Frankie's Fellini Cafe - Berwyn

4.7
453 reviews
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Italian
Frankie's Fellini Cafe is a casual neighborhood find. The menu is filled with authentic Italian dishes from Veal Chop Milanese to Linguini with Clam Sauce. Everything is made fresh from scratch. Chef Frank Chiavaroli, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, creates all the recipes, shops daily at the market for the freshest ingredients, and greets you at the door.

The cafe is BYOB. At Frankie's Fellini Cafe you can always enjoy your favorite wine or beer with our delicious meals without a corking fee.

Frankie's Fellini Cafe is open daily for lunch and dinner.
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Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating 69 years of marriage. Good food, service, ambiance. Surprised that even the fact that I listed our celebration on our reservation it was not acknowledged. Also surprised and disappointed that there was a non-cash adjustment to our bill

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CG
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The food is ridiculously good! The owners and staff amazing and we felt part of the “family” the minute we walked in the door. The menu is so extensive you could eat there every night (which I may try!) an absolute gem of a place!

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J
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We shared a Mediterranean salad to start that was lovely— seared tuna, lump crab, and steamed shrimp perfectly cooked and warm. Pastas were both very tasty. As always, the bread with dinner is crusty on the outside and soft inside— yummy.

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H
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a delicious meal! One of our staples on our restaurant list!

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C
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best service - Lisa was so helpful and the kitchen will accommodate any special requests. The food is very good and the portions are huge. Great homemade cannolis. Highly recommend!

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T
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I have always had a great dining experience, but on this night the did not hit the mark. I ordered the stuffed chicken and I have to say it’s was dry. My wife had the gnocchi with braciole that seemed to be a little overpriced. Also, we ordered a side dish of the famous meatballs that are always huge and delicious... came out smallish and run of the mill tasting.
Don’t get me wrong, they are on of my favorite places to eat but I was a bit disappointed on this visit.

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RR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A busy Friday night found this place packed. We had made reservations and were seated right away. We found the food to be above par. Anything with there red sauce would be recommended. Pasta was al dente and my veal was extremely tender. However service was not the best. My wife had ordered the shrimp scampi and this wasn’t what came out of the kitchen. Not sure where the fault lies (kitchen vs. server), but the correct dish came out quickly.

We will definitely be back for future visits. A simple mistake won’t deter us since the food was so good.

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BP
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great menu and very friendly staff. Excellent Italian food.

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OT
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food the way I grew up.
Great small restaurant that provides great food at good prices

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LM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is excellent. Waitstaff is knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. We find the tables a little too close together, but that might be the reason for such top quality at such a reasonable price.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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MD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE HAVE BEEN EATING AT FRANKIE`S FROM THE BEGINNING! WE LOVE IT AND HAVE BROUGHT OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY THERE OFTEN. IT`S THE REAL DEAL!

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ML
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frankie's Fellini Cafe is my favorite restaurant. It's like going home for a great dinner.

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JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cuisine is taken up to an artiste level
Fabulous entrees,superb service and enticing deserts

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LW
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food at Frankie’s is always excellent!! I do wish sometimes they had a bigger space since it is pretty cozy in there. Guess it’s part of the charm...

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate here Villanova graduation weekend and as on previous occasions, fabulous food and love the atmosphere.

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AC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for the 1st time for Mother’s Day . The food , service , & experience wonderful! We will most definitely be back !!

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JB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal! Great service and a fun atmosphere!

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T
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A great dinner to celebrate mother's day with my mom, wife and brother. I am a repeat customer but my mother and brother were there for the first time. As we get older our parents eat less and less, could not tell this time as my mom totally enjoyed the pasta with meatball, sausage and braciola. When desert came she did not want to share her gelato with any of us! Thank you!

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed at Frank’s!!

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SS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and service!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Frankie’s is our favorite spot for food that feels like my Nonnas. We brought a friend with us and he also enjoyed it immensely. Our toddler even loves it there. It’s a great place for family dining and to meet some friendly folks.

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LB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. The food is always excellent and the owners are warm and welcoming.

