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Mia Francesca Del Mar
Mia Francesca Del Mar

Mia Francesca Del Mar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3101
  • Phone: (858) 519-5055
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday- Sunday 11am-3:00 pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday 3:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Scott Harris. Chef de Cuisine, Woody Benitez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Mia Francesca's will offer many different 'Tavoli' catering packages available for lunch or dinner, ranging from 3 to 4 courses, all including freshly baked Italian bread, sodas, tea and coffee. There are endless possibilities to personalize your package with one to three menu selections available for each course. We also offer appetizer reception menus, and family style, buffet, or plated options. We are more than happy to assist you in choosing the package that best suites your needs.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Del Mar Highlands Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public and Valet Parking available. Designated curbside pick-up parking.
A word from Mia Francesca Del Mar
The Francesca's family of restaurants has added another installment to the San Diego area. In addition to Davanti Enoteca, Mia Francesca's opened in the beautiful Del Mar community in February of 2012. Located in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, the restaurant brings its famous rustic, Italian cuisine to the 150 seat space.
Restaurateur Scott Harris has opened over 20 Francesca's Restaurants in the Chicago Area since 1992, and is excited to bring this concept to the west coast.
Mia Francesca's features a large covered patio, indoor trattoria style dining, and a 50 person private dining room. Chef Woody Benitez leads the kitchen, providing Francesca's classic fare of zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio. The wine list and cocktails are equally impressive in this one of a kind location.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Everything was wonderful especially being able to feed my Mother easily for a change!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food was very good and the servers were very friendly and attentive. The desserts were fantastic! My only complaint was that it was pretty loud. I was with a group of 4 and the restaurant was so loud we couldn't hear each other from across the table even when there weren't very many people left in the dining area."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Went to restaurant twice. They have 3 rooms and outdoor dining. The front room is very nice as it connects to both the bar and the outside dining area. The back room feels isolated from the other parts of the restaurant. The food is generally very tasty. Members of the party had pasta, chicken and fish and most of the dishes were very good. The one complaint is how quickly they try and turn the tables. People next to us sat down had a drink and main dish and were gone in less than 30 minutes. That's too quick for a restaurant that likely averages $40 a person for food and drink."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Mia Francesca is a must stop on every trip we make to San Diego/Del Mar. The Pollo Arrosto is my absolute favorite -- moist, succulent whole chicken in a lemon butter sauce. It just melts in your mouth. The appetizer tomato, blue cheese and onion salad is unique and delicious. Our guests had pasta and loved it. My wife had the ravioli stuffed with crabmeat and didn't leave a thing."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a 730 reservation but our table wasn't ready. It happens when previous guests don't leave when expected after finishing a meal. They offered us each a cocktail on the house while waiting which was nice. Food was good but our server was not very attentive and seemed rushed most of the time."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Grazie, Mia Francesca! Best dining experience exceptional! Great food and genuine family run restaurant."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Your wine by the glass is overpriced (compare around SD) and limited. Our waiter seemed to be very pushy, ( asking for our order) we had to send him away 3 times in what felt like 10 minutes. The food was also served too fast between courses."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I wanted cheese ravioli & although the weren't on the menu, the chef made me a plate and topped it with asparagus & red peppers and a n olive oil/garlic topping. The bruscetta is amazing -- topped with chopped tomatoe, onion & generous portions of avocado! Mia Francesca is my favorite Italian restaurant. The staff is five star just like the food & wine!!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We first fell in love with Francesca in Northbrook, IL. we moved to San Diego and was so happy to find Mia Francesca opening up in the Highlands! We love the food, atmosphere and staff!! Awesome place.............."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Food is over salted. When ordering ask for low salt or you will need a lot of water."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "It was my wife's birthday dinner. Wine glass was not clean. Mussel was stinky. Seabass was uncooked. Although we simply wanted to have birthday dinner, we had to regret that we chose the restaurant for the occasion."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "After a fab movie went to to a fab restaurant to continue the evening, food was awesome along with the wine and ambience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were there for usual Saturday movie and dinner. The movie ran 30 minutes later than we thought but hostess/s were most gracious and seated us right away"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food has always been great. I had the branzino which was excellent. The prices on the fish are pretty high (27) but prices on the pastas and most dishes are reasonable (veal is high too). Kids menu is great and includes drink and dessert which is very nice. Menu changes often and has a lot of variety. Sitting outside is quite nice but inside is nice too (a bit crowded and loud but nice atmosphere)."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Have had dinner and lunch, one insdidein evening, one outside lunch-both with group of 5 or more. Very good both times."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food could be better. However, always enjoy going to Mia Francesca."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Excellent food and service that pleasantly surprised us. We are definitely coming back."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The chicken was good but the pizza was more or less It's a nice place a bit expensive for what you say it is Y return a martini but the still charge it to me I didn't notice until I went home"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • ". . . the more I like it! The service is always great and I feel like I'm at home."