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About Mia Francesca

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 three concepts across 33 locations and four states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 23 Francesca’s Restaurants, five Davanti Enoteca, and five Glazed and Infused locations.

3311 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Brunch:
Saturday: 11:30am-3pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday 3:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday 3:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
School Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 281-3310

Website:
http://www.miafrancesca.com/locations/profile/mia-francesca-lakeview

Catering:
Full Mia Francesca's Catering menu is available on our website. Please call the restaurant for more details.

Parking Details:
Street parking is available.

Public Transit:
CTA Red Line Belmont station 2 blocks west - #22 Clark Street bus in front of restaurant - #8 Halsted, #36 Broadway and #77 Belmont bus lines are within walking distance.

Executive Chef:
Jesse Guerra

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Mia Francesca has several private and semi-private dining spaces to choose from. If you'd like to speak with someone about booking an event please call 773-281-3310 extension 21.

Private Dining

Our private rooms are ideal for corporate or social functions, can accommodate up to 75 guests, or for smaller groups of 15. Our extensive wine list is available for private functions and we encourage you to allow our event handlers to help you make selections to compliment your menu and budget.

Mia Francesca Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Special Occasion (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
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Casual (20)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Good for Groups (16)
Authentic (15)
Fun (15)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Cozy (11)
Romantic (11)
Great for Brunch (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Business Meals (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
People Watching (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

We have been dining at Mia Francesca’s since 1993 - the early days! Went for a valentine’s Dinner and while it was easy to get and change our reservation, the atmosphere was just so so. We were seated upstairs (never even knew they had this option) and it just wasn’t the same ambiance as downstairs. The lighting and decor was just average. It felt like an afterthought. Service was excellent. My husband loved his meal, mine wasn’t my favorite I’ve had there but was solid. I was a bit disappointed unfortunately- but mostly in the atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Delicious food, excellent service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing cheese ravioli and beef carpaccio
So yummy

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·Dined 4 days ago

One of our all times favorites. We had our wedding reception upstairs. Love the food and the service! Always great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was tasty, and the prices were good. The place is VERY noisy, and the service was extremely slow. But it was packed, and, as mentioned, I liked the shrimp pasta.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, People Watching
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

It was wonderful! Very cozy atomsphere. Food was amazing. Waiters were so very helpful helping with our choices. We will certainly go back again!

