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About Franco on Melrose

Franco on Melrose is a hidden gem in the heart of Hollywood serving authentic Italian fare in a beautiful outdoor garden setting.

Chef and owner, Franco De Dominicis is the former Executive Chef at the Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles for a number of years before starting his first restaurant, FRANCO on Melrose. His approach to traditional southern Italian cooking blends seamlessly with a distinctly Californian lifestyle through consistent use of fresh, locally-grown products, and his signature dishes reflect the seafood-rich cuisine of his own Amalfi coast home.

6919 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary European

Hours of Operation:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday Dinner starting at 5:30pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Dinner starting at 6:00 PM

Cross Street:
La Brea

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(323) 934-3390

Website:
http://www.francoonmelrose.com/

Parking Details:
Please note that valet is offered only in the evening every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Street parking is also available.

Executive Chef:
Franco De Dominicis

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

Franco On Melrose has one of the most successful private dining options in Los Angeles, offering guests everything from VIP service to approachable menu options for small and large parties. From corporate event to private parties and celebrations, Franco On Melrose has become THE place for parties.

Franco on Melrose Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.7

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (27)
Good for a Date (25)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
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Special Occasion (24)
Authentic (22)
Worth the Drive (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Cozy (17)
Good for Groups (15)
Fun (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Casual (8)
Business Meals (6)
Healthy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Organic (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Vegan (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

The restaurant itself was beautiful, food was AMAZING and the server was wonderful. My rating for service was due to the issue we had when we arrived. Our reservation was for 8PM. We arrived prior to that and stood in a line until 9:15PM. This outing was my birthday dinner and we had plans afterward, which we missed and were not able to attend. Not only did we wait 1 hr and 15 mins + to be sat, but my birthday was not acknowledged by the restaurant. We were then double charged for a dessert which the owner took one off of the bill because it was not ordered and the other because we had to wait so long. In my opinion a $10 FREE Chocolate flour-less cake does not excuse the fact that we waited so long and ended up missing out on our following plans. I decided not to cause a scene that evening as it was a celebratory date and I didn't want that negative energy lingering all evening. I was so disappointed in my experience I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone for any reason.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely love this place. I want to find and every occasion to go.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Food is amazing, along side the service! Highly recommend this place....

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Amazing service! I must come back and order the Franco's Mom special! Also I loved their desserts! The berry custed is a must try for post diner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The meal was outstanding. The appetizers were out of this world. We had the platter with a few different options on there. The calamari was cooked to perfection. The order of octopus was the most delicious octopus the member of our party had ever had. The burrata on top of the tomato with pesto was spectacular. The dinner course, mushroom risotto was scrumptious. The lamb chops were cooked to perfection. The white fish cooked in sage butter was phenomenal. And last and definitely not least, the spaghetti and meatballs were out of this world. The service was great, the server answered our questions and gave us suggestions.

The owner made it much easier for us, because we had someone walking with a cane, and they let us sit closer to the front of the restaurant instead of going to the back.

We were able to enjoy our meal without feeling rushed. And we were able to get to our theater event on time at the Pantages.

Honestly, all four of us can't wait to go back to Franco on Melrose to taste the rest of the menu. The owner and his partner made us feel welcome.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We love this restaurant! Amazing food and amazing service. They went out of their way to make my daughter feel special on her birthday!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Was looking for a spot w good but not over priced Italian food. And a restaurant where I could enjoy talking w my friend. Was rewarded on both accounts. Great food, thoughtful and helpful wait staff, fun but not noisy atmosphere and, while the place was crowded, we never felt rushed. The pasta is yum, esp the raviolis, the salad fresh, and the chocolate desert amazing. I will definitely come again.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

This was by far the best restaurant experience I’ve had in a long time. Loved the owners! Loved the staff! You have to walk by the kitchen to get into the dining area, the cooks held the door open when we left! Everyone was super nice and the food was beyond fantastic!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Authentic, Fun, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Franco is always a delicious spot. Have enjoyed their food for several years. Always a fun and delicious place. Staff is awesome also

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We were all famished after a long event, and the 6 people in our group landed on Franco. It's a spot we've all driven past for years, I event lived next door for a while, and we finally decided to visit. We were in for a treat from their great food and wine. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: People Watching, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Organic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Dined here on Saturday night and it was everything I wanted it to be and more. The food was superb, the service impeccable, and the ambience was just lovely. Would definitely go back again. Highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We just moved into the neighborhood and car across this place. We were greeted by one of the friendly owners upon being seated at our table. The staff was super attentive. The ambiance is rustic Italian with vines growing against walls and plants throughout. It felt like we had stepped into a restaurant in Italy. The butternut squash ravioli was delicious. The special squid ink pasta was also a spicy hit at our table. The only Italian in our group gave his approval!

I'd definitely recommend checking it out. I'm looking forward to dining here again in the future.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Came to celebrate my bfs birthday. Awesome experience. Everyone was so attentive, and welcoming. Food was amazing. Definitely coming again.

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great neighborhood restaurant. Great service and the food is delicious. This is a great date night location. I meet my daughter here when I go to LA.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Incredible food and staff. Raul and Josh took amazing care of us. First time dining there and we will be back very soon.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere, and very friendly wait staff. The best part is the chef is there every time to greet guests!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 20, 2017

An excellent menu paired with elegant wines and perfect friendly service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Nice neighborhood place, although somewhat pricey. At 6:30, we were the only party. The service was slow for an empty place, but maybe they wanted us to feel unrushed. The place started filling up around 7. The food was tasty, although the special was kind of small. I would definitely return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

They've created such a welcoming and comfortable environment to enjoy delicious food. The owners and waiters are all incredibly nice and helpful. The food is out-of-this-world tasty and it's my go-to Italian restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Franco on Melrose is hands down the best Italian food I've ever had. We were greeted by the owners when we walked in and they were very friendly and inviting. What I loved was that one of the owners, Josh, treated us like he knew us and it creates this warm vibe that I really like having in a restaurant. The ambiance is great, dim lighting and very intimate. But I have to say, it's not really outdoors, just looks that way. The only unpleasant experience was with the valet service. The employee had us park our own car, across the street, then told us that we had to pay. Which is weird because he should've parked it for us then. Other than that, great experience and would go again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Vegan, Organic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We had a great experience here. Food was really good, service was friendly, and we felt like home. The space is cute too.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Wonderful place! One of our favorites in Los Angeles

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Casual, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great food and wonderful service. Nice casual restaurant!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Love the ambience and the service along with the servers quite lovely!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Such a wonderful experience! Franco himself attended to our table and was so kind and attentive. The food was amazing -- the best authentic Italian food I've had in the area thus far. The wine list was excellent and the service was superb. We were here for my boyfriend's birthday and were given a free panna cotta to celebrate -- and it was AMAZING. Cannot wait to come back soon!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Honestly some of the best Italian food I've ever had

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Healthy
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 (Berkshire)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great freshly made italian food - awesome pasta. Waiting staff were extremely friendly and patient with our kids. Nice family-friendly experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Amazing food and service. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Down from the food to the owner everything was just perfect. My girlfriend and me came all the way from Chicago and it was definitely worth the trip!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

One of the best italian meals I've had. Incredibly friendly staff. This place is a hidden gem.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

This is my new favorite italian place! The food is fantastic. Beautiful place very cozy

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Healthy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

My girlfriend and I loved it, and will definitely be back here at some point! Great ambience and service, plus some of the best food I've eaten.

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was excellent and the interior is very nice. We were greeted by one of the owners when we sat down, but then nobody came to our table for more than 20 minutes after that even though the tables around us were getting served. It seemed like they forgot about us, but once we got their attention the service was very good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

We had a wonderful meal at Franco on Melrose. We are visiting from the East Coast and this was convenient and had good reviews. The food and service surpassed our expectations. Josh and Franco checked in on us, gave us good recommendations and worked with our 10 year old to make him a meal he would like and even try something new. Our meals, which included the orecchiette , the carciofi salad and the octopus with olives and peppers were delicious. I wish we had this restaurant close to home!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 14, 2017

They opened early just for us and we were able to enjoy an amazing meal and get to the Pantages Theater in plenty of time. The pasta was delicious and the service was superb. Thank you so much. We will be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The owners always greet you like you were a member of their family. Great food great service.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food was delicious and the staff was great. We had a party of 8 and we enjoyed ourselves immensely

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The food was tasty but the decor/ambiance leaves a little to be desired. It's a nice space...just needs someone to decorate it.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Best Italian food since I've been back from Italy. Dessert I quoted even better!
Incredibly outstanding table service by the owner himself along side of the waiters.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Late-night Find, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Organic, Fun, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Healthy, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Engagement celebration and the service and food were top notch! Love Francos!

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