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Francesca's Bryn Mawr
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Ranked #1,150 of 9,544 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: US$21 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Kenmore
Transit: Just steps from the Red Line's Bryn Mawr Station and from the 147 and 151 bus routes on Sheridan Avenue.
Chicago, Illinois
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79 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“What a find”
Reviewed 31 July 2012

A friend mentioned this place and we like Italian food and it is just a few blocks from our apartment. What a find. The fried calamari was fabulous; calamari tempura with marinara sauce on the side. Just excellent.

My husband had a seafood pasta with fresh clams, scallops and shrimp. Very large serving (not actually our preference -- we would prefer European size portions rather than American chain size servings, but they packed up the left overs in foil pans) It was a spicy sauce with excellent seafood. Good dish.

I got a Quattro Staggione pizza -- I have had these a dozen times in Italy and they are my favorite pizza. This was was terrific except for one detail. Instead of breaking the egg on the pizza before baking -- they broke it on the already cooked pizza and then stirred it around in the center of the pizza before cutting the pizza. I am sure some people like this -- I found it off putting -- But the pizza other than this was terrific and when I baked the leftovers the next day -- it was perfect.

Some outdoor seating. Good service. Reasonable prices. A place we will definitely visit again.

Visited July 2012
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English first
Toronto Canada
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Francesca for lunch or even better for brunch”
Reviewed 21 June 2012

I've eaten at Francesca's three times when staying at Magnolia Studios about three blocks away. The food is great, but it is the service that will bring you back. Friendly and helpful is the tone here.

Visited June 2012
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great All Around Dining Experience”
Reviewed 29 May 2012

This is one of the better Francesca's restaurants and it is mostly because of the staff and ambiance. They all have good food, (the fresh fish dishes are my favorite), but the staff there and the overall atmosphere, jsut makes it a great experience whether you are on a date or with a party of friends. Always enjoyable.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank ChicagoZeus
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“My favorite Chicago Restaurant!”
Reviewed 20 January 2012

This is our go-to place when we want to have a great dinner and drinks with friends. The food is always fresh, exciting and a good value for the quality of food received. The menu is new almost every night, with several of the favorite main stays which always stay on the menu. Their Monday night deal for any app, any entree, and any dessert is fantastic! I have never had a bad meal or experience here!

  • Visited January 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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68 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Not worth the money but good food!”
Reviewed 4 January 2012

The food is great, but in the last year or so the restaurant has cut in half the size of their portions, at least for pasta. A single dish used to be enough for two, now it's enough for one with no take away if you have an average appetite...and the price is the same!

  • Visited September 2011
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Thank nancerbug1
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