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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 44
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  • 32
    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 flavor and good atmosphere!

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
PlayByPlay426
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Saint Charles, Illinois
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Sugar Grove, Illinois
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
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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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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
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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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Chicago, Illinois
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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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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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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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: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic
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?