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food, always dependable and just a great Chicago institution - they deserve to be around as long as they have, and we are lucky to have them.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Mia Francesca is definitely a family friendly restaurant, with ample seating space and many options on the menu. We came with a party of 6 and had enough space to share food and enjoy one another. In terms of food, I’ve had better Italian (though I’m a bit of a snob since my family is from there). It was good, just not the best I’ve had. I had the Rigatoni Siciliana, which was full of flavor. I also sampled the salmon, which was good as well. Their wine is is quite extensive and the waitress was helpful in choosing. All in all, it’s a good Italian restaurant, by far not the best I’ve eaten at, and great for a large party.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Mia Francesca is normally very crowded and loud. With the snow storm outside, the place was relatively empty which means you could converse with a date more easily. The food was very good but the service, despite being empty, wasn't up to par. We definitely had to flag down our server several times, pour our own wine and wished he would come back with more grated cheese.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I wanted to love this place, because the main restaurant is lively and has a great vibe and my spouse raved about the food from a previous visit. The reason I lowered the rating was because even though we had a reservation that we were on time for and even though there were plenty of open tables in the main restaurant, we were seated in the "coachhouse." We had to go past the bathrooms, out the door, and into a separate small building to enter this so-called coachhouse. I felt that we were being led to the outhouse which started the evening off on a sour note. Our server was courteous and I would consider him excellent. My pasta was just ok, but the rest of my family loved their food. I don't think I would come back as I think they seat people with children, even well-behaved ones, in the coachhouse and no one likes to feel that they are second-tier customers. We are all paying the same price regardless of where we are seated.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We've been going to Mia Francesca on Clark for over 20 years...always a terrific experience! Food is consistently outstanding. It's our favorite place!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I arrived a few minutes late and they were absolutely cool with seating me. Our server George was a friendly helpful fellow. Go with a friend and have the Sloppy Sundae for dessert. Check their specials--they bring fun variety to the menu.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was great service great. Tables were so close together it made it very hard to get up to use restroom. Backs of my sons chairs were butted right up to the tables behind them. Too squishy for comfort!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was very good. Service was Excellent. Good wine selection. Tables were very close. Had to look for a path to and from the bathroom and exit. Noise was very loud, could hear conversation next to us.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Stopped here for dinner before Blue Man Group show. Wonderful ambiance, great service and delicious food. And the best part - very reasonable. Strong recommendation!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I just recently went to Mia Francesca on Clark St. for a birthday dinner with 8 total people. I called ahead, made a reservation and brought up that it was a bday and the staff was awesome! Very friendly and helpful and the food was fantastic. They even brought out a few desserts for us all to share and discounted the tab! Would definitely recommend & plan on going back.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We hadn't been here in a while. Had a post-matinee dinner. Service was outstanding, food was reasonable and delicious. Table of four had a couple of pastas, the roasted 1/2 chicken, and a pizza. Everything was outstanding. We don't get to Wrigleyville too often, but definitely recommend for a great meal at a great price.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was great. Some table service was slow, and it was late only a couple of tables with diners. Example: entrees arrived and starter plates hadn't been cleared.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The restraunt was busy and a little louder when we arrived and they offered us a seat in the coach house. Service was quick and the food was delicious. This is my favorite Italian restaurant would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The food is always delicious here and the service is friendly and not intrusive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Our server did such a great job helping us pick a wine! The food was excellent. Will be back again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was New Years Eve and the place was packed. They ran out of the roasted chicken which is what we have every time we come here. 25+ Years !!! Big diappointment. The noise level was off the charts but it was Nye so It was fun. Waiter was Surprisingly attentive and fast considering the crowd. Ordered only appetizers and left but still had a good time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was a great choice for New Years Eve. The place had a fabulous vibe to it that night, frigid as it was outside. Warm and cozy, with an on-time reservation. Even though the place was abuzz with holiday crowds, the service was spot on. They just know how to do it! We had not been to this original Mia's in a very long time, but visit other locations, and again found great ambiance, service, and food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was only warm when it reached the table.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food, great environment. But unfortunately can't say the same about my server. Lucky she had a great support staff to back her up.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was a very cold day in Chicago. We were seated by the door and was quite chilly when other guests entered. Otherwise a wonderful meal. Great food and service!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Delicious food & friendly staff!! They gave us the cutest baby bib (as we are expecting). Thanks Mia Francesca!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The service was very good, the menu had a nice variety and the food was good but it was just too loud. Not a good place for conversation.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Unpleasant experience. Cook and waiters were screaming at each other. Food was cold. Very disappointing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I love going to Mia Francesca! The staff are genuinely happy people who always make an effort to say hi and make my hubby and I feel special. We bring our kids with us and go there for date night too. The food is always fresh and they have the best lava cake!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our server is a professional. She made us feel relaxed while we "tasted" the wine. She had great suggestions on what we should try. Overall, the food is delicious, the ambiance is just right, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

I love this place and would recommend it to anyone.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

After our annual trek to the Loop for Christkindle Market and shopping at Macy's and Michigan Ave., we had an early dinner at Mia Francesca, one of our favorite Chicago restaurants. The service was outstanding, as was all of the food we ordered.

Even though we had more than enough to eat, we split a "Sloppy Sundae" for dessert! YUM!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Mia Francesca never fails to accommodate requests for special seating, or modifications for dishes due to dietary restrictions. My favorite spot for a date night with my hubby and a great place for us to bring our kids too. Special eggplant salad and pork chops were too die for. Thank you Mia Francesca!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Reservations were able to be made on line. We were early and allowed to be seated before all arrived.
Food was excellent. Service was attentive and timely w/o being bothersome or pushy.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Disabled Access
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Mia Francesca's never disappoints! Always a great meal and atmosphere for any occasion.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Really good food. Attentive service. Waiter was there but never hovering. Only down side was that tables are jammed together and room was really loud. Seemed like a lot of locals. Really great to allow modification of ingredients. Located close to Briar Theater.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

It was okay. Food was tasty and prepared well and served hot. Service was neglectful. Tables are too close to each other and it’s loud

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The service at Mia Francesca was amazing! Belli was our server and was able to share all the seasonal ingredients on the menu. He helped explain all the choices and make recommendations. The manager was amazing, she was kind and checked in on our meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

One of my favorites. Always consistent and have been going since 1996.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Enrique was a fabulous waiter. We enjoyed our time there and will come back regularly. My wife is from Italy and we enjoyed the authentic menu and atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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