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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PB
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another excellent meal at this wonderful Mainline Italian BYOB - thank you again!

BK
Philadelphia
205 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I was hoping to really love Fraschetta- the food was good, not great, service was slow and inefficient- food served without forks, and the room upstairs was uncomfortably loud. I’ve had better Italian food at many other restaurants in and around Philly. The one plus was that the prices (except for the branzino) was reasonably priced. We won’t go back so soon.

d
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food and Service, we will definitely be back,

z
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I'm sure this Main Line Restaurant will be busy as it trendy and small. The decibel level in this restaurant was so high that it was not easy to have a conversation with my partner across the table. Our server was non existent throughout our dining experience. There to open wine and take order but that was it. My food choices were ok - octopus app and special pasta/lamb/cheese. My partner's choices not outstanding. Salad which was sort of tasteless and entrée with shrimp/scallops/pasta. We were offered 4 pieces of cold bread with olive oil prior to food arriving. Both entrées came out cold. We had to send them back. Took quite a while to heat them up. Came back and they were still cold. Didn't send it back again. Scallops had a funky taste. Feeling that the entrees were possibly never sent back to get heated, just left there. Noticed that the other servers seemed more enthusiastic and attentive. Dessert arrived very quickly. Not very memorable. I think in this setting that whole picture has to come into view when dining, and for us it just didn't.

J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with great service!

a
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian on the Mainline. Delicious and great staff.

d
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

hi, great service, great food!, would definitely recommend and come back often!

p
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was fresh, varied and delicious. The service was prompt, friendly and attentive. It was a delightful dinner with our family.

G
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gnocchi with truffle was delicious. Bucatini cooked perfectly. Julio was a wonderful server!

OT
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great family dinner and birthday celebration!!

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

No problems. Good food.

Y
Philadelphia
184 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We are regulars at this spot. Nice BYO. The Owner Rosemarie Tran is so welcoming and friendly. Love the pastas and they are very accommodating for Vegan diners.

PS
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoy eating here because it’s delicious, consistent and a great BYOB. The wait staff is attentive. You cannot go wrong with any of the meals. We recommend this place to all of our friends

JF
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been to Fraschetta several times. The food is excellent, especially the homemade pasta. Prices may be a little high but BYOB keeps the overall price reasonable.

BI
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

WE LOVE THIS PLACE BUT OUR PORK DISH WAS NOT VERY GOOD. WE WON'T ORDER IT AGAIN. iT WAS DRY AND THERE ARE ONLY POTATOES AND THE PORK. iTS NEEDS A VEGETABLE WITH IT. DOWNSTAIRS IS VERY NOISY BUT WE ATE UPSTAIRS AND IT WAS VERY QUIET.

RC
Philadelphia
77 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good, if a little pricey. Restaurant was very loud, and hard to hear my companion. Service was hurried, and it didn’t seem as if our server wanted to be there.

Overall, may have been an off-night - will try again.

J
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We love this restaurant. Top notch Italian food at reasonable prices and it is BYOB. Sometimes it can be a little noisy, but always worth the visit.

s
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and great service. A little small. Highly recommend.

GT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. One of our favorite spots.

KF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fraschetta never disappoints! Great value and a real neighborhood gem. BYO and that makes it all the more attractive!

LN
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing rigatoni!!

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PM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

My wife and I have both been to the restaurant twice before and I have been there twice with friends and would like to start out saying that we enjoyed it so much we couldn’t wait to go back and have a great meal.

No ice bucket for white wine was offered at all, glasses all left upside down until we served ourselves and turned over water glasses. After we did that we were asked if we wanted sparkling or tapwater and said tapwater but did not receive it, 15 minutes later we had to ask for it. Hadn’t been approached by wait staff that entire time.
Still hadn’t received the bread basket we were promised and when we did some of the bread was hard, we asked for another basket and the bread that was hard was underneath the fresh bread that we were given.
we both ordered the pork, one was fresh and the other was dry and lukewarm warm, neither had very much flavor, mashed potatoes were listed as garlic mashed potatoes but the tiny scoop was flavorless. Service was slow and inattentive. Very disappointed. We won’t be back.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Julio is a fantastic waiter and with the excellent food - made the entire evening fantastic!

PB
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another wonderful dinner at one of the best restaurants on the Main Line! The octopus appetizer and oxtail Raghu are fabulous. We also love being able to bring our own wine to this excellent BYOB!

LR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for my husband

S
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fraschetta always turns out great plates. Finocchio was subtly seasoned and fresh. Octopus appetizer tender and ample. Entrees of mixed grilled seafood and duck leg were perfectly done and tasty. Even the olive oil poured for the bread was fresh and flavorful. Not many BYOs on the Main Line can match Fraschetta in consistency and choice.

MZ
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fraschetta is now the best fine dining in Bryn Mawr and likely the Main Line. Though it is BYOB the pasta, the fish, and the salads are first rate. Everything is fresh and you can taste the care with which it is created. The fired calamari was a revelation in crispness of batter yet yielding within.

JN
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Slow service initially. It took about 15 minutes for someone to come to the table. The ox tail pasta was delicious. The steak was a somewhat fatty tough cut

N
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Extremely noisy. Food was very disappointing.

DW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fraschetta provided us with outstanding Mediterranean style food. BYOB kept the total cost reasonable. Dishes were prepared and presented perfectly. The 'above and beyond' service really made our evening. Everything we wanted was provided and every question we had was answered with a smile and friendly comment by the waitstaff. This is now my 'go to' restaurant in the Ardmore-Bryn Mawr area.

w
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly welcoming hostess and always fabulous food and service! Highly recommend!!

IG
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food. Great specials and service makes this BYOB a great place and one of my favourites.

OH
Tahoe
13 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

The food looks good although the have some restrictions so we needed to modify the dishes . Meals are expensive though

MP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and great service as always! We had a wonderful time.

KT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We like the restaurant, but this was not our best meal here. The fritto misto was a bit salty and my rigatoni was very under-cooked. My husband’s linguini with clams was disappointingly bland.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Unusually slow service this time.
Food has always been excellent.

z
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food very good but courses brought too quickly
Felt rushed.

PM
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a delightful Friday evening at Fraschetta. The staff was courteous and attentive, and we did not have too long to wait. We had appetizers (the octopus salad was great, and the arugula/melon/prosciutto salad was terrific). We both had the Buccatini Amatriciana...great flavors, and a good, but not overwhelming portion. Go have a nice time at this very inviting BYO. Buon appetito!

IC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fraschetta is as authentic and as delicious a Roman cuisine as if you were in Rome! An exquisite experience at a very reasonable price.

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