Mia Francesca

4.5
2150 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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KD
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating of our large group and great food! Very reasonable.

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a
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the best service. Always good but tonight was exceptional. It is always my “go to” and will always be!!

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k
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Mia Francesca is one of our longtime favorites. We had a Valentine's reservation and only waited a few minutes. Food is always excellent. Our server dropped the ball a few times (where's my wine?), but the young busboy was outstanding.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Long wait for a reservation, but it was Valentine’s Day so somewhat understandable. Food was great, service was surprisingly good considering the restaurant was over booked.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Too loud and over crowded. Tables to close together.

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BV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great the server was very knowledgeable and helpful food was good only downside is the seating it's a little too congested no privacy to even have a conversation

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EN
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had the four cheese filled pasta with vodka sauce. Amazing. Wish it came with more

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food but the ambience was a bit off. Very noisy and crammed inside of the restaurant but I will return because of the delicious food.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I’ve dined at Mia many times. This time, the food wasn’t great. Our fried calamari tasted fishy (not fresh) and my rigatoni pasta was really mediocre. I brought a date and was a bit embarrassed. Not sure if they have a new chef?
The service and ambience was good.

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P
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I always love going to Francesca’s because of their food and wine selection. I was happy that the host took us upstairs instead of staying in the lower level. It can be very loud and too tight!
Service was good and food was great. Nothing extraordinary but always consistent

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager was extremely nice and accommodating (forget the gentleman's name - he was working on 2/9 Saturday evening at Clark location).

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating 1yr anniversary and couldn’t have asked for a better experience from food to service to ambiance. Will definitely be returning.

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N
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food (loved the fried artichoke appetizer) and great service. Will be back. Recommended

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h
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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C
St. Louis
38 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific meal with good friends. Arancini, risotto, salads, pasta and desserts were delicious and wonderful. Service was impeccable. We were visiting from St. Louis and hope to return to Mia Francesca again.

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ER
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Huge portions. Good deal for Restaurant Week, but I don't recommend the chocolate lava cake or the salad. Go for the tiramisu and the soup instead.

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Milwaukee
70 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The original Francesca's and still knocking it out of the park!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tom our server was fantastic as was the food!

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ET
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistantly excellent food! Small menu but haven’t EVER chosen anything not very good or delicious. Loud, seats close together, have met many a fellow diner. Despite everything, food is ALWAYS good!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fantastic. The service was just a bit slow getting started but nothing horrible. Definitely recommend this place to anyone.

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TC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you so much for making my birthday celebration absolutely wonderful! The bruschetta was the best I've ever had anywhere and how amazing where the dinner choices we had. We ended up giving up our table to sit at the bar and were treated absolutely the best ever. We then went to see the Blue Man Group and after the show decided that we just loved the atmosphere and the way that we were treated that we came back to have a drink before heading home and the conversation as well as special moments with your staff just warmed my heart and made me decide that no matter how far away it is to drive by you it will definitely be worth the wild. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to your staff for making it the most memorable place ever!

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g
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Mia Francesca and our most recent dinner there was no exception. The restaurant was very busy when we arrived, but our server quickly filled our initial drink order and let us linger a bit before ordering. The burrata salad special was an outstanding starter. The pasta special, featuring a variety of cheeses, also was outstanding. The calamari appetizer, which we ordered as a main course and typically is very, very good, was a little heavily breaded. When we casually mentioned that to our server after the meal, the restaurant graciously comped us on that item--which was totally unnecessary, as we had eaten it. That is just one example of how attentive Mia Francesca is to its customers. And the Zabligione dessert, which was recently added to the menu, was an excellent finisher to our meal. The service was outstanding, the ambiance energetic and friendly, the evening very enjoyable. Mia Francesca is on our regular rota of Chicago restaurants and will stay there.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family gathered for brunch to celebrate my birthday. The variety of brunch options was fantastic. The food was delicious, consistant as always, and I felt special. I look forward to my next visit.

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SS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor service, waiter disappeared for 20 minutes, waived him down several times. Why does it take 35 minutes for your appetizer?

After about 40 minutes we were told the lobster special was no longer available. It was about 8PM, kind of early to run out of something.

Her substitute dish was a poor choice. Don't remember its name put it was pasta with some vegitables, had olives. It was extremely salty. Chef, there are salt shakers on the table we know how to shake them. :)

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were visiting from out of town, a wonderful little neighborhood gem and our kids (age 10 and 7) enjoyed it as well.

Thanks!

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went here for a friend's birthday dinner and it was a great meal!

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CF
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Packed in like sardines. Squished with others. Loud. Grouchy waiter that night. He wasn't happy to be there. We are from out of town and were looking forward to the evening and a wonderful dining experience. The food was enjoyable but will try somewhere different next time.

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RB
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

I suppose really good food (and it WAS) probably makes up for the fact that we were jammed in like the proverbial sardines. The net effect, however, was to make us feel like this restaurant is just going to SQUEEZE every last dollar out of their customers.

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

I came here for dinner with a few friends and everything was fantastic! The server was attentive and very helpful in suggesting menu items for us. Food was fantastic and we loved the lively atmosphere. Definitely will return!

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

Other than getting hit by opposing waiters and bus boys multiple times the food was great. Small space for party of 2

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PP
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Terrible service.
Food was not up to par with Italian restaurant

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f
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

food was okay, nothing to rave about. wine selection was nice

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A
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish I had gone here sooner! We live in the neighborhood and pass Mia Francesca so often that I decided to make a NYE reservation. They were even very accommodating when I called to increase the number of people in my party. The food was spectacular and the wine was wonderful. They had a great gluten-free menu for the member of our party who was GF. My fiance and I just got back from Italy a month ago and were craving authentic Italian cuisine - Mia Francesca did not disappoint!

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R
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

New Years with boyfriend!

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience before going to see Blue Man Group. Everything we ordered was very delicious.

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MH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good, seating was lacking...kept having my chair and back banged into by waitstaff and bus boys.

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DP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was awesome! Great food and ambiance!! Our waiter was very attentive.

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ES
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood pkace. Enrique, our waiter, was outstanding. We will be back again soon!

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GH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Nice ambience. One of the specials was just so so. Everything else was great.

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J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful food, risotto was delicious. Pizza and pasta very good. Staff very welcoming and attentive.

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