Mia Francesca

4.6
2250 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
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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KM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Always a local go to for Italian. Good food and service. I like the room as well. But caution - can be very loud.

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Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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BH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 1

The food was ehh not great!! Also the air conditioning was broken and we were sweating up a storm, made it very uncomfortable to be in the restaurant

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WM
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The A/C was not working on a 99 deg. day.
It was challenging to get settled and enjoy a nice meal. The waiter did a very nice job to help us get through the evening.

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Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always a great meal at Mia Francesca’s. You can’t go wrong with anything you order!

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CJ
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A nostalgic visit for us and our senior friends. Service was especially attentive. Food and ambiance were authentic old school Italian. Very fun!

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k
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mia Francesca never disappoints! The carpaccio appetizer, linguine al fagottaro and tiramisu were standouts for us on this visit! #fivestars

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DB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Dave is a Great waiter.

We reserve the table outside but apparently it was a party and didn’t matter because it was a great inside

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DC
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food. Some of the best Italian in Chicago. Great servers. Wonderful wine selection. Highly recommend the salmon or anything with their amazing red sauce. The chocolate torte is also extremely decadent and delicious.

My only gripe is their bread. It’s complimentary, but not to my liking — a bit dry and flavorless. Freaked me out a bit the first time we ate here — who wants to eat at an Italian restaurant with bad bread? But once you get past the bread, the food is great.

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

delicious italian inspired food. noisy, crowded, urban - luv it.

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BT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Birthday
It was noisy but the food was great and very cheap since it was a special day where all the prices were those of 1992!

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F
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always a reliable and enjoyable choice for fresh Italian fare at a reasonable price. The wine pour is a generous 8 oz pour too, although you can opt for a 4 oz pour as well. Mia Francesca is the original, but there are several locations throughout Chicago and they are all great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was amazing! Food was so delicious ❤️

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l
Chicago
152 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Mia Francesca's is one our favorite restaurants, although it's been months since we've been able to go there. New menu was great. The four of us had 4 different entrees - all excellent! I had a Quattro Stagioni pizza & Italian Wedge Salad, my son & his friend shared a Insalata di Asparagi, my son's friend had the Rigatoni dei Sardi, my son had another pasta dish and my husband had the pasta special of the night. We asked to be seated on the patio and it was a beautiful night to enjoy our surroundings. The only slight "glitch" was that our server was good but not very attentive. That was the only negative I would offer.

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DR
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Mia Francesca's is always a solid meal and dining experience. This place has a sometimes loud but cozy feeling upstairs the main dining room downstairs or a patio and back bar if it's nice out. My favorite location.

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m
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Reliably good.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

LOVE Mia Francesca... food is always amazing, as is the service and ambiance!

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were there to celebrate a birthday. The service and food never disappoint.

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g
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As always, the salads (burrata and asparagus selections), calamari, and pasta were outstanding. It is nice that the menu is always a little different each time we go--with wonderfully fresh ingredients, nicely prepared and presented dishes. The service is attentive but not intrusive. The dining room can be a touch noisy when there are large groups, but the atmosphere is always welcoming and fun.

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TT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good neighborhood standby. Traditional Italian fare.

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M
Western NC
34 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Overall a very nice place near Wrigley Field.
Food and service were great.
The only complaint is that they offered a deal on a bottle of wine and after the first bottle, told us they didn't have anymore. Why promote something with limited stock only to try to up sell you on the next bottle?
In their defense, they deducted the price difference on the second bottle so they handled it very well.

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GS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

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C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Good food, not great. Service was fine

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M
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been back

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our meals were fantastic! Calamari appetizer was extremely overcooked, so much that we could tell if there was anything inside the breading.

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FF
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always dependable place to go before Cubs game & sitting outside was beautiful....Finally!

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KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We went for Father's day and our server, I think his name was Scott, was outstanding! He was even so interactive with the kids. We had a fantastic time and will be back!

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LG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great especially our server Jonah who gave us great recommendations.

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Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great Father’s Day brunch. Food was very good and the ambience was excellent. Normally on an occasion, we would have expected to be rushed through the meal. It was a fun and leisurely gathering. Great value too.

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DC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food & service. Always consistent!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place. Had our reception here last year and came back to celebrate our 1st anniversary

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F
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Too noisy and main floor is so crowded

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TC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The pizza's were exceptional and the entrées very good. My only complaint is that some of the food was too salty.

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J
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A friend in from Dallas Cubs tickets for a Sunday evening game. A prefect plate of the salmon with asparagus avocado and tomatoes, our server recommended and wonderful Chardonnay from Washington that was on the specials. We were seated within seconds and had a great dinner before walking over to Wrigley. Next time I’ll ask for seats on the patio.

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T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

I was disappointed there wasn't a full menu of Italian food! We did have reservations at 2p.m. They had a limited brunch menu! I wanted soup and more pasta choices!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had brunch, the braised pork is seriously the best I’ve ever tasted. I ordered the braised pork hash, and then we ordered another bowl of pork. Foodgasm. Desserts are ridiculously good as well. Nice people, comfortable atmosphere- great Neighborhood restaurant.

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H
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Quality of food was excellent - very fresh and well prepared. My husband and I each had a salad and shared an entree. I had an arugula salad from the regular menu, and he had one from the daily specials menu (corn, tomato, red onion). We shared the gnocchi with pesto sauce and burrata - so delicious. Fresh bread with fresh basil in the oil were also served. Everything on the menu sounded amazing. If you are looking for a quiet, intimate dinner, Mia Francesca’s may be a bit noisy. Not an issue for us. We will be back soon!

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Really terrific food! Very friendly host staff and our waiter Todd was very enthusiastic and helpful.

Mia Francesca
Responded on 3 June 2019

Thank you for the positive review Thom! We look forward to serving you again!

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S
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great italian food, good service, and nice ambiance. Good price too. Love this place.

Mia Francesca
Responded on 1 June 2019

Thank you for the positive review Salvador!

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TM
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food and reasonable prices. Service and wait staff friendly and efficient. Over all a very happy customer here.

Mia Francesca
Responded on 1 June 2019

Thank you for the positive review Thomas!

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