About Il Bosco Ristorante & Bar

Intimate Italian Restaurant, located in Historic Downtown Davidson. Classic Italian cuisine. Featuring homemade pasta & desserts.
We also offer steaks & chops and daily seafood specials.

Attire: Business casual

Reservations are suggested.
Large parties & prime time seatings: Please make reservations by phone.

127 Depot St
Davidson, NC 28036
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm,

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm,

Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,

Closed Sunday

Cross Street:
Jackson Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 987-1388

Website:
http://www.ilboscoristorante.com/

Parking Details:
Free public parking in rear of restaurant and street parking in front.

Private Party Facilities:
Intimate 50 seat restaurant available for reasonable "Buyout" Call for rates.

Private Party Contact:
Jim: (704) 987-1388

Additional:
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Il Bosco Ristorante & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.6

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Special Occasion (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
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Good for Anniversaries (20)
Romantic (18)
Authentic (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Cozy (16)
Worth the Drive (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Casual (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Business Meals (6)
Fun (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Healthy (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Great place, truly regret not eating here before! While not cheap, portion sizes are large as opposed to other fine dining. I thought it was a great value for price. Staff was friendly and answered all of our questions. Good for casual fine dining. Nice but not pretentious.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 4 days ago

We luv this place. It is our go to spot. Jimmy and his whole staff are wonderful!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always the best food and experience- best restaurant in Davidson!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Outstanding, highend Italian food! This is one of our favorite spots!!

Tags: Spicy, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Casual, Healthy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We enjoyed a birthday celebration here. Fresh Salad, good entrees, friendly service. Entrees we're good but lacked the spark of good seasonings. We were a bit annoyed with the loud and bragging talk from a couple of elderly gentlemen at adjacent tables, but that wasn't the restaurant's fault

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Il Bosco is a hidden gem in Davidson. It is perfect cozy place for date night or special occasion. I just took my two teenage daughters there to celebrate the opening of the younger one's musical theater production- they loved it and now want il bosco to be their special birthday place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We love this place and like to take out of town guest here for dinner. Friendly staff and excellent food.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fantastic- always!

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Outstanding classic Italian menu offerings with a slight emphasis on veal. Service was as good as the food and the prices are very reasonable considering the quality. I have been looking for a good Italian restaurant in Charlotte for years. I should have been looking in Davidson.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Enjoyed our meal. Service was great. Nice wines. Good chicken Marsala.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Loved everything about this restaurant! My salad was one of the specials and was delicious! The Pollo al Zio Ciccio far exceeded my expectations! Ganache for desert was superb! Loved the quiet atmosphere and the wait staff was very informative and attentive. Well worth every penny I spent!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We always enjoy Il Bosco: good food, pleasant service, no extraneous noise. This restaurant strives for quality, not glamour. There are no over-the-top flower arrangements, for example; the restaurant is unpretentious and simply appointed. All attention is on the food, and on giving the guest a good experience. We enjoy the quiet, and actually being able to have a conversation without Muzak, loud chatter and the high noise level of so many other restaurants these days. All in all, Il Bosco delivers excellent food and service with no frills--- and that's why it is a favorite with us and many others.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Good food. Slow service. Needs more variety in food.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 28, 2017

My granddaughter is a picky eater and I kept telling her when she visits I will bring her to il Bosco, She is still raving about how delicious the food was and the presentation. Our waitress was also exceptional, and the owner is very friendly. I will be back with some more friends.
Thanks for exceptional food and service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food i is very good. Service is good as well. They, like many other restaurants struggle with seating people. We had a reservation but still had to wait as they seated people without reservations because we were 10 minutes early. Made you but a drink at the bar. There were tons of open seats. Didn't even offer to buy our drinks. Said something about not wanting to seat us so the chef didn't get slammed. So the chefs comfort is more important than mine. Why not seat us and then delay if you must. Instead, you start the evening by upsetting your customers. The people without reservations even got the nicer seating in the atrium. Guess they taught us a lesson.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Il Bosco never disappoints for real Italian with homemade pasta. They always have a fish option that is full of flavor and not overdressed. The dishes are not over salted like some Italian restaurants and there is NOT spaghetti on the menu! The waiter had a good wine suggestion and was sensitive our pace of dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We will definitely return to this wonderful restaurant in the near future. Our anniversary dinner of veal marsala was fabulous. We dined quietly on the back patio surrounded by the garden and lovely fountain. Kim, our server, was attentive and so sweet she placed candles on our desserts wishing us a happy anniversary. The owner, Jimmy, was quite enjoyable to speak with stopping at our table to welcome us to the restaurant and get to know a little about us. The menu was varied and well priced.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 11, 2017

