a waitress that was great, but the owner actually waited on out group of 6 as well. Great Little Italy feel to this place. And food as mom and grandma made. Have to go again.

Thank ldiastx
Janesville, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

They have a huge white board that announcing that days menu. The menu changes based on what was delivered that day. You may have to wait but it is WORTH the wait. The service is fantastic and the food delicious. There are pictures of all the celebrities that have ate there. The owner is very warm and friendly.

Thank lterrcreatkard3829
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25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is all about the food, & it's brilliant. No reservations so at 5:30pm on a Saturday we waited 50 minutes for a table. The service is there for 1 purpose & that's to turn tables over quickly (service is fast with little care & no passion), but the food was outstanding. The grilled calamari & octopus was charred... More 

Thank Matthew S
Northbrook, Illinois, United States
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Always enjoy dining here. The food is delicious and excellent service. A crowded experience due to size of restaurant.

Thank Herb R
Deerfield, Illinois
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food is very good. Portion sizes are generous. Prices are reasonable. Dependable local restaurant. Best to go to dinner early or later, since there can be a long wait. Very noisy, and tables are very close together, still the waitresses are knowledgeable and usually very friendly. We go there often and really enjoy the food.

Thank Mamatenz
London, Canada
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78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2017

All four of us were disappointed with both the food and the service.Seafood medley appetizer was burnt and osso bucco was bland. Server was surly and service was slow

Thank archar
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

The food here is always delicious! You cannot ever go wrong with pretty much anything on their menu! The wait staff is knowledgeable and helpful! We have been to Hole in the Wall often especially when my husband wants some really good Italian! They get very crowded and do not take reservations so get there early or be prepared to... More 

Thank lrsda
Glencoe, Illinois
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Hole In The Wall...the name does it all...EXCEPT for the unusually high quality of the food!! The noise level is deaf-making, the crowding makes apologizing useless (and you will make lots of new friends) and the wait almost makes you run for your car. That being said, it's all worth it!! The prices are acceptable, the preparation is spotless and...best...the... More 

Thank Michael K
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

First plan on waiting at least 30 minutes, trust me it's worth it. Have a glass of wine and enjoy company while you wait. Second if you want the Olive Garden you're at the wrong place, if you want family Italian this is the place. The veal meatballs are amazing, the risotto perfect! The desserts all looked fabulous, we tried... More 

Thank Mandy S
New York
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

This restaurant has the very best Italian food around. The pasta's are home made. Everything is fresh and the menu always changes. It's probably the closest to eating in Italy that you can get

Thank georgannh2016

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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
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
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: +1 847-272-0155

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