Trattoria Demi

4.4
176 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 176 people are saying
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CaroleR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, food is consistently excellent . Have been dining here since they opened and is still our favorite little Italian place !

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SheilaL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It's a cozy restaurant but given the way they set up the tables, it doesn't feel crowded. The wait staff are great. The food is quite good. If you want a place for a good bet pasta for all tastes, then Trattoria Demi is your pick. Because of the small size, reservations recommended!

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vipRallyhbm
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Service and staff were superb, but
- pasta was greasy, in a pool of oil
- clamari was chewy and not flavorful
- there was no cocktails (only wine and beer)
- glasses were upside down on the table, which is not particularly clean
- bread was bland
- veggies under the grilled salmon were overcooked

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maureenc
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem of a restaurant. Excellent food and service.

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StephenS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great place for lunch or dinner. Always good food at good prices.

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Sara
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We loved the first dish we had which was the grilled octopus. We then shared the pizza which was sub par. I have had better frozen pizzas. This was very disappointing. We had a couple pasta dishes as well which were decent but nothing to write home about.

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SuzK
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We arrived early and they were able to seat us without any issue. It was also my son's birthday and they kindly brought his dessert with a lighted candle on it.

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YessicaD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The dish that I had, angel hair pasta with artichokes and marinara, was delicious, nicely presented, with good service. An enjoyable experience.

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Sarah
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with my sister for dinner. Extremely affordable but super delicious.

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vipghollander
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Trattoria Demi is a classic college town restaurant. Certainly, markedly better than other Italian restaurants nearby, but it’s only as good as it has to be. It’s a B-plus student surrounded by C-and D-students, content to coast along on its strengths without really striving for the A it could easily earn.
The clearly talented team in the kitchen turn out delicious (if not particularly inspired) renditions of Italian classics. It’s good food, but there’s nothing here you’ll crave or rave about. We had a branzino that was tasty but the accompanying beans and broth were far more flavorful. We also had “stuffed” gnocchi that were weighed down by the under seasoned ricotta they contained but redeemed by the creamy tomato sauce they were served in.

Ambiance could be improved just be turning the lights down a bit. I found myself distracted by the random assemblage of floral prints and posters on the walls, most of which seem like their size and shape were the chief factors in deciding if they would be hung on the walls or not.

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vipEliza
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Authentic! A gem in Evanston!

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Buster
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was very good, and service was attentive. Would definitely go back again.

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Juliak
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great setting and food!

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AmbCher
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If it was socially acceptable to have licked our plates, we would have. The food here is TO DIE FOR and our waitress was
wonderful

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familyoffour
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family meal with great vegetarian options, wine list and bread

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. I lived the paintings on the wall

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vipMattS
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

I made a reservation and upon entering we were greeted by a very overworked and grumpy server. I stood around for 10 minutes waiting for acknowledgement and to see if there was a host stand. No luck.

He was pushy and forelcefull to take the order within minutes of sitting down and and was unable to give any info on dishes. We eat a lot of salad and the side salad was the size of a coffee saucer and was $5! A total ripoff. We had Tagliatelle w/mushroom & farfalle with Chicken. Both were flavorful BUT SWIMMING IN OIL...

Not rushing back after this experience.

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LynnB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Restaurant was slammed on a Sat night. Service was stressed but still attentive, food was promptly served and well-prepared. Noise level was very high due to packed room and two loud tables near us.

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vipKkln
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been visiting this restaurant for many years and I’ve always loved it. The service is great. The atmosphere is lovely. The food is delicious!

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vipAnneR
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

we were there early - so very few people and was quiet.

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maria
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere. Make a reservation. You will not be disappointed.

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BobH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming here for 25 years, and we will keep coming back.

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LSD70
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Everything about this place was wrong! The server, manager was so busy working the order lines that we had to go to the bar and ask if it was self serve. This was after watching it in the window for a good ten minutes.
The worst lasagne ever. One ribbon of noodle sloped with béchamel folded over sauced with cheese.
The pizza was identical to a Toms frozen pizza, which was better.
Way overpriced for the service and quality of food. Never will go back.
John and Chris

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vipRuthM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It was my first time visiting the restaurant. Overall the service was wonderful and attentive- 5 stars there. My date and I shared the calamari which always delicious- fresh and light. We ordered the octopus as well- absolutely spectacular It was my entree that fell short- pasta shells in tomato cream sauce, and i added chicken. The pasta was was over-sauced, and the chicken was tough. I didn’t finish it.
Maybe it was an off night- and maybe just the wrong entree. I may go back again for the appetizers and the great service.

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vipLisaR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding little italian place in downtown Evanston. Worth a visit!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The pasta was great. Would not recommend the mussels.

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LIsaM
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an awesome find! Fabulous food and service was excellent!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only one other table was occupied everyone seems to be following social distancing guidelines. Great lunch specials.

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vipEmbryo49
Chicago
512 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was terrific about our dinner here! The small room was definitely reminiscent of places in Italy. Our server, Denise was great and interesting to talk to. The food and wine menus provided many choices for which to return! My wife and I shared a great Caesar salad to start. Her entree, a generous lamb shank, fell off the bone, and was tender and delicious. My veal scallopine was unique: tender fillets lightly coated, in a creamy Marsala sauce, were amazing; just as distinctive, besides the side of spinach, was the accompanying bleu cheese cubes! It all worked, to my surprise! Prices were very reasonable, and overall left with a very positive impression, as well talking about when we’d go back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was a lovely evening and the food was amazing.

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JasonB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and they're open! Lets keep it that way!

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bjt1971
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great little place we found in Chicago. The food and service were excellent! We’ll definitely go again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience coming here for the first time! The ambiance was wonderful, customer service was great, & food was delicious! I will definitely be returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food

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Ahmad
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and even beautiful view of downtown Evanston! Fully recommend their outdoor setup!

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Nice
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place was phenomenal came at a time that wasn't too crowded food was great servers were attentive great choice

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Bread was great. Service was fast but you could tell some things were precooked based on taste. It was fine.

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Braintrust
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Would definitely go again and recommend it to my friends.

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Babs
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

When packed can be very loud. Good range of items on menu. Very good value.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Valentines day

FAQs

Trattoria Demi offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 332-2330.

Trattoria Demi is rated 4.4 stars by 176 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.