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About Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street

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.

1359 W Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60607
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar

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

Cross Street:
Loomis St. and Taylor St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 226-5550

Website:
http://davantienoteca.com/chicago/

Parking Details:
Street Parking and Valet service are available.

Public Transit:
Blue Line off Loomis and Harrison.

Pace Bus stop on the corner of Taylor and Lumis.

Divvy bike station across the street.

Executive Chef:
Jeremy Branshaw

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

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.

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.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
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Authentic (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Casual (15)
Cozy (15)
Fun (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Romantic (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Tapas (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Business Meals (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Scenic View (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

It's always a pleasure introducing friends to Davanti Enoteca. We brought a new friend there the other night. We always insist on ordering the Polenta and Ragu of the day and it never disappoints. The other night we had a half order. The ragu was sausage which was perfect for a cold winter night. Some time ago we brought two of my husband's younger colleagues and their families. We had a large order of the polenta and had to order a second large order; they inhaled it. The other night we were interested in a lighter meal. My husband suggested the Scarole Salad (scarole, gala apple, pecorino pepato, celery , and hazelnuts). We've always been delighted with the salads; do order one. Our friend suggested the Agnolotti (butternut squash, toasted hazelnuts, sage, and brown butter). She also suggested the Bruschette of the Day. Both dishes were new to us and we really enjoyed them. The staff is knowledgeable and warm. A quiet table is a necessity and the staff always accomdates our request. The wine list is fun to explore. Take friends to Davanti Enoteca! Our friend contributed $30 to the total bill which we thought was too much but she insisted since we were driving her home. A shared meal won't break the budget.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

I had high Expectations on the food for its excellent reviews, However after dinning at the restaurant , I find the food no different than you will find at your local Pizza Place, as it might be even better than this restaurant . Service was good, Food below average

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Very high noise level. Would stay away from weekend dining

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Davanti Enoteca never fails to impress. Wonderful food and a great wine list. I would highly recommend this gem

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

My friend and I went for their $15 (basically) bottomless mimosas brunch on Saturday and it definitely worth it! The service and food were great and even though it's an Italian restaurant they had great more "traditional" brunch food items to select from.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Fun, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great food and service!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

So I normally don’t write reviews, but was compelled to after our New Years Eve experience at Davanti which left me really annoyed. I will start by saying that we live down the street from this restaurant & have frequented it often since they first opened. It’s been one of our favorite restaurants & not just because it’s in our neighborhood. As well, we’ve celebrated New Years Eve there numerous times with excellent service & great experiences. However that was far from the case this past Sunday. We arrive for our 830pm reservation (originally a 930pm rsvp until they called on Friday to say the restaurant would be closing at 10pm) & are told that the only table available is a high top table at the bar, otherwise we would have a 30-40min wait for a table in the “dining room” despite our reservation. Fine, things happen, We’ve sat at the high top tables by the bar plenty of times so we were ok with that. What I was not ok with was the two bartenders who were suppose to be waiting on us only came by our table twice to check on us (there were only 2 other ppl sitting at the bar) & when they finally did come a third time it was to inform us that the kitchen was closed & all we could order now was dessert! They didn’t even bother to come ask us if we wanted anything else for dinner before the kitchen closed! When I explain this to the bartender her response to me was “oh I didn’t know you guys wanted anymore food”...hello!?!? If you had bothered to ask us before we would’ve told you. So our New Year’s Eve dinner consisted of 2 shareable dishes...oh & 1 dessert. They were in such a hurry to clean up & close up so they could get to their own celebration that they ruined ours.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was VERY overpriced for being so mediocre. The steak ordered was extremely fatty and the burger, that they are allegedly KNOWN for, wasn’t cooked as requested and served on a ballpark quality bun. I requested a bottle of Malbec ($42) and was told they only sold it by the glass (although I’m staring right at the bottle price) and received a VERY poor attempt to upsell a $75 bottle of Malbec along with the statement “I’m not trying to price gouge you, but this is really good”. I then proceeded to indicate we were not looking to purchase a $75 bottle of wine and inquired on the other bottle originally ordered that apparently was only sold by the glass and asked if it was out of stock. I was then told “oh no, I mean we have it I just wanted to show you the other one.” Really? It was unfortunately a pretty poor experience and we won’t be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Delicious food and top notch service from Ron!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were visiting Chicago for a few days with our family (ages 17, 12 & 9) and we were encouraged to make the trip over (a 10 Mom cab ride) for dinner here. We were not disappointed. Great food and the family style menu is a great Way for our crew to try new things. Leave room for dessert!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We’ve done davanti for Xmas eve a few times now. It’s always a great experience and this time did not disappoint! Our service was superb and the food delicious!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Went there on Christmas Eve prior to the theater. Been there before. GREAT bloody mary bar, excellent burgers and pasta. Brunch menu (hash) is totally awesome. Excellent hand made cocktails.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Had a great meal to celebrate my birthday. Food and service was amazing, Ron was a fantastic waiter. Can't wait to come again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Wonderful! Food was delicious. We had a big group so we ordered a pre-set menu and I was perfect. Service was excellent as well. Great time.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food and service were exceptional, as usual! The ambiance reminds me of being in Italy. It’s quaint and rustic!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2017

