Davanti Enoteca - Little Italy

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$30 and under
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Italian
A member of the Francesca"s Restaurant Group; Davanti Enoteca is a wine bar that offers share-able plates of rustic Italian cuisine. After opening the first location in 2010 in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood, Davanti Enoteca has expanded with restaurants in Del Mar, San Diego; Little Italy, San Diego; Western Springs, Illinois; and now the newest addition the Courtyard Marriot River North in Chicago. Davanti Enoteca, an Italian wine bar, offers share-able plates of rustic Italian cuisine from pastas, pizzas, and entrees in addition to small plate items such as vasi (mini mason jars with Tuscan toast), antipasti, salads and table-side presentations. Exposed brick and refurbished wood create the ambiance of a countryside cottage in Italy.

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DP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cute place with good food. Definitely would go back.

DS
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent and friendly service, but food was a little pricey and only okay.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best spot to reunite with loved ones as we can count it being the best food with the best staff in all of Little Italy, SD! We love you guys!

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

They don’t bring the food together, separately, my meal was done when my boyfriend got his meal,

TR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Our food was very good, and the service staff did a nice job. The unfortunate part was that it took over 20 minutes for 5 entrees to arrive, 3 being served individually and 2 at the same time. That was unacceptable. The meal was discounted but that service makes it hard to recommend dining here.

LG
Kansas City
29 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Although our service/food was average (or below) on this visit, the food at Davanti generally appeals to us. The pizza was a bit disappointing this time but the burger was excellent. Will give them another try next time.

OT
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my staple spots in Little Italy. I’m here all the time 🤩

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was Bryan and he was excellent! I used to hostess and am critical of the position often, but I was so pleasantly surprised by the hostess too! She was friendly and bubbly but also with it and effective. Huge bonus. Food was delicious as always.

a
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow - Bloody Mary bar was insane! Food was great and service too!

GW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience5

35 minute wait slow service and cold food

JG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The hostess was very friendly and seated us slightly ahead of our reservation. Our server was friendly and for the most part attentive. The nose level was extreme otherwise we would have stayed longer and enjoyed more wine.. The pizza and the chicken were really good however the bruschetta was horrible. I might go so far as to suggest removing it from the menu.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food here!

AS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I was charged $22 for a single ravioli. The water should have warned me because I would NEVER have ordered it.

c
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are from the Northeast and are always looking for good spots when traveling to try. Not only did we have a great meal but we had some fantastic wine. Our server was knowledgable and answered all our preorder questions. My Husband and I both ordered the Gnudi pomodoro with a meatball. The ricotta dumplings melted in your mouth. The sauce was definitely different with a black pepper and red pepper flake flare. The unique meatball had a sausage taste to it. Our son ordered a pizza and gobbled it all up. We all really enjoyed our meals and the quality of the food. If we come back to San Diego we will definitely return and try other entrees and appetizers off their menu.

RF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The food was just horrible. We got the steak and cacio con pepe and both were very subpar. Did not finish either.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Focaccia bread in town!

GV
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A fun and well designed environment that feels traditional with a twist. Decent wine selection and good cocktail list. Server was outstanding and attentive and made sure we wanted for nothing and provided great recommendations and info throughout our visit. Food was good and at the price point a good value.

FL
Edinburgh
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food excellent, service outstanding, ambiance great, noise deafening. Almost impossible to be heard over the din. If you are looking for great food and no conversation, this is your place.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Sat us outdoors by the street despite reservations well in advance when 56 degrees and heaters too far apart, server over promised and under delivered on everything: bread, specials, drinks. Mushroom app was interesting, but the lobster special was killed by melted cheese and the seafood linguini appeared to have can scallops and the tiniest of clams... all 3 of them, with a flavor akin to salted olive oil. Many great options in Little Italy, but this is not one of them.

S
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Frankly not very good food, although our server was super nice, I got the feeling that they run the place like a factory, push the most expensive dishes out. Pasta was too peppery, food was kinda boring for a relatively high price. Sorry, won’t return.

DR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. We were sat immediately. The food came out in timely fashion and was delicious.

DS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The focaccia bread was AMAZING! Also, our server Michael was excellent. Very personable & funny. We will definitely come back on our next SD trip.

DW
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

TT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous experience. We were seated promptly. The restaurant is very lovely, we sat in the back area, open roof, but very comfortable due to the heaters. Food and service was excellent! I will definitely be back and would highly recommend.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My 39th Bday dinner

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great! Wonderful service and food.

B
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had a great time

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my best friends bday...pretty much ordered everything from vegetables menu and it was all fantastic! Especially the Brussel sprouts! Our server, Rene, was lovely! Had a great time. Will def go back when in the area!

AW
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was unimpressive. Staff were very rude and inattentive.

JM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Made reservations only one day ahead and felt lucky to get in. Felt even luckier as we walked back to our table knowing it was very busy, yet very nice, and the staff were way friendly. Food is served hot (tapa style) and we ordered four different dishes to try. All four were EXCELLENT and that rarely happens at any restaurant. We'll be back and we'll make our reservations further in advance so we don't miss out!

AK
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect, from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. The food was excellent, the service was professional, and the place has a great vibe.

PM
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wait staff was fabulous and the focaccia bread with honey comb wonderfully delicious! Great spot in Little Italy!

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and friendly staff! The lasagna was fantastic!

GG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and drinks were great. Lively location however hard hold conversation for given ambience a bit rowdy

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic dining experience for food and an enjoyable evening.

AS
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! Must try it out. Everything was great.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner! Celebrated a work promotion, perfect place.

p
San Diego
64 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Restaurant was very comfortable. Food was good, but portions were small. Prices reasonable. Staff helpful.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok. The guy serving our table was nice and efficient. We chose to eat outside in the Patio but the heating was not turned on, so we requested to be seated inside. The woman at front desk told that we will have to wait for another 45 mins if we want to be seated inside as all the inside tables were reserved. However, for another 1.5 hours , I could see at least 4 inside tables empty.
Later on they turned on the patio heating, so that was a relief.

However, they may try to be little more accommodating and polite to their guests!