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
Pasta Alle Verdure
Sautéed with wild mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, broccoli, escarole, garlic, olive oil, and pine nuts in in an herb broth
Risotto con Funghi
italian rice with wild mushrooms, herbs, garlic & fresh mozzarella
Sub-par. Very loud on the particular evening we went. Had to request clean wine glasses 3x, all had visible lipstick and water stains. Not personable service.
Overall efficient service, good drinks and solid entrees. I love you can customize a pasta if you don’t see one you like. Believe it or not good with kids. I’d like to see some different appetizers occasionally.
Lovely upscale dinner - but not a stuffy atmosphere. You can be comfortable dressed up or dressed down
Enjoyable evening, service was attentive and outstanding.
Food was great. Waitstaff was excellent.
We really enjoyed our dinner! Our waiter recommended a nice bottle of wine and the food was wonderful.
We went on Sunday for Easter.Our reservations were at 3:30.Both my granddaughter’s wanted the chicken nuggets on the menu.Unfortunately you were already out of them,and one of my granddaughter was very disappointed.She ending eating fries and fruit for her dinner.The food was very good that we had.
Always a good experience
Definitely one of the best restaurants in the Fox valley area!!
James dish good. Disappointed in menu. Not enough beef dishes like italian beef braciole. Service was excellent.
Went for our anniversary, they made it very special. And the food was amazing!!
Arrangement of tables made no sense. Felt we had people staring down on us. Bussers were constantly picking up plates etc. very distracting.
The service was excellent! Nicole our waitress was outstanding and we enjoyed our food.
Service was excellent.
Everything was perfect. We had reservations seated as soon as we arrived. Service was quick and our waiter so attentive. Food was delicious. Would go back in a heartbeat
Great food! Great service! Great experience! This restaurant is a gem!
We have been here many times & always enjoyed it here. Our waiter was very attentive & friendly & included a surprise dessert for my husband’s birthday. My only complaint is that the eggplant Parmesan was very small. It looked like a half portion. That is why I don’t feel it was a good value.
Very good food, big portions. Our waiter was nice and helpful explaining the menu.
Birthday for my daughter. Very nice with the piece of talamazu birthday cake with candle.
Always good. Pricing has increased probably due to COVID but the food is still really good.
Food at all the Francesca locations is always top notch. I realize that restaurants need to maximize on revenue right now, but we were rushed throughout the meal. With appetizer, entree and dessert we were in and out in 1 hr and 15 min, and that was after we declined to order entrees immediately.
All in all, not a relaxing experience.
Great as usual! Everyone enjoyed their food. Only thing to improve would have been to relax covid restrictions but I guess that’s the norm these days. Overall very enjoyable time.
We always have a great meal at Francesca's. I prefer to order fish as I've never had a fish dish that I didn't like there. They also have some great appetizers and wonderful wines by the glass.
My wife and I went there for a date night -- although I wanted to love Francesca's by the River, I didn't. The service was outstanding, but the food was bland (compared to other Italian restaurants in the area) and the atmosphere more bar-like than what I expected with the big tv screens blaring in the background. It's also not really "by the river," it's more 'the river is nearby, about a block away and past a couple of parking lots.'
If you're looking for a night out to have a quick Italian dinner, this might be a good place to visit, but if you're looking for an exceptionally romantic and leisurely evening, I would go someplace else.
Just happy to be back indoors. Good was fantastic as usual and staff was very attentive.
Great experience! Love the Francesca’s all Gamberi shrimp special!
Great lunch for a special occasion!
The best in sauces and Northern Italian specialties! Always great! From the calimari (freshest always) to the Francesca salad, to the salmom, mahi-mahi, scallops, and shrimp linguini, everything was stupendous!
Small Francescas compared to most. Good reliable food.
Awesome meal. Brian our waiter was fantastic. Paced our meal beautifully. A real pro.
Fantastic experience. Wait staff was great. We really enjoyed the restaurant.
Francesca’s by the River never disappoints! Fabulous service & food, lively & comfortable surroundings.
Always a wonderful experience.
Although my main meal was good the bread was hard and the service was slow and unsatisfactory. The waiter couldn’t suggest wine pairings and or pronounce the menu items.
Mary Beth is an outstanding server!
Love this place! Food is always amazing.
Tasty melt-in-your-mouth to-die-for food, excellent wait-staff service, and very reasonable prices. Combine these three attributes together and you have a remarkable never-to-forget evening with your loved one.
Exceptional food and service! Mary Beth , our server, is always very attentive! She’s also fun to chat with on and off through our dining experience!
Everything about our experience was outstanding. We loved that the noise level was on the quiet side so we could have a nice conversation without straining to hear each other.
Francesca’s is a go to spot for us always! Food is consistently delicious, the staff are phenomenal and the atmosphere is comfortable. It’s a great place for a date night, friends night out, family dinner or special occasion. You can’t go wrong.
Nice atmosphere good food and excellent service. Noise level was a bit of a problem though. A little hard to hear the person across from me at a four person table.
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 4.7 stars by 2443 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.