About the Francesca’s Restaurant Group: Founded in 1992 by Restaurateur Scott Harris, Francesca’s Restaurant Group has grown from a small, welcoming Italian restaurant on Chicago’s North Clark Street to a restaurant group of 5 concepts across 25 locations in 3 states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 18 Francesca’s Restaurants, 4 Davanti Enoteca's, Disotto, Fat Rosie’s and Hillgrove Tap.
It was our 16th anniversary and the host and server made us feel special and the food was as good as we have come to expect from Francesca’s - great drinks, great calamari, terrific rucola salad and pastas...thanks for a great meal - we’ll be back
An excellent find - grilled Calamari was done perfectly as was the chicken & cheese stuffed bow tie pasta.
Always a great meal...Service is prompt, and setting is relaxing.
I would recommend Francesca's with regard to the food and our waitperson, both were excellent. We were two adults , two children and a dog on the patio. Again the waitpeople were perfect. When I made the reservation, I indicated that my husband would be celebrating his birthday. When I checked in with the host person, I mentioned the birthday again, and she said she would inform the waitperson. I reminded the host person again in route to the rest room and she said it was done. We finished our meal, and there was no mention or activity regarding his birthday. Even a sparkler in the kid's ice cream would have been fine. They were really looking forward to singing happy birthday to their grandfather.
On another note, for a restaurant with the indoor and outdoor seating capacity that Francesca's has, having one male and one woman's restroom is truly inconvenient. Plan ahead. It must be a zoning violation to have this seating capacity and one restroom.
We have been going there for years but this was terrible. We sat at the table for over an hour before we even got our appetizers after we ordered. The calamari was bitter and the oil it was cooked in was old. In one dish the pasta was thick and undercooked. The other was supposed to have shrimp and scallops but came without the scallops. Not very good at all. Ruined the evening.
Holiday staff shortage was the excuse. Worst experience I have ever had. Family walked out after one and half hour wait. I will have to be told this was a unique occurrence or this place will close soon.
Wonderful mixed mushroom pasta and sauce!
The specials are always Great as is service
My husband and I love this restaurant. It is one of our favorite go-to places. The food is delicious and the service is wonderful.
My family’s lunch was the perfect topping to an already fantastic morning! Vince was super sweet and helpful explaining the menu. Thank you to the generous patron who also paid for my family’s lunch with our new Sailor!
Excellent food and service. Vincent, our waiter was very friendly and courteous.
Our server was extraordinary and we loved the patio!
Food was very good and we enjoyed the outside dining experience. Only complaints were that several of the outside heaters did not work and they had no backup gas tanks. Also under staffed outside. Food a bit slow in arriving.
Everything was delicious! Our only complaint is that they no longer serve the amazing massive slices of chocolate cake that they used to have.
Love it as always.
So lucky to have this restaurant in our neighborhood. Thanks to a wonderful management and staff. Outstanding
Disappointing this time. Noise level too high for conversation. Mussels with red sauce were flat tasting. I prefer a different preparation. Four mussels did not open. I would not have served them. The scallop, shrimp pasta dish was ok.
Service this time around at Francesca's was not great...Our waitress was pleasant, but our drinks took forever and one specialty drink that was hyped never came because they ran out of an ingredient. Unfortunately it took 15 minutes to learn that, long after everyone else was served their drink. Food is always tasty. I wish the outdoor atmosphere was better and we would dine here a lot more in the summer if it felt less like an alley, and you didn't have to walk completely around the exterior of the restaurant to get into the building to use the bathroom. They had heaters running which was very nice !
Foods was ok my dish with 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts was not good except for the arugula salad on top . The breasts had been reheated several times to the point of being dried out completely,the other 3 folks seemed pleased with their choices. Service was excellent,drinks were good .
The chopped salad dressing was a little to vinagary. The music was too loud. With only four patrons it was unneeded. There were so many flies that our whole dining experience was ruined. We were eating indoors. There is no reason the staff should be surprised when you complain about so many flies that you have to constantly bat them away!
Our "go-to" place in Lake Forest - can't go wrong with anything on the menu. The whitefish tonight was delicious!
The sauce and preparation of some menu items has changed. They used to have a delicious marinara but now they are using a cherry tomato sauce on everything. The sauce & food is simply not as good. They do offer a complete gluten free menu which is a plus.
Really gone downhill. Bad service, small portions, expensive and very noisy. Would not recommend this place any longer.
Food here is really terrific. Service is friendly, but our waiter was doing double duty as the bartender, so at times others ended up covering for him. We had: mussels marinara (fantastic), Caesar salad (very good, anchovies optional), sauteed sausage and greens (terrific), chicken breasts grilled with olive oil and herbs (perfect) and the Cappellacci Tre Funghetti, mushroom and ricotta filled pasta sautéed in a brandy cream sauce with porcini and wild mushrooms (out of this world!!). Wonderful dinner!
The outdoor patio is an enjoyable setting for very good food and service. We go there often.
VERY LOUD PEOPLE NEXT TO US IN FRONT! Need to sit in different part of restaurant next time.
The out door experience at Francesca’s in Lake Forest is truly awesome,food was good service was one of the best waitresses we have ever had anywhere. Stefanie was cheerful,knowledgeable and delightful .We will return and ask to be seated in her section again.
Stopped in for dinner before a show at Ravinia. Sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the beautiful weather and delicious food. Service was attentive and we wiil definitely be returning!
Usually this restaurant is quite good, but perhaps they have new chefs (my fish was boney and almost raw, way too much sauce on the pasta dishes)
A big disappointment .
Always good good and great service. A nice relaxed but special atmosphere.
I like knowing when they have "specials" that we can have a nice meal for a good price. The food & service is always consistent and delicious.
A definite YES. Peggy was our server snd it was like she read our minds! Awesome food and experience. Can’t wait to go back. Definitely going to check put happy hour. All 4 of us ordered the lasagna. 2 w/meat. 2/veg. OMG!
Delicious and beautiful outdoor evening.
Beautiful night to eat outside.
Fabulous food and outdoor ambiance!
Food is terrific. Very fresh. They will customize your pasta which I love. Very good staff. Sitting inside is very loud.
Great service good food and plenty to drink
The food was not as good as it used to be. Chicken very dry and missing the prosciutto. Very disappointed unfortunately
Food outstanding as always. They do the little things right. Salads are crisp, salmon perfectly cooked, love it here.
We sat outside which was great on a lovely night. Service was very slow and we didnt receive our cocktails for probably 20 min. Food was ok. Pasta sauce too sweet. Francesca salad had way too many carrots and a tiny dry piece of salmon. Not like i remember it.
Maybe they were having a bad night....i will return for another try though.
Lindsay our server was terrific just sold nice professional and warm we really enjoyed meeting her food is as usual stellar we love this location the best of all the Francesca’s