The service was incredibly slow. We arrived on a week night around 5:30 pm. There was hardly anyone else in the restaurant when we arrived. We ordered 2 glasses of wine, bruchetta, one salad (to share) and one pizza (to share). After an hour an a half, we still hadn't been served our pizza. We ended up taking it "to go" because we had a 7 pm meeting at Rush to attend. It's a nice place, but I would only go back if I had A LOT of time.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great food! Atmosphere was fantastic. Service was on par. Tiana did a great job!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Hawks Game.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I found the food to be very good. However very overpriced. 8 pieces of rigatoni? Three forkfuls of spaghetti. Did not like the sharing concept. Pasta dish was $16 and probably cost the restaurant 25 cents! Will not return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had a great meal and service here. My husband had the blonde pizza and it was yummy. I had the burger with fries that was outstanding. The beer selection was good and wine by the glass choices were better than most places. Our waitress was on top of everything. A very nice evening.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Cozy, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great food great service. Don’t miss the brown butter blondie!!!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We sampled so many great dishes, including octopus, pizza, bruscetta, pasta and a foccacia Davanti is known for. I wasn't able to chose a favorite, but my daughter's was the foccacia, with everything else a close second. The service was fantastic as well! Can't wait to go back and enjoy the Bloody Mary bar and other menu items - like the burger!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

I’ve been to this location for brunch on the weekend many times and have always thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so, that when a friend mentioned meeting up for dinner, I selected Davanti. This was my first time on a Tuesday evening and truly from start to finish, it was a completely different restaurant. Started off with the happy hour (don’t jump to assumptions, we spent $50 each before leaving - tried to spend more, however, it took over 15 minutes to gain the waitress’ attention and by then we had grown weary of begging for our next course) the bartender was also the hostess - unfortunate as she didn’t appear to be a people person. Once we moved from the bar to our table, the new waitress was friendly, however, not time efficient. Maybe the happy hour assumption was made as well, but don’t offer HH if the management/staff isn’t on board. The food was fine - not as good as the brunch, however, it could have been the experience overall that dulled my palate. The one saving grace, and I must say, this is a consistent win for this restaurant, is the busing team- they are attentive, efficient, friendly, and knowledgable on the flow of a meal. They also seem happy to have you. Had it not been for our buser, we would have left - my friend mentioned going across the corner to another restaurant to finish the meal right before our buser’s arrival. Also, the menu changed, but the website is out of date - no more mussels or even bolognese. I will return for brunch - once I’ve seen the new menu, but there are so many alternatives for dinner in the area, unlikely I’ll try this one again. Of course, maybe this was the C team in play on a Tuesday night?? New management approach??? I’m making excuses as I really hope my experience was just a one time miss as I’ve always favored this spot.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Service wasn't very good. Food was pretty good. I can find 1M of those places in Chicago.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our server was awful never came to our table to see if we needed anything had to ask her 3 times for water. Everyone else was great but service was so bad I don’t think I will come back

Tags: Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and perfect sized portions. Our service was excellent and can’t wait to return!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a wonderful experience. The service was great and the food was even better. I can not wait to come back!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Katrina gave excellent professional friendly service.
Our daughter enjoyed her birthday dinner very much.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

One of my favorite dinner spots! Great food, and really everything is great! The service is really what brings me back, over the past 3 years we have had the pleasure getting to know Ron, Christina and Helen. They are all top-notch, providing us great selections of foods and dinner for whatever mood we are in. Ron’s knowledge on wine is fantastic and Christina recommendations on different food items always brings us back. We highly recommend Davanti on Taylor!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The food was wonderful and our server(Ron) was THE best.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was good
Used to be exceptional

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 2, 2017

All dishes were excellent. I’m always satisfied with the experience and it did not disappoint this time either. I will look forward to my next chance to dine on a return trip to Chicago

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Upon entering this Taylor St. restaurant, It feels warm and inviting yet vibrant and full of energy that would appeal to any age group. The first stop I made was to the gender neutral restroom which is wallpapered in famous gangster film posters. The waiter was very accommodating as we were headed to a concert at the United Center so had to eat and run. We shared the Peppery and sweet combination of the Arugula and roasted grape salad. We followed that with the most tender and tasteful Ricotta Dumplings and a nutty Risotto perfectly balanced with sweet corn. The wine was okay and a bit pricey. Overall, we will go back again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Outstanding creative menu, superb food quality and flawless service.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great meal and wine. I brought my friends visiting from New York and they loved food, wine and server. Always tough to take out New Yorkers

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 19, 2017

A great find in Little Italy section of Chicago. You MUST try the focaccia and the 600-day prosciutto is to die for. We went on a Wednesday evening which turns out to be "half-price wine night." EVERY bottle was half price...amazing! There are other locations of this restaurant, but the original has a charming decor. You'll feel like you are dining in a wine cellar.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Spotty service--I had to wait awhile before anyone paid any attention to me. But once they found me, the service improved and the food was spectacular.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great service and excellent food. Very consistent restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Love this place - always a great experience

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

From the time you walk in to the end of your meal, the service, front staff, waitress, etc., were out to accommodate you in a most courteous fashion.
My friend who is a gourmet cook and has traveled extensively commented on the food: delicious, (the polenta particularly), authentic, beautiful presentation. Very nice wine list. Overall, great experience

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Authentic
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