Davio's - Chestnut Hill

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Steakhouse
In 1985, at the young and ambitious age of 24, Steve DiFillippo purchased a locally-owned family restaurant called Davio’s on Newbury Street in Boston’s trendy Back Bay. As Boston’s culinary tastes evolved, he transformed the location into a destination. He retooled the menu, the space, the wine list. The new Davio’s soon garnered rave reviews.
The idea behind Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse was simple, regional Italian foods with a focus on the grill.
Everything made by hand from the best ingredients. Serve everything from aged steaks to simple-yet-unique pasta creations. Mirror this philosophy in the kitchen with our expert and attentive staff in the dining room, seeing to your every need and taking pride in your enjoyment of the meal. Steve has since opened locations in Foxborough, Lynnfield, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Manhattan and Atlanta.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will offer a 4 course pre-fixe dinner - $85 in addition to our Dinner menu.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 866 People Are Saying
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n
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The ambiances is great. The busboy was asked to leave the bread, but took the butter away. Your signature smoked chicken pasta (which we've had many times over the years) was pretty tasteless. My tuna tartare and squash pasta were terrific.

KD
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an excellent meal. Everything was served as described.
All the staff was so friendly and nice. Many fine dining restaurants treat us with contempt for bringing our young children, but everyone at Davio’s was so warm.

TB
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

I would describe the food and atmosphere as adequate. Nothing special and nothing to “write home about”. The pasta was a bit watery but ok. The entree protein was a bit dry but fine. When you get to the price and value, I would say these are very close to Boston prices but not Boston quality. It’s convenient if you are there seeing a movie which is why we tend to go there.

MW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything but were disappointed in the lack of Christmas decorations !
We had looked forward to seeing them!

K
New England
557 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For all 4 of us, meals and wine choices were superb. Server was professional and extremely pleasant. All around, very nice. Pricy but with significant value.

E
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great anniversary lunch!

k
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We came to Davio’s before seeing a movie and were pleasantly surprised by the management staff that was visible throughout the evening. We did not have an issue that required a manager, but knowing they have their eyes on the floor was comforting. We started with the calamari which was very tender and not overcooked, but I would’ve liked more flavor from the aioli. We next had the braised short rib agnolotti appetizer portion which was outstanding. My boyfriend had the veal tenderloin and I had the flat iron steak, both were cooked perfectly and delicious. Overall very pleased with our experience and would definitely return and recommend.

AR
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding dinner !! The only drawback was that we had booked a window seat weeks in advance and when we got there there was a private party taking up the entire window area of the restaurant and no one had notified us when they called to confirm the reservation that we would be walled off from the view and in a separate area from what we wanted .. but we complained and the manager was very accommodating and sent wonderful appetizer to the table for our trouble .. that was a class move!
We will definitely return to this awesome restaurant .

E
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had amazing meals here last weekend at the Chestnut Hill location. I had the Cod and it was cooked perfectly, as was my husband's pasta chicken dish. Really great food.

AG
New England
41 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Thanksgiving Turkey dinner was by far overpriced $65. Small portions and not very good
The other meals were up to Davios usual standards
Skip the the Turkey next year!!
Also they could use a bit more help because the service was a little slow

MC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Davio’s, Chestnut Hill for Thanksgiving! Thank you!

MP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was SUCH a wonderful way to spend thanksgiving... the servers were all extremely prompt and pleasant... the food was INCREDIBLE (some of us got the traditional turkey dinner and others got scallops, tuna, and steak) everyone loved the food... the cocktails were also all incredible. I very rarely leave reviews- but the whole experience blew everyone’s expectations out of the park... so definitely felt that a review was well deserved! Will definitely go back for a holiday dinner!

OT
New England
22 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Davios for thanksgiving. No one wanted to cook. So we went out. It was awesome. We had a delicious meal and went home to a clean kitchen. They had a full menu plus a holiday special. The food was great, there was plenty of staff. It was expensive but worth it!

d
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Very, very slow service. Something tooth breaking in pasta. Server stated that they were not responsible because sauce was purchased from a different vendor...

DF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my birthday ON my birthday and loved it. There were nine of us, we got a private space and the staff were fantastic. Thank you for such a great celebration!!!

D
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

We've eaten at Davio's Chestnut Hill many, many times and have always enjoyed it. However, this last experience was so awful that it's unlikely that we'll ever return.

The service was terrible. It took well over half-an-hour for our entrees to arrive. We had ordered the calamari appetizer, but it was a very big portion and we decided to take about half of it home. We asked the server to package it up, which she did. However, when we got home, we discovered that she had neglected to include any of the dipping sauce -- an essential element of the dish.

