Trattoria Demi

4.5
93 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

Trattoria Demi has been a local favorite for over two decades. Eating here is like going to a small Trattoria in Sicily. Order the Italian classic Linguine Marinara with Meatballs, and you will find this to be true. The sauce is home made daily and the meatballs have a loyal following! Every dish is made fresh to order so special dietary requests are easily accommodated. Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options available.

At Trattoria Demi, patrons will always find an extensive wine collection to complement their dinner choices. Whether it is for a quick bite for lunch or a family gathering in the evening, this is the place to go for tasty Italian food.

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d
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

3 adults went for an early Saturday lunch. Reservation were not necessary. All food selections were delicious and nicely presented. Will definitely return.

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l
Chicago
141 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Farfalle with salmon was outstanding & large enough for me to take home half for a second dinner. My husband & son each had their own pizzas, which they report were very good. Crust is not super thin but crispy, not a preferred crust for my husband. Service was top notch.

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LB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely dining experience,staff hopeful & cheerful, entrees tastily delicious, enjoyed the ambience of a smaller restaurant .

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A
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent. The waitress was borderline rude, but the gentleman who filled our water and cleared our plates was very nice. House red was low quality. Because there were empty tables, it wasn’t loud but I’m sure if the restaurant had been full it would have been loud.

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R
Chicago
112 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my new-found favorite in Evanston. The veal scallopini, chicken parmesan, and spaghetti and meatballs were delicious--amazing renditions of classics. The children's menu offers a variety of tempting options. Service was efficient. I will return soon to try one of the fish options.

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BB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice cozy and welcoming! Had a great experience here. Food and service were wonderful! Good value too!

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R
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food I have had in a long long time. Everything in the menu is worth trying!

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JO
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They did not have our table set or even knew about the reservation when we walked in. Kind of a unique or odd entry. You actually enter directly into the dining room where we were not greeted by anyone. The decor just feels old and the food was just average.

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DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were disappointed with our meals! The appetizers were uninspired, and the meats were overcooked. Perhaps they were having an off night, but this fell far short of expectations.

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R
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The service was a little slow But the food made up for it the Cioppino was the best I’ve ever had.

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c
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant! Great food, lovely environment, and wonderful service!

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NV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

high quality food and impeccable service, there was great attention to detail and food was fresh and wll prepared

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OT
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, creative offerings and yum!

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k
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Normally I have had a good experience here but his time the owner ignored us for a long time as she sat with other guests talking. I convinced my family to go there after seeing La Boehme touting the restaurant and then was embarrassed at the poor service.

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BW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the atmosphere in this intimate restaurant. Service is friendly and prompt and menu has great selection of pastas and other Italian fare.

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PW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service. Food was as expected.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very quiet and perfect for a larger group. We could hear at both ends of an eight person table!

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OT
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love dining here. Wonderful creative menu.

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful place for a laid back birthday dinner. Good food, friendly staff, and nice ambiance. Nothing too fancy but great quality food!

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K
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite of ours for many years. Always great food and service. Very nice atmosphere. Small quiet dining room. Just please heat the restrooms!

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DD
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Trattoria Demi is our go-to Italian restaurant when we just want a good meal in a conversation-friendly atmosphere. Just a nice, intimate restaurant. The food is consistently good and the wine list is better than I would expect for such a small place and is reasonably priced. We've been here a number of times, and will go again.

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h
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very reasonably priced. Ciopino as good as ive had. Street parking could be challenging. Be back

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BM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Cute & charming little restaurant. Was our first visit. They seemed to be short of servers as we had a long wait for service & had to actually ask someone to please wait on us after about 20 minutes as we had an event to get to. We arrived at 6 & barely made it to our event at 8pm nearby. Food was good, but not exceptional. Skimpy on vegetables & meats in my & my husband’s pasta dishes . House wine was good, Small servings for the price.

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TO
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice meal. Everyone with the exception of my husband enjoyed their dishes. I ordered the Rigatoni & Ricotta with Gluten free noodles. It was delicious! I hear that the Shrimp Scampi and baked Rigatoni were really good as well. My husband ordered the Salmon on the menu and felt that it was very bland. So he kept eating my dish. Also, they serve my favorite Moscato wine Saracco, so that was a bonus. I'd definitely be back!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there, great food, we will definitely go back again.

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ST
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Reliable good food and friendly service. A neighborhood gem.

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EB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place. Food delicious and not pretentious. Will definitely go back.

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LT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trattoria Demi is a relaxed spot with good food. I think meatballs and marinara sauce are the measure of an Italian restaurant. They pass with flying color. We'll go back.

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New England
45 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Casual sit down restaurant with a large menu for a small restaurant. Easy to find something for everyone. Goat cheese appetizer was a hit for all.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful!!!

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CD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Gnocchi and volcano chocolate cake were Excellent, lasagna and buschetta were not very good.

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CV
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Just awful. Aweful service! Aweful food! I don’t think there is a better word for this place! Tratoria Aweful!!!

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D
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

We enjoy a visit when in town every couple of months. Food always good. This visit was an extremely busy night with 2 large groups which made dining tough in a small space. Staff seemed very stressed and spread very thin that particular evening waiting on customers. Large groups took away from the ambiance of the restaurant and left little time for staff to wait on smaller table settings. Just was not the best night, but will not stop us from coming back!

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D
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were visiting the area and looked for a great Italian restaurant. We found one. The food was terrific. It’s a bit loud and crowded, but the food quality and quantity was excellent.

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B
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Although the restaurant had good reviews, we were disappointed. It started when I ordered a Grey Goose; they do not have a hard-liquor license. We did like the appetizer, but my lasagna was average at best. My husband's shrimp scampi over pasta featured over-cooked shrimp. We would not go back

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is outstanding. Decor is nothing to write home about. Service is a bit rushed.

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EE
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to Trattoria Demi, but it certainly will not be our last one! I had the "chicken parm" which was delicious and broiled--not breaded! My husband had pasta with artichoke and pesto. It was light and flavorful, and exactly right. The service was friendly and timely. The whole experience was simply unexpectedly delightful! (I say "unexpectedly", as the view from the street might not indicate just how substantial the fare will be.)

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C
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pasta dishes are delicious, many options for vegetarians and meat eaters. Lamb shank and salmon dinners were praised. Salads are fresh, appetizers offer variety if not much dazzle. Wine selection is small, made worse when two choices are not available. And no cappuccino is hard to understand. Service was very good, especially when one waiter was caring solo for a full restaurant! Agree with many other diners—hire sufficient staff to manage the place well, not just barely. We opened our leftovers tonight to find somebody’s salad, not the rest of our tasty salmon. Haste made waste. That mess aside, this is a recommended cozy and friendly place!

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J
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, indoor or outdoor dining. Very enjoyable.

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O
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We have returned to this small restaurant year after for consistently good food in a casual setting. In the summer we dine outside on the patio and in the winter we enjoy the warmth indoors. The choices of Italian dishes and are always great and we enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and sufficient quiet to conduct conversation with our meal. Add a glass of wine and you have it all!

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