Mia Francesca Trattoria

4.4
1407 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Mia Francesca Trattoria offers the North Hills - Raleigh, NC region a uniquely authentic Italian restaurant with made from scratch, simple, rustic cooking with friendly service, fair prices, & farm to table ingredients.

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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 3pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 3pm - 9pm, Friday & Saturday: 3pm - 10pm Brunch: 10:30am - 3pm (Sunday Only)
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Phone number
(919) 278-1525
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Zachary VanGaasbeek
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Catering

The Francesca's philosophy of good, simple cooking, served in a casually sophisticated dining atmosphere is one that we proudly carry over to our Special Events. Our private and semi-private dining rooms are ideal for business functions or social occasions and can accommodate groups of 10 to 200, depending on location.

Contact our dedicated Event Planners for additional information or to inquire about avaliabilty of dates:
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Adjacent to the Renaissance Hotel
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Parking details
For parking we offer several options. You may use the parking lot behind the restaurant.
The underneath entrance is at the Main North Hills' entrance just off of Six Forks Road. You may then take the elevator up to the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel and work over to our location. This is a great option if the weather is inclement.
You third option is valet in-front of the restaurant at the Renaissance hotel adjacent to us.
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Entertainment
Thursday Night Is live music night & $5 house Martinis!
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Special events & promotions
At Mia Francesca we boast two beautiful rustic private dining rooms for your special event planning needs. You can host a party at Francesca’s in either our downstairs private dining room - suitable for any private parties up to 60 people; or upstairs Tuscan Wine Cellar Mezzanine - accommodating private dining groups up to 55 guests. We have full audio and visual equipment if your event requires them. Our on site Event Manager will help you along the way from beginning to end to coordinate the perfect event. Our flexible menus and spaces are just what you need to host the perfect private group event. With private group menus featuring our fantastic authentic made from scratch Italian cuisine or more traditional group fare we are here to help you host the best private event possible.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

The Francesca's philosophy of good, simple cooking, served in a casually sophisticated dining atmosphere is one that we proudly carry over to our Special Events. Our private and semi-private dining rooms are ideal for business functions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners & more.

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What 1407 People Are Saying
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CH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great consistent food with exceptional service. We brought a member of our family who is wheel chair bound - everything was very accessible. We pulled up and unloaded in front of the hotel - flat curb. No bump to go over to get in the door. No rugs in the way. Great experience for those in a wheelchair.

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SA
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is always good, but pricey. service was quick and friendly. Desserts are wonderful but again very pricey for the portion size.

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KC
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was good. Decor and ambience very old fashioned and dismal.

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SP
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beat brunch I’ve had in a while. The main breakfast dishes were amazing and my mimosa, bruschetta, and crime brûlée were perfection! Made for a great “date brunch” scene! Willl be back!

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KH
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Took a group of 10 on a business trip and had a great evening. The staff is awesome, very friendly, very attentive. I had caprese and chicken piccata. The chicken was excellent but caprese really needed balsamic.overall everyone enjoyed the food and fun time. We will be back next time we are in Raleigh.

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r
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

service was really slow we spent 2 and 1/2 hours was am awful experience never come back

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CB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Restaurant week experience. Food delicious. Good waiter and service. Parking is always a problem at north hills but valet is available

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Participated in the first North Hills Restaurant Week and attended with my husband. We’ve dined at Mia Francesca’s several times before and this was a similar experience: quiet, pleasant, and an overall enjoyable time! Our meals were delicious and the staff was friendly, as always.

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OT
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just rediscovered Mia Francessa after having a mediocre meal years ago. So glad we gave it another visit. The service was professional yet personable and the salmon and warm lentil salad, ceasar salad and shrimp were outstanding. I always enjoyed Mia Francesa in Naplerville whenever in Chicago and feel the existing staff hold their own. Raleigh is lucky to have this restaurant! A great lunch for business or a romantic dinner on the patio.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding wonderful, especially our server as she coul not have been more pleasant or delightful!!!
When in the area again, we shall return.....

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D
Raleigh
33 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Honestly a little disappointed.... just moved to Raleigh from NY so my standards for Italian food are high. Have yet to find great Italian food in Raleigh..... this place has nice ambiance and friendly, attentive staff. It’s worth a try.

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LL
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service. Price was reasonable for quality. I escorted co-workers from UK and they really enjoyed it.

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DH
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the North Hills Restaurant Week. Lunch was delicious and will definitely be back.

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service from the staff. We also liked the location and environment but the food was only so-so.

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TF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Special occasion for a party of nine. Nothing more could be done to make us feel welcome and special. Great food, service and seating. Thanks, Mia Francesca, we now have a spot for a once a month 'get together' club! Please keep the salmon and those divine potatoes on the menu and you will have a friend for life!

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E
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Lasagna special promotion. Food and service were exceptional.

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OT
Raleigh
116 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed Sunday lunch but had lots of breakfast dishes on menu which was appreciated. Lasagna was wonderful.

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RR
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Went to Mia Francesca with 2 friends for Sunday brunch. We had 4 Mimosas but were all charged for 5. The service was so bad it wasn't worth the $2 to wait for them to change it. We waited 10-15 minutes every time we ordered a drink as we watched our waiter chit chat with the manager and other servers for minutes before he decided to go make them (we had a view of the bar), mind you the restaurant was half empty and not remotely busy, perhaps this was a pre-cursor to what our experience would be like. Ordered the eggs Benedict which was overcooked and came out cold as well. Not once while we were eating did our server come see how anything was, we had to flag him over just to get another mimosa. Would not recommend this spot.

