Davanti Enoteca - Little Italy

4.6
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850 Reviews
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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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TravisC
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the best meals I have ever eaten. The star was the polenta with marscapone, poured out table side over a cutting board with a tender slow cooked pork ragu placed in the center. In my top five dishes of all time at a restaurant. The focaccia with goat cheese stuffing and fresh honeycomb spread over the top was divine. Service was excellent and the atmosphere of little Italy really made for a nice backdrop for outdoor dinning. Come here hungry, with friends, and be sure to order that polenta dish to share!

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lisai
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was really pretty , clean , and not too noisy . Service was great and the food excellent . We had the spaghetti and meatballs, the calamari, a pizza and buttery noodles . We will definitely be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Service was horrible, food was great. Took 15 minutes before we could stop someone to say we hadn’t been greeted by a server yet. Got all food except my husband’s pizza, but no server near by. Finally another 15 min passed before someone could be flagged down. The server came by and asked “did they come talk to you?” No, no one had been by. “Oh well something happened in the kitchen so they’re working on the pizza now.” And walks off. Pizza finally comes 10 min later. No apology, nothing. (Not looking for free food, but apologies and sympathy are nice). Probably wouldn’t come back even though the food was good. Service is just as important in my opinion.

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DianeM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! It’s the only place in town that reminds me of being in Venice. The food is really good and of course you have to try an Aperol Spritz!

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Anne
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! The Focaccia di Recco was wonderful! Our waiter, Brad, was extremely knowledgeable! The pace of the meal was so enjoyable!
We highly recommend Davanti!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, incredible service. It was a beautiful night out.

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noncook
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed dining out street side - we hope they close that section of India Street to cars permanently! Also, we really appreciate the friendly service that Joanne provided.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great night with our family thanks to folks at Davanti Enoteca!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Enjoyed the food

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You must try the Davanti Burger!

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Kittykat
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The focaccia with honey comb is the most delicious thing ever!!! We sat outside in the back and it was very spacious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and other customers were so sweet to our dog, the food and wine were delicious. Definitely get the focaccia!!

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vipGreenLifeMike
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I love this place but the food was just alright this time. The homemade pasta was not outstanding. Our server Joanna was wonderful.

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ElenaK
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Davanti, even in these crazy times, is a great place! Food is just as good as before the lockdown. Our waiter was very nice, very attentive and friendly. Overall great times!

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Rico
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In was quiet because it was lunch on a Wednesday during covid distancing. Host, and all others very attentive and cheerful. Food was excellent. We will certainly be coming again, and recommending to others.

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vipMichaelw
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place. Nice front patio, and wonderful back terrace. The food is wonderful, and the service was great and friendly.

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Evie
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and all the food was absolutely delicious! Great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Slightly crowed, but tables are distancing, service was great, food was delicious !

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out for Father’s Day brunch, the food was delicious and there was lots of space to social distance. Service was excellent, we had a great time!

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Rendon
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it. Best place in little Italy for food, ambiance and service.

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Kels
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience3

I love this place, come here a lot. The food is amazing! This particular night was bad for service. We were sat in the bar area at a table that was too short for the chairs so extremely uncomfortable. Then there was a table that had a baby sitting across from us and I think they may have known the owners or something, they were extremely annoying. The one guy would interrupt our server when we was with us, they were walking around the place with no mask and was standing next to our table shushing the baby like 10 inches from my plate with no mask. We were in the bar which is a few steps up from the rest of the place. Our waiter disappeared for about 15 mins and had to ask someone to find him, So we decided to skip the second glass of wine and dessert and got out of there. I’m sure it was just a fluke and the only time we have had a bad experience but It’s been weeks since we have been out and we’re really excited for it. They kinda just let this table do whatever they wanted and it was disappointing.

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vipPBSteve
San Diego
51 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and we were treated to wonderful service.

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Kaym
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food was mediocre. We asked for bruchetta and they served us beets in cream cheese on toast. Very bland and misleading. They also indicated the pizza would come with mushrooms and it did not. I asked the waiter for pepper (which I wanted on the pizza) and before asking what I wanted it on, he started adding copious amounts to our cacio e pepe, which you can imagine was way too much. If you want italian, go elsewhere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here as a Father’s Day celebration and everything was wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour options!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place was fun, food was bomb good. Definitely going back to try the octopus! Cheers

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here last night for our anniversary, and they made it so special! Even bringing us glasses of champagne. It was our first time back at a restaurant in months and it just felt awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!!! The flatbread with honeycomb...AMAZING!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious great food nice place

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laurieg
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best happy hour in town! Michael, the bartender is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Puerto Vallarta
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went back for brunch after having dinner the night before! Every dish was amazing, exceeded our expectations

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OpenTable Diner
Puerto Vallarta
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for dinner Saturday night, it was so good we decided to go back for brunch on Sunday! Extremely satisfied with each dish, especially Chefs seasonal bruschetta. Think we found a new top favorite restaurant!

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AndiR
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As one of our first dinners out post-COVID, I'm so excited that we were able to make it to Davanti Enoteca.

They have a great menu with a good variety of options and a fantastic wine list! I had three glasses of the Troublemaker Syrah blend - always great to see some of our local California wines on the menus at Italian restaurants.

We started with an order of the brussels sprouts. They were cooked well - not burned or charred and not over-oiled. Great flavor! We also ordered the arugula salad which we probably could have skipped. It's pretty much a massive pile of arugula with some spare toppings sprinkled in. The dressing had a nice flavor, but it was a little lackluster.

For our main entrees, we ordered the Paccheri e Salsiccia with gluten-free pasta. This was the star of the show for sure. The flavors were on point and the fennel sausage added the perfect amount of heartiness to the dish. And the GF pasta was cooked perfectly. We were tempted to order another bowl of this, but decided to go with the Pollo Limoncello. It was served on a bed of sauted spinach and was pre-cut into strips. It had a nice flavor - light but not bland. That said, I think we both would have been happier had we gone with the second bowl of pasta.

It was a great experience overall. Great service, delicious food and it didn't feel like a sterilized dining experience due to distancing requirements, masks, etc... Will definitely be back for dinner and drinks soon!

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BryceW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around experience. Amazing vibe, even with restrictions in place.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Just a sun shiny day in San Diego.

CJ
vipConanJim
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Davanti is the best Italian restaurant in Little Italy, SD. Try the faccio di recco, cacio y pepe, octopus or the pizza... yes, the pizza is really amazing

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DeeP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cute place with good food. Definitely would go back.

DS
vipDawnSanDiego
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent and friendly service, but food was a little pricey and only okay.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best spot to reunite with loved ones as we can count it being the best food with the best staff in all of Little Italy, SD! We love you guys!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

They don’t bring the food together, separately, my meal was done when my boyfriend got his meal,

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