Mia Francesca

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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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KA
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our sever was fabulous, Jered make the evening great. I will say very disappointed that there is no valet service .with a large group I’ll have to pick another restaurant next time that has valet service.

P
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Drinks were not made well and one appetizer with ham & hit pepper wasn’t prepared well. The mussels were great.

NH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time, food was amazing! Service was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great night. Drinks at the bar and leisurely meal after.

JG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Nice drink and wine menu. Will definitely go back!

Mia Francesca
Responded on January 13, 2020

Thank you for the review Jane!

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M
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, vibrant atmosphere!

Mia Francesca
Responded on January 12, 2020

Thank you for the review Michael!

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DW
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Every Francesca’s I’ve ever been to has been terrific food and service. It was not crowded but only one waitress for the entire room so she was running.

It was a quick birthday lunch for the closing of birthday week! Came for $10 spaghetti day...wonderful

Mia Francesca
Responded on January 12, 2020

Thank you for the review Deborah!

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F
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Staff was gracious trying to accommodate but the place was a zoo ... not relaxing or enjoyable .. way over booked. People want to relax on a holiday NYE and it was awful .. people standing between tables etc . Out at the coach house the bartender had no ability to fix drinks and wait at the same time .. I love Mia and will return but this was a huge disappointment ! Never again for NYE

R
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New Years Eve dinner!

Mia Francesca
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you for the review Robert!

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a
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, the food and service were excellent. The main dining room can get very loud though. Its also tight quarters.

Mia Francesca
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for the review!

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c
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great meal to bring in the new year.

Mia Francesca
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for the review!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Jared our waiter was awesome! Nice, attentive, and funny. Wonderful service from the host to the bus bays... fantastic. The food was delicious as well :-)

Mia Francesca
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for great feedback! I'll be sure to share the compliment with Jared. He is our newest server!

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TD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience3

I don't know if the food was premade but it didn't taste great. the salad seemed as if it had been sitting with the dressing on it for quite a while. The pizza or the pasta didn't taste great . Definitely disappointed in the food but it was a nice atmosphere and busy for NYE.

JA
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and atmosphere! Brought our daughters, one of which is named Mia Francesca, and we had a great time!

K
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, ambience, service and value - I am a regular here for a reason. Great place for a meal with friends, family or a date.

Mia Francesca
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for the review!

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p
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Xmas Eve dinner, crowded of course but great food and service

Mia Francesca
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you for the review!

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SG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place to go Christmas Eve. Great food and service. It is a little noisy but that is to be expected.

Mia Francesca
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for the review!

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LO
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great staff! It was a wonderful dinner.

NR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience! Been going here for over 20
Years!!!!

Mia Francesca
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for the review Nichole! Here's to 20 more!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter and the manager were awesome. One pizza came out wrong and it not only was corrected immediately but they took it off out bill! And it was our mistake!!! We needed to get to a show and they got us in and out without it seeming rushed!

Mia Francesca
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for the review! We look forward to serving you in the future!

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AZ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very authentic - “approved!” By my Italian friend!

Mia Francesca
Responded on December 20, 2019

Thank you for the review Alex!

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DJ
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great neighborhood place. Excellent food and friendly efficient service. I would recommend this place.

Mia Francesca
Responded on December 18, 2019

Thank you for the review!

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DD
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service was a little slower than I would have liked, but the food was good, it looked beautiful with the christmas decorations and me and my family had a great time

Mia Francesca
Responded on December 18, 2019

I'm sorry about the less than ideal service. We appreciate the honest review. We hope to serve you again soon.

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P
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were early and seated immediately. Families were together and enjoying themselves. Reminded me of the Italian restaurant I frequented as a child with my family. The food was delicious and one of the best Calamari I have ever had. Very accommodating, my daughter was not feeling the menu so they made up what she had a taste for. Our waitress was outstanding and we wIll definitely Be back.

Mia Francesca
Responded on December 10, 2019

Thank you for the review Phillio! We hope to see you again soon!

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D
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going to Mia's since it opened years ago. The restaurant is always consistently good. I love the bruschetta with ricotta for an appetizer. I also like the pea pod salad which isn't on the menu anymore, but they will still make it for you! All the pastas are delicious!

Mia Francesca
Responded on December 10, 2019

Thank you for the review Debbie! As always, if you don't see anything on the menu that speaks to you, just ask and we will ALWAYS try to accommodate. If we have the product in house, Chef Jesse will gladly make it for you. We hope to see you soon!

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On of my favorite restaurants. So glad it is in my neighborhood.

Mia Francesca
Responded on December 10, 2019

Thank you for the review!

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BB
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still my favorite Italian restaurant after all these years.

Mia Francesca
Responded on December 10, 2019

Thank you for the review Ben!

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EC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

My wife and I took her sister to the restaurant for her birthday. It was a very enjoyable experience.

Mia Francesca
Responded on December 7, 2019

Thank you for the review!

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SA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Everytime we are in Chicago we always visit Francesca and are never disappointed. Food is delicious, staff is friendly, detailed and go out of their way to make you feel apart of the family. A Chicago must!!!!

Mia Francesca
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you for the great review Stephanie!

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KF
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service.. really good food

Mia Francesca
Responded on November 30, 2019

Thank you for the review Karen!

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GW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful place for all occasions. I highly recommend going, especially if you're looking for a gluten free dining experience.

Mia Francesca
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you for the review Gwendolyn!

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CB
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Nice ambiance mediocre food not so great value for the price. You can find better options

DT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience3

I attempted to purchase $300 in gift cards two days prior to our reservation. That was a disaster! After three attempts and two conversations with “Jim” at the Francesca’s central number, it was suggested that I purchase them at the restaurant on the day of our reservation. Apparently, the cards can’t be used for 24 hours. Our waitress was excellent but the portions were small. At least if I had been able to purchase the gift cards I would’ve been willing to try again with the bonus gift cards. At the cost of 343.00 plus tip, not including any alcohol, it was disappointing.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful time celebrating my wife’s birthday.

Mia Francesca
Responded on January 12, 2020

Thank you for the review!

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LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed dinner before the Blue Man Group... excellent food and service. Kid friendly and still fine dining. Service was outstanding! Would definitely recommend and we will be back. Thank you!

Mia Francesca
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thank you for the review!

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F
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Poor service for lunch; only four tables were full. Pasta was mediocre.

AF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Staff was friendly and the atmosphere is nice, but I used to love their food. Recently it seems like the menu changed and the pasta is now just okay.

Mia Francesca
Responded on November 25, 2019

Hi Anne Marie, I'm sorry to hear about your less than ideal experience during your last visit. We are always trying new recipes as well as maintaining our staple items that we have become known for. Our menu does change on a monthly basis so I hope you give us another opportunity in the future. If you do not see something that you want on the menu feel free to ask the server what you are craving. If we have the ingredients in house we will always try to accommodate. Thank you, Peter

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H
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food. A bit slow on service.

Mia Francesca
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thank you for the review!

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C
Cincinnati
33 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My veal entree was delicious and my wife enjoyed her risotto, which came in a very generous portion. Service was attentive despite the busy evening in the restaurant. We also enjoyed the house-made limoncello. We hope to return soon.

Mia Francesca
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thanks Catdog, We hope to serve you again in the future!

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B
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Concern with service: one of our party received her meal a good ten minutes before the remaining three of us had ours. The place wasn't that busy but the help seem a little disorganized.

Mia Francesca
Responded on November 23, 2019

Thank you for the honest feedback. Can you please contact me directly as I would like some further details. My cell is (312) 810-5529. Thank you, Peter Mounayer General Manager

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