My wife ordered the chicken livers -- a dish that we have had at Davio's many times and always liked it. This time, however, the meat tasted sour, like it was spoiled. We sent it back and told the server not to bother replacing it. Later, when she presented the check, the livers had not been deleted. They did remove the charge without argument once we pointed it out.

So our meal consisted of one order of the calamari appetizer, one order of the lobster risotto (which we ended up splitting because she had sent back her chicken livers), a glass of house pino, and a drink. The check (after the chicken livers had been removed and including tax but before tip) was just under $80. Not much to show for $80 plus tip.

Perhaps this was an off-night there. But even though we've always liked Davio's it'll be hard to give them a second chance.

B
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food as always was good. The service, not so much. Despite many staff wandering around in white jackets, the service was slow and the manager could be seen serving tables and even bussing them.

LE
New England
44 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent

N
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was exactly what I hoped it would be. Amazing food and fabulous service - highly recommend!

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Davio’s never disappoints. The food and service are exceptional. It is a bit pricey for lunch, but the rest of the amenities help to look past that. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion!

KG
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in the area and decided to stop in, knowing that Davio’s has an excellent gluten free menu. We were a bit early, actually prior to opening so we were asked to return in ten minutes which we did. Service at the time was prompt, seated and beverages offered quickly. We were actually between appointments so indicated our time constraint, and ordered quickly. We were offered the option to split a warm spinach salad which was delicious. I ordered the burger, which came with pan seared potatoes in place of the usual French fries, which were in a shared and thereby cross contaminated fryer, but the substitute was excellent. They were hot and crispy, but the burger itself was cooked perfectly, served with a dill pickle spear and lettuce and tomato on the side. My friend got a gluten free margherita pizza which was excellent with plenty left to take home. We ended the meal with excellent coffee and two of the deserts, the creme brûlée and the panna cotta, which were both served with fresh berries and were yummy. Great attention to details and attentive service.

GU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

CHARGE FOR DESERT WITH A CANDLE IN IT... SEEMED PETTY ON A $400 BILL.

B
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The AC was blowing freezing air as the temp outside was in the 40s. Unconfortable....

AS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, our waiter Rob was amazing! The food was very tasty!

M
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We thought for the money, the food was just OK. The portions were not generous enough to warrant the price tag

d
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply a great restaurant. The food is absolutely delicious. The service impeccable and its a beautiful place.

B
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a business meal. The food and service are outstanding. The tables large. The room able for conversation

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I was very happy with how accommodating the server was with my daughters peanut allergy. First place I’ve been that I have felt comfortable with what was served around her. Food was excellent, only issue was the apps and food took a long time.

SC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was birthday celebration

AA
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Signature drinks and atmosphere for a Girls' night out. Food is always excellent and table had just the right amount of light without being to dim or too bright. Highly recommend the chicken and saving room for dessert.

B
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We were so disappointed in Our dining experience this past time at Davios. The popovers ( which we usually love!) were so hard and cold!! And this isn’t the first time they’ve been that way unfortunately. The drinks were good. We got the special appetizer of the barrata appetizer. It was okay, the presentation was difficult to navigate on how to eat. The dinners were such a disappointment. I got the scallops dish- the corn was COLD and the scallops were burned on one side. My husband got the braised short ribs pasta dish, it was like cut up cubes of meat- not the usual braised short ribs presentation. It was our anniversary dinner and it wasn’t busy at all many empty tables which gives no excuse for the not so amazing dining. For the prices we pay as diners it should be much better. It’s pretty bad that while we were at dinner we were discussing how we needed to do a redo anniversary dinner

OT
New England
199 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Extensive menu, wide variety. The food is delicious and the portions are substantial. The servers are excellent, very attentive and helpful.

Delicious cocktails and outstanding desserts!

LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating. My son has a fish allergy and was extremely sensitive to that, more so than other similar type restaurants. Food was excellent, as was the service.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food service ambiance is always wonderful. Loved it!

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere great service and good outstanding food

DP
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, wonderful food, wonderful experience.

RJ
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent and food was quite good, but portion sizes not quite commensurate with menu prices.

K
New England
40 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The steak and veal dishes we ordered were delicious. The popovers and sauteed mushroom side dish were exceptional! The wait staff is ample and very professional.

NF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and outstanding meal. Calamari was perfect.

SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my husband here for his birthday. What an amazing time we had. Everything from greeting us at the door, the kind waitress, and the delicious food. It did not disappoint.

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