Avanti Ristorante

Avanti Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.avantirestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 2148714955
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 3:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Mario Sanchez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout
  • Entertainment: Nightly Live Music

    Sunday thru Wednesday 7:00pm-10:00pm

    Thursdays & Fridays 8:00pm-11:00pm

    Saturdays 8:30pm-11:30pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Worthinghton
  • Public Transit: Uptown Trolley & Dart Stop in front of restaurant
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet During all operational hours
A word from Avanti Ristorante
A neighborhood restaurant for over 21 years. Casual and candle light dining with live music nightly.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Avanti Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (42)romantic (38)special occasion (30)notable wine list (19)fit for foodies (19)great for outdoor dining (13)late-night find (9)hot spot (8)good for groups (7)great for lunch (6)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • GmanVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Always a great dining experience. A perfect place for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always reliably good
    Acceptable
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food, service and atmosphere are always exceptional
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FredVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great spot in Uptown. Amin and Candy always dining here a special experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great meal!
    Barbara
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant when traveling to Dallas for business. Enjoy bringing customers and business associates to dine at Avanti.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • long time Neighborhood Gem
    BusterVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Since moving to this part of town last year Avanti has been on my radar. Several meals here; all excellent. Nice mix of Italian; both in pasta and entree features. Excellent seafood and steaks. Pleasant staff. PLEASE WATCH YOUR OPENTABLE RESERVATIONS AND POINTS ! This visit I booked at 6pm as I wanted the 1000 point bonus. I checked in, mentioned the OT reservation and all was fine. I got home to find email saying Avanti canceled my 6 pm reservation. I called restaurant and they apologized; they said to REBOOK the res and I would get credit. By now it was 8pm - I rebooked it and they gave me credit. But only the 100 NOT the 6pm special 1000 point. I contacted OT and faxed them my charge card receipt; they credited my account.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Boatman
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We love avanti, we eat there everytime we come to Dallas . The good is always very good . We split the Greek salad it is large. Little noisy but that's part of the charm
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bill
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Always good food and good service. Encountered different host this evening and different waiter so service was not a excellent as usual. I haven't received my usual online request from Open Table to rate them, so am doing it on my own. Please check to make sure I get my dining points.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good Neighborhood Restaurant
    RickVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed the garlic bread, the calamari, the ravioli, and the creme brûlée for dessert. Service was outstanding and the musicians on Saturday night were a real treat!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful as always!
    RocladyVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    It was just the two of us this time...romantic, great music, superb wine, not to mention the food, and we were treated like royalty. Ended up late at the bar after dinner having nightcaps with new acquaintances. Couldn't be better and can't say enough good things about our new favorite place to unwind and relax. Run...don't walk to try them out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice neighborhood gem
    sag1
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    You can get reliably good but not great food here. It's an old quaint restaurant that has been around for eons, and the fact that it is still in business is a testament to the restaurant. You can get standard Italian/American pasta fare. The Ceaser salad is very good. A little known secret is the crab cake as an appetizer or main. They are some of the best in town, with lump crab and no filler. Big portions and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great little gem
    Lmccuist
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Most people don't even realize it's here. Fantastic food, great wine/liquor list, valet parking and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reacquainted with Avanti
    iCfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We hadn't been to Avanti for several years and we were pleasantly surprised as we became reacquainted with the menu. The food was outstanding and the service impeccable. The Atlantic Salmon was very fresh and grilled to perfection. The Tournedos Avanti looked exquisite and I was told that it was very tasty. The stuffed shrimp special also looked tempting. The place is small so book well in advance as it is still very popular. We were there at 6PM on a Saturday and it was nearly full by 6:15PM with people waiting at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It has been too long
    BruceTexasVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Our first visit to Avanti in over 15 years. We had an excellent evening. Oscar did an excellent job serving us and we will be back before another 15years is up. A great find off McKinney and near Love Field. The live music on Thursday evening was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Way to Celebrate
    gsolsen
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My wife and I visited Avanti's to celebrate our 18th anniversary. Our server, Oscar, was very attentive yet not bothersome. We enjoyed our romantic dinner and they even gave us a complimentary dessert in celebration. The food was fantastic, as was the atmosphere. We will most definitely be returning to Avanti's frequently.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • first time
    Jason
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    our first time at Avanti was enjoyable. we went for a nice date night and were pleased with the food and service. we would definitely make a return visit sometime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great new find
    Lisa
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My husband and I like to try new places and decided to try Avanti. What a great choice! The atmosphere was lively, but still able to talk and enjoy our meal without screaming. The service was prompt and attentive and the food was excellent. My husband and I shared a meal and it was more than enough for both of us. Definitely will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food...good ambience
    luvItalian
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had the crab & shrimp ravioli and the lasagna and both were delicious. The only thing we didn't like was we felt like we were being rushed. ...was on a date night with my wife and we were not in a hurry ,that's why we didn't like it. they try to get us out of the restaurant as quickly as they can.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GoodeatsVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Outstanding experience. Service was amazing. Food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Avanti
    madison439
