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.View Private Dining Details
It's never too early to make your Mother's Day Brunch reservations!!!!
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Join us for Easter Brunch! We are taking reservations from 10am until 8pm. $42 for adults and $16 for kids under 12. All your favorite Francesca's foods...and an incredible carving station, salad station, and don't forget dessert...you sure don't want to miss this.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Dinner after a concert at the Arcada Theatre
Somehow we end up here over and over again. With the many restaurants in St Charles, Geneva and Schaumburg we come because we get the most consistent experience. Food is amazing and service is 5 Star. It’s a great place for a quick bite or group gathering. Every time we go here we say the same thing. Nice to have a place that you can count on!
Great good. Awesome service. A perfect evening as always at Francesca’s.
Really great atmosphere and food was delish!
This is one of our favorite restaurants. Service is excellent and so is the food. It’s a small menu but everything is done well. Nice wine and drink list. Great place for everyday dining or date night. We also went for Valentines Day and the evening was perfect from the moment we walked.
Our favorite Salmon Caesar Salad with a small pizza. Happy Hour favorite
Meatball special (3 day event) we both had the Eggplant meatballs ... they were excellent.
Amy provided excellent service and made great choices of the menu selection. I was critical of past service and Amy made the experience 5 star. Having Open Table allowed the opportunity to get a table within 30 minutes on a busy Saturday night. We were seated within a minute of entering a very busy restaurant. Thanks Amy and Open Table for a great evening.
our reservations were for Saturday evening 7:00 quite busy but we sat very quickly. With it being the busiest time of the nite, the service was great, the food was excellent and the entire restaurant ran very smoothly. Great management! We enjoyed ourselves and our first time visitors to Francesca’s really loved the restaurant. Perfect evening!
The restaurant was very busy and the service was pretty slow. The waitress was very nice and apologized for it. I don't blame her b/c they were so busy, however might be better to get a few extra servers for busy nights.
Excellent food, good service, VERY noisy. A good plqce to eat
We enjoyed a delicious meal, including drinks, appetizer, and dessert. The staff was fantastic, checking in on us and taking care of all the little things that makes dining out a pleasure. The menu choices and specials gave us much to choose from for the meal. The noise level was higher later in the evening, but early evening was a great time to visit with a friend quietly, especially in their back room where there is a fireplace. Enjoyed our time!
Two days in a row....the food is so good that I got out of cooking dinner again. The chicken breast entree was excellent.
Favorite dining restaurant .... Food and Service are always excellent.
A great dining experience. Our server, Marybeth, gave us great service the food is delicious and the banana cream pie is to die for.
I had to change my reservation, staff was very accommodating! The porks we're probably the best I've ever had! Keep up the outstanding service and quality of food!
Always consistent and service is great!
This place has REALLY gone downhill. Can't understand why it was so crowded (so noisy it was hard to talk). Service was embarassing, with my wife's salmon entre literally falling off the plate as it was unceremoniously flopped down in front of her. Entres arrived while we still had appetizer plates in front of us, such that we had to lift those to make room for the server to have somewhere to set our food. Our out-of-town guests had to ask three times to get a replacement for their visibly-dirty forks (UGH!), and my wife's cocktail glass was sticky on the outside and all around the rim. I actually excused myself from the table and went to discretely talk to the manager about all of it, and all she did was say "I'll have to talk to the kitchen about it." If it was my place and a guest listed off all of what I described above, I would have apologized profusely, comped the meal, and made sure my staff gave solicitous service from that moment forward. (NONE of that happened.) Management really needs to get its act together.
It was my hubby’s bday- we were sat in a remote part of the dining hall. Our waiter was overbooked and distracted. I found a piece of onion skinIn my food , no waiter to tell- left it on the side and showed it to the Gentleman clearing plates , but nothing was said or done. my son in laws salmon was over cooked- my side dish showed up after everyone else was done eating. Still no waiter to tell. We finally got a cup of coffee - but apparently you only get one - no refills. My poor hubby - this was his favorite place. To add insult to injury , we received a complete bill before we left.....despite the many, many missteps .
Tried this place for the first time. Service was pretty good. Friendly staff. The food was mediocre. Marinara sauce was bland.Sausage and peppers were cut up I to small pieces with sauce. Not too appealing . Looked forward to bombalinis for dessert. Very greasy. Sadly, this was disappointing. Still not better than Rosebud.
Pork chop entries were excellent. A favorite dining establishment.
Great food and exceptional service! Our server was Mary Beth! She makes the dining experience great!
Our server Mary Beth was helpful and very attentive to our requests.
Francesca’s is easy to locate but we did have a difficult time finding a parking spot.
The have a rather small lot that was packed and congested.
The good news is that there is plenty of parking across the street in the public parking garage.
However, be prepared to drive to the 3rd or 4th level to find some empty spots.
*Do not park in the Blue Goose Market Parking lot or any lot other than Francesca’s (as you will most certainly get a ticket or worse)*
We were seated within 5 minutes of arriving and had our drink order in another couple minutes.
Our waitress was very personable and took very good care of us.
The portions were decent and really good too!
Overall, we enjoyed the food, service, as well as the atmosphere.
We would definitely recommend Francesca’s to others for a date night or any special occasion
Completely under whelming. The tables were literally 6 inches away from each other. Service was slow. Salads were served warm entrees were served cold. The tables were so close together you had no privacy. Very loud.
On top of being cold the entrees were very bland and boring. You can get better quality and flavor from Olive Garden for less $$$. I don’t understand why it was so busy. I will not be back.
Food is always great, but service was a little slow tonight.
We were told that the restaurant was training new cooks. Service was really slow. We were seated very close to the kitchen and could barely hear each other talk because of all of the dishes clattering behind our table. Wait staff kept running past our table which was very distracting. One of our salads and desserts were wrong but we gave up trying to flag down the server to report the errors. Overall the food was quite good but we won’t return for a long time because the total experience did not make for a relaxing evening.
It took us an hour and 1/2 to get our food, the service was terrible and they were way under staffed.
This place is fantastic. The food is outstanding and the service is top notch. I was never wanting for anything. Definitely one of my favorites
It was our 10th wedding anniversary. We were very impressed by the service, food quality and location. This is truly a neighborhood gem and we will be frequent visitors. To reiterate, the service and food were awesome. Great job!!!
Always delicious entrees and Happy Hour menu. A regular dining destination.
Wonderful food, attentive and friendly service.
Coming from the West Dundee location (boo boo) we were surprised by the size of this location. Everything was great!
Seated quickly for our reservation, service was great and the food very tasty. Nice that they offered 1992 pricing as a special for their anniversary.
The food and service were excellent as usual. Their dinners specials are always on point, with many options available. A regular customer we will remain.
One of the best restaurants in St Charles. Always the freshest ingredients delicious meals
Very accommodating waitstaff and bartender. Excellent food and ambiance.
Great food, great service, awesome drinks. Can't beat it!
Food was great and waiter made great suggestions on what to order. Wine was really good too.
Best fettuccine bolognese I’ve ever had! Mushroom risotto was excellent, as was the salmon with roasted cherry tomatoes. Dessert (profiteroles) were also great...choux pastry was chewy & flavorful, and chocolate sauce was a perfect complement to the house-made pistachio gelato. We will definitely return.