Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street

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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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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Service amazing! Pleasant surprise

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff and food was amazing. Davanti NEVER disappoints.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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

DM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience1

The food is always fantastic.
The entrees came to fast. We weren't finished with our appetizer and the entrees came. By the time we finished the appetizer, the entrees were cold. Your cooking staff needs to be more considerate and your serving staff needs to observe the timing of each serving!
Very disappointing.
DON'T RUSH THE HANDS THAT FEED YOU.
The sad part is that we were celebrating a birthday.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded 6 days ago

Dear David, Thank you for writing a review about your experience at Davanti Enoteca this past Saturday. I am sorry to hear that your meal wasn't coursed out to your preference. We strive to give the best dining experience and when we fail to deliver that, we want to make sure to make it up to our valued guests. Please call me at your convenience to set up another reservation where I hope to change your mind about our service and ambiance. Sincerely, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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o
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This is one of our go to places. Unfortunately our experience was not consistent with past dinners. We had a reservation but had to wait for a table. We were seated at a high top behind the hostess stand and were bumped by wait staff and guests all night long. We asked for a different table as soon as we were seated but were told none were available. I don't think this should be the practice when you've had a reservation for a month. Food was good as always. We ordered 2 deserts-one came promptly, the other didn't arrive. About 15 minutes later a manager came to tell us they were out of that desert and brought us the menu to pick something else. She never returned to see what we wanted. Food was good as always but service was a big miss. Disappointed as we brought people who had never been and I'm sure they won't be going back.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Mr. Marks, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your experience at Davanti Enoteca on Saturday evening. I am sorry to hear that you were seated in a section that was not to your liking. I would be more than happy to update your open table profile with your seating preferences. I have left you a voicemail, but would also like to extend an invitation to you to come back and visit us at your earliest convenience for a do over. Sincerely, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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MA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The bottomless mímosas were awesome!! Great ambiance with great friends. Overall a good time.

LH
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great brunch. Prices a bit high for quantity of food. Service a bit slow. Would definitely come back for the burger!

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on November 9, 2019

Dear Lauren, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience at Davanti Enoteca. We pride ourselves in the quality of food and service that we provide to every guest, and we take advice and criticism very seriously. It is unfortunate that your experience today for brunch was less than perfect. I would love to invite you back to experience our restaurant in its true form. Please call me at your earliest convenience. Warm Regards, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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L
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were here for lunch in mid afternoon so quiet and less busy. Very pleasant.Otherwise can be a bit loud. We always get the ricotta with delicious warm bread and honeycomb . I could eat the whole thing for lunch. Ricotta gnocchi is delicious. The waitress was so nice and attentive. Always a great meal.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing appetizers and great selection of wine! Our server was eager to help and made great recommendations.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on November 9, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for the great review of your recent experience at Davanti Enoteca Taylor Street. We look forward to having you visit us again soon! Thank you! Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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DC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance and overall layout. Service was great. Would go back anytime in the area

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on November 6, 2019

Dear Dan, Thank you dearly for the great feedback. We always strive to provide great service and product. We look forward to seeing you here soon! Sincerely! Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First time trying Italian small plates. It was fine, we had the special bruschetta with grapefruit jam, meatballs ( not warm all the way through), ravioli and the Bianca pizza. The pizza was by far my favorite as it had huge chunks of garlic and globs of ricotta cheese everywhere! Dessert was a nice tawny port with a fantastic piece of tiramisu. Service was fine, the venue was loud, but not so bad that you felt like you had to scream to be heard.

J
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food, great spot for a date or a business dinner. Variety of things to choose from. Highly recommend

GD
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Nancy was OUTSTANDING. Great service great meal.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Overly loud. Server recommended pretty much every dish on the menu... is everything really spectacular? She’s to get water. Food comes out when it’s ready is a trend that needs to end

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on October 28, 2019

Dear guest, Thank you for your feedback on your recent experience. It is unfortunate that your visit was not as enjoyable as we expect all guest visits to be. Our patrons' reviews enable the betterment of the quality of our service and what we serve. I would love to invite you back to make up for your less than perfect visit. Feel free to call me at your earliest convenience for a reservation. Sincerely, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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m
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great local Enoteca. Points for originality. Good wine choices. All small plates, but some are larger. Great fried artichokes. Great service.

P
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Horrible experience overall. Food was actually quite good, however, the service was absolutely poor. Got seated and sat for 20 minutes before anyone came to table. At that point, server said she would be back in a minute and came back 15 minutes later. So 30 minutes just sitting and getting more frustrated. Will never go back and will never recommend.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on October 24, 2019

Hello Pricet, I am very sorry to hear about your less than perfect experience at Davanti Enoteca this past weekend. We strive to have our guests have optimal visits where the food and service are not only enjoyable, but also up to our high company standards. I would love to welcome you back for a do over on a date of your choice. Please contact me at your earliest convenience to set up a reservation. I look forward to hearing back from you. Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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KO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall a great experience. Rigatoni and salmon dishes were outstanding. Liked the rustic, warm feel. Wuaintz

PD
Northern MI
18 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our second visit to Davanti Enoteca. We choose to sit in the dining area. It has the feel of a wine cellar in Italy which is Lovely! The seasonal menu is always so great! The service was excellent! Wine selection is also very nice! Our only suggestion is the music was so loud that people we’re actually leaving because of it! That is a simple fix!

