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Francesca's Fortunato
Francesca's Fortunato

Francesca's Fortunato Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/index.asp
  • Phone: (815) 464-1890
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Scott Harris - Chef de Cuisine: Rafael Aggurie
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Francesca's Fortunato offers a complete catering menu. Call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Francesca’s Fortunato is the perfect location for all of your special events. Our family style menu, “Tavoli di Amici” (Table of Friends), encourages an interactive dining experience in a sophisticated trattoria setting for groups of 15 to 175 guests. Whatever the occasion, Francesca’s Fortunato has a wide variety of choices to fit your individual tastes.
  • Private Party Contact: Lauren Walsh (815) 464-1890

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Oak
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on Kansas Street or Oak Street. There is also a large public lot on Oak Street
A word from Francesca's Fortunato
Francesca’s Fortunato is the 13th restaurant in "The Family of Francesca's Restaurants." Francesca's Fortunato brings to Frankfort and the surrounding area a restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, simple cooking, friendly service and fair prices. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio.

The menu changes almost daily, but always offers a tempting selection of appetizers, salads, pasta dishes, fresh fish, veal and chicken preparations. Our extensive wine list includes carefully selected Italian and Californian wines that will complement your meal perfectly.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Checked-in for our Open Table reservation and evidently they never marked us off since I got a nasty email the next day from Open Table stating I was a "no show". Asked to be seated outside ... NO ... "we are not seating anyone outside because there is going to be a storm"! NEVER STORMED, SUN CAME OUT, STILL WOULD NOT SEAT ANYONE OUTSIDE EVEN THOUGH THEY HAD A SIGN OUTSIDE STATING "PATIO IS OPEN"! Put in the comments that we were celebrating an 80th birthday ... NOT EVEN ACKNOWLEDGED! What's the point of the comment section???!!! This place is really going downhill. Food was just ok."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My husband and I just recently dined here for the first time for our seventh wedding anniversary. We have two young children that we left at home with a sitter, so we didn't have hours for dinner. We chose Francesca's because it isn't your typical chain-like steakhouse or Italian joint, and we wanted something different for the special occasion. The food and wine did not disappoint whatsoever. The location is fantastic in downtown Frankfort. Inside was a little loud, but not so horrible that my husband and I couldn't hear. The only complaint I have is that the service was terribly slow. I didn't want to feel like I was being rushed out of the restaurant, but it wouldn't have hurt for our waitress to have been quicker with orders."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Went as part of our Anniversary lunch. They remembered from open table reservation and even gave us a free dessert! Overall food and drinks ie wife had moscato was good."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I love everything about this place except the Carpaccio. It was flavorless, seemed a lower grade of beef was used. Although most would love this: the desserts are very big. Share."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Their pasta was homemade and cooked to perfection. I got the salmon. It had a beautiful slightly caramelized crunch on the outside, but was succulent on the inside. It was on a bed of garlic spinach, adding just the right amount of slight bitterness. It was delicious. The servers are attentive."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We love this place. It is located in a charming section of Frankfort, this restaurant like all the other Francesca's has good Italian food that is reasonably priced and comfortable for couples and families. We had the trout the other night and it was delicious."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Service was poor. After drinks delivered and order taken waitress never came by table again. Had to ask for bill. Told her it was our daughters birthday and she never acknowledge. Never go back."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Requested the dining room thru Open (they must not read the special requests, so reconfirm requests when you arrive). We were seated in the bar area, which was quiet at 6:45 so I thought it would be ok. Had to ask for our server after 5-10min.By 7:15 the it was getting very crowded and very noisy. It was so noisy we couldn't hear each other talk. We were a family of 4. Unless we yelled you could not be heard, most of our conversation was "what" and "I can't hear you".The food was ok, pork chops, were the special and were tough the other meals were good but I wouldn't say excellent. The reason this place is so busy is that it's a cute place in a very good location in Frankfort. More of a place for meeting and socializing not for great food"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Nichelle and Heidi were amazing. The food, EXCELLENT. it was our sons graduation and they made him feel so special. Thank you ladies!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The food is excellent but the noise is enough to make one want to leave. Service was not what we thought it should be. Waitress was not very attentive. When asked to box left overs she put 2 different items in one box when she was asked to use separate containers. Perhaps she had too many tables. This restaurant is way too crowded. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Being the only one of two customers in the restaurant, I had to ask for bread and when I finished dinner I asked for a cup of coffee and waited forever, I simply said forget the coffee and bring me a check. $84.00"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "First time visit. Bus person bumped into my chair at least 4 times with no acknowledgement. Very few smiles among the staff we saw. Felt a little rushed. Ordered the tomato basil balsamic salad with roasted red onion. No roasted onion, no balsamic vinegar. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Normally I love Francesa's, however, I would never go on a holiday again. My family and I went on Mother's Day. We had reservstions and were seated right away, but we were still there for over 2 hours. I'm happy we ordered an appetizer because we would've starved to death. We didn't get our food for almosy an hour after we ate our appetizer. We barely saw our waiter and not a single manager checked on our table. The only reason I don't complain to management is because the waiter apologized, but then again, we never saw a manager to complain if we wanted to. I don't think they had the proper staffing for that day, which makes no sense to me because restaurants are always crowded on Mother Day. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My family had a great dinner at Francesca's in downtown Frankfort. Our server was attentive and the food was delicious! We're lucky we have such a wonderful restaurant in our historic downtown area. It's one of our family's favorites!