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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

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

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

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (34)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Good for a Date (31)
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Casual (31)
Bar Seating (29)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Good for Groups (27)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Happy Hour (23)
Fun (22)
Hot Spot (21)
Comfort Food (20)
Great for Lunch (20)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Authentic (15)
Business Meals (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Romantic (11)
Great Beer (10)
Healthy (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
People Watching (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Cozy (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Seasonal (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Waterfront (4)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Living in St Charles, Francesca's is our #1 'go-to' and always comes through like the champ it is.
From the floor managers to the wait staff to the team in the kitchen, everyone is attentive and will do whatever it takes to make sure you have a great evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

My wife and I were in town to see a show at the Arcada just across the river and decided we would try this place out. Even being late for our reservations we were seated almost immediately. The food was excellent and served quickly. Johnny, our waiter, was very good and made sure we had everything we needed. Not at all bad for a Friday night!

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Neighborhood hot spot......definitely worth the drive from whereever. Delicious food, great service....love the Happy Hour.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Fun, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Vegan, Comfort Food, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Pasta Diavola Pollo.....delicious. Relaxing Sunday night dining .

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Very busy, and the service was a bit slow (we were in a hurry, so maybe we were a bit less patient than usual). We’ll definitely come back.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Comfortable environment with outstanding service. Food was great except for the sides. I would recommend to anyone without hesitation.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Pizza appetizer and an excellent Insalata Cavoletti with added Chicken. Perfect salad with Brussels Sprout, Kale, etc. The added chicken made it a perfect entree dish. Wonderful night out like always.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

One of my favorites! Great gluten free menu, awesome cocktails and wonderful staff! Kids menu is very affordable and has salmon!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Maybe it was bad luck but we had the table directly next to the kitchen. I must have been “hit” seven or eight times by customers or staff as tables were too tight. Very noisy.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Always outstanding cuisine! We have been coming to Francesca’s restaurants for almost 25 years

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Ran out of sweet potatoes. Pick over deserts, and bread. Not what you would expect of such a nice place.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a wondered Thanksgiving lunch here. The staff was so attentive and great with my dad, who recently had a stroke. I thank all the staff for taking out their time from their families & friends to be open for my family. The Thanksgiving buffet was delicious & prepared very well and with love. So gracious again for all the staff that was there!

Tags: Happy Hour, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Pollo Disperata .... delicious. Happy Hour pizza delicious like always.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wonderful Italian Fare in a beautiful open room with food and drinks at the bar as well. Impeccable service (Best in any restaurant I have been). Lots of dinner choices and good wines to match. (Dinner with an appetizer for (3) with drinks (3) and a glass of wine ($100) plus tip). The ONLY drawback was the noise. At our table it was very hard to hear one another during a normal conversation. I would suggest "not" having dining during the hours of 5-8 when they are the busiest and the restaurant is full. It may be quieter in the Riverview Room which we forgot to checkout.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The best food and atmosphere in St Charles. The wait staff and management make it a pleasant experience!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Birthday dinner

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great dinner and cocktails! Always a trusted neighborhood favorite!

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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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