Acquaviva Winery-Batavia

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$30 and under
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Italian
Acquaviva Batavia presents a bold spin on authentic, traditional Italian recipes with a focus on fresh seafood. Featuring Governor's Cup Award-winning wines from Acquaviva Winery, the closest vineyard estate to the city of Chicago, Acquaviva Batavia offers a meal that feels like an old world family dinner.
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CP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place! Great food and great service! Can't wait to come back!

JM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good--maybe not the best, but very good. Service was good.

FN
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my wife's and a friends birthday there. they could not be more accommodating
The hole evening was great
Well Done *

S
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

As other reviews have noted, Aquaviva needs to step up their game a little- while the reservation clearly said 'Birthday', and table requested outside, the hostesses were clueless, asking where we wanted to be seated. No mention made of a birthday celebration.
The server, Jeremy, was excellent! Attentive, hands-off when need be, and pretty perfect in every way.
The FOOD: two Caesar salads, rather bland with odd tasting croutons. Not enough dressing to even taste it. Large for side salads, could have split one. The entrees came before we had a chance to half finish the salads. One Sausage and Pepper with mashed potatoes- the peppers were of a stir-fry consistency, almost crisp. I would have liked to see them cooked down a lot more to blend their flavor with the sausages, which were way too spicy. One Chicken Part, which was the highlight of the meal. Chicken done crispy on the outside yet moist and tender on the inside. Sauce was nicely done, all the flavors coming through equally. Both portions were huge, so I guess that's a plus.
I think Aquaviva has room to improve, but I also think they'll get there. A good start!

JJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back as there are so many delicious options. staff was friendly and most attentive without being obnoxious. Loved the various seating options.

M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food. Came out quickly. Staff was kind but young and inexperienced. No one came to check on us after we got our food. We did not get plates with our pizza so we had to use our bread plates that had oil on them. We would have asked for plates, but no one came back. There was a lot of staff but they seemed disorganized. Didn't seem like they were assigned to specific tables so we were offered water 3x by 3 different people and then after food was delivered, despite 5 staff nearby, no one came over. I would go back because the food was good and there wasn't a wait.

GS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!!

SD
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We both had the chicken picatta. It came to our table very hot which I like. The chicken was rather bland, but the roasted potatoes were very good and the sauteed vegetables were excellent. The salad portions are very generous. We shared the Caesar salad. It was also very good. The service was good! It’s a noisy place and the tables are quite close together. I will go back and give it another try.

J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The exterior and interior including bathroom was not very nice. Very crowded in the dining area. Service was fair. It seemed as if everyone was a bit confused. When I made reservation with open table, I noted it was our anniversary and it was not mentioned. Most restaurants would give a complimentary dessert at the least. Food was excellent. Huge portions! Menu is limited but they did accommodate and made something off the menu. Wine just ok. Special shout out to the grandchildren of the owner. Very personable and aimed to please.

M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This time and all other times were a perfect experience! Staff honestly friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and how to make a customer happy !

s
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was spot on . Great pizza and very good Italian dishes

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First of all we sat outside. It was a lovely evening but not enough lighting for when it started to get dark. The food and wine were excellent. The waitress was great at first but later on we did not see her much. I do not know if she was working inside and outside but otherwise I would definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends.

CC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all ways - we sat outside and enjoyed people watching and wonderful weather. Stuffed salmon was excellent - highly recommend trying it. Will be back soon!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 3

We had 6:30 reservations. Once we arrived, we were told to wait for a table. They then seated all parties in the waiting room before us. We finally got our table at 7:00. Additionally, we flagged our reservation as a birthday celebration and there was no acknowledgement by the restaurant. Bottom line, I’m not sure what good the reservation did. With that said, our server was friendly and did a great job. The food was very good. It’s just too bad the restaurant got off on the wrong foot when we arrived

j
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Disappointed that they were out of the special by the time we got there which was 6:15. Rather early to be out of anything. Brought the sangria but forgot to put the fruit in it. I had the whitefish which was good but I wanted to try the pork. The music was a bit loud for conversing.

KM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Alicia was wonderful, and the food delicious!

SB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the Batavia location, we’ve been to the Maple Park location for a wedding before. Meredith was our server and she was AWESOME!!!!! We look forward to going there again.

K
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, nice dinning outside, drink service was a bit slow. Overall our server made it a great experience - in addition to the delicious food.

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food and service was very good, thought it was pricey, but worth it.

JS
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine.
Awesome servers!

