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About Mia Bella Trattoria - Green 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.

1201 Caroline St
Ste 161
Houston, TX 77002
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Polk and Caroline

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(832) 319-6675

Website:
http://www.miabellarestaurants.com/

Catering:
We are perfect for having catering delivered to any downtown office building, we are also able to host wedding receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, baby showers, or just a night our on the town. If you can dream it, we can cater it!

Parking Details:
Street parking is available as well as valet

Public Transit:
We are located 3 blocks East of Main St and the Metro Rail.

Executive Chef:
Youssef Nafaa

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Mia Bella Trattoria - Green Street Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.1

service

4.0

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3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (3)
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 15, 2018

WE enjoyed our dinner - we were in town for the Houston Marathon & we always eat here whenever we come to run the marathon. very convenient & short walk for GRB.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Fantastic experience!

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Night before marathon tradition for years...questioned last year whether or not we should go again as the food and service were both lacking, but thought we would try again. Just like last year, many open tables---which should have been the first clue. Poor service, limited menu because of the race we were told (although this has been our 5th time and that hasn't happened before), some food came out cold, took over thirty minutes to bring refill of requested bread.........too many options downtown to not enjoy a nice meal, won't be going back next year.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Running the Chevron Marathon and wanted to pasta load the night before. Perfect downtown location near our hotel. The restaurant was busy the night before the race . We had a reservation and were promptly seated once we got there. The restaurant had a limited menu that night to accommodate the larger than normal crowds ( which was probably a good idea if the had more traditional pre-race selections). Pre meal bread was excellent. Calamari appetizer was less than desirable. Most disappointing was my pasta dish which seemed like a child portion. Once my wife say my dish, she know that would not be enough for me before a race, so she saved me part of her dish. Not sure if maybe that were running low on that type of dish, but very noticeable. The cheesecake dish was very good. Service was ok, partly due to being a very busy night.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 13, 2018

My husband & I made a reservation here since we were in town for me to run the Houston marathon & wanted some good pasta options. What sold us was the create your own pasta options for me, since that gives me good control over what I’m eating. Once we were sat we were handed a completely different menu - no pizzas on it & no create your own dish. Confused we asked if we could order things off the menu & were informed that we could ONLY order things off the menu, they were not allowing any create your own dishes or pizzas because they thought it might slow things down... understandable! Except for the fact that this was not shared or advertised BEFORE we sat down to have dinner. Not only that, but how in the world does pasta slow down an Italian restaurant...? Our server was very sweet & helped me “revise” a menu item to fit (close enough) what I planned on ordering. Pasta was good, meatball was not, & my husbands chicken parm left more to be desired. Overall, not too impressed.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Perfect for a nice meal before the theater

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Service was a little slow tonight but perked up when we explained we had Theatre tickets. Everyone's meals were very good, especially the Mezzaluna. Three of the four at our table requested the same glass of wine but they didn't have it, so we all settled for second options. Service was just OK but food was good enough to go back.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Both times here and the food was very good. We had an exceptional waitress that made it all the better.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Before a concert. Great location

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food was amazing! Our server was not, we had to ask for water and drink refills, had empty glasses and waiter did not ask if we would like to order another cocktail which is the money maker. Our plates were cleared, glasses empty and waited at least 10 minutes for the waiter to address us and asks "how is everyone" when we clearly had no beverages or food on the table.

Tags: Casual
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Disappointed. Slow service and the lamb was over cooked and over seasoned.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were in Mia Bella for News Years Eve and with the restaurant being totally full, the service and attention of the waitress was exceptional. The food was of the same quality that we have had in the past and is a reason that we always return..

Again excellent service and attention.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food did not meet my expectations. Chocolate mousse cake was dry.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Server was excellent, food great, music from House of Blue good but a little loud from speakers.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great spot, very reasonable prices. Food was very good and staff was friendly and helpful. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

My wife asked for her salmon cooked all the way through (well done) and it was raw in the middle. We asked the server to take the salmon off the bill. I ordered spaghetti bolognese with stuff meatball. Very simple right? I received marinara sauce and a plain meatball with zero flavor. Also a very SMALL portion. Also ordered two bloody marys and the server only brought back one. The drinks also took a long time to arrive and the restaurant was empty. It appeared the server was new....

