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Date
Sun, 2/25
Time
9:00 PM
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Trattoria Gianni

4.5
997 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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 997 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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jimbob (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

great Italian! Convenient to Steppenwolf. very attentive staff and nice wine selections . Heard the calamari is good, but was on low-fat restriction this visit!. looked good, though. specials were delish and would go again for sure!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

I had the risotto and the wife had the duck, OMG!!! Absolutely fabulous. Fantastic food, fantastic service.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Everything was delicious and the service was superb

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Outstanding service and delicious food .... will definitely be back again !

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NotthatPicky (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food is excellent! Rigatoni was delicious and short ribs tender and flavorful. Even Cesar salad was just right. Wait staff cheerful and attentive.

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Hawkeye (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything was perfect! The service was wonderful and the food amazing! Will definitely go back!

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RoyT (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We have been dining here for over 18 years and am always satisfied with the menu selections and the food quality . Gianni does a great job welcoming you to his restaurant , yet doesn’t infringe on your meal.....always a gentleman and runs a first class place. Small , quaint , and wonderful!

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RobertB (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, very friendly staff. Very close to theaters and street parking avalible

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vipJohnR (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Trattoria Gianni is a local gem in Lincoln Park. The food is always good and the staff friendly.

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MarthaMarie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Lovely food and warm atmosphere. Our server, Matthew, was extremely knowledgeable about the wines and provided a humourous and efficient service. The food was fantastic; big recommendations include: calamari fritti, ricotta gnocchi and pork chop. The owner, Gianni, provides general, reassuring, oversight and a warm welcome and farewell.

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Becky (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Pleasant evening. Excellent service

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Service and food was quite good, however the noise level was almost intolerable. You could not hear the person sitting next to you.

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Jules (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The service, good , & atmosphere was great. Felt rushed during our time there.

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vipOscar (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Everything was so-so, the tiramisu was bad, the soup bland and tasteless, don't think I will go back. Not worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food. Our server Marco gave us the perfect amount of attention and we appreciated the information he provided about the restaurant, menu items, and drinks.

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Tlw16 (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a group of 16 for a family trip. This was a wonderful place to gather for authentic Italian food.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Perfect dining spot before or after the theater. Great Italian food and excellent service. we will be back........

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

The food and wine were nothing special but the prices are moderate and the service was fine.
$8.95 is very expensive for a mixed green salad with four very thin slices of apple/pear.
The carry out food was put in a very flimsy container and the sauce leaked out into the bag and it
was a mess. They need to upgrade the containers.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

All around amazing!!!!

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vipThePickster (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

A great restaurant. In the summer the outside seating is amazing. It reminds me of the true Trattoria's in Southern Italy. Great food and service.

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Kristine2001 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was delicious! Pollo Marsala and Fettuchino with Shrimp & Scallops. And the spinach was outstanding! Don't hesitate to have dinner here!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

We stopped here before theatre, because of location. The next time we eat here, it’ll be because it’s a great neighborhood find. Great food. Delicious deserts. Service was friendly and efficient

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vipTony (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

We love this place! Wonderful selection of old world Italian favorites and always something new and yummy on the specials menu. Excellent selection of wine by the bottle or the glass. We are always greeted like old friends and treated like family being cooked for by nonna! I had the gnocchi della nonna to start followed by the deliciously tender saltimbocca and some nice barolo by the glass. My wife had the house special salad and a delicious zuppa di mare chock full of mussels, scallops and a big chunk of tender tilapia. Tasty panna cotta for dessert. Don't miss it.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent New Year's Eve experience. Good food, good crowd, fun atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

We ate here after the theater. My wife had the Rigatoni Alla Nocerina and thinks it may have been the best pasta she has ever had. I had the Pollo Alla Diavolo. The chicken was juicy and roasted to perfection. The service was exceptional - attentive without being intrusive. I look forward to our next trip.

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vipgibby32 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Trattoria Gianni is always excellent, and convenient if you're going to Steppenwolf. The Branzino was excellent, as were the grilled vegetables. It gets dinged a bit this time because the minestrone soup was not remarkable, and because I was kicking myself for not getting the pasta appetizer that I would have preferred. Nonetheless, the meal was very, very good and it is always a pleasure to get back there.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Great for pre theater. Always fresh homemade food,

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Delicious food at a reasonable price in an quiet romantic setting with excellent service.

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BarbW (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was great, service was very good, and it is right across the street from Steppenwolf Theatre. We went there as the recommendation of a friend and were very satisfied. Everything we ordered was delicious. We ordered some of the daily specials and they were great.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

We’ve eaten at Gianni’s many times and it never disappoints - best Italian food in the neighborhood

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