This is a fantastic restaurant. Food is very good, and the service is great. Make sure you meet the owner if he is there. This is a go to place when we are entwining guest. I have not had a bad meal or a bad experience. Make sure you get reservations.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 9, 2017

A hidden gem in Davidson and the most consistently great food, and service you can find. Our weekly treat after a long week!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 28, 2017

The staff is very friendly and really knows how to make you feel comfortable. The chef prepared great food and if you really want a quiet nice dinner, this is the place.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Another great evening at ILBosco!! Great food and service. We brought new friends there and they can't wait to come back. Thank you

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 22, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner the day after the Eclipse. They give you a menu to choose for your antipasto plate (like a sushi list) and the selection was wonderful. We had the sweet Gorgonzola, salty Parmesan with honey, generous portion of prosciutto, honey roasted almonds and delicious olives! Hubby had the clam pasta and said the clams were wonderful. (The large portion is HUGE and the small portion was the right size.) I had the grilled octopus on arugula and it was definitely wonderful! We had a bottle of Principessa wine by Banfi from the Gavi grape that was recommended that we both enjoyed immensely. The atmosphere was very pleasant and they have an outdoor seating area (but we cowered in the A/C!) Literally next door to the Davidson Village Inn. A lovely experience!

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Calamari was the best I have ever had. Gnocchi is also top tier.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Loud couple too close in early seating. Should have separated more.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on August 14, 2017

We were a party of six. Our server, Tara, was excellent. The food was also excellent.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 14, 2017

We always find the service and food at Il Bosco of top quality. Staff always remembers you and is always very attentive. We can't say enough about the food - remarkably delicious. This past visit we ordered the special appetizer, a fabulous crepe stuffed with ricotta, ground veal and sauteed spinach with a savory sage sauce. We also ordered the special salad of mixed greens, grilled peaches and melted fontina cheese which was equally as good. Regardless of which salad you order, it is consistently dressed appropriately. The entrees, as usual, a house made gnocchi and a house made fettuccine were delightful. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Always a great experience!! Food and service was terrific! Tara is a sweetheart and provided excellent service!! We love Il Bosco

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great place. Our first time here but we will be back. Sat outside on beautiful evening and it was like being in Italy! Waiter and owner attentive.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Great food and atmosphere - really unique and different but the quality of the food was outstanding!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We are dining there for the second time in four days with out-of-town family. That says something about how we feel about Il Bosco. Always interesting specials appealing to frequent diners.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Excellent food and service. We will definitely go back again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Enjoyed a very tasty meal including excellent veal on their outside patio. Service is always very good. Even chatted briefly with other diners we didn't know...lovely place

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Best restaurant in Davidson. Great staff and whole experience each time we go is spot on great.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Good food, great people . The owner has been in the restaurant business for many years. Very beautiful patio if you would like to eat outdoors.

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Our first time. Very authentic NY Italian . Food was excellent. Looking forward to trying more dishes. Owner very personable.

Tags: Scenic View, Organic, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Healthy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Reminded us of time in Italy this past April...We will be back, I think this is a new favorite!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Coming from the New York area, this place was a hidden gem and an Italian oasis in a land of Southern cooking! Jimmy goes out of his way to show some Southern hospitality, but his Brooklyn upbringing is what make this place authentic. I'll be there again and again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The gnocci is always amazing.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Food was homemade and excellent. Pastas and specials were awesome. The waitstaff was friendly, funny and aware of our time constraints. Love this place!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Jimmy and his team to a great job of making you feel at home and serve delicious Italian food far better than anything I have had in the Charlotte area

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Notable Wine List
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