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About 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.

200 South Second Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Dinner all day on Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Illinois

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(630) 587-8221

Website:
http://www.miafrancesca.com/locations/profile/francescas-by-the-river

Catering:
Please Call Our Event Coordinator Gabriela Barker at 1 888 937 9009 extension 153.

Parking Details:
Along with our private parking lot, you can park in the 4 story parking garage right behind out lot.

Executive Chef:
Blas Losoya

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please Call Our Event Coordinator Gabriela Barker at 1 888 937 9009 extension 153.

Private Dining

Francesca's by the River's philosophy of good, simple cooking - served in a casual sophisticated dining atmosphere - is one that we proudly carry over to event planning. Our private rooms are ideal for corporate or social functions.

Francesca's By The River Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (40)
Special Occasion (39)
Good for a Date (36)
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Good for Birthdays (35)
Casual (34)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Good for Groups (26)
Bar Seating (25)
Comfort Food (24)
Fun (23)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Authentic (21)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
Great for Lunch (21)
Business Meals (20)
Happy Hour (20)
Hot Spot (19)
Worth the Drive (19)
Romantic (18)
Cozy (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Healthy (10)
People Watching (10)
Great Beer (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Seasonal (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Waterfront (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Scenic View (3)
Vegan (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Great service and food. Server Mary Beth is the best

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful dining on a Wednesday evening. A favorite ... come for "Happy Hour" 3:30 to 6:00 pm....appetizers plus......drink specials also.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Romantic, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Quick Bite, Authentic, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Casual, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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·Dined 6 days ago

Went to Francesca's for lunch and it was fantastic! The food was wonderful and the service was top-notch! Highly recommend!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Reservations were running late and the waiting area is NOT ADEQUATE!!! Parking is not adequate either!!!!1/13/2018

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Happy Hour Martini's along with small dish specials...delicious. Tonight Insalata Cavoletti Bruxel w/chicken was excellent. Along with a little bit of wine.... perfect. Service at the Bar is "Top Notch".

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Casual, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on January 8, 2018

LOve that they offer half portions of pasta. However all meals we were served were amazing as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Always enjoy our visit to Francesca's, food is great for the price.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Love Francesca’s! Just wish the one in Dundee hadn’t closed. This drive is a bit far and we probably won’t go as much as we have in the past....

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I have always loved the Francesca restaurants. Last night's experience was not the best. Though we were seated on time, service was extremely slow. Our server was very pleasant, but it took 15 mins to get our first drink, and the rest of the evening was not much better. Sorry, but I'll take advantage of the other venues in the area from now on.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent love this place been here before will be back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Good as always with great service
Have enjoyed for many years.
A bit loud but ok

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Always great food. On this occasion got a table that was too close to kitchen and dirty dish dump off. Waiter traffic was distracting and noise of dirty dishes being thrown around really detracted from wonderful food. Love Francesca’s but stay away from back tables in front of kitchen.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We went in response to the National Spaghetti day promo and were not disappointed. It was a huge value. We have been going to Francesca's since it opened in Saint Charles and have never been disappointed with the food. Unfortunately, on busy days it can be distractingly noisy, and such was the case this time. We almost always go to the restaurant in West Dundee for special occasions, where I make reservations early and ask to sit in the front window where the decibel level is much lower. Never have they failed to accommodate this request.

Back to the Spaghetti day; the meatballs were fabulous, big and juicy, with lots of flavor. The Spaghetti was cooked properly with a nice Marinara sauce. Because we were served family style, the amount of Spaghetti was a little light(most unusual) but the quantity of meat balls made up for that. All around, an outstanding meal, and priced beautifully. One of our party ordered a fancy Vodka martini that came to 14 bucks. I can buy a huge bottle of good vodka at Costco for the same price! Ugh! Ya gotta make money somehow, and it wasn't on the food. A wonderful value!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We sat by the kitchen which was super congested and loud. Luckily, I had the kids with us so we didn’t feel like we had to keep them quiet. The back of my chair kept getting bumped by passerby’s which was annoying. It was a tight space. Next time I’d like to sit away from the kitchen.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fun, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Went for mid-week lunch on short notice. Meals were very good and staff/service was excellent. National Spaghetti Day special was really tasty and an excellent value. Can be a little noisy when busy due to hard surfaces (tile and so on) but then you expect the environment to be higher energy,

