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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 #28 of 154 Restaurants in Saint Charles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
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
Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
180 reviews 180 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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Saint Charles, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

good service & good food. the place was packed on Valentines Day!! But they did a great job. We will come back again so we can better experience this romantic restaurant

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Jacksonville, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

There was a group of us that went here and I think, like me, we were expecting typical Italian food like lasagna or chicken Parmesan. If this is what you are looking for, you will be disappointed. However, if you have an open mind to try different things, this is your place. The dishes were unique and again not typical,... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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85 reviews 85 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I went here for my sister's rehearsal dinner, the night before her wedding. Francesca's has a lovely atmosphere. It's one of those great hangout places with excellent food, beer & wine. They did an awesome job of catering to a large group of people and we were able to have a room blocked off for the special dinner. The food... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Overall, the food at Francesca's is very good. This is overshadowed by the fact that they almost never seat you on time (and there is no adequate place to enjoy a cocktail while you wait), the tables are cramped and you can't hear the conversation of your dinner partner at a table for two. There are a lot of good... More

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8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

All of the items on the menu ate incredibly overpriced, and the food itself is bland. I'd say the service was good, but they were basically pushing us out of the restaurant with the way they were constantly at our table. Not to mention the fact that our wait staff couldn't understand what we were saying. I will not be... More

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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89 reviews 89 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

My wife and I went there on Tuesday for dinner to find out that Tuesdays all bottles of wine under $60 are half price, what a deal. Needles to say we had a nice $47 bottle of wine for $23.50. My wife had the "special" Chicken Lasagna and I had the Pollo Arrosto, both were very good. Great service, good... More

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

A favorite birthday outing for me in downtown, but just a bit loud and cramped for my husband. many great choices.

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

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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