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Date
Mon, 4/23
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10:30 PM
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Vinci

4.4
1644 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
Vinci serves up hearty Italian food to comfort and satisfy. Beautiful Da Vinci style murals, floor to ceiling wine racks, and soft lighting create a warm and comfortable spot in the heart of Lincoln Parks theater district. Vinci also offers wine dinners on the second Wednesday of each month.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 2:30pm - 8:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:30 - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(312) 266-1199
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Paul Loduca
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Private party facilities
Vinci may accommodate parties of 15-200.
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Private party contact
Aykut Sinanoglu: (866) 405-1730
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Catering
Country Italian style cuisine.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Halsted St and Willow St
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Parking details
Valet parking $14.00
Street parking is also available.
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Public transit
Red Line Clybourn/North

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Special events & promotions
Monthly regional wine dinners
every second Wednesday,
4 course dinner with 3 different wines,
@7:00 p.m.
$50.00 per person
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1644 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
service
4.2
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4.1
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Loved the food~ will definitely return. The pasta meal I had with cauliflower & bread crumbs was unique and sooo tasty. As I looked at the menu and about the room to observe what others were having I saw many wonderfully tempting choices. The serving sizes were perfect ...took home & finished it off after a late evening at the theater.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We really enjoyed our time at Vinci!
The restaurant was still quiet when we arrived for an early dinner but it soon was packed and the noise level was loud! We did notice that being 30 year olds (who already look young) we were easily the youngest couple in the restaurant. Just FYI! This isn’t a young and hip restaurant but it’s definitely worth going!
The woman who took our order was amazing and really made us feel right at home. She talked to us a little bit about the menu and helped us decide between dishes. We guessed she owned the place but not sure on that. Really sweet lady!
The handmade pasta dishes are excellent and I’m already looking forward to eating my leftovers tomorrow.
The veal was perfect, as well.
Dessert was pana cotta and it was yummy, too!!
Overall, no complaints.

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Seated right on time, drink order taken and delivered timely. Food order was taken timely as well and food came with a reasonable wait. However serviced slowed as the dining room filled, with one waiter taking orders and bringing the check it took some time to get out of there once we were finished with our meal. The table wasn't cleared of plates and we had to chase the waiter down from the check. Could have used another server to keep the guests happy on a busy Saturday night. Food was good, not sure I would go back with so many other choices in the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Superb service from host to waiter and bus staff, delicious food and large portions at reasonable prices (think leftovers). Waiter exceptionally kind and attentive, allowing us to have 20 minutes to walk to Steppenwolf. Highly recommended.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

The sausage and goat cheese appetizer was good. The frito misty was crisp, but a little greasy. The octopus was rubbery and our two pasta dishes , the pappardelle and a special of spaghetti were way salty and lacked balance. The diplomatic dessert which was supposed to have dark chocolate mousse, had a light colored mousse that wasn’t chocolaty enough.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Very nice atmosphere and good food. I’m gluten free and appreciated the gluten free menu. The gf pasta was quite good but I would recommend adding sauce to the veggie pasta.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Amazing combo Steppanwolf and Vinci makes a great day

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Good service, wonderful food, cozy place, friendly people

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

This is the second time we have chosen Vinci pre-post theatre. Once again a delightful meal; extremely attentive service; an obvious neighborhood spot as we saw others pouring in the door, being greeted and meeting up with friends. Valet service is an added benefit for those of us driving in from the northwest suburbs!!!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This place never disappoints. I particularly like their wine list, excellent wines at reasonable prices. Very efficient service which is important given how many of patrons are going to local theaters.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Where can you go for a great meal in a cozy/homey space when last minute you have a group of 6 on a Saturday night? Vinci! Consistently good food, unique specials, and staff who are knowledgeable and attentive - there when you need them yet not hovering when you don't.
Great neighborhood spot.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Delicious, high-quality food and great service! Would highly recommend

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

The meal, service, wine accompaniment, and atmosphere made for a most enjoyable evening.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Would have been better if table of loud teenagers weren’t across from us! Father didn’t reprimand and with other customers complaining manager should have talked to them! We had to keep asking to quiet down. Not enjoyable!

