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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
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4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 21
    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
Christmas Eve dinner

Atmosphere is good. Kind of tight seating. We were taken to the very back almost with 2 of us having disabilities. Oldest being 87. Waitress d9id excellent job letting us know the Specials etc. Menus were presented very promptly by hostess. Appetizers were very good from what heard from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
Kim H
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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

It was packed out as you can imagine, but it was well worth the wait and the crème brulee was amazing!

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Thank Jason S
Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Atmosphere is good. Kind of tight seating. We were taken to the very back almost with 2 of us having disabilities. Oldest being 87. Waitress d9id excellent job letting us know the Specials etc. Menus were presented very promptly by hostess. Appetizers were very good from what heard from others. I didn;t partake of them., Main entrees were very good....and... More 

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Thank Kim H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Nice venue in downtown St Charles. Been here a few times and typically have pasta. Quality is consistent. I give Za Za the nod though if you have to choose. Francesca's is a bit better for a business meal as Za Za is a bit loud.

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Thank Pete G
Denver
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540 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Very good food. Everyone, all dozen of us, were impressed. Would go back in a moment. Reasonable prices, good atmosphere. Only complaint was speed of service. Our waitress was incredibly friendly and moved fast, but the restaurant was packed and she had too many tables to handle. We left a very nice tip because it wasn't her fault, but they... More 

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Thank MileHighJacket
Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Had high hopes & expectations. The dining space was comfortable & attractive and the food was good. Our waitress was average. Not sure if she had too many tables, was new or just disengaged. There was no communication of daily specials no recommendations or suggestions. It was disappointing to observe our neighboring table receive a much higher level of service.... More 

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Thank Rooney610
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

Dined here, for the first time, for lunch about a week ago. Chose to sit at the bar, had a wonderful Pollo alla Diavola (Ckn. with spicy tomato sauce, etc. on a bed of linguine), nice crusty bread, served with olive oil, parm chz. & mild giardiniera included. One of the managers came over and chatted, very welcoming, friendly place.... More 

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Thank SunshineChi
Illinois
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104 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

We have been here many times over the years. The food is always delicious and the service is attentive. The chicken and fish entree's are excellent. One of my few issues is the restaurant is quite loud as there are brick walls and hardwood floors that contribute to the noise. Now this isn't ultra fine dining but it is upscale... More 

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Thank NewcastleIllinois
Saint Charles, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Fresh pasta and seafood. Everything is fantastic here. Because they change their menu every 2 weeks it would be nice to see the full menu online for take out

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Thank Staceyconz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

My family shared a wonderful meal here over Labor Day weekend. The staff were excellent and won our trust when they confirmed our gluten free order did not cashews either. Our two year old has a severe allergy so their assistance was beyond amazing.

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Geneva, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Great Italian cuisine....I personally luv the pasta dishes, very authentic & always delicious! Luv sitting in the back dining area where it's not so crowded together(tables)

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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, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
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?