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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
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I love the unique options. The food is delicious, from salad to dessert. The drinks were generous and our server was charismatic."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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 ."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Nice variety of italian food & wine along with great service. Has always made Francesca's a "go to" restaurant."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Great food and service. Great for a quick lunch! Fantastic wine list. Fantastic waitress"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The food was amazing. The blueberry bread pudding was incredible!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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
  • "A great restaurant but on July 4th in the afternoon me and my guest were the only people there having lunch. Food was great but the restaurant has kinda a limited menu as such."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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