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Francesca's Bryn Mawr

4.5
1050 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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 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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
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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
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Phone number
(773) 506-9261
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Adrien Nunez
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Catering
We offer small and large catering orders. Please contact restaurant for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Kenmore
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Parking details
Valet available at dinner only. Metered parking on streets.
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Public transit
Just steps from the Red Line's Bryn Mawr Station and from the 147 and 151 bus routes on Sheridan Road.
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Special events & promotions
Live Jazz every Tuesday in the bar!
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

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.

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What 1050 People Are Saying
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4.5
service
4.4
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Loved the ambience have been to several other Francesca's this is my favorite had a great meal and a greatvwaitress!

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loverestaurants123 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Beautiful restaurant. Love the ambiance.
Very unique and special place. This place feels like a special celebration is always going on, fun vibe yet warm and cozy at the same time. Perfect atmosphere for a great dining experience.

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RedtwistTheatrePatron (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Another delicious meal. Outstanding calamari. Super service. We'll be back-again and again.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Valentines dinner. The place was packed but we were seated right on time for our reservation. The server was great.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Valentines

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day meal. Francesca's is simply the best.

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Collin (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food is okay, drinks were pretty bad, and the service was extremely slow. Their extra “Valentine’s touches” were pretty lame - balloons and overripe chocolate covered strawberries filled with strawberry goo. We won’t be going back.

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viplola (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day seated at our favorite booth and had a delicious meal. Glad we got an early reservation, as it got super crowded . Popular spot, well deserved!

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JasonK (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent food. Always an absolute treat to eat there.

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vipRudyM (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We did not know they served Brunch and were pleasantly surprised by their delicious menu. We will be back soon!

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EmilyM (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I would absolutely recommend the FRG groupm. Not this location. I have been a regular of this restaurants numerous locations for 17 years. I have never had such horrible service, rude, crude patrons sat next to us, and sub par food. Usually I thoroughly enjoy my experience because the intimate, attentive, thorough service. I will still go to Francesca's but not this one.

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vipPatty (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

We love Francesca's! The welcoming atmosphere, excellent food, and outstanding service make it a standout!

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vipDeano (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

One of the best brunch options in Edgewater.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food and cocktails were good as well. Local alcohol. Prices are not over price for the neighborhood. Will go again on a date or just for relax dinner with close friends.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

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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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 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!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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!

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vipDeano (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 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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lebleuchat (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 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.

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vipkd8r (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

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

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vipRich (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve

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vipLOVE (London)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

As always, amazing food and service. Never disappointed!

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Paul (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 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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vipHungryNotHungry (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 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.

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lion (Chicago)
4.0  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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vipCraigHinChicago (Chicago)
4.0  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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MHD7932 (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 16, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Always a great meal with great service

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 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.

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