Franco on Melrose
Franco on Melrose

Franco on Melrose

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.francoonmelrose.com/
  • Phone: 3239343390x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Tuesday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Wednesday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Thursday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Friday 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
    Saturday 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
    Sunday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: Franco De Dominicis
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room
  • Private Party Facilities: Enjoy the entire restaurant for your special occasions and events on Sundays. Please call for more details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: La Brea
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Please note that valet is offered only in the evening every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Street parking is also available.
A word from Franco on Melrose
Franco on Melrose is a hidden gem in the heart of Hollywood serving authentic Italian fare in a beautiful outdoor garden setting.

Chef and owner, Franco De Dominicis is the former Executive Chef at the Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles for a number of years before starting his first restaurant, FRANCO on Melrose. His approach to traditional southern Italian cooking blends seamlessly with a distinctly Californian lifestyle through consistent use of fresh, locally-grown products, and his signature dishes reflect the seafood-rich cuisine of his own Amalfi coast home.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Franco on Melrose reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (20)neighborhood gem (18)fit for foodies (13)good for groups (13)special occasion (11)great for outdoor dining (10)hot spot (8)late-night find (6)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • GourmetVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have been here before and had fantastic service and delicious food. This time the waiter hovered over our table, kept pushing certain specials and really took away from the enjoyment of the evening. The food also seemed to be off. They don't have their wine license and we could not bring any in (which we respect). We will wait awhile before returning
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Choice
    Thephantomrose
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I chose this restaurant for my boyfriends birthday and it did not disappoint. Although the surroundings are questionable and the entrance was unkempt, the entire experience more than made up for it. Every dish, was on par, we have the prosciutto and burrata cheese, the triolefe pasta, and the spaghetti and meatballs. I'm Sicilian-Italian. This was truly great and not ostentatious food that was flavorful and classic. Nothing superfluous. I would eat here again, and I would bring my mother and grandmother here. The ambiance was also great and worth noting. If you want great classic Italian food, this is a great choice. Don't worry about the price point. Just enjoy the food, like we did and relax. That feeling is priceless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solid Italian
    Reef
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Excellent service, delicious food, and beautiful outdoor dining. Our group had a wonderful time celebrating a birthday at Franco. We sampled several appetizers and entrees. All were top notch. Fresh ingredients, creative variations on traditional cuisine. $5 corkage fee and complete absence of pretentiousness are unbeatable! Reasonable prices for high quality food and warm, attentive service. Delightful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun place
    sohail
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Really enjoyed it here, perfect summer dinner. Not stuffy, relaxed environment, food was good and everyone brought their own wine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    StephmVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I went to Franco's with my kids. I ordered the lobster pasta in a white wine/garlic sauce with a touch of cream. My lobster was extremely overcooked. I ordered plain pasta for my kids (no sauce, just pasta) and they charged me $18 for each of them. The service was terrible. Our waiter never checked on us (there were only 2 other tables that had guests so it's not like he was busy). I wouldn't recommend Franco's nor would I go back
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  • Franco on melrose
    Mozchic82
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Had a fantastic time. Service was great!! Food was amazing! Can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amamzing
    LAshley
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Franco's is simply the best! Not only do they offer exceptional food, they have outstanding service and the location and venue is perfect for any occasion. Franco's is now my go-to spot!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Real porcini flavor!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The starch of this evening was the risotto with porcini mushrooms. It was made with fresh porcini mushrooms and the flavor was reminiscent of the dish when I had it in northern Italy. This was a first for me. Usually the dish is made with dried porcini sand lacks that distinct flavor. I definitely will return here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We return for the food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We originally discovered Franco's when we were looking for a place we could celebrate a birthday and bring our own bottle of wine. Franco's wonderful food keeps us going back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    brittanyv
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Jamie has always been a great host. Amazing food. Byob but recently get their liquor license (congrats) . Love this place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 99 reviews are from the Franco on Melrose reviews archive.
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Bottom Line... Great Service, Very Good Food (Eggplant Parmesan is outsanding), Romantic atmosphere in a covered patio... BYOB but this is a plus because it makes your meal a real bargain price, Franco the owner is very personable.. Jaime the floor manager is on top of the service! Parking is Valet $6.. Great for a date or a Group!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Italian Restaurant
    Franco1VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    - Cute Italian restaurant with a romantic setting. Indoors with an outdoors patio feel. - The service was excellent from the moment we walked in until we left the restaurant - The food is delicious. I highly recommend the Eggplant Parmigiana with Bechamel, Risotto ai Porcini, and the lasagna - BYOB - Reasonable prices - We are definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed
    Bernie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Enjoyed the ambiance. Service was terrific and food was very tasty. Wish I had noticed that it was BYOB. Had ice tea with delicous food. Would have been better with a bottle of wine. I would have brought a bottle of wine, but Open Table should more clearly identify those restaurants that don't have alcohol but do allow you to bring your own wine.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Really great food! Just FYI, it's a BYOB. Our large party ordered almost everything on the menu. Everyone only had good things to say. Everything tasted very fresh.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food!
