Mia Francesca

4.6
2271 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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 5 concepts across 25 locations in 3 states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 18 Francesca’s Restaurants, 4 Davanti Enoteca's, Disotto, Fat Rosie’s and Hillgrove Tap.
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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was amazing and the service was tremendous! I had the prosciutto and arugula pizza which was amazing. We also had some housemade limoncello and it was the best I've had! Thanks all

K
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, service was good. It's a relatively small space, so noise can be semi loud just because of the size. You can definitely come with a group, or on a date, and still have a conversation without yelling at each other :)

BM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

We had a reservation at 8:00, but had to wait until 8:50 to be seated.

a
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, fantastic food.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent for 20 years

OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Slow service but overall good, not great, experience.

SP
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service again at Mia Francesca! The happy hour menu meatballs and Caesar salad are so good and such a great value. I've had some better wines here during happy hour but hard to go wrong for $5.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

This is normally a favorite spot. However, this time everything was incredibly salty 😩

MO
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The only thing is that the portions are way too much. But other than that, we had a wonderful time. Service was wonderful and the food delicious! Can't wait to go back but will order less food and share more.

JL
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loud, energetic, great food. We really enjoyed our dinner and will definitely be back.

j
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dinner but everyone (8) people agreeded dinners too salty -pastA and pork chop with mushroom gravy -
Next time, we will request much less salt and hope chef can accommodate.

J
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian. Great wine list. Friendly service. Reasonable prices.

SB
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Great service, excellent food and wine at great value! My husband courted me here 23 years ago and we took our two teenage kids back for a recent trip, they loved it as much as we did! Highly recommend!

FR
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating Lasagna Day!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All our food was outstanding and nicely plated, our waiter was very knowledgeable, friendly and made sure we had everything we wanted, it was certainly a wonderful time and we talked about our lunch many times afterwards !!! Absolutely going again !!!!!!

BM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful! We sat outside on a beautiful summers night. The featured white wine was outstanding and perfectly matched for the warm evening. Food was delicious, the raspberry sorbet is not to be missed! Will keep coming back here!!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was one of my favorite neighborhood spots 26 years ago and it is as great as ever. Delicious pasta and salads and desserts. Great neighborhood feel. Food is fresh and very well prepare. Not fussy.

n
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was authentic and awesome. I love the place

K
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group had an amazing time - delicious food, friendly staff and wonderful atmosphere!

KM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always a local go to for Italian. Good food and service. I like the room as well. But caution - can be very loud.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

BH
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

The food was ehh not great!! Also the air conditioning was broken and we were sweating up a storm, made it very uncomfortable to be in the restaurant

WM
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The A/C was not working on a 99 deg. day.
It was challenging to get settled and enjoy a nice meal. The waiter did a very nice job to help us get through the evening.

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional food with wonderful service I highly recommend it.

OT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great meal at Mia Francesca’s. You can’t go wrong with anything you order!

CJ
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A nostalgic visit for us and our senior friends. Service was especially attentive. Food and ambiance were authentic old school Italian. Very fun!

k
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mia Francesca never disappoints! The carpaccio appetizer, linguine al fagottaro and tiramisu were standouts for us on this visit! #fivestars

DB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dave is a Great waiter.

We reserve the table outside but apparently it was a party and didn’t matter because it was a great inside

DC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Some of the best Italian in Chicago. Great servers. Wonderful wine selection. Highly recommend the salmon or anything with their amazing red sauce. The chocolate torte is also extremely decadent and delicious.

My only gripe is their bread. It’s complimentary, but not to my liking — a bit dry and flavorless. Freaked me out a bit the first time we ate here — who wants to eat at an Italian restaurant with bad bread? But once you get past the bread, the food is great.

m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious italian inspired food. noisy, crowded, urban - luv it.

BT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday
It was noisy but the food was great and very cheap since it was a special day where all the prices were those of 1992!

F
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a reliable and enjoyable choice for fresh Italian fare at a reasonable price. The wine pour is a generous 8 oz pour too, although you can opt for a 4 oz pour as well. Mia Francesca is the original, but there are several locations throughout Chicago and they are all great.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! Food was so delicious ❤️

l
Chicago
156 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Mia Francesca's is one our favorite restaurants, although it's been months since we've been able to go there. New menu was great. The four of us had 4 different entrees - all excellent! I had a Quattro Stagioni pizza & Italian Wedge Salad, my son & his friend shared a Insalata di Asparagi, my son's friend had the Rigatoni dei Sardi, my son had another pasta dish and my husband had the pasta special of the night. We asked to be seated on the patio and it was a beautiful night to enjoy our surroundings. The only slight "glitch" was that our server was good but not very attentive. That was the only negative I would offer.

DR
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Mia Francesca's is always a solid meal and dining experience. This place has a sometimes loud but cozy feeling upstairs the main dining room downstairs or a patio and back bar if it's nice out. My favorite location.

m
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reliably good.

JC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

LOVE Mia Francesca... food is always amazing, as is the service and ambiance!

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there to celebrate a birthday. The service and food never disappoint.

g
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, the salads (burrata and asparagus selections), calamari, and pasta were outstanding. It is nice that the menu is always a little different each time we go--with wonderfully fresh ingredients, nicely prepared and presented dishes. The service is attentive but not intrusive. The dining room can be a touch noisy when there are large groups, but the atmosphere is always welcoming and fun.

TT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good neighborhood standby. Traditional Italian fare.

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