Vinci

4.6
2009 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

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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.
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Curly
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

There were lots of people there - it's clearly popular. The service was excellent. But the food was not that good - some dishes were just okay, but others didn't have a lot of flavor. We will not return.

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vipmdillon41
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect Italian restaurant in the theater district along Halstead. We had a great salad and split the family portion of ravioli with spinach and cheeses. We haven't been in a while but will definitely go back soon.

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RolandS
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really lovely time at Vinci! I brought a friend for her birthday and they provided a complimentary tiramisu for dessert to cap off a really excellent meal. I had the really delicious spaghetti dish that had roasted cauliflower, kale and squash -- really good for fall and very creative.

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vipLaraineS
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had guests visiting for the Thanksgiving weekend and my husband and I suggested Vinci for a post-Thanksgiving dinner. The food and service were excellent. Included in our group were 2 children and they particularly liked the pizza Margarita, which I also found to be delicious. We also ordered several pasta dishes—the squid ink with shrimp was superb as was the penne à la vodka and a gnocchi dish. We also ordered several delicious salads —a caprese and a mixed green—which we all shared and found to be excellent. A bottle of a fine Gavi wine was a perfect match for a simple but wonderful dinner.

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vipIIJL
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a pleasure to be back at Vinci, especially following a Steppenwolf Theatre production.
The food was delicious, the service exceptional and the atmosphere warm and friendly.
Wishing all the best to this time-tested and reliable restaurant as it continues to survive and thrive through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We were headed to Steppenwolf for the 8 pm performance and Vinci’s was a perfect place to grab dinner before the curtain.
Bread and oil was served when we were seated. Yummy and warm. We both got pasta dishes. Portions and flavor were great. Dessert of panna cotta and creme brûlée was the perfect finish.
The only disappointment was the delay in getting our order taken…after seating us they sorta forgot us. Once we reminded them we were there they were very attentive and helpful
Highly recommend.

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Lakesider
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Reliably delicious dinner for a pre steppenwolf dinner. Vey good service. Tables a little too close together for comfort and quite noisy for conversation, but wonderful to see a full restaurant again!!

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StevenO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service with no music and little background noise.

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AndreaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I went to Vinci before the theater. I’ve gone there for years. Service is always excellent and I like the bright open rooms. She had squid past and I had the vegetarian pasta with veggies and breadcrumbs. I always enjoy this place!

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Scooter
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great option for dinner before show at Steppenwolf. Very good food, great service. Classic Italian dishes. Chianti available by 1/4 or 1/2 bottle.

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Corliss
New Mexico
18 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Vinci was top grade. We were on our way to Steppenwolf Theater,a nd evedryone at the restaurant knew this and accomodated everything fromt iming to orders coming in sequence. I am gluten free and absolutely love the menu which my friends shared with me and enjoyed. Thank you for being INVINCIBLE!!

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Margie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good for a pre-theater dinner if you're going to the Steppenwolf Theater.

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Michael
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a nice experience at Vinci. Grilled meats/fowl/fish are especially strong, but the varying daily specials are always worth a look. Service is attentive and friendly.

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vipMonikita
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fantastic. The food was super delicious. The staff went out of their way to make our dinner great. We will come back again. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of food and wines, including by the glass. Everything we had--there were four of us--was delicious. Service was attentive and welcoming. We will be back!

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FriendlyConfines
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the food and cozy atmosphere. Arugula salad was great. The rigatoni with sausage and broccoli had almost no sausage and broccoli, though it tasted good. The Pappardelle with short ribs was great as was the chicken saltimbocca, though the chicken was a bit dry. Would definitely come back.

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Wendy
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Haven’t been to Vinci in years, the ambiance is still lovely. The squid ink pasta was excellent, highly recommended. But I also recommend skipping the pizza. The pizza we ordered was a disappointment, doughy crust and while mushroom with squash. sounded good the ingredients did not blend well together and there was just too much on the pizza.

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RobertK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service, food and ambience were very good not to mention the wine dinner value.......thanks Vinci!

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JohnS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at vinci! Date was a first timer who wants to go back

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RichardD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lunch sitting outside. Food and service amazing. You should go!

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vipClaireS
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the highest quality food and service. Every server outstanding.

