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Francesca's by the River

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Sun, 4/21
8:00 PM

Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2017 Winner

Food and ambience

Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings

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calamari fritti
mussels, spicy tomato sauce
bruschette alla romana
bruschetta asparagi e finocchietto
garlic​ toast with grilled asparagus, roasted onions, fennel, & goats cheese
pisotto alla milanese con zucchini e gambereth
dlalion rice with shrimp, saffron, zucchini, & fresh tomatoes
carpaccio con carciobi
thinly sliced row sirloin with roasted artichoke hearts, capers, tomatoes, mushrooms, lemon, olive oil, & shawed grana padana
string bean, tomato, onion
peapod, tomato, cucumber
tomato, onion, blue cheese
asparagus, blue cheese, tomato
dinner salad
caesar salad
insalata caprese
tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil
insalata alla francesca
romaine, endive, radicchio, blue cheese, fresh vegetables
prosciutto e funghi
imported prosciutto di parma, warm wild mushroom, extra virgin olive oil, & served grana padana
parmigiana di melarzane
baked eggplant with tomato basil sauce, fresh mozzarella, & parmesan cheese
quattro stagioni
prosciutto, artichokes, mushrooms, olives, egg
arugula, cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, provolone, shaved parmesan
quattro formaggi
mozzarella, mascarpone, blue, swiss
prosciutto $+2
ingredient $+1.00
create your own (any two)
sausage, olives, mushrooms, artichokes, spinach, onions, broccoli, anchovies, eggplant
pizza con piucola
with arugula, lemon, olive oil, roasted plun tomatoes, &mozzarella
focaccia con pollo
Grilled chicken breast with portbello mushrooms, provolone cheese, tomatoes, & lemon mayonnaise on tomato focaccia bread, served with French fries or mixed green salted
dowanti burger
Char prime burger, roasted tomatoes, crispy while cheddar, arugula, brown jam, & roasted garlic aioli, served on a brioche bun with mixed green salad or French fries
ciabotta vegetali grigliati
Grilled zucchini, yellow squash, peppers, portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, basil, extra virgin olive oil, & cream goat cheese on ciabatta bread, served garlic with French fries or mixed green salted
insalata casare con gamberi
classic caesar salad with grilled shrimp, roasted peppers, garlic croutons, & parmigiano
insalata con calamari
fresh spinach tossed with fried calamari, red & yellow peppers, & a spicy cayenne pepper dressing
insalata pollo e caprino
Mixed greens with grilled chicken bread, tomatoes, French green beans, & balsamic vinaigrette with crimbled goat cheese
pligatoni con broccoli
sauteed with broccoli, fresh tomatoes, garlic, lemon, olive oil, & shaved parmigiano
pligatoni dei sardi
sautéed​ in a tomato sauce with dillion sausage, wild mushrooms, onions, herbs, parmigiano
saltimbocca di pololo
sautéed chicken breast with prosciutto, while wine & sage, served with a side of linguine
pesce con fagioli
sautéed tilapia with green beans, pine nuts, & sun-dried tomato pesto
pasta con pomodoro
pasta aglio e olio
sausage & peppers
sauteed shrimp
sliced prosciutto
roasted potatoes
sauteed asparagus
sauteed mixed vegetables
sauteed spinach
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Takeout
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful people to work with. I lecture here once or twice a month. The staff is friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable of their menu well. The food is delicious and thoughtful to Italian food traditions. The tiramisu is the best out there aside from my son's...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank seminarfood
Reviewed March 9, 2019

Lady was here with a large group and enjoyed a family style dinner, Everything - and there were several entrees served was delicious. Good service. Good wine. Nice place.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Morgan2010
Reviewed March 8, 2019 via mobile

Always love to come to Francesca’s when I’m in town as they never disappoint. Gnocchi was out of this world. So were the meatballs, salmon and the fettuccine. Hankering for Italian? This is your place. Highly recommend sharing so you can try multiple goodies. We...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank askdrskip
Reviewed February 11, 2019 via mobile

We've eaten all over the world. I've never had a bad meal at this restaurant, and we eat here at least once a month. Try the white fish with fungi prep. It's the best!

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank lynnmichellemirabell
Reviewed January 27, 2019

Francesca's has great Italian food. You can have dinner or just drinks and appetizers. The salmon is our favorite!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank lindasL2218DZ
Reviewed January 3, 2019 via mobile

Love this place! Every single time we go the food, service and staff are always amazing. There is a reason so many customers are regulars! The bartenders and the servers take the time to get to know all the guests and ensure everyone is enjoying...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank jodishannon
Reviewed December 29, 2018 via mobile

We had excellent service at this restaurant. Our waiter was nice and attentive. The food however left a lot to be desired my wife and I both ordered wedge salad and the lobster bisque. The wedge salad was interesting to say the least. It was...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank youthministerman
Reviewed December 28, 2018

My wife and father joined me for dinner at Francesca's on Christmas Day. We ordered the sausage and peppers side-dish to go along with the bread and olive oil as appetizers and we each had a pasta dish as our entree. All of the food...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank GoneOffTheGrid
Reviewed November 4, 2018

My husband and I have been here numerous times and have never been disappointed by either the food or service!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Christine S
Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

We’ve been eating here for several years off and on. Sometimes it’s great and more often it’s disappointing. Small portions, big price tag, mediocre taste. Had dinner there tonight and I’ve been irritated about the cost and quality since I walked out of the restaurant....More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Response from Sheila V | Reviewed this property |
Depends on lunch or dinner they range from $ 13-24. You can google them or see a full menu on open table. They have several restaurants around the ILlinois area. You can google miafrancesca and full meals include a side... More
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