About Davanti Enoteca - River North

A member of the Francesca's Restaurant Group; Davanti Enoteca is a wine bar that offers shareable 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 shareable 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 tableside presentations. Exposed brick and refurbished wood create the ambiance of a countryside cottage in Italy.

30 E Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Wine Bar, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 6:30am - 10pm
Friday: 6:30am - 11pm
Saturday: 7:00am - 11pm
Sunday 7:00am - 9pm

Cross Street:
State & Hubbard

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 605-5900

Website:
http://www.davantienoteca.com/rivernorth/

Parking Details:
$14

Public Transit:
2 blocks south of the Grand Red Line stop

Executive Chef:
Phil Rubino

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

With a smaller, intimate private dining room, 2 bars, as well as hotel banquet rooms Davanti Enoteca has the perfect space for your group outing!

Davanti Enoteca - River North Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.0

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

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Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (15)
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Comfort Food (7)
Fun (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Worth the Drive (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Cozy (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Authentic (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Business Meals (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Romantic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

I thought the music was meant for a bar atmosphere, not an Italian restaurant. And it was playing very loud at times, so difficult to have a conversation.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

This was our second time to dine at Davanti Enoteca in Chicago. Both times the food has been excellent! We enjoyed the tomatoe and mozzerella salad with pesto, the meatballs, and the polenta with ragu. We enjoyed it all but the last item was absolutely fabulous. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I was so disappointed in our experience. First the server sent the mains while we were still on our apps. Then the mains come out, and the "fresh" pasta that was promised was fresh all right... fresh out of a box! And when I asked him about it, he lied right to my face and told me it was fresh. And let's talk about the food: bland, underwhelming and small portions for the price. Do yourself a favor and do the wait at Quartino's rather than go here. There's a reason there's no wait!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

What a fantastic meal. Our server and the entire staff were amazing. We ate so much and were pleasantly surprised at the cost. We love Davanti Enoteca!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great food! Great service!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Disappointing visit. One member of our party ordered the roast chicken. When server brought food the chicken was raw inside. Sent it back to kitchen. The rest of us finished our meals before they brought the chicken back. When returned it was charred and dried out. Waiter said would take off bill. Was on the bill and that had to be sent back for correction. It was difficult to get our waiter's attention when we needed him.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The service was a little slow and it even was not a busy night. Enjoyed the food and a good bottle of wine. It is a convenient location close to the main shopping and downtown.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We waited for almost a half hour to be seated. And it just went downhill from there. We were at the restaurant for over two hours before we were served any of the food we ordered. One person in our group left. And one person in our group never got her meal. The wait staff was fine and apologetic. But I would not recommend eating here.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Service was absolutely horrible. There were 3 of us and all of us got our meals at separate times which was awkward as we all ate by ourselves. The server also didn't stop by often to ask if we needed anything.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Small but diverse wine list, exceptional food and service. Fair prices. Specializing in "Italian Tapas".

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Casual, Business Meals, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Excellent Food & Excellent Service!

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Good food, really good service. We went there to celebrate birthdays, our server got us nice birthday desert. Will definitely go here again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Love the ambience here. Went with 4 old college friends. The focaccia was so good I could have had one for dinner with salad. Brussels were perfect and vino yummy. Highly recommend

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This is one of my favorite Italian places in town! The Focaccia and octopus are absolutely amazing. Additionally, they have a pork dish with polenta on their specials menu that rotates through that is also wonderful. Staff is also very nice - however, usually on a Saturday night it is a bit crowded so dinner might take a bit longer as the staff seems a bit short handed. But other than that no complaints! Wonderful food and great ambiance.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Seasonal, Casual, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Organic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Focaccia with honeycomb a special treat. Service is always knowledgeable and quick. Kids love the spaghetti and meatballs and brick oven pizza.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Very friendly service. Everything was good. We love the wine list. I do wish the orecchiette hadn't had quite as many chilis--they really dominated the dish. That said, I will definitely return for the relaxed atmosphere and high quality food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Casual
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Great location at State St. & Hubbard St. connected to the Courtyard by Marriott. Service was beyond amazing. The manager introduced himself immediately and was so sweet. Waiter made several recommendations of his favorite dishes. Do not leave this restaurant without ordering the Focaccia di Recco!!! So simple but so amazing. Also the arugula salad was the best I've ever had. The prices were extremely reasonable for the portions. Would go again next time I'm in Chicago without thinking twice.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2017

