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Franco on Melrose

Franco on Melrose Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.francoonmelrose.com
  • Email: francoonmelrose@gmail.com
  • Phone: (323) 934-3390
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • 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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "The only thing we enjoyed was our waiter, Haime. The food was fresh but very average. Nothing special at all."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Excellent food, pasta supreme, funky setting and on premise chef. Currently BYOB with mere $5 corkage fee."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • ""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!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Franco's is a little gem. The food is lovingly prepared and expertly served. Wait staff is delightful."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "It has a wonderful patio and it is BYOB/W. That was awesome for our group of 10. However the food was good, but not matching the ambience of the patio. Definitely not a bad place, but I am not in a rush to go back."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Fantastic service. We were greeted and referred to by name the entire time. Waiter was quick and provided great recommendations"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The restaurant wants to be Italian. It is not.Take the porcini sauce of the risotto or fettuccini:they were complemented with flour,a sin for sauces.Service was frantic,everyone trained to deliver food as fast as possible and remove everything at the speed of light.Italian dining is about enjoying the food,talking,having a good time.Impossible if a restaurant has the pace of a fast food chain.No wine list:it had to be announced prominently at the entrance,the webpage,during reservation.Bill brought without asking.You don't push to leave by bringing the bill without consent.Opentable´s suggestion as alternative to Mozza,was inappropriate considering quality,ambiance,service and food at Mozza. Alternatives should be scrutinized rigorously"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "went here for my birthday …food, service everything was incredible …will return again! :)"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I've never written an Open Table review, but since the reviews brought me here I owe it to Franco. This place is great. Attentive service, excellent food, great atmosphere. We were a party of 9 for lunch and I can't wait to go back for an intimate dinner. BYOB."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "We were having our holiday lunch and were well taken care of. The food was great and service was attentive!"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "This was our first visit to Franco's on Melrose. We based our decision to eat there before a concert at the Dolby Theatre solely on positive reviews I had read. We immediately fell in love with the intimate yet sizable patio dining area. The service was wonderful and the food delicious. I would definitely return."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "So glad to have discovered this place, the front entrance is a bit non descript but opens to a very pretty dining area which also features an outdoor patio. The pastas are cooked al dente and sauces deliciously complex in flavor. Highly recommend the fusilli Franco's mom as well as the butternut squash ravioli with sage cream sauce. At the moment no liquor license but with a $5 corkage, this is a great place to bring some bottles of wine and enjoy some great food."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "The place was absolutely beautiful. I organized a dinner for a group of 13, and the restaurant was amazing at working with us for the menu, the sitting, and even the group pictures. The food was delicious; everyone liked what they ordered. I would definitely recommend it!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "We went to the restaurant for a nice family style dinner, and that is just what we had. The restaurant is beautiful and romantic. Only issue we had was a mix up of our BYOB with another table. We assumed that our table's wine would be in its own chilling area, rather all wine brought to the restaurant chills in the same place, leaving room for error in who's bottle is who's."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "We've been 3 times in the last year, and the food is really great. cool set up as you walk through the kitchen to get to the seating area. enclosed area, almost like outdoor, romantic, and well decorated for the holidays. Food and service were prompt. No alcohol - BYOB kept the bill w/in reason for 4 adults. Will go again for sure."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Very nice meal and in a quaint romantic setting. The seating area is actually a vine and tarp covered outdoor area. Relaxed atmosphere and the owner was very friendly. The food was excellent. No liquor license yet but it's in the process."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "The only two good things were the valet service and the corkage fee. The chicken was dry and the pasta isn't anything special."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "second time at Franco and it was just as delicious, the staff just as remarkable can't wait to go back"
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "i booked the restaurant due to great ratings on Yelp. Interesting describes my experience. 5 dollar corkage is very fair. My meal was very good--butternut squash ravioli. The appetizers were good as well. The service was fine--a bit abrupt but not a big issue. My daughter-in-law ordered the special Risotto.The flavor was great--the presentation was a step above the oatmeal I fix myself at breakfast--in other words --not good. All in all--Reasonably good food at a fair price --but not very memorable at all. Since I don't live in LA --I won't go back as there are too many other options to explore. The issues I address could be resolved with a little creative thought-Best wishes--"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Great night at Franco on Melrose. Did not know what to expect - delicious - everything calamari with the BEST red sauce ever to start, burrata cheese with tomatoes great too we all had something different and shared - Veal shank very rich and the sauce amazing Mama's meat pasta and the pesto pasta, prosciutto and ricotta ravioli and the chicken piccata really one of the best. service was right on - when you need them they are there. brought our own wine. can't wait to go back!!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Love Franco on Melrose! When you first walk in you walk through the kitchen. It makes you feel like you're maybe in the wrong place, but then the host walks you through the small entrance and you enter the beautiful dining room! It's an outdoor feel with a beautiful vine covered wall and twinkling lights, but it seems it it covered so perfect for year around dining. They don't currently have a wine list, but that is actually great in some respects, because you can bring your favorites from home. Food tastes amazing and the presentation is great as well. My husband and I love it here, and we will be back again soon!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013