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vipwwkiii
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Surprisingly empty for a Saturday night but awfully good food nonetheless. Very friendly staff, great bar area. Our first time there but we'd certainly go back

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Jianguo
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is excellent. Food is just about the right portion, super delicious and refined.

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Helene60610
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been going to Vinci since it opened, probably 30 years. It has only gotten better as time goes on. We had the best server, and the food, as usual, was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food served beautifully

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to place a reservation at Vinci despite never going before simply because we were in the area and the menu looked great. The menu size is in the sweet spot of being large enough to ensure that you have a tough time choosing what to eat, yet not too large that you end up getting lost in the choices.

First things first, the service was incredible. We made the silly decision to sit outside not long before the sun started to set, so it quickly got cold and we realized we would be more comfortable inside. That was no problem to them. We got reseated and given fresh bread, oil, and water. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wines, as well. The staff always gave us time to finish our courses and we never felt rushed or forgotten about. Once we finished our plates someone was there to clear them and ensure that everything tasted great.

Next, the food quality. Especially considering the price point of this restaurant, this is some of the best Italian food I have had a while. For appetizers, we ordered the 3 meat meatballs and the roasted baby eggplant. Both were hot, fresh, and delicious (especially the eggplant!). For entrees, my date ordered the roasted hen and I ordered the homemade pappardelle with braised short ribs. We were actually informed that the pappardelle was just made an hour before our arrival, so the pasta was truly fresh! Both dishes were fantastic, and the short ribs were my personal star of the show.

Finally, when dessert came around we were planning on ordering something to split. To our surprise instead, our waiter brought us out a complimentary blueberry Creme brûlée with a candle to celebrate our anniversary that I mentioned in the reservation. It was a wonderful dessert, and a wonderful way to finish off the entire experience at Vinci.

Thank you so much for the fantastic quality food and service even on a Wednesday evening!

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LisaH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service! Will come again!

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vipuppercase360
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Vinci -- it's a wonderful neighborhood spot with great service and the veal tagliatelle is amazing.

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BCRA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I will never visit again. There was no one at the door or bar to seat us, so there was no point in making a reservation. It took us a solid 10 minutes to flag someone down to help us and honestly, I should have just left. The food and drinks were subpar.

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foodie
Tucson
35 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered chicken liver pate, trout almondine and mussels. All were excellent.

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GinnyE
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal. It was in a back room which was quiet. My dad is hard of hearing so that was perfect. The food was marvelous. Great selection of wine and beer.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the cocktails sublime.

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vipDisappointment
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The eggplant appetizer was great. Nice touch to have gluten free bread. Hen was moist.

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vipcitychica
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We sat outside on a beautiful evening. The wait staff was very attentive and helpful with food recommendations. Everything on the menu sounded delicious. We ordered the Spaghetti and the Pappardelle based on our waiters suggestion.
We finished the meal sharing the Tiramasu for dessert! WOW best I've had.

We will definitely got back!

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PatriciaK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming place, excellent food. My SO said it was the best meal she has ever had in Chicago. The staff were knowledgeable and attentive and the bartender was fantastic. Can’t wait to go back!

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jordy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really loved our meal at Vinci. We started off with the grilled sausage as an appetizer and it was fantastic--so flavorful. My wife had the spaghetti and I went with the chicken saltimbocca. I've never had chicken saltimbocca before--if the one at Vinci is anything to go by, I've found my favorite chicken dish ever! We wrapped it up by splitting the cappuccino cheesecake and it was perfect. We were both stuffed--portions are generous and the *perfect* cup of coffee at the end of the meal really tied it all together.

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vipJoyful
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The service is always attentive and lovely at Vinci's. The brunch was delicious as were the Bellinis. Was grateful to be outside but we were essentially eating on the sidewalk.

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Adobo
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Wonderful service. Food was flavorful.

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vipPatty
Chicago
128 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vinci is a great Italian restaurant! Consistently delicious food, friendly, efficient service, and a relaxing atmosphere. I can’t wait for Steppenwolf Theatre to re-open so Vinci gets it’s clientele base back!

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Ellen
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the meatball appetizer, rigatoni, and ravioli!! service was soo great, what a treat!

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You can order delivery directly from Vinci using the Order Online button.

Vinci is rated 4.6 stars by 2009 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.