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Francesca's by the River

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200 S 2nd St, Saint Charles, IL 60174-2815 (Illinois)
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Saint Charles, Illinois
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food is always good - the surroundings comfortable and the 'folks' so accommodating. Whether it's Lisa or Melissa behind the bar or Stella and Helmut hosting and all the nice servers they make you feel welcome and at home. This is a very, very good restaurant - the entrees are always excellent - but don't be afraid to try... More 

Thank Richard H
Geneva, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Francesca's is one of my favorite restaurants. I've never had a bad meal and I've been going to this restaurant for about 15 years. We've enjoyed a lot of good food and memories with friends over the years attending this restaurant.

Thank terrimccormick1
Wheaton, Illinois
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150 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have been to this Francesca's before and other locations. The food is always very good and the portions very generous. We came here after a show and since it was later on a Sunday, it wasn't very crowded, which is a good things since it tends to be very noisy when crowded. I had the veal which was excellent with... More 

Thank puma1954
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

You will never go wrong. Everything is great. It's like talking in an echo chamber sometimes, but you won't notice because of the high food quality.

Thank Zia K
Saint Charles, Illinois
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

I recently entertained a state organization dignitary at Francesca's. Each of the five people in our group ordered different items on the menu and all were well pleased with their food. Each entree was fresh, attractive, and very tasty. The wait staff treated us well with just the right amount of attention. I hadn't been at Francesca's for awhile, but... More 

Thank IntrepidGin
Chicago, Illinois
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112 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

Came here for a 'special' Mother's Day dinner. On the positive side we were seated right away based on reservations made a week earlier. Food was very good and was presented quickly. Our bus server kept our glasses of water always full which was greatly appreciated. On the negative side, the parking lot was full: more tables than parking spots... More 

Thank ilpiccs
Geneva, Illinois, United States
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262 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

The food is ok and the bar area is well appointed. The customs service though is just not good. My family has a very bad experience at this restaurant will not go back.

Thank Troy G
Saint Charles, Illinois
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Have dined at Francesca's by the River many times. Always delicious, always good service, always a nice experience!

Thank Jennifer V
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57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

Had a great date with my husband at Francescas. The hot bread was delicious. My husband ordered veal and I ordered the ravioli. Both were delicious. The sauce on the ravioli was scrumptious. The veal was the clear winner. It was a large portion, tender, and fabulous! The waitress recommended the lemon cake. It was good but I would recommend... More 

Thank Elsie G
Saint Charles, Illinois
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

How is that for unusual? A restaurant review that starts off with how nice all the people are that work there. Oh yeah, and the food is really good too! I go there sometimes and just have a pizza at the bar, but mostly we enjoy the full menu and nice wine list. The place is extremely accommodating and well... More 

Thank Richard H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200 S 2nd St, Saint Charles, IL 60174-2815
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Saint Charles
  • Phone Number: 630-587-8221

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?