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Trattoria Demi, Evanston, IL

Trattoria Demi

4.5
4.5
210 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (847) 332-2330

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    We can provide our delicious meals at your next event.

  • Private party facilities

    When you want delicious, home cooked Italian cuisine, Trattoria Demi is the place to be. We use high quality ingredients in our preparation to make fantastic cuisine for our diners. Everything we make is fresh to order, so you know that each bite will be full of flavor!

  • Private party contact

    Denise Sieja: (855) 403-0290

  • Neighborhood

    Evanston

  • Cross street

    Between Grove St. and Davis St.

  • Parking details

    Free metered parking on Sundays.

  • Public transit

    Davis St.

  • Additional

    Beer, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 210 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North Suburbs

    Italian

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  1. DM

    DavidM

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Risotto with Shrimp and Mushroom Truffle Tagliatelle were excellent.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    great bang for your buck location!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Only thing is that it was very loud. But all good delicious!!
  4. RG

    RonG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time we ate there. We will be back. Great food. Service was good but just a bit slower than we like.
  5. TO

    TomO

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience!..we look forward to returning when in Evanston.
  6. H

    Hrhtlm

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Salmon was very over-done and under-seasoned. Shrimp gnocchi was excellent, as well as the calamari.
  7. D

    Dave

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really enjoyed our dinner on mother's day. My parents are very picky and difficult to please when going out to restaurants. They thoroughly enjoyed the intimate space, the delicious food, and attentive service. When leaving they were very excited about coming back with some of their neighbors and friends. Couldn't of asked for a nicer time.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quaint downtown location with a large selection of menu selections. Meals were hot, very tasty and service was just right! We will be returning!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Delicious food, attentive service, very nice wines
  10. l

    luv2eatout

    Chicago

    219 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    219 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Four of us for dinner. All liked our dinners. Service was ok but not as stellar as we would have liked. We had the owner as our server and she seemed out of sorts most of the time. Expected us to not linger over the menu. Very noisy so we had trouble holding conversation across the table without yelling.
  11. F

    Foodclown

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Most everything was good, but they are understaffed, so it took a long time to get the food. It wasn’t a problem because we were in no hurry. I would definitely go back
  12. VR

    ValarieR

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Delicious shrimp risotto which is a staple on the menu will now be my go to meal!😋
  13. NB

    NeighborBob

    Milwaukee

    54 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    I'd have to think twice about going back here again. There was a party of six people who were being outrageously loud. The wait staff clearly knew they were being too loud but did nothing about it. The food was OK, not great. The arancini were the size of marbles and hard without a lot of flavor. My linguini with shrimp scampi was good.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We just moved to the area and went to Trattoria Demi. We loved it. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The hazelnut pear tart with coffee gelato was a special treat at the end of the meal.
  15. TS

    ThomasS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We had the ciopino and a veal dish. Both excellent.
  16. RS

    RandyS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Even with a reservation we still had to wait 20 minutes for our table and were told we could not wait in the restaurant, but instead had to wait in the non-heated entry way. The food was very good, but service could use some improvements.
  17. KE

    KatieE

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good and service
  18. PP

    PaullyPaul

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    I was looking for Italian food on a Monday and it seems most were closed in Evanston but this particular place. We ordered a walnut and Gorgonzola salad which we shred there was more then enough for two. We also ordered a bottle of wine which was an average bottle of wine for a blend but it was a bit over priced. I k ow there costs associated with getting the wi e and the license etc but to mark up a cheaper bottle of wi e that much is ridiculous. We placed our orders for the entree my partner ordered the chicken parm with pasta which was decent, I had the gnocchi because that’s what was recommended on line and I it was ok but to make that recommendation I would say NO it had an orange looking sauce which I thought was Kraft, the gnocchi themselves were delicious once you got past the sauce. Hi Overall for a Monday being the only Italian place in Evanston that you could dine in was mediocre. Most likely will not return and that’s the Italian side of my heritage talking I know I can always get better from mom.
  19. SH

    SteveH

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent classic Italian food. Attentive service
  20. d

    debbie

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We have gone to this restaurant many times but this time we were very disappointed They were not welcoming & food was sub par Perhaps they were just not on their game
  21. BH

    BobH

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been eating here since 1996, and it never disappoints.
  22. SM

    SusanM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This was our first visit to this small, family run Italian restaurant. It was a very convenient dinner option before a concert at Space. Delicious food, and half priced bottles of wine on Mondays! Our group ordered the calamari, veal with mushrooms, asiago stuffed gnocchi with chicken parmesan, rigatoni with broccoli and garlic, and fettuccini with mushrooms. Everything was perfect, as was the bill! Great value, friendly service. Easy street parking on Mondays. We will be back.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very nice and cozy place with great food.
  24. MR

    MorganR

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, ambiance was low key and service was attentive. Wonderful experience!
  25. RB

    RobertB

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Generally, I like Demi. Usually good food, fair prices, charming ambience. Service a bit slow, but nowadays every place is understaffed. The problem on my most recent visit was that the food was just OK, and one pasta dish was very badly undercooked. The server tried to explain it away by saying they serve pasta al dente, but this pasta simply had not been cooked. (Our group's other pasta dish was fine; NOT al dente, actually a bit soggy, but tasty.)
  26. MD

    MacDawg

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and good service at Trattoria Demi. It’s our favorite place to go!
  27. LS

    LyleS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place! and they accommodate my gluten-free requirements.
  28. s

    szl3dep

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was very good, especially dessert, pear tart with coffee gelato.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both the food and service were fantastic. My girlfriend and I were in Evanston randomly and were craving Italian so we stopped for dinner here. SO glad we did!
  30. a

    aes27

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really nice italian dining experience. Dishes are straight forward, but tasty. Service was great. Great small local place.
  31. t

    tomk

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good place. A little loud. Not good for a date of you want to talk food excellent
  32. GL

    GaryL

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    outstanding, always have enjoyed, they did not miss a step during covid
  33. LK

    LKO1

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite place to eat anytime I am in Evanston.
  34. g

    gailw

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointed. Small quiet and cozy and the food is consistently excellent. Lovely and attentive staff. A small gemAnd we will keep coming back
  35. CR

    CaroleR

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, food is consistently excellent . Have been dining here since they opened and is still our favorite little Italian place !
  36. SL

    SheilaL

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It's a cozy restaurant but given the way they set up the tables, it doesn't feel crowded. The wait staff are great. The food is quite good. If you want a place for a good bet pasta for all tastes, then Trattoria Demi is your pick. Because of the small size, reservations recommended!
  37. R

    Rallyhbm

    St. Louis

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Service and staff were superb, but - pasta was greasy, in a pool of oil - clamari was chewy and not flavorful - there was no cocktails (only wine and beer) - glasses were upside down on the table, which is not particularly clean - bread was bland - veggies under the grilled salmon were overcooked
  38. m

    maureenc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A gem of a restaurant. Excellent food and service.
  39. SS

    StephenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A great place for lunch or dinner. Always good food at good prices.
  40. S

    Sara

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We loved the first dish we had which was the grilled octopus. We then shared the pizza which was sub par. I have had better frozen pizzas. This was very disappointing. We had a couple pasta dishes as well which were decent but nothing to write home about.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Trattoria Demi does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Trattoria Demi also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 332-2330.

Trattoria Demi is rated 4.5 stars by 210 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for Trattoria Demi

1571 Sherman Ave Evanston, IL 60201

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Grove St. and Davis St.

  • Neighborhood

    Evanston

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free metered parking on Sundays.

  • Public transit

    Davis St.

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (847) 332-2330

  • Catering

    We can provide our delicious meals at your next event.

  • Private party facilities

    When you want delicious, home cooked Italian cuisine, Trattoria Demi is the place to be. We use high quality ingredients in our preparation to make fantastic cuisine for our diners. Everything we make is fresh to order, so you know that each bite will be full of flavor!

  • Private party contact

    Denise Sieja: (855) 403-0290

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