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Francesco's Hole In The Wall

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254 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL 60062-1612
5:00 pm - 10:00 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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Northbrook, Illinois
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77 reviews
54 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
Chicago, Illinois
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016 via mobile

Great food. Some dishes are a bit salty but overall, everything is very enjoyable. Long line so suggest you get there ~5 to not wait too long. You shoe up at peak dinner time, you have to wait sometimes over an hour-- they do give some breadsticks and you can order drinks while in line, however. (No reservations) Very small... More 

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Northbrook, Illinois
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Wonderful little place for lunch or dinner ... very small, charming, excellent food and great service. Only problem is they don't taker reservations, and there's a really small waiting area. So you must consider what day of the week you are going as well as the time. We really like this place -- quite special from our point of view.

Thank Barbara and Ed S
Northbrook, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

small crowded local restaurant very good food - suggest take out menu to avoid noise we often do take out for office luncheon

Thank adamo43
Chicago, Illinois
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92 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016 via mobile

It's tiny and you will wait for a table but it's all worth it. The owner and his staff are the nicest people. The food is fantastic and you can't go wrong with really anything on the menu. You know a place is great when everyone argues which dish is the best. Dessert is ridiculous as well - the butter... More 

Thank kiwig14
Sturgis, Michigan
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

So small but delicious. I had the rigatoni with sausage - excellent. My husband had the grilled veal chop - excellent. Highly recommend the pistachio ice cream and the butter cake!

Thank dordor247
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

The restaurant has no more than a dozen tables. On most nights, there is a line from opening to close. The menu is written on a board on the wall. While the dishes looked amazing as described, the cook is confident enough to encourage customers to make any addition or substitution they want. The lobster tail diavolo was fantastic, with... More 

Thank tmkuecker
Chicago, Illinois
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119 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

We come often, and we order out often, and we simply like the place. The best compliment I can give the place, is that for some pasta dishes its the only place in the area that reminds me of Italy...and I don't say that often.

Thank miceguru

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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
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
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?