Brought nine people for a
Brought nine people for a birthday dinner celebration. Requested a table in the back room for more privacy and less noise. That request was met, the service was attentive, friendly, but not overbearing. Food was delicious, as usual. Very conducive to conversation, we had a great experience.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice place! Menu specials
Very nice place! Menu specials were very good and simple, classic Italian dishes. The booth seating by the window was cozy and romantic.good date place.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
my favorite spot in edgewater
I love francesca's on bryn mawr. one of my favorite restaurants in the city. all of the staff is so friendly and makes a true connection with you. i also love how often they change their menu. ive never had the same thing twice. francescas is one of my favorite things about living in edgewater.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had an outstanding waiter
We had an outstanding waiter who was friendly, attentive w/o being oppressive, knowledgeable and very accommodating to the range of preferences and limitations of our group. Salmon and minestrone were yummy.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a Great Time
Great Calamari, and always love the warm, freshly baked bread. Martini's are awesome, great fish dishes as well at very reasonable prices. Very fun and friendly staff, some of the nicest waiters and waitresses ever. Always a joy and never disappointed. The roasted chicken is always a good go-to dish as well, and don't pass up the tomato, blue cheese, aspargus salad.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
We love this place! It's one
We love this place! It's one of our "regular" spots!
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Francesca's never let's you down. Great Food and Great Service
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
We always like the food at all their places we've tried but this location can be easier to get into & they have a back room that's a bit quieter. We were 8 & could all converse. Never had a bad dish.
4/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Great Service
Waiter was friendly, helpful, and attentive. I went with his recommendations for wine, pasta, salad, and dessert, all of which was delicious. Will definitely go back many times.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
great opening act
Francesca's on bryn mawr is great before going to redtwist and city lit theatres; offering nice "dining partner" discounts. Thanks for supporting the Chicago arts scene!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Good Find
My friends & I always eat dinner here when we have tickets for a nearby theater. The bar serves very good cocktails, and the food is excellent, the menu interesting, the portions very generous--fried calamari is delicately battered, salads are made with fresh, local greens, and this time I had a creamy penne dish (Norcina) with delicious sausage, which tasted homemade. The place has a friendly neighborhood vibe, but it's also upscale enough for a special occasion or a date. No pretentiousness, just good, friendly service.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is great, excellent
The food is great, excellent for special occasion. It is a little expensive but it equates with the quality of the food . We didn't know what to order but the waitress help us with recommendations and I can tell they were excellent choices. Excellent service as well.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
MY WIFE AND I VIEW GOING TO FRANCESCA'S AS A SPECIAL TREAT WHEN WE WANT TO PAMPER OURSELVES. IT IS NOT A MATTER OF COST.......BUT OF QUALITY. THE SERVERS AND BUS CREW MAKE US FEEL SPECIAL. THEY HAVE A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR AND KNOWLEDGE .........AND THE FOOD IS OUTSTANDING WITH UNUSUAL FLAVORING THAT WE CANNOT SEEM TO DUPLICATE AT HOME. GREAT ALL WAY AROUND.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great AffordablEdgewater Restaurant
This location Francesca's is one of my favorite restaurants in the group. The food is consistently good, with tasty daily italian specials. If you are not into pasta, there are a number of alternatives that are sure to delight the palate. The service staff is knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. The restaurant has a nice choice of wines and even wines by the glass. Francesca's on Bryn Mawr has a good atmosphere, and it is not too noisy allowing you to actually hear the others at your table.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Francesca's often offers a Tilapia con asparagus. It wasn't on this week's menu, but the server asked the kitchen....and they made it for us. Really appreciate this....and is the reason we eat here often.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waiter was one of the
Our waiter was one of the best I have had in a long time
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
What can I say
I have been to this Mia Francesca's many times and as alwyas the food is deliciouscious, the service is great
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday in Style
Two birthdays to celebrate and a handy location. We were treated like we were a special party, looked after by a sincerely friendly server. All of us were open to new ideas for dinner. After Calamari, we ordered Piovra et Patata (octopus, potatoes and green beans), worth repeating next visit. Our mains included Pollo Arrosto alla Romano (tasty, generous left overs for the next day), Conchiglie con Aparagi e Funghi (a rich pasta dish blending new flavours), Gnochi alls Mantovana (mushrooms in a rich pasta sauce), and Pollo alla Disperata (a rich sauce that brings together chicken and vegetables in a tasty way). Being a birthday celebration, desert and coffee were in order; Tieramasu to die for.
