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1209 Highland Ave. (12th St.) Send to Phone
A pleasant, creatively-decorated eclectic bistro that bucks the trends in downtown Manhattan Beach---it’s fairly quiet and reasonably priced.

Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Francesca Restaurant Review

: Argentine-born restaurateur Carlos Sejas managed local California/Mediterranean stalwart Zazou before buying Francesca’s in early 2002, and if you put these influences together you have a pretty good idea of what to expect here. The mix of eclectic South American and South European with a dash of Asian works very well, and the two pretty dining rooms buzz with activity all evening. Francesca’s hasn’t gone out of the way to attract the young and boisterous crowd that has taken over the rest of downtown on weekends, and remains a pleasant and low-key place for a relaxing meal. The wine list is not huge but is well-chosen and fairly priced, and the restaurant sponsors wine dinners and occasional wine classes. Closing time seems to be flexible depending on business---call to avoid disappointment.
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