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Love this place - the best Italian food in our neighborhood. I love that while they retain a few favorites, they change their menu on a weekly basis....and if they don't have a pasta dish on the menu that you had the last time, if they have the ingredients, they will make it for you!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The best Italian food in the area, good service, the pizza is specially good if you like it really Roman style, thin, light on the sauce and very fresh ingredients."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We love this restaurant. Very friendly and great food."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Staff was kind of rude, unless you're a regular. Would not eat here again. The waiter seemed annoyed and seemed as though he wanted us to order quickly. However, he behaved different when regulars came in; then he was all smiles"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Works for us only because of the Passport Card. Otherwise, would not go there."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant twice before and had a much better impression. Perhaps because this was the memorial day weekend it just didn't measure up this time. Service was only adequate, the food was very average, and the only memorable part was finding a table on the outside patio. I know I won't try it again very soon, if at all."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Mia Francesca is consistently the best restaurant in the Del Mar Highlands. The food is outstanding, the service is great and it has great proximity to the theater and other shopping. Definitely on our top 10 list!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My fish was excellent and my husband enjoyed his chicken. The servers were charming; but not overly attentive. I would have ordered an additional glass of wine or appetizer if more effort was put into making our meal a dinig experieince."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food was good - service was a bit slow but done in time for the movies "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We made a reservation. Decided to let the hostess seat us, rather than make a request - BIG mistake. She took us to a back room that was packed (there were open tables outside and in the front room) with very noisy tables, one large party was particularly loud! We couldn't hear ourselves, let alone the waiter/bus boy that came by to take our drink order. We were so dismayed we decided to just leave. I've had good experiences at this restaurant before so I'll be back. I won't sit in the back room again, though."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We have made a visit here mandatory before or after the Cineopolis movies nearby. The food is great, the service is always friendly and prompt. Kevin the manager makes sure everyone is well cared for. The menu changes but they will make a favorite you remember (Cheese tortellini with chicken and prosciutto) The pizza is outstanding and they have creative salad choices (try the pea pods and cucumber). You can also add salmon, shrimp or chicken to any of the salads. It is a little energetic for a romantic evening but you could pull it off. A great place to meet friends or a group."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "It pains me to say that I was disappointed with the meal. Having spent years frequenting the Mia Francesca in Chicago, I was excited at the prospect to dine at another location. Although the restaurant and server met expectations, the food did not. Asparagus was mushy in the asparagus salad. Both of our pasta sauces were bleh.... didn't seem fresh and vibrant. I hope this experience was a one-off and not the norm. We'll give it one more try, but may just be sidetracked into their next door neighbor, Davanti."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food was very good, but in our group of 6, most thought the food was a little salty. Carpaccio and lentils mainly. Great presentation though. It seemed as though the blue cheese was quite salty in the asparagus. The waitress, Jill, was awesome!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Never lets you down, always great food, great wine and fab service; my go to place for any occassion. "
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Had eaten there numerous times , including New Year's Eve and menu/food was outstanding. Been there three times since with hopes that the menu and food would come close to previous experiences, but have been very disappointed. Lentil salad was good. The special scallop offering was an impressive portion, but was not distinctive nor particularly flavorful. Pasta was swimming in sauce. Wine list price very high . Nothing very memorable or outstanding about any of our dinners. Service was very good., but overall, disappointing experiences."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. We dined on the patio and had a lovely evening. Started with the Risotto and a special flatbread made by the chef. For our main course we tried the halibut and the chicken dishes (with pasta on the side) - they were all superb. The pasta, fish and chicken were prepared perfectly. Dinner was followed by a delicious cup of cappuccino and my date had espresso. We met the Chef , Woody, who clearly loves cooking for his guests and does it with passion. We highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Very attentive wait staff, present before even think needed them. Fantastic seafood"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My wife and I usually eat at this restaurant before heading over to see a movie and the food and service is consistently an 7-9 (With 1 being poor and 10 being outstanding). On this last visit we had two friends of ours from out of town and the food was liked by all and the service was an A+."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was quite good. However, the noise level was too high to carry on a conversation. The waiter was friendly, but his table service was very slow, and especially poor for wine and cocktails. We will not return."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food was great, but the acoustics in the back dining room are terrible. The place was packed on a Saturday night and it was so noisy we couldn't carry on a conversation, making the dining experience rather unenjoyable. I've eaten before in the front dining room on a similarly crowded Saturday night and the noise level was much better. The food both times was excellent. The service was friendly and very good."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Not sure what's happening to so many restaurants like this, in which the quality of food so deteriorates over time. My $27 trout was pathetically thin, overcooked and tasteless. The only thing that was tasty as always was the bruschetta."
    Dined on 2/27/2014