Frankie's Ristorante
Frankie's Ristorante

Frankie's Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.frankiesristorante.com/
  • Phone: 7082266996x
  • Hours of Operation:
    HOLIDAY HOURS
    CHRISTMAS EVE 4PM-8:30PM
    NEW YEAR'S EVE 4PM- 9:30PM
    CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS DAY & NEW YEAR'S DAY

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Gaetano Calandrini
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The Old World decor, authentic Italian cuisine and impeccable service make Frankie"s Ristorante an excellent choice for your upcoming special occasion. We believe food and celebration go hand in hand. We will put all our expertise to work for you to make your event remarkable.
  • Private Party Contact: Angela Santoro 7082266996x
  • Entertainment: First Wednesday of the Month
    Last Thursday of the Month

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 171st Street and 94th Ave
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Frankie's Ristorante
The Santoro Family has been in the food service industry since 1988 through Frankie’s Beef & Pasta in Oak Lawn and Frankie’s Catering and are now excited to introduce Frankie’s Ristorante. From our robust Tuscan style Pork Chops to our homemade ricotta dumplings in a divine light tomato basil sauce to our decadent imported Italian desserts, we strive for perfection in our kitchen and have raised the bar high for our service standards. Our customers are guests in the Santoro Family’s home and our purpose is not only to make them feel wined and dined but also pampered. Our chef - born, raised and schooled in his homeland of Italy and with experience in some of the most renowned fine dining establishments in the US and Europe, has found his passion in life in cooking and has brought this passion to each one of his dishes. He maintains a consistent authenticity which has won us rave reviews in the local news media as well as a following among our guests.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Frankie's Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (39)romantic (34)special occasion (30)fit for foodies (22)good for groups (21)notable wine list (18)great for outdoor dining (15)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)great for lunch (3)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • excellent
    vickie
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Brought friend for his first time and he was impressed. Loved the salmon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Italian gem
    RKvH
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We found Frankie's through Open Table. The reviewers liked it, and we did as well. We actually went back to Frankie's the following day, and had exactly the same pleasant experience. The wait staff were extremely friendly and helpful, letting us know that if we wanted something not on the menu, the chef would be happy to make it for us. One of us took the chef up on the order, ask for a simple pasta dish with grilled salmon, and raved about how good the salmon was. He also liked the rest of the dish. The wine list was decent, and the prices were reasonable compared to a liquor store. I have the rigatoni with vodka sauce the first night, and it was excellent. The appetizers we had were good, especially the calamari. I would recommend Frankie
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food
    Kbgo
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We went for my husbands birthday and we were very impressed with the service and the food. I had a fish special and it was outstanding! Our server was attentive and sweet. We will definitely be back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jen V
    Nikosmom
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Ambience was nice but the food was not good. Vodka sauce was very bland and seemed like it came from a jar. The meatballs and gnocchi tasted and appeared like they came out of a bag from the frozen section of the grocery store.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Business Dinner
    GLM1
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I was in town at the Tinley Park Convention for a tradeshow/convention and was entertaining a client - with the owner of my business in from Kansas City, MO. I read the YELP reviews and made a reservation from the reviews. The manager of the restaurant was very welcoming. I liked that the restaurant space was more intimate with not being to large and lighting. Our server was great. The three of us, enjoyed cocktails, appetizers, dinner, great wine, and dessert. I would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceptional, as always
    Nicki
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I will continue to come back & always bring friends to share the experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner!
