Trattoria Demi

4.5
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$30 and under
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Italian

Trattoria Demi has been a local favorite for over two decades. Eating here is like going to a small Trattoria in Sicily. Order the Italian classic Linguine Marinara with Meatballs, and you will find this to be true. The sauce is home made daily and the meatballs have a loyal following! Every dish is made fresh to order so special dietary requests are easily accommodated. Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options available.

At Trattoria Demi, patrons will always find an extensive wine collection to complement their dinner choices. Whether it is for a quick bite for lunch or a family gathering in the evening, this is the place to go for tasty Italian food.

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LS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delightful! Attentive service and delicious food.

TM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Was as usual great food but we were seated at one of the tables that is a main pathway. I’ll ask to not be seated there again and wait for a preferred area. Great restaurant and the staff and manager are wonderful.

DW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The veal was amazing, tender and flavorful. The service was very nice and the place is nicely decorated. We really enjoyed our evening.

SL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food, service and atmosphere were delightful!

MA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Decor was great. Waitress said it was a family business and everything was good on the menu. She was not very friendly at all.

m
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food! Great Company! All Around Amazing! Would Go Back In A Heartbeat!

RB
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

For the first time ever, Demi let us down. There were only two couples in the restaurant, but we waited 48 minutes for our food after ordering, and were not even offered bread, which usually comes right away. The one visible server was on the phone much of the time, then pulled up a chair and sat with one of the tables, whom she clearly knew. Such a weird experience, as when we go at lunch the service is friendly and prompt. We will likely not go back for dinner anytime soon.

CC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Italian food, neighborhood gem... small and quaint so make resies. Highly recommend the Linguine with clams and Mussels. Will return to taste other items on the menu!

CC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants in Evanston! Every meal has been delicious and great service.

v
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved it. Great food, great price.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food was delicious!

R
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful small,intimate Italian Bistro w very good food & service. If Miguel waits on you you will have the best! Anytime I am in Evanston, in the afternoon or evening it is a must stop location for dining!

M
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great spot for lunch. in downtown Evanston. Food was good and service great. Very much a local spot.

LS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding— and service was prompt and courteous. We can’t wait to come back!

MG
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place. Highly recommend. True Italian food and atmosphere.

CJ
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It became too loud for easy conversation. Food was good and service was also good.

LR
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place! Great food, friendly service.

K
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of many wonderful meals at this restaurant. The food , service and ambience are always A Plus! We will be back

J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my birthday and it was wonderful! Food and service were outstanding. Can’t wait to come and eat here again!

h
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

convenient place for after a movie--street parking--pasta gravy was fresh--good service--well paced--i'll be back

N
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently very good. Love the pasta dishes especially.
Service is efficient and friendly.
Really enjoy eating at Trattoria Demi.

DC
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went back a 2nd time is was so good !!!!

DC
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious !!! It was so good we made plans to go back next week !!

RF
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well balanced menu. Really tasty. We got pasta dishes but the ladies at Ergo Salon next door say they often order the pizzas which they love. I took their advice and booked a reservation which is recommended because it fills up quickly. Will definitely go again.

H
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best restaurants I've eaten at recently. It's obvious they care about everything -- the food, the service, the prices. All food was excellent, service excellent, prices excellent. The menu was very broad with lots of vegetarian options. Would be helpful if they could somehow cut down on ambient noise, because while less loud than most restaurants, it still required raised voices to talk across the table. We're going back with other friends in a few weeks.

MC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I read it was a small restaurant so expected that, I guess I expected tablecloths so the bare tables
were a turnoff. The service was fine, it got busier as evening went on, noise level low. The appetizer was delicious and so was each of our dinners. We felt it was a hidden gem. Wish I lived closer so I could return often. They seemed to do a busy take-out business too.

JN
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting the area for a Soccer ID Camp at Loyola. Found this little gem in Evanston. Great place, cozy, busy, and food was great! If we ever come back, we will go back there.

S
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice local and quiet place to meet friends for dinner!

C
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This restaurant is just OK. Nothing special. Wine list is very limited. Food was good but nothing impressive. I am sure there are better restaurants in Evanston.

N
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. I frequent this adorable Italian place and every time is a great experience

MK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food always good at reasonable price

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a cute place. Good food. A little hard to find. Our nav gave some strange directions.
The owners were active and involved in the serving.

JB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything about the restaurant was average. The shrimp in my pasta was very tiny and there were not very many of them. The dish was not inexpensive. They had no airconditioning on a pretty hot night.

B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Not the best of experiences. My pasta sauce ( angel hair with artichokes) was still boiling when the server placed it in front of me. The server vanished and I had to wait a good 10 minutes before I could eat it.
The bathroom had no soap in it- again there was no one to remedy the situation...ugh.
Unfortunately we have crossed this neighborhood restaurant off of our list. Too bad

OT
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty food. Graciously and promptly served. Sandwiches are an especially good value. Meatball Sammie was delish.

R
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

An enjoyable evening with delicious food and attentive service. We sat at one of the few sidewalk tables on a warm summer evening which was preferable to the conversation-challenged indoor space. We have lunched at Trattoria Demi several times but this was our first dinner there. We will definitely return to this neighborhood gem which offers good value for their well prepared, Italian influenced fare. The limoncello creme brulee with berries for dessert is not to be missed.

CC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food great! We didn't get any bread though. And the bathrooms...

m
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , friendly staff. I will definitely return

RB
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Trattoria Demi never disappoints. The pasta special was delicious, the salads fresh, and the service was professional and warm.

s
Chicago
129 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Went with friends - the salads are large and delicious, and the tagliatelle with mushrooms, and the steak were wonderful.