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Frankies - Frankie's Since 1988, Tinley Park, IL

Frankie's Since 1988

4.8
4.8
3379 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The Santoro Family has been in the food service industry since 1988. We renovated AND re-branded almost one year ago in May of 2023. We created a NEW CONCEPT we call MODERN CASUAL CHIC...The new name is Frankie's Since 1988 as an ode to our original restaurant on the Southside of Chicago.

No longer a fine dining white tablecloth restaurant. Our new vibe is energetic music, vibrant craft cocktails homemade pastas, authentic Southern Italian style pizzas (from our new Marra Forni oven) and most popular dishes, such as Ciambotta (sausage & peppers), meatballs, Alaskan wild king salmon, Chicken "limone" with a lemon butter & capers sauce amongst others.

Our updated menu is a combination of old classics from the past 15 years in Tinley Park and new items with the same wonderful service guests have come to know and love from Frankie's.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (708) 226-6996
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chef Gaetano Calandrini
  • Catering
    For Off Site Catering Events, Please Visit WWW.FRANKIESSINCE1988.COM For Menu And Information
  • Private party facilities
    We no longer offer group dining or private events as of 2022.
  • Private party contact
    Angela Santoro: (708) 226-6996
  • Neighborhood
    Tinley Park
  • Cross street
    171st Street and 94th Ave
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Entertainment
    Live Music With Blake Alexander on Friday, February 10th at 6:30pm
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,379 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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    Neighborhood gem

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3,379 Reviews
  1. mtm84

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    So very disappointed that Frankie decided to do away with his original, fine dining venue. We always chose Frankie's when we wanted an upscale night out for dinner. The revamped Frankie's1987 was a far cry from fine dining; more like eating at a modern, expensive, fast food pizza restaurant. It's designed to fit maybe River North area; modern, loud and not the place for us. Pizza was not our intention last night; we were hoping for the old Frankie's that always had delicious options and atmosphere. Sorry he decided to do away with his original Frankie's. The menu options had some things other than pizza. If you want bread at your table, that's an additional charge. The small table we sat at was a joke. I faced a blank green wall and the mood lighting was can lights that def need dimers on them. So sad, but wish him the best in his new endeavor. Unfortunately, our first visit will be our last.

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  2. Donna

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience at our favorite place. Brought some friends with us, they loved their food so much there was nothing to take home. Thanks Frankie’s!

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  3. NickC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food - kind attentive server. Frankie came by each table to greet guests.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent authentic Italian food. Great food and value.

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  5. CindyQ

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is delicious! Drinks are delicious! The restaurant has a great atmosphere. The service is top notch. Every server is always friendly and accommodating. The owner and family are so welcoming and always take the time to greet us! That’s why we keep coming back!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best food in town and even better service! My wife and I try to go there weekly because it is the best way to unwind after work and an Awesome Way to enjoy a weekend dinner!

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  7. AdrianaB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love coming to Frankie’s!! This was our first time back since the remodel and it’s so beautiful inside. Nothing beats the vibe in Frankie’s. The staff is SO friendly they treat you like family. We’ve been bringing my son since he was born and everyone is always so sweet to him. The owner is so great everytime we’ve been there he’s working right along side everyone else and greets every table. This is our family’s favorite restaurant!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Frankie’s has always been terrific. Last night was above and beyond. It was the first time my husband and I brought our daughter out. The WHOLE staff was wonderful. Everyone was very welcoming with our little one who just wanted to say hi or interact. The service and food were outstanding. I love that we have a locally owned restaurant with fabulous food and service that welcomes families. Thank you to all the staff for a terrific dinner. We can’t wait to come back. ❤️

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Frankie’s never disappoints. Always an excellent experience and exceptional food

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  10. DebM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Frankies, a family owned and operated business. They treat you like family, the menu is extensive with choices. We have never had a bad experience or food - we have been going to Frankies for 8 years.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Frankie's is my favorite place to go. First, the restaurant is just beautiful and has a modern look. Secondly, the service is top-notch. This visit was for a birthday celebration, which I mentioned when making the reservation. They kindly said happy birthday upon check-in and had a card on the table. They recognized it without being obnoxious. For the appetizer, we selected the sausage and peppers. They make it better than anyplace. The sausage is not greasy at all, and the sauce makes you want to dip bread in it to get every last drop. For meals, we selected the chicken parmesan, chicken vesuvio, and lasagna. Everyone was pleased and had leftovers. The pasta is perfectly al-dente. The salads were large enough to share and perfectly dressed. I selected the classic aperol spritz because this is the only place that makes it better than I do. You haven't had one until you have it here. Another had the pilot noir. The server had great knowledge of what they offered, and her descriptions were perfect. Last, but definitely not least, the tiramisu is so creamy that it is like velvet. Simply devine! There is no wrong choice. Everything is good here.I was nervous about the new concept as I loved the old one so much, but they do everything to perfection. They treat every guest as if they were welcoming you into their home.

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  12. KennethM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place fantastic service food was perfect and just right I would recommend this to anyone and definitely gonna come back again

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional food quality and service….. never disappoints !

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  14. FANDM

    Chicago

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a nice relaxing evening with great food and a friendly out going staff. We have known the family since 1988 so it’s always fun to catch up with them

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  15. VickieG

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My salmon was fabulous as was my Husband's Frankie's sandwich. We have significant allergies to ALL grains. Frankie's has a scratch kitchen and are always willing to do whatever is necessary to keep us not only safe from our allergies but also to produce a fabulous meal. This was our late Valentine's day meal and we splurged with the Flourless chocolate cake with gelato, caramel sauce and VERY crunchy candied nuts. Worth every calorie. Thanks Frankie.

