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Gianni's Cafe - Kildeer

4.3
170 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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Located just north of O'Hare International Airport, Gianni's Cafe in Kildeer, Illinois, serves classic Italian cuisine. Its inviting setting features warm lighting and clothed tables. Guests can begin their dining experience at Gianni's Cafe with stuffed artichokes, fried ravioli or bruschetta. A main course of manicotti with bolognese sauce, chicken marsala or baked shrimp atop a bed of pasta will fulfill the appetite. This family-owned eatery also has a seafood bar and a create your own pasta option.

Gianni's Cafe has a full bar that offers an array of drinks, including cocktails, beer and wine. It serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. This restaurant has a happy hour and provides catering services.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(847) 550-8872
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
We have one private dining room that holds up to 32 people in our Palatine restaurant. The Palatine location can be reserved in its entirety and accommodate parties of up to 160 people. We also have two semi-private rooms. The semi-private room in Palatine can accommodate up to 50 people and Kildeer up to 90
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Private party contact
Jen Chanda: (847) 550-8872
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Catering
Our entire menu is available for on-site and off-premise functions. We can customize any menu to fit your catering needs. We also can provide a serving staff & bartenders to work your catered events.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lake Cook
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Parking details
Large mall parking lot w/additional parking in back.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on May 31, 2015

We are regular diners at Gianni's and the food and service were excellent as usual. The only negative about our visit this time was that the space is small and there was a lot of noise going on while we ate. It was somewhat difficult to have a conversation. They also appeared to have a lot of large groups of tables reserved and it made the space very crowded and difficult for the staff to serve.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2015

I have only been to Gianni"s Cafe a couple of times because normally they are booked solid and we can't get a table. This last Saturday, due to the Blackhawks game, we were able to get right in at the time we desired. Gianni's did not disappoint. I was craving chicken piccata and a nice glass of wine, and I got both and them some. The wine list was more than sufficient and I thought the prices were reasonable. After enjoying some italian foccacia bread with a delicious olive oil, spices and paramasean cheese mixture that they bring to the table, my husband and I both enjoyed a small but very tasty house salad with balsamic salad dressing. We both asked for blue cheese crumbles on our salads, as an extra, and our waitress was happy to comply. Finally, my Chicken Piccata arrived with three ample chicken breasts, lots of the delicious piccata sauce. My dish was hot, tasty and completely satisfied my craving. A side of rigatoni pasta with marinara sauce and paramasean was also quite tasty but I didn't need it, and so I took it home. My husband tried the veal milanese, which I tasted, and found it to be perfectly breaded, well seasoned and moist. All in all, my expectations and cravings were filled completely by our latest dinner at Gianni's Cafe

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2015

Food was very delicious but the service was moderate. Not very time efficient and the staff seemed very flustered in the busy atmosphere that they should be used to.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2015

Food was excellent. We are from the East Coast and Gianni's can stack up with the east coast Italian restaurants

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2015

Gianni's Cafe has been my favorite for Italian for a long time now. Was not as ecstatic as normal after our meal the other night. My favorite part has always been the extremely hard crusted bread with the olive oil cheese and garlic. The bread has changed and it is now a soft crust bread that pales in comparison. The fried calamari was good and not at all oily, but also had no flavor in the breading, which used to be spiced so well. It was still very good, but needed the cocktail sauce. I got baked shrimp for the first time and thought it was good, but a little plain. All other meals ordered were excellent as usual.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2015

We liked it so much the first time that we were afraid to go back lest we be disappointed! No worries as we loved the place even more after our second visit! My Veal Milanese was extraordinary and my husband couldn't say enough about his Chicken Parmesan and he is one tough food critic!
Noise level was pretty high but the dining room was filled with happy eaters so what do you expect.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2015

We went to Giann's for dinner and the food was great. We used open table for a reservation and got seated right away. This was are first time here and we heard very good things about the restaurant other than it was very noisy. The restaurant is quaint and the decor pleasing. My only complaint was that they have too many tables in the restaurant. They need to take out about 4 tables to make it more roomy and cozy. I felt like we were sitting on top of the table next to us. Probably won't go back for dinner when it is crowded, but I will try lunch and see if it is still too crowded.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2015

The food and service never disappoint. Everything is excellent but make sure to make a reservation because they get busy in Friday Saturday and Sunday's.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2015

Not literally although I have never tried to order out which is not a bad idea, but Gianni's despite being a small hole-in-the-wallish eatery in a strip mall is just a wonderful place to get a nice Italian meal and a good bottle of wine.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2015

Just simply amazing place ! Food is so delicious ! Everything taste so good ! As good as it gets . Service , quality , great ambience .

