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Vinci
Vinci

Vinci Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vincichicago.com/
  • Phone: (312) 266-1199
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:30 - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Paul Loduca
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Country Italian style cuisine.
  • Private Party Facilities: Vinci may accommodate parties of 10 or more.
  • Private Party Contact: Aykut Sinanoglu (312) 266-1199

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Halsted St and Willow St
  • Public Transit: Red Line Clybourn/North

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking is also available.
A word from Vinci
Vinci serves up hearty Italian food to comfort and satisfy. Beautiful Da Vinci style murals, floor to ceiling wine racks, and soft lighting create a warm and comfortable spot in the heart of Lincoln Parks theater district. Vinci also offers wine dinners on the second Wednesday of each month.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The atmosphere was friendly and the food was perfect with ideal portions that satisfied without filling up just before the theater."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Good food and good friendly service, we wil come backl"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great location near Steppenwolf. Comfortable, attractive, and spacious setting. Fine service. Food/menu was nothing particularly special or interesting - good, not great."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "great for pre-theatre, Food and coffee was outstanding. Service was pleasant."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Since patrons frequently use Vinci as a pre-theater dining spot, 8:00 reservations are usually easy to come by at the last minute (helpful for the spontaneous diner!). The food has remained consistently very good throughout their 22 year history with a complimentary wine list and wonderful service. Whether you are dining as a twosome or a group, Vinci will provide a lively, enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great service. The bartender,wish I could remember his name made a great recomendationv to my daughter of the pork chop. She was torn between the veal saltimbocca and the pork chop. She loved the pork chop and would get it again next time we go. Love the place would recommend it highly!!! "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "How fortunate we felt finding this beautifully designed restaurant just a block away from both the Royal George and Steppenwolf theaters. We had a delicious dinner, were served in a timely manner, and made it to our play. We were also able to talk to one another during the meal, a real plus these days. And... the prices were reasonable!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The food was very good. The service was outstanding and added to our experience. Close to theater. It is convenient and a wonderful choice for before or after the theater."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great food, reasonable prices, friendly, efficient service. Convenient to Steppenwolf and Royal George Theaters."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Thank you for being so aware of allergies and delicious "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Hard to beat Vinci for Steppenwolf pre-theatre. Always solid, reliable, enjoyable experiece"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Wonderful daily specials with fresh, flavorful choices."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Thank you Vinci for yet another great night of dining and wining before theater. We had a group of eight that got a little loud for the adjacent table (over 60 crowd) but thoroughly enjoyed our meal despite the looks. Six of my eight were first timers to Vinci. They spoke highly of the food quality and presentation. Strawberry Martini special was the perfect elixir to start the evening. The roast duck was outstanding. My wife loved the gluten-free pasta. Compliments and special mention to the chef! Service, as always, was excellent. See you again soon!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "What has happened! Food was not good. Fresh mozzarella? It was dried out. Too much balsamic. Main entree not any better. Won't be back."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Knowledgable waitstaff on wines and menu items. Grilled calamari, mushroom gnocchi started us off beautifully, with seafood, hen and pastas as mains. Everything came out hot and cooked to our specific requests. Best of all, it was all delicious. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "A great go-to place for excellent service and great food, not to mention the creative mixologist who can whip up smooth beverages with interesting ingredients. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The food is certainly delicious but the portions were pretty small. Our first waiter disappeared without any explanation and we ended up with someone else who was actually pretty nice. The seating is somewhat cramped. Next time I would probably ask for a corner seating. There really isn't a lot of privacy. Although I understand there is a quieter seating area (back room). The tiramisu was delicious except I asked to have my leftover wrapped up and I forgot to take it with me. I will likely return as my food was certainly very delicious! "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I have dined at Vinci several times in the past 3 years pre theater, but this was the first time I made reservations through Open Table. Don't know if that made a difference, but we arrived 10 minutes early for 6 pm reservations and were seated at the banquet table next to the Hostess stand. So, maybe 2nd worst seat in room. Host and hostess were rather cool, not smiling. Waiter had to be asked twice to explain an appetizer, would it be enough for 2, and he just went into a description of ingredients. Not impolite, but again, not warm or friendly. Food was okay, nothing special. This is very different from our past experiences here. Have had waiters who explained specials, recommended wine, etc. Makes a difference."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I have eaten here twice now and have had lousy meals both times. On this occasion, I had a special that was a rolled beef with breadcrumb and cheese filling. It tasted like nothing more than a bowl of wet breadcrumbs. The minestrone soup was good but was priced absurdly at over $7 for a bowl with no option for just a cup. The deserts were unimpressive. The one good thing they do is after dinner drinks, especially the pistachio martini. But that's not enough to get me back. Ever. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The restaurant is great for getting people to the nearby theaters on time. Food has always been good, not great."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Gosh, forgot how good the brunch is here. Live right up the street & can't believe I hadn't been there in so long. I really like that they offer their brunch, dinner & a gluten-free menu. All my guests were covered. Definitely on my radar for a return visit soon!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Only steps away from the theatre, shopping and public transportation is Vinci. Set in a charming vintage building, Vinci is a true gem. As you enter the bar is open and welcome. The host greets you with a smile and you are seated at a checkered table or booth. The Venetian plaster walls add old world charm and a air of coziness. Large arched windows on the north side, stream in natural light without glare. The waiting staff greets you with iced water, a cheery hello, and a smile. The brunch menu is original and specializes in several imaginative frittatas accompanied by garlic breakfast potatoes. The Italian coffees are a treat. And the prices are very reasonable. It was a memorable and I will return at least a few times a month!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our post-Steppenwolf dinner. The staff was gracious providing us early seating and attentive service. The pea salad and lamb were delectable. We would highly recommend the panna cotta for a sweet finish."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Things I like about Vinci: Good food. Quiet enough that you can actually have a conversation without yelling. Rare restaurant where busboys waited until all diners had finished their meal before clearing the table (first time in several years that we encountered this). Also, check was not presented UNTIL WE REQUESTED IT! Management must have had European training. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Vinci is our "go to" place before Steppenwolf Theater! The food and service are top notch and we never have to worry about being late! A fabulous neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We picked this restaurant based on the other reviews posted. We were a group of 6 that was seated at a round table which is better for conversation. The table size was great and we never felt crowded. The service was great, just attentive enough to provide great service but not to interrupt conversation. We never felt rushed and overall the food was good. Fish special got great reviews, the pork was good but salty and pasta dish was good as well. The portions were big and the wine kept being poured. We had a great experience."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Vinci was so nice, the bar was bright and inviting, service was attentive and knowledgeable, food was excellent. Looking forward to returning!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "THE LAMB MEATBALLS WERE REALLY AWFUL; NEXT TIME ORDER THE POLENTA WITH CREMINI. THE VEAL RAGU WAS EXCELLENT. AND THE ZUCOTO (SP?) DESSERT WAS DELICIOUS."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I thought the food was delicious, service everything was great. I would definetely go back. Good Italian food!!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Food was wonderful. Service was impeccable. Great place to go before a play, date night or dinner with friends/family."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This is the second time we have been to Vinci. Even my daughter who is a real foodie loved it. It was my Mom and myself and my daughter. The staff is amazing. They are kind and helpful and knowlegeable. The food is excellent."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We love Vinci as a pre-theater dinner place. The food is always very good and the service is great."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "definitely a must for the neighborhood/ food is great as is the service GO"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We visited this gem for a Sunday brunch and were thrilled. Food was the best we have had! You can't miss at Vinci!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The food is good and well prepared and the service is very attentive but not rushed."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "When you'd like a quiet dinner with excellent service in a pleasant setting, head to Vinci on Halsted in Chicago. I've eaten there over the years, and have always had a pleasant setting. This was one of the few times I'd been there without a theater curtain to hurry to and it was the most relaxing dining out experience for quite some time. So, if you're hungry for good food and top-notch service and you would like to dine, not gobble down food, this is your place. The eggplant appetizer is extremely good. I found the Ravioli to be oilier and heavier than I remembered, but the flavors were still tasty. My dining companion had the Garganelli and said that it was very good! We had a Groupon which was accepted graciously."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "my friends and I subscribe to Steppenwolf Theatre and always go to Vinci beforehand. The food is so good - their risotto is often stellar - the service perfect and not rushed in spite of having to leave to make the 7:30pm curtain, and Clyde the bartender knows his way around a Manhattan. highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Vinvi is a wonderful restaurant on Halstead. We have eaten there frequently when we go to performances at Steppenwolf . The service is always great, the food wonderul and always consistant, and the atmosphere warm and welcoming."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The waiter was off. The only female wait staff was not there. Our waiter was not on point. The food was good."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Very wonderful Italian, both traditional and innovative, fare. They do pasta and polenta like you've never had before and can't wait to have again!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014