Trattoria Gianni

4.5
1126 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 1126 People Are Saying
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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Pasta was good. Meat dish portion was too small; my husband left hungry. We had to ask for cheese to be grated - no one came to ask. Server knew we were trying to get to the theater but did not come check on us in time for us to order dessert. Seating was near a window & the heat was not turned up sufficiently. That said, convenient to Steppenwolf and Second City, and charming inside and great pasta.

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ZW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was really good, but I did have a small issue w/ my entree and the issue wasn't resolved. I got an apology, but nothing else was done. I didn't ask for anything, but was under the impression there would be follow up and nothing happened. Otherwise, the food was excellent and the ambiance was really nice.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very convenient to Steppenwolf. Went before the show. Really enjoyed it. The two standouts were the food and the service. Marian the waiter was exceptional!

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IS
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Waiter was very unplesant ,didn’t take our order as we asked and was very unattentive. Will not visit it again .

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TS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and authentic food! Bravo Gianni and team!

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CG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience with great food and service and most importantly it was quite. A joy to have a meal peaceful without shouting at your dinner partner. Lovely restaurant, can’t wait to go back.

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JP
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We live in River North and mostly dine in RN or West Loop. We decided to check out a spot in Lincoln Park tonight as it’s been years since I’ve lived in LP. Boy, I totally forgot how good some of these old school restaurants are! My husband, who’s a recent transplant from San Fran also raves about how good our pasta dishes are! No overly priced glitz and glam; just really good cooking! Will be coming back often!

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

Great!!!!!!!!!

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NG
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a perfect dinner after our matinee at The Royal George Theater. Coming in from the damp and blustery weather, we immediately felt warm and cozy. Our starters were the Caesar and house salads, both very good and a nice size. One of the daily specials was branzino and vegetables, nicely grilled and very flavorful. The marinated and "grilled" chicken breast appeared to have been pan prepared but was very good, nonetheless. Our server Marco was friendly and quite competent. Overall, we would gladly return again, especially once we get back to nice weather and the outdoor patio opens up!

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CL
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Trattoria Giannis is simply fantastic. Try the Gnocchi, which the server correctly described as "little pillows of heaven"...

Gianni's is a neighborhood gem that you should not leave out if you find yourself in Old Town. In fact, you should probably go there if you don't have plans to visit Old Town.

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B
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was very good. The service was interesting. My husband and I were meeting another couple who was running late and the restaurant has a policy, we learned, of not bringing bread to the table until everyone has arrived and ordered. Normally, no big deal, but I am 5 months pregnant and was very hungry. On my second attempt I negotiated ordering a salad too and asked for both right away.

The other couple arrived just then, so the dinner progressed with no more delays.

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TS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid Italian food. The gnocchi was very good. Pillowy and delicious the way it should. My friend had the tilapia. He was pleased. I had the sea bass. It tasted good but was overdone. Glad it was a fatty fish. Service was good and a perfect spot before a Steppenwolf production.

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Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was very good, the service was quite slow. Clearly they were understaffed. We saw that the maitre D was helping floor staff by closing out checks.
We had a reservation, but were not seated for over 10 minutes, even though we could see empty tables. There was a party of 12, very loud, drunk women celebrating a 50th birthday, seated right next to us. Not enjoyable to hear them yelling, dropping the F word. Not the servers fault, but not what we wanted to listen to.
Our server kept apologizing for the slow service, so we knew that the staff was aware of the situation.

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E
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had not noticed this place before. It's right across the street from Steppenwolf Theater. But I won't forget it now. The food was great. My wife and I had the short ribs and the conchiglie del mercantile. Both, absolutely delicious. Some here have complained about service. I have nothing but good to say. Matthew at the bar was as friendly and as helpful as could be. Wait staff, particularly Marco, were prompt and checked on our needs often. We were out in plenty of time for our show. And that included the time spent at the bar having a pre-dinner glass of wine. My recommendation. Go.

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S
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Trattoria Gianni is a great pre-Steppenwolf spot for tasty bites and good wine. My only complaint was about the veal entree I had. The veal was cut as thinly as sandwich meat. As my husband and I joked, it must have been a very skinny veal.

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A
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. We went before the play at Steppenwolf. It’s perfect if you are going to Steppenwolf. Have the Montepuchisno(?). It’s great

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Party of three who eat out regularly and we all loved everything about it.

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TA
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful service, friendly people, and consistently good in all departments.
We go with our group after Matinee at Steppenwolf. Have gone for ten years. Reservations recommended, especially with a larger group.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was great. Service wasn’t very good at all. The waiter was not knowledgeable when we asked for recommendations and service was very slow.

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LL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We really enjoyed the food at Trattoria Gianni! The Mussels were amazing, and the Gnocchi had the texture of soft pillows (positively). Other reviews mentioned the demographics skewing slightly older, and they were very much not wrong -- as a group in our 20s, we were by far the youngest people in the restaurant. That said, this did not diminish the quality of the food by any means, and I would recommend - especially if looking for a pre-IO show bite.

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D
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Tratoria Gianni from the moment we stepped inside the fron door! Loved the ambiance and The food! Maria, our server was awesome, she joked along with us and was very knowledgeable of the menu. We loved Maria!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice for homemade pasta and Italian dishes prepared well! Outdoor space was large and comfortable- great service.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service has to be one of the worst I've experienced at any restaurant. My family and i felt really unwelcomed at Trattoria Gianni. The restaurant was almost empty when we were having dinner not sure why it took so long for my family and I to get any service. It's unfortunate that their food is actually good but the service is enough for me not to return.

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RF
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and good service and friendly environment!

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CD
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Authentic Italian cuisine at a place that has been serving wonderful food since 1988. If you're going to Royal George or Steppemwolf theaters, this is the place for your pre-show dinner.

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m
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
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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c
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
7 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
4 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
11 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
15 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
60 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
224 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
4 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
5 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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