Mia Bella Trattoria - Main Street
Mia Bella Trattoria - Main Street

Mia Bella Trattoria - Main Street

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miabellarestaurants.com/
  • Phone: (713) 237-0505
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Estevan Selgado
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Have the abilities to work with pre-set menus, buffets, etc. Please call for further details to help meet your needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Schedule your next office meeting, Company happy Hour or family event, we will create a menu that fits your needs and budget, and if given enough notice we will work with wine brokers to get the best deals in wine for your event.
  • Entertainment: No live entertainment, but we do offer soothing background music
  • Special Events: Perfect for wedding receptions, birthdays, anniversaries, graduation parties, etc. Please call for further details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Preston and Main St.
  • Public Transit: Located across the street from the light rail.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Located in the heart of Downtown Houston, there is paid street parking Monday-Friday from 9AM-6PM. Anytime before these times and on the weekends, street parking is free.
A word from Mia Bella Trattoria - Main Street
Mia Bella Trattoria - which translates as "My Beautiful" Trattoria - is a delightful combination of Italian tradition and regional American twists. With multiple locations, the dining destinations are fun, intimate and moderately priced just like the traditional Trattorias where Italian families gathered for wine and delicious food. In a tradition of his own making, Owner/Chef Youssef Nafaa has created an exciting menu of familiar foods pushed to a new level with daring preparations and imaginative ingredients. Wine lovers will find a pleasingly extensive list of evenly priced wines while those seeking cocktails will find the same combination of classic recipes and creative mixings which set our menus apart.
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Mia Bella Trattoria - Main Street reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (18)special occasion (16)fit for foodies (14)neighborhood gem (14)great for lunch (10)notable wine list (9)good for groups (8)great for brunch (6)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Update location records
    PartlySatisfied
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Mia Bella moved to San Jacinto St. so the reservation at Main St. was invalid. Open Table should update the location records. The appetizer was cold upon delivery (calamari) but other than that, good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    nice atmosphere, delicious food. great for family dinners as well as special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good lunch spot
    NotPersonal
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The experience was good, but not exemplary. It is a very good business lunch location.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Displeased
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Although the main course food was excellent as usual, the bread served before the meal with the wine & pepper dip was stale. The server did look around and found some more suitable bread after we brought it to her attention.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Value All Around
    BLazar
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    My friend and I enjoyed a quiet brunch one Sunday at Mia Bella's. The Brunch prices were more than reasonable and the food was so yummy! We were seated right away, even though we were early. The service was impeccable and the restaurant was very clean and beautiful. I would definitely go here again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Italian in Houston
    hank43
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    After eating great seafood for three nights we needed a change. Mia Bella Trattoria provided a delightful and delicious one. Our appetizer, Goat Cheese Putanesca, was a superb start. Our two entrees were even better. The Ossobuco di Capretto was among the best lamb dishes I've tasted. My wife proclaims the Lasogna alla Pescatore the best seafood pasta dish ever. Adequate wine list and courteous and knowledgeable service were appreciated. The tables are close and noise level somewhat high but we heartily recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    Doug
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My wife and I brought my parents who were visiting from out of town. We all loved the restaurant and food was very good. Will definitely be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding as Always!
    KimP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    MiaBella is one of my top picks to bring out of town guests, both work and friends/family. Food and service is always excellant and I receive all the kodos for picking such a faboulous place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Stopped in after a concert at Jones Hall and had a great meal. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptionally Tasty Pasta
    HighStandardsVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I adore pasta, but rarely find many impressive dishes at restaurants lately. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the Penne Al Salmone (with whole wheat pasta substituted for the penne). I wasn't even convinced I would like the tomato elements combined with salmon, but it was fantastic. The dish had tons of complementary flavors - with a touch of sophistication, but still well qualifying as comfort food...for those of us who consider a good pasta dish to be a comfort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM!
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    LOVE the food, service, and ambience! Waiter and manager were very attentive and fun.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Definitely a must!
    GreatSpot
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Mia Bella is great for lunch groups. Service was outstanding and the food arrived fairly quickly. They have an extensive wine list and a good choice of cocktails. Definitely a must!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ovecharged
    Overcharged
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I was charged for a lemonade drink when I ordered water and used my own lemonade Crystal light drink mix. I was overcharged. Don't trust your waitress and check your ticket before you pay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Experience
    L0veF00d211
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Ate at the Main St. location for our anniversary; overall very good experience. The dining area is smaller than expected, but provided a more intimate atmosphere than some of the larger chain Italian restaurants in town. Definitely recommend making a reservation vs. walking in, though. Had we not reserved, we would've faced a 45 minute wait. The absolute best part of the experience was the food; superior quality and attention to detail. Wine selection is impressive, although a bit pricey. Service was the only non-perfect part of the night; server was polite and food arrived quickly but server spent too much time in the kitchen talking to the manager instead of checking on tables. Would definitely recommend for couples or small groups!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pasta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Angle hair pasta is not thick and heavy pasta. The bread was not Italian
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I have been to Mia Bella a few times before and always remember having a great experience with great food. Unfortunately this time was not the case. It has been a few years since I have been so I don't know if it was a fluke or the norm. When i first arrived had to wait to be greeted, once I was finally greeted I was seated, given a glass of water fairly promptly but not spoken to. It took a long time for the server to come and ask me for my drink order and when my friend joined me and it again took a long time for him to be greeted. Everything was just very slow. We were there for over an hour before our entrees were ready, unfortunately due to the slow service we weren't able to eat at the restaraunt and had to take our food to go.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Since we live downtown, we love the convenience of being able to walk to this longtime spot. And almost always the food is very good or better including this dinner where we had the risotto del giorno [lobster on this evening] and the build your own pizza [love the crust]. However, service can be very hit and miss and on this relatively empty evening, it was more miss than hit. One other thing we miss is that the wine list used to have a 10 bottle section of $25 wines--affordable if all you wanted was a casual evening meal with a casually priced bottle of wine.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service with a Smile
    Deenie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were very impressed with our server Jose. In addition to our table, he was also tending to a group of 10 right next to ours. After taking our order, Jose made a point to keep us posted regarding the meal preparation timing. He also stopped by our table periodically to see if we needed anything else. Although Jose was busy, he never seemed rushed when he stopped by to visit with us. We will definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service and Happy Hour
    sestalk
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had an absolutely wonderful experience. Couldn't have had better service. Happy Hour had great deals on apps and drinks. Dinner was delicious as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 164 reviews are from the Mia Bella Trattoria - Main Street reviews archive.
