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Francesco's Hole In The Wall

254 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL 60062-1612
+1 847-272-0155
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“osso bucco” (13 reviews)
“pasta” (29 reviews)
“butter cake” (5 reviews)
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
254 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL 60062-1612
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I go to this restaurant every year when I go to Chicago to speak at a conference. The food is superb. Fresh ingredients, freshly prepared. Scratch kitchen. And, Frank, the owner personally supervises every step of the operation. Great food, well prepared.

Thank Melissa R
Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't mind waiting for a table but when someone tells you 30-40 mins and its an hour an a half til you get a table AND you were passed over by any of the folks that knew the owner or hostess and its beyond...More

Thank Arnim W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant might be small in stature but HUGE on flavor. Hard to find but tough to beat on Skokie Blvd. in Northbrook. You may have to wait a bit for a table, but the quality of your dinner is well worth it. Can be...More

Thank Theresa N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When the the area and hungry for lunch, Francesco's Hole in the Wall is my choice. I understand because it is a small restaurant waits can be long because they do not take reservations. Service is prompt and attentive. My favorite for lunch is their...More

Thank Stan K
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

This tiny restaurant is always hard to get into for dinner with long waits for the few tables. Try lunch instead. The food is delicious, the menu is extensive and the prices are reasonable.

Thank Sandra R
Reviewed 4 September 2018

This restaurant is always jammed and most often you will wait for a table. The wait is worthwhile as the food is excellent. The menu is on a blackboard and many items are new each day. Most of the time, they will accommodate changes. The...More

Thank skjaltd
Reviewed 28 August 2018

I had a need for a table of 5 people and had to wait close to 2 hours, with table after table of 4 being given out, and being told it would "be any minute". Turns out that they have VERY few tables for over...More

Thank rwolfson1954
Reviewed 7 July 2018

We were just killing time in Northbrook and found this excellent restaurant on Trip Advisor. It is a bit of a hole in the wall and a little hard to spot off the road but well worth the search. We had to wait a bit...More

Thank evergreenrancher
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Popped in on Friday evening, this tiny restaurant was absolutely buzzing. Unfortunately there was a super long wait for a table, so I ordered take away. Got a basic pasta dish, Chicken Parm. But it was excellent. Really enjoyed it and will try to get...More

Thank Rayso_14
Reviewed 20 June 2018

Its the food really. Some entrees are excellent, others just so so. At one time a real secret gem, but popularity, which has led to a few spin offs has not had a great effect. Small room, tables very close together. Can be noisy, but...More

Thank Ray S
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28 May 2017|
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Response from dsteiner | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure if you mean Gurnee (my location) or Francesca's. Gurnee is about 2 hours from the Drury Lane Theater. Gurnee is less than 10 minutes from the WI border and less than an hour from Milwaukee where there are... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 8:45 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:15 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:15 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:15 PM
11:30 AM - 2:15 PM
5:00 PM - 10:15 PM
5:00 PM - 10:15 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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