Fraschetta

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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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AC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, service, manager was in the dining rm, checking thing.
The only negative would be hard to fix. Cold blast of air when people opened the front door. There is a vestibule, but people would have both doors opened.

SF
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening of delicious food and lovely ambiance.

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to go after a movie at Bryn Mawr theater! Very authentic Italian food and byob! Loved it!

CD
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Portions size perfect. Not too large or small. Most of the pasta is home made. I will definitely be going back

GR
Philadelphia
75 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time back in 6 months. Food good but lacking that something that made it very good in the past. Service disjointed, meals came sporadically and one the wrong thing. And, we where one of two parties with 3 waiters. Maybe a bad night but was not enjoyable with the disappointing food and service.

NW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Part of the food was good, the rest ok. The service was great in the beginning, but after entrees were served, it was difficult to get our servers attention.

FH
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Everything wonderful except for the bathrooms are freezing. In a fine restaurant like Fraschetta it was surprising. You need space heaters.

AG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food! Great casual atmosphere. Service is great and staff exceptionally warm and welcoming.

LN
Atlantic City
24 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The place was packed and very noisy when we arrived. We sat downstairs near the door so maybe it was quieter upstairs. The food , as usual , was exceptional. This place has a good vibe!

KH
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I've eaten here a few times with mixed results. The food is generally pretty good, but far from excellent. My dining companion had a salad to start and left half of it thinking that it was overpriced and just fair. I don't recall the name, however it was mainly spinach. On the other hand I had the beet salad which was very good. As it urns out we both ordered Osso Buco which in my opinion was just okay. My dining companion said she liked it but wouldn't order it again.

I must say that I think they do a great job with pasta dishes having had many of the choices on previous visits.

I think I've been there enough and would recommend it to anyone not having gone before. However, for me it's time to move on although I'm sure I'll go again in the future being sure to order one of their pasta dishes.

ZO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! I always get the pork but every item on the menu we tried was great. Service is quick and attentive, even if the place is packed most of the time.

ML
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I thoroughly enjoyed the lasagna! My friends each got a pasta as well and said it was fantastic. The cheese plate we shared was average. Very good service. Affordable. I highly recommend this BYO restaurant.

H
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Excellent food and service. Always consistently great place to go.

b
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this BYOB! Great food and service...always! Noise level is sometimes overwhelming. Upstairs is much quieter

J
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal!

MI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

2-3 on apps - meatball app very overdone - main Tuna also overdone - hockey puck overdone

I
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Fraschetta needs to train its staff. Our waiter spent most of the evening talking to everyone and was inattentive to the fact that we waited about 45 minutes before the first dish. The food itself was ok. I had their Tuna special and the tuna was dry and overcooked.

FO
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

waiter not experienced enough
asked what came with food ordered said fish and ended up with mashed potatoes which if I had choice would have asked for a vegetable
asked if I could get a smaller portion of soup like a cup
brought me a cup but charged me for a bowl

the soup was supposed to be pureed but was not done enough because roughage of beans were still there

LN
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy the butternut ravioli is back on the menu!! Delicious!!!!

J
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I don't quite get it. It has great reviews and supposedly this is a place LaBan likes on the Main Line, but my wife and I were left scratching our heads. It was fine...juts like all the decent Italian spots in the area...nothing special. The servers were scatter-brained and somewhat loud for no reason at times in the background. We were expecting something a little more elevated and on-par with a decent Philadelphia Italian spot...but we should have lowered our expectations.

r
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We were surprised. Of the four of us, only one had an entree he thought was good. The rest of us were disappointed. We had swordfish that was overcooked and a pasta dish that was lukewarm.
The servers were nice but maybe overworked as they forgot one salad, the meatballs and the tea until we reminded them a couple of times.
We have all eaten here before and had really good meals so maybe we’ll call it an off-night...thus the 3 stars.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love fraschetta! It’s great for date night, family gatherings or dinner with friends. One of our favorites. :)

RS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food

F
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is really special. Interesting flavors and wide variety of choices. We were very happy with our dinner tonight.

L
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent restaurant. Wait staff are particularly welcoming and attentive. So glad they are BYO!

T
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here!!

LS
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My third visit, and each time I find it very noisy. My chicken cutlet was dry.

LR
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Food was absolutely fantastic. Every course we ate was better than the last. The meatballs to start, bucatini for the pasta course, ossobuco for my entree, and the tiramisu for dessert. Service was very friendly and it was all super affordable being a BYOB. Fantastic experience overall!

DO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We have been dining at Fraschetta for years and know both Gianluca and Rose, the owners. They are great people and we enjoy dining at this restaurant on the Main Line serving typical Italian dishes.

AM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fraschetta is predictable, in a good way. You know you’ll love the pasta and food in general. We go regularly, never disappointed.

Wish it was less loud, but not bad enough not to go.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants on the Main Line

b
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great spot, outstanding food and service, both 5-star! Noise level somewhat distracting at times. Otherwise there would be a 5 star rating overall

VS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Any time is amazing here!

R
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Recently ate here with my wife and another couple. We were all very satisfied with our food and with the service. I particularly enjoyed a mushroom/goat cheese appetizer and a seafood special.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience5

We were rushed through dinner. In and out in less than an hour. A couple minutes after we began looking at the menu, one waiter asked us if we were ready to order; we said we would like to relax for “a couple of minutes before ordering.” Less than a minute later yet another waitress asked us if we wished to order. When we responded that we needed just a bit more time, the hostess came over to ask us if we wanted to order. This process (the three questions) probably took no more than 6 minutes. Dinner was fabulous and the waitstaff was very friendly and helpful but the restaurant was only half full and there was no need to rush us to this degree.

LN
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fraschetta makes the best rigatoni!! Always a delicious time!!

A
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Fraschetta is fabulous...at the risk of having too many people go there, don't miss it!

WB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Noisy at first but after a group of twelve broke up it was very nice. Quick service friendly and professional.
Food was excellent silky fresh homemade pasta, pillowy gnocchi, fresh well dressed salad lots of delicious duck. Very very well done

S
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Not as good as usual tonight. Appetizers were uninspired and service was slow. Mains were predictably good which will have us coming back, preferably to dine upstairs where the noise level is lower. Upstairs was closed during this visit as I imagine it is Mon - Thurs.

JW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our second time there was just as good as we remembered it - fresh, rich, and authentic. The only down-side was the noise level, which made it hard even to hear our servers, much less our dinner guests ... still, we look forward to returning next time we are in town !!!