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Great place for special day events, birthdays, anniversaries, visitors dinners out etc. It's also good as just a place to go for good food and service. The dining space is very relaxing and is not crowded or uncomfortably noisy. There is a wide variety of Italian food on the regular menu and a specials menu with some more unusual dishes. Service is excellent and prompt. All and all a very good restaurant to go for a special dinner and just to treat your self to a great meal.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

We had a lovely dinner at our favorite table with our favorite waiter.
The food was wonderful. We shared a pizza with onions and butternut squash. The crust was delicate and flaky. It was probably the best pizza I have ever had.
I had a salad with endive and crunchy pair and my friend had the minestrone soup. She couldn't stop raving about it.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

The bartender is great - started the evening in the bar with some wine and appetizers. Later had dinner in the dining room. Food service was surprisingly fast. Enjoyed the salmon and the pork chop. Service was attentive. Good alternative if you're attending an event at the Steppenwolf or the theater building across the street.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Bartender may a fabulous gin cocktail. Food and service was absolutely perfect. Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This is a perfect place to eat either before or after theatre at Steppenwolf or Royal George. The food was delicious and they have a tremendous number of gluten free items...which both of us have to have, including pizza and pasta and they have GF bread, too, to dip in the delicious olive oil! We will certainly go back.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Good food. Close to Steppenwolf and Royal George
Theaters.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Vinci is always great. Their Bellinis are delicious and the salmon with quinoa that I had was fabulous! Service was awesome!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We went before going to the theatre. The frittata was good.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Friendly knowledgeable service. Great authentic Italian food. Nice wine selection. Perfect for dinner before or after a theater performance at nearby Steppenwolf.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Service and food were great! Enjoyed every minute there and so convenient to Steppenwolf Theater.

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Small criticism. We had a large party (10) for a special birthday dinner. The restaurant seemed quite understaffed for the evening and were very overwhelmed by the moderate dinner crowd (although they tried very hard). We were seated about 30 minutes after our original reservation. They managed pretty well once we were seated and everyone enjoyed themselves.

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1.0Dined on February 19, 2018

We’ve been here many times before. We’ll never go back. We had a reservation for a table for two for a Sunday evening. No one greeted us when we arrived. We stood there for several awkward moments before they showed us to a table right in the highest traffic pattern of the restaurant. The service was terrible we had to wait at least half an hour to get an offer for an appetizer or glass of wine. The food was terrible. In fact, if we had not been going to the theater later that evening, we would have returned the pasta dish that we ordered. All in all, a really terrible dining experience at a place that used to be fun and familiar.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

While the food that me and my girlfriend ordered were decent, it was the gelato and sorbet that we really enjoyed during the meal. We ordered the gnocchi and the pappardelle which was satisfactory at most, they were ok but nothing really special. The gelato and sorbet really saved our meal in Vinci. Service was pretty good and the food arrived fairly fast for the number of people in the restaurant, since we came in with the restaurant pretty packed. Overall it's was a decent experience

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

My wife and I ate at Vinci as we usually do before attending Steppenwolf Theatre. While we always enjoy our dinners there, the food was even better than usual. I am not sure if they have a new chef, but there were some new items on the menu and the vegetables served with the meals were very creatively prepared. Our service was very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable, as usual.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Very enjoyable. Food was excellent. Perfect Maple Manhattan was indeed Perfect and very good too. We will be back. Perfect pre show the staff is very aware of curtain times at Steppenwolf.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Vinci is really good. One of our favorite restaurants

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

We often eat at Vinci prior to seeing a show at Steppenwolf Theaatre. We love the warm friendly atmosphere and the food and service never disappoints. It has a great bartender as well.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Great ambiance, terrific service, and delicious food. The only negative was that my husband and I were seated in a semi-private alcove, which could have been fabulous. However, the only other table nearby (and RIGHT next to us) was a group of six or eight co-workers and we could hear every word of their non-stop conversations. So less romantic and more forced eavesdropping than we would have liked.

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2.0Dined on February 11, 2018

My wife and I dined at Vinci after a performances at the Steppenwolf Theater on February 11, 2018 We have dined at Vinci a number of times in the past after performances. Compared to our prior visits we felt that Vinci had declined in several areas. The service was mediocre. The bread was stale. The house wine was a lesser quality. The food was also lesser quality. Our dining experience was disappointing and we are unlikely to return.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The coffee could be better, but otherwise the food was good.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

We had a big group and the service was outstanding in meeting our needs. All the food was delicious and fresh. Wines were good.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We celebrated our sister's birthday again at Vinci. They are so nice, accomodating, wonderful food and ambience!

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Our favorite place to eat before Steppenwolf. Very convenient, good food, almost always good service. This time the service wasn't as good as usual, but we have been there many, many times, so we will overlook that and return soon.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

After Steppenwolf, Vinci is our "go to." Always great food, attentive staff and good value. The imaginative cocktails always hit the mark. Go easy on the fantastic bread, or you'll be full before your meal comes.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Consistent and tasty, if a little sauce heavy. Went for brunch and asked for a bit of bread and butter. They brought two small slices of ordinary white bread and charged me $2.00. That was just annoying. I think B&B should be included with brunch egg dishes. Call me crazy.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Good food, good service and perfect for after theatre.

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