Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street

4.6
917 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
With rustic exposed brick walls, re-purposed farm wood and communal tables, Davanti Enoteca takes its cues from the small villages of Italy. Diners enjoy authentic Italian dishes they would find in the Italian countryside, but with a contemporary, creative twist.The start diners may choose from the selection of formaggi and salumi which is designed for guests to create their own boards by choosing from unique options. Instant classics include the boards that are presented to the table. The Foccacia de Recco is a flaky Ligurian style foccacia, baked and stuffed with creamy melted crescenza cheese and served with honeycomb to spread on the warm pastry. Buttery marscapone polenta is ladled on a wooden board and served with ragu of the day.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Brunch:
Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 226-5550
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
James Day
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Cross street
Loomis St. and Taylor St.
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Parking details
Street Parking and Valet service are available.
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Public transit
Blue Line off Loomis and Harrison.

Pace Bus stop on the corner of Taylor and Lumis.

Divvy bike station across the street.
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Special events & promotions
We would be happy to help help you host your special occasion at Davanti Enoteca. Whether a bridal shower, birthday celebration or business dinner we will work to tailor the arrangements perfectly to your occasion.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

A beautiful setting for your next private event. Davanti Enoteca carries the theme of our cuisine of simple Italian fare throughout the décor of the rustic wine bar and restaurant.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.8

Davanti is actually a bit of chain restaurant, but we don't hold that against them.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 917 People Are Saying
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Overall ok dining experience. The meatballs were delicious, Caesar salad was good. Pizza disappointing. It was very dry no dressing on arugula.
Coffee was cold. Server very responsive.

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shared plates, Italian with contemporary flair. Everything tasted great. Interesting wine selection. Only negative: corporate mandated music was obnoxious but they did turn it down when we requested.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way. Food was wonderful, staff was great, and easy to find

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Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding as always! A bit on the pricier side for Italian, but worth it for the fresh and fantastic flavors. Definitely not the traditional boring Italian menu. Service was stellar (2nd time we've had Christine); seated immediately with a reservation. A tad loud but mostly due to the buzz in the room. The meatballs are mouthwatering and the marscapone polenta ... yummm. No room for dessert as we were stuffed! Deliziouo!

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RA
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

While we had a reservation through Opentable, the restaurant informed us when we got there that they did not have a table for us (and that we would have to wait at least 30 minutes). Fortunately, Francesca's (just across the street) had a table and we had a great experience there.

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TE
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had reservations for 830, called and changed the time because we thought we would be late. Came at the original time and we were still seated immediately. Staff is great and friendly!

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JD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night!! Love the rooftop:)

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NM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

This is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in little Italy. I eat here all the time because their food is outstanding! Only reason for my 4 star review is the service. The bartender was our server and she didn’t pay too much attention to our table or our order.
As always the food was amazing and would definitely return here and hope for better service next time

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DJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at Devanti Enoteca on Taylor Street and we were not disappointed! Food was excellent as was the service. We sat on the roof top which was much quieter than the main dining room area. Food was served Tapas style and really was delicious. We will return for sure!!

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FS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved every thing we ate and the service was impeccable!!! Will definitely return!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service at Davanti Enoteca is phenomenal! The staff were friendly and made the experience very personal. Everything we ordered was delicious; save room for dessert. I will definitely be returning back.

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DG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit to Davanti and it was even better than the first. Wine, food and service were all fantastic!

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Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

We were looking forward to a nice Sunday brunch. However, when we were seated it took at least 10 minutes for anyone to approach us. We had to find a server to help us. (there was only 2 other couples in the place) We were told they weren't serving brunch that day because of the Italian fest going on. We ordered bloody mary's and waited for another 10 min. Finally, we walked to the bar, meeting our server. We took the drinks to the bar, settled our bill and finished our drinks. We then walked across the street to Francesca's and had a great lunch with a wonderful staff.

Sorry for the bad review, but management needs to notice when a party of 4 walks in to dine and then suddenly leaves, something went terribly wrong.

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LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Service was very slow; meals came out several minutes apart.
I ordered a burger medium well, it came to the table bloody and mooing.
They of course, put it back in the oven for a bit which we all know only dried it out.
Didn't even bother to replace the bloody, saturated bun.
Definitely will not return.

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OT
Chicago
87 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were extremely good and authentic.

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Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had a bad meal. Wait staff knowledgeable and efficient!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Davanti is our go to date spot. Always a special and new experience!

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming here for their flatbread filled with cheese and drizzled with honey. I forget the actual name but it is delicious. The chicken liver pate is also amazing. The salmon I ordered was a little raw at first, but they immediately took it back and cooked a new one. The manager apologized for the wait and comped us for the salmon. The other manager also gave us lemon cellos which were a great treat. We love coming here and it is a hidden gem in little italy.

