Francesca's Bryn Mawr

4.6
1314 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Francesca’s Bryn Mawr became the 8th restaurant added The Francesca's Restaurant Group in 1999. Located in the old Bryn Mawr Apartment Hotel, Francesca's Bryn Mawr brings a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices to the Edgewater neighborhood. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio.

About the Francesca’s Restaurant Group: Founded in 1992 by Restaurateur Scott Harris, Francesca’s Restaurant Group has grown from a small, welcoming Italian restaurant on Chicago’s North Clark Street to a restaurant group of 5 concepts across 25 locations in 3 states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 18 Francesca’s Restaurants, 4 Davanti Enoteca's, Disotto, Fat Rosie’s and Hillgrove Tap.
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K
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Francesca's Bryn Mawr is a delightful neighborhood restaurant with the same menu and quality food/beverage service of its sister location on Taylor Street.

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a
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

riagatoni alla verdure very bland. asked for pepper flakes. my friend ordered same and agreed. we were sad...

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The service and quality of food at Francesca’s is consistently outstanding. It’s my go to place for a relaxed, delicious evening.

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AC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Absolutely would recommend this restaurant, and others in the chain. The food is always very good. It's our go-to place for celebrations as well as midweek dinners.

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JW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place and the Server was both funny and on the spot. I will be back.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Parking is very difficult however, they do have a valet. Clean and service was good. The food was not very tasty. Potion size average. I did not like the menu and the food was rather bland. Soup was watery. I won’t not eat here again.

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J
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Scallops were extraordinary, always love the roasted chicken, carbonara was a luxurious treat.

Francesca's Bryn Mawr
Responded on 8 July 2019

We are happy to hear you enjoyed everything and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It shocks me that this place isn’t slammed for brunch. $5 cocktails, delicious food, large portions. It’s my favorite around Hollywood beach for a funday

Francesca's Bryn Mawr
Responded on 8 July 2019

Thank you for your kind word! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my very favorite restaurants. Great food. Great drinks. Friendly staff.

Francesca's Bryn Mawr
Responded on 8 July 2019

Very happy to be on you favorite's list! We hope to see you again soon.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

One order was sent back because meat was added to special vegetarian order - but was corrected immediately and apologized for - but all was very good -calamari delicious and servers were friendly and professional

Pistachio cheesecake not that good

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MF
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is great and the service was top notch. Thanks for making my husbands birthday celebration so special

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k
Chicago
160 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always happy at Mia's on Bryn Mawr. It's been a while since I was there on a Saturday and the joint was hopping :) A bit louder than usual but still good to talk and delicious. Recommend

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GG
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Out of several beers, but over all it's was great xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Fathers day

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T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Always consistant; if you want an overall great experience, its Francescas.

Francesca's Bryn Mawr
Responded on 20 June 2019

Thank you for your kind words!

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CH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We often go to Francesca's for special occasions. The service is impeccable.

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RL
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I'm going to this place for probably more than 2 years. Twice a month for sure. More if it comes to that. Awesome people. Great food. Good value for money.
First stop for me if we are not cooking at home.
If you are vegetarian, ask staff. Don't go by apparent less veg options on menu .. They are very friendly and accommodating. They always come up with something delicious veg options for us.

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SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Sunday Brunch is amazing... I highly recommend the Eggs Sardou and the handcrafted Bloody Mary. Wowzer!

Francesca's Bryn Mawr
Responded on 20 June 2019

Thank you very much for the feedback! We hope to see you again soon!

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PO
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have always, through many years of visits, had excellent, freshly made meals here at good prices, served by friendly and knowledgeable people who truly seem to care. Matt, now a bartender, is one of our favorite of all restaurant personnel anywhere.

Francesca's Bryn Mawr is an absolute gem we hope to enjoy for all our lives.

Francesca's Bryn Mawr
Responded on 20 June 2019

Thank you! We will be sure to pass your comment on to Matt!