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Al Fresco Dining
We had a wonderful meal and the environment sitting outside was perfect. Service was good and dessert was awesome.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a good choice!
We eat here all the time, and we will continue to.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have a great experience
We have a great experience at the restaurant. Good and service was excellent.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent and affordable!
First time dining here with 2 others and we had great food, wine and service. We will definitely come back on a Thursday for 1/2 off bottles of wine.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never lets me down
Every time I visit Chicago -- maybe once a year -- I go to Francesca's (Bryn Mawr) for dinner. And it's never let me down. The prices are reasonable, the food outstanding and the ambience pleasant. You may not go if it's out of the way for you -- it helps that I have siblings in the neighborhood -- but if you're in the area, check it out. Well worth the trip.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bring your appetite!
The portions are huge! Very fresh approach to Italian favorites. The lasagna with bacon, mushrooms & peas was fabulous!
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of Chicago's Best.......
A favorite spot to dine and always be completely satisfied with food, ambience, service, wait staff - everyone there!
7/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
VG as usual. Great restaurant
VG as usual. Great restaurant with ever changing menue.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was good but not special.
Food was good but not special. We all had 1/2 chicken which had a great sauce. Salads were fine, again nothing very special about them. Waiter was excellent, very personable and helpful. Clearly local place as number of dining alone.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We changed our original reservation of 6 to 7 without a hitch. Our server, Todd, was very helpful with our questions and offered some welcome suggestions. The service was flawless and the food was quite delicious. We will return in the future.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
As Good as Clark Location
Mia always has different and great tasting offerings along with their usual fare.
When I am in Chicago I always stop at their Bryn Mawr or Clark street location.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great waiter and staff
The roasted chicken, risotto with veggies and asparagus, tomato and blue cheese salad were all delicious. The wait staff was very professional, efficient and friendly. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars for service is that it took a long time for anyone to wait on us when we were first seated. After that it was fine. Will definitely go back.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dinner Out!
My husband and I were looking for a neighborhood restaurant to celebrate our anniversary and we decided on Francesca's. Not only is a nice restaurant that is open Mondays (harder to find than you may think), but they also had a great gluten-free menu! This was an unexpected surprise for an Italian restaurant, and both the standard and gluten-free food was amazing.
Going on a Monday had an added bonus, as they have a $25 prix fixe 3-course dinner! So we ended up eating the best of the menu for far less than it would ever typically cost. I highly recommend eating there on a Monday evening!
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
You guys never disappoint us!
We go at least once every couple months and it's always great!
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've eaten there a number
We've eaten there a number of times and have always been pleased. This time I had a wonderful papardelle dish with chunks of pork that I loved. And my husband's chicken was done perfectly - not at all dry. We also had an outstanding waitress, who just added to the enjoyment of the evening.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time won't be the last time!
