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Mia Francesca
Mia Francesca

Mia Francesca Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com
  • Phone: (773) 281-3310
  • Hours of Operation: LUNCH: Saturday 11:30am - 3:00pm
    BRUNCH: 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
  • Executive Chef: Scott Harris - Chef de Cuisine: Jesse Guerra
  • 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, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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
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. The space, originally a candy store, was renovated in 1992 with painstaking attention devoted to preserving as many of the original fixtures as possible. Sleek lines are softened by warm woods; the well-lit dining rooms reflect the animation of the diners; striking black and white photographs of rural Italian life by
Paul Elledge line the walls to create a comfortable, decidedly urban setting. Waiting for a table at the beautiful antique bar is part of the charm of Mia Francesca. The plush upstairs dining room can be reserved for private events, as can the more intimate coachhouse tucked away behind the restaurant.
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very vibrant. Cozy seating and very nice, attentive staff."
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was great, but the restaurant crammed in way too many tables trying to make a few extra bucks on what was obviously a busy night (Billy Joel concert at Wrigley). Result was unbearable noise level, very slow service (likely because the servers couldn't squeeze through to their tables), and constantly getting bumped from every direction. What should have been a lovely evening left me with a massive headache. I won't be back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Charming outdoor seating and delicious pasta dishes. The service was fantastic and the staff obviously cared and were very accommodating."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I cannot believe that I never knew there was a patio at Mia Francesca! It's so cozy and the perfect way to enjoy your meal on a nice evening. We came pretty late (9pm) and were seated immediately. We enjoyed a bottle of wine, the bruschetta (added prosciutto), a pasta dish and one of the chicken dishes. I love that there menu constantly changes with what is in season! Service was a tad spotty at times, but our server had tables inside and out so she was very busy. We just took it as an opportunity to linger and savor the evening."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This place was hopping when we arrived for a 7:15 dinner reservation on a Friday night! A good mix of couples on dates, families with children, groups of friends, etc. The wait staff was attentive but not pushy despite the busy night they were having--nothing worse than going out and realizing that they're hoping to turn tables. They had a great list of specials on top of the seasonal selections they were offering and, although their wine list is not extensive, we had a wonderful and reasonably priced bottle of red wine. The food was fresh and delicious. Our waiter recommended sharing entrees family-style, which ended up being perfect as we all so enjoyed each other's dish and got a mix of pasta, fish, and vegetables."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My husband and I went on a recommendation from a friend. We were seated next to a super loud party and couldn't hear each other speak so ate in silence. We ordered our meals and asked the waiter to pace the food. Our main dishes came while we were still eating our salads. We were in and out in about 45 minutes. We had hoped the meal would take longer but also couldn't wait to get away from the loud folks. I probably wouldn't go back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a nice dinner on the patio. Our server was very attentive without hovering, and the atmosphere on the patio was relaxed and casual. My husband ordered the crab-stuffed ravioli, which was very tasty. I tried the soft-shell crab (for the first time), and I'm so glad I did! It was delicious! We would not hesitate to return to Mia Francesca on our next visit to Chicago!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Our waiter was excellent, he came at all the right times, informed us about the food and anticipated needs. we told him we were in a rush and helped us get out the door in time. Food was delicious, huge portions."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "They did not have availability in the main dining room and it was raining so we could not sit in the court yard. We go seated on the second floor and it was too loud to even have a conversation with the person sitting across from you. This was mainly due to the fact that there was a large party of tipsy, screeching diners in the room, but it didn't help that they turned the music up loud as well. We typically love dining at this neighborhood gem, however this dining experience was pretty terrible due to the noise level."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We were on our way to the theatre and informed our waiter at the beginning. We had a wonderful meal without the rush and got to the show in plenty of time. Our first visit but we loved this place so we'll go again."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Went here for the first time on a date. The restaurant is extremely loud, but the food is great! The set up is nice and our service was fantastic! It it was a little quieter, it would have been a perfect place. I will definitely be going back for the food."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Still love Francesca's. Food is like having someone who loves you cook a meal"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Chicago and second time eating at Mia Francesca. It was a fantastic meal. We had friends join us this time and everyone's meal was excellent. We did a lot of plate-sharing. A couple of our kids are picky eaters and they accommodated them wonderfully. Everyone in our party of 8 was satisfied, comfortable, enjoying the ambience and each other's company. I suspect we'll be back for a third visit next time we're in town."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Reasonably priced, great taste, good service-couldn't ask for more!