Davanti Enoteca - Little Italy

4.5
1045 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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vipNickelPDX
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a night! My wife and I took my old housemates out, they were in town for a long weekend and this was our dinner to celebrate our time together. We ordered a bunch of different dishes and ate family style so we could all try different things. Every dish was outstanding. Some of our favorites, and you MUST try, is the focaccia di recco(!), Arugula Insalata, the Cacio e Pepe, Gnocchi Bolognese, Orecchiette con Salsiccia, and the Carne Pizze.
Nicole took wonderful care of us; I recommend asking for her. This was my wife’s and mine second recent visit and we are looking forward to the next one.

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vipLeli
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Davanti since it first opened. We still love the staples but were pleasantly surprised to see some new things on the menu. Among them, the cauliflower steak and the fried artichoke which were outstanding! Our meal there would not be complete without the focaccia di recco which is still the best!

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vipErinC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian food and wine. Great service. Great value in Little Italy.

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vipJason
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a nice Italian meal. Service is always on point and you can eat outside on the street for some more atmosphere or for a little more quite the patio.

Fully Recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, wonderful staff and delicious food. What more do you need?

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day dinner for my wife. Not the same old American Italian. Felt like being in Italy outdoor eating in an not rushed atmosphere. Our server was very friendly and helpful. Wine and food were great

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Fantastic food and venue. Only issue was service, which isn't entirely their fault. Seemed like they were understaffed as is the case at almost every restaurant these days. Our server was pulled in several directions. That said, I highly recommend overall.

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NicoleP
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a family favorite. Brunch/breakfast is always a treat. Best steak and eggs I've ever had and the focaccia with cheese and honey... heavenly! The Bloody Marys are fantastic and you can't beat the location!

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vipRDfoodie
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even being short staffed, the restaurant did a wonderful job. The staff was wonderful, kind, knowledgable, and on top of things. They food was delicious and the ambience was great.

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LBW0
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The cheese bread with honeycomb is a must. Love this place for drinks and appetizers

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vipHungry4more
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Great location and ambiance. Food super commercial not really Italian.

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GeRmaiNeM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and fabulous service!

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vipbolgerjohn
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Good quality.....large portions....very attractive prices....good,friendly service....funky atmosphere....reasonable corkage fee
And so-so wine list....liked it and would repeat

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vipPCarlsbad
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Although warned that the kitchen sends meals as they are ready we had a delay of more than 15 minutes between my wife's meal being served and mine. Not conducive to a date night.

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irmas
NW Territories
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately. Served fast. Our food was hot and delicious. Thank you!

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vipLeslieC
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and impressive personable customer service. 2nd time here and will definitely be back.
All the waiters are male, well groomed and professional. Makes it a nice experience.

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JameyC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Yummy food.

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DebiG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I know you wouldn't think of ordering a hamburger at an Italian restaurant, but their Davanti Burger is awesome and the Fried Roman Artichokes were delish!

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vipLinda
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a last minute reservation. Food was AMAZING. Our server was great and attentive. Love dinning here!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall is great except for the noise level since we are street/patio dining where cars and pedestrian passes by!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very dim and intimate for a date night or even nice to celebrate an event, birthday etc

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NancyP
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in for an early dinner. Carpaccio and aWild Mushroom Pizza! We enjoyed them both.

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JohnB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We arrived early for our reservation and they sat us immediately. Very friendly and professional staff and servers. We had two people with Gluten allergies and the waiter was very knowledgeable. They had lots of options that could be or were already gluten free. Everyone's food was great and we would definitely go here again.

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MARIELAH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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ianf
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
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
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
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 on April 9, 2021
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
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
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
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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Verucaluna
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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vipAnne2215
San Diego
30 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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McMom
Orange County
20 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
3 reviews
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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vipKCGen
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was slow but food was fantastic

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TinaE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipBigmac
Dallas
18 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
18 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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Davanti Enoteca - Little Italy is rated 4.5 stars by 1045 OpenTable diners.