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

Gianni's Cafe - Palatine

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://gianniscafe.com/
  • Phone: 8479911416
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday: closed, Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, 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 (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 8479911416
  • 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
88 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (64)special occasion (40)good for groups (38)fit for foodies (32)romantic (24)notable wine list (16)vibrant bar scene (14)great for brunch (11)hot spot (8)kid-friendly (7)great for lunch (7)great for outdoor dining (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very nice "go to" restaurant
    GottaGo
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My family and I visit Gianni's about once a month. I've had bad meals there in the past but haven't given up on them. I like our neighborhood businesses to survive and thrive! The good news is that they've become consistently good. All 7 of us had great meals. The only reason I gave 4 stars is because the house salad was lacking. It was pretty much only lettuce.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outside dining
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Outside dining was great, even in spite of the trains. I would highly recommend sitting outside at a table on their "sidewalk cafe" on a beautiful summer night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect outdoor weather for dinner
    PlinkVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We lucked out with perfect outdoor weather. Not too hot or cold and before any real insects found us. There is not a lot of seating outside and the parking of the cars right next to you is not the best, but we liked it. The trains were rare enough not to be a problem. I had the chicken Milanese and my wife had the Salmon special which she loved. My only complaints are I wish I had a second lemon to squeeze, the lemon got my hands sticky/dirty, and being outside and at the end, it was sometimes a wait for our waitress to come around. However, our waitress was great, both friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delizioso!!!!
    Schiv
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Gianni's has been become my all time favorite Italian restaurant. I am Italian and very picky about my food! Well done Gianni's!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • "Meh" on 1st Try
    DanGVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Full disclosure here. My take on the food on my first visit to Gianni's in Palatine colors my entire review. The oil & cheese combo served with the bread was really good. But the house salad was pretty standard. And the stuffed gnocchi special was underwhelming. Not much taste. Overall not impressed. Service was good as they quickly accommodated us joining some friends at their table when they came in just a few minutes after us. Given its location and what I've heard from others about Gianni's, I will probably give it another try. Still my initial review is a Simpsons-like "meh."
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 378 reviews are from the Gianni's Cafe - Palatine reviews archive.
  • Great dining
    pickyeaterVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We've never been disappointed at Gianni's and rate it as one of the top restaurants in Palatine. Food is great & portions are very generous, service is friendly & valet parking is free.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gianni's Never Fails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    What a wonderful, relaxing evening with friends. We were not rushed and allowed to visit and wine and dine at our leisure. Two of us had the cobia which was outstanding. The service was great and even though we were not rushed through our meal, our waitress checked on us just at the right time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood Suprema was the best
    TimBrannan
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went here for Mother's Day. Good sized crowd. Given bread with olive oil and Parmesan before ordering. The pasta fagioli was different; it had a lot of mushrooms and lentils in it, but no sausage. It was really good actually but not what I was expecting. The Tomato basil was really good. We ordered the Seafood Suprema in the suprema sauce, cheese ravioli, a make-your-own pasta Alfredo with shrimp and the grilled Salmon. All of the dishes were first rate with the Seafood Suprema as my favorite. Large chunks of lobster and scallops. Great sauce. The salmon though was a bit over-cooked. Next time I'll ask for it more rare. All in all a great place to go. I hope it does well. My wife and kids loved it and that is a plus all it's own.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nicely done
    KMC8
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We rarely eat at fast food restaurants because we'd prefer to spend our money on lovely, consistently good restaurants like Gianni's. Our dinner on Mother's Day was no exception. With some restaurants, the food and service on holidays suffers, but Gianni's provided an exceptional experience for us in both cases. LOVE the grilled calamari, first time trying it, salads were fresh and dinner was delicious, hot and well-timed. Our server was friendly and efficient without hovering. The cappuccino was a perfect finish to the dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ENG17
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went for Mothers Day dinner. Despite the crowd, service was fast and attentive. Food, as always is great. Our dishes included Chicken Marsala, Manicotti and Meat Ravioli. All very good and plentiful. Youngest had a half order of Spaghetti and ate it up. Desserts are worth saving room for. Have been here many times for date night, first time with the kids. Nice for a special occasion. Highly Recommended!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • To our surprise
    Ramis
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We decided to go to this location about 45 mins earlier than we arrived. To our surprise, outstanding food. We hade 2 11 year old kids and although no kid menu they could build a pasta meal at half order. Large selection of pasta type as well as sauces and side dishes. Short beer list but most unique to local breweries like Revolutions "a little crazy"...excellent as well. The service was a little slow but very friendly and helpful. We will go again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.