Davanti Enoteca - River North
Davanti Enoteca - River North

Davanti Enoteca - River North

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.davantienoteca.com/
  • Phone: 3126055900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast:
    Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:30am
    Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 10:30am

    Brunch:
    Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm

    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 10:30am - 3:00pm

    Dinner:
    Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am
    Sunday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Harris
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Gina Bartel 3126055900x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State & Hubbard
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Davanti Enoteca - River North
A member of the Francesca's Restaurant Group; Davanti Enoteca is a wine bar that offers shareable plates of rustic Italian cuisine.

After opening the first location in 2010 in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood, Davanti Enoteca has expanded with restaurants in Del Mar, San Diego; Little Italy, San Diego; Western Springs, Illinois; and now the newest addition the Courtyard Marriot River North in Chicago. Davanti Enoteca, an Italian wine bar, offers shareable plates of rustic Italian cuisine from pastas, pizzas, and entrees in addition to small plate items such as vasi (mini mason jars with Tuscan toast), antipasti, salads and tableside presentations. Exposed brick and refurbished wood create the ambiance of a countryside cottage in Italy.
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Davanti Enoteca - River North reviews from OpenTable diners
117 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (63)fit for foodies (54)neighborhood gem (35)special occasion (25)great for lunch (18)hot spot (17)notable wine list (17)romantic (17)great for brunch (16)kid-friendly (13)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (5)scenic view (1)Show More
  • gleung
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Wide variety of choices of food. Mostly tasted delicious except sometimes too salty. We ended up feeling really thirsty afterwards. Cute decor and lighting. Good ambiance but you sort of have to shout to talk. Reasonable price. I ordered 5 plates with four friends and we each only paid about $18.00 each.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • italian foodie experience
    foodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    the food here is spot on! i have eaten here many times and always find a new flavor to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great food, great service and lots of fun! Delicious pasta, seafood and appetizers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinerVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Delicious, unusual food. Best burrata I've had outside of Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We shared small plates--each that I recall was excellent--the roast corn salad, the octopus, veal meatballs. Our server was friendly, attentive and helpful guiding us to some very nice dishes on the menu. Our group of 7 included two children and there was plenty for them to enjoy as well. A high-energy place with helpful, courteous servers and a fun menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I brought 5 newbies to Davanti and I'm sure they will all be back!! We tried some things I've never had and they were all absolutely delicious. Everything was so good, no one could pick a favorite. Can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    Sb12
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our waiter was amazing, pasta and pizza to die for !
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fast find
    tbalaska
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    A lot of crowded Italian rest. in the area, we found Davanti through Open Table and got right in. Service was fast, food quite good. Good location as well
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • long wait
    Veganfoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was delicious but we waited 20 minutes even with a reservation before asking to be seated at a high top table. The bartender was our server and she was nice but I don't understand allowing for reservations if you don't have a table available. I'm not sure how long the wait would've been had we waited for our original table. They should have offered us a drink or taken something off the bill.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    Tallent
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great food, pleasant service, all dishes tasty, will come back again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average
    Danny847
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Nothing special about this place. Food is just ok, atmosphere is ok. Plenty of other places in River North I would go before here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Addition
    nycpogo
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is a great addition to the neighborhood. Conveniently located, great food and consistent just like its' original location in Little Italy...However, the pasta entrees could use some improvement. The Vassi is still incredible, highly recommend the ricotta and honey, by far my favorite! The service is always outstanding. Host/Hostess could use work though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italian smal plates to love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We've taken friends to Davanti Enoteca in Little Italy many times, and everyone always loved it. This time, we tried the River North location. Just as good! The six of us took turns ordering up a storm. Everything was fabulous, especially the cauliflower bruschetta, lobster, and the cacio and pepi pasta. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Distracted by noice
    FitFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was good, so was the wine, but the environment killed it! Just way to loud, and I am 24 years old...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Must try the focaccia! Amazing
    Ydaz
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The focaccia and pizza were both delicious. I love the warm decor. One of the best Italian restaurants in Chicago in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Davanti Enoteca
    JohnBCVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I am a regular at this restaurant and they not only meet but exceed my expectations for a great dining experience every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Davanti
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great place for brunch!! There are a couple of breakfast places in River North that can get out of control busy on the weekends. Davanti should be one of them with how amazing the food is and the cozy atmosphere! But it was no wait for me and my husband @ 10 am. Such great service! Such great yummy food! And it's attached to Glazed donuts. Lots of people coming in and out of there. And for a really good reason! The donuts are incredible!!! Must order the trio! And good luck choosing just three! They all looked so tempting! I had Uovo Milano (their version of a Benedict) and it was soooo delicious! I will be craving every morsel of food from there until we go back. Which I hope is very soon! A must try for breakfast in River North!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid place that won't let you down
    WoLo
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Had a very good experience there. Took a couple of out-of-town guest for dinner prior to a architecture boat tour. Definitely a solid place. Good wine / drink menu. Food was very good and very reasonable for the location. Great choice if you're squeezing in dinner before an event.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience!
    ezdz
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    A wonderful dinner! Started with the signature Focaccia di Recco--thin and light. The honeycomb is an added treat. Next, the Truffle Egg Toast, covered with fontina, two eggs, truffle oil and slices of asparagus for a creative blend of flavors. Followed by the Orecchietti--pasta was firm & tasty--spicy, but not overpowering. The polenta/ragu was delicious. The Biondo Torta featured maple gelato on a warm brown butter blondie drizzled with caramel & almonds, so good! We love that you can order as you go. We kept the menus at the table & ordered the next course as we went along. The wine list has nice variety--5 oz. or 8 oz. pours by the glass is a nice option. They also had Vermentino by the glass, a nice surprise. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my fav Italian restaurant
    Elleontable
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Sophisticated, flavorful food, and cheerful environment , tho somewhat small portion for pasta, never disappoint! Will be back and it'd be my 7th time:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Davanti Enoteca
    JohnBCVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I am a regular at this restaurant and they not only meet but exceed my expectations for a great dining experience every time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The service was very slow and the food was not consistent with other times we have been there. There were huge chunks of onion in our sauce which was very different from the last time we had the rigatoni and sausage.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    ck2014VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I was in Chicago over the weekend with friends. We walked through Davanti en route to get donuts (!!!) at Glazed and Infused. I was so intrigued by the atmosphere of Davanti (and the elaborate bloody mary bar!) that I decided to check out the posted brunch menu. Needless to say, we immediately changed our brunch reservation for the following morning, and were so glad we did. The food was delicious and the service was stellar. Highly recommend the omelet dish -- the cheese is to die for!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just enough surprise
    Jane
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Unique delicious twist on standard Italian food. Shared plates are fun. Attentive servers. Only drawback was the noise level.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch Place
    love2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    There brunch is delicious! Plus, they have Glazed and Infused Donuts. So good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I have been to the Taylor St location and loved it so I was happy to see they opened a second location close to my office. I went for brunch on Sunday. It was delicious! Service was slow for some reason - it wasn't very crowded yet but they were very friendly. I had the prosciutto e Uova il Pane which was absolutely delicious and I ate the whole thing! I was full for hours. My friend had the french toast also delicious and my "small" friend had pancakes and syrup. The crispy potatoes were not at all crispy so they didn't charge us. I would recommend it - either location. Happy they finally take reservations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay compared to the Taylor St loc
    Kirby
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The Taylor Street location food is much, much better and much more intimate.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just OK
    AndiVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    It is a small plate menu so the cost really adds up especially when the portions are so small. The Aperol Spritz was the best part of the meal. We ordered 2 pastas which were very small and not that good. Perhaps a large table ordering more varieties would be more enjoyable but be cautioned you may only get a small forkful!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SSSA
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Warm and inviting atmosphere. Our server was very good and attentive. He knew when we needed him and when we didn't. The food was very good and we enjoyed sharing and sampling.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Davanti Enoteca
    JohnBCVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I am a regular at Dananti Enoteca and the entire experience was outstanding, as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accommodating restaurant
    EileenVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I must say that because of my chaotic stay in Chicago, this restaurant made me relax and enjoy the evening...initially a party of 4-evolved at the last minute into 6-and they smiled and renegotiated the table without much ado-the food was insane good! Everyone was delighted with every course! Eggplant vasi is a must! The tuna carpaccio and charred cauliflower were delish! Davanti burger/orrichetti/pollo solo mio were the main courses that everyone got-we all think alike...amazing service to top it off!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place
    NiXi3VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    It's a nice place. Good food, great selection, service is outstanding, ambience is nice, not too loud. A nice place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The warier was a too casual inpouring the waters. They splashed a bit near my purse and onto table. Otherwise he was very helpful and all did delicious. Great and healthy preparations.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    we went for late Sunday 2pm meal, it was still brunch. we would come back for their dinner menu next time. they made the place look great with its rustic feel.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic rustic Italian
    ChikindVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Always a great choice for great tasting food, good service, great value in River North where bland overpriced food is the norm!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern not classic italian
    Stklvr
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We were looking for some Italian more on the classic side and this was one of the few places that had slots open for reservations on a Saturday night, yes it was last minute. The atmosphere was more for the younger crowd with loud techno-muzak blaring throughout the place. We ordered the meat/cheese tray, octopus and mushroom risotto. The food was pretty good but just didn't hit the spot for what I was craving. Bc it wasn't what I was specifically looking for doesn't mean it was bad. Just realize this isn't where you will get traditional italian in a quiet environment.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Italiano
    Okimak
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I love Davanti Enoteca. They have amazing food. So glad they are open for brunch. They have a showstopping bloody mary bar. Their french toast is deliciously fluffy and light. It's not heavy at all. I also tried their pizza with the leeks, mushrooms, and taleggio cheese. Super stinky, but super delish. The bartender, Nate, is one of my faves. Glazed and Infused being directly adjacent is also terrific. Amazing Donuts. Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Great Service
    Eagle779VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The menu is a bit quirky, but the food was good, especially the al dente orchiette. We had a really outstanding server, who was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and attentive. The attractive room was quite noisy, but we could carry on a conversation with a little effort. The wine list, like the menu, was a bit quirky too, but there were some good wines at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 79 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 178 reviews are from the Davanti Enoteca - River North reviews archive.
  • BernieVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Food was excellent and unique. Service was lacking both at the bar and the table.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Experience
    foodie23
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Service was great. Waiter was friendly and knew the menu very well. They were also happy to move us to a different seat since we were originally seated under a cold vent. Pizza was outstanding, pasta was okay. Nice wine list. Dessert was definitely the best part!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.