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“outstanding small restaurant feel with food that exceeds expectations” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Francesca's North

Francesca's North
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Ranked #20 of 110 Restaurants in Northbrook
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Shermer
Transit: Just two blocks from Metra's Northbrook station
Minnesota
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116 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“outstanding small restaurant feel with food that exceeds expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

Our family visited Northbrook looking for pizza and Italian food. We stopped at Francescas after seeing great reviews at tripadvisor on a busy evening and they quickly set a table for us. The service was prompt and friendly. The food arrived quickly and was piping hot. The pasta and seafood were perfectly prepared. The pizzas were unique and enjoyed by our adventurous kids. They had more typical cheese and pepperoni on the kids menu. I would go out if my way to come back here again.

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English first
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21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Very consistant Italian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

I have been going to Francesca North for 20 years and the food quality is very consistant. The service is good and the facility has been very well maintained.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank john v
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Highland Park, Illinois
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472 reviews
302 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“Great place for a small group party.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

I had never been to Francesca's North prior to this weekend but had certainly seen it advertised everywhere. Went to a bridal shower there. They have a nice room to serve groups.

To begin we had pizzas with arugula passed as the appetizer. These where outstanding and the best part of the meal. Makes me want to return to try other pizza offerings. Once we sat down we where served family style which is nice but there was so much food I hate to think about the amount of waste there was. First course was lentils with goat cheese and a tossed salad. Both were tasty. For the main course, there was a dish of grilled chicken and green beans as well as a dish of pasta and vegetables. The chicken was nicely cooked and moist and the pasta was fine. Dessert was coffee and profiteroles. I think the profiteroles were a disappointment. The puffs were chewy and something off tasting with the chocolate sauce. The star of the meal was really the pizza!

The staff was very friendly and accommodating. We had a diner at our table that required a gluten free meal and they happily made a special lentil dish and a special pasta dish for her.

If I need a place for a small group party I would certainly consider having the party here.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Hpmicks
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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Love all Francesca's”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

This is part of a restaurant group, but they are all somewhat different (not style per se, but menu items).
A wonderful Italian restaurant with options for everyone. Pasta dishes are huge so you can either share or have leftovers for the next day. Their fish dishes are usually very good as well. We've been going to years and don't plan on stopping

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Daniel L
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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183 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Feels like a city restaurant - in a good way”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Even thought it's in a suburban strip mall, this restaurant has the authentic, cozy feel of a little place downtown. The service is chipper and the food is quite good, starting with delicious bread and olive oil and continuing through a large menu of pasta, meat and fish choices. The only drawback is the noise level, which can be uncomfortable. Go for lunch or an early dinner, when it's quieter.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Farewell18
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