Francesca's Bryn Mawr

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Italian
Francesca’s Bryn Mawr became the 8th restaurant added The Francesca's Restaurant Group in 1999. Located in the old Bryn Mawr Apartment Hotel, Francesca's Bryn Mawr brings a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices to the Edgewater neighborhood. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio.

About the Francesca’s Restaurant Group: Founded in 1992 by Restaurateur Scott Harris, Francesca’s Restaurant Group has grown from a small, welcoming Italian restaurant on Chicago’s North Clark Street to a restaurant group of 5 concepts across 25 locations in 3 states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 18 Francesca’s Restaurants, 4 Davanti Enoteca's, Disotto, Fat Rosie’s and Hillgrove Tap.
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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The menu has changed since the pandemic, but I think they’re doing the best they can with circumstances as they are.

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ChitownGirl
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Francesca’s always has delicious food and great service. And now, during a pandemic, they have proven that they can continue to offer that in addition to making sure guests feel comfortable dining with them by taking every precaution possible. Tables are wiped down between visits, menus are one-time use only. Staff are wearing masks and gloves. Tables are far enough apart. If you have been cautious about where you go during quarantine like I have, rest assured that you will enjoy Francesca’s.

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TomM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great.

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JohnL
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience from start to finish - as usual! Attentive, friendly service and excellent food that’s reasonably priced. Best martinis in Edgewater.

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vipABdiningout
Chicago
141 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

We celebrated a birthday! :)

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CBear
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great for Father’s Day on the patio. Hope things get better for restaurants soon. Thanks for a nice dinner!

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vipSusie
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always. So good to be back there enjoying the patio dining, wonderful service and delicious food.

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JamesS
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was cozy at the outdoor table, even though there was a cool breeze. My companion and I shared an an asparagus appetizer, then he had risotto and I had spaghetti and meatballs. Along with some glasses of Proseco, it was a wonderful meal.

I will be back!

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localfan
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Evening turned blustery and cold - will be glad to hear that outdoor heaters have arrived! My fault for not anticipating change in weather.

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vipBobC
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and friendly wait staff. Go there often.

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RObertR
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and very safe.

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AnnaM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have excellent service at Francesca’s and the food is fresh, authentic, and of great quality.

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Cosmic
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service here is outstanding and the food is consistently good. I had the Napoletano pizza. I would have liked it crisper but it still tasted good. The arugula salad was also very good.

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vipScottR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Francesca's has always been consistent with its food, and, the staff is usually pretty attentive. The food is delicious and the menu changes frequently with the exception of the main staples, which are always on the menu.

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vipTomS
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. The food and service are the best. This is my favorite Italian spot in Chicago.

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CBear
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went there on a Friday night. It was during the Covid 19 period before the decision for Chicago restaurants to close. There was enough social distance between diners. I had a perfect martini before dinner. The bruschetta was one of the best I’ve had. The Salmon with mushrooms and leek cream sauce was very good and the portion was the perfect size. My husband had the roast chicken with zucchini and goat cheese and liked that very much. We had tiramisu for dessert, which I don’t always like, but this one was great. We used to come here fairly often for birthday dinners, etc., but hadn’t been for several years. We will definitely return once the virus restrictions are lifted.

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vipluv2eatout
Chicago
187 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All 3 of our meals were excellent; two of us shared a Caesar salad and they split it for us; yummy profiteroles (our favorite) and excellent tiramisu. We will be back. Thank you, Francesca's.

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PinkieWasHere
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great staff and delicious food the neighbors and I always enjoy. A bit loud for an intimate dinner, but the ambient sounds are of people having fun.

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vipKiri
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience at Francesca's on Bryn Mawr, as usual. The food and service are reliably good, and the ambience is pleasant.

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vipNicky
Chicago
131 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious and service was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had pasta a oglio, sausage and peppers, chocolate chip mint ice cream. Servers were friendly and efficient. Food was good

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vievie
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the favorite places in the neighborhood. Friends from the burbs love going here whenever we all go to dinner. Will always come back.

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vipChicagoMama
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Francesca's Bryn Mawr for every special occasion. Great food, atmosphere, service!

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Lucyathere
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meals at Francesca's were excellent and the dessert was great.

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Shinu
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service was good and food came out fast even though the restaurant was super busy. Loved our waiter.

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vipEdgewater
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Great service

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MonicaL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very busy, but with reservations I was able to get seated pretty quickly. Very good food, very good service, we will be back again.

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ScottR
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Francesca’s is consistently a good choice: very good food, a mostly warmly casual atmosphere (a bit loud), and usually steady service. I’m there often. On my last visit, the bar was as behind in making drinks, and the service was a bit less attentive than usual. But still this is a favorite place.

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JMS1
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was right on and the dining room atmosphere was lovely.

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vipBigT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food Very good service also

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vipTomS
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far one of the beat Italian restaurants in Chicago. The seafood options change regularly and are always perfectly cooked. I know there are other Francesca's in other locations in Chicago, but Bryn Mawr has the best atmosphere and the wait staff couldn't be nicer.

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MelissaB
Monterrey
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The service was spot on both at the bar and our table. Thank you Victor!

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our second time at the restaurant. Since it was Valentine's day, the place was absolutely packed. We were delighted to find out that the acoustics made it one of the quietest experiences ever.

The carpaccio and Pasta were amazing. The pizza was nothing to write about. The wine of the weekend was as good as another one we had last time we came.

The service was fast and kind. It was a little chilly at by the window, so we asked to move inwards the staff moved us quickly and easily.

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viplola
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great luck! We got a booth in the bar, our favorite room ! Next time, though, maybe a little farther from restroom (deodorizer somehow wafted.)
We are otherwise never disappointed here—one of our awesome go-to restaurants for great food and service!

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vipTamaraB
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Initially seated in an extremely cold area so asked to be reseated. Then seated - better but still next to windows so still a bit chilly. Next time will request a table in the inner restaurant

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churchlady
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had gathered a group of seven, many arriving separately, and Francesca's handled our group beautifully. Even people who didn't sit down until half an hour later than the first to arrive were served and had time to finish before we went to a play across the street.

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vipluv2eatout
Chicago
187 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, food, service & value. Convenient location for people located in downtown Chicago to meet up with people from Evanston & Skokie because of red line access & Lake Shore drive proximity .

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master88er
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I love this place, but this time the main course was not up to their usual standards

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vipKathrynS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I took my friend there for her birthday celebration and we were in one very loud area. We asked our server to help move us and she gave us a spot very private and very quiet. Of course the food was wonderful as always and we had a wonderful celebration.

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Kk11
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We frequent Francesca’s and yet, this most recent experience exceeded our expectations! The service was spot on from the second we walked in the door. Everyone and I mean everyone addressed our needs. They were friendly, kind and beyond courteous. It was delight.

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