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We're frequent visitors to Francesca's and will be back again even though tonight wasn't their best night. We were sat and after we put in drinks, we were asked if we would move to another table to accommodate a large party. No problem! The manager bought our drinks in return (really no need). After being moved, I think they forgot about us. Our new waitress didn't come by for around 10 minutes. So we put in our appetizers and entrees. I couldn't eat all my pork chop and the waitress said, shed box it up. After desert, we still hadn't seen the pork chop. When we asked, she came back in a few minutes that it's missing and they'll make a new one right away, 20 minutes later it came. Ended up being a 90 minute dinner."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "perhaps the best lamb chops I have had anywhere in this country or in Europe!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "For the third year running, we came to Francesca's for Mother's Day, and it didn't disappoint. Strong cocktails, delicious food, and a buzzing atmosphere made for a lovely experience."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "As always, another great meal. I had the pasta with salmon in a tomato cream sauce. It was outstanding. Everyone else at the table raved about their meals too."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was great! I felt really rushed by the wait staff! It was Saturday night and it was packed. One complaint that I think should be corrected. I had pasta with sausage slices. I almost choked on the sausage skins. Every bite i took of the sausage I had to remove the skins. This must be corrected or someone is going to choke!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Great Services, Great Food, Our waiter was on Point Very Professional."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Made a reservation at Francesca's this past weekend....the food was very good, our server was excellent....but.....the wait (with a reservation) was a half hour and the hostess was rude.....not the way to make a first impression."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Very loud atmosphere and very busy. Food was very good."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The ONLY complaint that I have is that voices seem amplified in this restaurant. On a recent date night, my husband and I were distracted frequently by an obnoxious man swearing loudly and telling inappropriate stories throughout dinner. He was part of a large party, however, the rest of the party was not bothersome, only him. This was unfortunately taking away from an otherwise romantic night out."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This is the third year in a row that we've gone to Francesca's Fortunato for Easter Brunch. It never disappointments. They have friendly servers, reliably delicious food, and a festive atmosphere. There's even the Easter bunny for young children."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "My husband and I have had many meals out for some of the holidays. Usually, the food at what otherwise was a good restaurant, was off. We have found that the head chef has the day off, the menu has been changed or there is some other reason why the food was not up to par. What a pleasant surprise we had at Francesca's Fortunato! Our meals were outstanding as they are every time we have dined here. The service was excellent and pleasant. The choice of meals was varied to make sure that everyone would have something that they would like. All in all, it was terrific!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "A fan of Mia Francesca in Chicago. ...it had been over ten years since my last visit to that location. Discovered the Frankfort location and it was a wonderful Sunday brunch experience. I will definitely be back. The eggplant parmesan was excellent. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We took my twin great nieces to celebrate their birthdays. They are 12 years old and they love Francesca's. My wife & I enjoyed a delicious meal from the adult menu and the girls loved the dinner from the children's menu. They also received a drink and gelato with their dinner. My wife & I shared a lemon pie desert which was delicious. The portions are large and we were able to have lunch the next day. We had an early dinner as I know it gets a little noisy later in the evening."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "One of the best features of this restaurant is the ability to create your own personalized dish. They allow you to add or delete any ingredient to make it to your specification. The service is over the top!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "the tables were a bit close together and it was a bit loud and made it difficult to have a conversation. But the great food more than made up for it."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful! However, it was almost too loud to talk at all."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Title says all. If loud ambiance not an issue w you, highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We've been here 4 times in 2 weeks. Love it, love the food!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Food was great. Service was very good although the waiter was not very welcoming."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Fantastic food and wine!!! Excellent service - attentive but not clingy!!! We were going to theater and they got us out in plenty of time!!!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The atmosphere here was dark and romantic. Moderate noise level. I had the beef carpacio which was excellent and the veal saltumbucco which was also very good. The veal was falling off the bone tender and the polenta with marscarpone chesse was delicious. The chocolate flourless cake was outstanding. Would definitely recommend this place."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The menu, while appearing to be hand written was just a a copy. I first thought , Great new items to try, but imagine my surprise when this menu was exactly the same as the carry out menu from a visit a year ago. It is shameful that the management of a chain like this is too lazy to have menus printed. The salads we all had were so uninspiring & bland that just 24 hours later no one could recall what was in them. The entrees were cooked properly, but so flavorless none if the four of us ate half of their meal."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Never disappointed by a meal here. Proud to be a frequent diner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was our first time here and I'm very glad I made a reservation! The place was packed! It was hard to wait to be seated because there wasn't much room to stand. The revolving door doesn't help because only one person can leave at a time. There was another regular door on the side but fir some reason they wouldn't let me use that door. Very noisy inside. Not a romantic place but the food was great! We may go back again but try a weeknight instead of the weekend."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We've been to this location a few times and it has always been enjoyable. Service was great! Food is very good and a great value. Look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had 8 of us. We arrived early and were seated immediately since the restaurant was not busy. We were rushed from the time we sat down to order. The waiter was very courteous but wanted our order immediately. Our food was very good but clearly got the impression through the whole dinner they wanted us out in a hour. We were never offered a refill on our coffee and they took the oil bottles off the table and re-filled them. Clearly they were overbooked which we noticed when we left through the crowd waiting and everyone was complaining! We would have been out of the restaurant in less than an hour if we let them rush us. With 8 people I do feel we need at least 1.5-2 hour window. We did not overstay that figure."
    Dined on 2/22/2014