Trattoria Gianni

4.6
1100 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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 1100 People Are Saying
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m
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Post theater dining Food and service were outstanding Don’t think enough of the people at the theater knew restaurant was open after 10pm

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Key West
13 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous all around

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed when dining here

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KS
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice neighborhood place. The food was enjoyed by everyone.

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NC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had Saturday night dinner and from the ambiance to the service to the food, it was all an A+ for a reasonable price. This Italian gem in Lincoln Park did not disappoint starting with the warm italian bread, the risotto ball appetizers and beet salad to the veal scallopini, fresh pasta and amazing deserts. The food was traditional with some interesting twists, portions not too big and the service was impeccable. I loved the simple elegance of the decor and when the bill came, I was pleasantly surprised at the price - very reasonable. I see why they have been there for 30 years. I would definitely recommend.

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TP
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming to Trattoria GIanni for 28 years. The food is amazing and it is truly an Italian Trattoria. I know as I lived in Rome for some time and did business there for many years. You will not be disappointed and their outdoor seating is the best!

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B
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming here for years and have never been disappointed!

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M
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always and a fantastic outdoor garden!

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OT
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Trattoria food Italian style not American Italian (this is better). Decent prices, good location.

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N
Chicago
219 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Served Roman Meal sliced toast as bread. Nothing more needs to be said. Don't bother. Waste of time.

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MF
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good Location for Outside Dining. Recommendation for the Day (T-Bone Steak with. spinach) very good. Friendly service. Fair prices.

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta is always delicious! Service is great! People are friendly!

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Dined at Trattorio Gianni this past Sunday. It is my favorite Italian restaurant in the Chicago area. The food is excellent! Our party of nine comfortably sat outside in the side patio area. I highly recommend making your next reservation at Trattorio Gianni.

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N
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoy outdoor dining during the summer. Good food etc

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was great! I couldn’t believe it wasn’t more crowded.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The grilled calamari is not on the menu but 100% recommended!

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MC
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-theater dinner. Sat on patio. Lovely. Good food, good service as usual. Always look forward to a nice meal.

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OB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went here pre-theater. The ambiance was typical Italian- a bit crowded and very warm. They had the restaurant open to the patio so II am sure that contributed to the warmth and humidity. Our server was lively and they had our reserved table ready despite being very crowded. We had a beat salad that was good but not great- a little weak on the seasoning and the blue cheese was too bitter with the arugula. We had a house salad as well which was very lack- luster- romaine, a few radish slices, one tomato wedge..... and Linguine with Scallops (which also had a few shrimp strangely.). It was delicious, al dente, not too oily or greasy and the scallops were not over cooked. For dessert a delicious tiramisu- a highlight! I’d go back just for that. Big portion on the tiramisu, glad we shared. They got us out in plenty of time for the theater. I’ll probably be back for the convenience and the dessert. Pricing was a bit high for what you got - not giant portions like at some Italian places.

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I discovered Gianni while we were dating and regularly attending Steppenwolf Theater over a dozen years ago. Three kids, and a move out of state later, we went on our first Friday night date night in many, many years.

Trattoria Gianni did not disappoint!! The ambiance is romantic and friendly. The staff is polite, friendly, and knowledgeable. We even recognized the host from our courting days!

The pasta here is simply off the charts! We both ordered the same dish we used to enjoy there. It was better than we remembered. We are going to start making a monthly trek into the city for this GEM!

Make a plan to check it out soon! You will not regret it. $13 valet out front is convenient, and a bargain.

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SM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Birthday dinner before Steppenwolf play

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SC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a great place to eat before Steppenwolf especially when it’s patio weather.

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f
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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RT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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M
Grand Rapids
41 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely little old world Italian restaurant. An actress from a current Steppenwolf play was at the next table but we didn't bother her (it's a great place for before or after a show there). Extremely attentive staff. Good wine list with lots of great Italian choices. The arancini and the pasta were good, and I think we had tiramisu and it was really good. Overall a very positive experience, particularly the great service.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Homemade pasta was amazing !

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DR
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

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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G
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Indiana
23 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Indiana
22 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TA
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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RA
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and ambiance.

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GG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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M
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as always!

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s
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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G
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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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V
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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