Davanti Enoteca - Little Italy

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$30 and under
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Italian
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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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner. Everything very good

J
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing

BM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Dinner

J
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

b
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

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

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service outstanding

CG
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
26 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Little Italy

MQ
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Service was really slow. They brought my entree out first we waited about 20 min before we asked about my boyfriends entree and the guy went to check on it and comes back and asks sir do you know what you ordered? Then about 5 min later they brought out his plate they weren’t really apologetic about us waiting 20 min for his food while my food is getting cold right in front of me. They didn’t comp anything for the wait.

KM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and priced well for the gourmet level. The waitstaff were also amazing with great suggestions. It was clear they had excellent communication with the kitchen and staff members, the service was flawless and the bus staff also were engaged with recommendations. It was a great night, thank you!

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We lived this restaurant! The ambiance was charming- we were seated in the courtyard in the rear of the restaurant. The service was excellent and the food was amazing!

JS
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service ... disappointed they didn’t have sparkling water and very limited options for people who need dairy free. Ambiance good and great selections for people with no food intolerances.

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was a great place for dinner. We just had some appetizers and wine. The cheese torta was incredible!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great dinner. Every dish was excellent.

OT
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Standard Italian, not terrible but not great either, expensive for what it was

K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside at a big table off to the side. Perfect! Our waiter was so nice and food was delicious. My new favorite Sam Diego restaurant.

MS
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening with wonderful food, fantastic service and we loved the atmosphere and location. Valet parking was close and affordable!

SH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fod was fantastic and our server was amazing. She was super fun and did a great job. Everything after we were seated was perfect. (our server was a polish woman)

The hostess who greeted us did however ruin they birthday dessert surprise for my 16 year old nephew as she loudly announced that there was no cake and it would be something else while the whole party was standing in front of her. And was rude about us asking her to be quiet and didnt seem to care that he was present.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun always a good lunch spot

d
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

food excellent as always but they were over booked and thus rushed thru service to the point of abruptness and unpleasant. Entrees arriving before starters cleared and came individually over a 15 minute time period--amateur hour and disappointing. Ruining an otherwise excellent dinner

DP
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Request the back patio - it is quieter

1
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was very poor: we sat on the patio for brunch on a Saturday and I watched as the server and his buddy hung
out in the back corner service stocking area. There were 6 of us and we recommended by a friend who lives in the area because they take reservations but it would have been better to have gone somewhere else because the wait would have been just as long. Very disappointing because it is a really cute place.

S
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a charming restaurant. We were seated in a darling patio alcove that felt very private. I ordered pasta which is very rare for me and was pleasantly surprised that it was not an overwhelming quantity of food. Just enough. Just a perfect restaurant. Looks small from the outside but it’s actually very large! Will come back for sure!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous!

BM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a chance and walked in, great staff and service. The food was amazing. Our new fav place in Little Italy

OT
Baja California
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Waitress did not take us seriously and our food came in 40 minutes later (ordered just a vegetarian pasta). People who were sat down after us received there food before us.

F
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The focaccia was to die for and the service was great!!

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrating sons wedding

JS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was underwhelming, we get better pasta sauce from a jar. I am vegan and modification to my food were, well we just don't use sauce, try eating salad with not even a lemon on it. All in all disappointment.