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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
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food and service is always stellar. Thanks for another great evening"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Good food, good service, reasonable prices and great place to bring family & friends"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The carpaccio appetizer is sublime and the salads, pastas and secondi plates are always great"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "During the summer months, take advantage of brunch/lunch on Sunday as long as the farmers market is open."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "One of my wife and my favorite spots to eat. Great meal as always. Perfect night for outdoor eating. Great experience."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Felt a little crammed in. Great food!! quality and quantity was excellent!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Francesca's is one of our favorite places to go for dinner and lunch. There food is always great! And the service is excellent!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our server was outstanding. Very personable and friendly. The food was excellent."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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!"
    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."
    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."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "perhaps the best lamb chops I have had anywhere in this country or in Europe!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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