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About Francesca's Bryn Mawr

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 three concepts across 33 locations and four states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 23 Francesca’s Restaurants, five Davanti Enoteca, and five Glazed and Infused locations.

1039 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner:
Monday 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday : 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Saturday 3:00pm - 10:30 pm
Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Kenmore

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 506-9261

Website:
http://www.miafrancesca.com/locations/profile/francescas-bryn-mawr-edgewater

Catering:
We offer small and large catering orders. Please contact restaurant for more details.

Parking Details:
Valet available at dinner only. Metered parking on streets.

Public Transit:
Just steps from the Red Line's Bryn Mawr Station and from the 147 and 151 bus routes on Sheridan Road.

Executive Chef:
Adrien Nunez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Live Jazz every Tuesday in the bar!

Private Dining

Francesca's Bryn Mawr offers one private party room that can accommodate up to 60 people for a seated event and up to 75 for a cocktail/appetizer reception. Our entire restaurant is available for up to 165 people for a buyout.

Francesca's Bryn Mawr Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (32)
Good for a Date (26)
Special Occasion (24)
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Casual (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Cozy (15)
Authentic (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Romantic (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Fun (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Business Meals (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
People Watching (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Healthy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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Live Music (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

Food was a bit off this time. Chicken sandwich had very strong olive oil flavor and in general everyone who had savory food thought it was too salty

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

We generally dine here after a neighborhood play bit this time we dined before the play. Same good food and great service. They made sur we were done in time to make our play.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Another delightful meal at Francesca's. Service excellent as always. Like being a 'frequent flier' there.

Tags: Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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food4
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 5 days ago

What a terrible experience. The service was non-existent and the food was terrible, cold, just awful and tasteless. We will NEVER go back to Francesca’s. No one refilled our water, asked how our food tasted, or took care of us at all. Horrible! Just horrible! We eat out a great deal. Did not expect what we got ... nothing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

I wish I could leave a better review. This place has been neighborhood favorite for years, but I will have to give a lot of thought before I go there any time soon. Our reservation was for 1130, and we stood in the vestibule for several minutes before the bar back/busboy saw us and unlocked the door. We waited in the bar because there was no one at the hist station. We finally had to alert our server (?) that we were there for our reservation. The place got busy very quickly. We were seated on the north end of the restaurant in a booth, all of which were too filled, along with a party of 14 at a table. I ordered a cocktail, and my friend ordered a glass of wine, which he received quickly. Not so for my cocktail. The manager/bartender/host was clearly overwhelmed. Good thing e were not in a hurry. When we did decide to order, the for came fairly quickly. I ordered a linguine dish with spicy tomato sauce, shrimp, sea scallops, and Manilla clams. If this dish were on "Chopped", the chef would have been. My scallops were not properly cleaned, and one of the manilla clams was unopened. One was broken, and the shell was all over the place. And, why in the world would you serve a shrimp with the tail shell intact in a dish like this. The desert was good.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Met friends at Francesca’s. Have been going to all the Francesca‘s for years. Wasn’t crowded when we got there service was slow. Salmon was OK a little too much going on. Other than location and convenience to the friends we were meeting I would not go out of my way to return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a very nice brunch. The menu had a good mix of options. I had the burger. It was very good. My friends enjoyed their Bloody Marys. We will be back.

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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Thanks for making this a good experience for a birthday party!

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Food was very good and the portions were large. Service was quick and timely. Nice affordable wine list to chose from. Valet available since street parking is limited.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Always a pleasure, especially the staff. Menu changes are always interesting as well as the usual offerings. One of my favorites

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Casual, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

As my ratings indicate, overall, Francesca's is a great place to dine.

The ONLY reason I downgraded the ambiance was because of the music that was played.
Contemporary/rock style music does not suit this environment AT ALL.

