Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street

4.6
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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. To 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. Our Brame and Vegetali section features delicious small bites to share before selecting your main lunch & dinner course.
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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.5
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4.5
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W
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have always liked this restaurant. The menu consists of good quality well executed dishes. We have never left this place disappointed (or hungry). The service was better than ever on our last visit, both at the bar and the table. A great spot for a solid selection of Italian fare.

PW
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

One of our favorite restaurants on Taylor Street. Unfortunately they doubled the amount of tables on Valentine’s Day. It was so packed it was hard to move my chair because it was up against the next table. The food was not up to their par again because of the overcrowding. The only thing outstanding about that evening was the wine recommended by the sommelier.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write a feedback about your recent visit. We always strive to make sure that everyone has a great time and enjoys their overall experience. I am sorry to hear that we failed to deliver that with you on a special night. Please call me at your earliest convenience to set up another reservation where I hope to change your mind about us and to win you back as before. I look forward to your reply. Warm Regards, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went for Valentine’s with my wife, of course expected it to be very busy which it was. Was seated right away, server took our order but unfortunately it took quite a while for the first appetizer to arrive. Several other items came to our table that wasn’t ours, we talked to the server who apologized and from then on the food came out timely. Server took off first Ap from our bill which was nice. Food was very good, our favorite was the polenta with Ragu. Portions are not huge, more smaller and shareable. I would recommend the restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Conner was amazing (again). He has been phenomenal each time we have had the chance to be seated in his section. We love this restaurant and will continue to return!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I was recommended to come here from a friend. She gave it excellent reviews. My boyfriend is 6’4”, and we were offered a very tight space, and the hostess was annoyed by the fact that we wanted a more comfortable table, which there were open tables. We tried the Caesar salad, which was Lack-luster, and it was boxed up for me and placed back on the, already, cluttered table prior to the rest of our meal. The Tre Formaggio pizza was very good and, quite frankly, semi-helped the experience. We ate the tagliatelle and tiger shrimp, and it had so little taste, it tasted like the noodles were just taken out of water and no seasoning was placed. I have been going to Taylor street restaurants for years, and this was, by far, the worst experience and food I have tried. Save yourself the money and trip. Tuscany or Bacchanalia blow this out of the water.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on February 16, 2020

Dear Guest, I am terribly sorry to hear about your experience on Valentine's Day. We pride ourselves in the quality of food and service we deliver to our guests, and when we fail to give our best, reviews such as yours help us grow and improve. If possible, I would love to invite you and your boyfriend for dinner on me at your earliest convenience. Hopefully we'll be able to change your mind and win you back. I look forward to your reply. Warm Regards, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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W
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The good great and service outstanding.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Waited 45 min for a reservation. Hostess would only tell us that it was out of her control. Manager and our server did not address it or say anything to us (but everyone seemed fine w us having to order and pay for drinks at the bar during our 45 min wait). We live in the neighborhood and are regulars so this was disappointing. Not sure if we’ll be back.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on February 10, 2020

Dear Valued Guest, I am terribly sorry for your bad experience at Davanti Enoteca this past Saturday. It was definitely a busy weekend for us, but in no way an excuse to overlook our loyal guests. I would love to invite you back at your earliest convenience for lunch or dinner on me during the week. I look forward to your reply and visit. Warmest Regards, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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W
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I’ve been before and never had this poor of an experience.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on February 10, 2020

Dear Wendy, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Davanti Enoteca. I am very sorry that you were displeased with your overall experience and would love to hear more about it at your leisure. I hope to convince you to give us another try as we would love to keep you as a loyal guest. Give me a call whenever possible. Thank you! Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time!

FP
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Our server was excellent. We truly enjoyed the selections available and plan to return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Davanti was one of my favorite restaurants in chicago yet! We went for a restaurant week meal and everything was amazing.
The dishes were all well cooked, expertly seasoned, and beautifully plated. See notes below:

- buratta: the pesto and bread were amazing, definitely get this!
- truffle toast: great texture, only get if you like soft boiled eggs because there is a lot of yolk, which i liked!
- brussel sprouts: great flavor and not too fatty
- fennel: blood oranges ontop were fresh and plating was gorgeous
- gnudi: so light and fluffy! sauce was excellent
- risotto: great chicken flavor and crispy skin, very savory only wish it was a touch creamier
- polenta ragu: NOT TO BE MISSED!! they plate it fresh at your table and the polenta was the creamiest i have ever eaten, make sure you get one every time!
- tiramisu and torta: both very indulgent and amazing, loved the cocoa nibs on the torta

Overall great meal and well priced, will be back again soon to try more :)

w
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good for brunch. Food were great in general. I wish the Brussel sprouts were lightly fried instead. All u can taste is burn. Restaurant music kinda loud people try to talk over the music.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! The food was great, especially the polenta and ragu. The wine was very good and our server was awesome.

S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food is always delicious, but it was EXTREMELY loud.... not only were the other guests loud, the music was loud as well. Not an enjoyable meal due to the atmosphere and atmosphere alone. As previously stated, the food was delicious!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was delicious. Seating was cramped. We were there for an early dinner before Blackhawks game and clearly so were several other guests. Our table was so close to the one next to us that I was uncomfortable. The waitstaff was rearranging wine bottles which was distracting and noisy and should really have been done prior to the dinner hour. Our server was more interested in his friend who was seated at a table behind us to even offer us a second drink. The only saving grace that would bring us back was the excellent food.

K
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding experience at Davanti Enoteca as usual. Our server, David, was attentive, friendly, and very knowledgeable.

DU
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a pleasant experience over all and while it didn't make our top ten it is close enough to rate a return visit.

LP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The food was not bad, just nothing special. Our waiter was not good. Seemed to be more concerned with socializing w/ other staff than serving our table. Realized he was pretty bad and compensated us w/ a few free items but too little too late.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on January 13, 2020

Dear Valued Guest, Firstly, I would like to thank you for taking the time to review your experience. We appreciate all criticism because it helps us grow and improve. I am sorry to see that you were not pleased with the service and food that evening. Please allow me to invite you back for a visit where hope to change your mind about us. I look forward to your response. Warm Regards, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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SL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food overall. Of note, they do “small plates” for sharing so it’s meant to be family style. Our server didn’t really help us guide how much food was enough for 4 people, so we ordered 2 pasta dishes and 2 chicken dishes. While the food itself was excellent, the portion sizes were small especially for the price. There was only enough for each person just to get a taste of each dish. I would recommend getting 5-6 dishes for 4 people at least. Also, if you are looking for a quiet dinner spot, this is not the place for you. It’s super loud, which made it difficult to have a conversation.

p
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was awesome. Food perfect as always. Went there for two birthdays. Wonderful wonderful memory!!

MP
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food and service. will go back very soon.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Horrible server.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on January 12, 2020

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience here at Davanti Enoteca. I am terribly sorry to hear that the service was not to your liking. Judging by your review, it looks like you were not pleased with the food and ambiance as well. Criticism helps us continuously improve and I would love to invite you back for a proper visit on us. Please call me at your convenience to set up a reservation. Sincerely, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good and there is PLENTY of wine!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Too loud. Small table crammed into the middle of the room

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on January 4, 2020

Dear Guest, I am sorry to hear that your NYE experience at Davanti Enoteca was not as enjoyable as you would have liked it to be. From the review of your experience, it looks like your table was too small for your party. I would love to make reservation notes for a different seating arrangement next time you visit us. Please call me at your leisure for more feedback so we can further improve our service. Warm Regards, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation at 830 and when we arrived there were no tables available for us. Knowing that they close at 9 and stop taking orders soon, we became pretty upset. We just stood there waiting and were encouraged to have a drink at the bar. Rese jumped in and was phenomenal. He quickly made room and got us a table so we could start getting our orders in. Rese was extremely helpful, hard working, and entertaining. He saved the night!

KS
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service

M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

I have been to this restaurant several times and the food has always been good, but the service has always been fair at best.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on January 1, 2020

Dear Mike, Thank you for reviewing your experience at Davanti Enoteca. I appreciate you being a loyal guest. I am sorry to hear that our service left something to be desired on your visits, and I would love to make it up to you. Please contact me at your earliest convenience to set up a reservation where I hope to change your mind. I look forward to your response. Warm Regards, Dea Bebo General Manager 3122265550

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J
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely “Sunday Supper” experience. Delicious food (and I’m not an Italian foodie), lovely ambiance, sweet server (and all service,) AMAZING pecan pie old fashioned, lots of food for the money. Will definitely be back.

F
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Been here before several years ago and recommended to friends for a night out. First few dishes were good. Pizza was way too salty and octopus dish recommended by the waitress was not good at all. Too mushy. Also, waitress didn’t ask if I needed refill after the first drink.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on December 30, 2019

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Davanti Enoteca. I am sorry to hear that some of the dishes you selected were less than perfect. We always strive to give our best and when we fail to do so, we do everything we can to improve. I would love to get in contact with you for another opportunity to win you back. I look forward to hearing back from you. Sincerely, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comida al estilo italiano muy bien cocinada y presentada

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SK
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Christmas Eve. We expressly came for the feast of the seven fishes and the restaurant was out of most of the seven fishes. There was limited attempts to accommodate or offer alternatives. While all the food we had was very good we were very disappointed. I think some comps or some other method of apology was called for.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on December 28, 2019

Dear Sharon, Thank you for the review of your experience at Davanti. We appreciate you choosing Davanti for your dinner plans. I am sorry that your experience was less than special and that we could not accommodate your request. We strive to provide the best service and dishes to all our valued guests, and when we fail to do so, we want to make sure that we make up for it. Please call me at your earliest convenience for a do over on us. Sincerely, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone there was pleasant and great at their job and every dish was perfect. A great experience.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on January 6, 2020

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your great review of your experience. We all look forward to seeing you at Davanti Enoteca soon! Happy New Year, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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AS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner at Davanti was absolutely delicious! We started with roasted beets with creme fraiche and cauliflower steak, both were outstanding. The creme on the beets was delicious! Next we tried the roasted brussel sprouts which were caramelized, crisp and melted in your mouth. The pastas we sampled were: cacio e pepe, gnudi pomodoro (the red sauce was mouth watering) and orecchiette all verdue. Each with unique flavors and accompaniments. The restaurant reminded us of Tuscany, we will definitely return!

M
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the dishes we tried were amazing.
My favorite had to be there feast’ - different shell fish/seafood in a tomatoes broth. Wow was it good!
The service was excellent- our server was helpful and knowledgeable.
The prices were fair for the quality of food.

Looking forward to going back again

PM
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food! Great service

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter, Conor, could not have been better. Great service!

JM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and were in Chicago for the first time. We had an absolute blast but the highlight was our dinner here. Food and ambience were fantastic but the service completely knocked it our of the park. We cannot recommend those place enough!

MW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great except the noise level. It was too loud. This made it hard to hear people at my table. I am not sure that anyone can do about the loud crowd noise.

AB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a go to for consistently excellent food. Great service.

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