Mia Francesca
Mia Francesca

Mia Francesca

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3115,3142
  • Phone: 7732813310x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch:
    Saturday: 11:30am-3pm
    Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Saturday 3:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Jesse Guerra
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: School Street
  • Public Transit: CTA Red Line Belmont station 2 blocks west - #22 Clark Street bus in front of restaurant - #8 Halsted, #36 Broadway and #77 Belmont bus lines are within walking distance.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Mia Francesca
The first restaurant in The Francesca's Restaurant Group, Mia Francesca features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. It was one of the first restaurants in Chicago to encourage the lively art of dining with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, simple, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices.

About The Francesca’s Restaurant Group: Founded in 1992 by Restaurateur Scott Harris, Francesca’s Restaurant Group has grown from a small, welcoming Italian restaurant on Chicago’s North Clark Street to a restaurant group of three concepts across 33 locations and four states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 23 Francesca’s Restaurants, five Davanti Enoteca, and five Glazed and Infused locations.
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Mia Francesca reviews from OpenTable diners
159 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (103)fit for foodies (54)great for outdoor dining (49)romantic (36)special occasion (36)good for groups (35)notable wine list (29)hot spot (28)kid-friendly (18)great for lunch (11)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (8)scenic view (1)Show More
  • always yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    while prices have been going up, we still feel like we get a good value at mia's. one glass of wine, and an appetizer, 2 entrees, and a dessert for $100 including tax and tip. Used to be this would cost $75....but food is always good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    Jerzy889
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our dining experience was exceptional. The menu is creative, food is incredible, and service is outstanding. The only challenge is the noise level. We were a larger group and there was no hope for conversation with anyone other than the person sitting next to you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Woodydines
    WoodydinesVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Mia Francesca is a neighbourhood favourite. Great consistent food, good atmosphere and always busy. Can't miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lakeview Best Restaurants
    Rachel1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Although there are a lot of restaurants in Chicago Lakeview area only very few can offer the same dining experience as Mia Francesca. The food is great and authentic, the service is impeccable, and the atmosphere is very friendly. Not only that, this is one of the very few places left in the area where people of all ages, young and old, can feel comfortable and not out of place. I took some of my baby boomers friends for a birthday celebration at Mia Francesca over the weekend, and I was thrilled that everyone enjoyed it tremendously. In short, this is definitely a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An off night
    CasDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We have been coming to this original for years, but on our last visit, the service was mediocre as some other reviewers have pointed out. The manager seemed engrossed with a select few tables. All can be forgotten if the food is great, but the food which is usually the star was also not great. The eggplant was raw and inedible, and the cocktails were watery. We come to Francesca's for consistently good Italian, but Forno with a new chef has terrible food and now the original is inconsistent, disappointing. Maybe it's time to find a new Italian spot, and luckily there are many options but sad to lose a favorite place. I hope they just had an off night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    FoodieP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I have been coming here for years..... but recently it seems to have turned into a family restaurant with lots of screaming children. It was hard to hear the conversation at the table and it was a bit distracting. The food is amazing and always has been.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to commune with friends
    FussyDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We went early and the food was wonderful, especially the roasted chicken. Service was very good as was every other part of our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great food, great value! Always one of my first choices in the neighborhood (often).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BarbieVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    As always fantastic! Thank you David(Sorry we missed you) Aga and of course out always favorite server Antobelli! A perfect spot for a beautiful evening in Chicago
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite Italian restaurant
    Ceceile5
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I love the smell of the restaurant the minute you walk in the door. Sauteed garlic & butter fill the air. They do Carpacio and they do it very well!! Best I've had in Chicago to date! Had the Swordfish special and it was impeccable. It was in a light, delicate, butter wine sauce nicely seared and cooked perfectly. Also had a pasta entree which they allowed us to do as a half order which was a perfectly cooked al dente pasta with cream, peas and proscuitto, excellent!! We had eaten late in the day so we split our entrees and they were gracious enough to bring them out pre-split. Great service, great food!!! Highly recommend!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TMoney
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was great as always, and service was fantastic. Recommend Mia's for anybody looking for quality and casual italian.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Conversation
    BJLEE
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It is absolutely impossible to have a conversation in this restaurant. Although my companion was thrilled with her pasta dish (considering it even better that Bucca where we usually dine), mine was under cooked pasta and eggplant, and a drink that tasted like cucumber water. However, the service was excellent. Will not dine there again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Client Entertaining
    CubsFanCPA
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    A little pricey, but overall VERY good for entertaining clients prior to a Cubs game. Unlike the bars, it is quiet enough to actually have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Service has not been good last few times at clarke
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When in Lakeview . . .
    PADiamond
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    this will be a repeat experience. Enjoyed the food. And particularly enjoyed the courtyard setting. (Coach house would have been great, too.) Inside is very lively and popular. Nice wine selection and special pricing. Combine with a theater visit.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just as I'd remembered!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I returned to Mia with my family after having eating there for special occasions when I lived in Chicago for graduate school almost 20 years ago. It was just as I remembered!! So wonderful - the service, the food - everything was fantastic and made for a wonderful evening with my family and dear friends. My kids (12 and 14) loved their dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mia Francesca
    LCS73
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I have been going to Mia for over 15 years and still love it. It is consistent and the menu does not disappoint. Love the Carpaccio and cold marinara/hot pasta summer dish. Always impressed by your fresh fish options too. Fantastic!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-show meal
    Mike
