Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street

4.6
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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. 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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4.5
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4.5
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K
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

DU
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
2 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.

MP
Chicago
86 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
3 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
58 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service

M
New York Area
3 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
14 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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Davanti is always a place that comes through on food and service. They were very busy yesterday with graduation from UIC but they still made it a very enjoyable brunch with my family from out of town. Their manager daya is so friendly and accommodating. Would recommend this place to anyone!

S
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love Davanti Enoteca! The food and service are fabulous. Outstanding wine selection. Cozy and comfortable room. Cannot say enough good things about this restaurant.

D
Chicago
240 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was apprehensive but thought I would give it another try after a couple of unsatisfactory trys. To my satisfaction, it was quite good. Service attentive and food was great. Thanks

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Davanti was absolutely delicious! They never disappoint me or any of my guests I bring!

DL
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance and lighting great! Fabulous food and service!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were 15 min late due to the snow , but restaurant was not busy so all worked out ok .

AM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always! Thanks for the great food and great service.

ML
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

All the food items we tried were very tasty and the atmosphere was quite cozy on a cold, damp evening. On the less positive side the cocktails we ordered were pretty ordinary and the server was kind of snooty. He was rather impatient and showed no sense of humor. Would be willing to try it again in future.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on December 2, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience on Friday night here at Davanti. We appreciate the compliments about the food and always take into consideration all suggestions and criticism, as it helps us grow and improve. I would love to invite you back for a round of drinks and dessert on the house on your next visit. I will personally see to it that you have a great time. Warm Regards, Dea Bebo 312 226 5550

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JN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food is always outstanding and Reese the server is equally outstanding!! Make sure you order dessert you will not be sorry.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites!

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Hawks game! Great place. Only complaint was over cooked pasta. Will definitely be back!

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on November 21, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience here at Davanti Enoteca Taylor Street. We strive to provide our guests with the best quality food and service. I'm sorry to hear that your pasta dish was not up to standard and would love to invite you back for pasta on me! Our pasta is house made and we take great pride in its quality and freshness. Reviews like this help us improve our quality of product. Thank you! Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a delicious dinner with friends who had not been to this restaurant before.
The waiter was very thoughtful and made the meal even better with his prompt service and good wit.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Service amazing! Pleasant surprise

PM
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants! Food is amazing!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff and food was amazing. Davanti NEVER disappoints.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere and quaintly decorated. Food is tasty and fun. Great for any occasion. Wife loves loves the place.

DS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food. Wonderful service. Just be aware that the place is high energy and loud. If you want quiet, go across the street to sister restaurant Francesca’s

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