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 1

Although the food is delicious, there are several things about Fellini's that will keep me from going back. The restaurant is small, and they squeeze people into small tables that are very close together. The resulting atmosphere is noisy and hectic, making it impossible to relax and enjoy dinner. Also, effective communication with the patrons is almost non-existent. When the pasta I ordered turned out to be unavailable, they substituted a different pasta without asking what I wanted. They recommended a special "ice cream sandwich" dessert, failing to mention that the cost of that dessert is $16. They insist on packing up the leftovers themselves, but don't follow instructions. I was surprised to be charged an additional 4% of the total bill just for using my credit card. They have a small placard on one wall mentioning the surcharge, and seem to feel that the one placard is sufficient communication of their policy. They could have mentioned the surcharge when I handed them the credit card. Better yet, it could be mentioned on their website so people know to bring cash. It seems the goal of the restaurant is to feed as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, while making as much money as possible, with inadequate regard for considerate service.

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c
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great tasting. Large portions. Good service. Very tight seating.

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T
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a great dinner with another couple on a Saturday night. Leah our waitress was outstanding, next time I am going to let her order for me. It is a bit tight and loud inside but the food makes up for it. It has become one of my favorites!

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W
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

It took one hour from the time we were seated until the food arrived. Pasta was OK but the veal Milanese was burned. There was a $6.75 extra charge for using a credit card which was never disclosed to us. They refused to accept my personal check and eliminate the $6.75 charge. Place is small, crowded and very noisy. The bathroom is dirty and needs a fresh coat of paint. DONT GO

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JP
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Can't beat the food. The veal marsala - so good! The salad was fresh with a wonderful light dressing.

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BB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved Frankie’s. We spent New Year’s Eve there.
It was like a family party. Food was amazing as was the service. We’ll be back.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

South Phila and Phila has some of the best Italian restaurants on the planet. I know I have eaten Italian all over the US and abroad including Italy. Frankie’s ranks up with the best. Certainly among the Best in the Philly area. A little piece of genuine South Philly exceptional Italian food located in Berwyn,Pa just up the road from Villanova University. When I am in the mood for Italian my first go to is this BYOB GENUINE South Philly restaurant. When one considers value and quality this should be at the top of your list.

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JH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've noticed over the last year that Fellini's has cut down on their portion sizes. Their generous portions/cost of meals was one of the biggest compliments (next to, of course, the taste of the food) within the community. The latest talk, however, is that the size portions have significantly decreased. :(

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Frankie’s never disappoints. This was our first time ever eating out on Christmas Eve and we had a wonderful time. The atmosphere was festive and joyous, the food delicious.
This may be our new family tradition.

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RR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

When I went to reserve a table for 6, many different time slots were available. I made a 7:30 reservation and we had to wait 20 minutes to be seated. Unfortunately there is no comfortable place to wait so we were standing right inside the doorway.

The food was mediocre at best. The calamari was chewy. The sauce for the veal detracted from the dish. The best dish was the ravioli with butter sauce and parmigiana cheese. And there was a long wait between the appetizers and entrees.

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VK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was spotty. Second time there. Food was decent. Food was very late. Said they would give us a free desert because of the lateness and charged us for the desert anyway. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great as it was the first time. Kind of pushing us out the door because many people were waiting. Felt the tension of that.

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K
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a definite go to spot for locals - great food great service and a hands on owner that makes sure that every dish that does out meets his high standards. A BYOB with awesome Italian food. The veal parma w pasta is my favorite. My wife loves their ravioli. The servers are the nicest folks and very attentive. It is a small place so reservations are recommended but not required. True Italian food prepares with love - can’t go wrong!!

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CC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food is very good but pricey compared to what it was in past. Place is small and needs to be updated. Bathroom needs to be remodeled. WAWA bathrooms are much better

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MP
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frankie’s is never a miss in my book. Beautiful, delicious homemade Italian food in a lively atmosphere. If you’re looking for a quiet romantic dinner best to come during the week or an early dinner. Personally I love the energy and the food can’t be beat!!

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WS
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, fun atmosphere. Our part enjoyed the singer!

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p
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have a great time at Frankie’s. Everything is delicious and the people are great.

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B
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Chicken and veal dishes were phenomenal. I also recommend the roasted peppers appetizer which goes great with their crusty bread and the grated Parmesan which resides on your table- don’t have to ask for it.

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