Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street

4.6
978 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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Thursday, February 14, 2019

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 978 People Are Saying
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KS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, service is great as usual! Food is very good !

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KK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating an engagement and the manager brought over a bottle of champagne to start dinner which was amazing and so thoughtful!! Food was amazing as well

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch date with my best friend for her birthday!! Love the food and the wine. My best friend loves Carmel and was surprised with the blonde brownie it was amazing I wish I could take credit for it all!! Thank you!!

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KS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Experience was very good ! Helpful and friendly staff combined with good atmosphere makes for a nice experience!

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KC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My family and I had a wonderful dinner, I would highly recommend

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Haven't been here in a long time and had been eating at another location in Chicago, now closed. This place was outstanding! Had the Ragu of the day, hot and most delicious along with the special brushetta, fava beans with fontina and Gorgonzola cheese and micro greens. So incredibly tasty, entree was a beautiful ribeye steak with potatoes fried with duck fast. Sublime! Fantastic server, Reese, personable and helpful in a selection of wine when they were out of prosecco. Definitely will be back again, thanks Davanti!! Great dinner.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great appetizers! Check out 1/2 price bottle night.

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places in the city. Always a great meal. Amazing Ragu, marinated olives, pizzas, wine listing and cocktails. Never a bad time!

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GV
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We go to Davanti Enoteca every year on New Year’s Eve for an early dinner. The focaccia bread appetizer with honey is awesome. The ragu is always a favorite too. You have to order the blondie for dessert! Always a great meal!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They decided to close early and wouldn’t seat us

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DY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at Davanti on a Thursday night. We are visiting the city for the first time and found this restaurant by online reviews. The ambience of the restaurant is warm and welcoming. Certainly suitable for families earlier in the evening and a date night later on. The wine list was quite good. We had a goat cheese and toast spread - this was delicious !!! We did order the kids ravioli and they loved it ! The tomato sauce was hot, fresh and delicious. The service was excellent. My wife had the pacherri with sausage and I ordered the orecchiette with sausage. The pasta was made on site to perfection, and is made al dente which is just the way I like it. Overall, a great dinner experience.

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TP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Davanti Enoteca is the perfect spot for a pre-Blackhawks rendezvous. The bar area offers $5 plates that are perfect for a double date. We ordered off the menu, which seemed to take a little longer to prepare, but worth the wait. I'm a fan. Coming back again.

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P
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here twice now and have been incredibly pleased each time. The wait staff always has the best wine recommendations based on what we plan to order. And regardless of when we order our dishes, our food always comes out perfectly spaced apart so that we are not crowded with dishes nor waiting too long between.

The environment is cosy but lively, the perfect place to go for a date or a larger gathering.

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and food. Highly recommend.

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d
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We celebrate with our friends and family here every xmas eve and have been doing so for the past 10 years.
It's always a good time and the food is delicious.

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B
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

As always, food is outstanding and brings us back!
Sadly, last 2 visits service has been challenged.

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DS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to another Davanti. We preferred the food at this location (Taylor st). The only thing I don’t like at any of the Enotecas is that the tables for two are too small. You have to keep “cleaning the table of dishes” in order to have any room.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I want to like this place. I don’t fault the kitchen or the staff in general. I think we had a strange miscommunication. It could have perhaps started with our decision to take a bar high top, but the

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JB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took a colleague here and it was a lovely lunch!

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GM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was so friendly and very nice definitely can tell he has tried the menu he talked about the food with great detail!! Had great recommendations!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reece was the best server ! And the food was great!

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SS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here a couple times a year and it never disappoints. My husband and I share a couple of appetizers and an entree or pizza. Everything is always delicious! Absolutely obsessed with the ricotta and honey toast. So. Good. Fabulous wine selection.

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DM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like our true Italian style pizzas to have a thin, crispy crust and they really did at Davanti. We had the shaved Brussels Sprouts salad to start and it was excellent as well. We will go back!

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TW
Chicago
136 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to meet a friend for dinner. We shared a couple of appetizers (Ricotta and honey; beets) and the truffle pizza. The wine glass pours were available in multiple sizes which was nice (including 5 ounce, 8 ounce). We didn't have dessert. Would return here for a casual dinner in the neighborhood.

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JB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a friend for lunch during the week. Was seated promptly and served water right away. All of the service was timely and friendly. The food was great, especially the focaccia with honeycomb. I didn't have any wine but they had some great Italian options...as expected.

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L
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was lovely. Martinis were mediocre.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place with interesting food choices & super helpful waitress

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

The food was delicious! Reese, our server was excellent! He was able to explain to us all of the ingredients for each dish. He was attentive without hovering. He made us all feel well cared for; we will be back soon.

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DR
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant never disappoints! Fantastic lunch.

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M
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love this place & have been there many times. Sorry they don’t have the bolognese anymore though. Also, polenta with ragu wasn’t as good as usual. Meat was kind of dry & could have been more flavorful. But, overall, our favorite Italian restaurant in the city.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure. The Cacio & Pepe is phenomenal! Definitely in my top 3 favorite restaurants.

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JJ
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner, celebrating my wife's birthday. Every bite of our meals were delicious, the service was outstanding, and we loved the atmosphere. We can't wait to return on a future trip to Chicago!

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S
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food as good. Service not so good. Waitress was short in answering questions about the menu and the never came back after our food was served.

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t
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu with many tasty options. The small plate style allows ease of sharing, and the portions are large enough to fill hungry bellies.

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CM
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Davanti is one of our “go to” places for Italian comfort food! I like to take guests from out of town here to show off the great Italian food available in Chicago. It’s traditional Italian at heart but with a modern twist and finesse. The service was great despite it being a busy Friday night with a private party going on in front and tons of people at the bar. The drinks and wine were fabulous. The focaccia stuffed with farmers cheese and served with honeycomb was fantastic as always. Meatballs were perfect with a bright marinara sauce and soft bread to sop up the last bits of sauce in the bowl. The polenta with pork shoulder ragu was also delicious and savory. Pasta dishes were wonderful with the exception of the risotto which was a bit under cooked. We were stuffed by the end of our meal with plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day. And the best part was how affordable it all was!

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DH
Milwaukee
23 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food and service was very good. Way too noisy.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it from the drinks to the food to the desert. Everything great. Service is very good and prices are reasonable.

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AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I have lunch or dinner it has been terrific. The wait staff is winderful and the food yummy.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, pretty loud but we didn’t mind.

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m
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal everything was very good
Service was a little slow but the restaurant was very busy

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