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2015

Came for Easter brunch and the food was very good. Waitstaff was excellent. We will be back for an intimate dinner in the near future.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2015

Fabulous lunch at Gianni's. Food is delicious, cute restaurant tucked into a shopping center but you don't feel that once you're inside. Service was outstanding.

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2015

Being Italian the maranara was average. Gnocchi were excellent. The restuarant was freezing. The prices are very high.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2015

This is a great little restaurant, atmosphere is cozy. The wait staff and owner are friendly and helpful, without being too forward. Expect great food at reasonable prices.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2015

From the look of the place on the outside and being that it is situated in a strip mall, one wouldn't think this place would be so good. Even though the space is small and crowded, the food and ambiance makes up for it. My husband ordered the create your own pasta dish, the Bolognese sauce wasn't his favorite. However the calamari was very tender. I had the tortellini con prosciutto and it was fantastic! We would definitely go back and we will bring some friends. I'd want to get the tortellini agsin, but I won't because there are so many other choices on the menu that sound delicious. Great find!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2015

I came here for lunch to meet a few friends and i was very impressed with all aspects of my experience. The service was great! Everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming, starting when I walked in the door. I ordered from the specials and had a hard time deciding what to order because everything sounded delicious. The food was unbelieveable, and so were the drinks! Large portions and very reasonable prices. I reccommend this restraunt to everyone! I will definitley be back :)

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2015

The service and the food were outstanding. Our waitress was fabulous as all of her recommendations were a hit at our table. Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2015

Very disappointed in the dining experience. The place was very noisy to the point we couldn't her conversations across the table. Tables are very close together. I was surprised that the food was disappointing, as well, as I thought the food would be the saving grace. It was just average....soupy sauces. All in our party of 5 expressed disappointment in the dishes they ordered. Our waitress also seemed most annoyed at our request for separate checks. The restaurant did provide a dessert, on the house, as one of the couple's was celebrating an anniversary .

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2015

Food and service was outstanding! Nice, quiet little restaurant hidden away in a strip mall. Much cozier than it's Palatine location but same great food.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2015

My husband and I dined here for date night. The food was great. Great variety of items on the menu, fabulous wine list. Our server was on top of it the entire time. I do not recall her name but she was great. Always had a smile on her face and gave great recommendations when asked. Overall, it was a great dinner and we will definitely return. Could become a favorite of ours!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2015

Fabulous traditional Italian food with excellent wine list and great service."

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2015

Very awesome restaurant. Waiter was nice and knowledgeable when asked questions.  It's a family size portions place and they are huge! 
Highly recommend the cheese ravioli!

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2015

I've been here before when I couldn't get a table at a national chain. Was I glad I came in here instead! The ambiance is noisy but charming, the only issue being a ferocious draft if you're seated near the windows (it was a bitter cold February night). However, the corn chowder was absolutely exquisite and the white sangria an unexpected delight. It wasn't the usual overly sweet fruit punch - it was a grown-up non-sweet white white with refreshing bits of fruit and a bit of sparkle. The chicken franchese was cooked perfectly, although I rather wish the lemon flavor had been a bit more pronounced. (I'd had the chicken piccata on my first visit, and it was utter perfection.) The bread and olive oil presented at table were stupendous - the olive oil was loaded with shreds of basic and a hefty dose of freshly crushed garlic. Garlic lovers, you will adore it! Even if you're not a garlic lover, you will adore it! Service was absolutely wonderful - the servers really know their stuff and they're about as nice and sweet as you could ever want. I LOVE THIS RESTAURANT!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2015

The restaurant is just indescribably good—one of my favorite places to eat out.”

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2015

I went to Gianni's with my husband for Valentine's day. It was romantic and perfect for the holiday. The food is always great and the service was exceptional. We love Gianni's!

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3.0Dined on February 5, 2015

Diner style salad served with over cooked one note pasta. Mussels well cooked and tasty. Waitress totally over sold. Remember why I haven't been there in a year. Too many other choices of restaurants.

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2.0Dined on January 31, 2015

The meal was very good, although the tables are on top of each other making conversation difficult. People hanging by the bar can be too close to diners.

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2015

Food is good but don't recommend coming after 6:00 on weekends unless you don't mind the noise level being higher and being so crowded. It's a small place. I came at lunch during the week and enjoyed it better. If your looking to have a quiet dinner for 2 after 6 on weekends, I would recommend going somewhere else.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2015

Great place...I would highly recommend for great food and service!

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2015

what a wonderful neighborhood find - though tiny - the portions are ample and delicious - the service is very friendly and quick - and we really enjoyed our meal here. this was our second visit and we know we will be back and plan to bring friends next time! what a great little restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2015

Service was great. Food was fresh & prepared well. Have been to Gianni's several times and have always had a good experience.

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4.0Dined on December 22, 2014

The restaurant was a nice intimate place. service was a little slow, but they were busy with the holiday crowd. Food was very good. Friendly staff

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2014

We showed up on a very busy Saturday night with two extra people and were seated within 10 minutes of our reservation time. We really appreciated this. The food is consistently good, their calamari is always fresh. Wait staff is professional and attentive. We will definitely return...

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2014

I've never had a bad meal here. The Braciole is outstanding!

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2014

Very good seafood and specialty items. Happy Hour specials at bar are awesome ..

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2014

This is a wonderful smaller version of their restaurant in Palatine. It is a true Italian restaurant, not a pizza place that also also serves Italian fare! The appetizers are a page unto themselves, with fresh shellfish as the highlight. Main courses are divided into specialties, chicken, fish, veal , and there is another entire last page of create your own pasta dinner. You choose from an endless selection of pasta styles, sauces and add ins to satisfy your taste of Italy. The dessert menu also has an endless array of Italian specialties, including homemade gelato. A must place!

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2014

We happened upon this restaurant while shopping at Deer Park Center. We originally tried to get reservations at Stoney River, another great place, but they were full so we decided to try Giannis across the street. It's in a strip mall so I passed it but was skeptical. I am so glad we tried it, it's now my go-to Italian spot! Everything is good. From the bread/oil/parm/basil/garlic yumminess to the apps (try the grilled octopus, it's great!) to their entrees, it's all good. It's definitely crowded in there, small bar/no waiting area and loud but it all works, I hope they don't change a thing!

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2014

Chicken parmigiano is best I have every tasted & seafood pasta was very good too - ambiance is nothing special as the location in a stripe mall - could use more room way too small of venue

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2014

Parking was pretty easy to find on a Friday night (no valet.) It was very crowded from the moment that we opened the front door (no room there and you immediately walk into the hostess stand just a foot or two inside the door.) Although it was crowded, our table was ready immediately w/our reservation. Was glad to have made a reservation after seeing a packed bar with people we assumed were waiting for tables. Our server was attentive (as was the person with water refills.) However, because space was so tight, servers & busboys kept bumping into the back of my chair and my coat on the back of the chair the entire time. There just wasn't room for them to get by. The food was excellent. Our dining companion loved his minestrone soup (the best he's ever had) and I *loved* the salad with grilled calamari. Generous portions. The wine options were a bit expensive but not terrible. We'd definitely come back again but on a non weekend night. Noticed that they have a cafe/deli next door that I believe was even open when we left @ 8pm - Probably a nice "on the run" option.

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4.0Dined on November 7, 2014

This restaurant came highly recommended. We both ordered veal and it was very tough. Salad and pasta were good. Drinks were very weak. I feel it was very expensive for what we received.

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