Welcome to Franco's Ristorante

Franco’s Ristorante is a step off the pavement at the head of the town centre square of Carlisle. You are welcomed into our uniquely located medieval building with original features: The Guildhall which was built in 1407 and is one of Carlisle's oldest and historic buildings. The Restaurant is awash in breathtaking Venetian paintings on the walls hand painted by local artist Terry Moore.

We offer creative traditional authentic Italian cuisine using the finest ingredients sourced both locally and imported from Italy.

Our friendly, cosy, hospitable atmosphere makes us the perfect location for couples and families and also offering available space for parties, work functions and small weddings with a range of menus available.

At Franco's we offer something for everyone, ranging from traditional pizza and pasta dishes to chicken, steak and fresh fish and seafood dishes. We also offer vegetarian, gluten free, other dietary requirement options and a children’s menu as well as our Piattini menu which offers lighter Italian tapas dishes. Our bar features a range of speciality Cocktails.

Christmas is coming!

We are open all day on Saturday 2nd November for the Carlisle Fire Show less than 10 minutes away in Bitts Park.

We will also be open all day on Sunday 17th November for the Christmas Lights Switch on just outside our Restaurant windows.

We are now taking bookings for Christmas Parties, why not take a look at our two Christmas Menus offering 2 Courses at £16.00 or £20.95 and 3 Course options for £22.00 or £26.95. Click on the links at the top for more details. Our menu includes some of our most popular dishes as well as some seasonal specials such as our Smoked Salmon and Prawn Cocktail, Roast Chicken breast wrapped in thyme and Parma Ham served with sage and onion stuffing, 'pigs in blankets' and a rich gravy and many more.

Along with the Christmas menus we still have our Al la Carte menu available.

We are more than happy to help you with any special menus you would like for your Christmas Party including any dietary requirements, please ring the restaurant.

We are also in a prime location in the centre of town with our Happy Hour available from 5:30 to 6:30 weekdays and 4:00 to 6:30 on Saturday; why not come and join us for Lunch or Late Night Christmas Shopping to warm up in our cosy restaurant with meal and some mulled wine.

New Year's Eve Party Night, offering a range of our Al la Carte Menu featuring a selection of our favourite specials, where you can join in the celebrations through midnight. Please book in advance as we fill up quickly.

Call us to book now


01228 512305


  • 5-6 Green Market
  • Carlisle
  • CA3 8JE

Opening Hours

  • Monday to Friday 11:30 to 14:30, 17:30 to 22:00
  • Saturday 11:30 to 22:30
  • Sunday 12:00 to 14:30 and 18:00 to 21:00