Fantastic food. Service really
Fantastic food. Service really knows how to tend to your bottle of wine (only $5 corkage, BTW!). Overall, really great place, good value. Highly recommend.
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
Very good food and service in a lovely atmosphere. A true neighborhood gem.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very lovely spot, with extremely
Very lovely spot, with extremely friendly, personable service. Lots of great choices on the menu, particularly pasta -- boyond the standard, de rigeur Italian items. Their basic tomato sauce is quite delish -- made with sundried tomatoes, I believe. Everything modestly priced especially at lunch time. I definitely recommend.
3/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely wonderful food
Absolutely wonderful food and very personal service. Incredibly friendly chef and owner. We loved it so much we came back here the following evening!
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
We fell in love with this place, the food was delicious, and the service was has down great.
I loved the butternut squash ravioli, and new york steak.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was easily one of the
This was easily one of the best meals my husband and I have ever enjoyed. Thank you!!!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of my top 5 fav's of all time
This place was awesome. I'm really upset I live in San Diego so won't be able to eat here often. I'm actually afraid next time we take a trip to LA it will be hard to get a table here! The fettuccine Alfredo knocked my socks off as did the lamb chops and the fusilli pasta! The only thing we didn't care for was the berry cake desert. Other than that WOW!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing everything period !!!!!! No more to say really!!!! Deserves more than outstanding everything!!!
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Make sure you make your reservation
Make sure you make your reservations after the sun goes down. We ate early in the evening and couldn't take advantage of the mood lighting and unique open "roof". Wait staff is very friendly and helpful with suggestions since the menu had so many tempting items.
4/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very unique venue with an
A very unique venue with an attentive staff and excellent food. Found this restaurant by chance because of the name. I've been back four times in the past six weeks with various friends and coworkers and have never been disappointed. Great home made pasta, excellent salads and appetizers. Note that they do not have their wine license yet so BYOB.
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was very fresh and
The food was very fresh and extremely good, but the service and ambience were un-matched.
Gluten-Free pasta options as well, which was great for my wife.
The pseudo-outdoor setting with the strung lights was really cool. It felt like it was perpetually appointed for a wedding reception. Because of the outdoor feel, I think the noise level was suppressed more than you would typically have in a restaurant of this size. And the servers were extremely friendly and ultra-attentive. I would definitely return.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place!
The entrance goes into the walkway next to the kitchen and see the chefs cooking! The host is great, we had to change our reservation time two times in a span of one hour and he was wonderful and so accomodating and even suggested we tell the valet to park close as we had to get to the Dolby Theatre for a show quickly after dinner. All the staff were extremely attentive, fast and polite.
I had one of the specials-sole, it was delicious, they brought it over to the table to show me before they rushed off to debone it, I had never had that experience before! My daughter had the risotto, it was delicious! They don't have a liquor license until July, so BYOB. Nice ambience and decor and artwork. Definitely will be returning!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great neighborhood gem
I always liked this spot for a restaurant. You walk through the kitchen to get to the patio dining. The dining area is very relaxing. The food was extremely good. I recommend the seafood pasta with calamari. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Make a reservation as this place is catching on!
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Franco is everything everyone
Franco is everything everyone else has said who's raved about it! We went for a friend's birthday. I thought I knew every restaurant in the neighborhood but hadn't heard of this place. I thought I'd take a chance and we were all so pleasantly surprised to discover this fabulous neighborhood gem! But please don't take our table on Fridays--we want it to be our regular spot!
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Franco's is indeed a gem. It is all outdoors but it takes awhile to realize it as the patio roof is so very lovely and unique. Right from the minute you walk in you are warmly greeted and that feeling never leaves you. Everyone cares if you are having a pleasant experience. The food is delicious and so beautifully prepared. The ambiance is clean, contemporary and very warm and inviting.
I would HIGHLY recommend this lovely find. We will be going back alot.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is an amazing restaurant! Franco puts his heart and soul into each item on the menu. The food was truly memorable and the outside ambiance, magical. It is a perfect place to start an evening before going to the Bowl or a show in Hollywood.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a group of 20 for a
We had a group of 20 for a graduation celebration. The service was excellent, considerate and helpful...and food was yummy!
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, good service. Tables
Good food, good service. Tables are a little too close to each other. So sometimes you can hear other people. Most dishes are good. Calamari appetizer is really good. The ravioli pasts tastes good but portion size is small. The Fusili pasta was great. Romantic ambience.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was very good. We enjoyed the scallops quite a bit - anything wrapped in bacon tastes good. Also the ravioli with squash was excellent. I recommend Franco on Melrose.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
So fun :)
I went here for my birthday and was pleasantly surprised :) great meal and great fun
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
A truly elegant experience. Classy, yet comfortable, ambiance in a covered patio setting. Sensationally creative and delicious cuisine, and impeccable service. A rare treat. They need to get their liquor license though.
7/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great First Date!
Took a chance on a blind date with Franco on Melrose. Didn't think I could fall in love so easily! Enjoyed the covered patio dining, very attentive service, and a superb varied menu with a few select specials inserted on the back. It's BYOB, awaiting liquor license. So a quick walk to the corner store brings back two great bottles. Starters - delicious wild mushroom soup, a bufa mozzarella over heirloom tomatoes over sorpressata slices - great combo. Italian menu gave plenty of choices for those of a less pasta oriented palate. Maple duck breast, baked gnocci, a carciofi ( artichoke ) pasta dish, and a 5 star striped bass with mussels/calamari over couscous and sautéed spinach. Passed on desserts - looked good, usual Italian suspects, nonna
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
loved the meal, as did my friend. Just wish it wasn't byob
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice place but the details...
