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

Mia Bella Trattoria - Main Street Details

  • 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: Italian, American
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Took 2 hrs for a dinner. Wait time for food bad and cood was cold."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Great way to try the appetizers. Always have a good dining experience here."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The service was excellent and food quality commendable. The manager simply superb. My group of 16 had a wonderful time. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The brunch menu is fabulous with several options. They served me the best french toast I've ever had in my life!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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 . "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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!!"
    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. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We stopped by after the Sunday matinee. Food was delicious. Wait staff was very accommodating. Ambience was fine."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We have ordered Spaghetti and Penne Pomodoro but it came mexican style. That should never happen in an Italian restaurant."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "In the past I've had to pay extra for refills of lemonade, bit I've still come back. This Easter Sunday was the last time I will go to this restaurant. My party of 5 drove in from Pearland for a noon reservation. When I was greeted the server told me he couldn't find the reservation. After showing him the email confirmation he then lectures me that I should have called to confirm. He then continues to argue and becomes insulting. There were actually empty tables that he could of sat my party. Needless to say on Easter morning we left the place and I'm never coming back. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The food was pretty good but the service was terrible which was strange because the restaurant was less than half full on a saturday evening. To top it off, the drinks were hideously expensive. Wont be going back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "a small group of us went for an early 11:30 am lunch -- it was quiet, pleasant & relaxing. it wasn't crowded and that allowed waitstaff to be extra attentive. we all enjoyed the executive lunch that was a great deal for a complete lunch meal with soup/salad, entree & dessert. the house salad was delicious and each of us loved our entrees: seafood lasagna, eggplant parmesan (extra-outstanding) and salmon with pasta. the portions were very generous -- had leftovers for snacking later. the italian cream cake, tiramisu and chocolate mousse cheesecake were all fresh with tasty coffee. we will definitely be going back every chance we can. its one of my newest favorite lunch spots! :)"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We have enjoyed everything we have ever ordered. The osso bucco is delicious, although be aware it is lamb, not veal. The puttanesca appetizer is so yummy. Really, everything is great. And the staff is so friendly and helpful. We have a hard time eating anywhere else when we are downtown."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "A romantic evening for two...the noise level tends to impede. But as a group function...the food and service are quite good for the price. I've been several times and always forget the noise level...but keep coming back for the other benefits."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Would really like to see a traditional lasagna on the menu. It's an Italian restaurant, after all ! Seafood lasagna isn't very appealing to me."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "My Mom's 73rd birthday dinner celebration was a success! I asked friends for dining recommendations in downtown Houston. (We were surprising Mom with theater tickets.) Mia Bella's was one of the suggestions and, since my mom LOVES Italian food, I selected Mia Bella's. I'm so glad I did. Our waiter was amazing and the food was stupendous! My husband said we would be coming back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed our evening at Mia Bella Trattoria. The food was good, the noise level was sufficiently subdued where we could have conversation without trying to talk over others. I would recommend the restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We selected Mia Bella downtown as a good location to meet another couple who we hadn't seen for over five years. My wife and I live in near town and our friends who are from the suburbs were in town for a late start (830) Rockets game, We selected Mia Bella as our dinner spot because we could spend a leisurely time ahead of the game, and for us access via Metrorail is easy, having been to Mia Bella many times before, we knew that the menu, wine options and ambience would be perfect to allow us a two -hour catch up session, and we were pleased with our choice."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Never disappoints. Great food, good wine at reasonable prices, and always good service."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We haven't lived in Houston that long, so when had friends coming in from out of town,we asked friends for a restaurant recommendation. Mia Bella came up 3 times, so we decided to give it a try. All 4 of us ordered something different, and all were delicious! We can't wait to go back and try more! BTW...the salmon penne was the best I've ever had. Next time, I may have to skip the appetizers to make room for dessert. HUGE portions!!!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food was delicious! The combination of flavors was perfect! My husband and I enjoyed the whole experience."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Nice location on Main Street easy to find. The food was great and did not have to wait long at all for our meals. Enjoyed the appetizers Scampi al Pomodoro & Bruschetta alla Romana you need to try these items. Good atmosphere first time to eat at Mia Bella’s will definitely be going back. Wait staff was friendly and helpful. Enjoyed the dinner."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "I have been to Mia Bella for brunch several times and every time has been wonderful. The food is delicious and moderately priced. And the service is excellent."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Wife had the "Pollo alla Mia Bella". Chicken was good. It is supposed to be "layered with a medley of sautéed vegetables". Some were cooked to the consistency of straw, all dried out. I had the "Tonno con Risotto" (pan seared ahi tuna). The first bites were really good but subsequent bites were fishey. I had ordered the tuna medium rare. The last piece was cooked solid although the other bites were cooked perfect. The website advises "18% gratuity added to parties of 6 or more". We were a table of 2 (two) and they added the 18% to the tab, not as a suggestion, but on the printed credit card receipt for signature. I paid it without comment. I have eaten there many times and this was my first bad experience. Disappointing. Thomas"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Really liked the feel of the restaurant. Enjoyed the service and dining experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were in Houston on business and decided to do Valentines night the 13th. We had never eaten here before and had wanted to give it a try. Loved the building. Small quaint and romantic. Husband had the auhi tuna by waitress recommendation. I had a pasta dish. Both were very good. Wine list was extensive and moderately priced. We will go back for another meal next time we are in Houston. BTW there are two locations and this was the one on Main at Pearce."
    Dined on 2/13/2014