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Francesca's By The River

4.5
1577 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
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
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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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What 1577 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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4.5
service
4.2
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4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipluvNitelife (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Always delicious entrees and Happy Hour menu. A regular dining destination.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful food, attentive and friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Coming from the West Dundee location (boo boo) we were surprised by the size of this location. Everything was great!

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RMMM (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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.

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Alien2451 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

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.

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mart (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

One of the best restaurants in St Charles. Always the freshest ingredients delicious meals

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Very accommodating waitstaff and bartender. Excellent food and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great food, great service, awesome drinks. Can't beat it!

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KevinK (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Food was great and waiter made great suggestions on what to order. Wine was really good too.

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Cubsfan (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

The Buffalo mozzarella appetizer, prosciutto Parmesan salad and lemon butter salmon were outstanding . The waiter saved us from getting a $53 Super Tuscan and instead referred us to a very nice $30 bottle of wine from Tuscany. He directed us to a lot of deliciousness!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

As I have reviewed before, the portion size has really gotten small compared to previous visits.

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JimR (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I ordered my steak rare. It turned out to be medium. It tasted OK, so I did not send it back.

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Coop (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was good, and the service was great. My only complaint is the closeness of the tables. They have many tables squished together. It makes the room loud and less private; it feels like you are eating dinner with your neighbors.

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DrMAB (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Been many times prior and will be many times again. Had one of their best servers Jaime. He was busy but took care of us and did not rush - even though it was Valentine's day. Requested and got what we think is the best front room table. Only minus, folks next to us brought their kids and the girl kicked the bench seat for fun... not.

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