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Trattoria Da Vinci
Trattoria Da Vinci

Trattoria Da Vinci Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.trattoriadavinci.com
  • Email: info@trattoriadavinci.com
  • Phone: (651) 222-4050
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full service catering is available for all occasions. Customize your next event with one of the best. Please contact either Joel 651-222-4050 or Lorie 651-261-3003 for further information and pricing.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a semi-private area upstairs that overlooks the entire restaurant and seats 50 comfortably. Perfect for group dinners, private dining events, corporate dinners, wine tastings or surprise birthdays. We"ve done them all.
  • Private Party Contact: Toni Rowen (651) 222-4050
  • Entertainment: We offer live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings. Please contact the restaurant for entertainment schedule.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a private lot just on the north side of the building which is available to our guests after 5:00 p.m. Otherwise there is ample on street parking.
A word from Trattoria Da Vinci
Ambitious fare a step ahead of the usual Italian dishes. This is the real deal Italian food. In Short- At the lunchtime pasta bar, a long line of St. Paul office workers snakes around the restaurant. At dinner, the Pasta bar is also available But the gold medal has to go to the Gamberoni Portofino. How can you go wrong with jumbo shrimp sauteed with portobella mushrooms and asparagus spears in a brandy cream sauce. INCREDIBLE! With live music on Friday and Saturday, the mood is as relaxed and romantic as the women in the Leonardo da Vinci prints hanging on the wall. For lunch, the recommended Focaccia Genovese is juicy, savory and garlicky. The Mushroom ravioli is above average, but the star dish is the Parmesan-crusted cold water walleye.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "It was prom night the night we went so it is a little hard to tell. We loved seeing the girls in their dresses and guys with matching outfits. However, this made it a little crazy, loud and disjointed. The service was slow although they all went through the pasta bar so I am not sure how much that affected our service. Our entrees were very large and we all took home leftovers. I would have preferred smaller portions. The food was tasty. There is a guitar player which added to the noise level. Some of his sets were quieter music and that was nice. We may go back and split an entree. They did offer a 1/2 salad which was very adequate."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This was our first experience at Trattoria Da Vinci, and we were impressed. The food was delicious, with large portions, and our server was absolutely delightful. He took very good care of us. The ambiance was very nice, welcoming, and peaceful. The live music (subtle background guitar) was very enjoyable, as well."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The Pasta experience was awesome! I will go back again and again until I try everything they have to offer on the pasta bar. We are coming back in late April for a birthday celebration."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Always awesome food. Best pasta bar in the Twin Cities!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I brought a client to lunch there, and the total experience made us both feel so welcomed and special. The wait staff had that perfect timing of not being disruptive, but still attentive to our needs. I think that you should consider adding "business meeting" to your list, because I, for certain, plan to treat more clients to your wonderful restaurant in the future."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "A wonderful lunch accessible by the sky way. Lovely use of old architecture. Food was delicious. The pasta bar was not what I expected - probably because I am used to low end dining. There is a chef at the bar who prepares your choice while you wait. Everything looked beautifully fresh. Very nice."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Fantastic food, service and atmosphere for a night out with great friends. Very reasonable. Our server was attentive and energetic. All in all, a marvelous dinner!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Plenty of great choices when it came to the Pasta Experience. Will be coming back to try more combinations from the buffet."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My fiance and I recently found out my father is very ill and wouldn't be able to travel to our larger wedding ceremony and reception in San Francisco in April. So we planned an event at Trattoria Da Vinci. I called to speak with the hostess/manager, they were very friendly & offered their semi private dinning area for our party! When we arrived they had it set up perfectly, our server was amazing and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food. They allowed us to bring in our own cake at no charge as well! The gentlemen playing guitar that night even did a few requests for us so we could do a first dance, father/daughter dance, and so on. It was a very lovely evening, one that my entire family will remember forever. Thank you!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Whenever I want to have an amazing meal, I go to Trattoria da Vinci. Pasta bar every time. Love it."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Was the first time we were at this restaurant. Loved it's old time Italian ambience"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Had theater tickets for 8:00 and wanted to find an Italian Bistro for an early dinner. The ambiance was perfect. A single live guitarist provided lovely background music. The four of us had different entries. All were excellent - the gorgonzola gnocchis were done to perfection and I am a gnocchi snob! The wait staff was pleasant and on top of things and the prices were very reasonable. We will return in the future."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food there was phenomenal, ample portions, excellent service, just overall a fantastic experience. My girlfriend and I will be back for sure."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great service. Food was pretty standard for an Italian restaurant but made well. The salads are terrific."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We have loved this restaurant from the first time we ate here. The staff is always very friendly and efficient. The food has always been phenomenal. Our favorite, of course, is the build your own pasta bar."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "food was pretty good, liked the ambiance with guitar playing, bad table location off the main hostess station....constant traffic, we both had the pasta bar which was good, not great. They tend to focus on quantity vs. quality"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food is always excellent here, and the atmosphere is nice with the live acoustic guitar. Unfortunately, there were three birthday parties this evening, so the noise level was quite high. The split plate charge seemed reasonable at $5.00, but all it included was a second bowl. No salad. No nothing. Also, the waitress forgot to add the split charge to our bill. We pointed it out, and she actually added it on to the bill. That was a first for me. I will probably return because the food is good and the portions large. The parking is terrible."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "the meal was timely and good, our party was four persons with totally different menu selections. The staff was helpful, a great evening all around."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Fabulous food. Absolutely outstanding pasta bar! Waiting service is wonderful"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "LOVE the pasta bar! Always a good idea to make reservations as we have shown up some nites and it is closed for a private event. The exhaust hood/vent in the kitchen was broken this last time so limited menu but didn't matter to me as we would have ordered the Pasta Experience anyway - LOVE the concept and the results every time."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This place has delicious and authenic Italian dishes at very reasonable prices. The Italian Pinot gregio is the best too. so is the panna cotta with the most delicious raspberry sauce. And the chioppino is to die for, not to mention the wonderful waiter who was more than attentive. I love it and will always go back."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Had a great time for Valentine's Day. As always wonderful food and prompt service even when they were busy. Never had a bad or subpar meal here. My finance and I have always enjoyed this place."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great food, service and ambiance. Definitely coming back:)"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We often come to Trattoria Da Vinci for special occasions. This time we came for Valentine’s Day. It was perfect. Excellent food, the best service, live guitar music to set the mood, and an all-around nice setting. We recommend it highly."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Nice ambiance, good prices, great service. Much better than Pazzaluna for my money. Parking a bit of an issue, especially for later times. Plan to go back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I had a fun little date night here. The restaurant is a bit on the smaller side, I think it helps with the romantic ambiance. We went the Saturday after Valentines day, it was quite busy...regardless, service was very good. I would say our meal was good, not quite great. The price was quite reasonable as well (~100 dollars for 2 meals, appetizers and a bottle of wine). I would be hard pressed to find a restaurant I was as happy with at that price level. I would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The menu was limited, the pasta bar was fine, but the hosting staff was poor. It would have been nice to find a go-to place in St. Paul, but this wasn't it."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have eaten here many times, and have always been extremely happy. Our only complaints this time ~ we were seated upstairs, and it felt like we were dining too close to other tables on either side, next time I will request table placement. The only issue for us, it would have been nice to have been told they were offering a limited menu. We still found great options, just would have been nice to know ahead of time. I recommend this restaurant to people all of the time, and will continue to do so."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Made a reservation, seated immediately upon arrival, great service and food!! Loved the live music. Will go again!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We love this restaurant. They treat you like family--better than family."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Nice location, food was great, huge portions. We were there early evening Valentine's Day (also our wedding anniversary) - restaurant was busy, but definitely not overwhelmed, as there were plenty of empty tables. Live guitar player was a nice touch. Only negative was veeerrrrry slow service - there's a sweet spot between "not being rushed" and wondering whether the server would ever come back and take our dinner order after we finished the appetizers. Practically had to tackle somebody to remind her that we were still there. Luckily, we had a full bottle of wine to keep us company."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had really good food for Valentine Day. But over sauced . Flavor was good. server was pretty slow and unattentive.. Way too loud with the live music. great idea to have a guitarist- but not at the expense of my dinner.. Had to lean in to talk . I would go back... just not on a busy night like Valentine's Day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Did not care for this restaurant and will not be returning. The food was nothing notable and not worth the price we spent."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My wife and I have been here probable just under 10 times and we love it. Great atmosphere, music, food and service. The service was my issue. About 10 minutes passed before we got the Water Girl to get a waiter over to us. Water is nice but just put some drinks in us and we are good for 30 minutes. Our waiter was pleasant enough but did not seem to have the confidence we usually see. He might be new so I hope he can improve in his confidence and getting to a new table sooner than later. The other thing was the bartender where I had to wait 5 minutes for her to come back from serving a plate of food. Unless you are short staff the bartenders place is behind the bar not delivering plates to customers. I will follow up then next time"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My dinner guest and I have dined at Trattoria several times. Each time we have had a very nice experience. The restaurant is quite loud, but not piercing as we have found at some places. The noise is energetic and adds to an exciting atmosphere. The food is affordable and certainly well above par. The service is very good- the staff genuinely appreciate your being there. We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Always enjoy going to Trattoria when attending an event in St Paul. I'm originally from NJ and this is one of the 3 great Italian restaurants in the Twin Cities"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We had a very good dining experience. The pasta bar was exceptional – and the Pasta dish with Gorgonzola was out of this world. Even the house Chianti was a delicious one. For dessert, I highly recommend the chocolate decadence lava cake. Ambience--attractive and fun."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "We went with a group for lunch to this restaurant. The inside temperatures were very cold which didn't make it a very comfortable environment to eat in. Our group was uncomfortable so ate quickly and then left instead of staying to visit. It was a cold day outside but thought they could have done a better job of regulating the temp in the building."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Never had a bad meal or service! We love this place and at here about twice a month. Highly recommend to others."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The guitar player was very nice- good selection, low volume"
    Dined on 1/18/2014