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Mia Francseca offtered a decent italian meal before the Blue Man Group show. Our teeage boys each ordered the pizza which they rated as fair. I had a good veal and my wife enjoyed the salmon (the top meal of the night in all our opinions). We arrived at 6 and the resturant was still a little quiet. By 7 it was vibrant and more fun. Tables were a little close making a trip to the restroom challenging. Over all, a decent meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Concerned and Caring
    geraceangieandfamily
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Staff was great about researching ingredients regarding my allergy. They were not able to determine all of the ingredients in everything we ordered, but they were very accommodating with interchanging a menu item to fit my needs. We were very pleased with the taste of the food... I just wish I could have tried everything we ordered. The fryer has soy oil in it... why not consider changing it to canola to avoid the problem with allergies? That would make the whole experience even more appealing to someone like me!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    So delicious! Started with a pommello drink, then Caesar salad, and then...the most delicious gnocchi I have ever had! It took our waitress a while to greet us-that was the only downfall of this experience! A definite thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BarbieVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Fantastic! Thank you Anotbelli for excellent service at the bar. Food was delicious. Thank you also, David and Aga.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A rare service slip up
    LoveChicagoDiningVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We love the Original Mia's and even invited some of the staff to our wedding. Food is great, as is the ambience in the coach house and patio. Service is typically informed and enthused.not tonight. We were celebrating dual anniversaries with out of town guests...we called ahead to share that info and request a patio seat. After a short mix up at the door, we were seated at our patio spot. From there, service went downhill: we were ignored for 15 minutes, then greeted in a surly fashion. She corrected us in order a starter and sternly reminded us of a corkage fee. After botching the order she corrected us on. Oh yeah, and she awkwardly and unpleasantly slapped a comp limoncello on us at the end of the night. Hope ths was an aberration
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Mia
    FARQUHARSON
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Upon reception the treatment was 100%. Service at dinner started slow, but overall very good. Food delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun restaurant with reliably good
    WhiteBreadVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I have been going here for over a decade. Now about twice a year since moving to Boston. The dining room is cramped and is not conducive to private conversations. The fried calamari remains excellent as was the pea pod salad. The ravioli was top notch. The veal scalapini was a bud thicker than I prefer but had good flavor. The pizza was horrible. The dough had no chewiness and tasted like a pre made store bought crust available at room temperature at aisle 5. The pizza used to be excellent but no longer. I will definitely be back but will never order a pizza again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BarbieVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food and service always fantastic! Thank you to Tom our server and David. Food was delicious never disappoints
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Queenoffood
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was amazing! Best Italian food I have ever had! I will definitely be back and will tell all my friends to go. The staff were all friendly and kept glasses full.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good dependable meal
    FeglehVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I love this place. It is the right balance between good food, good prices, and good service. This is my default go to place in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food meh service
    Chitownfoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Maybe it's because we look like two young kids but our server neglected us most of the night. We had to signal the is boy to get his attention for a second round of drinks. He was busy the whole time but kept going back to tables only on the other side of the patio.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie Heaven
    BoNYC
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We went to Mia Francesca on a Saturday night and couldn't have had a better meal. From the spaghetti with lobster to the gluten free pasta everyone dined in style.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud, Nothing Special
    LakeviewDiner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We found the environment too loud to talk. The food was nothing special. The wait staff was overworked. We ate upstairs, so service was slow. Food seemed like it had been under the heat lamps too long before someone bothered to bring it upstairs. Plenty of other good places to go in the area. Skip this one.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loved it!!
    Cary
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Loved our wait person. I just wish I could remember her name. She was very attentive, she let me sample a couple of different red wines. I plan to go back soon to experience their hidden patio/garden.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Italian!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Spectacular food, service and fun. Looking around every table was immersed in food, wine and conversation. Not one unhappy person in the place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BarbieVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Awesome as usual! Thank you David, Aga and Belli for superb service at the bar. Risotto was delicious as was everything else. Thank you Scott Harris for great food and staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Retiree2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Went before a Cub game and to celebrate a retirement event. Service was excellent and the food fabulous. I looked around the table of 6 and the plates were completely empty. The server recommended a couple of his favorite dishes and did not steer us wrong. Would recommended Mia Francesca’s for a nice dinner out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food and solid service
    Golfertom
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I met a long time friend for dinner prior to going to a Cubs game. The food and service was very good and jusy a few blocks to Wrigley Field.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent pre Cubs game dinner spot
    Siciliannu
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great and quick service. Nice recognition of our wedding annivesary. Grazzii assai
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always our favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    we've been coming here for 17+ years...since the beginning - when we eat at mia francesca, we always have delicious food at a reasonable price. get the fish! only wish the server was more attentive. we find the 'bus boys' are phenomenal - refilling water, bread, etc. - but the actual server who takes our order is not very present.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very vibrant. Cozy seating and very nice, attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TOO NOISY; TABLES TOO CLOSE
    afaceinthecrowd
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The noise level was so loud, I thought my ears were going to start bleeding. There was no way I could carry on a conversation with my dinner partner without shouting, thus adding to the noise level. Also, I'm of average size, but needed to squeeze through tables of other diners in order to get to my table and out again. The food was as I expected and the service was pretty good considering the hustle the wait staff had to endure.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 50/50
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We came here before the Blake Shelton concert for a quick dinner. We sat in the little outdoor area which is adorable. Our food was perfect. Our service was blah...& the employees were setting up & re-setting up tables & chairs in our area numerous times. Dragging chairs...making noise - ignoring the fact that they had guests sitting there trying to enjoy a meal already. No one apologized. Food & spot = perfect Service = blah.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate