Fraschetta

4.5
656 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Fraschetta is located in the heart of Bryn Mawr. It is recognized as a 3 bell restaurant by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Roman born Chef Gianluca Demontis creates traditional and contemporary Roman dishes. He has the ability to transform simple dishes into something tasteful and elevated. We use only fresh, seasonal ingredients, and the menu offers a variety of seafood, meats, housemade pastas as well as vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.
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AK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We love the food. Since we are pescatarians a few additional fish selections would be great. My only complaint with the restaurant is the noise level. The second floor level is quieter but not as interesting in terms of ambiance. They did appear to make a feeble attempt at noise dampening by adding a few baffles on the ceiling but more could be done to both the ceiling and the walls without losing any aesthetic appeal. Other than my few complaints we really enjoy having dinner there every few months.

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S
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed lovely dinner after a movie at Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

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B
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent meal with a perfect friendly service. All good!!

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D
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Consistently yummy. Lots to choose from. Can get noisy but Sunday night was a quieter crowd so it was delightful for a gno.

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OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service! Creative and delicious food. Like that it’s BYOB. Definitely returning.

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F
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant was one of our favorites. Our most recent visit was a disappointment. The food was not as good -- we each had a different fish dish and both were fishy and, while not bad enough to complain or send it back, did not rise to the level we've been accustomed to at this restaurant. The service was friendly enough, but seemed inexperienced and out of synch. Our reservation was early (5:30) and the place was already noisy, and got progressively more so as more people arrived. I hope this was an aberration, but am not particularly eager to try it again soon.

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NK
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Such a cute place! Food was very good from apps to dessert! Will be going again!

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J
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant!

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MK
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!!!

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BG
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to go for good food and a great experience. The service is always outstanding and we always have a great time. Highly recommend!!

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JB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Remains my favorite place to go out to eat near Villanova University

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OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Third time eating dinner here. Great food, great service every time.

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LB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food presented beautifully, with personal service.
Only knock is that it gets noisy easily.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The service was good. The food was ok. The meatballs had to be from a pre frozen bag. The mash potatoes I’m guessing instant. Maybe they were grits being passed off as potatoes. The pork came out a little over cooked. My pasta dish was labeled spicy. It wasn’t, at all.
I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone.

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OT
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Lovely, small clean & intimate, a well run local foodie place. Great olive oil, salads menu (my fave beet). Nightly upscale pasta addition as a special-stinging nettle with gnocchi offered that night & a Barramundi grilled fish with fancy everything in their sauce topping creation. The are accommodating ie will switch the pasta shapes and sauces around. Always good.

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P
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food. Great staff. One of my favorites.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please go to frashetta! It is the best Italian on the main line!

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CC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for dinner and a movie next door afterwards! I love the fennel, radicchio and orange salad and pasta dishes. Main courses and desserts are sure to satisfy any appetite.

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b
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding menu and great service. High noise level somtimes distracting, but doesn't stop us from making this a favorite dining spot

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DA
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. The food is authentic and the staff is amazing

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F
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting with friends from the city

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J
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Fraschetta! The service is impeccable, Anne is the best hostess and runs the restaurant like a ship. Her warmth and friendly smile is one of the reasons we are frequent diners, and the food is outstanding

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o
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Awesome

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b
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The salad special with endives, onions and mozzarella which my husband and I shared didn’t have any mozzarella in it. Which we assumed the chef forgot to add. We both realized it after we had finished our salads. Lol

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MG
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love to eat at Fraschetta before going to the movie next door at the Bryn Mawr Film Club.
On this cold, midweek night, we were among the few who came out for either. And we had the most
wonderful, creative pasta dish, and a tender, tasty steak, we shared. Then we had time for a dessert,
chocolate cake, ice cream. No popcorn for us.

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t
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a pleasant surprise- fabulous food, great service and BYOB! We'll be back soon with friends!

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NB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pasta with shrimp was delicious! Can’t wait to go back and have it again!

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ES
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love your restaurant. We were there on a rainy night and it was cozy and quiet inside. The service was very attentive, but not intrusive. The food was delicious. A lovely evening.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place!!

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d
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, great service ! One of our favorites!! Highly recommend!

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CL
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent in every way, except tables too close for comfort. The fennel salad was fresh with just the right combination of flavors. Pappardelle with Oxtail ragù was prepared perfectly and tasted delightful. No room for dessert this time.

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DJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was good as usual. Excellent food. Responsive to our need to be next for for a movie in an hour.

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service! Will definitely return! Had options not on the menu for the kids as well.

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GF
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food here is solid. We had dinner here on the Saturday after Valentine's Day; had been here about 4 weeks earlier on a Saturday night. Were actually seated at the same table! Experiences were pretty similar; the menu is easy to navigate and Joe is quite adept at describing the specials. We had the strawberry salad, calamari appetizer (not breaded), split an eggplant pasta course. My wife had the dorato fish special which looked pretty good, a little dull in its presentation with a polenta. A lot of white on white on the plate. I had a duck leg entrée that was a little tough; sauce was kinda sweet but I assumed it had been prepared properly - just not so exciting. The house gelatos vanilla, choc, strawberry were very good. Similar to my last visit, a couple of service issues; they seem to fire the courses late so somewhat long breaks between courses. Also, the woman server doesn't always know if Joe has taken the dessert order so I got my check before dessert arrived. they wound up comping us the desserts. they are very nice to their patrons and seem interested in your coming back. It's a decent neighborhood place. Need to up their game a little.

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TR
Philadelphia
80 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Hostess (sorry I don't remember her name) is gracious and guided us to our table. Our waitstaff person was extremely helpful in describing the 'specials' and allowed us sufficient time to decide what we wanted to eat. Even though the tables are close, there were fine acoustics so that we did not have to yell to be understood. Wonderful food and great portions. I had 1/3 of my lasagna boxed and ate it the next day. When heated, it was as delicious as it was the previous evening. Fraschetta is our 'go to' restaurant in Bryn Mawr.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine at Fraschetta about once every other month, and it's always an enjoyable experience. The food is great, and the servers are reliably terrific. This past Saturday was busier than we've ever seen it, but the service never faltered, and the food was up to its usual high standards. I especially liked the salad special, which was watercress with strawberries and goat cheese.

This time, I want to give a special shout-out to Anne. She wanted to put us upstairs, but two of us have had knee replacements and find going up and down Fraschetta's stairs problematic. She managed to rework the seating arrangements so that we could be seated downstairs. Thanks so much, Anne!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great V Dsy dinner. We will certainly be back!

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OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Terrific restaurant but please get some Tabasco!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Unprofessional service. Forgot to clear plates when the next course arrived. Confused with who ordered what. Servers hung at the bar ignoring customers.

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W
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We have been here many times and will be back again. The food always is very good. We especially like the "frito misto" appetizer, though now one gets shrimp rather than those tiny fish (sardines? anchovies?) that we loved so much. Had duck, something new on the menu, and it was really good. The waiter, Steve, and his colleagues were helpful, polite, and not intrusive. In short, this is a place well worth visiting -- often.

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