Francesca's Fortunato
Francesca's Fortunato

Francesca's Fortunato

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3115,3261
  • Phone: 8154641890x
  • 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, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Rafael Aggurie
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • 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 8154641890x

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 was the 13th restaurant to be added to The Francesca's Restaurant Group; 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.

About The Francesca’s Restaurant Group: Founded in 1992 by Restaurateur Scott Harris, Francesca’s Restaurant Group has grown from a small, welcoming Italian restaurant on Chicago’s North Clark Street to a restaurant group of three concepts across 33 locations and four states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 23 Francesca’s Restaurants, five Davanti Enoteca, and five Glazed and Infused locations.
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Francesca's Fortunato reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (42)great for outdoor dining (34)special occasion (31)great for lunch (18)fit for foodies (17)romantic (16)good for groups (12)kid-friendly (10)hot spot (7)scenic view (7)vibrant bar scene (7)notable wine list (7)great for brunch (4)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Anniversary Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary and we were treated like ROYALTY by both the Hostess and our waiter
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Went to Francesca's on a Sunday evening - not crowded at all. Yet service was remarkably slow all evening! Very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was layered with garlic!
    SamG2VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had chicken lemone with sautéed spinach. Both the chicken and the spinach were filled with chunks of garlic which overwhelmed the food. The server said he would tell the cook but nothing was done to rectify the situation. We were not pleased. We bought a bottle of wine and had spent a lot of $$$ on the meal. Very Disappointed being good customers for many years since nothing was done to fix the problem. Too many other great Italian restaurants to go to instead of this flop. The manager Vickie NEVER makes a wrong right. Go to Roccos in Tinley Park instead of Francescas. Roccos is 100 time's better!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    foodexplorer
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was my first time at this restaurant, although it is very close to home. The food was very good. There isn't a huge assortment of foods on the menu, but, there also is not your "run of the mill" italian food either. Everything seems to be one-of-a-kind recipes. The restaurant was a little loud, but, not so loud, it was annoying. The staff was very friendly and attentive. I would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our first visit..... Memorable!
    Drazzof
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Outstanding in all categories. Thank you for helping make our anniversary a memorable one.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • all business
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We had business to conduct at lunch. The waiter was intelligent enough to stay out of our way until we were ready. Then we got to enjoy a wonderful meal besides.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food never disappoints
    datenightdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I know we can count on a good meal and will leave very satisfied after dining at Francesca's. The cooks are always willing to accomodate with a variation on a dish, a different preparation or even a special order. The bartenders are wonderful! They really want to insure you are happy with your cocktails especially if ordering one of the many specialty drinks! They'll even happily let you taste a wine before committing to a glass or a bottle if possible. The bus people are far better than the wait staff at being available for your every need. Service is very hit or miss but the rest of the experience makes up for it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always amazing
    Suzie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food and service is always stellar. Thanks for another great evening
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Francesca's Fortunato
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Good food, good service, reasonable prices and great place to bring family & friends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always excellent
    Parnelli
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The carpaccio appetizer is sublime and the salads, pastas and secondi plates are always great
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely al fresco dining
    Katie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Francesca's consistently provides a wonderful meal in a pleasing atmoshere. In August, seasonal fruits and vegetables in creative dishes abound. This retaurant serves my favorite pizza: a thin, crispy crust with made-to-order fresh toppings. The risotto is outstanding, the pasta and entrees are excellent. Service is friendly, efficient, and accommodating. We especially like dining on the comfortable patio with our small dog -- a lovely summer experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BillVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    During the summer months, take advantage of brunch/lunch on Sunday as long as the farmers market is open.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food Average Service
    Food4two
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We decided to try Francesca's based on the reviews we have read and from friends. Very happy to see that our request to sit outside was handled correctly. We were seated right away and the waiter arrived shortly after tossing us a menu with the specials on it and then saying he would be back for our drink order A few minutes later he returned asked about drinks and an appetizer. We ordered our drinks and an app and he hurried away A few minutes later he returned with our drinks asked if we were ready to order but never explained anything about the specials. Our food arrived and it was as good as we had hoped. However we had to flag down our waiter to get another round of drinks. He was not the best but we will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    One of my wife and my favorite spots to eat. Great meal as always. Perfect night for outdoor eating. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reliably Good
    Baileysmomnancy
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This is a neighborhood spot for us which is reliably good. Pretty good food, reasonably priced, nice ambience, but the service was a little under par this time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Francesca's always a favorite!
    Mary
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Francesca's Fortunato remains a favorite---great food, friendly service and an energetic atmosphere. Vickie, the hostess, is always happy to see repeat customers, as well as meeting new ones. The menu is constantly changing, but consistently wonderful. There are 2 outdoor areas for dining--one along the huge front porch and another more secluded in the back patio. Both are charming. I would highly recommend Francesca's Fortunato for a great evening out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad decision
    wishingformore
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We went there for our 27th wedding anniversary. Was very disappointed in the food n the lack of dessert. We couldn't wait to leave. Didn't finish our food, took it to go n then threw it out. I will not ever go back there nor will I recommend it to anyone. Very very disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Laurie
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Felt a little crammed in. Great food!! quality and quantity was excellent!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little gem
    Kelly1964
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Francesca's is one of our favorite places to go for dinner and lunch. There food is always great! And the service is excellent!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but really noisy
    den0354
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Wanted to try something different so decided to go to Francesca's in Frankfort. Despite the fact that the Bluegrass Festival was taking place across the street and the streets were blocked off, the team at Francesca's was well organized and friendly. They sat us within 5 minutes of our reservation in the back where it probably was the quietest. But the noise level in the place was almost unbearable. We quickly got the sense that you probably should be in a large group because that's where all the action was. Once the food arrived we realized that this is what we came for. It was delicious and nicely presented and the prices were really good for what we got.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great back patio and alfresco dining experience. Outside service a little slower than inside which is a challenge if time is limited (e.g., prior to a scheduled event). Table and chairs nice but appear to have limited number of seat cushions and unstable tables were a challenge. Food and atmosphere were great for a girls' night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding service
    happyanniversary
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Our server was outstanding. Very personable and friendly. The food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place if no time limit
    SamG
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointing!
    Mycamo1VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Francesca's Fortunato
    Gentle
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Italian dinning
    Eveningwithfriends
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Met friends for dinner looking to sit outdoors. We made reservations on line and had no issues, once we arrived our outdoor seats were ready and available. Service was great, restaurant had good specials and food was excellent. We would definitely recommend to friends and family, will definitely return. Recommend online table reservations, went off without a hitch!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a fan, but ....
    RNprof
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Francesca's Frankfort
    SteveN
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointed
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy - food is good not great
    Bearsmom
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 541 reviews are from the Francesca's Fortunato reviews archive.
  • EXCELLET!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Nichelle and Heidi were amazing. The food, EXCELLENT. it was our sons graduation and they made him feel so special. Thank you ladies!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very noisy the food is excellent
    Crowded
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • luv2dine
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rocky
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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
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  • Not their best night
    OnceAMonthOuting
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Local Restaurant
    SoccerMom
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lamb chops!
    theatreguyVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    perhaps the best lamb chops I have had anywhere in this country or in Europe!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Normally A Great Place
    Lovelocalspots
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day lunch
    Italianlover
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic