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Franco on Melrose

4.6
331 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Friday, Saturday, Sunday Dinner starting at 5:30pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Dinner starting at 6:00 PM
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Phone number
(323) 934-3390
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Franco De Dominicis
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Private party facilities
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.
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Private party contact
Franco De Dominicis: (323) 934-3390
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
La Brea
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Parking details
Please note that valet is offered only in the evening every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Street parking is also available.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent food - the italian specialties are wonderful, but so are the international favorites like steak, lamb chops, branzino, etc. in addition to the amazing northern Italian dishes. Franco is a brilliant chef!

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Waiter was amazing, he explain everything on the menu in a few sentences. Outstanding service and orgasmic food! Hightly recommend!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Such an awesome place, and also price.not in LA much but will be back when I do happen to be in town!

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2017

All six of us really liked the dishes we ordered; they were delicious. But the service was a bit slow and unskillful. There was some ungainly reaching across the table. And at the appropriate time towards the end of the meal, we were not asked if we wanted anything else. We had to leave without the dessert and coffee that some of us wanted.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Finally- a great Italian restaurant in LA! Four of us had 2 salads and 4 pasta dishes - all of which were excellent. Chocolate dessert with homemade ice cream topped it off. Atmosphere is pretty casual and service was wonderful . Will definitely return.

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2.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Very Expensive for Industrial flavorless High Fat Low Flavor Brute Force Chef Boy-Ar-Dee

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

I came for Christmas Eve dinner with 7 friends. Franco and Josh were absolutely incredible. This was one of the best dining experiences I've had in L.A. Highly, highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

The most amazing food, from the appetizer to dessert.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

I did a search on Open Table to find this restaurant and we were not disappointed. We LOVED it here. From the minute we walked in we were greeted in the kitchen and shown the way to the restaurant where we met Franco's partner Josh. I have to say that Josh just added to our dining experience. He was attentive, funny, informative, and did I say funny! The decor of the restaurant was very festive with all the holiday lights and we loved the trees growing against the walls. It felt like we were dining outdoors. The food was delicious. My daughters and I decided to share and we ordered the calamari starter which was crispy and delicious and the pieces were quite large. We also ordered the pear salad and it was so tasty, it didn't take us long to demolish it. We shared the Aragosta pasta which was so, so good, very flavorful and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Josh came and sat at our table to review the desserts and provide us with his recommendations and we settled on the Flourless Chocolate - so good I can still taste it and I want some right now! The Panna Cotta was so creamy, it just melted in the mouth. I had mentioned to Josh earlier in the evening that we had traveled over an hour to come dine in the restaurant and we were so glad we did. He rewarded us with a complimentary dessert and when he brought it to us he said 'I've never even had an ex who traveled over an hour to come visit me' LOL, the Apple Tartin was also good. It didn't take us long to demolish all three desserts. As we left, Josh gave us big hugs and kisses as if we were long, lost friends! We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

This is our favorite Italian restaurant. We love food, atmosphere, and service. All food is amazing gnocchi to die for!

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

I came here because of their glowing Yelp reviews, and my experience definitely lived up to the hype. This restaurant is a charming spot with excellent made-from-scratch ingredients, the service is top notch, but it's unpretentious. Franco and and his partner Joshua make you feel at home. I'm gonna be a new regular!

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

was our first time and we will def. go back. The food was excellent and authentic Italian which is hard to find. The owners mingle with the customers in a sincere way which was nice to see and not over the top.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

This is my absolute favorite Italian restaurant. The food is fresh and delicious. I’ve never had better service; attentive but not overbearing. The owners were friendly and ensured everything was to our liking. My only complaint is that it is an hour & half (in good traffic) from our home.

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3.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Food is average.

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2017

Always a great experience at Franco on Melrose! Amazing food and awesome service!!
Will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Staffs are great. Outstanding service

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Josh was an amazing host. Franco's menu is outstanding and very diverse. Raul was a knockout as our table host. This was a 5 star experience from top to bottom. The food was delicious and beautiful to look at. I highly recommend this venue for any and all occasions, especially romantic dating.
I will be back several times!

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

This place is fantastic for date night! The food is delicious and indulgent and the wine options pair beautifully. Their pana cotta was one of The best desserts I've ever had. The service is also impeccable. I can't say enough good things about this place. It's a bit on the pricier side but for good reason. Everything is made from scratch. That also means they can accommodate any food allergy or preference.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was very good and owners were a delight! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Always a perfect 10!

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

Loved the food and service and the atmosphere is great

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2.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 2, 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.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 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.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 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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5.0Dined on October 21, 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.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 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!

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5.0Dined on October 17, 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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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Great cozy place. Food is great and service is great too

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5.0Dined on October 9, 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!

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5.0Dined on October 7, 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.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 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.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 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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5.0Dined on October 3, 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.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 29, 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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5.0Dined on September 19, 2017

An excellent menu paired with elegant wines and perfect friendly service

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4.0Dined on September 17, 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.

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