PA
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The servers were extremely polite, energetic and willing to please all with a sincere smile. Food was hot and presented well. You left feeling satisfied and could feel that you were served with one purpose...to experience a pleasurable evening.

n
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went with another couple to celebrate our wives' birthdays. We sat at a table in tbe bar. The service was friendly and fast, but not rushed. The food and wine was excellent. We love this restaurant and it has become our favorite in Batavia. We go a couple of times a month for dinner or just drinks and appetzers at the bar. We also joined the wine club earlier in the year and have not been disappointed in their selections.

BB
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a very nice Italian restaurant that really stood out considering I grew up sampling the best Italian cooking from around my family. The food was wonderfully prepared.

The two things that were very bothersome were a few pesky flies all through the meal, as well as a wait staff that seemed to “hover” every few minutes around our table. I like the service being available, but couldn’t carry a conversation due to the hovering. I understand there isn’t much you can do about the flies, ...or is there?

I would still recommend this place and return simply based on the food quality!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We were seated right away. Waitress was reasonably prompt. She took our drink order. She returned after a while with our drinks and took our dinner order. After quite a wait, other severs brought our entrees. We had no utensils. Our drinks were empty. No one came by to check on us. I had to get up and take utensils from another table. We ate our meal. Our waitress never came by again. Never asked if we wanted another drink. Never asked if our food was alright. We were completely ignored. About 30 minutes after finishing our meal and no one checking with us, we had to go to the hostess stand and ask for check. They said just give us your card and we will run it. I had to insist in actually seeing my bill. They processed it after providing me a copy. No apology, no nothing. Our waitress high tailed it outside when we asked for the check. Unbelievably bad service. DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY OR YOUR TIME. TERRIBLE PLACE. And, their wine is awful. If you want Italian, go to Villa Verone!

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Zuppa di Mare was fantastic as always! Outstanding service!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 1

AC did not work properly on a hot summer day. When asked about the fan near us, it was broken as well. Ruined a night out celebrating my daughter’s birthday.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were wonderful! The hostess could tell we weren’t that happy with our table so she offered to move us. Our waiter was great. Very nice and attentive

LN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was hot in the restaurant. Not all fans working...also became very noisy.
Had to ask for salt and pepper.

JG
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our second time here. I just need to comment on two items and it won't stop us from coming back another time. First, after we got seated, it took a while before someone came to the table to take a drink order, even though she apologized, someone should have come to say something. Second, and disappointing was the fact we came to try the pizza this time and they got the order wrong, they offered to re make it for free, but I didn't want to wait and I was going to eat it regardless. One pizza was correct but one was suppose to be thin crust and it came out double crust. Otherwise the flavor was good and we will go back and hope the order is correct this time.
Thank you!

OT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful

KM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've dined here twice and enjoyed our meal and the experience. You should definitely try their pizza, the orrichette or even the ribeye. You won't be disapppointed.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Sat outside, excellent food with good portions and nice atmosphere. Service was ok (not bad), not enough to complain about... Had to ask for drink refills and getting check took forever... I would go back,

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Waited way too long to have a service come help us. Both waiters in the dinning walked by multiple times each serving one table while three tables were seated. I had to go to the hostess to ask for a server.

c
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have eaten there before and it was very good. This Time out of the 4 of us, 2 meals were good but the other two were just ok. The special was a papadelle pasta with shrimp. I guess they were out of that noodle so they substituted linguine for it. There were only 3 shrimp and the dinner had no real taste to it. As if something was missing. My friend ordered the same dish and she thought the same. I took the leftovers home and the next day I toasted some pine nuts and added by homemade pesto and it made it a lot better . Otherwise it’s a nice place and we would go back again. Our server was very nice also

SY
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This was first time here. Took a little while for a server to come to wait on us. Finally came we ordered drinks and the calamari.
It was a bit undercooked. My husband had the whitefish which was good. I ordered the shrimp pasta special. Again the shrimp were a little undercooked, there was lots of pasta, huge portion. Wine was excellent. Will retry again. Enjoyed dining out, nice atmosphere.

RB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent waitress who explained options throughly.

LS
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Aqua Viva’s location in Maple Park and now we can add Batavia’s location as well! Wonderful meal with our family!

ST
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Good wine, food was expensive and just OK... Sat on the indoor enclosed patio it was supposedly air conditioned but it was super hot and detracted from the evening. Don’t think we will go back to eat, maybe a glass of wine.

BP
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A welcome Batavia restaurant. Waitress was very knowledgeable about wines and foods. Well above expectations for foods. Salmon was nicely crispy on the outside, perfectly done inside. Veal was very tender. Very nice and tart lemoncello parfait for dessert.

TV
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and environment!

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