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Francesco's Hole In The Wall

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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254 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL 60062-1612
+1 847-272-0155
11:30 - 21:00
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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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25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is all about the food, & it's brilliant. No reservations so at 5:30pm on a Saturday we waited 50 minutes for a table. The service is there for 1 purpose & that's to turn tables over quickly (service is fast with little care & no passion), but the food was outstanding. The grilled calamari & octopus was charred... More 

Thank Matthew S
Northbrook, Illinois, United States
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Always enjoy dining here. The food is delicious and excellent service. A crowded experience due to size of restaurant.

Thank Herb R
Deerfield, Illinois
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food is very good. Portion sizes are generous. Prices are reasonable. Dependable local restaurant. Best to go to dinner early or later, since there can be a long wait. Very noisy, and tables are very close together, still the waitresses are knowledgeable and usually very friendly. We go there often and really enjoy the food.

Thank Mamatenz
London, Canada
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78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

All four of us were disappointed with both the food and the service.Seafood medley appetizer was burnt and osso bucco was bland. Server was surly and service was slow

Thank archar
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

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
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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24 reviews
10 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

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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?