L
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burrata I'd particularly amazing.

MP
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marathon Day! We hosted supporters of a few runners. Great fun! Great food! Great service!

LC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to this restaurant before the Chicago Marathon. We were seated right away and the service was spectacular! The server answered all questions and made recommendations when asked. Our food was delicious, hot, and everything was homemade.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I have been here many times and have always had great experiences. This time, the food and service were off from what I have typically experienced. The pizza was burned on the bottom but not fully cooked on top and in general the food didn't taste as authentic as it has in the past. Maybe it was just an off night but it was disappointing.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on October 24, 2019

Dear valued guest, I am sorry that your dining experience did not meet your expectations. We at Davanti Enoteca strive to give our guests the best dining visit each time. I would love to invite you back for a do over so we can win back your satisfaction. Feel free to contact me at your earlier convenience for a reservation in the future. Thank you for your loyalty, Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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KL
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was amazing, but it was very loud and the place was freezing everytime someone walked into the restaurant.

LD
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stumbled upon this restaurant while doing a Google search for restaurants in the area. We sure got lucky with finding Davanti Enoteca. The service was excellent. Fun, knowledgeable, attentive waiter. Excellent food! Great portion sizes. We tried several things on the menu: Seared octopus, roasted beets, crispy brussels sprouts and the new york strip. Every dish was absolutely phenomenal! This is my new favorite restaurant. I could go every week and not get board with the food. Can't wait to go back!

JN
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and even greater service! If you don't know what to order just let server Reese talk you through the menu and just trust him!

A
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Group of 4 friends, 3 from out of town. Ordered Ragu, Greek Salad, caci di pepi, Terzak chicken. There was not a spoonful of anything left on the plate and everyone was giddy. And the beet salad, what was that divine sauce served on the side??? Delicious.

E
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

On a Sunday at 1.30pm with diners slowly starting to leave, yet service was slow. I don't know why they can't time it so everything comes out at once, plates just trickle out. By the time we got ketchup for the fries, we were basically done.

I know restaurants use runners to cover more tables, but on the rare occasion the server makes a visit to the table, they should ensure everybody is set for awhile. Plates are almost empty, dessert perhaps? Glasses are empty, another round?

It was ridiculously loud too. I think it was more the acoustics vs the music volume, and large + loud tables.

With service like this, I might as well go to a food hall.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on October 1, 2019

Dear Eric, Here at Davanti Enoteca we strive to give guests the best experience in food and hospitality. I'm sorry your visit with us was not up to your standards of expectations. Brunch time is usually busy and full of energy, therefore music can be louder than usual. I would love to invite you back for lunch/dinner on a quieter weekday to make up for your less than perfect experience. Call me at your convenience! Thank you! Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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LL
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Met an old friend who I hadn’t seen in years for Sunday brunch. Naturally we wanted to catch up on each other’s life. However it was so noisy that it was nearly impossible to carry on a conversation. We ended up leaving as quickly as possible so we could go someplace quieter to talk.

N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service great as usual!

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood and the food was outstanding. Enjoyed their homemade pastas and polenta. The Limoncello was the perfect way to end the night.

OT
New Orleans
58 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here multiple times and it all is consistently excellent. I love the fresh arugula salad, the fresh pastas. Wine special on Wednesday is hard to beat!

KC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great homemade pasta!! Service was excellent, too!

MW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Food was outstanding. Virtually impossible to hear the person across the table from you. Loudest restaurant I have ever experienced. Great wait staff and really delicious and creative food. Too bad the noise made conversation impossible.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My all time favorite!! Can’t wait to go back ❤️

f
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been there many times but not recently and i felt nostalgic for the place that night and I fell in love all over again. There was so many dishes I wanted to try. I had the salmon which was to die for because of the way it was cooked and the vegetables that came with it (artichokes and spinach).

OT
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very unique and delicious food. Italian with modern and interesting twists. Highly recommended for groups to share things. Also a great wine list

NZ
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good. the chicken liver was very good. They are generous with bread! sea food pasta was okay.

PD
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went for a late lunch this week. Fortunately the tables around us cleared out soon after my friend and I arrived, as the initial noise level was more than I could bear. Once things calmed down, we enjoyed the ambience but especially the food. We each had the asparagus soup that was a special that day — it was light and flavorful. Both our pasta dishes were delicious. Not sure I’d race back but it was fun to try.

TL
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Every time we come to Chicago we make it a priority to eat here at least once. This trip we did back to back nights. Our server Katrina was awesome. I would recommend Davanti Enoteca.

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