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Francesca's by the River

200 S 2nd St, Saint Charles, IL 60174-2815
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Ranked #24 of 161 Restaurants in Saint Charles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Illinois
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English first
Chicago, IL
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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Nashville, Tennessee
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61 reviews 61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
2 reviews
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
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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Additional Information about Francesca's by the River

Address: 200 S 2nd St, Saint Charles, IL 60174-2815
Phone Number: 630-587-8221
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Saint Charles
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Italian

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