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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 - 22:00
Closed now
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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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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 7 December 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 15 November 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 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
Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Arrived to Francesco's on recommendation by a nearby hotel. Returned every time I was in the area also with colleagues, who equally loved the place. Some of our hghlights were Lobster and seafood marinara, eggplant parmesan, chicken parmesan, basically everything we were served was fresh, excellent flavours. Thank you so much for the amazing memories.

Thank Ryoukousha
Rapid City, South Dakota
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Arrived in town hungry. Read reviews and decided Francesco's was the closest and sounded interesting. We were not disappointed. We arrived early as the line was forming. We're promptly seated and educated in the menu concept and beverage options. By the time we ordered our food the dinning area was full and there was a line out the door. Our... More 

Thank Michael B
Valparaiso, Indiana
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50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We dined at Francesco's for the first time the other evening and found the food and service excellent. This intimate restaurant does not accept reservations, but with a "heads up" phone call, they were able to seat us shortly after the seven o'clock time we had told them our table of four would arrive. It did not take long to... More 

Thank Stu S
Placida, Florida
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

If your willing to wait you'll get the best Italian Food on the North Shore. Get there early and enjoy. It's worth the wait.

Thank Kim S
Irvine, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

First of all the food and service from the waitress was wonderful. However, the hostess (owners daughter Lucy) should be replace. Extremely rude and ignorant. She needs to read the ADA rules and also study what a service dog job can be. When tables are a foot apart and no one around you notices a service dog, there isn't a... More 

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Northbrook, Illinois
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

My wife is Italian and makes homemade dishes and pasta. This is just like hers and her mothers. When they are out of a dish that's it. Get there early. The only bad thing is too few tables but that makes it special. No over produced meals. Love the food! Go on a week day.

Thank Jim o

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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
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?