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Gianni's Cafe - Kildeer

170 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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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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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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Cross street
Lake Cook
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Parking details
Large mall parking lot w/additional parking in back.
Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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

vipInFromTheSuburbs (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipdugrad (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined 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.

DRN22 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipDrMike (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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.

lovegoodfood (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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 .

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipJulie (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

AHcultist (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on March 28, 2015

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

lovegoodfood (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

Cathyb (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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!

Miranda (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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 :)

vipFisch (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined 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 .

viprunnergirl (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

Chitown (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined 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!