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Overall it was ok....had to wait for our drinks...sprite was getting changed out...then forgot one. Ordered calamari...it was so salty couldn’t eat much ,fishy also
Salmon was over cooked, bread was really good with delicious dipping oil.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The staff and management was outstanding. Rachel did an excellent job and was genuinely concerned a bout our evening. Highly reccomend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

A friend and I went prior to the Lady Gaga show at Toyota Center. Several other concert goers were eating there and it was a fun atmosphere. The wait staff was very attentive and helpful. It's my new favorite Italian Food Restaurant in Houston. I will definitely be back and will bring other friends.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Comfort Food, Authentic
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

First time there. Great experience and awesome service. Very helpful to find the perfect dinner plate.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Scenic View
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We had a great meal and a great business meeting. Super staff and food was spot on. Manager came out when we were finished and checked in on us which is always a nice touch. Am worried though not too many other patrons I will go back with my wife and friends. Very pleased with MIa Bella.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Not sure what’s going on at Mia Bella, but this place has gone downhill fast! It used to be one of our favorite Italian spots in Houston and a great dinner spot before Rockets games. But last night our experience was horrible and the food was pretty different than normal. Fried calamari had three times the batter and was so chewy we couldn’t swallow it. The entrees weren’t much better - chicken was over cooked. Even the cocktails weren’t going and hardly any alcohol. It was bad enough that we’ll probably never come back. Maybe new ownership? New management? Either way, it’s sad and $90 down the drain.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I love Mia Bella! They have great pizzas and build your own pasta dishes and the frozen Bellinis are so yummy! The downtown location is so convenient if you're doing anything at the Toyota Center you can literally walk there. Will def return next time we have an outing downtown!

Tags: Casual, Romantic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

There as obviously a communication issue with our waiter, more like he didn't listen! We repeated our order several times. They got 1 out of 3 dishes correct. Our iced tea wasn't filled-we had to continually ask for refills. The nail in the coffin came when the waiter told us the wrong order he originally brought our daughter was $2 cheaper than the one he replaced it with. Not sure how chicken alfredo costs more than the shrimp pasta. There was never an apology for getting 2 of the orders wrong. My husband just picked through the wrong meal he was brought. We would have stayed for dessert and coffee, but not with our horrible dinner experience. Will never go back there.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent Italian cuisine. Our waiter was especially attentive and accommodating.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Everything was done well and on time. The food tasted great and the prices were reasonable. The series’s quick and courteous. We had little ones with us and they were made to feel welcome.
We will definitely return.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excessive banging noise from open kitchen makes diners have to yell over it. Slow food service at dinner. Food was just passable.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent food. We will definitely return next time we are in Houston.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Extremely loud! Waitress kept forgetting to bring me silverware and when she did there was not a spoon to eat my soup. A friends order was confused with someone else’s. Just could not relax and enjoy the meal

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I hand the sea scallops Rizzuto, and the beef carpaccio, both of which were excellent! Also had a very delicious glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. Overall a very good experience. I would go back in a heart beat! Also had their menu clearly marked for gluten free eating, which I appreciate, especially in an Italian restaurant!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Business Meals, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Service was slow and inconsistent. Hosts continually reminded us how busy they were even though we had a reservation. We were seated by the bathroom and told there were no other options bc they were overbooked despite several empty tables.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This was a perfect place for our date night before a show at House of Blues! Great food, great service and not overly noisy.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This is a great place. It was hard to decide what to order because there were so many good options and what I chose (lamb meatballs) was delicious. I also appreciated the diversity of the wine list--it wasn't just Italian wines.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

We made our reservation through Open Table, where we specified table inside. When we arrived, the hostess said they didn't note that on our reservation, and the only table available was outside. We waited :20 for a table to become available.

They were either short staffed or just not expecting the two large tables. We waited 1:15 for our pizza and one pasta entree, which the lasts

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Really good food, you must try the risotto. Good adult beverage choices. Can be a big noise, but they are willing to move you, just ask.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Date night before concert at House of Blues. Very convenient. Staff very attentive and well versed on menu. Food was ok. Wife had chicken Picatta and I had lamb chops. Picatta not very good, very muttled. Lamb chops were ok, not impressive. An opportunity to wow was missed. However cheese board was actually a great value for appetizer. That being said, probably very good for lunch and some comfort food to break up the days monotony. But would not recommend to be the star of the evening.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Noise! We couldn't hear ourselves think, let alone have a reasonable conversation. The waiter couldn't hear us, and we had to have him repeat most of what he said. It was not particularly busy or "energetic"; just lousy acoustics.

The food and service were pretty good, but I would not go back.

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

my pappardelle was very good, it had mushrooms, pine nuts, sundried tomatoes, garlic and olive oil. the bread and dippimg sauce.was quite nice as well, the vinegar was quite sweet.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Casual, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was great. Service was okay. Air conditioning needs work. Lots of work.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

The AC was not working, but the waiter got a fan for us. The pasta was outstanding, but mixed drinks very pricy. A double rum cike was $20. But food value was decent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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