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Mia Francesca

1901 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for a Date (25)
  • Special Occasion (25)
  • Neighborhood Gem (24)
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Saturday: 11:30am-3pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Monday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday 3:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday 3:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 281-3310
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jesse Guerra
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Full Mia Francesca's Catering menu is available on our website. Please call the restaurant for more details.
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Cross street
School Street
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Parking details
Street parking is available.
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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.
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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.
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

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.

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What 1901 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Along with four family and friends, I had a very enjoyable experience at Mia Francesca. We celebrated the 25th anniversary of the opening of the restaurant, at the original restaurant on Clark St in Chicago. Very friendly and helpful wait staff added to the very positive experience. The food was excellent. Because of the anniversary celebration, the prices on the entrees were more than reasonable (equivalent to the prices of 25 years ago), the speed of the service was very good, and the atmosphere was lively. This is my second time at Mia's on Clark, and there will be more. My friends said that was one of the best meals they ever had enjoyed.

bhaviland (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

We went for an early dinner with our 12 yr old son. They sat us in the coach house so it was nice and quiet. The food was reliable as always at Mia's. Our server was attentive but not overbearing.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Loud space, tight space, but perfect Italian vibe! Good it great. Servers are so nice!
Don’t go if you are looking for a quiet, private vibe.

RecentEater (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Good food and good service. Was a bit disappointed with the portion size on the veal, but besides that had a pleasant experience.

3.0  Dined 6 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Delicious food, excellent service.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing cheese ravioli and beef carpaccio
So yummy

PeggyS (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

Cdid (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

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.

NancyH (Chicago)
5.0  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!

carlyastremski (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 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.

vipJohn60613 (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 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.

vipladyinred (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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!