Francesca's Bryn Mawr

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1280 reviews
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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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CJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful place, with a menu that changes monthly. Great service, fun ambiance, like home but better!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

It was Mother's Day but that is no excuse for the poor service and poor quality food. The entire meal appetizer, main meal and dessert took close to 3 hours. It took over 20 minutes to get a dessert ordered (2 scoops of Gelato) and then it was the wrong two flavors. No sense sending it back so we could wait another 20 minutes.

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i
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great Mother's Day at Francesca's. Good food options and great service. Parking is challenging or there is a $10.00 Valet.

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Unfortunately had to send my salmon back because I had a balsamic glaze on it and for dietary reasons I could not eat that. It was not listed on the menu otherwise I wouldn’t of ordered it or would have made a modification

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to Francesca’s to celebrate our nieces’s graduation. Lovely restaurant, great food! I gave a 4 star for food because they overlooked the gluten free pasta, which really makes it unappealing. The rest of the food was delicious!

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J
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious halibut with capers and tomatoes , friend had red pepper gnocchi. Our wine was superb!

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A
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The Gnocchi was amazing! Our server while made a mistake in the order was very apologetic and quickly corrected it. I wish I lived closer so I could eat here more!

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always!

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CF
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good as were the drinks. Our server was outstanding and really made the night, such a great place for an informal meal! I will continue to come back to this place.

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NT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delightful restaurant, good food, great service, but salmon was unfortunately overcooked.

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GL
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good Italian food in a pleasant restaurant space. The lunch prix fixe menu is very good value. Good wine selection.

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l
Chicago
145 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Cappellacci con Carciofi, & Fettuccine alla Butera! Very generous Italian Wedge Salad - easily split for 2 people. As fans of Francesca’s in multiple locations, this was our first time at Francesca’s on Bryn Mawr & we were not disappointed!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Warm, cozy, consistently excellent. This is my go to restaurant for a gracious experience. The food is delicious and the restaurant staff work as a team to deliver an enjoyable dining experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was not good. Waiters and bus boys were never available and constantly had to chase them down. Children’s menu was woefully bad - 2 small chicken tenders for $8

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Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal with great friends

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IG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most magnificent Italian food, at all times, for all things, including the wonderful deserts! Service is always excellent, food is always excellent, whether for lunch or dinner, and I always suggest Francesca's to anyone who has never heard of it! They love it, too! Thank you!

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JI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience at Francesca’s. I hadn’t been here is almost ten years and it was just as delicious as I remembered. The service was personable and knowledgeable and really enhanced the dining experience. The prix fixe on Monday cannot be beat in terms of value. I look forward to returning again very soon.

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AB
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The service was ok, no major complaints there. The food was very disappointing. The salmon salad was very small for the price and the salmon came fried...not what I was expecting from an Italian restaurant. The burgers were ok at best. Small portions with big prices are ok with great flavor. I'd would not go back and it left me wishing I went else where for my mothers birthday.

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food, great service. Requested a quiet table and the location was perfect.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome place for a good Italian meal.

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T
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance! Really good food. Great service. Will definitely go back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing specials, especially their Monday fixed price menu!

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IA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite go-to restaurants on the northside. We would frequent at least 3 times per month. Nothing has changed while we were out of state for 3 years. We look forward to dining here more regularly in the future.
(this was a birthday celebration and the staff were more than happy to manage the birthday cake and candles we provided. Good job)

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l
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always enjoy a booth in the bar area. Always a solid experience and affordable.

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D
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was good to be back at Francesca's on Bryn Mawr. Service was cordial and prompt, the food arrived quickly and was excellent. We had crab cakes and chicken Milanese con calamari over spaghetti, in a flavorful tomato sauce.

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AT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and fresh, wonderful service, very accommodating to the vegetarians.

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DO
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Francesca's on Bryn Mawr generally is a sure bet for brunch and this time was no disappointment. One thing that can be an issue at this location is that service can sometimes be a bit on the slower side if they are really busy. This particular Saturday they were quite lite in the dinning room and other areas of the restaurant, so they were really exceptional on the service side. And the food of course was delicious. I think their brunch menu is one of the best in the city.

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PM
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My wife and I shared a salad and a pizza. Both were good. Pizza was very good. Our server, Victor, was excellent.

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e
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate a birthday. The staff was great and the food was delicious!

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IG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is always wonderful here! Especially on "Throwback Thursday" but really, at all times it's great! You have an employee at Bryn Mawr location who is absolutely fantastic! Pay him more money!

Love this place in all ways! Ina

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H
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Francesca's on Bryn Mawr is consistently outstanding! That sums it up beautifully!

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KL
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was a bit bland. I had order the Caesar salad and the dressing was bland and a few others in my group added the seasoned table olive oil just to add some favor.

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b
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here before going to Redtwist theater across the street and--like the theater--Francesca's never fails to delight.

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PD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it's one of our neighborhood favorites. Good food, well prepared, friendly and attentive service. The BEST!!

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DO
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

For brunch it is hard to beat Francesca's. Great options and plenty of choices, including three different choices of Mimosa's And although the food is incredible, it sometimes seems like they are understaffed as the service is a bit on the slow side. However it is nice to get you in a more relaxed Sunday Brunch day atmosphere

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L
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great neighborhood regular. Always courteous staff, prompt service, accommodating and good food at a good price. Coming here for years.

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MO
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the fish special which was pan fried cod with delicious veggies and sauce. Very nicely prepared.

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s
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great neighborhood restaurant! The food is well prepared. Because it was Thursday, it was half price bottle night. Great deal! More than attentive service!

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RL
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a date night! A classier setting that maintains a local and friendly vibe, and not too pricey either for such delicious food!

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RH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality food, friendly staff and good service. The ambience is unique, warm and inviting with a city vibe.

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