  • Great for celebrations!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Celebrated my 50th birthday here....Service was amazing! Staff very accommodating! Food is top notch! and the birthday surprise they added was the icing on the cake :-) Don't miss out on this great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    aggie97
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We searched using Trip Advisor and found this gem! The pizza was delicious!!!! We all had a different one, and loved them. The Service was great as well. It was not loud at all...we were able to have easy conversation. Will be back if I'm in that area again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service slow
    houstonBD
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Took 2 hrs for a dinner. Wait time for food bad and cood was cold.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great original recipes
    Valerio
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Who would have thought of putting together a mushroom cap, port wine, and polenta? This is one of the originally exciting recipes I tried last night. I also loved the atmosphere, cozy, sophisticated, simple... It reminded me of typical Italian restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy Hour
    JSGx
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great way to try the appetizers. Always have a good dining experience here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our pre theatre go to
    Csfh
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Always excellent, pleases the vegetarians and carnivores alike, quiet enough that you can visit with your whole table, but not so quiet that you mind doing so!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining before a show
    BroadwayDiner
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I ate here prior to seeing a show at TUTS and it definitely helped me get into the high class mood.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    msantone
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Small cramped restaurant. Our waiter was nice, but not very attentive. We were seated near the kitchen/serving area which was rather unpleasant. I was very pleased with my meal, but the environment and service were not good enough that I would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I would recommend this to anyone
    Like2eat
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The service was excellent and food quality commendable. The manager simply superb. My group of 16 had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    After reading the reviews and reserving a table for a group meal, we were all disappointed with the service, quality and overall experience. The seating was cramped and seemed cheap. We waited for our appetizers for over 1 hour, our entre's for 2 hours and our dessert for another 45 minutes. They forgot one of the desserts and got our orders wrong for 4 of the 8 guests. The food was moderate. Three people enjoyed the meal, the rest were very very disappointed with the quality. The chicken was very dry, the Chilean sea bass had gone bad and the pizza was average, at best. Our server was not at all courteous and didn't well communicate the meaning for such slow service. The manager did offer a gift card. That's if we go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fab Brunch
    SocialButterfly
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    With perfect weather, you can never go wrong with a brunch date at Mia Bella's....they have the BEST brunch in town hands down!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch spot
    PickyVegetarian
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The brunch menu is fabulous with several options. They served me the best french toast I've ever had in my life!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time to dine here
    talkaboutgood
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The service was great the waitress remembered us from our first visit that was a few months ago. The food was amazing everything we tried tasted great and so fresh. The waitress was very attentive to our needs .
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My favorite downtown restaurants
    DtownHtownRocker
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I frequent Mia Bella downtain at Main often. The food is always consistenly great and the service just can't be beat. The menu is very diverse and can easily appeal to many pallets. My guests and i have had several different items, all of which were excellent. This original downtown location has it's on unique ambience and character of the old downtown vibe and greatly adds to the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    DinExp53
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Took my mother and family for their Mother's Day Brunch and was very disappointed in the experience. They were playing Michael Jackson's Greatest Hits over the sound system and had the volume way too loud. I felt like I was at a club type bar, not a Mother's Day Brunch. It was a stupid atmosphere. They restricted their menu to a smaller offering to push their 4 course meal, which would be fine if you weren't allergic to sea food or wanted ravioli... but we didn't. The cooks refused to prepare anything from their normal menu... Understandable, but whoever chose what was going to be on the limited menu sucked. The experience was enough to make me never return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fluke or??
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The Scenario: 6:00 reservation; wait for wait person to take drink order; wait for drinks; wait for wait person to take food order. ONE HOUR later (7:00) food had not arrived and then the kitchen was notified. Not the normal experience at Mia Bella for us, but nevertheless, a very disappointing evening. There were several large groups, yet the kitchen inexplicably appeared to be understaffed. Why wasn't there adequate staff when the reservation list indicated a full house? Inexcusable!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Downtown Dinning
    lovepork
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    First let me say I made the reservation at the wrong location. The general manager greet us as we walked in and had no problem locating our reservation. We were immediately seated and served water and bread. We did not order an appetizer. The wine selection was great. I had the Maple Glazed Pork Chop which was delicious. My friend had the Salmone Pompelmo which she stated was great. Yes, I will dine here again when in downtown Houston.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ctlubbockVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The atmosphere could be great-but it isn't. The food was sysco-grade heat and serve fare that was truly in need of serious work.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Afternoon Dinner
    AfterOpera
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We stopped by after the Sunday matinee. Food was delicious. Wait staff was very accommodating. Ambience was fine.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed this time
    Tater
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My wife and I eat dinner here for our anniversary almost every year. In the past the food has been excellent. We ordered the seafood spaghettii and did not think it was great. Maybe it was a fluke. We will be coming back however!
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexican Spaghetti
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We have ordered Spaghetti and Penne Pomodoro but it came mexican style. That should never happen in an Italian restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate