Davanti Enoteca- Taylor Street
Davanti Enoteca- Taylor Street

Davanti Enoteca- Taylor Street

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.davantichicago.com/
  • Phone: 3122265550x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Richard Ginn
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Loomis St. and Taylor St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking and Valet service is available.
A word from Davanti Enoteca- Taylor Street
With rustic exposed brick walls, re-purposed farm wood and communal tables, Davanti Enoteca takes its cues from the small villages of Italy. Diners enjoy authentic Italian dishes they would find in the Italian countryside, but with a contemporary, creative twist.The start diners may choose from the selection of formaggi and salumi which is designed for guests to create their own boards by choosing from unique options. Instant classics include the boards that are presented to the table. The Foccacia de Recco is a flaky Ligurian style foccacia, baked and stuffed with creamy melted crescenza cheese and served with honeycomb to spread on the warm pastry. Buttery marscapone polenta is ladled on a wooden board and served with ragu of the day.
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Davanti Enoteca- Taylor Street reviews from OpenTable diners
115 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (78)neighborhood gem (69)notable wine list (46)good for groups (42)special occasion (34)romantic (25)hot spot (24)great for lunch (16)great for brunch (11)vibrant bar scene (11)great for outdoor dining (8)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great Spot!
    NuzGuy9VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I am so happy I accidentally discovered Davanti Enoteca. I will be back often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every dish was delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I dined here with two friends after my husband recommended it, and we all found the food delicious. I loved the pate with onion jam, the warm olives, and the amazing bacon burger in particular. We also had the warm kale guanciale salad and cauliflower steak with lemon jam and crispy chickpeas, which were both delicious. The server was helpful but not intrusive, and the bill was very reasonable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Totally Enjoyable!
    cpaemc
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The food and service was excellent! Try the appetizer with honey and cheese. Also the pizzas were delicious! Totally recommend the prosciutto and arugula, as well as the D.O.C. (mozzarella/tomato). Rigatoni with sausage was also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MIKEVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    food and service were excellent, the noise level was atrocious. Great menu, food and wine but communicating in anything other than sign language or text is extremely difficult. As soon as my hearing is restored, I'll be back
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • yummy
    foodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Everything about our experience was wonderful. We went with another couple and tasted 10 plates. Each was great in appearance and taste. Our waiter was helpful in suggesting dishes and wine to go with it. A very nice night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italy without airport hassel
    Wendyinthewindy
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food is excellent:good ingredients that are simply well prepared. The bartender and our waitress were attentive and knowledgeable. One friend said that she had definitely been eating in the wrong places!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for Italian fare
    TanTho
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We really enjoyed our food - we ordered the bruschetta, Vasi, and a couple of pizzas. Our server was very attentive and, overall, the service was very prompt. Great ambience - might not be ideal if you're looking for a quieter spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Kwhite0820
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I loved everything about this place. I heard Taylor Street is better than the River north location so we made a reservation for our anniversary. The food was amazing.. From the bruschetta to rigatoni and gnocchi. You must try the banana cake with peanut butter mousse dessert. If I lived on Taylor street, we would be ordering from this place at least twice a week. Harriet our server delivered probably one of the best dining experiences ever. Her honesty on how many plates to order and suggestions really went a long way. She didn't even snub me when I told her I wasn't drinking. Super plus. Thank you for the great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was amazing and so flavorful. I'm not asking for a pound of pasta or anything but for $15 I thought the portion size could have been a little larger. Maybe this is more of a fine dining restaraunt which is fine. Ambiance was spectacular, and I love the Italian menu. Super happy they had gluten free pasta for my girlfriend. Her gluten free pasta was definitely undercooked and hard, (not al-dente) but waitor took care of it. It was just slightly awkward because waiter told us all pasta is cooked to al-dente in which I understood but her pasta was noticably undercooked. He did take it back and it came back great with An Amazon sauce. Overall good experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    caseylynnc
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food at Davanti Enoteca was our favorite from the entire week we spent in Boston. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    Joenonymous
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Ate at Davanti Enoteca on Saturday, August 9. Shared half a dozen dishes, all of which were excellent and enjoyed attentive but not overbearing service. I look forward to eating here again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful creative food
    LuvChicago
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was our first meal at Davanti Enoteca but it won't be our last. First, our waiter was spectacular. Extremely knowledgeable, great recommendations, really wanted to make sure we got flavors and textures we would enjoy. For our appetizer, we had a daily special consisting of clams in a garlic/herb/white wine broth and tiny home-made pasta beads served with perfect crusty bread to get every bit of the broth. Very flavorful and great textures. Main course was mascarpone polenta with the most tender and flavorful veal meatballs served with just a bit of marinara sauce. The mascarpone made the polenta very creamy and added just a touch of sweetness that was perfect. Really wonderful. Dessert was biondo torta - that is a must have!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicioso
    nycpogo
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Can't say how delicious the meals always are here at Davanti...the service at the Taylor Street location is fantastic! The only gripe I have is that I wish they had more vegetarian entrees or pastas, and more pregnant friendly dishes - ie...no goat cheese or soft cheeses, no cured or smoked meats...would be nice to have one or two more options
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the food!
