Francesca's By The River

4.7
2443 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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vipMaryS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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.

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vipJustinG
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipFaithF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely upscale dinner - but not a stuffy atmosphere. You can be comfortable dressed up or dressed down

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TomB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyable evening, service was attentive and outstanding.

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vipAPM61
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Waitstaff was excellent.

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packerfan
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner! Our waiter recommended a nice bottle of wine and the food was wonderful.

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Har36196
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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.

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vipbruceb
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of the best restaurants in the Fox valley area!!

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Southelginfoodies
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

James dish good. Disappointed in menu. Not enough beef dishes like italian beef braciole. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our anniversary, they made it very special. And the food was amazing!!

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Disappointed
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience1

Arrangement of tables made no sense. Felt we had people staring down on us. Bussers were constantly picking up plates etc. very distracting.

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AngeloF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent! Nicole our waitress was outstanding and we enjoyed our food.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent.

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ChristinaC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JimL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Great experience! This restaurant is a gem!

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vipDiningdiva
Chicago
98 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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Lucy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food, big portions. Our waiter was nice and helpful explaining the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for my daughter. Very nice with the piece of talamazu birthday cake with candle.

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LitaK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always good. Pricing has increased probably due to COVID but the food is still really good.

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vipLoriT
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

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.

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Bill
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipCT718
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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MattW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

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.

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vipManouWine
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just happy to be back indoors. Good was fantastic as usual and staff was very attentive.

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vipDawnK
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Love the Francesca’s all Gamberi shrimp special!

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CathyK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch for a special occasion!

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MikeW
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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vipsally
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Small Francescas compared to most. Good reliable food.

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McCt512
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal. Brian our waiter was fantastic. Paced our meal beautifully. A real pro.

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MattB
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Wait staff was great. We really enjoyed the restaurant.

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vipFoodie
Orlando
39 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Francesca’s by the River never disappoints! Fabulous service & food, lively & comfortable surroundings.

Always a wonderful experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience2

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.

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kimm
Naples
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mary Beth is an outstanding server!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Food is always amazing.

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BruceA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipDianeT
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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SherrieE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipShanonR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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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.

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