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.
Chicago, IL 60660
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer small and large catering orders. Please contact restaurant for more details.
Valet available at dinner only. Metered parking on streets.
Just steps from the Red Line's Bryn Mawr Station and from the 147 and 151 bus routes on Sheridan Road.
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!
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
Arrived 10 minutes early, waited 15 minutes for table. Had a beer at the bar while awaiting my guest. Received the best booth in the bar located in the corner. Carpaccio was fantastic appetizer with which to start. Unfortunately, the Open Table menu for the restaurant was outdated and the entrée I had anticipated on ordering was no longer available (16 oz. roasted steak).
Ordered the double filet which was spectacular in its own right. Price was reasonable and ambience was active but not overpowering. Will go again!
This is a nice restaurant with a neighborhood feel. The host/hostess are warm and welcoming, the service is very good, and the food is excellent. Also liked the ambiance - it's not too casual but also not at all formal/stuffy. Parking is tough so it's worth the $10 to valet.
I've never been a big fan of Francesca's but have gone to various of their spots then others wanted to go. But I wanted to write about this experience because of several things that went wrong. The worst was the "roast" chicken I had. I put it in "" because my best guess is this particular bird saw only a few minutes of roasting time at most. It was par-boiled to excess, leaving a chicken that was bland and pasty white when served. There was no point in sending it back, as I'm sure the result would have been the same. The other complaint was the drinks: a watered down Old Fashioned that was truly bad and a martini served up rather than over the rocks. On the plus side, the bolognese I got to replace the chicken was excellent.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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 !!
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.
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