    GingerPie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great, inventive italian food, served tapa style, therefore small servings. Excellent service. Very noisy, unfortunately, even on a weekday. Hard to hear conversations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I've been here twice for dinner and it was excellent each time. Noise level is high- it is difficult to hear conversation if you are in a larger group.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great as usual
    cheezynonkVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    the food was great, dessert was superb. The wine list could use some diversity, maybe adding a server would be beneficial to the consumer, but overlal I'll be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome food and service!
    Rockonelgros
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The dishes are simple but the taste is fabulous. Real italian Food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of this world....
    LoriB
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Small delicious plates that are served one at a time. Great wine and cocktails. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    H82Dine
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    While in Chicago on vacation, our family of five went to Davanti Enoteca, Taylor Street, for an early dinner. Understanding Davanti Enoteca is a great place to order and share, we ordered Prosciutto e Rucola, Davanti Burger, Rigatoni con Salsiccia e Pomodori al forno, Tuscan toast with ricotta & local honey comb and (formaggi + salumi) Bresaola, Mediterranean Blue & Grana Padano. For dessert we ordered torta di arachidi banane, biondo torta del burro bruno & torta bacio and espresso for all. The food, wine, service and atmosphere could not have been better. Davanti Enoteca has become our favorite restaurant in Chicago, which is quite a statement.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BarbieVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Delicious as usual! polenta with bolognese was awesome
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Diamond in the rough
    FoodieforlifeVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Exceptional in every way. Please try the polenta board! Service was great! Celebrated our two year old's b day and the staff was super nice! Even gifted us a personalized bib for the babe!! Chocolate mousse dessert is a MUST have!!!! Will be back for date night, lunch and brunch!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    Urbanfoodie
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Always order the polenta and ragu of the day cause it's always amazing. Everything is always executed perfectly and well seasoned.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Menu set up tapas style, waiter said 5 - 7 oz servings and over priced. Burger had grilled cheese curds and bacon but was greasy. Besides the burger no other full meal on menu. Would not go back or recommend.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great time
    Funny777
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    great food - great service - great spot. we love the small plate theme and great variety of menu items. wine list is great too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner place
    TammyVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    My girlfriend heard about this restaurant from all of people who said it was great. They were right on. It was awesome. Great variety of small places - cool food combinations and good wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Menu
    ALawyer
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The menu is far more interesting/innovative than most Italian restaurants. Prices are good and, for brunch, everything is served so it can be shared.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • overpriced for portion size
    rlernVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    food was okay...nothing great. prices are outrageous for amount you get. too many other fantastic places to go to....will NOT be back!! if you aren't hungry and don't care about wasting money, this is the place for you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome place with every taste
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This place has become one if my go to's. Everything from the vasi's to the burger, it's ALL amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    AjeeVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We were near Taylor Street around 300 p.m.on a Monday. Most places were closed, since it was Monday and the time was odd. We were the only ones there, but we never felt uncomfortable. Our server was Ron and he was outstanding. We asked for his recommendations and every suggestion was amazing. We started with the chicken liver pate with caramelized onions on top with warm garlic bread. So good, we could have stopped there. Next we had polenta with mascarpone served table side and spread on a board with small meatballs on top The sauce was so light and fresh, nothing canned here. For our main course we had the scallops special. 3 huge scallops with mushrooms and and grain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Yummmmm
    Ag7ag7ag7VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The polenta ragu is one of the best things I've ever tasted. The burrata was to die for. LOVE the cacio e pepe and the raviolo. Delicious Italian meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For munching, not dining
    Shaken
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    DE prefers that diners share all dishes -- although we didn't know this when we made a reservation. We wanted to dine in a more conventional fashion, so each of us ordered a first course and second course and made it clear that this is how we wanted the food served. However, the food came out of the kitchen more or less at random. Sometimes 1 or 2 dishes at a time, sometimes just 1 at a time, in no particular order. One member of our party didn't get any of the dishes he had ordered until 30 minutes after the first one arrived at the table. We wish the restaurant had been more responsive to our request, which shouldn't have been difficult. Also, the food was much too salty -- although many places can be accused of the same.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food....