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SB
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our waiter provided excellent service - that balance of attentive but letting my husband and I enjoy our anniversary dinner. The delicious food was well-prepared and seasoned. While they do have a dynamic ceiling to buffer the sound, it was still a little hard to hear at times. Perhaps this was just due to two larger parties near us. We will very much enjoyed our evening.

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X
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Friendly greeting upon entering. Comfortable booth and attractive decor. We ordered a salad to split as our first course and the veggies were fresh and a nice variety. The warm crusty bread was delicious. We both ordered the gluten free pasta with tomatoes, garlic and spinach; which was very good, although, I think I would have preferred a spaghetti noodle rather than the rotini. We chose the creme boule for dessert and it was fabulous. Our servers were excellent and attentive.

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RR
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Terrific in every way. Food was great. Wait staff excellent. Management help with credit card problem very good.

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RO
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I always rate a restaurant by the restroom cleanliness... food is great , service is great,
bathroom despicable.

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D
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

Food is always consistently good!

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ME
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Typically the service is good but last night we had a rotation of servers who seemed to forget us. And the got my friend’s order wrong and took forever to bring the correct one while I had my food. Drinks took forever but the food was as always, very good.

Francesca's Bryn Mawr
Responded on 4 June 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We are 100% committed to providing an outstanding dining experience for all of our guests, and we apologize that we did not deliver on this promise for you. I would like the opportunity to speak with you further about your experience. When you have a moment please contact me at 773-506-9261. Eric Eddy, General Manager, Francesca's Bryn Mawr

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PM
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Service. Food is delicious and a good selection. Seafood Linquini was perfect. One of our party hard of hearing and they gave us the quiet booth we requested on Open Table.

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BB
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food. Fabulous service. Loved the whole experience

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service! We had two delicious pasta meals (my friend is Gluten Free) and they were both great. The ambiance was perfect and waitress was very attentive.

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A
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Received extra special service and items on the house for our anniversary dinner. Food was good and nice kids options as usual.

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TB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I treated my out-of-town guest for a dinner at Francesca's and this was a first time visit for both of us. We enjoyed cocktails and wine and ordered calamari fritti for an appetizer which we both liked. For main course my guest enjoyed the seafood linguini and I had the vegetarian linguini in marinara sauce. Both were very good. The portions are large so there was no room for dessert but the dessert menu looks delicious. It was a Sunday night early dinner so the restaurant was not very busy when we got there but quickly filled up. Nevertheless we were able to carry on a pleasant conversation throughout the dinner. Our waiter was exceptional! He heard us speak Spanish and introduced himself in Spanish which made me (not native Spanish speaker) feel special. He was very friendly and attentive. So was the busboy. Well-trained and focused waiting staff. I am glad to have found this place and will certainly return for another delightful meal.

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JH
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Good food & service in a nice, informal atmosphere. It's now on our list to become a regular stop.

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CJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A delightful place, with a menu that changes monthly. Great service, fun ambiance, like home but better!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

It was Mother's Day but that is no excuse for the poor service and poor quality food. The entire meal appetizer, main meal and dessert took close to 3 hours. It took over 20 minutes to get a dessert ordered (2 scoops of Gelato) and then it was the wrong two flavors. No sense sending it back so we could wait another 20 minutes.

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i
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great Mother's Day at Francesca's. Good food options and great service. Parking is challenging or there is a $10.00 Valet.

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Unfortunately had to send my salmon back because I had a balsamic glaze on it and for dietary reasons I could not eat that. It was not listed on the menu otherwise I wouldn’t of ordered it or would have made a modification

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We went to Francesca’s to celebrate our nieces’s graduation. Lovely restaurant, great food! I gave a 4 star for food because they overlooked the gluten free pasta, which really makes it unappealing. The rest of the food was delicious!

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J
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious halibut with capers and tomatoes , friend had red pepper gnocchi. Our wine was superb!

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A
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The Gnocchi was amazing! Our server while made a mistake in the order was very apologetic and quickly corrected it. I wish I lived closer so I could eat here more!

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect as always!

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CF
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was very good as were the drinks. Our server was outstanding and really made the night, such a great place for an informal meal! I will continue to come back to this place.

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