The food was delicious! I recommend the focaccia di recco, which is large enough for 4-6 people to share. The Caesar salad was one of the best we have had. I had the seared octopus which was tender and moist. While the plates are meant for sharing, we ordered individual main courses. Because the intent is to share, the meals did not come out at the same time. Other than that, I would recommend this highly.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 3, 2017

I knew there was a problem when the place was empty. Servers were polite and attentive but the food was below average

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 (Austin)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Very good food, beautifully presented.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Fantastic service on a night where the restaurant was packed! Fun and well planned small plate menu with a great drink and wine list to compliment the evening. Great location if you are looking for a spot off, but convenient to, Michigan Avenue!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Tapas, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on August 14, 2017

We enjoyed our dining experience and our waitress was very good and attentive.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Wonderful food. Been here several times and it never disappoints. Polenta and Ragu is a must have.

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·Dined on August 8, 2017

Chef's Tasting with wine pairing was phenomenal. Plenty of food and great value for the price. Waiter had good knowledge of the wine. Highly recommend.

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

I dont really have any complaints except the fact that the chicken i ordered was undercooked and i had stomach pains for days. On the other hand the flat bread is amazing and everyone should try that.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 2, 2017

My daughter and I ate here before going to the theater on a weeknight. There were not many people in the restaurant but the service was very slow and we had to run to make it to the performance. The pasta portions were extremely small. The restaurant itself is kind of dark and dreary. I was surprised because I've always had a good experience at Francesca restaurants.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Food and service were good. Restaurant was attractive. Background music was out of character for the restaurant and was annoying

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We had a very nice meal. The food was well prepared, the service was very friendly and prompt. We felt like a valued guest and enjoyed our meal immensely.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Fabulous food but even better service. The waitress we had walked us through the menu and the service of the food in such a way that our meal was easy to enjoy. She made excellent recommendations that were absolutely fabulous. Would recommend this meal to anyone!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

This new one is just very disappointing. The service was not very great either. Had to wait for 30 min to get our check.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Delicious Italian small plates for sharing. Have been to their other location on Taylor St. Just as good. There was a nice selection of wines and service was good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We just love this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

surprisingly great brunch on Sunday. server was very friendly and proficient

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

I love that you can order donuts from Glazed and Infused to go with your meal! Great spot for brunch.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Have visited the Western Springs spot numerous times so while in the city for the Buffett concert we decided to try this one.
We were not disappointed! Everything was fabulous and service was great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Hadn't been here for awhile and glad to have gone back. Davanti always has delicious food and a fun atmosphere. The gluten free options were fab and included almost all of there pastas... and they were GREAT! Also do not miss the beet salad.

Tags: Fun, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 10, 2017

For the first 10 minutes there was some confusion as to who are server was and that was ok. But the server we did end up with was not as familiar with the menu. We ask simple questions and it took an average of 5-10 minutes to get each answer.
The food was delicious! Overall I highly recommend the place!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 6, 2017

The food and wine were very good and they brought a chocolate mousse cake for my girlfriend's birthday. It was a little pricey but some of the happy hour specials looked pretty reasonable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 30, 2017

The Pork Shoulder Ragu dish with Creamy Polenta is something I will order every time it is a special. We both really enjoyed dinner. Will eat here next time we are back in Chicago.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 30, 2017

I went there for breakfast before hitting to the airport. Great, fast service. Everybody were super nice. The beacon was delicious!!!😉

Tags: Great for Brunch
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