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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
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 39
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Where's the wine?

My wife and I chose Francessca's after asking for recommendations at our hotel.Waitress was good, but should have checked in more often. They were out of their best cabernet sauvignon, which was a bummer. The bread wasn't served with butter, or parmesan cheese and oil. We had to ask for butter. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 15, 2014
ret5000
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McHenry, Illinois
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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95 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Chicago, IL
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I have eaten here several time with my wife an we have always enjoyed the food, wine and service. I would always recommend the specials. They will never disappoint.

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Carol Stream, Illinois, United States
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We used to have Francesca's our go to Christmas Eve restaurant. This year, they jammed in patron so tightly that even trying to walk through was a challenge. Service was unattentive (understaffed) and their menu was not that exciting. It appears they severely slimmed it down to because they knew they were going to be busy. What was left was... More 

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Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I came here in October and the food and service was great. I went again this weekend and the host was rude and barely acknowledged us. When we were seated the waiter took forever to come take our order. One of the workers kept tripping and falling against us and other couples. He accidentally hit one lady with a plane... More 

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Saint John, Indiana, United States
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Everything from the bread, squash soup, pastas, pumpkin cheesecake and wine was excellent...including our waitress!!

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Saint Charles, Illinois
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We have been fans of Francesca's for many years but the last visit will be our last for a while. I made two mistakes that night-because I was deep in a business discussion we didn't order dinner when the waiter stopped by- the second time. After another half hour went by I realized we should get the order in but... More 

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McHenry, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

My wife and I chose Francessca's after asking for recommendations at our hotel.Waitress was good, but should have checked in more often. They were out of their best cabernet sauvignon, which was a bummer. The bread wasn't served with butter, or parmesan cheese and oil. We had to ask for butter. The main dish was excellent. We both loved our... More 

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Illinois
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I went to Francesca's expecting to be "wowed" by the food. It has a decent reputation, but I was underwhelmed. The menu was limited and many of the options were certainly not heart-healthy. Frankly, I had a tough time deciding what to order. The staff is attentive and friendly, but I won't be back.

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Cordova, Tennessee
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This was a large group business dinner and it was very good. They have a room in the back of the restaurant that can serve a large group with its own bar. The food was delicious and served family style for our group.

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Monroe Center, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Great food and great location for wedding rehearsal dinner. Service was excellent. Our out of town guests also dined here and raved about the food and service. We will go back again.

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Cambridge, Ontario
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

First the menu is slim ... so if you are looking for a lot of food options it will not be happening to you here. But if you like great Italian food this is the place to visit. We love the carpatchio which is extremely well prepared and served.

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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: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?