    MaeMosa
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Their butternut squash ravioli is AMAZING. Definitely the best I've ever had. It's definitely a must order! Menu is very reasonably priced. They don't have a liquor license so bring a bottle of wine - corkage fee only $5. Beautiful decor, very romantic. Service was great too! Staff was very personable and attentive but not overbearing. Valet is very convenient, right in front of the restaurant. It's also a great location if you're catching a show at the Pantages or Palladium theaters as they're not too far away. We will definitely come back again and again!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the Pappardelle mushroom
    Morgan
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Loved the Pappardelle mushroom and the butternut squash ravioli. The entire staff are lovely and we had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely ambiance
    WinziggleVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    The indoor/outdoor seating at this restaurant is enclosed by walls covered in green vines. Nice selection of tasty food. Very attentive service. If you do not want your pasta done very al dente make it clear. I've only had the mushroom fettuccine. It was very tasty but very rich. The bread was simple but delicious!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience!
    Jordan
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    It was my birthday and all I knew was I wanted Italian food. Thankfully we were steered towards Francos. The food was amazing - we had the bruschetta and the proscuitto with burata. Delicious. Then for our mains we had the lasagna (perfect with the béchamel sauce) and the gnocchi. And finished it off with panna cotta. I secretly wish we had gotten the tiramisu but the panna cotta was amazing. AND the fact that it's byob with only a $5 cork fee. Does not get better than that!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, service ok
    YBeats
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We had a wonderful meal and the atmosphere was very nice. The wait staff was attentive but could be a little more professional. There was no discussion of specials or answering of our questions, just quickly writing down our order and rushing off, kind of like Denny's. I would still return, though, the food was worth it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't Pass By
    gwerk
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    You could almost miss Franco on Melrose, but don't. After entering through the kitchen you reach a beautiful garden oasis. Attentive friendly service and outstanding flavorful food. We've visited 3 times in the past 3 months with different guests, and everyone has loved it. Bring your own wine, a great savings on a fabulous dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not worth the bother
    5starwriter
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The only thing we enjoyed was our waiter, Haime. The food was fresh but very average. Nothing special at all.
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  • Franco's was a surprise find.
    PatriciaVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Franco's was a surprise find. The food was excellent, one of the best beef carpaccio's in the city. All the pasta dishes ordered were uniformly well prepared. The $5 corkage fee (they don't have a wine license) is an excellent way to keep the tab on the low side. We'll certainly return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thurston & Luvy in Hollywood
    BillyJoeRoebeeDoe
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We had a great dinner at Franco's. We ate Mama's Fusilli and Lasanga. They were both great dishes. We polished off 3 bottles of wine with our meal. Jaime and Franco are great people. We will be back soon to eat again! Thurston and Luvy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian food as it is suppose to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Excellent food, pasta supreme, funky setting and on premise chef. Currently BYOB with mere $5 corkage fee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charming
    Happy
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Very busy. Surprisingly nice ambiance. No liquor license so bring a bottle...no corking fee! My friend has lasagna which was divine. My chicken Milanese was horrible...I guess it depends what you order!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The service was exceptional. The food was great. I would definitely recommend to others and dine there again. The decor is perfect for a date, very romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great reunion site!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Met old friend with out Tweens. Even though it said somewhere that it wasn't kid-friendly, I didn't find it to be unfriendly. I raved & devoured my butternut squash ravioli. Other dishes were yummy too, as well as calamari appetizer & desserts too. Very cool atmosphere, feels you are outside but not in cold temperature. I'm not sure if we were in or out! We were in far back. It was a very nice & delicious evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best pasta!
    foodfan
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    My fiance took me here for my birthday dinner and we had the best meal! The restaurant was quiet (probably because it was a Monday) and the service was impeccable. They were very attentive without hovering, which is a tough balance to achieve. The food was so delicious and the byob was a nice surprise! We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Franco's Found!
