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Francesca's by the River

200 S 2nd St, Saint Charles, IL 60174-2815
630-587-8221
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Ranked #11 of 147 restaurants in Saint Charles
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $30
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
Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The food is ok; very crowded & loud due to the high open ceilings. Tables are very close making it uncomfortable. Always a wait to get in and the crowd waits by the bar making it horrible to sit at the bar. Many nicer places to go with just a good or better food.

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Northern IL
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Francesca's is a staple in St Charles. Great food and service, easy parking. Worth checking out! Be prepared to wait on weekends if you don't have reservations.

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

After friends raved about this local restaurant, we decided to give it another try. Years ago we had been underwhelmed. Unfortunately, it was even worse than our previous experiences. Service was slow and the waiter was not knowledgeable about the menu. Our pizzas took a very long time to come out and they were not completely done; they were cold.... More

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Francesca's is the place that friends and I choose whenever we have a special Girls Night Out. We can always count on great food and excellent service. Every time I go, I order a custom salad that is superb. A few yrs ago when we could not get seated til long after our reservation time due to parties not leaving... More

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

We love the Francesca's family of restaurants! On this particular occasion, we were celebrating NYE with family friends. Great service/wonderful food. Love that the menu changes! Be sure to save room for dessert!!

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Chicago, Illinois
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40 reviews 40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

To begin it is Francesca's on the Parking Lot a block from the River so don't expect a view. I love the Francesca's in Chicago so was looking forward to my visit. It is a small place with an open kitchen and feels more like a Panera Bread than a white table cloth restaurant. The menu is very limited and... More

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Santa Rosa, California
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

A favorite is St. Charles for many years. Excellent and friendly service, good atmosphere, and the food is always excellent. Good wine list.

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Merida, Mexico
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57 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We were in Chicago and we travel to Saint Charles to eat at Francesca by the River. We like it very much: food, wine, and to visit this small town its great. People is very kind, We hope to go back some day to Saint Charles and Francecas

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

They continue surprise me with their fish offerings. Very well prepared every time we go. Coffee and tiramisu is also very good. This place is hopping so make a reservation. I like sitting in the back room better than the front of the restaurant as it tends to be a little more quite. Pasta dishes are also very good!

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Saint Charles, IL
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Service is always fantastic, fresh pasta choices and kid friendly. Wine list could use some attention. Overall, one of my favorite for family or date night dining.

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