Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Today
Time
7:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 54 times today
Special offers available. See details

Mia Francesca

4.6
1933 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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.
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Italian, Wine Bar
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Mon 3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue 3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed 3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu 3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
----------------------------------------------------------
Brunch:
Saturday: 11:30am-3pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(773) 281-3310
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Jesse Guerra
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Catering
Full Mia Francesca's Catering menu is available on our website. Please call the restaurant for more details.
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
School Street
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
Street parking is available.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
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.
icon/ic_special_eventsCreated with Sketch.
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.
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

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.

View Private Dining Details

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Show Mom some Amore! Book your mother's day reservations with us today. Regular menu and specialty dishes will be offered.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1933 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
3.0Dined 7 days ago

Good/Fine experience. Good-great service, but everyone's pasta was overcooked and looked like it had sat a while before serving (noodles stuck together, film on sauce). Tasted fine, but nothing special. Just as satisfying as staying home unfortunately. I've dined here a few times and it's always a good standard italian restaurant and has never wildly impressed me. If the pasta wasn't overcooked then I'd come back!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 7 days ago

We love the food & dine there often however it is just so crowded. I feel like we are in the middle of multiple people’s conversations because the tables are so close.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Overall great great great.
Would have preferred downstairs seating.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Nice for Saturday brunch! Order the Mimosa carafe. Great value.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food is absolutely unbeatable in the fresh pasta is the best in the country. Always consistent, always professional, and always accommodating. It’s a great place to have fun with close friends… Not the perfect location for date night or romantic evening as it’s very crowded and loud… But, as myself and others agree… It’s an ambience of eating there as well. The papadelle noodles with the short rib was the best I’ve ever had.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Incredibly loud room. Could hardly hear my date. She had the same issue. Asked for 2 8 oz glasses of wine. Waiter suggested to get a bottle if we might have more. I said no. But he kept pushing the bottle to get the check up.

Very uncomfortable to keep saying no in front of a date. Salmon was great. But I’m never going back. No sound absorbing material in walls or ceiling. Guess the owners want to make it seem busy.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The food was great and we had great service. At least 3 different waiters came to our table and were very attentive.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Terrific place, excellent service and delicious food and beverage. Absolutely fabulous. One of my favorite places in Lakeview.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Love it, amazing food and service. Thanks for a great evening.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. I loved the pasta with red sauce.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We go here for family dinner, it’s the best!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was great. The bruschetta was amazing!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Always a great spot!

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We all thought the food was bad. My sea bass was overcooked

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Always solid. We have never left disappointed. Great service and well made drinks. Great specials everyday as well.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Mia Francesca's is a favorite of my family. We had purchased gift cards with $25 bonus cards back in December and this was one of the times we used the $100 gift card plus the bonus card. It provides a good value. My son and I shared the caesar salad and each had the traditional ravioli and both of us enjoyed them. He and I also shared the profiteroles, one of our favorites there. My husband had the Conchiglie alla Carrettiera and loved it.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We went here for a quiet birthday dinner for two. We were seated upstairs, which is fine. However, most of the 2-tops are very close to each other and unfortunately, we had two people next to us who had no concept of "inside voices" and we had to listen to their conversation most of the evening. But, our waiter was great, very attentive and pleasant. Our food was very good. My only desire is I wish there were a couple more pasta items that were prepared without cream. I am lactose intolerant so the choices are a bit limited.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Food and service were exceptional and look forward to dining with Mia Francesca, again. It was a bit noisy early on with good reason, Loyola made it to the final 4 and the game was on.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great service, excellent food, best neighborhood spot for top-notch, authentic Italian.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Delicious and fresh!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Great pasta and wine for a friends gathering. A little too noisy and "comfy/tight" to be romantic.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I used to live in the neighborhood and come here all the time. Was my first time back after 10 years. Got the lobster pasta special priced at $25. There was barely any lobster or sauce. I eat out a couple a nights a week-this was the worst meal I’ve ever had in terms of value for money. This dish was a joke.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great! Loved the portion size and the flavor!!

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

It was extremely noisy. Hard for wait staff to get through tables. Bar patrons kept knocking your chair. Also the noise from the kitchen clanging dishes was out of control.

Could not relax and enjoy my meal. I would not return to this Francesca’s.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I'm a big fan of the Francesca restaurants, but this was not a good experience. It was a beautiful Sunday we went out for brunch. All the other restaurants in the area had waits to be seated, Francesca's was empty, only 1 other table was occupied. The eggs benedict were way over cooked, almost hard boiled. They replaced them without a fuss. The fancy $11 martini was off tasting, undrinkable, but the waiter never noticed that and didn;t ask if there was a problem as to why it hadn't been drunk by the time we left. Overall, very disappointing for 1 of my favorite restaurant groups. I wouldn't go back to this location.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Went on Saturday for a family dinner. Sat a the bar waiting for everyone to arrive and was not hurried to sit down. Food was excellent as always. Only disappointment is they would not make Chicken Marsala due to being so busy. Next time...

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

While at Hamilton a local couple recommended Mia Francesca for the following night. We were visiting from Alabama and wanted something more "local" and off the tourist path and this was perfect. The staff is very friendly and accommodating from the moment you enter the restaurant. Great drink menu with some fun specialty drinks. We have a lot of Italians in the family so good authentic food is always abundant. Mia Francesca can keep up with the fam!!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Our meal was tasty and our cocktails were nice. But the best part was the customer service. One of our party had a food allergy, and the manager came over and had verified all the ingredients in each course of the meal and made sure to check with her before the plate was prepared. It was really encouraging that they took it so seriously, and it made our friend feel valued.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Delicious food and beverage, great ambiance, excellent service.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Celebrating my Bday with family and seeing the blue man group!
Our server was super friendly and knowledgeable of the menu and his nice recommendations.. he made sure we got to the show on time!
We eat at our Francescas in Saint Charles so I was so glad how consistent you are with the menu!!
I highly recommend your establishment when in Chicago!!

Cheers to amazing customer service! The Fran crew are superstars!!!!!!
We will be back!! And thank you for my bday dessert!!!
Perfect!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

We have dinner at Mia Francesca's every couple of months, and generally have been very happy with the food and service. They vary the menu periodically and we've always found something good and sometimes new to order. However, the ambiance, if you are even remotely interested in having a conversation at the table, is terrible. Very noisy around the 6pm hour, which is when we typically like to eat. This time we finished around 7:30 on a Sunday night and noticed that it was a bit quieter then. Also, this Sunday night around 6 brought in younger children (less than 2 yrs) who screamed a lot! When we commented to the receptionist about the noise, she said "yea, people either hate it or love it". Enough said.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Delicious food, excellent service.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing cheese ravioli and beef carpaccio
So yummy

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
49