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Francesca's By The River

4.5
1641 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Mon 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Phone number
(630) 587-8221
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Blas Losoya
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Catering
Please Call Our Event Coordinator Gabriela Barker at 1 888 937 9009 extension 153.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Illinois
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Parking details
Along with our private parking lot, you can park in the 4 story parking garage right behind out lot.
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Special events & promotions
Please Call Our Event Coordinator Gabriela Barker at 1 888 937 9009 extension 153.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

It's never too early to make your Mother's Day Brunch reservations!!!!
Mother's Day Brunch from 10am until 3pm and the full Diner Menu from 4pm until 9 pm.
Brunch is $42 adults, $16 children. Best Brunch in Town.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1641 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined a day ago

Had a great experience, the food was great and service was very friendly. My wife and I went there for our anniversary and they went out of their way to make us feel special!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Everything was wonderful. The service, the food, the ambiance. We go to several of the Francesca locations and we are never disappointed.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Delicious!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

It had been some years since I was last at this restaurant. Since it was Francesca’s 20th anniversary I decided to take my wife there. We chose the special, which was a three course dinner for $20. Per person.
It was excellent. We started with the calamari which was not part of the special. We then had the house sald which was plentiful and tasty. Bev ordered the salmon and I had the veal medallions. Both were excellent and the portions large. Wr finished with pastries filled with two scoops of vanilla ice cream with hot fudge. The servers were friendly and efficient. Wr had a great time. We will be back.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Everything about Francesca's is usually great, but this time we waited for about 15-20 min. to be seated. Once seated, our order wasn't taken for almost 45 min. or more. Then another wait for the food. I asked for a taste of the wine, and 10 min. later, he finally came back. It felt like we weren't being attending to by our waiter. They were very busy, so perhaps this was the reason.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Great service enjoyed a drink before ordering dinner, and their was no rush put on us to order. When we did the food was outstanding .

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great!! Food is perfect, great service!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was wonderful, service was exceptional. Just a great, great meal and experience.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Great environment, great food but a little pricey.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Love that the menu changes, food is always delicious and service top notch. We are regulars at this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great service ,always a good meal like the new menu

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Always a great meal with wonderful service.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I am never disappointed when I eat here. From the first bite of the hot fresh bread through tiramisu, I think to myself that I should just eat at Francesca’s instead of trying all the new restaurants in town. Friendly and attentive service as always.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I took two out-of-town guests, and we all loved our meals, the beautiful setting and the excellent service. I just wait to return.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I've been to this restaurant 3x and every time it has been excellent. Great service, food, and reasonably priced for a quality meal. Greta for business and special occasion, but can also be for non-occasson.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Wait staff and the bar staff are great. The food is consistently outstanding. We go for the ambiance, the friendliness of the bar and wait staff and we love to sit in the bar area.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went for Easter Brunch and I was pleasantly surprised with the buffet-style dinner they offered. We went at 3 p.m. so it was only lunch/dinner entrees, but everything was excellent. The carving station had ham or prime rib and the rest of the buffet featured a number of their best Italian dishes. There were plenty of options for the kids, including chicken fingers. It was a manageable crowd as well, and the staff and service was outstanding! One thing to note: the buffet is set up in their back room, which is a bit of a walk from the main dining room. There is a second dining room closer to the buffet, so if you have older folks in your party that have mobility issues (like we did), be sure to call and ask for a table in the back dining room. This was a great experience and everyone in our group commented that we will absolutely go back to Francesca's by the River for a future holiday brunch.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Service was excellent. Easter buffet was well stocked and food was delicious. Enjoyed our experience. We will keep this in mind for future holidays!

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great food with good service.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Dinner with my family...restaurant was dark and hard to see the menu. Loud and difficult to hear each other above the noise. Food was deliciousness service excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Excellent menu options. Salmon on top of lentils was cooked perfectly. My daughter had pasta and shrimp. Their bruschetta is par none other. Service is impeccable. Wine list is outstanding. Francesscas is one of the top restaurants in St Charles

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The best salmon I've had in ages, Also, the veal was excellent. Great service and a really great dining experience

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Mussels can be ordered two different ways......our preference is Garlic w/olive oil. ... delicious.
Another wonderful "Happy Hour" with bartender, Liza....always fun.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Ordered 2 glasses of wine. My wife's glass had lipstick marks on it and it wasn't hers. They kindly replaced with a new glass. I ordered the tenderloin medium rare, they came to me medium well. They replaced my dinner with properly cooked tenderloins. Food lacked flavor, both mine and my wife's dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Everything was great.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Excellent pasta meat sauce. Something for everyone on the menu. Reasonable prices

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Wonderful night out with my wife service and food were perfect. Unrushed, helpful with selections and accommodated us with a table by the bar so we could watch Loyola play in the Elite Eight. When Loyola won, the whole restaurant erupted with applause and people all around us were shaking hands and high fiving us. Wonderful night all around, including a great bottle of wine very reasonably priced to go with outstanding specials. Can't wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Food was amazing and the service was great. Could not ask for more. A party of four and we all enjoyed the experience.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Great food, service was amazing ! Went there for a Birthday dinner! So good ! Been there at this location 3 times in the past 3 weeks never a disappointment!!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Mussels in garlic and olive oil or with marinara sauce are on their "Happy Hour" menu along with meatballs, caesar salad and pizza ..... delicious

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Delicious meal with great service by Dawn and others.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Dinner after a concert at the Arcada Theatre

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great good. Awesome service. A perfect evening as always at Francesca’s.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Really great atmosphere and food was delish!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Our favorite Salmon Caesar Salad with a small pizza. Happy Hour favorite

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Meatball special (3 day event) we both had the Eggplant meatballs ... they were excellent.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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