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Francesca's by the River

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200 S 2nd St, Saint Charles, IL 60174-2815 (Illinois)
+1 630-587-8221
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Rockford, Illinois
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a nice place, very popular in the Fox River Valley/ Saint Charles area. Although prices are a little steep and nearly high-end, you get great food and a very attentive wait-staff in the deal. All of what you see on the menu is in Italian, so you know they make these many rustic dishes the way they are... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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478 reviews
312 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A big shoutout to Melissa and Lisa behind the bar, who always take great care of us who dine there. My most recent dish included a burrata salad on special- it was mouthwatering. The homemade soups are always divine here, and they have great happy hour specials on Monday through Thursday.

Thank Love2Travel26x2
Saint Charles, Illinois
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were supposed to meet for drinks and maybe an appetizer until we saw this new pizza on the menu (maybe it was on there the entire time?). It was the napoletana pizza (for only $10) and it was molto delizioso (Very Delicious!). One bite and I was in heaven. Why hadn't I ever had this before? The atmosphere is... More 

Thank KathleenPR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Celebrated my son's birthday here. Great food and very attentive staff. Very impressed with their gluten free offerings. One of my cousins ordered off my gluten free menu just because the entree sounded delicious. It was. We will be back.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Sugar Grove, Illinois
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

I organized a ladies dinner out for the holiday, paired with an ornament exchange. I eat out all the time and rarely take the time to do a review locally but decided to because everything last night was perfect. I requested a window seat for 16 ladies which was accommodated, the service was perfect. Glasses constantly filled, fresh bread oil... More 

Thank rrockwell98
Saint Charles, Illinois
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 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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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 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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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 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 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 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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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
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?