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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AuroraG
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I have visited this location multiple times and have always enjoyed every aspect of my visit. My most recent visit was for a late Sunday dinner which could be why the service felt rushed. Our server seemed annoyed or frustrated that we were there.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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vipDocc
Chicago
306 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Not a good experience! Waiter was very slow and not very helpful. Food was just okay

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on March 7, 2020

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Davanti Enoteca. I'm sorry to hear that service and food did not meet your expectations. We always strive to grow and improve, and reviews such as yours help us do just that. I would love to hear more about your evening at your convenience. Hopefully we'll be able to invite you back to make up for your experience. I look forward to your reply. Thank you, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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DebWS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very tasty Italian that wasn't overpriced. Nice variety and shareable plates had ample portions. The burrata, meatballs and pizza were excellent! Atmosphere was cozy but rather loud. I would definitely go back to try many items on the menu we did not get to order.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on March 4, 2020

Dear Deb, Thank you so much for rating and reviewing your experience at Davanti Enoteca. The entire team and I truly appreciate when we see our hard work come to fruition in our guest satisfaction. We all look forward to seeing you here again very soon. Warm Regards, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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JVE05
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Chicken was terrible and Caesar salad had no taste. Pizza amazing and crunchy Brussels sprouts better than any other restaurant in the city. We had a great time!!

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vipJimmyboy
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service in an authentic Italian neighborhood enoteca. Fried artichokes and burrata truly outstanding. Wine reasonably priced. A fun experience.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on March 4, 2020

Jimmyboy, Thanks a million for the great review! From the entire team and I, we look forward to seeing you back at Davanti very soon! Sincerely, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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NikiD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the bruschetta (white bean, prosciutto, mozzarella) and the ravioli (pork ragu and ricotta with a balsamic reduction). Both were excellent as was the service!

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on February 28, 2020

Dear NikiD, From the entire Davanti Enoteca team, thank you so much for your great feedback! We all look forward to seeing you back soon! Warm Regards, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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vipCSOfan
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, and cozy atmosphere. Attentive service.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on February 28, 2020

Dear Guest, Thank you so kindly for taking the time to write this feedback about your dinner experience! We all look forward to seeing you back here soon. Warm Regards, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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vipMariaC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are a group of six and had a good time at Davanti Enoteca. Service is good and we all enjoyed the meal. Good value for the money

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on February 26, 2020

Dear Maria, Thank you so much for taking the time to rate and review your experience. We at Davanti are all so happy that you enjoyed your overall experience with us. We look forward to seeing you soon! Warm Regards, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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vipPaul
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience3

The food was very good, as always, but our server forgot all about us on a few occasions. The appetizers arrived well before our drink order was taken. We had to ask to have the table wiped off a couple times. Our desserts sat melting for at least 5 minutes before we could catch another server's attention and ask him to bring some spoons. We were never offered a refill or even a "top off" on our coffees. Disappointing given the quality of the food (and the size of the check).

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on March 4, 2020

Dear Paul, Thank you so much for taking the time to rate and review your dining experience at Davanti Enoteca last moth. I'm so sorry that the service was not up to Davanti standards and dampened the dinner mood for you and your guests. I would love to invite you back to change your mind about us at your leisure. Give me a call whenever you can. Sincerely, Dea Bebo 312 226 5550

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JenniferF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We’ve had several dinners while in Chicago. This time was disappointing. Food quality was poor in relation to previous meals. Food arrived for my husband when the rest of the table was done eating their meals. Salmon was not prepared as ordered. Overall after this visit we will probably try somewhere else.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on February 24, 2020

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for reviewing your experience at Davanti Enoteca. I am sorry to hear that it wasn't optimal in comparison to previous dinners. We strive to give our best and when we fail to do so, reviews such as yours help us grow and improve. I do hope we see you soon and are able to win you back! Sincerely, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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Wolf
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
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.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on February 24, 2020

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for the great review and we all hope to see you back at Davanti Enoteca soon! All the best, The Entire Davanti Enoteca Team!

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vipPattiW
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food!

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vipmariaa
Chicago
2 reviews
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 on February 17, 2020

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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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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OpenTable Diner
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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vipWonderful
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The good great and service outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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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vipWendy
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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vipMorganM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time!

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vipFonziP
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
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 :)

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vipwyyip
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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Swann250
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!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipKiri
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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DUTCHY
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.

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chiLP
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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SL11
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.

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vippatrickl
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMP7699
Chicago
91 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food and service. will go back very soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good and there is PLENTY of wine!

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vipOpenTable Diner
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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OpenTable Diner
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!

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vipKySouth
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service

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vipMike
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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vipJeudi
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.

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Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 226-5550.

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