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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/
  • Email: rivercontact@miafrancesca.com
  • 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Food was very good as well as the service. Menu is limited."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The service was wonderful and attentive. The food is awesome, have NEVER had a bad meal. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "we had the special last Saturday night for $24 per plate we got about 3 Shrimp, 4 quarter size scallops on a sun dry pesto sauce.portion size was just crazy small for the dollar ask. The food was bland with little taste or presentation to it.I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone except to avoid it and I would definitely not go back again. There is a far better option just a couple blocks away where you get a lot more for your money and the food is very very good. Total disappointment."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I honestly loved this place but I made reservation for 9 pm on open table the only problem was the kitchen itself closed at 9 pm as well. When I arrived they wanted me to place my order and the individual I was meeting. I would just recommend they do not have 9 pm reservation if the kitchen closes at 9 as well. We did not stay long at all I had 2 drinks and we left do different place."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We went for restaurant week and since I was a "regular' at another Francesca's when I lived in Chicago, I was really looking forward to it. It was a huge disappointment. We didn't know there was a coat room until we were leaving -it certainly wasn't offered so plates were passed over my light colored mink jacket hanging on a chair back. Food was ho-hum. The dining room is small and noisy. Service is erratic. Dishes were never delivered by the same person or the person who took our order so had no idea who ordered which dish. My dessert was forgotten. The coffe arrived spilling over the side of the mug an left drips on clothes and rings on the table. "On the River" is actually a block from the river on a parking lot. I would never go back."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Service was not very attentive. Food overpriced. Dinner salad was soaking with dressing and bad parts of lettuce. Fish was well cooked but unfortunately doused in too much vinegrette and unappealing tomatoes with unevenly cooked artichokes. All in not worth the $$. Would recommend za zas or tribella"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We loved this restaurant, I would highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "My wife and I ate at Frencesca's By The River for my birthday. We have dined here from time to time and the restaurant never fails to deliver excellent food. The wine list is also very good. We started with Calamari Fritti - cooked perfectly, just the right crispness Pollo Arrosto - out of this world bursting with flavor!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We hadn't been there for years but it was as good as we remembered."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I have been a long time fan of all the Francesca 's in IL. I would recommend all of the restaurants to friends and strangers. The restaurants change their menu daily, with a continued few left on, which makes it different every time we visit. Not like other chains whom have the same choices until corporate makes a change. Great service, owners trained them we'll. The service adapts to the party."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "This visit was not as good as previous. The food quality was off, plus the dinner menu was limited. A disappointing experience."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "For 9/10 visits Francesca's delivers! Fabulous food, first class service - for the 10th visit, it took 15 minutes for the waitress to come to the table, and although when she finally got there I ordered, she "forgot" and had to come back. Best busboys I've ever seen - fast and attentive. Note that I sometimes eat at Francesca's twice a week - it's that good!!! Just be patient if you get that "10th visit" experience."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My husband and I used to love going to Francesca's in Naperville. It WAS one of our favorite restaurants. After having THREE visits with poor to average meals, this will be the last time I go to any Francesca's. I'm so sad to give a poor review. I suggested this restaurant for lunch with my 3 friends. After lunch was over, we ALL agreed that our meals were UNimpressive. One friend said the Olive Garden has better food. It was too pricey for the plain food we were served. We had pizzas (no seasoning on it) which was bland. The salad dressing had no flavor, and the side salad was so blah."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Our first visit to Francesca's was about 14 years ago. This was our first time back and I now remember why we stayed away. Too be fair, this was restaurant week, so perhaps I should have expected the over crowding and unhealthy noise level. None-the-less, these conditions did not enhance our experience. The food was acceptable but only fair. The service plates themselves were cold and thus the food temperature suffered. I thought my salmon was slightly under cooked. There was a reasonable selection of wines, but all seemed somewhat over priced. The service was fine, prompt and attentive. For me there are better choices for the money in the general area."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I have been going here for years, the service is always excellent. The food is always delicious no matter what I have ordered allthough I highly recommend the Pollo arrosta alla romano! Only downside is they did not mark down my reservation as showing up, so open table asked why I was a no show? I had to dispute with open table to get my points"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "The experience felt unwelcoming, and uncomfortable, because we were rushed the entire time. I went to Francesca's for a special date night with my boyfriend. We wanted to enjoy a glass of wine before ordering food, but felt our server hovering over us so we ordered before-dinner salads. Not only was I not finished with my salad when our food came out, but we were not even given enough time to enjoy half a glass of wine. I had most of my meal left when server assists were asking if they could take our plates. Once they did the server offered dessert and dropped the check. At this point we still had over half a bottle of wine. We felt like our server was constantly eyeing our table to wait for us to pay."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My husband and I were in St. Charles for business and were delighted to find this gem of a restaurant. We both agreed that the food was phenomenal! Francesca's has definitely made our short list for places to dine in the area."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our experience here. We were seated right away, even though the restaurant was busy with many other reservations. The seating area in an adjoining room was quite crowded- not sure if it is like this all the time but made for a nice energetic yet cozy vibe. The food was great - we went with the Mahi Mahi and Filet. Overall a great experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I have never had a bad meal at Francesca's By the River. The food is always well prepared and tastes great. Pastas, seafood, and even steaks are all delicious. The environment is nice, but a little crowded. Not necessarily a bad thing, but can be a little difficult to navigate. The service is always solid. They are knowledgeable and courteous. Overall, Francesca's is a staple for us. We recommend it to anyone who is visiting the area!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Had a great evening with friends. Food was delicious and service was outstanding."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Francesca's in St. Charles is one of my favorite dining spots. The food is always great and they offer a good selection for those of us who have to eat gluten free. There's even a wonderful dessert choice for the gluten intolerant.The best lemon drop martini, ever. Service was excellent, even on Valentine's Day weekend."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Service was not. Waiting a while for our waiter to get back to us on many different occasions. Felt more like an assembly line than a romantic dinner with the goal being to get us out of there as soon as possible. Bus boys were excellent. Water spilled and they were there in a flash. Have gone to many different Francesca's all the time but would probably not visit them again for valentines day. Also the hostess seemed more interested in looking at herself in the mirror than concentrating on getting people away from the door and to their reserved table."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We dined here for Valentine's Day and the restaurant had decorated accordingly and very tastefully-- in addition to preparing a special (optional) menu."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent! Only downfall was crowded seating, but it was Feb.15th. The food was amazing and the service was fast and friendly!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Be mindful that the address listed in the reservation E-mail from Open Table may not be accurate. We were late as the address stated "2nd Street" when it should have stated "2nd Avenue". When we called the restaurant for assistance they were not very helpful. When we finally arrived they were quite busy but seated us right away. It appeared that due to the Valetine's Day holiday the service was not attentive with the exception of our water glasses always being full. Also, the dining room was loud and crowded."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "One of my favorite places for lunch.....food always very good and a nice varity.........my husband loves the calamari salad !"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went to Francesca's By the River on the night of 2/15/2014. Made reservation and did not have to wait even though the place was packed. Service was excellent! Food was delicious! Will be back again!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I had roses delivered to the resturant and surprised my girlfriend. Food was excellent, fresh salads and warm breads. Not too expensive. Very crowded, but it was valentines day 5:30 p.m. Later we saw a play in Aurora. Just wanted to say that Mapquest took us to 2nd AVE, not 2nd Street and we were about 20 minutes late for reservation. It is not resturants fault as they are not mapquest. I just wonder if other diners ever have same issue."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Early reservation to avoid the big crowd and usually high noise level. The food was absolutely fantastic! We split a salad and both had the sea bass. The sea bass was prepared to perfection. I had tiramisu for dessert and it was outstanding as usual."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Every location is consistent with its great service and amazing food! I absolutely love going here!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Francesa's in St. Charles and had a wonderful time. The food and service were excellent."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was great. The choices were limited, and became more limited when they sold out of certain items. The dining area was cramped and loud making it difficult to hold a conversation or even discuss items or order with the waitress. On a quieter night this would be a phenomenal place. Overall I was impressed with the food and the staff dealing with sometimes adverse conditions."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Abundant portions with great attention to detail by the kitchen staff. Greatly exceeded my expectations."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was flavorful, the service was great even as busy as it was on Valentines Day, and we enjoyed the warm, slightly rustic ambiance. However, the manager knowingly gave a table to a couple who had reservations fifteen minutes after ours and arrived after we did. Without knowing the real reason why we were not seated first we assume it was because the other table looked as though they would be bigger spenders."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My fiance and i went to dinner here for valentine's day and were really impressed with everything from the ambience to the service. The food was great, especially the dessert lol. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to family and friends."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went for Valentine's Day, and they changed the layout to pack as many people in there as possible. It was so loud, the servers had a hard time getting to the tables to even help you due to the set up. I felt like I was in other people's conversations and sitting at their table. Not what I had in mind from Valentines day from my past visits there. I will go back just never for Valentine's Day again!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Risotto, as always, was excellent. Adventuresome with the escarole and other items. Their risotto dishes are always superior."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We had a very attentive server. We were seated promptly. I had a pasta shrimp dish. The pasta was a little dry. It could use more olio. My son enjoyed his salmon. The parking lot is too small. We enjoyed our evening."
    Dined on 2/7/2014