Franco on Melrose
Franco on Melrose

Franco on Melrose

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.francoonmelrose.com/
  • Phone: (323) 934-3390
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Franco on Melrose reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (22)neighborhood gem (21)good for groups (17)special occasion (13)fit for foodies (13)great for outdoor dining (12)late-night find (6)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great date night
    yogimama
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Met another couple here for Saturday night dinner at 7. We were promptly seated, service was attentive, and we never felt rushed throughout our meal (we lingered over 2 hours). Hubby and I split 3 appetizers and 1 entrée: the polenta funghi, smaller burrata salad, and seared octopus, and then the short ribs. The appetizers were all good but on the small side. The short ribs were absolutely delicious and generously portion sized. The only drawbacks were there was only one guy working the valet (which was $7) so there was a bit of a wait. Note: the place as of 11/8/14 was BYOB, with a $5 corkage. I actually prefer that b/c it kept the tab low.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    RolandVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Everything about this place is great! Don't ever miss the branzino and lobsters pasta! Jaime was the best host, manager, waiter. Eeryone was very attentive. Will definitely be back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Very good food, attentive staff and great atmosphere, but I was shocked when the server told us that they didn't serve any alcohol (byob)!! My date and I really would have liked a glass of wine with our dinner...
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The restaurant itself is feels like you're dining outdoors without having to deal with the weather. The food was delicious and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious
    joehogan
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    It was delicious. Seated quickly. And the setting was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravo, Francos!
    JustinWood927
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I found this restaurant based on location only. I had to go to a play a mile away so I made reservations here with my girlfriend. Neither of us had ever been, so we gave it a shot. Now neither of us can wait to go back. The staff was AMAZING!! The food was incredible! Only a 5 dollar corkage fee, it was an amazing date for an inexpensive amount. You will not be dissapointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place hidden in Hollywood
    Mayor
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A wonderful place to take your date . Great food In a romantic setting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A really nice evening
    georgicapondVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Lovely restaurant with good food and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    BeeMart
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great food, decor, and the staff made you feel like old friends
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner
    hogan
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    excellent service, delicious food, relaxing atmosphere. it was a great way to celebrate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience. Good was delish
    seukseuk
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This place is a must try if you're looking for authentic Italian food. Detailed review posted on yelp.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Franco - Frankly
    HappyFoodGuy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Franco provides an opportunity to see what appears to be a chef / owner's dream get realized. Most chef's always search for the chance to cook their food in a house large enough for success, but small enough for quality. Add to that the chef's character that continues to drive the restaurant forward from both the culinary and the interior design standpoints, and the restaurant's recipe is an experience that is always evolving. However, one ingredient never changes... substance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • Nice little restaurant
    luelocc
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This place has a nice ambience and great food (though it is on the pricier side). I think they just started up -- as there was no wine menu, but you are able to bring your own wine bottle and enjoy it there. They will probably have a selection of wine sometime in the near future as I doubt a place like this will continue going about with no wine selection. We ordered calamari, lasagna, and ravioli. All were delicious! Staff was very helpful and friendly! Overall, a very pleasant dining experience!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 104 reviews are from the Franco on Melrose reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
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    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate