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Francesco's Hole In The Wall

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254 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL 60062-1612
+1 847-272-0155
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:15
Closed now
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Sun 16:00 - 20:45
Mon 11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:15
Wed - Thu 11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:15
Fri 11:30 - 14:15
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:15
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Northbrook, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Very relaxing, unrushed service. food is excellent, bread, oil an cheese, yummy. Salads are fresh and local. Love the pasta and veal dishes.

Thank joycekahoun
Chicago, IL
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209 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We live in the area and have been saying for years we need to go... well we finally did and now I cannot believe we did not come sooner. Be prepared to wait is my best piece of advice. We arrived on Sat night at 5:30 and were seated at 6:40. No big deal. They are happy to serve you... More 

Thank hms16
Fort Worth, Texas
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

What a great find. We went here and were able to sit at a table in the kitchen. What an awesome experience. We had a waitress that was great, but the owner actually waited on out group of 6 as well. Great Little Italy feel to this place. And food as mom and grandma made. Have to go again.

Thank ldiastx
Janesville, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

They have a huge white board that announcing that days menu. The menu changes based on what was delivered that day. You may have to wait but it is WORTH the wait. The service is fantastic and the food delicious. There are pictures of all the celebrities that have ate there. The owner is very warm and friendly.

Thank lterrcreatkard3829
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27 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 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
Reviewed 13 February 2017

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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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

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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79 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

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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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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 33 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 20:45
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:15
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:15
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:15
11:30 - 14:15
17:00 - 22:15
17:00 - 22:15
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?