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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
11:30 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 16:00 - 20:30
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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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 19 August 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 15 August 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
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Terrible experience. I think you have to be Italian or part of the "family" to get a seat. We waited one hour to be seated and we were promised a table. Then.... "Friends" came in. We were asked if we would want to eat outside. We said no since we were waiting for the indoor table that we were promised.... More 

Thank Melisa M
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125 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Visiting with relatives and we had dinner here. We all had different dinners. I ate black linguine with mussels and clams which was fabulous. Our service was Excellent. The restaurant Is small but has great character. Very popular restaurant and they served us drinks while waiting. I am From out of town but I would definitely eat here again if... More 

Thank Susan C
Northbrook, Illinois
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68 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 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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64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

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 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

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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122 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 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
New York City, New York
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68 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 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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162 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 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

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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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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?