We made reservations to celebrate a couple special family events here. The minute we walked in, we were greeted with the warmest and most sincere staff and host. Once seated, our server guided us through the menu items, was happy, and delightful! Am sad to say I never got his name, but he was so informative and took great care to answer our questions. I want to thank him for his excellent service! At the end of our meal, he gave us insight about the banana pudding gelato (YOU MUST TRY IT!) & how the company paid attention to their customers' requests to have it permanently on the menu - a true testament to a good business! Overall, the portions were generous, and the meals were delicious! The staff made for a great time! We will be back!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is my go to restaurant in the neighborhood. Their food is consistently wonderful, a bit like eating home food if your family really knew how to cook. Comfortable, friendly and delicious.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Every Time
Every time I dine at Francesca's Bryn Mawr I have a fabulous meal. They really cater to the customer and serve amazing, fresh ingredients that come together for a delicious meal. The Salmon was perfect and the Bruscetta is always a bit hit.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special occassion go-to
I booked a booth for my husband's birthday - and was pleasantly surprised that my wishes were accomodated.
Over the years we've visted this restaurant for birthdays and when family comes from out of town.
It's always a treat.
I gave four stars for food, because my daughter got a different kind of pasta than she asked for (which was swiftly
addressed - kudos to our server in being proactive), and my chicken was a bit dry. It's usually perfectly done.
My husband had a fab dish with shrimp and chicken, and our bruschetta was delicious.
A lovely treat with a candle was brought at the end of the meal.
We moved out of this neighborhood 5 years ago - and still come back to this restaurant - which should tell you something!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent as usual.
Hard not to come back all the time. Great place in our hood
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have always enjoyed all the food at Francesca's. Their menu has dependable (changing) dishes each filled with utter deliciousness.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always Good food and Service
I have never had a bad meal or poor service at this restaurant. It is probably one of the most consistent local chain of restaurants in the city and I have been to all of them. Bravo!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood spot
Love this restaurant! Easy to get to, nice outdoor patio space, generous portions, delicious menu options and nice selection for gluten free dining!
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Even w/ your error I still love you
I love this restaurant & every time I'm in town I eat here. My only complaint is that I asked for a specific table in my reservation notes when I made it on Open Table, but when I got there it had already been seated. I was told that it was requested by another party prior to my request. Well, it turns out that the party sitting at that table were friends of mine. In fact they did NOT request that table. Clearly, someone dropped the ball and instead of apologizing and owning up to their error, they lied to me. For what it's worth, I have eaten at this place probably 100 times and 90% of those times had been in the table that I requested. Was I disappointed? Very much so. Will I return? ALWAYS!!!
Our Server, Amber was awesome! She rocked!
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I took our college-age son out for dinner during parent's weekend, and he chose Francesca's. We were treated well, the food was great, and the dessert very nice.
Our server knew his wine, was very personable, and attentive without hovering.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Appreciated the special attention
Appreciated the special attention given to the older (92) member of our group.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I celebrated my birthday at Francesca's and it was the best experience ever. I went in earlier that day and they allowed me to pick the seating for my party. They were very accommodating and the service was excellent. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive and the ambiance is perfect. We were a group of six and there was a larger group of twenty there as well. We ordered four entrees to share and they were all very delicious especially the gnocchi. The mojito's were tasty as well. More importantly, I forgot to ask could I bring in my outside cake and they had no problems with it. They brought it to the table with candles and they also gave me a personal treat with a candle for myself. Overall, I was very happy and will be back
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a lovely time
The mussels in tomato sauce are outstanding. And they handled our kids quite well
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
I was delighted to see Fraancescas was not jam packed like most Sunday Brunches are. The pesto scrambled eggs were very good and the bacon was great. Great service, great prices. Loved it
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent all the way around
Like always cocktails where fantastic, we had the specials on the menu excellent choice. The service was like we where the only customers even when the restaurant was crowded.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We go to Francesca's fairly often. The food is good and the prices are fair. We go for weekend brunch and dinners. The brunches have a slightly different menu from usual brunch fare but it's always delicious and interesting. At dinner the diiferent fish offerings are always good and the pasta is delicious and generously portioned. Consistently good.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Foodie level cuisine at modest cost
Consistent up and down the menu. Many dishes of gourmet stature. Specials in particular will delight the palate.
Service attentive and knowledgeable. A much appreciated value menu compared against the city's popular Italian
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM