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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (33)
Good for a Date (30)
Special Occasion (27)
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Cozy (22)
Casual (18)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Notable Wine List (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Romantic (12)
Authentic (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Business Meals (6)
Fun (6)
People Watching (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Music (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Great atmosphere. Enough noise to feel like you were out and about but quiet enough to have a conversation across the table. and our server was fantastic.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Best neighborhood Italian restaurant bar none!! Always consistent and always impressed. Service is top notch. Martinis are great. Solid wine list. Menu constantly changing so always fresh and seasonal. Fantastic Italian!

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We eat at this restaurant at least twice a month for lunch or an early dinner. It is consistently deliscious!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Seasonal
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Lovely neighborhood bar/restaurant with daily specials. Menu is not super extensive but nonetheless substantial, with something for everyone (even the gluten free amongst us— ask for their GF menu). Great value!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Have been in this place many time, food is always good and we had awesome servers. Love the cocktails and Wednesday spaghetti and meatballs night.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Always happy at Mia's on Bryn Mawr- comforting on these cold days. Highly recommend

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

As always, amazing food and service. Never disappointed!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Very warm and festive mood for Christmas Eve. Our server Victor and his team were superb! They couldn't have been nicer. Lobster bisque and Osso Bucco were delicious. Thank you all. We are soon moving away from Chicago and will miss your hospitality.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great atmosphere. Noise level was perfect. They must have sound proofing because the restaurant was full yet the noise was subdued.
Great staff from bus people, servers, all the way up to bar manager. Great Christmas spirit.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always a great meal with great service

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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 on December 13, 2017

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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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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 10, 2017

Everything is always on point here! The veal was outstanding and the only sad thing is that I never have room for dessert.

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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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 (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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·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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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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 (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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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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·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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