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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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

We are now accepting reservations for our Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet!
All your favorite Francesca's dishes will be included...along with our famous carving station, seasonal dishes and delicious desserts. You won't want to miss out!

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Everybody loves Francesca's on Christmas Eve. Make your reservations early so we can reserve your favorite table!

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Yes...We are now open on Christmas Day!!!! Come celebrate the brightest of all holidays with us! Your favorite dinner items will be served all day...make your reservations today.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Start your party at Francesca's by the River! All our friends and families will be here to start the new year with the best food in town! You won't want to miss our holiday specials!

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

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (34)
Good for Groups (32)
Special Occasion (32)
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Good for Birthdays (31)
Bar Seating (31)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Good for a Date (29)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Fun (24)
Happy Hour (24)
Great for Lunch (23)
Hot Spot (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
Comfort Food (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Business Meals (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Authentic (12)
Great Beer (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Romantic (9)
Cozy (8)
Healthy (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
People Watching (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Waterfront (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

The service we received on Monday, November 13th from all the wait staff was impeccable and the food was delicious. They went above and beyond to make my mother's birthday memorable.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food in a relaxed but engaging atmosphere...Kohnny our waiter was great and had a great time catching up with our friends.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Chicken with white wine was good. Pork chop was huge but brandy sauce very overpowering. Felt sick all evening from it. Would not return or recommend. Dining room was small and had a very noisy young child. Several other children in the room were quiet and well behaved. We wanted to like it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Great dinner and cocktails! Always a trusted neighborhood favorite!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Chicken Salad along with mushroom/eggplant pizza was excellent.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

4 month anniversary

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was an overall good experience but our server was very busy. Seems like they were understaffed. Food was good though and I would go back!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We always have a great meal here. Happy Hour is one of the best in the area.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Excellently prepared Tilapia with the "Happy Hour" pizza. So Good.....One of our favorite weekly dining destinations.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fun, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was great. Decor was great. Bartender was a little weird. Sat at the bar and there was an odd smell going on and at times it was a put off during our stay.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We love eating at Francesca’s Great food and service.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

This place is awesome perfect ambience awesome food and the staff is phenomenal this is a must go to place in st-charles

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Cozy, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Great Beer, Business Meals, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I love this particular Francesca's. I had the scallops with spinach in a tomato cream sauce served over linguini. This is one of my most favorite dishes on the planet. I wish Francesca's would have this on their menu all of the time. It was cooked to perfection. I can't tell you how much you are missing if you haven't ever tried this dish and you love scallops. Anyway, the hot crusty bread dipped in olive oil with herbs is always a hit. My husband always gets the Pollo Romano. He just adores the sauce served over the chicken. We need to drive out to St. Charles to eat here more often! My compliments to the chef.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Really great food, really great service, really loud place!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vegan, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We usually love this restaurant and look forward to the pasta Bolognese, my husband and I ordered them and we bought thought they were not quite up to the usual delicious taste we were hoping for. We were a little disappointed after enjoying the food there previously.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We both had the delicious "Pollo Napoletana". Since it was "Happy Hour" we also had the Pizza which is always excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We love Francesca's food quality and preparations. This past Saturday staff too busy and quick to remove plates. We felt rushed. We prefer Francesca's at lunch and on week nights. We love Stella, Maribeth, Dawn and the funny congenial female bartender. We eat at the bar when there is only the two of us for dinner.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The service on Saturday evening was terrible. We sat in the back room adjacent to private room which was was catering a wedding event. We received our drinks fairly quickly but waited 20 minutes to order an appetizer. Our waiter didn't come back to our table until 15 minutes after we finished our appetizer to take our dinner order. We waited 30 minutes for our dinner. After an a 15 minute wait after dinner we ordered cappuccino which took 15-20 minutes to receive and was at best warm. We returned the cappuccino which came back hot. We sat waiting to pay our check for 10 minutes until I got up an took the bill and credit card to our waiter who was washing glasses at the bar. We sat down at 6:30PM and I finally paid my bill at 9:00PM. I believe the wedding bogged down the kitchen/wait staff and the restaurant customers took the brunt of the failed service. We eat there frequently and this is the first time this has happened.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Lived up to my expectations regarding a city dining experience in the heart of the far west suburbs.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We have dined here many times mostly for lunch. The food is always excellent as well as the waitstaff. We dined here before a show at the Arcada. We were seated promptly as I made a reservation for 6:30pm given that it was packed with patrons. It took our waitress about 10 minutes to even greet us. Upon greeting us she offered us drinks which we declined, than said I will be back to take your appetizer order which we didn't even suggest we would be ordering. Finally upon her return we were ready to order. She asked us again if we wanted appetizers we declined. Than we said we are ready to order and she announced or do you want to hear the specials? Really shouldn't that have been before with the appetizer routine? She really pressed us again to order appetizers and drinks even after we had indicate no twice. The meals took much longer than usual to arrive, the place was at a decibel no one could have any conversation and our waitress seemed only interested in the larger parties not us as a couple(maybe because we didn't order appetizers and drinks?). My special with scallops and shrimp had 3 shrimp and 10 scallops. The busgirl also kept taking our bread plates away even though we had not finished our bread. It took forever for the waitress to come back so we could order dessert. Not a relaxing meal in anyway shape or form. Certainly not at all the level of service we have come to expect here. We always bring friends here for lunch and this experience was far from our usual great experience. Not sure I can recommend this restaurant anymore. Between the disappointing waitress, meal sub par, and the noise level we will need to rethink coming back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Service was very slow due to wedding reception in back room. Wait time for food was too long. Customers were not happy and impatient. I would think they should know how to handle a busy Saturday night and a wedding reception. If not, then don't schedule a party on a Saturday evening.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Overall, we were very pleased with our dining experience at Francesca's ....good food, good wine and excellent service provided by Angela.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The salmon dish I had was delicious. Tables way too close to each other. Felt overcrowded.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great did... Great service! We love franscescas!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

