Gianni's Cafe - Palatine
Gianni's Cafe - Palatine

Gianni's Cafe - Palatine

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://gianniscafe.com/
  • Phone: (847) 991-1416
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday: closed, Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, 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
  • 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: John Kutrubis 8479911416x
  • Entertainment: Gianni"s Cafe in Palatine features weekly live entertainment on Wednesday evenings. The entertainment schedule does change, so please check our website for updates. gianniscafe.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Palatine & Plum Grove Rds.
  • Public Transit: 2 Blocks East of the Metra Station in
    Downtown Palatine.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: General Public Parking.
    Complimentary Valet Wednesday through Saturday.
A word from Gianni's Cafe - Palatine
For the past 7 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 WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Gianni's Cafe - Palatine reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (60)fit for foodies (38)good for groups (37)special occasion (33)romantic (21)notable wine list (17)vibrant bar scene (14)hot spot (12)great for brunch (10)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Delicious
    runnergirlVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Gianni's served heaping plates of food, piping hot and flavorful. Atmosphere is quite loud making it hard to converse.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good solid Italian restaurant.
    snitz
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We've been there several times...haven't had a bad meal. Easy to get in...good service. Try it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian in a Strip Mall
    Larrymax
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Terrific little place for great Italian food. Outside seating in warm weather and wonderful, friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Enjoyable
    Jimbo
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We have not been at Gianni's in some time. I decided to go and celebrate my wife's and our friends birthday. Good choice as the food and service was top notch and a very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our current experience
    dancers
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My wife and I enjoy dining at Gianni's Cafe. However on this occasion we had a table of eight. For some reason they crammed us in next to a large party which made it difficult to get around our table. The food is without question, GREAT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food was great however was seated in front of kitchen-why make reservations so far in advance when they give you the nosiest seat in the house?????? People with no reservations got a better seat than us. How do I know, because I was right behind them and heard the whole conversation. Need more than "young" girls to be the hostess!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian restaurant
    Fisch
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    While we prefer the Deer Park venue- we had a wonderful dinner with friends! Service was good- food was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gret Value
    WGN15111VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Went to Gianni's for Sunday Brunch. Food was excellent and with a good variety of choices. If you are looking for a large bountiful buffet, this is not the place. However the 20+ hot and cold choices they offer are very well prepared and of high quality like their dinner entrees. Cheap Mimosas and Bloody Mary's.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good as usual
    palatinedining2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Always a pleasant dining experience. Food was very good, service was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    IknowItalianfood
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We wanted to take my parents somewhere special (but reasonably priced) for their 51st wedding anniversary. Gianni's Cafe came highly recommended for Sunday brunch. Everyone loved it! Food was delicious. They are already planning our next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    Higgs
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The service is consistently good and the food never fails to exceed expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food was delicious and the portions were large. We both took leftovers home. Our waitress Beth was delightful. The bussers were on top of everything. For us this is a special occasion restaurant because it is a moderately priced menu but we did each make two meals out of our dinners.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely noisy!
    MWonayVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was very good but the noise level was annoying!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food with a neighborhood feel
    Guests2U
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food, great service, family friendly yet the feel of a special occasion. While our wait person was a little slow, others were quick to fill water glasses, remove plates, etc.--paying attention to our pace of eating. Prices for what we ate were on the high side, but plenty of cheaper selections. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another enjoyable dinner w/friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We've had dinner at Gianni's Palatine location on a number of occasions. The food has always been consistently very good to excellent - Italian favorites we love, and we have a couple of favorites on the wine list that they always have available. While noise levels and service have sometimes not been quite as good as the food and wine, this was not one of those times - all was great, and the friends we brought with us thoroughly enjoyed themselves as well. Have to tell you - the staff at the "front of the house", particlarly the maitre d' could use some work on their "bedside manner". Their interaction was indifferent, automatic, and borderline unfriendly, just don't seem to "get" it. Fortunately everything else made up for that...
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great!
    Paulie916
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Gianni's is a neighborhood find. The food quality is always high and the entrees come out hot. You know your going to have a great meal at Gianni's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    ENG17
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    As the title says, great food and attentive service. Have yet to try something we haven' t liked. Pasta Bolognese very good, as is Chicken Marsala. Great place for a date night!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Painfully slow service
    Likesgdfd01
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was delicious. However, our server was completely inattentive. It took 45 minutes to have the soup and salad delivered. She tried to take plates away while my husband was still eating his entree. Normally we have desert with a meal but decided against because of the service. It was very convenient to have valet service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleased
    PleasedVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food is always good, the portions are hugh, and the prices are within reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MK49
    MK49
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Ww always have a great experience at Gianni's! It's one of our favorite restaurants!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good brunch
    Tsrn1
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We have been to Sunday brunch a few times. It is very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Italian in the Burbs
    IowaBoy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We go to Gianni's for many special occasions and when we are in the mood for outstanding Italian food. We have frequented many different establishments, but Gianni's is always at the top of our list. Prices are fair and the portions are plentiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pizz
    Pizz
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Nice dinner - plenty of food! Good location to Cutting Hall and train station.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    49nDating
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    great experience, great food up scale atmosphere, nice place for a romantic night out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Ok
    Glenellyn1VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Had the country rigatoni, the chicken was over cooked, very dry couldn't eat. My wife's chicken piccata was cooked right. Portions are large so we split hers. Service is very good and not rushed, very relaxing. Food seemed better at Kildeer location, We will try again
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gianni's is excellent
    jeffh
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food, great service, mid range pricing. Always excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mickeykVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Honored our reservation for 8. Excellent food and service. Just a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 57 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 396 reviews are from the Gianni's Cafe - Palatine reviews archive.
  • Reliable
    BobbieVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have been to Gianni's many times and have always found the food and service to be consistently excellent. The food is alwys served piping hot and very flavorful. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the salmon with risotto. My veal Milanese was a very generous portion of thinly breaded and delicious pieces of veal. We would definitely recommend Gianni's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kids & mother-in-law can celebrate
    table4two
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Attentive service. Great menu for special family gatherings.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious offerings!
    DKTHEPROMOTER
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Having been to Gianni's many times over the past several years, we have always been pleased with food and service, and our visit the other night was another great dining experience .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not very welcoming...
    zek8139
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Best I can say is the bread with garlic olive oil is delish. Waitress would come and then disappear for several minutes at a time. The bartender not very friendly made us feel as tho we asked to much of her when we inquired about types of beer they offered. Never smiled and we couldnt wait to be seated only to find it didnt get any better. Now we can say we tried it and wont be back. Plenty of restaurants to chose from.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I absolutly love this little spot. Best brushetta I have ever had. I love that the staff does not "hover" over you to order. They allow you ample time to enjoy your appetizer or drinks; I never feel like my meal is rushed when I come here. I have not tasted one bad thing from the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun with Friends
    Clevor1VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had a great dinner! 6 of us enjoyed a round table in a corner - perfect for conversation and visiting with our friends. We weren't rushed by the very attentive wait staff. Food was very good - traditional Italian fare. Ambience is very welcoming!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LenB
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I had the veal parmagiana. It was very good. The only problem was that about 1/4 of it was not tender. Other than that, it was very good. A slightly larger portion of pasta side dish would have been nice. The others had chicken parmagiana and poached salmon. Both were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic resturant
    noname20
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    everyone in our group loved there food and dining experience
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lynn
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My girlfriend and I decided to dine at the very spacious, awesome bar. Our drinks were wonderful, the bartender/server Kalista (?) was attentive, friendly, and intuitive. The food was incredible!! Linda
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Job in Progress
    asdf1234VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Gianni's does a real good job. Comfortable atmosphere, great food and service. Worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great outside dining
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We enjoyed a beautiful summer evening on the sidewalk café in front of Gianni's. We asked for outside dining (even thought it was hot outside and no tables were set up). They set up a table for us. Our server was excellent! She had to run in and out of the restaurant for us as we were sitting outside and never complained. The food was excellent as well. An overall excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and service but noisy
    Debdines
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great eggplant parm and clams as well as fresh fish specials. Service was attentive yet not overbearing. Only issue is the noise level. Energetic vibe but if you are looking for a romantic place I would go elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    MK49
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We absolutely love Gianni's!!! The food is always great and the service is excellent!! We also love the atmosphere. Our amount of people in our party changed and they were very accommodating. We went to the bar first and had a drink and fun with the bartenders, Ryan and Milayna. Then we were seated for dinner and had Jen for our server. She provided excellent service for our table and was very informative about the menu. We frequent the restaurant because of the food, service, and atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.