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Francesca's By The River
Francesca's By The River

Francesca's By The River Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/restaurants/river/
  • Phone: (630) 587-8221
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Scott Harris - Chef de Cuisine: Blas Losoya
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please Call Our Event Coordinator Gabriela Barker at 1 888 937 9009 extension 153
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please Call Our Event Coordinator Gabriela Barker at 1 888 937 9009 extension 153

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Illinois
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Francesca's By The River
Francesca's by the River features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. The restaurant, located in beautiful downtown St. Charles, encourages the lively art of dining with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, simple cooking, friendly service and fair prices.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We have dined here several times and each time is as enjoyableor better! The staff didn't miss a beat with making sure we didn't want for anything. Promptly there to remove empty dishes, and I do mean empty, top off you water, or to your special request. Our wait person was wonderful! All wait staff sould be like this person. She knew the menu inside and out. She made very good sugestions when asked what she would recommend when we gave her several selections. She made our dinning very renjoyable and rememerable occasion. You can rest assured we will return....!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great service. Food very good - Alfredo sauce was delicious as was the bruschetta."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My husband and I have chosen Francesca's for "date-night" for over 10 years, and it never disappoints!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "A bit on the pricey side....large pasta portion, but hardly could locate the chicken that was part of the delicious dish. Appreciate the gluten free items on the menu for those who require it. Thanks so much for the special desert for our birthdays!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "My family has Celiac disease, and we eat strictly gluten-free. This was our second visit to this Francesca's, and we've had a great experience both times. Good GF menu, courteous service."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I had asked for a good table as it was my husband's birthday. We were given a prime spot and they brought a little birthday dessert at the end of our meal. Nice!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Very good food, but don't go here on a Weekend if you want a quiet place to enjoy someone's company and have a conversation. The service was average, good wine list :-), but a bit pricey for what the have in the cellar."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "First, the parking lot is small and was full, so I had to park a little bit away in the parking deck. When I walked in the hostess sat the three people in front of me and then came back and ignored me completely. She started working on something else and talking to another employee and finally the other employee noticed me and apologized for ignoring me. They sat me and I told them that I was waiting for one person. They said no worries let's get you a cocktail as you wait. I then proceeded to sit at the table with no water or cocktail. No waiter came by until my friend arrived about 10 minutes later. Finally we ordered drinks and they mixed them up and gave me his. The food ended up being pretty good but I don't think I will return."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We went for Father's Day about 6:00. The restaurant was pretty crowded, but the staff was on top of things and everything went smoothly. We had the fennel salad which was delicious and the salmon--outstanding, perfectly cooked on a bed of ratatouille-like veggies. We also enjoyed the fine bread, which was served with olive oil and butter. Nice to have a choice. The special dessert, an enhanced lemon tart, was very festive and delectable. We would recommend Francesca's as worth a trip to St. Charles. Do make reservations and note that the place is west of the river, on 2nd Street, not 2nd avenue. It is not actually on the river. Go early and walk around this delightful town, especially the walk by the river."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great service! Very good food. A fine dinner experience!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We were recommended this restaurant over the other iltalian places by a St. Charles local. Very good food, unique menu that changes daily/weekly so there is always a reason to come back and try something new! Service was quick, not overly bothersome but very attentive at the same time. I recommend! We spent around $60 for two entrees and two glasses of Avalon Cab Sauv, but we had spent that much on lesser quality food down the street the night before so it was worth the price for sure."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Our guests requested seating in the quiet back room. It was nice for conversation and dining."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great food and good service and ambiance. Parking can be an issue."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Food not as good as other Francesca's. Not enough parking. Lot of noise."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Always enjoy our time at Francesca's. Whether a quiet evening out as a couple or with family and friends, we always have a memorable experience. It's also the place where we celebrate special occasions; birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or just family time together. The food is great, the featured wines are always a treat, and the service is excellent. The staff is so welcoming, it feels like going home. A great neighborhood gem. Thanks to the Francesca staff for making our visits so special."