Gianni's Cafe - Kildeer
Gianni's Cafe - Kildeer

Gianni's Cafe - Kildeer

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gianniscafe.com/
  • Phone: (847) 550-8872
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Our entire menu is available for on-site and off-premise functions. We can customize any menu to fit your catering needs. We also can provide a serving staff & bartenders to work your catered events.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have one private dining room that holds up to 32 people in our Palatine restaurant. The Palatine location can be reserved in its entirety and accommodate parties of up to 160 people. We also have two semi-private rooms. The semi-private room in Palatine can accommodate up to 50 people and Kildeer up to 90
  • Private Party Contact: Jen Chanda 8475508872

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake Cook
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Large mall parking lot w/additional parking in back.
A word from Gianni's Cafe - Kildeer
For the past 10 years we have been serving some of the freshest seafood, pasta and other Italian entrees in the Chicagoland area. Our mission is to present authentic Italian dishes from all parts of Italy. Our families origins span Italy from Bari in the south to Siena in the north. We bring our family recipes to your table for you to enjoy just as our families have enjoyed for generations.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Gianni's Cafe - Kildeer reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (40)fit for foodies (20)great for lunch (13)romantic (9)special occasion (9)notable wine list (9)great for outdoor dining (8)kid-friendly (5)good for groups (5)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Chicken parmigiano is best I have every tasted !!!
    Buns
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Chicken parmigiano is best I have every tasted & seafood pasta was very good too - ambiance is nothing special as the location in a stripe mall - could use more room way too small of venue
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loud, small place but great food
    itsme
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Parking was pretty easy to find on a Friday night (no valet.) It was very crowded from the moment that we opened the front door (no room there and you immediately walk into the hostess stand just a foot or two inside the door.) Although it was crowded, our table was ready immediately w/our reservation. Was glad to have made a reservation after seeing a packed bar with people we assumed were waiting for tables. Our server was attentive (as was the person with water refills.) However, because space was so tight, servers & busboys kept bumping into the back of my chair and my coat on the back of the chair the entire time. There just wasn't room for them to get by. The food was excellent. Our dining companion loved his minestrone soup (the best he's ever had) and I *loved* the salad with grilled calamari. Generous portions. The wine options were a bit expensive but not terrible. We'd definitely come back again but on a non weekend night. Noticed that they have a cafe/deli next door that I believe was even open when we left @ 8pm - Probably a nice "on the run" option.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    OutstandingVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This restaurant came highly recommended. We both ordered veal and it was very tough. Salad and pasta were good. Drinks were very weak. I feel it was very expensive for what we received.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gianni's First Timer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We dined here early on a Saturday night - three of us. They pack them in this place - very small and tight quarters! The wait staff had a bit of confusion as to who covered our table so we waited more than usual when we first sat down until I asked the bus staff to send over our server. Yummy bread! The menu was average Italian, but the food was really excellent for the most part. I highly recommend the cheese lasagne with Bolognese and we also shared the grilled calamari which was prepared with lemons and sun dried tomatoes and asparagus and was just really well done. The Putenesca my friend had was not as good as he expected but everything else was yummy, large portions, bill was very reasonable and this is a place I'd go back to.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gianni's Cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Had a very pleasant time there and the service and food was fantastic. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply Awesome
    DRN22
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Gianni's is always awesome between the food and the service. For sure not to disappoint. Make reservations because this is a diamond in the rough.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second time Outstanding
    Martin
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Originally there were four of us and we went on a Saturday eve at 7pm. We did have reservations. The restaurant is small. Seats approximately 80. We did have to wait 25 minutes. The food was outstanding and overshadowed any wait. This time it was my wife and I and we made reservations for Sat. at 4pm. Time was perfect. Again, the food was the draw. It was outstanding. Gianni's is a definite find. We traveled one hour to Kildeer and it was well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Excellent food and service every time! Can't wait to go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Special Anniversary
    CindyVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We went to Gianni's to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Our server was very accommodating and even served us a huge complimentary bowl of spumoni for dessert. It was a very nice dinner and we had plenty of leftovers to take home.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience, outstanding food
    BarrydogVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was absolutely terrific. I had the soup of the day a shrimp and fish tomato broth which had great chucks of fish and outstanding rich flavor, my wife had the minestrone which she said was one of the best minestrone soups she ever had. Entrees my wife had the Tortellini con Prosciutto which was creamy and rich a bowl of goodness with enough for two meals. I ask our waitress Sheereen for suggestion and she recommended the Veal Napoleon - wow if you want great flavor with rich taste and enough for three people order this dish. Stacks of veal, egg plant and mozzarella cheese with a sauce mix of marinara and alfrefdo - just say wow! We had a great server in Sheereen who made the night just wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We've eaten here numerous times. It was a full house, but we got seated on time from out Open Table reservation. Service was fast and friendly, food is delicious. What more could you want?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Not much room for waiting for tables but worth the wait
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food
    TellyVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Always wonderful dinning experience. Delicious food. Love this restaurant. Never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The noise level at Gianni's is high so go later in the evening because the food is very good!!! You can choose your favorite pasta and put almost any sauce on it. They also have they also have a large menu of other dishes and one of my favorites is the lemon chicken. They also have a wonderful lemon cake for dessert.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great outdoor dining
    CeeDawgVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A real local find among in the heart of corporate suburban restaurants
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • back to the original
    PlinkVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We go to the Gianni's in Palatine more lately. Good to go back to the one we discovered years ago. The food was very good, as usual. My wife's lamb chops were good, but she was a little disappointed in the small portion size (she is very petite so this is not a common complaint). My chicken francese was very good, but I liked it better when they used to pound the chicken into thin layers. The carrot cake for desert was nice but too big. we split it and could not finish it. Instead of a huge $11 desert, I'd rather see one half the size and half the price. Despite all this, I'm sure we will go back again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Had a great lunch on the patio .... the pasta dish -- pasta with spinach and ricotta was amazing. House salad with gorgonzola and balsamic, delicious .. a little too much garlic in the olive oil, parmesan for bread dipping.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    MommaBroj
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    As always we enjoyed our dinner at Gianni. The Lasagna continues to be a favorite. Although I tried the baked mostaccoli and loved it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than the exterior suggests
    Peggy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I've driven past this restaurant for years and never dreamed that it was a white tablecloth restaurant. I assumed it was a pizza place. We greatly enjoyed our meal of veal braciole. They have a pretty extensive selection of wines by the glass which we sampled and enjoyed our choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice change of pace..
    D2luvfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    From other alternatives in our area. Very well prepared food, nice menu of choices, and not a large, cold, big chain sort of place. We really enjoyed ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The server we had Saturday night was terrific. A party of 12 and she got everything correct. We were in our way to a concert and this was terrific!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch spot!
    tfmcaVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Gianni's Kildeer is one of my favorite client lunch spots! Great location, terrific food, casual and comfortable atmosphere. Lots of selections on the menu to please even the pickiest of clients. The service is top notch. I eat here frequently and have never been disappointed with the food or the service, both are always exceptional!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Susan
    Susan
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was well prepared and tasty. The server was attentive and pleasant. We enjoyed the ambiance and will return!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood Italian
    Born2Run
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is a favorite spot of mine. The food is always top notch, and the wait staff is friendly and accommodating. This place will alter entrees and I have even been offered things not on the menu. Prices are on the high side for a strip mall dining experience, but more than fair for the quality of the food and service. It is ALWAYS busy, so I suggest a reservation. That said, I have shown up and not waited too long. Definitely worth checking out! The Country Rigatoni is especially good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 104 reviews are from the Gianni's Cafe - Kildeer reviews archive.
  • Late outdoor Lunch
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had an excellent outdoor dining experience. They have a nice collection of 25 wines for $25 on Tuesdays. Nice relaxing late lunch. We split an entrée and they did a fabulous job. Thanks Gianni's. See you next time!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mussels & Calamari
    pat9639
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The mussels in a red Arribiata sauce was outstanding, had a nice bite, The Sicilian style calamari was also outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Late Lunch
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We enjoyed a fabulous outdoor sunday lunch. The service was outstanding and the food was delicious.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just right
    golfladyVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Gianni's was just the place to catch up with some friends. The food was tasty and quite filling.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good start, poor finish
    TKLZVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We have been here several times and the food is always good. It is very small so the tables are close and it can be loud. During this visit the food was good as usual and the service started well but once we got our food we could never find our server and it took forever to get the check.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great experience!
    DRN22
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Gianni's Cafe is awesome as usual. Food is outstanding and service is excellent. Seated promptly and the wait staff does an excellent job of knowing their menu and repeat customers. Capped off an excellent meal by stopping next door in their cafe for gelato, which was out of this world.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for anniversary dinner
    CardsGirl
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food was delicious, the wine was too, and the garlic/olive oil dipping sauce for the bread was fantastic! One of the specials sounded good to me other than the sauce, but then the waiter happened to mention that you can order most dishes with one of a number of sauces, so I did that and it was really good. The restaurant is a little noisy, but nothing that will keep you from being able to hear your dining companions
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The food is excellent whether you select from the specials, the menu or design your own creation. Service is outstanding. The only complaint is that it is a little noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal
    JodyL
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We've been to Gianni's cafe in the past and I really enjoyed my meal. This time, our meals we just so-so and they came out luke warm. I don't know if it was the specific evening or the food we chose, but it was good, but nothing special this time. I will go back, but will probably stick to their speciality pastas and meat dinners.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!!! Great food !!!
    MRluv2dine
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Great food !! Great service!! We have been coming here for years and it is always always perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gianni's Was So-So
    ItalianFoodLuvr
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We were very disappointed in this restaurant. The ambience was terrible. The tables were too close together and the noise level was way too high. The food was fine, nothing special. Not a romantic place at all if that's what you are looking for.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little Italian heaven on earth
    Debthediner
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I had the country rigatoni, which was very tasty. The chicken was moist, the peas were sweet, the crumbled sausage in there had just a hint of spiciness and the sauce was very creamy. My husband created a pasta dish, which he enjoyed being able to pick what when into the dish. The waiter was attentive and yet not hovering. Our salads came quickly and the entrees came reasonably after we finished the salads. We took part of our meals home because we knew the carrot cake was amazing to eat. It is moist, with raisins, carrots, nuts, and of course you can't forget the wonderful cream cheese frosting! The slice is so huge, four people could share it. Our dining partners had the chocolate cake and said that it too was a mouthful of heaven
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service/meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I love this restaurant, but the night we were there the service was horrible. Our waitress was not very attentive and we waited a long period of time until we had our drinks refilled. I was really disappointed overall. The food was good, not great. I had the chicken milanese and the potatoes that came with the entree were very dry. They tasted old, not moist or fresh. My salad was doused with dressing which made it very hard to eat. I would suggest getting the dressing on the side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite place for lunch!
    tfmcaVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Gianni's never disappoints, still my favorite place for lunch, business & personal. Great atmosphere, excellent service, but the food stands on it's own.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food - very very energetic
    BobSchram
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food is fabulous, as well as cocktails and wine list. However, even though we were able to get a last minute reservation we ended up waiting about 35 minutes. This is a very energetic place inside, but great fun, and if the weather is good and you can get a table on the patio it's less noisy. Service was pretty rough because the restaurant was very busy (Saturday night at prime time), but the restaurant made it up to us. If you can hit this place at a less busy time it would be 5 stars all the way. The great food makes up for any flaws. Worth the effort!! Prices are reasonable. Martinis are top notch! Wine list is quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    SteakVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Always great food and service. One of our favorite Italian Restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic