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Mia Bella Trattoria - Main Street

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206 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Mia Bella Trattoria on Main Street in Downtown Houston offers a selection of classic Italian dishes with an American twist. This restaurant offers a variety of lunch and dinner options, and it is open on Saturday and Sunday for brunch, as well.

Some favorites for lunch include the chicken picatta, chicken marsala and eggplant parmigiana. Guests can also choose from a selection of pizzas, all baked in Mia Bella Trattoria’s authentic brick oven. House specialties for dinner include Sicilian braised beef short ribs, seafood lasagna, honey glazed pork and other delicious options. Ask your server at Mia Bella Trattoria for the best wine pairing for your meal.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(713) 237-0505
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Estevan Selgado
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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.
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Catering
Have the abilities to work with pre-set menus, buffets, etc. Please call for further details to help meet your needs.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Preston and Main St.
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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.
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Public transit
Located across the street from the light rail.
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Entertainment
No live entertainment, but we do offer soothing background music
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Special events & promotions
Perfect for wedding receptions, birthdays, anniversaries, graduation parties, etc. Please call for further details.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.2
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4.0
service
4.0
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5.0
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Noise · Moderate
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2.0Dined on January 17, 2015

We had reservations for a group of 12 for 6:30pm. It was a very busy night. But even though we made reservations, it was after 8pm before they were able to seat the group. Even with the reservations, they could not figure out where to put the group, and then they did not have enough chairs to put around the table. Once the group was seated, they should have assigned one waiter to the table. Or assigned some people to help with things like bread and water refills. Instead the one waiter was working a lot of other tables. The group had been there more than an hour and a half and had all read the menu and was ready to order immediately. Yet, the group had to beg to order, get bread, get water refills, and get the check. It was almost 10pm before the group could leave - so much for making plans after with an early dinner reservation - and it wasnt because the group took their time to visit - we were starving and scarfed the food once it arrived. Also, they could not pour beer into a glass correctly. I have been here another time with just 2 people and no reservations, and it was a very different experience. Incidentally, we had 2 sets of reservations - another for 6 - before we realized we had already covered eveyone in one set of reservations. We cancelled the reservations for 6 at the last minute. I do not believe they were equipmed to handle any more reservations that night and could not have handled the other reservation they had taken. Again, it appeared they were incapable of managing reservations and serving groups.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2015

Wonderful cuisine here. Huge selection and the price is not much more than I have paid at carrabas. I believe it is the best Italian food I have had in houston!

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4.0Dined on January 4, 2015

Excellent food and staff handled exceptions to the menu with ease. We have been here several times over the years and have never been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2015

I've come here for brunch a few times and it's always excellent. The service is great, friendly staff. The food is alway excellent!

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2014

I met an old high school friend and her partner for brunch. I had dined At the Vintage Park location. Was pleased to find that the food and service was as good at the Main Street location. Actually, service was better at this location than the VP one. Well definitely recommend it to people. Only drawback is the parking issue. Luckily, we came on a sun. so parking was free. Had to park around the block.

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1.0Dined on December 20, 2014

We had a 8pm reservation but didn't get seated until 9pm. The waiter put in 3 out of the 4 Entree orders - says he forgot to "push the button" on the last order... The manager never came over to apologize - even after we complained. Never again.

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1.0Dined on December 19, 2014

I called ahead about 15 minutes prior to our 6:00 p.m. reservation to confirm. I was told our table would be ready. We arrived right on time. Was told our table was not ready. The host said that when you book on Open Table they give you a reservation whether we are already committed or not! Kept saying it would be any time. We sat at the bar to wait. Took a long time and we had to go ask someone if we would get any bar service. Finally got bar service. Noticed people sitting a long time at their tables before their food came. Two in our party left to go get the car since it was getting late and we had a show to catch. At 6:51 as we were getting up to leave they told us a table had come open. There was no way we could have been able to wait on their food and still catch the 8:00 show. Staff was not very helpful. Bartender was friendly. I guess we will never know if the food is good there or not!!!

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1.0Dined on December 14, 2014

Have not been here in several years. Wil not be going back. Service was poor, food was tasty but cold. Had to send it back. Tables were not level so rocked the entire time. WE coudl not even have conversation it was so loud. :(

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2014

Everything was great from the decor, the waiter's knowledge and friendliness. We can't wait to go back for brunc, lunch and dinner.

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4.0Dined on December 11, 2014

Have eaten here many times apre Theatre. Food has always been good but it has improved over what I recall in the past.

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4.0Dined on December 5, 2014

This is a great spot for dinner before a show downtown Houston. Only a few blocks to Jones Hall and Wortham Theater. Great food.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2014

Excellent food & service!!

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4.0Dined on November 8, 2014

Mia Bella moved to San Jacinto St. so the reservation at Main St. was invalid. Open Table should update the location records.
The appetizer was cold upon delivery (calamari) but other than that, good experience.

