Francesca's Bryn Mawr

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$30 and under
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Italian
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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SU
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I would not go as far as outstanding but it was very good, a most enjoyable evening

KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We've been coming here for years, always great food and service.

PO
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Francesca's Bryn Mawr is our favorite restaurant, one which we have fully enjoyed for many years. From their thoughtfully beginning every meal with fresh, warm, crusty bread and olive oil to all of their delightful, freshly prepared foods through house made desserts and scrumptious, creamy gelato and Italian coffees and espressos, every aspect of the meal is far above average. Daily specials help fight ennui.

Their full bar is well staffed by pros. The wine list is very good and well rounded. Servers are thoughtful and efficient.

Decor is warmly modern. The outdoor area is about as good as possible in their situation. There is no better spot for an intimate meal or a good sized party.

We very highly recommend Francesca's on Bryn Mawr. We have unfailingly been made happy here every time we have visited.

D
Chicago
100 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Local hang out good always consistent food love the fish, pasta and salads. And cannot pass up the bread and olive oil.

P
Chicago
105 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food, superior service, welcoming atmosphere, and great deals for National Pasta Day plus half-off bottles of wine! Francesca’s has it all!

RO
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

All ways consistent, and good food and service .. Best restaurant in Edgewater neighborhood.

WP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We used to live in Chicago and visited Francesca's BM occasionally and were always happy with our meal and service. We were visiting this past weekend and have a small family get together there at brunch. The service was really good - our waiter could not have been more attentive. We ordered off of the brunch menu and the regular menu and everyone was very happy with their choices. We will be back!

F
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Francesca's on Bryn Mawr is our neighborhood Italian eatery and we love it! Best food of all the Francesca's out there. It has a friendly atmosphere and always good food and good service. Also a great wine list.

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

Consistently great food with a rotating menu and attentive service.

N
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Bryn Mawr Francescas is the kinda restaurant you want in the hood. Here is what is good. You get a good neighborhood feel, comfortable and not pretentious. Wine list OK. Bread was warm but not a lot of flavor. Table parmesan was not dried, green can Parm but it also did not have a lot of flavor. Pork chops were excellent as were the meatballs and creamy polenta. My cream sauce on my pasta was quite good but there were hard chunks of prosciutto that ruined the dish... did not fit the texture of the rest of the dish. Desserts ... were superb!

b
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Good contemporary Italian restaurant. Convenient valet parking and right across from the CityLit theater.

IG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always outstanding...whether lunch or dinner...the best food, and the best employees!

JB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really did well when we asked about precautions used for gluten free (celiac).

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great dining experience!

KB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The server was attentive but not intrusive. Scallops were cooked perfectly and tasted wonderful.

K
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This neighborhood restaurant (part of s restaurant group) has reliably good food, service, and ambience.

TG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was amazing as always! Love all the gluten free options- would love it if they finally got some gluten free bread! Meal arrived fast and was delicious

D
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a lovely experience! Great food and stellar service!!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brought my boyfriend for his birthday because he’s a big fan of Francesca’s. Our server was awesome!

M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

The food was ok and not anything I would tell friends about and recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Overall good

k
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my first visit and not my last. Victor made the evening such a pleasant and incredible experience. I has the mussels and the sauce was the best I have ever experiences with mussels and the side of linguine with the olive oil, garlic and fresh spinach was a great compliment, I actually ended up putting some of it in the sauce after I finished the mussels.

PJ
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We went fir the Spaghetti & Meatball special and it’s always delicious and a price performer which includes soup or salad.

L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Meeting daughter in laws dad from Pittsburg

k
Chicago
172 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love this neighborhood gem. You can talk easily but it has a fun and energetic vibe. Food is wonderful and staff remember you. (well I may go here often :). Recommend

l
Chicago
164 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the third or fourth time to Francesca's Bryn Mawr and we loved it. This time we brought family and friends with us. Our whole group of 5 loved their entrees. We share a bottle of pinot noire that was excellent at a price of $45. We will return.

C
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I ordered a napoletana pizza which came with shaved parmigiana and arugula on top. It was very good, although I felt that the texture of the dough could have been a little airier. I enjoyed it very much. The water recommended the Malbec which was wonderful. The waiter was Victor and he was very attentive and friendly. My friend ordered a custom pasta dish and she loved it. I would definitely go back for a relaxed evening.

JH
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Our 'first date' so we were looking=g for casual, conversational, pleasant environs... All expectations and qualifications were met. Nice evening.

C
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Italian restruant. Would recommed

o
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were also celebrating a birthday. Our server was AMAZING!! The food, as always, was delicious and the wine went down great. Thank you!

TH
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

When I showed up for my table they seated us in the middle of the room close to the bar. Since I was meeting up with my loudest friends I asked for a booth in the corner. They were very accommodating.

Two of us had food allergies to deal with and our waitress took the time to check with the kitchen to make sure they could take care of me.

I loved what I ordered. It was hot, delicious, and colorful. Best of all it showed up at the same time as everyone else's. Easily one of the best dining experiences I've had in a long time.

I'll definitely be back.

S
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

WE had a special celebration and the staff was outstanding. The table looked beautiful, and the server and staff were ready to anticipate our needs. The food was warm and delicious and brought to the table at perfect timing.

L
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our neighborhood 'go-to'. They always treat us special. Very accommodating .

OT
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nos gustó muchísimo el lugar, me gustaría que incluyeran en el menú algún plato con pulpo y con escalopines de ternera.

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k
Chicago
171 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this place. It has wonderful food, a attentive and friendly staff and you can hear people and actually talk over a lovely meal. Recommend

l
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant for great food and wonderful service! Caroline our server is the Best !

RT
Chicago
113 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Typically there is phrase, "Neighborhood gem" attached to review questionnaires. Francesca's Bryn Mawr location lives up to the description hands down.

PO
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This visit was marvelous. It was unexceptional in that it was exceptionally marvelous. All our experiences at this Francesca's are the same. Their consistent near perfection and deliciousness is nearly boring.

IG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good food always, with the best service at all times!

B
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

We were rushed through the meal. The entree was brought out even before we had finished 1/2 our salad. Then they tried to take away our salad. Our waiter (Paolo) didn't even acknowledge that this was poorly timed service. The food remains good, even very good; but the service from the kitchen and dining room staff made for a less-than-pleasant experience. There are many other great restaurants with great food and better service.

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