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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (54)
Good for a Date (44)
Special Occasion (36)
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Authentic (32)
Casual (30)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Comfort Food (22)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Good for Groups (22)
Romantic (21)
Fun (20)
Cozy (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Kid-friendly (14)
Business Meals (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Bar Seating (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Seasonal (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
People Watching (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Sports (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

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 7, 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 5, 2017

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

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 5, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It was very very loud. The tables are close together so don't go with anyone who has hearing issues. The food was fair, nothing amazing.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Mia Francesca's is a favorite of mine, my husband's, and son's. They are great to accommodate special requests in the meal as well as for seating. The holiday gift certificate deal is excellent and we would recommend doing that! Buy $100 in gift certificates and get a @25 bonus card to use in January, February & March.

Tags: Comfort Food, Spicy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

All around excellent! A bit of a cramped space, but workable with everything else so good....food, service, etc.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Another great experience at my favorite neighborhood spot!

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Romantic, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food and service were superb and reasonably priced. Noise level made conversation very difficult especially for older ears. Would not eat in again but would do take out. The solution would be easy and not all that expensive -- sound absorbing materials on the ceiling and walls. We will check out other Francesca locations to see if any convenient ones provide quieter surroundings.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Last minute res got us a table for three at 8:00 on a Sat night. Place was packed and we were squished into a center room table, but that adds to the fun of this place that’s been around since the 90’s. Cosmos- !!! Food very good. Linguine was perfect as was the sauce, but the meataballs were almost gamey. Took the leftovers home-better the next day. Lively. Fun. A neighborhood staple

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was good but the place is too noisy. Also, a couple nearby us just moved to another table because they couldn’t move. It was very crowded.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

A great restaurant but way too many tables very tight very crampeddifgicultvyo have a conversation

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Mia Francesca is perfect for all occasions! It’s like going to the Cheers bar. Everyone knows your name and they do everything possible to make it a memorable evening!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Fun, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Cozy, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Live Sports, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Annual Birthday dinner!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Lively atmosphere. Eclectic crowd and amazing delectable pastas. They serve large portions. We had butternut squash tortalacci dont know how to spell! But best ever! Bus people a bit too efficient as they cleared wine that still had some in it. Also kept interrupting great conversation. Thus the 4 star! Still highly recommend as you wont be disappointed in the experience!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Mia Francesca is where we go to eat before a Cubs game! We love the room and the food is always good. As a bonus they have valet parking!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Outstanding place for dinner and drinks. Service is excellent and food is 5 stars and very reasonably priced. Manager David is friendly and eager to make your experience wonderful. Ralph

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Absolutely fantastic meal!! One of our best dining experiences ever!!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We dined at Mia Francesca before going to see a show at Briar Street Theater. While our table wasn't great (right in front of where the wait staff picks up the plates) it was an exciting vibe due to the Cubs game on the two bar TVs and a full dining room.
The tables are very close together, and I give a lot of credit to the wait staff for maneuvering well between the tight tables, kitchen, and bar area.
The food was very good and reasonable for our group of 5.
It wasn't our first time at Mia Francesca, and we will for sure return!

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We arrived at 5:30p and got a cozy table in the back. The service
Was great. We had the calamari to start, the arugula salad and the bucatini special. Homemade pasta! Yum! We had the pistachio cream puffs for dessert! They were out of this world. Don't miss this place! Absolutely, wonderful! You will need a reservation.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Good food, as usual, but overwhelming fish smell upon entering the restaurant. If we weren't pressed for time, likely would have dined elsewhere. Not what we were expecting at an Italian restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Romantic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great place for Italian comfort food. Fresh, appealing plates!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Good food and a nice, small restaurant ambience BUT when I ordered a dish with no nuts, and it came with nuts (mixed in, not simply on top), that's a problem. Not fatal for me, but perhaps for some...

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great consistent food. Nothing fancy, just a great meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food was good and server was very pleasant. We were unhappy with the noise level. Difficult to converse. This would probably keep me from returning in the future.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Good always great but seats by kitchen a bit challenging.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food here is always great. Our service tho was awful. The waiter took our drink order then came back to the table 4 times to ask us again what we wanted. Mind you there was only 2 of us. When the drinks came they were wrong. The wrong food was delivered to our table. When the correct food came I order a glass of wine - it came about 15 minutes later. Not sure what the issue was but the service was laughable.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We took our daughter here with a group of friends for her 16th birthday and everything was just perfect, from the food to the service and the entire restaurant chimed in on Happy Birthday. The salmon is always fabulous and the chocolate lava cake is to die for.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Probably the best pork chops I’ve had years. Asked the kitchen to make their great fresh green bean salad which they did.

Only down side with a good waiter was that he spent more time conversing with his friends in his station than taking care of his other tables.

Would come back

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 20, 2017

We were surprised at the mediocrity of the cooking. The beef carpaccio had very little flavor (and seemed a low-grade cut of beef). The tortilacci was chewy and cream sauce very thin (not creamy but watery). The pasta with Bolognese had hardly any meat in it. So sorry--we think the room is cozy/cute if a bit too noisy, and we wanted to like the food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This is one of my all-time favorite restaurants. The menu was spectacular! I especially enjoy whether that allows outdoor dining. The inside dining room can be very loud.
Save room for dessert because their desserts are fantastic also!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Romantic
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Always amazing. It's never disappointed. Fantastic.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Dinner before Cubs game. This is our Go-To spot that never disappoints.

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vip
 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on September 13, 2017

My third meal in 5 days and sadly, I must return to California, or I would be back for more!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 12, 2017

The service is always excellent. The kitchen will split dishes you want to share. Good atmosphere and a very friendly and comfortable place to dine.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Cozy, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food was ok but not something we loved. The tables are close together and the noise level is so loud you can't hear those at your table. Service was good.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Mia Francesca's is a favorite place to meet friends for brunch or lunch. They don't rush you
and the noise level is low so you can actually have a nice conversation in a pleasant room.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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