Vinci
Vinci

Vinci

  • 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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Vinci reviews from OpenTable diners
122 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (85)fit for foodies (43)good for groups (41)romantic (32)special occasion (30)notable wine list (22)great for outdoor dining (13)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (5)great for lunch (4)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great Vinci Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Friends and I enjoyed a great brunch at Vinci. The ambience, the food, and the service all were rated outstanding by each of the four of us. Not very busy so the noise level was very conversation friendly and we felt very comfortable lingering and visiting. Overall a very enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie49
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My son goes to college in the neighborhood. Whenever our family gets together in Chicago, it's become one of our favorite restaurants. Food and service are always very good
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    PAM1VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    THIS IS A GODD PLACE FOR BRUNCH...FOOD IS GOO AND CLOSE TO STEPPENWOLF.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Glutino
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Vinci shows great sensitivity to those with food sensitivities. They have a gluten free menu and I asked them to prepare the salmon in a very plain way-no garlic, etc. and they responded well to this request. The two other people at the table--my wife and an out of town visitor both liked their food very much. Attentive service as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Timing
    BillVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great, but was seated 45 minutes after our reservation was scheduled for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable ambience, food, service
    Bill
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    My first experience here was in the mid-nineties when I was working in the area. I have returned from time to time after moving to Los Angeles when I would visit Chicago. I always order the Tagliatele with veal ragu sauce. It has never disappointed me! Now that I have moved back to Chicago Vinci is on my "go to" list of Italian restaurants. I highly recommend it to neighborhood folks and visitors to the City. The wine list is fine for me although I'm not a connosieur.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-Theatre Unfailing Chum
    JaponaisStayAway
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Halsted between Willow and North is host to an unsurprisingly large number of restaurants - unsurprising because it's also home to Steppenwolf and Royal George Theatres. Vinci's been serving up pastas, steaks, chops, and seafood entrees for years and I've been eating there for years, but the surprising thing (you knew there was a surprise here somewhere, right?) is that the food is still made with fresh ingredients (no corners cut), prepared well and served with a rapidity that'd be the envy of any hash house or diner in the city. Yet, I never feel rushed, even when a 7:30 curtain awaits. We split the arugula salad, tagliatelle and the cornish hen and it was delicious and there was still room for the apple cake. ;-)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Veni, Vidi, VINCI
    FooddocVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We were a family group of 12 including a 2 year old, and the staff, especially our server, Jorge, handled everything perfectly. The food was prepared to perfection, the timing excellent, the quality of the dishes amazing, and everyone left satisfied and happy! The menu is varied with so many different choices to please a large group individually. Pastas, fish, meats, were all terrific. Will definitely go back again!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will come back!
    JK27
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Large restaurant with a lot of space. All the food we ordered was really good! Two things that sold me: they come around with a bread basket and they brought us limoncello after dinner for our girls' evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Our waiter was inconsiderate of our conversation. He marched up to the table several times and interrupted our conversation with some comment, rather than waiting for us to finish our sentence and then talk to us or ask a question. This has happened at Vinci with other waiters, so I think they have a problem of waiter training, and they need to review their standards of courtesy toward customers!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional dining spot
    FazP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    It's great for dining as a couple or a group or hosting special occasions. We took some out of town guests who were quite impressed, and they have visited Italy on many occassions. One problem, it's incredibly hard to find street parking. Be prepared to use Vinci's valet service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Post-Theatre Delight
    foodie4sure
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I joined my wife and friends at Vinci (where they had earlier eaten dinner) for post-Steppenwolf drinks and desert about 9:30 pm on Friday 10/17. There were perhaps a dozen or so other diners upon our arrival. The desert menu included a range of wonderful offerings including a chocolate mousse cake with a berry sauce and an apple cake served with a vanilla gelato with pistachios (the tables favorite). The food was delightful and the service quick and gracious. We have known and enjoyed Vinci for years. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks, Vinci!
    Diner
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A delightful place for dinner before theatre or without theatre. Beautiful surroundings, lovely menu, attentive staff and wonderful food. Always a pleasure to come back here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NummyTummyPixie
    NummyTummyPixie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    As a retired public relations executive, I was surprised that I had not heard of Vinci, although it is within walking distance of my home! Perhaps, they could address this by inviting the media. For brunch on Marathon Day, it was ideal: No crowds! Food was adequate, but not outstandin
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AliceVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great food, atmosphere, price, service. Will definitely return. Huge restaurant could accommodate large groups as well as individual diners. Not a lot of kids at the restaurant, but they had high chairs and allowed our 1-year old to quietly join us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Theater Fun
    Mueller3819
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We love going to Vinci before seeing a show at The Steppenwolf. The service is great and the food is delicious. We also head back to Vinci after the show for a drink at the bar…the bartender Clyde is welcoming and cheerful. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • October wine dinner was great!
    wolfcookerVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Wonderful food & service. Four courses with wines all delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convenient and pleasant
    Eateateat
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Vinci's is very convenient to Steppenwolf Theater. The staff is very good. The bar is fine. I wish my beef entree had been tastier.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Italian
    MidwestVeggie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Tasty food, very pleasant atmosphere (cozy yet spacious), and the service was excellent. Consistently fine food, in a place where you can feel very comfortable. Also, a good selection of vegetarian items - just ask the server for recommendations. We have been there several times, and each time we enjoyed it more.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Frequent diner
    NUFANVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great for after Steppenwolf. We make it a regular visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not up to it's usual standard
    BarneyVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The service was slow, the food was good, but not stellar. Usually, I really find this restaurant top notch, so this seemed to be an unusual bump in the road.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BJ
    Oscar
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is a repeat visit, this time was not very good. The food so-so, coffee was bitter, they replaced it but it still was bitter, not drinkable. Then I was overcharge for the drinks, not a big deal, but when you don't have a good experience it all adds up.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Italian Dining
    Crystal
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Always love dining here with family or just my husband. We have celebrated birthdays, graduations and special holidays with family and friends for years. Food is always delicious and the staff always make you feel like family and take great care of you. Hope they are around for a long time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We haven't been to Vinci in many years and we're so glad we decided to return. The food is as good as we remember and it's just such a great place to enjoy an evening out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!!!
    kiepkath
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was great and the service was very good as well. I ordered a pasta dish off the gluten free menu and it was fantastic!! I would definitely return to Vinci. For an appetizer we ordered the Caprese Salad, which was very good as well. All four of the people in our group had no complaints about the food. The restaurant wasn't super busy when we dined on a Friday night. This restaurant is worth a trip to.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A lovely night in Chicago
    aWanderingConsidine
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I took my wife to Vinci this last weekend for a romantic dinner for two - and had a lovely time. The staff was very friendly, and had some great recommendations. The food was outstanding. We will certainly make an effort to come back any time we swing through Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed with Vinci's
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have been dining at Vinci's for many years prior to theater time at Steppenwolf. However, it has been declining lately -- we do not know the reason. We were denied our favorite table, which was empty when we arrived, and stayed vacant for over an hour. We had an unpleasant waitress -- I requested a second serving of bread and she argued with me about the slice I pointed to. She ask no one else at the table if they would like a second, but left in a huff. Our entries appeared to have been warmed in the micro. My raviolies were hard around the edges and the basil leaves were brown and dry. My husband's pasta on the bottom was stuck to the plate. It was all dreadful and we will not return!! Jane
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  • Cozy, lovely, great food
    Cher
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I nearly always choose Vinci for pre-Steppenwolf dinner because I know it will be great, and service will be prompt if needed. There seem to be other nice places worth a whirl, but I love Vinci too much to try them! It reminds me of the Italian restaurants of my hometown - NYC. Great cocktails too. Warning - the food is high comfort (rich).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dropped the ball
    SteakloverVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Vinci has been one our GO TO place for wonderful food and service. This past Sunday, I selected Vinci to help celebrate my sister's 75th b-day. Had a 4pm reservation and noted the event. We were greeted and shown to our table. The waiter was VERY difficult to understand, the food made up for his shortcomings. As we ended the meal, I waited for the usual 'cake' to come out. NEVER happened. Upon leaving I asked the host about the oversight, he asked me "Did you let us know?' Which we both saw when he looked up the reservation. He apologized and said "I'll make it up to you, next visit" I said 'fine' and we left. Sadly we can never RE-DO the event. Additionally, I am not inclined to return any time soon and will share this story.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for Pre-Theatre
    disappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner before going to the Steppenwolf Theatre. The service was great. Loved my cocktail with the muddled berries and sage. The fig appetizer was delicious and the veal was even better. Would definitely go back again. We sat outside and since the patio is on the side street it was nice and peaceful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Always a wonderful experience. Food and service always outswtanding. Love this place. Great place to eat before theater.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect before theater
    imwriter
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Vinci keeps upping its game, and we continue to be pleased. We've gone there for years, but the food keeps getting better. Beautifully seasoned and very pleasing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FIne Italian food on the patio
    BJdiner
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    On a recent trip to Chicago with friends we chose theis restaurant because of proximity to Steppenwolf. We were very satisfied with both our dinners and service. All had pasta and all of the dishes were well prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vinci a Great For Dinner and a Show
    RedhawkBill
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a great evening, dining at Vinci before heading next door to the Steppenwolf for a show. Can't beat the convenience for a very special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gnocchi
    LookingforexcellenceVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Strange sausage in this dish. My friend ate around it. All in all food was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 87 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1040 reviews are from the Vinci reviews archive.
  • Wonderful food and great service!
    aroy3755
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    My husband and I ate here before going to a performance at Steppenwolf Theatre and couldn't be happier. Our reservation was at 5:30PM and they don't start seating until that time but they open the bar at 5:00PM so we went in and ordered a drink while we waited. The bartender was very engaging and made wonderful drinks (he made by the far the best lemon drop I've ever had). Once seated we were served fresh bread and butter which was amazing. I ordered the rigattoni and my husband had the raviolli and both were absolutely mouth watering. We were then surprised with a dessert on the house for our anniversary and it was just as amazing as the rest of our meal. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves italian food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Theater connection
    MURPH
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    A great pre-theater dinner before going to Steppenwolf! They are very aware of curtain times and aim to please! Great variety of choice menu dishes and good wine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place before Theater
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Great to go before or after Steppenwolf Theater. Good food, friendly service. Clyde is great at the Bar and makes excellent wine suggestions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect before and after theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The atmosphere was friendly and the food was perfect with ideal portions that satisfied without filling up just before the theater.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oscar
    Oscar
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Good food and good friendly service, we wil come backl
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic