Frankie's Ristorante
Frankie's Ristorante

Frankie's Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.frankiesristorante.com/
  • Phone: 7082266996x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,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: Dessi Dimitrova 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Frankie's Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)romantic (32)special occasion (28)good for groups (20)fit for foodies (19)notable wine list (17)great for outdoor dining (14)vibrant bar scene (5)great for lunch (3)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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..
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    • 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.
  • 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
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    • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 551 reviews are from the Frankie's Ristorante reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day fare OK
    Billyk
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My wife and I love this place. We go there for dinner often and I wanted to share this experience with my mom. We I took my parents for Mother's Day. What I truly enjoy about Frankie's is their authentic Italian cuisine and portions as well as their incredible service. The service was incredible but the menu was a small list of entrees that only included two pasta dishes. I felt like the portions were much smaller than before. After an appetizer, entrée, and dessert, we were all still hungry and with a $35 bottle of wine we paid $200. When my wife and I go it seems a lot less and we are completely satisfied with my wife usually bringing home extras. I love this place and will continue to. I just didn't love it on Mother's Day.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently excellent
    mv09
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We were there on Mother's Day. Busy holidays are not always the best time to judge a place but the quality of the food and service were as excellent as the many other times we dined there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE Frankie's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great resaurant, great staff and the food...delicious !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food with Reservations
    Vanessa
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We were a group of 5 who had a mixed experience. One member RAVED about her gnocchi. The Insalata Frankie was also outstanding. The person who had the Filet said it was great. My husband ordered the Veal Marsala and was disappointed in the cut of veal and the flavor of the sauce. I ordered the London Broil special, and while the sauce was terrific the meat was so touch I needed a chain saw to cut it. Really disappointing. Overall, however, we would go back again. They have many interesting and excellent dishes and we want to give them credit for them.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Hidden Gem
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Frankie's is a hidden gem. The atmosphere was very intimate and romantic. The services was outstanding! One of the he specials for the evening was the halibut topped with pistacios which we all tried and loved. The zucchini puree soup was heavenly. Our server recommended a great bottle of wine. We can't wait to go back and try other dishes.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    james
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Great food....very relaxed/pleasant atmosphere.....excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Cucina Italiana...
    IloveRosaRegale
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Frankie's is the best ristorante on the South Side of Chicago...delicious foods, expert waiters, congenial hosts with authentic Italian hospitality. I feel like family when I dine here. The staff members use their unique talents to create a truly Mediterranean ambiance. You will not want to dine elsewhere after your culinary experience at Frankie's. The many selections on the main Menu to the "Specials of the Day," will delight your pallet!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Now a Regular
    JAWS3VIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    My wife and I consider ourselves to be regulars at Frankies but we hadn't been there for over 2 months due to hectic schedules. Nevertheless, food and wine were excellent, and Frankies delivers superb table service. It's still our favorite Italian restaurant. We don't need to go downtown or leave the south suburbs. ,
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.