Some nice Italian music , opera, or even jazz classics would be a better choice.
Please, Please, get some expert advice on the music!!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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food5
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Spent Thanksgiving there. Very pleasant and helpful staff, food was great. Only negative is that it was dark. Increasing the lighting would make it easier to see the menu.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent casual meal

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Waiter was not very attentive too busy with other tables! Priority given to 3 and 4 top tables. No time for table of 2 sadly ! I was amazed someone from restaurant remembered request of birthdays as noted on res. Sadly was not seated in booth even though others were open !!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Very good Italian food and wine. I had Gamberi ala Francesca, with mushrooms and a wine sauce and drank a very palatable Gavi di Gavi--a delicious light lunch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything was delicious. We sat at a cozy booth and had many options to choose from the gluten-free menu. Service was wonderful! Will be back for sure. There is valet parking too.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Exceptional! Can’t say enough about this place. Very cozy neighborhood feel, excellent wine list and food is truly amazing. I asked for something not on the menu and they created it with pleasure! Everyone must give this a try...

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Had scampi gamberi which was very flavorful. Shrimp with spinach and wild mushrooms and a light sauce. The shrimp were cooked to perfection.

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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Wonderful Italian meal out for my husband's birthday! Lovely meal, attentive service. Will come back again for a regular date night.

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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I enjoyed dinner there as I go there every few months. However the pasta I had was super salty. I don’t think I would order that one again. I do like the place and will go back.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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food4
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Always a hit with me and my friends. The only issue is trying to find parking - although they do have valet.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Another lovely dining experience. I ordered a dish similar to what I had tried before elsewhere, but alas, it wasn't to my liking - nothing wrong with it - just didn't suit me - I didn't complain - not their fault - but they opted to replace it for me at no additional charge. I thought that was exceptionally lovely of them. It is one of my "go-to" places - not in my neighborhood but in one I do frequent (if closer to my home I'd be there even more often!)
Service is always delightful. And they do a dining discount deal with Redtwist Theatre which I attend regularly - to add value to the experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food is fresh, always well prepared and service is attentive. Solid wine list and quiet dining.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Always enjoy a quiet evening at Francesca's. Good food, good service, reasonable parking and lively atmosphere. Noisy enough to feel busy but no problem hearing your servers or friends. Everyone is always most accommodating and helpful, a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

This is my second time to this restaurant and I enjoyed it as much as my first time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The Monday night fixed-priced offer is excellent - appetizer, entree, and dessert - $25 . We had an excellent meal and outstanding service by Terry. He gave us time to study the menu and did a great job of explaining the menu and special. This place has always been reliable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

This is location is one of our top two favorites in the chain (interestingly, we've found a VERY big difference in both quality & management/attitude across all their locations; hint: avoid the one on Chestnut/Streeterville!) Very welcoming, attentive and the food is always delicious. Usually come for a dinner but brunch was also great. Happy to accommodate special food requests. Yummy Italian!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The gnocchi was outstanding! As was the pasta with peas, ham etc. The perfect carb load before my first Chicago Marathon the next day

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our meals were wonderful and the service was perfect. Our server was attentive and professional but let us talk and visit to our hearts content!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Another favorite. It's a great place to meet friends, have a conversation and enjoy a wonderful meal. It's great.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

NEVER a bad meal at any of their locations. Consistent quality and device with a nice menu that's updated regularly. Only concern/issue is original Clark St. location is very noisy.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Everything we ordered and ate was memorable. Waitress recommended tortellini with mushroom, it was excellent. Tilapia was delicious as well as beautiful Tiramisu is the best I've had in quite some time.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

We make it a habit to have our group board meetings at Francesca's Bryn Mawr. Food and service are excellent. I love the ambience, intimate tables, some booths and small tables along the windows when I'm alone. They often have special events and days when certain things are available. It's a favorite place to dine.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Just always good! For a chain restaurant, it’s always good and consistent. Wish other restaurants could follow their fine example.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Love this place!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Alcoholic beverage prices are a little high. Otherwise, our dinner was a perfect experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 5, 2017

I had a wonderful time! Francesca's is becoming my go-to spot. The food, ambience and the wine were all perfect!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

They treated us incredibly for our special occasion, I can't wait to go back soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Consistently great food and service. We enjoy the specials of the night and dessert.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic, Casual, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Went for an anniversary and they gave us free champagne toast and dessert. The food was amazing as always.

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