    Kimt
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The food was wonderful...the noise level very high. This was made worse by a table next to us of 4 women who were very loud...I mean very loud!!! The food and service was excellent. We tried the beets...they were swoon worthy. I had the rigatoni...it was very good. My husband had the burger which was a nice surprise...bacon jam good!!! We have been here before...do love the food and wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    i thought the service was okay, not great. seating is too close and it is hard to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing in every way!
    Kmac
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I was entertaining customers for our annual NeoCon trade show and found the Davanti Enoteca website. It was a little off the beaten path that had some shaking their heads, '"where is she taking us"'?. It really was less than 3 miles from the Merchandise Mart in a lovely neighborhood, but most stay closer to their hotels. We started with focasccia di Recco, a wonderful flatbread w/cow cheese (creamy and delicious) served with honey in the comb. The Cacio e Pepe was a simple spaghetti/pecorino/black pepper dish that was surprisingly flavorful. Don't miss the ragu of the day served over polenta. Desserts were also delicious, especially the lemon tiramisu. Our waiter Ron was attentive and all of his recommendations spot on. Great wine. GO NOW!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LawrenceA
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Lively room, lively food, lively scene. Everything from pizza to fancy fish. Everyone from date-night couples to grandparents with their grandkids.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mismatch of expectations
    DineAtTheBest
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    A quaint place, could be very charming but the music genre and noise level totally dismissed the ambiance...we actually couldn't wait to leave! The bruschetta special of the day was a bit odd, goat cheese and cauliflower with hot hot peppers. The burrata was excellent, creamy and wonderful, great pesto and roasted small tomatoes on grilled bread. The prosciutto/arugula pizza was quite disappointing, it was bland and dry.The wine list is all expensive, had a $75 bottle of red that was just ok. The menu itself was an issue too, limited, uninteresting, had difficulty finding something that sounded good. The small plates are fairly small. It was an expensive dinner, not terribly satisfying.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner Before the Hawks Game
    SusanNKaren
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Ron is a fabulous waiter, a little pushy on the $$$$ wine. Food was great as usual, although we get the feeling that the portions are getting SMALLER. Grilled octopus -- one smallish piece of octopus…but PLENTY of potatoes! Polenta, pizza and truffle egg toast NEVER disappoint!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of town visitor
    Hungrytraveller
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    I was in Chicago for a conference and found the restaurant on Open table. It was a nice little neighborhood spot, food was very good, although the menu was limited. I liked the Italian only wine list. The price was very reasonable for the food quality, but the table next to us was a bit loud limiting our conversation at times. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Make your reservation early!
    DrJohnVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This a POPULAR spot! For good reason. The food and service are spectacular!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 76 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 330 reviews are from the Davanti Enoteca- Taylor Street reviews archive.
  • eata7otVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Davanti Enoteca is a wonderful find in an area - Taylor Street - that already offers a multitude of fantastic Italian restaurants. The food is served family style, which makes it more fun to devour. The restaurant had me hooked at "Ragu of the Day"!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.