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Mostly good. Enjoyed outbsamll New Years celebration.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food and great service. New Years Eve reservation and we were seated within 3 minutes of walking in. Highly recommend!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve dinner .... excellent, like always.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We are three for three this holiday season; Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve. Amazing food, solid service-just wish they weren’t playing party music at 530pm on NYE.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always a creative selection of specials and a good wine list. Save room for dessert.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Mary Beth is awesome. Always great service and the food is great.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Each of us had a great meal and the service was perfect. The cocktails were excellent; generous and exactly as ordered.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Happy Hour bar atmosphere is wonderful. Wonderful food, cocktails and conversation. Insalata Cavoletti w/chicken was delicious as was the Pasta Verdure.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We dined here on Christmas day. The restaurant was packed and our server seemed a bit overwhelmed. He was very nice though and apologetic that it took a while for him to take our order. Food was excellent. It is not cheap ($I 7-29 for pasta dishes) but the food was excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We frequently dine here and decided to make Francesca’s the place to go for Xmas ! Diner and service was great ! The only draw back was the uncomfortable decision that was made to add more tables to the eating area ! We felt very crowded and stressed to eat fast and leave ! As always the food was
A + but the seating would make me second guess spending another holiday at franchescas dining ! The holiday dining experience was a disappointment !

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent service from Robert, great food!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was very good.Johnny was friendly and attentive. The entire staff was very welcoming.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We frequent The location in St. Charles on a regular basis. We had reservations on Christmas Eve for 7:30 .
It was crazy inside. I don't know if they overbooked purposefully or what, but we waited over a 1/2 hour in shoulder to shoulder crowds getting pushed back and forth by waitresses and people moving by. It was terrible.
In addition, we were very disappointed by our portion sizes. I can honestly say we got 1/2 the amount of food we typically get with our favorite meals.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Never again. This place around the holidays is consistently unprepared for guests, jamming waiting customers everywhere even next to patrons dining. They over book and those with reservations, like us, get seated after waiting 25 minutes past our reservation time. And when sat, we are 3 feet from the bus stand, sitting facing it. That was our view all night and due to how busy the place was that stand was crazy busy.

Overall horrible experience and we will find another place for dining. Worst part, their apologies were accompanied with a “ it’s the holidays” excuse. Really? Your ineptitude explained by the holidays? Really nice.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Restaurant was over booked and needed more staff and a waiting area for customers also small dining area and very loud.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Xmas eve busy busy busy but it did not compromise the delicious food & service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

WAY too crowded and noisy on Christmas Eve. The tables were very crammed together (did they add extra tables to fit more people in???) . There were four of us at our table, and we felt as if we could hardly move, let alone hear each other. Carrying on a conversation was almost impossible given the noise level of the restaurant. The food was good, but we did not enjoy our evening.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We loved celebrating our Christmas Eve dinner at Francesca's! Food was Great! We have had dinner there once before and that is why we decided to go back for Christmas Eve. We will be returning again!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Perfection. Service, food, staff. Top notch.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Always a great experience!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great local place, food is good, service also. Menu a little limited but they prepare to order so they will modify prep on request.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Truly Francesca's is a wonderful dining destination. A dining favorite.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Business Meals, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Francesca's never disappoints. It's our "go to" at home in Oak Lawn, and here in St. Charles it felt like we were "home".

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

It was good place for party of eight for long Sunday lunch.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Were seated quickly... courteous & welcoming staff.

New to menu item, petite steak with mashed potatoes ... very good.
Dining partner thought the special grouper was ok, but would order something else next time.

The Risotto Contadina was excellent! It was a "starter" but would make a very nice light meal. Would definitely order this again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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