Francesca's By The River
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 5 concepts across 25 locations in 3 states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 18 Francesca’s Restaurants, 4 Davanti Enoteca's, Disotto, Fat Rosie’s and Hillgrove Tap.
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Classic Caesar with roasted peppers and shaved parmesan
light basil cream sauce with chicken, spinach & pine nuts
Pasta al Pomodoro
Sauted in a cherry tomato sauce with garlic and fresh herbs
Well it was a great as it always is, except for the energetic crowd. Service from Mary Beth was fabulous. They treat you like family when you there. Best fried calamari anywhere. The breading is so light and cooked perfect. Pasta was cooked perfect and the preparations are always creative.
Always a great meal Friendly staff that always recognizes you as a regular even the bus staff Delicate whitefish with brown butter sauce large portion always have take home for lunch the next day Only wish they had more steak on the menu
Another great experience! Hector and crew do a wonderful job while making sure the guests are satisfied and safe. Make sure you stop in soon and support your local restaurants!!
Food is consistently good here...we have dined several times over the years...COVID has limited what’s on the menu...but they still know how to make it good
Great outside seating. Felt safe. Food was delicious.
Given the situation, they've done everything they could to create a safe environment. And, food / service, etc., was excellent!
Always love eating here. The food and service is always great. They are doing a great job through this pandemic of making everyone feel safe. Will be back again.
Francesca’s make the best of the cold weather outdoor dining experience. Still great service and food! The heaters made the environment adequate yet the sparseness of the clientele makes for true social distancing. Can’t wait for this pandemic to be over!
We had a perfect girls dinner the other night here. Food was amazing, service was awesome and we will definitely be back!
The food was very good, however our waitress totally ignored us and we had to flag her down on many occasions even though they were not that busy. That is the reason for the poor rating.
We had a great experience at Francesca’s! Due to COVID-19, we are always looking for outdoor dining. They had a large heated tent with the tables more than 6 feet apart. It was perfect. Even with the high winds, we were warm and didn’t need our coats. We were thankful for the excellent service, food and atmosphere.
Went here for a nice dinner with my family. The food was excellent and the service was exceptional. I am never disappointed in either food or service at this restaurant.
Service was very good. Food was not. Fish was swimming in butter and calamari was extremely bland. Not worth the money at all.
Great service and delicious food. Francesca’s NEVER disappoints! Well the one in Elmhurst does but most all of them are PERFECT!
Fantastic! Serviced and food was impeccable. Definitely would recommend
My wife and I had dinner at this Francesca's By The River. We ate in their outside tent set-up due to COVID concerns and had a good experience. The tent was well ventilated and tables were appropriately "distanced" and staff used good precautions. Food was served nice and hot despite the challenges. Wait staff was attentive and helpful. Have dined at other Francesca's before and always enjoy their authentic menu choices and good imaginative cocktails and was happy to support this fine restaurant during these challenging times!
Everything was wonderful- food was exceptional and the service was outstanding ! Delightful dining experience over all
Awesome food and service!
It is during these times where restaurants need to show their best. This was an outstanding night.
Great food! Kid friendly and great service.
Always great food and service, with comfortable/safe seating arrangements during these limiting times.
Great Service! Ambience was perfect! Good bang for the Buck! Will recommend and
will go there again.
Anniversary. We were treated wonderfully!!
The corn salad is so delicious...great service from all the staff. Still our favorite local restaurant. ☺️
Good distancing !
Big fan !
Tent was super comfy inside with good temp level
We enjoyed our dinners at Francesca's. the food was excellent and the service (Brian) was even better.
Pure deliciousness. From my French martini to my burata and heirloom tomatoes to my white fish with capers to my tiramisu.
Great service from the staff. Calamari is the best anywhere. Pasta and pork chops were fantastic. Always a good experience. It’s like being at home.
We had an outstanding server. She let us know that there was a Happy Hour going on and reminded us to order drinks before it ended. She also brought out a dessert to our friend who had just retired. It was a very tasty, relaxing dinner.
nice italian cuisine close to downtown st. charles.
Food was fantastic - recommend the pork chops. Wine was expensive ($24 for a 8 ounce glass) and the server was not very attentive for a slower night.
Great job!! Mary Beth and the good were amazing!
Always great food and service!
I booked Francesca’s on open table however I called them because I was arranging for a special birthday dinner. I mentioned we were coming for a birthday and I was told by Dawn that our server would be notified so that I did not have to mention it during dinner. We had the chicken with the pasta and the pesto sauce. Best ever in the world! However, the temperature of the room was very, very cold. People were eating with their coats on. We did ask the server to alleviate that. There are many ducts overhead and the cold air was literally cooling the lovely dinner.
Our server Brian, was wonderful. He did bring the desert menus and looked at me knowingly as he laid them on the table. I winked at him as if to say -yes I know you know that it’s a Birthday. My husband chose a lovely ice cream sundae. However, when I got the bill we were charged for the Sunday. I did speak with a manager and he realized it was a mistake and was kind enough to take off both of our desserts. I really appreciated his cooperation but was disappointed in the lack of communication to begin with. Would we go back, probably not. Plenty of other delightful restaurants in the Fox Valley to enjoy.
The food quality has gone down. We asked for a glass of house Chianti, and on our bill we were charged $19. That is quite expensive for a glass of Chianti. The wine was more expensive than our meal. The food has gone down in recent years. When you're in St. Charles, you'll get more bang for your buck at ZaZa's.
Service was very good, almost excellent. The pizza was way over spices (chili flakes) and the wine is way too expensive ! Street noise can really be loud when hot rods and motorcycles go by !!
We have been going to Francesca’s for twelve years. We had our daughter’s confirmation party there and we have been there many times for dinner. We have always thought of it as the best Italian meal in town. The service has always been excellent and still is. The food, however, seems to be lacking. We ordered takeout six weeks ago and it wasn’t great. We chalked it up to takeout so we tried again. This weekend we ate in the restaurant and, again, the food just wasn’t as good as we have enjoyed in the past. The calamari was undercooked and the pasta lacked flavor. It just feels like they are going through the motions in the kitchen. I hope they recommit to the quality of food they once served to match the excellent service that the staff provides.
Menu was limited.
Francesca's By The River does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Francesca's By The River also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (630) 587-8221.
Francesca's By The River is rated 4.6 stars by 2366 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.