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4.0Dined on November 6, 2014

nice atmosphere, delicious food. great for family dinners as well as special occasions.

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2014

The experience was good, but not exemplary. It is a very good business lunch location.

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4.0Dined on November 2, 2014

Although the main course food was excellent as usual, the bread served before the meal with the wine & pepper dip was stale. The server did look around and found some more suitable bread after we brought it to her attention.

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4.0Dined on November 2, 2014

My friend and I enjoyed a quiet brunch one Sunday at Mia Bella's. The Brunch prices were more than reasonable and the food was so yummy! We were seated right away, even though we were early. The service was impeccable and the restaurant was very clean and beautiful. I would definitely go here again and again!

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2014

After eating great seafood for three nights we needed a change. Mia Bella Trattoria provided a delightful and delicious one. Our appetizer, Goat Cheese Putanesca, was a superb start. Our two entrees were even better. The Ossobuco di Capretto was among the best lamb dishes I've tasted. My wife proclaims the Lasogna alla Pescatore the best seafood pasta dish ever. Adequate wine list and courteous and knowledgeable service were appreciated. The tables are close and noise level somewhat high but we heartily recommend this place!

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4.0Dined on October 25, 2014

My wife and I brought my parents who were visiting from out of town. We all loved the restaurant and food was very good. Will definitely be back again soon.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2014

MiaBella is one of my top picks to bring out of town guests, both work and friends/family. Food and service is always excellant and I receive all the kodos for picking such a faboulous place.

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4.0Dined on October 19, 2014

Stopped in after a concert at Jones Hall and had a great meal. Will definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2014

I adore pasta, but rarely find many impressive dishes at restaurants lately. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the Penne Al Salmone (with whole wheat pasta substituted for the penne). I wasn't even convinced I would like the tomato elements combined with salmon, but it was fantastic. The dish had tons of complementary flavors - with a touch of sophistication, but still well qualifying as comfort food...for those of us who consider a good pasta dish to be a comfort.

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2014

LOVE the food, service, and ambience! Waiter and manager were very attentive and fun.

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2014

Mia Bella is great for lunch groups. Service was outstanding and the food arrived fairly quickly. They have an extensive wine list and a good choice of cocktails. Definitely a must!

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4.0Dined on September 28, 2014

I was charged for a lemonade drink when I ordered water and used my own lemonade Crystal light drink mix. I was overcharged. Don't trust your waitress and check your ticket before you pay.

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4.0Dined on September 20, 2014

Ate at the Main St. location for our anniversary; overall very good experience. The dining area is smaller than expected, but provided a more intimate atmosphere than some of the larger chain Italian restaurants in town. Definitely recommend making a reservation vs. walking in, though. Had we not reserved, we would've faced a 45 minute wait. The absolute best part of the experience was the food; superior quality and attention to detail. Wine selection is impressive, although a bit pricey. Service was the only non-perfect part of the night; server was polite and food arrived quickly but server spent too much time in the kitchen talking to the manager instead of checking on tables. Would definitely recommend for couples or small groups!

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3.0Dined on September 18, 2014

Angle hair pasta is not thick and heavy pasta. The bread was not Italian

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3.0Dined on September 16, 2014

I have been to Mia Bella a few times before and always remember having a great experience with great food. Unfortunately this time was not the case. It has been a few years since I have been so I don't know if it was a fluke or the norm. When i first arrived had to wait to be greeted, once I was finally greeted I was seated, given a glass of water fairly promptly but not spoken to. It took a long time for the server to come and ask me for my drink order and when my friend joined me and it again took a long time for him to be greeted. Everything was just very slow. We were there for over an hour before our entrees were ready, unfortunately due to the slow service we weren't able to eat at the restaraunt and had to take our food to go.

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3.0Dined on August 31, 2014

Since we live downtown, we love the convenience of being able to walk to this longtime spot. And almost always the food is very good or better including this dinner where we had the risotto del giorno [lobster on this evening] and the build your own pizza [love the crust]. However, service can be very hit and miss and on this relatively empty evening, it was more miss than hit.

One other thing we miss is that the wine list used to have a 10 bottle section of $25 wines--affordable if all you wanted was a casual evening meal with a casually priced bottle of wine.

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2014

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.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 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.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 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.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 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.

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2.0Dined on July 16, 2014

Took 2 hrs for a dinner. Wait time for food bad and cood was cold.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 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.

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2014

Great way to try the appetizers. Always have a good dining experience here.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 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!

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3.0Dined on June 22, 2014

I ate here prior to seeing a show at TUTS and it definitely helped me get into the high class mood.

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3.0Dined on June 14, 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.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2014

The service was excellent and food quality commendable. The manager simply superb. My group of 16 had a wonderful time.

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