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Francesca's by the River

200 S 2nd St, Saint Charles, IL 60174-2815
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Ranked #25 of 159 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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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
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
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Saint Charles, Illinois
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60 reviews 60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I have eaten here probably a dozen times over the last ten years and we saw this as a good traditional Italian restaurant with an interesting menu and good service. On recent visits the service has gone downhill and the menu seems leaner and less interesting. On a recently visit we came in two hours before we had play tickets,... More

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A favorite here in St Charles, they accommodated us for my husbands birthday this month which was also homecoming Saturday. Called Zaza and they said no can do so called Francesca and they got us in 7:15 sharp- no table waiting it was ready for us. I appreciated also that they offer gluten free pasta unlike Zaza and it is... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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184 reviews 184 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We've visited several of the Francesca's restaurants in Chicago. Although this one was good, the food was not as good as any of the others I've gone to. Don't get me wrong, the food was ok, just not up to par with the chain's image. I had their swordfish with shrimp and it was just ok. The swordfish was thin... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I was excited to dine here recently because of their gluten free menu. I have eaten at other Francesca's restaurants with great success. They were very nice and appeared to be concerned and conscientious about my meal. The food tasted fantastic. Unfortunately I got the worst glutening that I have had in a long time. Sick all night. Very sad... 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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