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Trattoria Da Vinci
Trattoria Da Vinci

Trattoria Da Vinci Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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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Diner Reviews
  • "Trattoria is one of few places that I know will consistently be great! We took some friends here for a special occasion and they were very impressed. The food portions are huge too! We had fun at the pasta bar, making our own creations. Myself, as a lover of Italian food, I am oftentimes left in the dust for gluten free options. They will make anything with rice instead. I was skeptical in the past, but tried it this time and can't wait to go back for more. We love love love this place!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Nice location. Ambiance was nice. We ordered a bottle of wine and the bread came to our table. Very plain white bread with butter in a plastic tub. I ordered the Walleye and my wife the Chicken Parm. Both were overcooked. When I brought this to the server's attention, he apologized, took the Walleye and disappeared. He didn't offer to try again or anything in its place. he returned with the bill and the cost of the Walleye was removed. Not a good experience."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This time we came with a group of nine old friends from out of town. We road the Green Line from the Midway area. We were pleasantly greeted and seated immediately. Our waitress was very friendly and took our drink orders. People ordered a variety of pasta dishes as well as the ribeye. Everyone commented on how delicious the entrees tasted and there were not that many leftovers. We sat right below the musician. He was very goog and not so loud that we could not talk. We highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I remember when the restaurant was called Café da Vinci - we used to go there for lunch sometimes for the pasta bar! It was yummy! Pasta bar is somewhat the same - the chef behind is quiet though and doesn't seem to engage much with guests. This time I ordered off the menu - walleye. Good size portion - walleye was a little over-cooked. I miss the lasagna that used to be on the menu :( It was by far my favorite in the Twin Cities."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We chose to celebrate a coworkers retirement. It was nice to have good food and good conversation."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Awesome marinara sauce for spaghetti and meatballs. Perfectly coated pasta, cooked al dente served with well -seasoned meatballs that were moist and full of authentic flavor. My husband had a sandwich he proclaimed "delicious". The fried it came with were crispy, battered, copious and quite tasty. Our waitress was attentive and accomodating, friendly and helpful. An overall excellent experience. We will be back. My only disappointment was that they did not read my special request. I said this was my 50th birthday and asked for a special dessert. No mention was even made. I was fine if they could not accomodate my request, but not to even acknowledge my birthday? I was a bit upset."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I eat out a lot. But I never pass up a chance to go to this restaurant. It has been gret to watch it grow over the years. I recommend it to lots of friends. Definitely try it!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We made our reservation earlier in the day. When we arrived, the restaurant was almost completely empty. The hostess proceeded to seat us at a table right at the front entrance of the restaurant - what I would consider one of the least desirable tables. When we asked to be moved to a table by the window instead, the hostess seemed bothered by our request. It seemed that we had then been deemed "trouble makers" because the waiter wasn't very nice to us either. He wasn't outwardly annoyed like the hostess but just not very personable. The food was good, but honestly if I'm going to pay that much for a meal, I want really good service along with it. I was disappointed by the bread as well, not very flavorful. Not sure we'll dine here again."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "One of our favorite places in St. Paul, we reserved our table for Friday evening of the Jazz Festival. Brady, who has waited on us previously, brought us warm bread, Chianti, chopped salad and then the seafood pasta - all delicious! For dessert, we tried the cannolis, which were dipped in chocolate and topped with gelato- totally yum! Our dinner took about an hour, after which we walked out to listen to the Jazz in Mears Park, lead by Bradford Marsalis. Awesome!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Celebrated a friend's birthday with the pasta bar and enjoyed it immensely ~ thank you for the lovely evening & terrific food!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Trattoria Da Vinci provides a delicious Pasts experience with an energetic and attetive wait staff - Thanks Brady! We experienced excellent ambiance on our 25th Wedding Anniversary and finished it off with a chocolate torte and an axcellent cup of coffee!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Food was good, loved our waiter, and felt taken care of by the staff. Had the Bolignase with fresh mozzarella and my wife had ravioli with mushrooms both a great choice"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We were looking for a quality Italian dining experience in downtown Saint Paul and left disappointed. Seafood dishes were pedestrian, and that may be generous. It's hard to get quality seafood in this part of the country, but Da Vinci fell far short of its competitors. Simple pasta and sauce dishes were OK but nothing special. Many of the dishes tasted as if they had been hastily warmed in the microwave. It's a nice space in a great location. Just needs a competent chef."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We all loved our pasta dishes we ordered. The pasta bar was fabulous. Great service and wonderful food with reasonable prices."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "After 35 years married and travels around the world, we both remember two of our very favorite meals. Now we added a 3rd to our all time best dining experiences, just 2 miles from home! It was my birthday, a Friday night. The décor is lovely - rustic brick walls, high ceilings with hints of Italy and Da Vinci art. The staff is young, professional and efficient, with excellent timing during the meal. At the back of the restaurant a man with an electric acoustic guitar played beautiful jazz and classical tunes - perfect background music which enhanced the ambiance but didn't affect conversation. There is a bar and a cook-on-the-spot pasta bar if you so choose. EVERYTHING on the menu is outstanding! We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Took my girl friend there. Had an excellent dinner. Will bring her back as my wife. Thank you"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Excellent food and service the ability to get in and have fresh food over the lunch hour was fantastic. Would recommend to anyone that is looking for a great Italian restaurant to try in Downtown St. Paul."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had a fantastic time for dinner. Our server was the best, have had him numerous times. One member of our party didn't like their martini and he got her something else right away! Food was fantastic as always, can't go wrong with the pasta experience!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We were here 5 years ago for a special occasion and liked it but were not as impressed this time, I had the ragu bolognese and my date had the walleye...we both found our meals to be average or below. Rather disappointing AS THEY HAD BEEN SUGGESTED BY OUR WAITER WHO WAS OTHERWISE VERY GOOD.NOT VERY BUSY FOR A SAT NITE WHICH MAY BE THE REASON WHY. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I brought my fiancée to Trattoria for his birthday. We went here once before, and it was pretty good. This was not close to that visit. We were seated and the waitress showed up 15 minutes later to take our drink orders. She returned to say the beer he ordered was no longer carried. He picked another.Five minutes later, the bartender returned to say his second and third beer selection were also no longer carried. The gnocchi was raw in the middle, and my fiancées spaghetti was sub par. The man that seated us closed out our bill. Based on this visit, we will try one more time, but we are doubtful Trattoria will be able to recover. The best part of our visit was the guitar player - he was outstanding."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Shrimp entree was disappointing, too salty. Pasta was good. Portions are sizable. You won't leave hungry"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Your food was tremendous! I can't wait to come back. I've always known of another Italian restaurant downtown but I am so glad I found you. From now on you are my only Italian restaurant. Wait staff was attentive and polite. Pasta bar was phenomenal and 2 other menu items we had were also excellent. Portions were awesome. I don't often have leftovers but my whole party went home with some. The guitar player was a very nice touch. Thank you all for such a wonderful restaurant."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Took my staff to lunch for Professional Assistance Day, all had a great time at a very affordable price."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We came here for dinner with a group of 8, arriving on a Wednesday night around 7:45. The food was good, very generous portions, wait staff attentive, parking on the street was free (no need to feed the meters in the evening) and easy to find, and best of all, the restaurant wasn't noisy - it was very easy for everyone to hear each other. We will come again."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I've eaten at Trattoria numerous times and have always liked the feel of the place, food is always good and the atmosphere is nice. Only thing missing on this last visit was the live music that adds a very nice touch, even without it though my guest and I had a wonderful time, plus she found a wine that she loved."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We always enjoy the dining experiences we have at Trattoria Da Vinci! The food is always wonderful and the staff is great!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Recommended by a friend. Very impressed with the choice. Food and drinks were very good and the waiter was nice. I am also an artist so I liked the DaVinci theme!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "It has been a couple years since I have eaten at Trattori Da Vinci, but it is still a good solid restaurant. I had the Gnocchi with Gorgonzola with spicy Italian sausage. Very good and so rich I had to take half home. My better half had Ravioli with shrimp and scallops which was reported to be excellent although I am not a seafood fan. Service was good and Trattoria had a live guitar player for the evening. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Our party of four, ranging in age from 19 to 80, celebrated two birthdays at Trattoria Da Vinci on a Friday evening. Our reservation was for 6 pm and the restaurant was not crowded at that time. We appreciated that the noise level was quite low, the live music was one guitarist who was not overly loud, and we were able to converse easily. The menu is quite extensive and there was also a "build your own" pasta bar. Three of us ordered pastas from the menu and one ordered chicken parmesan. All servings were very large and we were each able to take something home. The pastas, which were quite simple, seemed a bit over-priced. Mine, the seafood pasta, included a good variety of different kinds of seafood, but it could have used more seasoning. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I went to davinci's for my prom dinner and it was a wonderful experience! The restaurant is very nice and the we got excellent service!! The food was great I would love to come back!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We made a 6:15 reservation, to allow time to get downtown and park. We got there about 5:30 and could park on the north side of the building for $5. When we went in they were able to seat us right away. The overall appearance of the restaurant was fine, but seemed a little to much of a mishmash of styles. But that is a personal thing. The wait staff was mostly attentive. The food was well done, a step up from the mass market in presentation and taste. I have no qualms about recommending it to anyone for a nice dinner out and special occasion"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was not bad but I've had a better version of each dish at other Twin City Italian restaurants. We ordered 3 appetizers including bruschetta, caprese and artichoke heart dip. All were enjoyable but, again, nothing like Carmellos or Pazzaluna or Rinata. The pasta experience, where you line up at a bar and make your own pasta, has higher quality ingredients and more options than than a typical cafeteria pasta bar, so it might make a good lunch spot. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This restaurant never disappoints. It's very consistent in the quality of their food. Prices good. We had a wonderful waiter who was very attentive."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "It was no different this time around. We were celebrating my wife's brithday with our 6 month old daughter along, and the night could not have gone better. Wonderful food, great ambience and the perfect relaxing evening that we were looking forward to."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We received a warm friendly welcome. Were seated where requested. Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable server. Efficient attentive service. Great food and large portions. Great desserts.H"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I liked the ravioli I ordered and the other guests liked it there also. My daughter really liked the pasta bar. My only dislike is that they don't use fresh parmesan. That's trivial but I do like that with good italian. The prices are a little high but they give good size portions. I wish that they would offer salad with the entree but they don't. You have to order that separately. Also, ordered wine that was wonderful, the Merlot. All in all it was a good experience and in a great location. Lot's of other bars and options around it. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The two time I have been here, it has been a great experience. The food and service is always great, and the live music is also is great. I recemend this restaurant, as a great place to go to."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Our very favorite spot to dine in St Paul, especially for special occasions, as this one...wife's 60th birthday! Food was spectacular, ambience perfect, service and wine awesome and it was prom night so it was exciting to see all the dressed up couples, bringing back so many great memories....Thanks Trattoria!!! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I was blown away by the wonderful food and service that we received as we were out to celebrate our daughter's 19th birthday. This was the restaurant of choice for our birthday girl, and we were all very satisfied. Our very experienced waiter helped to make the experience even more delightful by making the dinner go very smoothly. Even the young lady who filled our water glasses had the brightest smile and appeared to truly enjoy her job! Nicely done!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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