Frankie's Ristorante

4.8
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$30 and under
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Italian
The Santoro Family has been in the food service industry since 1988 through their casual restaurant Frankie’s Beef & Pasta in Oak Lawn and Frankie’s Catering for off site events. From our famous robust homemade Italian sausage and meatballs to our house-made pastas and sauces 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 treated like 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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TF
Denver
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Simple night out with my husband. Our first time at this restaurant. Small place, kind of loud, people were super friendly. I ordered one of the specials for the night which was a risotto with steak, my husband also ordered one he daily specials and he got swordfish with grilled octopus. He said his was very very good, and presentation was very nice; mine was delicious but presentation was blah.

We both ordered dessert, he ordered the crème brûlée, and I ordered the tiramisu. Wow very nice, they were nothing special. Should’ve gotten the S’mores tart, which looked amazing and the people at the table next to us seem to be enjoying it immensely.

Overall we had a very nice experience. Living in the Chicago area we’ve had opportunity eat at some phenomenal restaurants, so while I would not rate this one as five stars, I do believe that Frankie’s Ristorante is a cut above the average Italian options available in Tinley Park/Orland Park area.

NY
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the staff are welcoming and professional. The ambiance is very nice - the music, lighting, and artwork was right on point and added to the experience. The server was very accommodating, but gave us space. We really enjoy ourselves and always feel like it's a "treat" to dine there.

NS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

MR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely everything on the menu is phenomenal. Wonderful service, beautiful scenery, and excellent food. What else do you need?

OT
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food to share and fun place to meet friends, good red wine selection.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always; outstanding. Food was amazing and impeccable service

RE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to Frankies for Valentines. The restaurant was fully booked but the service was very good and the food was great.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were outstanding!

GR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great meal at Frankie’s. Despite being packed, Valentines dinner at Frankie’s is an annual tradition for us.

S
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an outstanding experience in dining with fantastic Italian cuisine. Frankie welcomes you with open arm, and begins your experience. Salads, grilled octopus A+, main courses are all good. Desserts are creative traditional. Drink and wine list are great. The wait staff is friendly, helpful and spot on. We had Travis and he is a real pro, with great attention to detail. A must for dates, special occasions or just a great dinner they eat it should be. Cheers.

DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was not as good as friends told me. Risotto tasted like rice mixed cream of chicken soup and the salmon was subpar. Very disappointed as it was Valentine’s Day also.

PK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is incredible and the staff is completely on point. Very attentive and makes you feel like you are around family. Would recommend for any occasion

j
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant for a special occasion. The food is always good, very pleasant staff and they make you feel special. Would recommend anything on their menu as I have not had anything I did not like. My favorite is Gnocchi Di Ricotta but I always go with the Vodka sauce (also referred to as the little pillows from heaven).

SB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Way too noisy! Too many large parties and could not hear the person across the table.

MS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian Restaurant on Southside

GW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant. I have had parties there. The food is always excellent and the service is impeccable. We had a aromatic delicious wine and fabulous appetizers along with a scrumptious dinner. There were 5 of is and we all left very pleased. It's like a little bit of heaven in your neighborhood. Once your inside you feel like your in a swanky downtown restaurant with all the goodness that goes with it. I can't recommend it enough.

HS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of our favorite spots. We have never been disappointed with anything we have ordered here. Just a wonderful date night spot!

F
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience2

We had a 7:30 reservation, we waited a bit. Normally we don’t mind, we try to have a drink at the bar but it was super crowded because people were eating dinner at the bar. They definitely need a bigger bar and a service bar tender do that we don’t have to wait for our let’s meet for drinks at the table. Our drinks finally came by the manager completely watered down from sitting so long. Out waitress was MIA. The food was good but I was so cold I could not enjoy it because they sat us in the bar area in a 4 seater where you could feel the draft from the door opening and closing. This was not my best experience and I normally enjoy Frankie’s.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently awesome...as usual.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific locally owned with great service and food-one of our favorite places to dine!

AV
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Total experience was fantastic as always, mom and pop feel, always consistent!

MK
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our first time here, recommended by a friend. The food was very good and the service was excellent!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday - Travis is the best

L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great Service!

RE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional quality! Friendly owner and wait staff.

N
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time here and I absolutely loved it! We came and celebrated my husbands 30th birthday. The staff, and Frankie, treated us so well! The food and service was also amazing. I will definitely come back :)

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent. Always a great experience. Thank you!!

LJ
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a great little place! The service and ambiance are just really outstanding. The food was absolutely delicious. We ordered giant langoustine stuffed ravioli, mussels in red sauce, artichoke & spinach ravioli, a grilled meat platter (lamb, veal, filet mignon, Italian sausage) and topped it off with sea salt caramel and turtle gelatos....and we finished everything! It's not like the portions are small - they're not. The food was just that good. When I made reservations I noted that we were celebrating my wife's birthday. Upon check in we were greeted warmly and told with a big smile that they had set their most romantic table for us. They led us to a smaller table for two tucked into a little alcove that still allowed us full view of the floor and bar. The table was eloquently set with a placard noting the occasion. They then proceeded to fuss over us our entire stay, never becoming overbearing but seemingly appearing out of nowhere whenever our glasses ran low or a plate was finished. This is a place I highly recommend and will visit many times in the future.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner was awesome!

M
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is homemade from the salad dressing to the pasta! Perfection :)

m
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Staff are always so helpful and accommodating. Highly recommend!!!
Will be back!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food! Service was good.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy week early on, so we made the decision to grab dinner at a local restaurant. Got there just before dinner rush. Place was already abuzz with guests and activity. Greeted at the front door, sat right away and provided water. Chose the bar tonight, as there is a great happy hour option, before we ordered dinner. Beverages (wine/martini) were great. Apps were just large enough for two, but left us able to enjoy dinner). Dinner was pasta and more wine. Food was hot, made exactly how we requested and came out quickly. Had to skip desert, too full, but lots of options are available. We have headed to this place over the last 2 years, and they never disappoint. We will be back.

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming to Frankies! We always go with the specials. I always say I’m going to order from regular menu but the specials are always so wonderful that I can’t stray away. Frankie always stops by and says hello. Really nice touch. We will always be back!

F
Chicago
182 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails. Really great old fashioned

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at Frankie’s, food and service!

CW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service was exceptional

MR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best at Frankie’s

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frankie’s never disappoints!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down best Italian restaurant around!