    NY2LAVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We found this restaurant by accident and what a find! From the minute we walked through the door we were greeted warmly and were somewhat surprised, since the storefront entry is through an open kitchen and then into what looks like an enclosed back patio. It is a very charming place. They don't have a liquor license so we brought our own bottle of wine and we were charged a $5 corkage fee. The food was very good, homemade pasta's, homemade bread and fabulous seafood. The service was outstanding, but mostly we felt like they were very happy to see us. We will be going back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Francos
    Rocky
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    "We love visiting Franco's on Melrose, not only because of the food but because of the service. Our waiter is usually Eduardo "Ed" and has a great memory and will have already order our drinks for us. Talk about 5 star service. 1 of our favorite dish is the butternut squash ravioli, as my fiancee, its like a taste of heaven. Service was well-timed, and don't forget the BYOB!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Franco's will be first on my list.
    Maxx1021VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    When I am craving Italian food Franco's will be my go to spot. The place is charming and luckily for me very close to home. I dined with a friend a Friday evening with 7 PM reservations. Greeted right off, confirmed the reservation and just a great night as soon as we sat down. Our service was exceptional and very friendly. The food was amazingly good. The butternut squash ravioli was outstanding. You bring your own wine and only a $5 corkage fee. The waiter kept the wine on ice in the back and continued to fill our glasses as needed. I would highly recommend this gem is you haven't been.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • By far this is hidden GEM.
    Rocky
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    By far this is hidden GEM. The food is on point and the service the best. We have loved this placed since the first time we went.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love love love it!
    Suzanne
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    My 2nd time at Franco's and it was fabulous. We were there early on a Tuesday night right before a show at The Improv. Jaime as host is wonderful and the chefsare outstanding as well as the servers. I had the lobster and my boyfriend had the short ribs and all was so so delicious. Jaime made us feel special and we even got a wonderful panna cotta dessert on the house! No wine and beer license yet, but they are working on it for March. So bring your own and enjoy the food and ambience. You won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie88
    Foodie88VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    It was our first time here and will be coming back! Generous portions of authentic Italian food with none of the greasy feeling sitting in your stomach! A great romantic place to bring a date without breaking your piggy bank lol!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food. Front of house
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Good food. Front of house staff was incredibly disorganized and inexperienced. We felt rushed through dinner and were rudely asked to leave as soon as the bill arrived. Apparently they overbooked the restaurant. With so many good choices for pasta in the area I would find it difficult to justify returning given the lack of liquor license and inconvenient parking down the street.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Personal touch
    Alcottlady
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Franco's is a little gem. The food is lovingly prepared and expertly served. Wait staff is delightful.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Dining Experience EVER!
    Fooooodie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I'll say it again, Worst dining experience ever! After being seated 30 mins late for a 10pm reservation without a smile or an apology, our server (again without even a "hello or welcome to our restaurant, would you like to hear the specials?") made it seem like we were an inconvenience when trying to order our meal. I'm sorry you had to work so late but this was something we had been looking forward to for the entire week. To add insult to injury, when we received one our main courses, the salmon, it was basically inedible. Never had I had such fishy salmon at a restaurant before and they seemed to have covered everything in salt, to probably cover the fishiness. NEVER AGAIN!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Al dente!
    JaneyGirlSays
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I grabbed a bite here for lunch and enjoyed my experience. They accommodated my dairy allergy which at times can be challenging. The server knew what was in the dishes and if he wasn't sure...he checked with Franco. The food was fresh, tasty, and the portions were generous. The bread is dangerous! It was warm...light...just plain yummy! Makes sense...they make it there. The baby artichoke salad was tender and the dressing was complimentary. The frutta di mare pasta dish was one of the best I have had in LA. The fish was fresh and the pasta was al dente. Delicious! The server was very nice and attentive. I plan to come back again..this time for dinner. The patio is beautiful and I am sure will look different in the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was ok - no liquor license
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    I often associate Italian food with a glass of red wine, but this place doesn't have aliquot license which seemed to really limit the possibilities of enjoying a full meal here. The food was very good though my pasta seemed more undercooked than al dente. It was good, but probably wouldn't be inclined to go again.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always love dining here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Franco's on Melrose is really a hidden gem, definitely one of my favorites in LA. The dining area is really charming, great for a date, to take the family or for a group. We celebrated a friend's birthday and they were extremely accommodating. One of the best features is their BYOB $5 corkage fee for wines! Amazing deal. We brought several bottles which they kept on ice for us and opened whenever needed. Everything from appetizers to the main course are delicious and reasonably priced. We had the burrata with prosciutto, bruschetta and the calamari to start and a variety of delicious pasta dishes for dinner. My favorite is the lobster pasta. I highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.