We had a lovely dinnerat Franco's on a Thurs night before a Hollywood Bowl concert. They open at 6 which is when we made our reservation for and we explained we would need to leave by 7:30. We were also celebrating our friend's birthday. Both I and my friend's wife had called the restaurant to ask for a birthday dessert. Even though they had generally good service, the main meals were slow to arrive, leaving no time for dessert. But, they still could have brought one (or made sure to pace the dinner to allow time), but they did not. The appetizers and pasta/seafood were all great and we loved bringing our own (high end) wines, for which we paid only $5/bottle corkage. But they really need to be mindful of celebrations!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great outdoor patio. Food
Great outdoor patio. Food is superb. Homemade pastas are the main attraction. The panna cotta is amazing as well. All three of us in my party were impressed and will be back
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner with friends
I had an amazing 1st time at Franco on Melrose.
Too two coworkers for a thank you dinner and when an Italian is happy in a Resturant that gives it high marks.
Atmosphere was cozy yet comfortable. Remember they do not have their license yet so BYOB.
9/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Real Italian food.
I could certainly recommend this restaurant for excellent Italian food, and friendly service. The only un-Italian thing was when waiter came, and asked us if we could hurry up as the next group was waiting for out table. A small oversight in training of waiter, but I would still highly recommend this restaurant due to great Chef, and food.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
An absolute delicious gem
This was the second time dining here and it was as excellent this time as it was the first. Our entire table kept saying why aren't we here at least twice a month?!
To begin with the dining patio (covered) is beautiful and open and relaxing space where you have a view of the restaurant and yet you feel like you and your guests are in an island. The service is quietly superb yet neighborhood friendly which is a rare combination.
The menu is extensive, home made pasta centered and our entire table got a unique dish we all tried and loved. It's one of those places where you taste your dish and then your neighbors and you would be thrilled wi either so you settle for both! ( I had Franco's Mom's fusilli). The rices are very reasonable.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cute little restaurant with
Cute little restaurant with practically all outdoor seating. You walk past the kitchen in order to get to the actual seating area. Open for lunch on Saturdays, which is probably the best time to go to avoid crowds and enjoy outdoors.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the Best
First, I was an hour and a half late Not a problem. Franco himself said, "It must be 6:30 somewhere". We were then greeted by just about everyone in the place, and they all seemed genuinely happy we were there. Freshly baked bread with oil and vinegar for starters, and the food was amazing. I went to Italy in 1999, and going here brought back great memories. Definitely making a return visit.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
1 Year Anniversary
Surprised my girlfriend and took here to Franco on Melrose. It is a very nice, romantic, and intimate spot to have a dinner date. She said the restaurant was very pretty. The food was amazing! Too bad my girlfriend was too full from her dinner that we didn't have room for dessert. We will definitely be coming back here! :)
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice choice for a special occasion
I ordered the lentil soup and the spinach ravioli in a light tomato sauce and both were excellent. A wonderful torte was
brought to my friend "compliments of the house" for her birthday....wish I knew what they call that torte because it was heavenly.
My only negative experience was a monotonous middle eastern sound coming from the music speakers behind us which was somewhat irritating.
The restaurant is lit up very pretty, though I would prefer a little softer lighting.
I would return to have that ravioli again, it was that good! Also, the service was excellent.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
great pasta and more
I have been to Franco on Melrose several times. It has never disappointed. I love the Pasta Calamarata. I want to go back and order it again. The service is very personable and they make you feel like you are important to them.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Way to score points
Our waiter Jaime recommended excellent choices for appetizers and the meal, keep made sure our wine glasses were never empty and took time to chat with us. I highly recommend taking your special someone here for a special meal.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent! There
The food was excellent! There were five of us for lunch and we all raved about our individual delicious entrees. We will definitely return for dinner to experience evening dining at Franco. Our server, Jaime, was friendly and accommodating. Franco scored a 10!!!!!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great as always!
In addition to great usual menu, Chef always has very interesting special menu which changes frequently, but always makes you come back, and try these new creations.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect birthday dinner
Went the other night with my boyfriend and another couple to celebrate my birthday. Everything about the restaurant and the dinner was outstanding. We were greeted and seated right away. The dining area/patio is just gorgeous. Very romantic. Since they have no liquor license, it's BYOB with a $5 corkage. They can decant red wines, everything. So nice! I prefer it this way, restaurants way jack up wine prices. This way we could have some terrific bottles with our meal and not break the bank. We had appetizers, main courses, and they brought me dessert with a candle in. Loved every bite. I had the lobster ravioli. Most expensive thing on the menu, but totally worth it. I cannot wait to go back again!
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really enjoyed my dining
I really enjoyed my dining experience at Franco on Melrose. The staff was very helpful and attentive, and the table arrangement afforded privacy. Our waiter helped me to choose my entree, and he surprised me with the lasagna, which was very tasty. My niece enjoyed both her pear salad and spinach raviolis. The only reason I gave the food a 4 star rating was that I thought the tomatoes on the salad caprese were a little mushy and I didn't care for the whipped burrata cheese. But that was just a small thing in the overall great experience. We were celebrating a birthday, and were presented with a birthday dessert, sort of a ginger tasting cheesecake, along with the delicious tiramisu that I had ordered. I can't wait to return!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Franc's is an unassuming perfect spot to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or Just a Tuesday. The patio is lovely. The food delicious. A BYOB and low corkage fee make this such an enjoyable place to spend time.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of my favorite places!
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!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
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!!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
second time at Franco and it was just as delicious, the staff just as remarkable
can't wait to go back
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Romantic with friendly service
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.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
great spot for BYOB and tasty menu
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.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Spot for Christmas time!
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!
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Family Birthday Dinner
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.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM