Davanti Enoteca - Little Italy

4.7
1003 Reviews
$30 and under
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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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MARIELAH
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love this place. Been coming here for years and it's always solid food and great drinks.

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ianf
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food. I would describe it as "modern Italian" but there are enough traditional Italian options (like cacio e pepe, bruschetta, pizza) to satisfy anyone. Our server (Joanna) was fantastic. She made our visit even better.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sara, our server was wonderful. Food was delicious. will make this place a regular stop when in SD.

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KelseyG
Tucson
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here with a group of my girlfriends for my birthday and the experience was unforgettable. The manager was there that night and did an amazing job of accommodating us and taking care of anything we needed. The wine and food were absolutely amazing!!! We will definitely be back again!

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AjFlo
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife and I have been here a few times and it never disappoints. Great food, drink were amazing, and service is awesome. We go every time we’re in San Diego and planning on going back.

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Jared
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, service and ambiance. The Focaccia was an absolute hit

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Verucaluna
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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vipAnne2215
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I have been going to Davanti Enoteca since 2013 and have always loved it....particularly the polenta with ragu which I bought at this visit for my two friends who had never enjoyed it....however, this time I ordered the Limoncello chicken which was just okay....all was fine except the chicken was no juicy or moist but a tad bit overcooked so that was a shame. I did love the citrusy sauce but I wish the chicken had been poached so that it could better absorb the sauce.

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place came as a recommendation for dinner while visiting San Diego. My two teenage kids loved the food! We all had delicious dishes and everything tasted so fresh. Service was friendly and excellent. We enjoyed sitting out back. We hope to eat there again when we visit SD again in the future!

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vipMcMom
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible meal celebrating my son's engagement in a private outdoor room. It was perfect!

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JakeM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside in the newly expanded exterior dining area and it was just like being in a piazza in Italy. The food was so good and the drinks and the atmosphere. A fantastic night. We will be back.

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KCGen
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was slow but food was fantastic

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TinaE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and love the back patio! Great wine too.

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vipBigmac
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Their Orecchiette con Salsiccia is one of my favorite pasta dishes I have ever tried on 5 continents! I can’t make myself order something different no matter how hard I try. Good value. We really enjoy the courtyard seating when it’s available.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great service. Friendly staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience3

It was nice however I had to ask for my napkins then my silverware and then I had to ask for my food that I asked for initially. But the food is always amazing

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vipSBELL
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything! The food was really good and the ambiance was fun! When back in San Diego, I’ll be visiting again.

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vipPamelaG
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Waiter was terrible. Food came out staggered...by a lot breakfast cools quickly. First two orders came out 25 minutes after ordering, next came pancakes 10 minutes later, and the 4th breakfast came out 20 minutes later!
Food was great even though one was not what was ordered, but we couldn’t risk a do over. Never refilled drinks, or asked. Sausage was disgusting frankly. Tasted like old sausage smothered in a terrible sauce with olives to disguise taste. Not described as such on menu. Looks like they need a better kitchen manager to teach timing.

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AndreaA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scott was amazing with his energy and recommendations. The food was amazing and very well priced. Highly recommend the focaccia. Thank you for a great evening!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Davanti! Best Happy Hour and best burger

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vipMeganG
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was great. The service could’ve been a bit better even if we were one of the later tables

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MichaelR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have dined at Davanti many times and this was another perfect evening to celebrate my wife's birthday. Delicious.

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AnneMarieS
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They have a good happy hour deal that we enjoy! We have been several times despite not being from San Diego and just visiting.
Have never eaten indoors so can only speak to the outside patio, which we enjoyed more when the road was pedestrian on weekends.
Still, it's a very good happy hour deal and always busy!

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JaredS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think my servers name was Joanne. She was great and we connected over my family being from Poland and the Czech rep. Great service and just really friendly and personable. Food is always delicious here

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PatriciaA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Service was good but the pasta I ordered I wanted something creamy and got something dry instead.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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LisaE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!! I miss the shaved brussel sprouts and would love them back on the menu as well as the butternut squash and farro dish with honey and goat cheese. The sea bass was awesome this time!!

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SueW
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! The back patio had just opened and it was warm and cozy. Loved all the murals, trees, etc. Nice Happy Hour too!

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vipSummernightonly
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always amazing food. Creative use of outside space.

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vipDoc4foodies
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

An Italian restaurant should get pasta al dente right the first time but when they aren’t able to get if right after a send back ( still undercooked) then there is a problem in the kitchen. Service was good but kitchen needs work.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience...food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server food amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food did not dissolve we have been here for brunch and dinner and the food is always spectacular

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vipJason
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and atmosphere. I suggest sitting in the back patio if you like a more quiet feel than the street. Servers are always pleasant and attentive.

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AllisonC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Loved this place! We had a pasta dish and a pizza! Amazing! Sat outside on patio... great atmosphere! The street was filled with excitement! Server was personable and sweet! Definitely we will be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was amazing she did a great job and really made the night wonderful.

JM
JessicaM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and good food! The sangria was amazing 🤩.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Busy Sunday, service a little slow (15 minutes until we asked if someone could take our order) but nice. Food was great, liked the outdoor patio.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Our server forgot to put our pizza order in, then instead of checking on us she deliberately avoided us or correcting the situation, instead said the pizza just takes longer. My boyfriends pasta was served 20 min before mine. The pizza was rushed and came out Undercooked, which we had to send back to be cooked longer. Her service was the issue, never once tried to make things better and left us waiting with zero communication. Will not be returning

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place! This was my second time coming. The staff is incredibly friendly and the food is absolutely amazing. I would recommend this place to anyone who’s looking for a quality dining experience to celebrate or to impress a date.

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Davanti Enoteca - Little Italy does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Davanti Enoteca - Little Italy is rated 4.7 stars by 1003 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.