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Permanently Closed - Davanti Enoteca - River North

4.2
594 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 6:30am - 10pm
Friday: 6:30am - 11pm
Saturday: 7:00am - 11pm
Sunday 7:00am - 9pm
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Phone number
(312) 605-5900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Phil Rubino
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Private party facilities
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!
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Private party contact
Restaurant Manager: (312) 605-5900
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Cross street
State & Hubbard
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Parking details
$14
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Public transit
2 blocks south of the Grand Red Line stop
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
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Service was spotty and the wrong food kept getting delivered to our table. Unfortunately the food I ordered never made it to my table....apparently was given to another.
So my dining companions had already finished their meals before a new dish was made for me.
Extremely annoying but they comp'd my entree. That was the right thing to do but it doesn't make me want to go back. The Taylor Street location is much better.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

This place was such a pleasant surprise! The restaurant was attached to our hotel - Courtyard Marriot - and the menu caught my eye right away!

We had a girls night including my mom, sister, and 2 year- old daughter. The staff made us feel right at home as soon as we sat down. We absolutely loved the brick oven pizza, the butter squash ravioli, and the wine list! We shared great laughs, fun photos, and will definitely come back.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

I have been a regular to Davanti Enoteca since it opened in River North and frequent it at least once every two months. The management, wait- and kitchen-staff have not only met but most often exceeded my expectations for good quality and well prepared food and service. They go the extra mile to meet my dietary meeds and most often are agreeable to the substitutions or other modifications to my entrees. The prosciutto-veal meal balls , the warm squash-farrow salad, the seared octopus and the ragu of the day are always great selections and my favorites. The special "Zuppe di Mare" which I had was wonderful and they should make it a standard menu item.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

This restaurant is AMAZING and is now on my list of must visits whenever i’m in Chicago. The bottomless mimosas are great. I had the eggs benedict and it was the best I have ever had!

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

My go-to restaurant for very good food and service. The restaurant is not luxurious but it cuts no corners on the food it serves.

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3.0Dined on November 29, 2017

The service was very good. The food was not up to the standard of several previous visits. I wouldn't count them out (I will give them another try), but this really wasn't their best effort.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

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1.0Dined on November 8, 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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5.0Dined on November 4, 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!

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2017

Great food! Great service!

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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on October 13, 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.

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2.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 4, 2017

Excellent Food & Excellent Service!

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 30, 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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on September 3, 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.

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5.0Dined on September 3, 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.

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2.0Dined on September 2, 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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5.0Dined on August 20, 2017

Very good food, beautifully presented.

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4.0Dined on August 19, 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!

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5.0Dined on August 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on August 7, 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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2.0Dined on August 3, 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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2.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on August 1, 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on July 22, 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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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

We just love this place.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

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

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