As usual, terrific. Even better with all pasta dishes at $12....add a bottle of wine and a salad....
perfect!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Always friendly & hospitable, excellent service, generous portions and fantastic specials.
Bar's a great place to relax and chat with the folks

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Brought a German friend in for a pre-concert meal. Came early and it was very quiet. By the time we left it was rocking. Every bite was spectacular. Service good. Will look for an excuse to get here again soon.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Happy Hour along with their Pasta night specials....delicious like always.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Celebrated a Birthday....Dined on Tilapia w/sweet potato puree. Excellent food, drink, and service like always.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Healthy, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Wonderful dining ..... delicious food and excellent service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food and service was exceptional. We ordered pasta and pizza. Our waiter gave great recommendations.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Been here before ... service is always top notch and the food is excellent ... great bar service from Lisa (as usual) and our table person Jodie did a very commendable job ... will return again!!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Very happy we decided to go here. Our server was great! I love that they don’t rush you. Great service, food, drinks!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Always delicious with nice gluten free accommodations. Go early if u don't like higher noise level. 6 works but fairly loud by 7:30. Friendly and helpful wait staff. Overall never fails to please.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Service was great until my entree arrived as they didn't leave me with a fork. Couldn't connect with any wait staff so I had to raid a different table to obtain one. This should be table management 101!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, People Watching, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We went with our entire extended family to celebrate two family birthdays (one of which was a big milestone birthday) and we booked it very well in advanced since several people drove over an hour to celebrate. Upon arriving, we were seated fairly quickly and our meals came out quickly. Food was decent but nothing to write home about, unfortunately. The biggest disappointment was that we reminded them twice about the two birthdays and our waitress kept mentioning that they were going to sing and had a special surprise. When dinner was over and the dessert menus came out, we ordered a couple orders of the banana chocolate bread pudding which we were excited to try. It took a while to come out and we thought that was because of the "surprise", however the busboy showed up with the bread pudding and after eating it we realized they brought us pumpkin bread pudding. We told the waitress and she said, "oh thanks for letting me know so i dont tell people the wrong thing the rest of the night", and then she dumped the check off on us. No birthday acknowledgement, no acknowledgement of the wrong dessert. So we paid and left, and regretted choosing this place to celebrate our two birthday celebrations.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The reason I'd recommend after not a great rating is the manager took care of our problem, our waiter did a good job with what he had to work with. Unfortunately, we went during Homecoming which led to the noise, and over all busy staff. I based our rating on our experience that particular night. I would try them again, but would definitely ask about any special events going on.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our server, Mary Beth, was exceptional. She established a warm and sincere bond quickly and it made the entire dining experience great. She handled a ton of tables yet still took great care of us. She was a blur, but was still quite attentive and made the dinner feel special. The ambiance was classic Italian. When we were seated, the restaurant was 3/4 empty. Within an hour, the place was packed and the noise level skyrocketed. No concerns at all about having our conversation overheard, yet we could talk to each other at normal voice levels. The food was creative and quite good. The Australian Sea Bass was excellent. We will look forward to finding a reason to revisit St. Charles and Francesca's By the River.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I have visited Francesca's many times, and will continue to do so as long as the food and service stay outstanding.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Service and food were great. A bit noisy.

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