Trattoria Gianni

4.5
1078 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
Since its doors opened in 1988, Gianni Delisi’s family-run Italian trattoria has flourished as a mainstay on the Chicago restaurant scene. Enhance your dining experience and opt to sit out under the stars in our NEW 96 SEAT AL FRESCO DINING AREA - NOW OPEN! Trattoria Gianni's menu features a diverse selection of regional Italian cuisine, augmented with superb daily specials and an array of delectable desserts to delight your palate. Gianni's boasts an extensive wine list, a full bar and a special selection of grappas. The restaurant has been awarded 3 stars from the Chicago Tribune, 3 1/2 stars from the Chicago Sun Times and has consistently received excellent ratings from Zagats.
Located in the heart of the Lincoln Park theatre district -- directly across the street from Steppenwolf theatre and a few doors north of The Royal George -- Trattoria Gianni's has long been a dining destination for theatergoers before and after the shows.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Sunday Brunch: 1:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 266-1976
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gianni Delisi
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Willow
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Parking details
Valet and Street parking.
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Public transit
Halsted bus #8 at Willow. Red Line at Clybourn and North Avenue.
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Special events & promotions
Please call us to arrange any of your special needs. We plan events for parties up to 100 people. 312-266-1976
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1078 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Great branzino. Nice selection of wine by the glass. Friendly service

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Despite having a confirmed reservation, the restaurant was closed with no explanation. We called and got an answering machine. We left a message with our phone number, but it was never returned. We left 10 minutes after our reservation time, when there was still no activity in the restaurant and it was all dark. Very disappointing.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

It was one of our favorites. We took our friends from SF to a true Chicago Italian restaurant. We were able to enjoy dining on the outside patio. It was a very pleasant evening.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Homemade pasta was amazing !

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was fair and nothing that we had in our group of eight was outstanding or memorable. Service was excellent and sitting outside was very good however I’d be hard-pressed to recommend this restaurant. Pricing was high for the quality of food you received and on averageWithout a lot of drinking we spend around $75 per person.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The food was absolutely delicious and the service was amazing. We had dinner on the patio and it was very romantic. Nice little gem of a restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We loved Trattoria Gianni so much we went there TWO NIGHTS IN A ROW! We had different meals each night, and enjoyed all equally.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

The ambiance, food, and service were all OUTSTANDING! We will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We six people go to Trattoria Gianni after seeing a show at Steppenwolf. We have gone there for years. And we will continue. The food is always good and sometimes unique. The server will explain it all. When I asked for a beer of which I was not sure of the name, our server remembered recommending a special Rosa beer to me two years ago, which was very good—-I remember it was——but they couldn’t get it any more. It is homey to be remembered and have an honest recommendation. The owner knows what table we had last time and got a better table for us. And so on. A good neighborhood restaurant that knows when to let you alone to talk and enjoy the food.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Excellent service, food and ambiance.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Dining before a theater performance on a beautiful Friday eve alfresco was fantastic. Attentive service, excellent pasta and seafood with delicious salads made for an excellent start of a beautiful Chicago evening. Will return most definitely!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

I wanted to take my parents out for a nice meal in Lincoln Park and we stumbled across Trattoria Gianni, I’m very glad we did. Excellent service, food and drinks. The staff was amazing, our server was pleasant and had great suggestions! The food was outstanding. My parents agreed it was the best meal the have had in quite awhile. Even 2 days after the meal, they couldn’t stop raving about it. I will definitely be back soon!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Classically prepared Italian food that is simple and flavorful. Very good service. The atmosphere is simple and quaint. Solid surfaces everywhere make the room a bit louder than you would expect, so if you looking for a quiet space, sit on the patio.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We love this restaurant especially when we’re able to sit outside. Food and service are consistently top notch. We highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Excellent food and service as always!

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

We went to Trattoria Gianni for a pre-theater dinner. The weather was pleasant so we dined al fresco which was delightful. As always, the food is consistently very good and the service is terrific and not obtrusive. Although I usually select a pasta dish, I went with the branding fish and vegetable dish this time and it was an excellent selection. Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

The patio is great for most any occasion. The food, service and host are friendly and professional. It's an excellent restaurant for a relaxing, reliable meal.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

As usual, Trattoria Gianni did not disappoint. There patio is phenomenal, the service is great and the food is always delicious.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Love the branzino and the gnocchi!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Four of dined on Friday evening on the terrace. The food was up to it’s usual standards. The service was quick and attentive. It’s a great place to eat outdoors when the weather is good.

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

The patio is adorable and the food is decent, but the service was terrible.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Dinner before Steppenwolf theater. We hadn’t eaten here recently. But after this we’ll be returning sooner rather than later.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Really fun place near the theater. Menu selections were incredibly authentic. Preparation and presentation of food was great. Nice wine selection. We will be back

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Good food, reasonable prices!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

One of the best outdoor patios in Lincoln Park — complete with heaters to counter a late evening chill. And fine versions of traditional Italian — chicken Limone, fried risotto balls, baked tilapia. Wines by the glass could use some improvement, but the overall experience and the accessible pricing keep bringing us back to “johnny.”

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great experience! Loved the food and atmosphere!!

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Special recommendation for Steppenwolf attendees. Very good food quality at reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Food is amazing. Love that half portions are available. Fun and quirky staff,

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We ate on the patio. Nice experience. Good food - I had chicken breast over spinach. Tender and tasty.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Server was the best!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Great food, very good, reasonably-priced Italian wine list, and wonderful ambience outside on the patio!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We were celebrating a special occasion and Gianni’s was the perfect place. The service was fantastic, and the food even better! The calamari was perfectly breaded, and the branzino melted in my mouth. I highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Always excellent and Gianni is always there to greet you and make certain everything is okay. The food has never disappointed. It is a mixture of both the South of Italy and Northern cooking but they will make anything you'd like, if they have the ingredients. My favorite has always been Pollo Diavolo - roasted devil's chicken!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We were from out of town Boston looking for real Italian food. Excellent.We found the owner and staff very friendly and treated you like they knew you all your life. You have to go. Thank you.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

I may have been to Trattoria Gianni more than any other Chicago restaurant. It has good food, a nice Italian-oriented wine list, and friendly servers. We always enjoy a family dinner here. This Mother's Day was no exception

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Everything was fantastic

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

It was wonderful! Beginning to end!

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Food was delicious...exellent Tiramisu and Marco was very attentive! Salad and main arrived together. But place went from no one when we walked in...to completely full by the time our dinner came out. Never felt rushed. Overall very nice dining experience!

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We always enjoy having dinner here before theater. Service is consistently good and friendly. The menu is board enough we can find something we are happy with.
When weather permits its pleasant to sit outside in the courtyard.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We keep going back. Gianni continues to make a damned fine martini. Our waitress was bloody fantastic. The food was interesting, nicely arranged and quick.

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