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Francesca's by the River

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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200 S 2nd St, Saint Charles, IL 60174-2815 (Illinois)
+1 630-587-8221
4:00 pm - 9:00 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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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great restaurant and great food but can get busy. Best to make a reservation, even on days when you may not think it will be busy. Parking lot fills up fast but there is a parking garage right across the street, so it's better not to park and then walk in and get turned away or have to wait a... More 

Thank thekatieexpress
papillion, ne
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

Making reservations here was quick and easy, even when calling from out of state. We were a party of six, with an addition of one child for dinner. We were seated immediately and the service was very good right from the start. We ordered the Bruschetta with mozzarella for an appetizer and all ingredients were fresh and delicious. Main courses... More 

Thank Tom01
Saint Charles, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

We hosted about a 60-party group at Francesca's. They offered beautiful, private accommodations, with excellent food and service. Many of our guests had never eaten here in the past, and were looking forward to returning.

Thank BEEP6018
Chicago, Illinois
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106 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

Fourth visit here, and am declaring it as one of the best Italian restaurants in the area. (St Charles, Geneva) I wont waste a lot of time-If you go, you have to order either the Ravioli or the Napoletana Pizza. Start there, and you will come back. The pizza will blow you away. The flavors are incredible. Crispy crust, loaded... More 

Thank Roomfordessert
Saint Charles, Illinois
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

This is our "occasion" place. First of all, the staff is incredible. The wine selection is superb and food always good. They give you delicious warm bread with oil and cheese when you are seated. Food always good.

Thank KathleenPR
Chicago, IL
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74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

Recently had dinner here with old friends before a concert. We were early, and our friends were late, so we sat at the nice bar for a drink. Bartenders were very nice and helpful, and when we explained our situation to the hostess on a busy Saturday night, she gave us a sincere, "No problem". When we were seated, we... More 

Thank IndependentTravelAK
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

We had lunch with the family. The food and service was good. The menu was a little small. But there was hardly anyone there. Only 3 tables were being used. But we went around 2 on Saturday. Prices were reasonable.

Thank Pritcan
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

First off the food here is delicious! But I have some issues with how crowded the restaurant is, they tried to put too many tables in too small of a space, it's very difficult to get in and out of your chair sometimes, and I find the price is far too expensive. I had a delicious bowl of pasta with... More 

Thank Petalz444
Maryville, Tennessee
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61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

Another gem in St. Charles. Excellent food and service. Great variety on the menu and impeccable service. Parking is a little tricky but be creative.

Thank baefog
St. Charles, IL
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

Had a delicious Sunday evening meal. Excellent service, delicious bread and olive oil. Meals are consistently good - perfect favors, temperature, ambience! We will be back!

Thank timetraveler09

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
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: +1 630-587-8221

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