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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Des Moines
75 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went on a Sunday during their brunch before a 3:00 theater event. The meal was excellent! Hubby got the ravioli and I got the lemon chicken. Both were delicious and generous portions. We each got a $5 bloody Mary which were also very good. The waiter was very friendly. We thought the prices were very reasonable for the quality and quantity of the meal. The only down side is that the tables are close together and when busy it can get noisy, but we will definitely go back.

LP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a sure bet for a delicious meal! We have been coming here for nearly 20 years and it never disappoints!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Me and boyfriend love it here. The food is amazing (especially the pasta dishes!) and the wine selection is always great. We came for our little anniversary celebration during Valentine’s weekend. It was busy but the staff was amazing and food came out promptly.

The black truffle pasta (a special during Valentine’s weekend) was TO DIE FOR. Pleaseeeee make this a regular dish because I don’t know if I can live without it for another year!

k
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

We love Mia Francesca and dine many times throughout the year. The food and service was excellent. We dined late and I eat slowly so few tables were there at the end. I understand everyone want to leave, but it was so noisy (and it’s a noisy place) with guys disassembling the tables.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Food is incredible. Service was great. Will definitely be back!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Truffle pasta for vday was insanely amazing!

ER
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fabulous valentine's day meal and wonderful service

LD
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and environment !!!
Grazie mille!

B
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Valentine’s Day

CV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite of ours for over 20 years. Excellent food! Thank you

DT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, drinks and service! Always a treat!

NE
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for dinner after an evening show at nearby theater. 2/3 people in our party ordered a special with drink, app, entree and dessert however wait staff also included dessert on the house for 3rd person in the party that hadn’t gotten dessert.

i
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jordan was a delight. He gave a great description of the specials off the top of his head with his own personal touches. I was being finicky (I know, not a good look) and requested a taste of one of the wines they had on special, which he happily provided. We both got the featured red wine and received a generous “small” pour.

The table bread and olive oil is too good as it’s easy to eat the whole loaf! We started with the Insalata della Casa appetizer and it was sooooo good. My friend and I kept saying after every bite how delicious it was. Move over Brussels sprouts, this artichoke app is the new game in town! Entrees were awesome. I loved my pasta with sausage and veggies. I’ve had it the past three times I’ve been there and I can never remember the name of the dish but it’s excellent. Pasta is cooked perfectly al dente.

For dessert we split the flourless chocolate lava cake and added an extra scoop of vanilla ice cream. It hit the spot along with my espresso martini.

Meal was plenty filling and we both took leftovers home and it didn’t break the bank. Will be back again!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tom was amazing!!! Very friendly and attentive! Service was great as well as the food! Definitely will be back!

BC
Cleveland
27 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Energetic and noisy as it was crowded and tight seating but the food and drink are worth it.

Mia Francesca
Responded on February 4, 2020

Thank you for the review Bob!

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night spot! The food and service are always fantastic - highly recommended.

Mia Francesca
Responded on February 4, 2020

Thank you for the review!

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CH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Good welcome as we got in. It was restaurant week, so we got a good taste of what their food is about. Very solid Italian-American stuff, and good wine list too.

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service and quaint little restaurant. I would recommend it to anyone!!

Mia Francesca
Responded on February 2, 2020

Thank you for the review Justin!

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KA
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
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.

Mia Francesca
Responded on January 24, 2020

Thank you for the review Kerry Ann. In regards to Valet, we have it every Friday and Saturday night as well as every home Cubs game. If you decide to come back on a Sunday night there is ample street parking an School Street is free after 3pm.

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P
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

Mia Francesca
Responded on January 24, 2020

Thank you for the review Pete. If anything is not to your liking please let us know and we will surely correct it. Feel free to ask for me by name, Peter Mounayer. Cheers

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NH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Mia Francesca
Responded on January 24, 2020

Thank you for the review Nicole!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

Mia Francesca
Responded on January 24, 2020

Thank you for the review!

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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
26 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
13 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
16 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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