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Overall the dining experience at Avanti was good. However I did not walk away with the "wow" impression. It took 20 minutes to get my first drink ordered and service was slow for most of the dinner. We had the lobster and crab raviloli and the tornados. Both were good dishes but they average at best. Wine selection was excellent but overall the price for evening did not justify the total cost of the dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    MortgagemasterVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had a wonderful time at Avanti. The food was excellent and more importantly, we had the best service ever! Candi is a fantastic wait person who truly enjoys what she does and cares for her clients needs. We have added Avanti to our "short list" of regular dining choices and look forward to visiting often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find.
    Ghost61982
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Initially planned a visit to another restaurant but it was booked so we selected Avanti Ristorante as an alternate, it has now been placed in our Top 5 list. Great food and atmosphere, will be returning!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FredVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Always an enjoyable experience. Amin, Candy, and the entire staff make this a special place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistantly good food and service!
    Bill
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I always enjoy going to Avanti. Their food is excellent and they have a good wait staff. It's hard to find restaurants that are consistant and Avanti certainly is consistantly good. Most restaurants fluxuate, but I've never had a bad experience at Avanti. They care about their customers and attend to their needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always better than average
    BigtravelerVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    It is solid - never disappoints. A bit crowded and noisy but the food and drinks were great. A bit rushed - you do need to space the staff out by not ordering dinner until after the apps are done or you will be eating non stop and out the door in 60 minutes or less.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Daily Special - too Salty
    InsuranceGuy
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Stuffed Salmon - with crab meat, was over cooked & too salty, not sure if it was pre made (frozen) or made that day... Over all good lunch, service excellent - I'll try another dish off the regular menu.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian place
    davidwyrick85VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Every time time I come up here I always have a good time, service an food, see you guys soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Holly
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The food was very good, but the service was slow. They were not attentive to when drinks needed to be refilled, etc.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian place in Dallas
    davidwyrick85VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The food is always great, service is good and waiters always remember you and makes feel like regular. Great Italian place in Dallas
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable food and service
    RocladyVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Our second visit, for six, on Monday night. Felt comfortable from the first moment and the meal was varied and delicious. Live guitar reminiscent of flamenco. Wonderful service. No rushing but ever present.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice menu, good service
    Volfanforlife
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My wife and I went for our anniversary. The restaurant treated us well and all the meals were great portion sizes and delicious! We will return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 161 reviews are from the Avanti Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Awesome food and service!
    rkh3VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    My wife and I absolutely love this place! Great ceviche, crab cakes, tartare, gnocchi, mussels, crab fingers, and everything else. Service is always fantastic and very personal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Overall not bad but for the prices you would think it would be much better.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dallas visitor
    grateful
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Both the food and the service at this restaurant were excellent. The outside seating provided a quieter option on a busy Saturday. Our waitress Candy was not only gracious in her service of the table but lots of fun as well. We had a gluten free guest with us who was directed to items he could eat. My husband thought the crab cakes were some of the best he had ever eaten and all of us were pleased with our meals. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor food quality
    foodie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    the bread they served looked & tasted like they were store-bought stale bread for making sandwiches. One of us ordered rack of lamb medium rare but got it medium well done instead. Only the stead was ok; the other 3 dishes were all very disappointing. Would never go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avanti Risoranti
    ksroa
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We love eating at this restaurant on McKinney when we come to Dallas for the symphony concerts. It's close to the Arts District, and we can have a nice dinner, before attending the concert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, fun place!
    tksmd
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Brought a small group to this place as I was told that it was as good as Italian food gets in Dallas. The food didn't disappoint, everything from the gnocchi, to the caesar salad, to the osso bucco special were first rate. They didn't seem to have enough servers for when it got busy. The guitar player was a nice subtle touch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service - poor food
    LNMtravel
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Our wait staff was lovely unfortunately the food was not. The steamed mussels were adaquete the beef carpaccio was over powered by a giant glob of mustard. The osso bucco was bland and frankly tasteless. And their dessert offering of creme brûlée was pathetic, in fact it was not a true creme brûlée it was badly made vanilla pastry cream, done with flour to thicken it and therefore it was very grainy and thick.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    ElberVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We go to Avanti every 2 months and the food is fantastics!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great service
    davidwyrick85VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Food is great as always, waiter was nice and knowledgeable about menu and wine. Outdoor patio is the best. Thank you and I will return soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Good Drinks not so much.
    sailaway459
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The restaurant has a cozy feel and we liked that. The food was good and service was excellent. The only complaint unfortunately was the first impression, which was our ordered drinks to start the night. I like martini's and always have one when I dine out. Pretty hard to mess up a martini, but I was served one that must have had the bartenders "special touch". Not sure what it was, but it was not what I get served 99.9% of the time. Both my date and I agreed it did not taste like a martini. They offer only two Chardonnay's by the glass. Both of which are very light and fruity. We discussed this with our server and even the bottles they offered beyond the Cakebread ($90) offered no deep buttery favor. Need to rethink their wine offerings.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.