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MM
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was outstanding. Went there for my birthday! I was shocked how awesome the food was! We will be going back.

Service was outstanding.

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was excellent, but service a bit slow. It was also incredibly loud and I couldn't hear the waitress or my date sometimes.

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Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a WONDERFUL experience at Davanti. We thought we were dining in River North but discovered they closed that location so our reservation was in Little Italy. It was great from the moment we arrived. The manager greeted us and promised us that this location was terrific and that we wouldn’t be disappointed. Boy was he right! The food was excellent, the drinks were great, the service was outstanding. At the conclusion of our meal the manager brought digestives and apperifs to our table. We had a terrific time and will definitely return. If you want to have a fun evening, don’t miss this place! It’s great:)

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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was great! Food outstanding! Lovely little place with valet on a busy corner. A bit loud on the music but the waitress turned it down for us. Busboy spilled a fork and food down my back - but upon calling back to a manager (didn't notice how bad until I got home), she offered us incentive to come back, and we will. It happens. Will be back for a date night!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Have been to the restaurant many times but tonight was an off night for the kitchen.

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MR
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I told them that we were from out of town and they treated us like we were family. Great food and amazing ambiance.

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JC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For a business lunch, our party ordered the salmon salad, a cauliflower dish, the polenta, and a bruschetta. All were delicious. The service was impeccable and our waiter assisted with dividing the bill so that it could be submitted for reimbursement. We were there on the early side of the lunch hour so it was possible to hold a conversation in comfort without having to raise our voices to be heard. Hope to return soon.

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D
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very satisfied with the food and the service.

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c
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My husband and I enjoyed our meal here, the first time here for both. We started with fig and goat cheese spread that was delicious. We love appetizers like that,cheese spread and good grilled bread. We then shared the pasta with pomodoro sauce, a simple dish but very fresh and tasty. We then had the mushroom pizza which was very rich. We finished our meal with the canoli which was the best I ever had. Though our server was very nice, the service often was slow. Otherwise it was a very enjoyable evening.

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Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They are my favorite restaurant because the service, food, and experience is consistently excellent. I don't live in the area, but I keep coming back!

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RU
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. The appetizer and entrees were very tasty and we are excited to go back!

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s
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a jewel of a place recommended to us by a Chicago native. We tried a variety of dishes and loved each one, from start to finish. The wine list was excellent, as well. We found the ambiance charming and romantic. It was our anniversary, and our server took great care to make it a special night for us. This was our favorite dining experience over a four-day weekend, and we'll definitely be back next time we're in Chicago.

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AA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This is our third time eating at Davanti and we have come to think of it as our favorite Italian restaurant in Chicago. We love the food, the atmosphere and we have always had great service. It is a must for us.

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AS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a popular get-together for my girlfriends and I. The food, drinks, and dessert are always on point! Service is always great too. Davanti does not disappoint!

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BB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to this spot three times and each time the food was exceptional. The food comes out as it is prepared and not everyone gets their entre at the same time if you have to get over having someone start first and wait for your dinner I guess it is part of the experience - every dish is worth the wait.

I ordered a chicken dish so I waited the longest our friend got the octopus and his came out after my husband's ravioli . The ravioli was good but not all of the ravioli was cooked enough there were a couple that were undercooked which is hard to understand since they all would have been cooked together. He enjoyed the dish nonetheless. We can't wait to go back!

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Miami
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family from different states, small children,... everything was delicious and well timed. Our 4th visit.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was, by far, one of the best meals I’ve had in Chicago! The stuffed squash blossoms were amazing and an unexpected treat! The chef even came out to chat with us, bringing a sample of the homemade meatballs. Thank you so much for a fun Friday girls night out!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellant service! Food was great. Always enjoy this restaurant.

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C
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was amazing. However the service lacked. We waited what felt a long time before the server came to our table. I watched her approached twice the table behind us without stopping to our table. When she finally came over she didn’t apologize for the wait and went on to talk about the specials. It took a while for our empty bottle of water to be replaced. I was disappointed at the service but the great taste of the food made up for the bad service we had.

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KB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great for a group. Lots of variety. Love sharing small plates and getting to taste a little bit of everything. Wine list is not bad and not overpriced.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! The food and service was amazing!! I really enjoyed eating here. I can not wait to come back.

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R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely enjoyed our evening. They were very accommodating!! We sat outside on the quaint patio. Our waiter Nic was very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu. The food was delicious, very creative and fun. We enjoyed the polenta presentation and it tasted sooo good. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to all!

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