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LC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was FANTASTIC! A favorite restaurant of ours. Our server Dawn was very attentive and when my filet was slightly undercooked, she happily took it to the kitchen to cook longer. It came back just the way I wanted! Delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent and truly enjoyable meal. Will be back!

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k
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Very slow service. Took 20 minutes to get a server to the table. Then another 15 minutes for someone to take our dinner order. Food was good. Service was slow

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bar tender was great, ate at the bar, great wine list!

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IT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I always enjoy my meal at Mia Francesca's but recently decided to participate in the Sunday Spaghetti event and was terribly disappointed. The food was good, but portions were disgustingly small. When we inquired about it, the customer service shown was non-existent to say the least. The profit margin on pasta is pretty high in general so surely they can spare some more spaghetti in those family style bowls and more than 2 small meatballs a person. I would not return for a Spaghetti Sunday but would return another night for a meal.

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MR
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was really on his toes. Everything was great!

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K
New England
96 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised how good this Italian food was! Wonderful flavors of garlic. Just the right amount of sauce on on perfectly cooked pasta. Great job chef.

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TF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

In Raleigh for weekend we tried this place on reviews. We loved the food! What a delicious meal. The service was fantastic after dining in we sat outside for drinks and we all went back to NY saying what a great meal we all had. Recommend the herb chicken out of this world delicious!

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CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant a lot. Definitely a must go.

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JM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Have been to your holiday special buffets 3 or 4 times now. First time was wonderful and great selections and great service. Each time since both the all around quality and quantity of selections have diminished. Yesterday was the worse. Husband did say that prime rib and chicken dishes were good. Dirty dishes stayed on table forever even though server passed by our table multiple times and never stopped to pick them up. When coffee was served it was practically thrown at us and not placed on my proper side. Drinks we ordered were very good but mine was definitely not a Southern Comfort Manhattan and definitely overpriced. Server never told us about the Fathers Day special you were offering of free Mimosa or Bloody Mary for Dad. Overheard another table from another server after we had ordered our drinks which took forever to come to table. Took forever for server to come and acknowledge our presence once we were seated and it was definitely NOT busy at 12:15. Each time we passed buffet table there were several slices of bacon on floor which should have been picked up immediately. Can't tell me no server noticed them. Could have caused a terrible accident if one slipped on them with plates of food in their hands. I'm not sure I can give you folks another shot. Feel bad because the area has many restaurants to choose from but husband loves to have special holiday buffet style offerings and not too many do it for the holidays. Please try to up your game. Appreciated the $10 off for Father's Day but still spent over $100 to be disappointed.

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WA
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience overall was wonderful. Good service, great food.

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DL
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We went for Father's Day and I was disappointed by the overall experience. The food was very good - but this was more around the service we received - or didn't receive. We were greeted by our server - however she did not wish the Dad's at the table Happy Father's Day - nor did she share the free mimosa/bloody mary special. After we ordered our drinks - when she finally came back to deliver them - I asked about the $12 bottomless mimosa special. She indicted that they do not do that anymore and mimosa's were $7/each. I was shocked - especially given one of the reasons I chose this spot was for the drink special. We also noticed that on the chalk board in front of the restaurant it said $2 mimosa's on Sunday - however, that was false advertising - given that was not the case either. Our server was not attentive and did not make us feel welcome or special. We love brunch however, we won't be back to MF based on this experience.

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AS
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I've said before that they have the best chicken parm I've ever had, but this time I didn't even want to keep eating it. It was a bit tough, and not much flavor. Great bread, but the dipping oil was a little spicy. Our server was not very attentive, and had to ask 3 times to bring more tea, even after we got our check, like he thought we would just leave since we paid. He didn't have a very attitude and almost seemed like we were bothering him, as he wouldn't even look at us when he came right next to us to take other orders.
The ambiance was great, we ate outside where they had fans blowing and nice lighting. Unfortunately there was a service truck right beside us for about 90% of our meal, but it was nice when it finally left. Love people watching while sitting outside.

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G
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was very mediocre. There are much better Italian restaurants in north Raleigh.

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R
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Really great food and excellent service. Parking is readily available.

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GF
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Took my niece and 8 others for dinner after graduation. Food was what I would call GENERIC. Everyone ordered a salad but no crackers or bread on the table. Three different people asked if bread would be served. Finally received the bread after third request. We have eaten some better dishes from Costco. Sorry but cannot recommend and will not be going back. My wife and I dine out 5-6 days a week all year so we know what is good and not so good.

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f
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Salmone alla Fresca was delicious!!!!!!!!! Would definitely recommend restaurant to friends. Would love to have that dish again sometimes.

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SA
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is always good but serving size was extremely small compared to other times we have dined here. I order the special (which I don't normally do) but it was not worth the price based on the serving size that I received.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I went there for restaurant week so the three-course meal was incredible as a value. However even without the discount the meal was exceptional. The salad was topped with fresh salad dressing and did not taste like the factory greens you typically get. The salmon was a unique twist on a healthy dish that used fresh and healthy ingredientsTo make it even more tasty.

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C
Raleigh
29 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We went for lunch on a Sunday. Waiter was overwhelmed with a large table so we didn’t get personal service. Food was good as always but the portions were smaller than normal. We enjoy the food and ambiance. Hopefully the service will be improved next time.

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JP
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Good Food, Price and Service overall. The ambiance was great and location is perfect.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time and the food was to die for.

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