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Fantastic is the only word to describe it!! Thank you to Anobelli for superb service and David and Aga. Always an excellent experience"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food and service were outstanding! This was our first time there and we will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Nothing earth shattering. More of a place to say you've "been too" than a place you go for great food. Not a bad place, just not a place i'd repeat as there are so many options out there."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Arrived 30 minutes early and was seated immediately. Had first choice of seating on the patio. Hmmm. . . was this due to my early arrival? Perhaps I need to make an earlier reservation?"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Awesome! The soft shell crab was delicious! Thank you Dave for bringing it in. And again special thanks to Antobelli for the excellent service provided. See you soon"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We love to visit Mia Francesca when we are in Chicago. we recommend sitting in the courtyard or coach house whenever possible"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Ate there with three freinds. The rigatoni wiht veal pieces was outstanding as was the special bruschetta with arugula! absolutely divine. Saturday night was almaot too loud to hear each other talk however... a little too loud for my taste. Several groups of young adults getting ready to go out were extremely loud. Our waiter was excellent and the food quality perfect."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite Francesca locations. The good here seems a little better than the other locations and it's nice to have the patio option in the summer. The service was spotty but not enough to keep me from returning. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "As always the experience was excellent! Love the energy of the room and the entire staff. We sat at the bar with Antobelli who is an outstanding server. David the GM is great as is Aga. See you Thurs if you get Soft shell. Thanks again. This Mia's never disappoints"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "How we wish they would learn to pace the meal. We have been eating there for many years, but unless we remember to warn the server to not fire our entrees until we are done with our apps, as soon as we put our forks down, with the dirty dishes still on the table, here are the entrees. It really ruins an experience that isn't that spectacular to begin with."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Excellent meal start to finish good value for fresh made flavourful food! Will defiantly go back again when I'm in Chicago "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Food and service was great. Went at 8pm, 3/4 full restaurant on a Weds night. Lasagna special was excellent. I would get it every time if its available."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Just a good, basic, Italian restaurant. Not too many choices that would work if you have a small appetite. Service is superb and location is good."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Been to Italy many times. This restaurant is reminiscent of the Italian culture and food. Energetic volume, friendly and great food. Often test a restaurant by their Calamari Fritti and it was cooked perfectly, not rubbery at all. Friend ordered there GF Pizza which was very good. Definitely recommend this place!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I took my husband for his birthday. We had tickets to the Improv theater down the street after dinner. We are foodies, and was impressed with the quality of food. We both loved our entrees. We loved it so much, we came back after the theater for dessert. Wow!!! I am a baker and make my own ice cream, and was in love with the desserts. Will be back soon."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Our food was delicious. We had two chicken dishes, one fish (trout), and one pasta. All were cooked to perfection, sauces were perfect, and the amount of food was almost excessive. If you are in the area, this restaurant is a must! Only complaint was the restaurant is small with many tables and therefore is very loud. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great food and service. Excellent suggestions for wines and meals."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Amazing food - you have to ask for the Pepitos which are off the menu and absolutely delicious!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My family (all 8 of us) had Mother's Day brunch here. Since the weather was warm, we were able to sit outside on the patio. They have a nice selection of mimosas to start with. There were several breakfast choices (pancakes, French toast, and a few egg dishes) along with chicken and salad selections. Everything was very tasty including the dessert choices. The service was outstanding and I appreciated the quick set up outside for a large party. The only thing that would have made it more enjoyable would have been no music or a lower volume of music outside. It made it hard to hear some of the conversation at the table. We always enjoy Mia Francesca and will def be back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was great, price was right, very enjoyable, the appetizer was especially good, service was good"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Oh my gosh! The chilean sea bass was amazing! Thank you to Anotbelli for superb service at the bar and Dave just an all around great experience! See you soon"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Food and service were superb. The chilean sea bass was amazing as were the apps and the pasta. Thank you Antobelli for your usual high level of service and to Dave, the GM for always making it a delightful dining experience. See you soon"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We had a reservation for 830 PM. we didn't get seated till about 9:07 pm. No one came up to us to apologize or comp anything for the wait. In most cases if you plan on seating a large party so late by a round of drinks or something. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014