Davanti Enoteca - Little Italy

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$30 and under
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A member of the Francesca"s Restaurant Group; Davanti Enoteca is a wine bar that offers share-able plates of rustic Italian cuisine. After opening the first location in 2010 in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood, Davanti Enoteca has expanded with restaurants in Del Mar, San Diego; Little Italy, San Diego; Western Springs, Illinois; and now the newest addition the Courtyard Marriot River North in Chicago. Davanti Enoteca, an Italian wine bar, offers share-able plates of rustic Italian cuisine from pastas, pizzas, and entrees in addition to small plate items such as vasi (mini mason jars with Tuscan toast), antipasti, salads and table-side presentations. Exposed brick and refurbished wood create the ambiance of a countryside cottage in Italy.
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JV
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Focaccia bread with cheese and honey ALWAYS a crowd pleaser and was awesome. Staff and service, great! Main courses I have now been disappointed with twice in a row - not the flavors one would expect.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great date spot. Half of wine bottles on Tuesdays!

W
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always been pleased with the staff and food here. My favorite Italian themed restaurant in Little Italy. I brought 4 of my customers to dinner there this week and they were very impressed. Food comes out hot, perfect portions and the presentation always nice.

Thanks for making their evening memorable.

CE
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Most everything was great - food and service - except for your wine prices. We were suprised that you did not offer a moderate priced wine, starting prices at $60 a bottle is a little steep. We did bring our own wine and decided to open our wine. Your corkage charge of $25 is twice what more restaurants charge. Again we felt that was a little high. Unfortunately, because of the high wine prices, I do not know whether we will be back.

D
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving at Davanti Enoteca was, in a word, superb. I have a "mixed" family - half are vegetarian and half are not. Therefore, the fact that Davanti Enoteca offered both its regular Italian menu and an option for a full, traditional Thanksgiving dinner was what drew me to this restaurant. What will bring me back was the excellence of the food, service, and ambience. I expected the turkey and sides to be rather mediocre and half-hearted, but those who ate it were more than satisfied. The Italian dishes were delicious, beautifully prepared and presented. The service was just right - friendly and professional. We will definitely return to Davanti Enoteca next Thanksgiving, as well as any time we want a lovely Italian dining experience.

MS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've never had a bad meal at Davanti Enoteca. I tend to get in a rut of ordering the same thing at restaurants, but when I come here, and I order something new each time. I'm never disappointed! Great food, atmosphere, and excellent service.

h
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed at Davanti Enoteca. the Focaccia is simply the best to be found anywhere!

PJ
San Diego
54 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Appetizers were delicious. Their foccacia with honey was amazing! Not the biggest selection of pasta dishes so that was the only con for me.

M
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been to Davanti Enoteca several times, but this time took out of town guests. They were delighted to have such authentic and delicious food. Everything was easy thanks to our server, and we had a wonderful, leisurely meal that everybody thoroughly enjoyed. Service is timely but not intrusive. This has been consistent at every visit I've had there. Highly recommended.

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and great service!!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was a little slow, but it seemed they were a short staffed

RS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, ambience, pretty decor and unique menu w delicious options. The cow’s milk cheese honeycomb flat bread and the truffle eggs w brioche and asparagus were awesome starters. The spaghetti and stuffed rigatoni were great. They had a yummy Zinfandel and free dessert for my birthday.

SS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great experience! Food was yummy! Loved the back patio! Sit there if u can.

w
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The only downfall is the Bathrooms were not very clean!

P
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

If you know what to order this is a Little Italy gem. However, if you're vegetarian, look elsewhere.

In the past, we've ordered and LOVED the pork shoulder ragu, as well as charcuterie boards and warmed olives. These are the items that brought us back. This time, though, we brought along a vegetarian friend. The Hen in the Woods mushroom was amazing, but the cheese pizza left much to be desired (We ordered these as there were not many items to choose from). We had a three cheese stuffed crust appetizer which was tasty, but not as pleasing as the charcuterie boards, and was so sweet with the provided honey it could have been dessert.

The service is typically fun and friendly - this time no exception. We will continue to eat here, just not with our vegetarian family and friends...

TJ
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They’re always great! It’s the consistency that makes them a continued priceless experience.
Bravo!!

c
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Pasta was not as amazing. The bread is awesome. They close way too early on a Friday when all surrounding restaurants are open and hopping. Felt rushed to leave.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bradley is the BEST! He is the most amazing waiter ever. He gave the best recommendations and the food, service and space was PERFECT! Go see Bradley at Davanti Enoteca.

B
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy Davanti Enoteca. The food is always consistent and the staff is always pleasant.

JP
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a new resident of Little Italy and I love this place. I have had happy hour with friends, date night, and a family dinner! It has been perfect for every occasion and the food is outstanding! Can't wait to come back!

8
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with all of the suggestions from the server. These included the flatbread, the meat pizza and the ragu and polenta. All were great. The Nebbiolo by the glass was good as well

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Couple of comments:

Tell the restaurant If it’s a special occasion as they do not read open tables.

If you order food ask the server to get food at the same time. The lasagna one of my party ordered took 30 minutes longer than the rest of the food. Everyone was done with their food by the time they got it.

Assistant staff asked if we wanted more bread for an appetizer we ordered. We said yes, and they never returned.

Ambiance was great and so is little Italy, but it was busy and we did not feel we got much attention from the staff.

Food overall was okay, but not great enough for me to return.

Maybe try going during a slower time where they can be better attentive and get food out at a similar time.

Overall, the restaurant is fine, and food was acceptable. But nothing to write home about.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Everything very good

J
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious forcaccio. You have to try it! The cheese and honey make it so delicious. Great entrees - we had the Branzino, some pasta dishes and the pizza. All were very good.

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing

BM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, but the hostesses were not efficient. I made a reservation for 7:15 and called around 7:05 to inform them that my party was running 15 minutes late. The hostess thanked me and assured that they would hold the table. When we arrived at 7:30 we were asked to wait for our table to be cleared. We ended up waiting 20 minutes while other walk in parties were seated right away.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Dinner

J
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Noisy background but great service and food. Enjoyed the diversity in the menu choices.

b
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience3

potatoes in octopus dish were way under-cooked - almost raw. octopus was very good thought. Rom is very loud. Hip decor not really "Italian.

OT
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent experience. Focaccia and polenta are a must!! Dustin, our server, was AMAZING!!!! We will he going back for sure.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Made a reservation for outside and got sat in the noisy bar

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service outstanding

OT
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful dinner. Interesting diverse menu. Scott our server was top notch. Knowledgeable. Humorous. Attentive. Mushrooms were unusual and tasty. Meatballs hit the mark. Will be back.

JS
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fantastic place!! The food and atmosphere are not to be missed if you are in San Diego. The staff was attentive and helpful with selections. Highly recommended to me by colleagues and it did not disappoint !

OT
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Little Italy

MQ
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was great. Out waiter, wish I could remember his name, was very attentive. The Bloody Mary and Bubble Bar were a great touch.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Took some friends for dinner. We sat out on the back patio which has a nice vibe. The food was very good although the pasta portions are pretty small. Should have probably order a salad or appetizer to start with. Would god back!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table outside and watched the people go by. Beautiful! Service was quick and efficient, the food delicious. The foccacia bread with cheese is a must!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I chose Davanti Enoteca because it’s one of my favorite restaurants in SD, but I was disappointed this time. First, it was a special occasion... I only get to see my boyfriend once every few months as he lives on the east coast, so I requested the most “romantic” table on the patio. When we got there, the hostess was clueless, asked if we wanted to sit inside or out, and walked us back to the patio and just told us to choose any open table. All of the more private tables were taken, and the remaining corner table hadn’t been wiped off yet. The restaurant was t that busy yet on a Tuesday night at 7:00, so it was obvious the hostess hadn’t read or prepared for special requests. And, the other thing was... the menu had gone through changes with a new chef, and they had taken off the most delicious, decadent and iconic thing on the menu... the ricotta/egg ravioli. Don’t think I’ll go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back patio is really nice and spacious. Super cute environment. Food and drinks are delicious!