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

Francesca's By The River

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3115,3233
  • 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, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Blas Losoya
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please Call Our Event Coordinator Gabriela Barker at 1 888 937 9009 extension 153.
  • Special Events: Please Call Our Event Coordinator Gabriela Barker at 1 888 937 9009 extension 153.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Illinois
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Along with our private parking lot, you can park in the 4 story parking garage right behind out lot.
A word from Francesca's By The River
A member of Francesca's Restaurant Group, 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.

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.
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Francesca's By The River reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (46)fit for foodies (38)neighborhood gem (38)good for groups (30)romantic (26)notable wine list (20)great for lunch (13)kid-friendly (11)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Wife's Birthday
    HigherExpectations
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Everything was great but I asked to have the bottle of prosseco with a card at the table upon arriving to surprise my wife and it wasn't there. Plus the location they try\ied to sit us did not seem private as I requested and there was no one in the resturant except for a few when we arrived.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - bit noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The food was great but the restaurant was pretty noisy. It was hard to carry on a conversation with our group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Gluten Free Pizza
    DJB34
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The flavor of the Italian Sausage and toppings were outstanding. The edge of the crust was crisp but the center was a bit too moist, (a common GF flour problem) but not soggy. Overall 9.75 out of 10! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • small portions
    datenightdelite
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I was disappointed that my chicken dish that I got didn't have a pasta or a potato or any kind of side. Nor do your entrees come with a salad. I also wish that their pasta dishes came with chicken or beef or something. It was literally just noodles with sauce
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    DiningdivaVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Excellent food, great, friendly service always! The only problem we encountered was the drinks. It seems the restaurant was having trouble with their fountain drinks, as there was no carbonation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was fair
    Smile2day
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was nothing to write home about. I had the special pasta dish with shells and lemon sauce with asparagus and pine nuts. The pasta was definitely too al dente for my taste. I had my husband try it and he did not like it at all. Pasta almost tasted "gummy". My husband had the roasted chicken with potatoes. This dish was very good. Wonderful seasonings. A little pricey considering salad is not included with the meal. Nice atmosphere and good service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish as expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Food and service is top notch. All the Francesca chains are, as a matter of fact....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Maintains a favorite for years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We've been enjoying Francesca's in St Charles for over 12 years and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tasty and kind
    mizdeeVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was excellent! Also, my friend and I sat and caught up all afternoon, and we never felt anything but welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian around
    Happy29
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We go at least once a month for years. Never had a bad meal here. I would continue to go everyweek if I could
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Francesca's - consistently a winner
    PickieVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    It's difficult to try other restaurants when Francesca's is always so consistently good. Menu changes frequently and there are off menu items so ask if you want something not showing up - like the lemon drops made with homemade lemoncello !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local gem
    Roach
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Excellent food great service the noise level is a little high but still very nice environment
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sadly disappointed
    STClocal
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This restaurant used to be a local gem, with a nice menu and great specials. Unfortunately, the menu has grown tired and the prices have continued to increase beyond the level of the dining offerings. There are a lot of better places to spend $100 on a dinner for two (app, entrees, 2 drinks).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    Diningout
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great good and great service. Like the unique and always changing menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time in the burbs
    Michelle
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Although the food was good and service was ok - are anniversary dinner was spent in a very loud one room restaurant on the night of a homecoming dinner of about 50 high schoolers. All things considered food was good but probably wont be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice blind date - great food!
    ChefDave
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was delicious, the service was very polite. I think that the staff could have left us alone a little more - this was a blind date, so it was best not to interrupt us too often. They eventually figured that out. Great restaurant - I would go there again in a heart beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GaryVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    With only one exception, I have found the Francesca's restaurants top notch. This one is on the hit parade. Everything about it good, particularly any fish entre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable
    Outnabout
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    It was an anniversary dinner for us. We had been to another Francesca's before... this was our first visit to this location. I made a reservation online. They had a table waiting and ready when we arrived. It was off to the side as I had requested. Dawn, our server was fantastic! Food was outstanding. Gave us a special anniversary dessert that really added a classy touch. We will be going back to Francesca's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    stfo
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Love that the menu changes often. Mussels were excellent as was the pasta and dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Strangely Disappointed
    jenvy
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This is the first time I have ever had a bad meal and a bad experience at Francesca's. My steak was overdone and tastless and our desserts were not what we ordered which caused an actual dispute between the waitress and the kitchen staff....right at our table! Service was slow. We finished our appetizer long before we had even ordered our main course. Must have been a bad day, because normally I love Francesca's.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have been dinning at Francesca's for a long time and have never been disappointed! Menu is descriptive and complete. When making our reservation I asked for a "quiet" table if possible and was granted our request. Great! The restaurant is a bit on the loud side but typical for great Italian restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food and wonderful staff!
    Nofood2far
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The waiter was very kind and had many suggestions that were a huge help for a newcomer like me to this restaurant. The food was delicious and the nutella creme brulee was FANTASTIC!! I will definitely be going back here as often as possible.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies Lunch
    bobdod
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We felt the portions were a bit skimpy for the price at this Francesca's. I had vegetable that was average, as they had no minestrone available which is what I usually order. The bowl was only half full. My friend had the chicken salad and there was not much chicken in the order. The price was !2.99 but did not satisfy her. Overall I usually love Francesca's but Francesca's by the River in St. Charles might make sure they have minestrone freshly made and add more chicken to lunch salads.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner
    Mom3Boys
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Used to going to Francesca's in Dundee. Tried this one, loved it! Very lively crowd. Food was great! The blueberry bread pudding with the vanilla gelato was delish!! Service was outstanding (waitress and busboys). Host was extremely friendly! Will definitely go back to this location!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bluescruiser
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great Italian food! Definitely would recommend to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    GreggVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I always enjoy the food and ambiance at Francesca's. Our waitress was Mary Beth and she was excellent. Portions are HUGE so if you have a smaller appetite, order the half portion or expect to have lots of leftovers. The Bruscetta here is one of the best I've ever had, mounds of mozzerella!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, excellent server, noisy
    Dwight
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our food was great - swordfish and a special corn salad. Waiter did an excellent job. We were seated right by the bar and food prep area so ambience was just OK. Kind of noisy as expected with many Italian places. We'd go back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a hit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I love the unique options. The food is delicious, from salad to dessert. The drinks were generous and our server was charismatic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food close by
    FredVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Franchesca's is a nice local Italian place with a limited but creative menu. Pasta sauces are tasty but not overwhelming. There's always at least one steak and a fresh fish in the selections. Good perpetration and portions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice time!
    j9Thack
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I came here with a group of 8 for a girls night out. The server was very attentive and even gave us separate checks, which I know is a pain... especially on a Friday night! Everything was great. A little on the noisy side and the tables are close together. ..so I wouldn't recommend for a romantic dining experience .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Nice variety of italian food & wine along with great service. Has always made Francesca's a "go to" restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MAF
    MarcusVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great food and service. Great for a quick lunch! Fantastic wine list. Fantastic waitress
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was amazing. The blueberry bread pudding was incredible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WONDERFULL NIGHT
    BUZZ
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    WE RECENTLY REDISCOVERED A VERY GOOD PLACE TO VISIT. THE STAFF AND SERVICE WAS MOST ENJOYABLE. WE TRIED THE BLOSSUM ZUCHINI WHICH WAS EXCELLENT. MY WIFE ORDERED THE YELLOW FIN TUNA WHICH WE SHARED WITH MY WINE REDUCTION SAUSE BEEF TENDERLINE[BOTH MEDIUM RARE OF COURSE]. WE FINISHED IT OFF WITH 2 GLASSES OF PERSECO, COURTESY OF THE RESTAURANT ON OUR 55TH W.A.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful
    Wonderfully
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The setting is lovely, the staff very friendly, and the food, amazing. Our Waitress was Dawn and she was very helpful as this was our first time. the menu and specials were explained in detail and everything was expedited to our table in a timely manner. This is how I want my restaurant experiences. What made it better, is this was my Wife's birthday dinner, and they brought her a wonderfully decorated plate with a desert and a candle. The only down side to me, is I am a big guy, not fat, big. 6ft, 250lbs, long legs. I could not get the napkin on my lap under the short table where we sat. It was uncomfortable but i had to hold my napkin. We sat in a half-booth table.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Service
    JeffS
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Francesca's did a great job providing a special experience on a rare night out for two young parents. We were celebrating my wife's birthday and they provided us with an excellent table, great service and capped it off with a special birthday dessert and Champaign! Thank you to all who helped to make the night special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 59 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 777 reviews are from the Francesca's By The River reviews archive.
  • Pre-Cruise Lunch
    Dadsday
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had a reservation at 1:00 PM but our party of 6 arrived early at 12:45 PM. Our table was ready and the food and service were great I would highly recommend this restaurant. It was a super dining experience
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Limited menu
    Francois
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    What at first glance appeared to be a good menu turned out to be very limited. If you or your stomach does not like garlic you don't have much choice. If you want whole grain pasta, forget about it. So I ended up eating a piece of salmon, with some so so roasted potatoes(not hot) and a small bowl of vegetable soup in what is supposed to be an Italian restaurant. No olive oil with bread, no veal..very disappointed. Cappuccino was very average…Starbucks much better. Tuscan wine as highlight of meal…bu $60. Will not be back and I used to go regularly
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Met a friend for dinner. We both had a good meal. It was a nice place for us to sit and talk without being pushed out.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent italian tuscan cuisine
    ShyShark
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Fine Italian dining at best....Authentic Italian food served similar to food I had when I was in Asti and Barolo in Piemonte region last year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate