Frankie's Ristorante

4.8
1477 reviews
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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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Chicago
174 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is a reason we come here over and over again. The Food, decor, & service is top notch. We love the newly remodeled look. They also make the best old fashioned. If Frankie is around and not busy, ask him to make you one! Delicious. We will be back.

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LB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always fabulous food and Frankie makes you feel like family.

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P
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Have been here several times, with great experiences. Not as good this time. Server was doubling as a bartender and performed poorly. Too busy at bar to do double duty. Ceaser salad was very bland, lacking flavor. Rest of meal was very good.

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F
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner. The Frankie’s salad was delightful. My husband had chicken Vesuvius. I had the chicken Limone. Both were outstanding. Service was great.

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GM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing... however service was not good. We arrived at 4:40 and didn't receive our entrees until 5:55pm. We did have an appetizer, but a couple who walked in at 5:20 and also had an appetizer also got their food the exact same time as us. Also, everyone that was seated the same time as us had already since completed their meal and had left. The waitress didn't seem shocked by this and said she would talk with a manager. They sent over a dessert that we absolutely didn't want with no further explanation. While I understand these things happen, just keep the table updated or let us know there was a problem with the food. While the food was amazing, it truly did ruin our experience by getting so aggravated watching everyone else get their food except us.

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RO
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Staff is totally friendly to go along with great food and ambiance. A

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VM
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frankie’s never disappoints! It was a birthday celebration and on the table was a Happy Birthday card! Our server Jeff was attentive and fun. My filet was outstanding. Can’t wait to come back. Thank-you!

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T
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Frankie’s never disappoints. It was our 2 year anniversary and requested a specific table; which we did net get and one of the chairs was located on aisle which was crowded with people standing at the bar and in the aisle. Food was delicious, as always

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JK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a family dinner with 5 of us in the group.
Service was exceptional as always and food delicious!

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HK
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice place for a special occasion. Service was great and the food was delicious. I would go back again.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve never had a bad experience at Frankie’s. He and his staff are exceptional.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening as always !
Good service, warm atmosphere and wonderful food.

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P
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We always enjoy our experience at Frankie’s and highly recommend it.

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SW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is great, and the atmosphere is exactly what I like at a restaurant. The have great music (Sinatra, Dean Martin, etc), but you can easily enjoy conversation. Love the menu and the choices that are offered. Great place for a celebration or just a nice dinner.

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OP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place with authentic Italian food. Friendly service and management.

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JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always excellent. We enjoy going there for a excellent meal and the great service.

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M
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new decor is beautiful! The food and service was top notch!

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DK
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good prices, good atmosphere, owner is great

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TM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food. Awesome place. Fifty characters is a lot.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good and the service was fantastic!

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MF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding, friendly service

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L
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous evening at Frankie's! They had a full house on a Thursday evening, but no details were missed!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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WS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening.

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JD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, just a little bit loud.

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L
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

EXCELLENT food, GREAT service, WONDERFUL atmosphere. Owner is friendly, involved, and cares about his patrons. DEFINITELY recommend.

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L
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were originally seated by the front door and asked to be moved. And they did.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was good but the table was in a dark corner of the restaurant. People that came in behind us had better seating.

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F
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another nice experience at Frankie’s. The staff is so friendly and truly care that one is having a great meal. A neighborhood gem.

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JS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service. Noise level not too high to preclude conversations. All told, a most pleasant evening.

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SP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

My husband and I love Frankie's. It is by far one of our favorite restaurants on the south side. The food was phenomenal, but this time our service was not what it usually is. We never got bread or water, I had to ask for both, and the bread still never came, our server was slow and not very attentive.

We won’t let it stop us from coming back but it was definitely a disappointment

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S
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The service was great! We had a hilarious waitress who made some great wine and food suggestions! Food and dessert were AMAZING! I would definitely go again!

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DM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there and it was FABULOUS! We will definitely be dining @ Frankie's again in the near future!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect as it always is.

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RW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter and other staff were very courteous and would return to the table to ask if everything was and if we needed anything. Frankie's has a very nice menu with many selections ,whether you like fish,pasta, meats or salads. We had lobster/shrimp soup which was great, we also had the veal medallions with mushrooms and marsala sauce, and it was truly great. Frankie's was very busy that evening and all the staff did great at taking care of the customers. We had a nice evening and had great meals.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

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VC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was awesome as usual. However, because it was Valentines Day the service/meal delivery was rushed.

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MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an absolutely wonderful experience for my husband and I. We have been searching for a unique local place for our "date" nights, and Frankie's fit the bill perfectly. Incredible service, food, and a cozy atmosphere that makes you feel at home. We will definitely be back!

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SJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish as always! After being here a half dozen times and always eating the gnocchi with vodka sauce I changed things up and had the veal limone and was equally satisfying! The dish was very flavorful. Service was top notch as always. Thanks for another wonderful night out!

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GL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good, food and service is excellent. Pride in ownership come through at every meal

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