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  16. TylerG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here! Fantastic pasta and desserts. The cocktails were great, both with and without alcohol. Very popluar place. Reservations are a must but they are timely. Look forward to returning again soon

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  17. Kimmer

    Chicago

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Frankie’s is always an amazing experience! Awesome food and cocktails, best staff around and beautiful ambiance! Frankie’s always makes you feel like you’re family!♥️

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  18. Anonymous

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Frankie’s is our jam. We love it here. The vibe and ambiance is great. Love the playlist here. Their vodka sauce here is the best ANYWHERE. I could drink their basil martinis all day. My husband loves their old fashioned here as well. My husband tried the filet tonight and said it was phenomenal. I do miss the limoncello they used to come out with in that big glass ice thing. Lol. Their staff here is the best.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Karen is the BEST wait staff, the food was incredible and we loved their ambiance.

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  20. Kathleen

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress answered our questions since it was our first time there. Staff came refill water and drinks and manager came by twice to ask if we needed anything. Excellent! We can’t wait to go back.

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  21. ChristineS

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Frankie’s is always fantastic. Delicious food and drinks, friendly staff, beautiful ambiance. They always make you feel welcome and appreciated.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My girlfriends and I had the best night at Frankie’s Galentines event. From the decorations, to the special glittery drinks, to the awesome playlist, it was all so great! Our waitress suggested we try the burrata pizza for our appetizer and it was delicious! The food and vibe at Frankie’s rivals city dining.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything delicious

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  24. FranP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fabulous food an extraordinary service at Frankie's!!

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  25. EricLes1028

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great time at Frankie’s! The staff is amazing and friendly. The food? By far the best dishes around! Portions are perfect! From the drinks to the desserts, everything was perfect! The noise level is low, perfect to have a conversation with the person across the table and not scream. Oh and the brick oven pizzas are cooked to perfection. If you want high quality dining without the sticker shock, Frankie’s is your place. Booking my next reservation now. :) The sausage and peppers appetizer is to die for!

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  26. JMAC

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We chose to go on Valentines Day & the service was good but food was not as good as we were expecting. My husband had pasta with sausage & I had the white fish. It was just okay. Not much flavor but the sausage was good. And if I'm being honest, the fish was a piece of frozen breaded fish - definitely not fresh & definitely not worth $30. We opted to take dessert to-go & asked if the chocolate cake was enough for two. The server assured us it was. When we got home & opened the container it was the smallest sliver of cake. We both got two bites of & it was gone. As for the restaurant itself - the remodel is very nice. The tables however are very small & positioned very close to each other with little room for servers to walk past.

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  27. Winston

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been to Frankie's several times and have never been disappointed. The food is always fresh. The presentation is a delight. Wait staff is fun and attentive, but not intrusive. This place has a good vibe, and I hate saying that word because I am 72 years old! But it is so true.

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  28. LisaN

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is delish and the ambiance is great, service is good as usual. This was our 2nd valentines dinner here and will definitely make it a habit of coming back. Love the remodel also!

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  29. RolandE

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service have always been, and continue to be, excellent.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Don’t pass on the opportunity to dine at Frankie’s! The food is always delicious and service is top notch!

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  31. RonT

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten at Frankies before the remodel and now after. The owners did a great job with the remodel and we were pleased with our dinner experience. We will be going back.

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  32. LauraK

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food pretty good. Waitress Karen ( I think )not too good. Never checked up on us. Had to ask busboy for a refill on drink. Walked by dropped check off never said anything. Disappointed in service

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  33. AngieZ

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful decor! Food was delicious but very small portion for how expensive. Service was some of the worst we have ever experienced. Never checked on us, never asked if we wanted more drinks or how our food was. We asked the bus boy for Parmesan cheese for the linguine never brought it out. We really wanted to order more drinks and dessert. Waitress went missing in action for 30 minutes. Manager finally came to check on us, and we explained our situation. They deducted kids drinks and one kids meal from bill and sent us home with a piece of chocolate cake which we appreciated but the service was very disappointing!

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  34. Amy29

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a blast celebrating Valentine’s Day with our family! What a well ran evening! The staff is always top notch and the food amazing!! ❤️

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  35. Niki

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to the Valentine’s Day family event and will continue to make it a tradition! Our family had such a nice time and the vibe and theming was so cute!

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  36. Nina

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of our kids favorite restaurants and the new family nights for holidays make them love it even more. ❤️

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  37. Colleen

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! First time going and cannot wait to go back!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time at Frankie’s and we will definitely be back! Food was great, and waitress (Kim) and wait staff were fantastic.

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  39. AaronV

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is outstanding. The food, service and encore is great! I recommend anyone to go here.

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  40. MichaelP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Frankies is always our go to, the Rigatoni al a Vodka is amazing.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Frankie's Since 1988 is rated 4.8 stars by 3379 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for Frankie's Since 1988

9501 West 171st Street, Tinley Park, IL 60487

Additional information

  • Cross street
    171st Street and 94th Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Tinley Park
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Gaetano Calandrini
  • Entertainment
    Live Music With Blake Alexander on Friday, February 10th at 6:30pm
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (708) 226-6996
  • Catering
    For Off Site Catering Events, Please Visit WWW.FRANKIESSINCE1988.COM For Menu And Information
  • Private party facilities
    We no longer offer group dining or private events as of 2022.
  • Private party contact
    Angela Santoro: (708) 226-6996
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