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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.

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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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (42)
Neighborhood Gem (41)
Good for a Date (40)
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Good for Birthdays (36)
Casual (34)
Good for Anniversaries (33)
Bar Seating (27)
Good for Groups (26)
Comfort Food (25)
Business Meals (23)
Hot Spot (23)
Worth the Drive (23)
Authentic (23)
Happy Hour (22)
Fun (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Romantic (21)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Cozy (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Great Beer (12)
People Watching (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Healthy (10)
Kid-friendly (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vegan (4)
Waterfront (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Scenic View (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

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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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Fun, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent service! Fabulous food and family friendly. Went there on Valentine’s Day with my 2 children under age 10. They treated us like royalty. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

The food is delicious but the menu is limited. The service was awesome but it’s always loud in there.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Chicken and Fish dishes along with pasta.....fresh and delicious. Menu changes to keep it interesting which keeps us coming back weekly.

Tags: Great Beer, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, People Watching, Casual
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·Dined 5 days ago

The food was delicious! Great place for quiet conversation, unlike so many restaurants with very loud music

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food & good service. made a request for a specific table and they held it for us!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Party of 4, all of us enjoyed our meals. Good wine selection and great service. Only downside was that it was very cold as our table was next to the windows.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Happy Hour....excellent choices and a fun atmosphere.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Non attentive waiter. His tables were scattered all over the floor. Just paid poor attention to timing. Still tipped well but will go to Naperville location in future.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Very good service and excellent ribeye steak

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great time, thanks!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Two birthdays

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Returned for another "Happy Hour" dining experience. Caesar Salad w/Salmon.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Healthy, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Happy Hour ..... pizza ..... Caesar Salad with added Salmon ..... delicious like always. We like to dine at the Bar. Barista " Lisa" along with many familiar faces make for an enjoyable evening.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Vegan, Healthy, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great meals enjoyed by everyone in the group, diverse choices; Salmon over spinach, chicken with roasted potatoes, great pasta and filet medallions and everyone was thrilled with their meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The staff is so friendly and welcoming, it really makes for an enjoyable experience. Kitchen is very accommodating when requested to consider slight modifications to a menu item. Food quality is very good and while you won't leave hungry, the quantity is not over done.

Nice wine menu with varying portion sizes available by the glass. Cocktails...well done.

Already looking forward to a return trip.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Restaurant was pretty crowded,a lot of families, which meant a lot of noise. Scallops were fantastic, highly recommend.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food. Great service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Francesca’s by the river is absolutely one of my fav places!! The dishes are amazing, polla arrosta is the bomb! The sauce is to die for. Polla Limone so good. From the apps to the pastas and great desserts. GM Stella Baronne runs a great place with the best service around. Great food and great value.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Though we live in the general area, we had not been back to Francesca's by the River in quite awhile. On this visit we sat in the bar area for dinner and drinks. The service from the bar staff person was outstanding and our meals were very,very good with enough leftover for take home. We'll definitely be back for the service and the food. The only negative that requires a bit of adjusting to is the snug seating. We've previously sat in the general dining area and found that seating to be snug to say the least...particularly on a busy evening. Now we've found the bar area seating to be the same. Patrons were constantly negotiating their way through a very narrow aisle between our bar area table and the bar seated customers.

In general , all the positives ( food, service,& ambiance ) outweigh the one negative ( tight seating ) and Francesca's by the River remains a definite " go-to " place.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great food, great drinks!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a 7:30 reservation and got seated 7:45. That made me a little nervious that we might be late for our 9pm show at Club Arcada. Service was very quick the food came out quickly and was delicious. My Girlfriend was most impressed with her dish and she is hard to please.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This was a great dinner for us. Food was excellent and service was fabulous. Highly recommend!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

All good. Excellent waiter. Great service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Not much offered on the menu. Went to the location in Dundee and it offered more. I also got sick off my Italian sausage special. Won’t return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Loved seeing our old friend Marybeth!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great service and food. Server Mary Beth is the best

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Wonderful dining on a Wednesday evening. A favorite ... come for "Happy Hour" 3:30 to 6:00 pm....appetizers plus......drink specials also.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Romantic, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Quick Bite, Authentic, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Casual, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Went to Francesca's for lunch and it was fantastic! The food was wonderful and the service was top-notch! Highly recommend!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Reservations were running late and the waiting area is NOT ADEQUATE!!! Parking is not adequate either!!!!1/13/2018

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Happy Hour Martini's along with small dish specials...delicious. Tonight Insalata Cavoletti Bruxel w/chicken was excellent. Along with a little bit of wine.... perfect. Service at the Bar is "Top Notch".

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Casual, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on January 7, 2018

LOve that they offer half portions of pasta. However all meals we were served were amazing as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Always enjoy our visit to Francesca's, food is great for the price.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Love Francesca’s! Just wish the one in Dundee hadn’t closed. This drive is a bit far and we probably won’t go as much as we have in the past....

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I have always loved the Francesca restaurants. Last night's experience was not the best. Though we were seated on time, service was extremely slow. Our server was very pleasant, but it took 15 mins to get our first drink, and the rest of the evening was not much better. Sorry, but I'll take advantage of the other venues in the area from now on.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent love this place been here before will be back!

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