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Francesca's by the River

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200 S 2nd St, Saint Charles, IL 60174-2815 (Illinois)
630-587-8221
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Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 45
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Really good Italian spot in St Charles

Stopped here while on a business trip. The staff was very welcoming and friendly. It's located right in the town and parking is easy. They have a small but very good menu. The bruschetta was very fresh. The portions are also very generous. Overall a great experience and would return.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
Laxw09
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Stopped here while on a business trip. The staff was very welcoming and friendly. It's located right in the town and parking is easy. They have a small but very good menu. The bruschetta was very fresh. The portions are also very generous. Overall a great experience and would return.

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We often go here for lunch as the design of the restaurant being in an old gas station make it hard to have conversation but, the food and the service are very good. My husbands company had a dinner here and they were fantastic along with great food and drinks. They know how to make a great French martini. A... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

You just can't go wrong here. The service is good, the food is great, the prices are reasonable. I honestly don't think I have had a bad experience or been disappointed at any Francesca's.

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Chicago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Noisy and dark. Looks like a crowded nice restaurant. Ordered a primo platti of pasta with shellfish and a second of pork chops. Unfortunately both courses were delivered to the table at the same time. The pork chops were all right, filled with cheese and very salty. Served with delicious sauteed mushrooms and squash. The pasta was delivered with some... More 

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Sugar Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Although the hostess (maybe she was the bartender), was not so friendly, but the lasagna was the best I've ever had!! Our waitress Mary Beth was super nice and very efficient. She always checked in on us and made sure our drinks were filled. We both ordered the $5.00 lasagna special today (7/29 - is National Lasagna Day ~ Who... More 

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Wonderful Italian food with huge servings! Calamari appetizer is huge too. The bar is beautiful and service is good and fast.

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Evanston, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Because I did not participate in half-priced wine night, our waitress made it an uncomfortable meal. Usually I don't resort to writing reviews. Maybe mgmt. will notice. As a healthcare professional dealing with the public, I know what good service entails. There are too many good restaurants to return.

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North Andover, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I had lunch recently at Francesca's in St. Charles. The food and ambience was wonderful. I've had Italian food all over the East Coast (including Boston's North End) and this was as good as that. There was a great varied menu. The bread and dipping sauce (I use that as a standard!) was very good, as was the fried calamari... More 

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Batavia, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We've eaten at Francesca's many times and will continue forever. You'll never be disappointed. The food is outstanding as well as the staff. We've gone a few times not having a reservation and they always work us in. Don't hesitate to try this place out. Its absolutely amazing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Have eaten here many times and they are so consistent, Great chicken ceasar salad, calamari bread all good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 200 S 2nd St, Saint Charles, IL 60174-2815
    (Illinois)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Saint Charles
  • Phone Number: 630-587-8221

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?