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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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Visitor rating
  • 41
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Where's the wine?

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 15, 2014
ret5000
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McHenry, Illinois
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 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
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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McHenry, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Illinois
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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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: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Entertaining clients
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?