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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 - 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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 19
    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
Great Italian Food

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2015
marjbro
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North Andover, MA
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
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Evanston, Illinois
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I've eaten at several of the Francesca's restaurants in the Chicagoland area and have always had something good. Francesca's by the River in St. Charles is one of my favorite places to eat. The menu is always different and I've never been dissapointed with their wonderful choices. The serving sizes for the pasta dishes are more than generous. If you're... More 

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Chicago, IL
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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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8 restaurant reviews
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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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28 restaurant reviews
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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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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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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: Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Doing business
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?