    Paula
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We've dined at Frankie's many times. Service by Jasmin was 10 stars as usual. I ordered the special short rib risotto; it was heavenly! My friend had a taste and she loved it too. Friend had the pappardelle with black truffle cream sauce and shiitake mushrooms (I had this dish last time and she loved it). Something was off; the seasoning was bland. When the owner came by to ask how everything was (the owners do this regularly), she mentioned the dish was bland. He mentioned the regular chef was delayed getting to work and someone else had prepared her pasta. He offered to make her a new dish even though she had consumed half of the first one - now that's service! Frankie's never lacks in service and outstanding food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our New Favorite Italian Ristorante
    Christie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    So happy we found this place! We came because of the reviews on opentable and they could not be more spot on. The food was incredible and our service could not have been better. We were impressed with how the family who owns this establishment made this experience so personal and intimate. A very romantic setting for a date! Definitely coming again and may have to order the gniocci with vodka sauce per our waitresses's suggestion. It was like I was eating delicious little ricotta stuffed pillows :) recommend the cherry gelato for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Always... INCREDIBLE
    Billyk
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have only ordered off he menu several times. The chef specials are just unbelievable and hard to turn down. This is simply the BEST Italian restaurant in the area. The atmosphere and service are top notch and their pasta is mouth watering! We continue to make this our date night spot. Make a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TinaB1
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner on a Friday night around 8:00. The staff is warm and welcoming and you really feel you are part of a big Italian family having dinner at Frankie's! The music is wonderful and the food is outstanding! My husband and I both had the seafood risotto and the flourless chocolate cake for dessert. So delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    CJ12
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Always fantastic food with superb service. Frankie's treats you like family every time you go there even if it's not for a few months. They know what a good restaurant should be.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice restaurant
    luvitalianfood
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Loved the food and pi not noir that we had for $14 which was 2 glasses. Only complaint was no booths. I prefer in order to have a conversation with another couple. Waiter forgot our appetizer and one salad, but made it up to us when he brought us dessert for forgetting part of our meal. I had the ravioli and short ribs in brown sauce and it was soooo delicious. Waiter also brought each of us a shot that was strong but was ice cold. Ladies behind the bar super nice and gave me a drink that was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    FoodVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We stumbled upon this place while in the area for a concert, & boy did we luck out! Everything from the food to the service was fabulous. We met the owner, Frankie himself who was chatting with the tables & came around to ours. He was very welcoming & kind, you don't usually see an owner walking around & talking to patrons. Seems like they have a lot of regulars. We will be back the next time we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful
    Firefly
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    First time at Frankie's! I can say it is one of the nicer restraunts I've been to. The portions are plentifle and the staff is kind and helpful! What more could you want! We had food and drinks recommended for us and it didn't dissapoint. Im planning in heading over there again very soon. The lighting is also nice, sets the mood. You looking for Italian! Bam right here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gentle
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had the salmon, and pear, almond, and cheese salad. Salad was fresh and perfectly balanced. Salmon melted in mouth. Was excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, attentive service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    All our entrees and appetizers were delicious. The server was friendly and had nice recommendations when we asked.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great time
    Triestoeatwell
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great staff and personable owner. Jamie's delightful personality went over well with our 2 boys. She knew the menu very well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our go to place!
    FoodVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We dine at Frankie's regularly & I have to say EVERY meal we have had is always delicious. The restaurant is always seasonally decorated & the service is always great! Frankie is such a gracious host & always make sure everyone's expierence is a great one. We will always return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    FoodVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Wow! I must say going to a restaurant in a strip mall always makes me nervous, but boy was I wrong about this place. I happened to find this place through a friend & I'm glad she recommended it. The restaurant is beautifully decorated inside & outside with their flowers. The food & service was impeccable! The best grilled octopus & vodka sauce I've ever had. We met Frankie the owner, & what a nice gentleman. We can't wait to go back with more friends!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    JeanN
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is a great restaurant! Our waitress was gracious, lovely in her presentation, and helpful. The food was delicious and the ambiance was lovely and warm! I can't say enough about this restaurant. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown quality in Tinley Park
    FoodVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This was our first time here through recommendations from friends. We were kindly greeted at the door by which we found out later it was Frankie himself. We started out with the grilled octopus for an app which was so tender & flavorful. I had the halibut & my wife the frutti Di mare. They both were EXCELLENT! We had the Creme brûlée for dessert which was excellent. Our server Debbie was excellent. Frankie brought us his limoncello & made sure our expierence was a great one & it was. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great place to go for good food in the Tinley Park area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A big disappointment
    Tony
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Service was outstanding. Unfortunately, that was the highlight. Pork chop was cooked well passed its time and my wife's pasta entree wouldn't qualify for an appetizer if size was the criterion.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    FoodVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We all thoroughly enjoyed all are meals. The waiter was great & as well the bartender. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still a Fan
    thepointcollectorVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We ordered a calamari appetizer that was on special and the regular fried calamari came out. The server seemed confused and didn't seem to want to take the blame for the miscommunication so we let it go. Unfortunately the fried calamari wasn't hardly touched which also went unnoticed. The server simply brought us a box and then scraped what was left of the marinara sauce into a to-go cup. One of the people in our party wasn't going to eat but made a joke about picking at my food. The server took that as splitting the order and then charged us at additional $2.50. When the split order came out, it wasn't nearly as plentiful as when it's a single order. Like I said, great place but normally the service is a lot more attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Tuscan Gem
    Debo
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The papardelle with mushrooms is one of my favorite pasta dishes! Also, the homemade limoncello is a must!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frankies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    just ok.. tables of jammed... bar set up not too good either..
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Neighborhood Restaurant
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food & service always very good. The Decor is nice inside & they have a gorgeous patio set up outside. They have a nice wine list. The food is always delicious but we noticed that the portions are rather small for the price. We will return though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Usual... Incredible!
    Billyk
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We go here quite a bit and not only is the menu incredible, but the chef specials are almost always too good to pass up! Pasta is unbelievable and the service is unmatched. I took my folks here to 'show it off' and they were equally impressed. The portions and pricing is incredibly reasonable. Complimentary apartif when we were done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 557 reviews are from the Frankie's Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This is such a great place! They have a beautiful outdoor patio, a nice bar area (great wine selection), wonderful decor, nightly specials, good food selections & perfect service. We went early on a Friday evening & after a few minutes the place was full. For dinner I had the egg batter jumbo shrimp (a special) served with potatoes and a vegetable. My husband had a pasta dish. We both really enjoyed our meals. I am looking forward to going back to try the Salmon dish. This is a fantastic neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    TrainerTVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The service is above and beyond the rest. The food is always delicious. When something is not quite right or you just need it to be adjusted for your tastes, they are very gracious about accommodating. When I'm in the area, I always go to this place now. I always try to go there on a night when there is live music! Love it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Anniversary Dinner
    Patti
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We love going to Frankie's for most any occassion, however this time it was our anniversary. The dinner we had was excellent and our waiter, Sal, was superb. The Hostess, Angie, was as always, congenial and warm. It was a memorable night for us! We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Went for Father's Day surprise dinner. The owner and his daughter made the experience memorable and they were exceptionally helpful with helping keep the dinner a surprise from an unsuspecting father. We ordered 4 different meals and all were delicious. I look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We love Frankie's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We can't recommend it enough to our friends and family!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day dinner
    brejane
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I made my reservation with open table. We were seated right away and there was easy accomodations for one of our party who is wheelchair dependent. I recommend using open table for reservations..
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Restaurant
    Sweeny
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants. I especially like their risiotto of the day, It's always wonderful. My husbands favorite dish is the veal marsala. Everything we have tried has been really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Frankie's
    Gymratt71
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Went for a birthday dinner with a friend. The waiter was very professional and gave us excellent service. Everything tasted as great as it looked. Our bill was very reasonable too, $90 for two delicious salads, two amazing fish entrees & two glasses of wine. If you are looking for a fancy feel with great food then Frankie's is your place. I would not recommend bringing young children here since it is a white tablecloth restaurant. I would definitely return if in the area again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    bobby
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    First time for the four of us. The food was hot, large portions, and tasted great. Waiter knew the menu, wine list and paid attention at the right moments. The owner swung by and asked if all was ok, and so did two other family members. Wine was a bit pricey. Had a nive time
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian
    PengoVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great service. Consistent good food. Lots if parking.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice little place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Good food , would like to see a few more options on the menu however
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.