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, Wine Bar, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Richard Ginn
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Loomis St. and Taylor St.
  • Public Transit: Blue Line off Loomis and Harrison.

    Pace Bus stop on the corner of Taylor and Lumis.

    Divvy bike station across the street.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street Parking and Valet service are 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
120 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (83)neighborhood gem (81)notable wine list (54)good for groups (46)special occasion (35)hot spot (32)romantic (25)great for lunch (21)vibrant bar scene (13)great for brunch (9)great for outdoor dining (9)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • DaveVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Italian tapa = small plates. Loved it except for the din.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Delicious meal, great service. The hostesses were very friendly and welcoming. Big crowd for a Sunday Evening
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dining experience
    ChicagoDiner
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It was the first time dining at Davanti Enoteca--Taylor Street for both me and my friend. We both thought it was excellent. I always order a calamari appetizer if there is one on the menu, and the one at Davanti was the best I've had. The waiter was prompt and helpful without hovering. The food was served quickly, while still warm and delicious. The choice of dishes is outstanding, especially for a seafood lover. Davanti Enoteca is a great addition to Taylor Street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent!
    KioaraFP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I went there looking for something different and I found it! Very interesting presentation of food(on wooden boards), a unique combination of polenta and meat (that evening the menu offered meatballs), long wine list. Very enjoyable experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, tight space
    KevinO
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The Italian tapas were excellent. My wife and I shared three and had just enough room for the sugar cooking with pumpkin cream and cinnamon milk. Only complaint was that our table was right on top of the table next to us. However it wasn't terribly bothersome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We loved every aspect of our dinner at Davanti Enoteca! The food was delicious, service was attentive, and the atmosphere was perfect for our fun girls' dinner. Each dish was so excellent we kept wanting to order more! Would definitely recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too Loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    It looked cool, but was overall a frustrating experience because I couldn't hear what my wife was saying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in Little Italy
    BedaVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Yum. We stumbled upon this gem last year and I have been dreaming about returning for the burrata, tomato, and pesto salad since then. We live in DC so its hard to get back. Every dish is divine in this understated restaurant. I can't wait for my next trip back to Chicago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Before the Hawks Game
    SusanNKaren
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Davanti is one of our favorite spots to hit before heading the a Black Hawks game! Service is always fast, wine list fabulous and dinner is always spot on. Must complain (again) that the grilled octopus appears to be getting smaller and smaller every time we order it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italian
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    food was very good and imaginative. waiter helped us space the delivery and pick a great wine. definitely a place we'll go back to again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • corkieVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Davanti is a fun restaurant at which to eat. The last time we went there, my husband didn't really enjoy it. This time, he loved it. We had the bruschetta of the day, the mason jar of chicken liver pate, and an arugula and proscuitto pizza. All were absolutely delicious. Can't wait to try some of the other pizzas because theirs has the perfect crust: crispy and chewy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pizza & small plates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Wonderful place for pizza, good wine, and small get togethers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Overall, the food was very good, however, there was a brunch menu on Saturday until 2pm which limited the usual pasta selections. I would have like the regular menu, but was satisfied with what I did order. Service was ok, but slow at times because there was only one waiter covering the dining room. The waiter was pleasant, but had too many tables to cover at the time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still love despite terrible food.
    Hc210
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Love this place. But I guess they got a new chef and some of their classics were really missing the mark. But at least my past experiences here were amazing enough to carry me through this really lackluster dinner. The waitstaff could tell something was off and the management was really nice. But still a let down. Just give them time to work it out then never miss a chance to go!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We experienced a well-paced lunch with excellent food quality. The presentation was fantastic and I can't wait to go back. I am inspired by your infused vodka cocktail!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced and overrated
    ecwmd
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Made a reservation on the recommendation of a good friend but was urged to cancel by another. I should have listened to the latter. The food was mediocre at best. The extra star is for the mascarpone polenta with pork shoulder ragu but one edible dish out of 10 is pretty poor. The 5-6oz portions were much too small to share among our party of 5. The pork cheek gnudi was still frozen when it came out and our waiter had to justify hat the gnudi was made in house but frozen to maintain freshness. As many other reviewers pointed out, it's incredibly loud. We could barely hear the waiter as he shouted the specials. I don't quite understand why this restaurant has the reputation that it does. I will not be returning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful food experience!
    FoodieByDefault
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    You can't go wrong with this place. I had the two 5 oz glasses of the cabernet sauvignon, ravioli, homemade cake and gelato for dessert. Can't stop thinking about how great it taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but Noisy
    AbuVarela
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food was very well cooked, waitresses willing to be listened but noise did not allow. Try it out of weekends and special dates. Perhaps...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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
    foodieVIP
    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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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.