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "People rave about this place. I wasn't very impressed with the food, nor was my date. I was able to convince the bartender to make me a mint julep which was the best I've had since being in New Orleans. The food did come out extremely fast, which was kinda of concerning as well. I was also told that it was a better place for lunch than dinner. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Timely delivery of the food. Food was well prepared. Menu was varied. Took quite a while to check out. While dining the restaurant got very busy."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Francesca's has good italian food. It's never over the top or anything to rave about but you can always expect a good service and food quality/preparation. Definitely better than most italian restaurants but they are not creating anything special or unique here."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great food and service. Will return for sure in the future!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I love the food, you never have to adjust the seasonings, salads are nice and crispy veggies, I will keep going back, special occasion or not."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I was initially thinking there would be a "river view" but I was sadly mistaken. Nevertheless, the food and service was wonderful. Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We took my Mom on Mother's Day and had a really nice time. We had a bottle of Prosecco which was reasonably priced. We all wanted salads for our starters and there were 5 or so to choose from. The 3 of us each ordered a different pasta dish for our entrees and all were delicious. The entrees were so large that we each took home about half! The dessert menu had about 9 selections, and the 3 we had were yummy! We all would go there again."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Our server took our drink order and then the bus staff brought us warm bread. We didn't receive any olive oil or cheese or anything for the bread except butter. We had to ask multiple times for olive oil - finally a bus boy brought one. (the other tables had theirs) Our food came out quickly which was great since it was crowded and busy for Mothers day. The kitchen must be running excellent. We all enjoyed our food. However the bus staff brought our food and the waitress NEVER came back to ask if we needed anything or ask how it was. (a pet peeve) We were out of drinks and needed refills and had to literally chase someone down. Then when it was time for dessert she threw the menus at us. We decided to have dessert elsewhere. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Although it was brunch time, there wasn't really a brunch menu. It was great food all the way around but heavier than we were thinking given the time of day. The only dislike was how close they cram the tables in there. Makes for a difficult time getting in and out, along with a big noise level. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant, loud but fun. Nice for groups and special occasion. We will return at some point. A bit expensive but worth it."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The salmon was excellent and they offer good gluten free noodles which my kids love."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Ate their on our wedding night 12 years ago.... love the food..."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Noisey, loud ,service fair, food excellent!! Had to wait 15" for a waitress to even address us! Cackling table of four women disturbed everyone, adjacent table complained to mgr, who did nothing!!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Everchanging menu. Great food. Interesting combinations. I love this place. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Great menu and great prices for lunch! Asparagus was fresh. Loved the food!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Food was very good, but very loud. Nice to be able to bring your own bottle of wine"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Francesca's is consistently good. The food quality and preparations are great and it's one of the few places that offers food for our kids and still serves "high quality adult dishes". The only downside is the noise level is excessive."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Love this place. Great place for girlfriends get together and catchup."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Pleasant service. Nice ambience for lunch. I didn't love my food choice, but my friends enjoyed their lunches. I would go back and try something else."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "This was my second time visiting a Francesca's restaurant. Each time I have throughly enjoyed my food. The menu changes regularly so we will definitely be making it a habit to visit again soon. If you have been putting off visiting you really are missing out. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Excellent quality, and generous portions. Leftovers with veggie added lasted three more meals! "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I Love Francesca's - the food is reliably delicious, the service great. The atmosphere vibrant. I am never disappointed with a meal there!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We had an amazing birthday dinner for my husband at Francesca's by the River. Our server Marrie was so attentive, nice and funny. The restaurant was very busy, it was a Saturday night, but the service was spot on. We always have delicious meals and dessert at this location, that is why we continue to dine here. Outstanding!!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Pre theatre meal, first time here. Service was excellent, very professional and friendly. Appetizers, I had scallop risotto, huge, delicious, followed by roast chicken and roast potatoes - simple, delicious, perfectly cooked. Sara had prosciutto with mushrooms, very good, and gnocchi with blue cheese sauce, very light and delish. We will be back, thank you!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food was very good as well as the service. Menu is limited."
    Dined on 3/30/2014