Avanti Ristorante

Avanti Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.avantirestaurants.com/
  • Phone: (214) 871-4955
  • 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, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, 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
75 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)romantic (43)special occasion (28)great for outdoor dining (24)fit for foodies (21)notable wine list (21)late-night find (14)good for groups (12)hot spot (9)great for lunch (9)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • What a GEM in Uptown!
    Seafoodcritics
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I have never been disappointed coming here. Great upscale atmoshphere w/o the usual college crowd. Terrrific food and service. Pleasant soft live music in background every night. Nice and accommodating bar tender when I ordered a "special flight" of my scotch selections! My small group of professional folks were equally impressed. OHH, the steaks and pastas are amazing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CookandfoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    This is old -fashioned Italian. You feel like you are in Boston or NY. I've been there twice now, once as a couple and once with friends. Avanti is small and has a quaint feeling. Service was very good both times. On Monday night bottles of wine were 1/2 price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Dallas4321
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The food and service was good. The noise level was very high though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    jack
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    great place to take out of towners, not a chain and great folks. The food is excellent, a little small, but that adds to the energy. Nice size wine list with some awesome Itailian reds
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love this place!
    missdavis7
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I can't believe I've lived near Uptown so long and have never been to Avanti. The food was spectacular! I will definitely go back. I ordered the garlic loaf and the chicken Parmesan and both were delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice restaurant but noisey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Went to Avanti on a Friday night with my husband. The food was very good, I had Chicken Limone with Caprese salad and my husband had Bolanassie with Ceaser salad. The service was attentive. However the noise level was so high we couldn't talk across the table so we ate most of our dinner just looking at each other. Also the tables were so close the wait staff kept running right by our table which made me feel rushed and took away from the intimate atmosphere.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    rdevoVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The whole experience was outstanding. A great little restaurant. We will be returning again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always excellent
    BusterVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    tried their lamb chops; superb. the other guest had their seafood special; also top notch. excellent pleasant service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Date Place
    mtlong82
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food is fantastic and the atmosphere is perfect for a date or dinner with friends before a night out on the town.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DFWDiner
    DFWDiner
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    One of our all-time favorites, I would highly recommend, the sea bass is outstanding and the service was just right, thank you for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    DickVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    In a neighborhood that has a lot of options to choose from this restaurant stands out
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • littlethang
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Nice atmosphere--guitarist was great and not too loud. The food is excellent!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    Maxwellhouse
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    It has been years since the last time i visited Avanti but it still has a charm about it that is undeniably sweet! The Aragula salad is one of the best i have ever had. There were two larger groups there which actually made the small place quite loud. My husband and I had a bit of a hard time communicating without shouting at each other! Otherwise always a great place to eat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredibly food, romantic setting
    txgrlamn
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food is amazing and is only outdone by the incredibly attentive service. This small spot is wonderful for date nights, which they have a special "dinner for two" menu for on specific nights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    like2eat
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Visiting Dallas from California, and we were looking for good, authentic Italian food. My husband had the veal Marsala special and I had pasta. The "special' had clearly been precooked and warmed before serving. There wasn't even a hint of Marsala in the gravy which could have been Knorr Brown Gravy mix! The mushrooms were overcooked and the gray colored, hard-to-cut veal was stacked atop mashed potatoes! While hating to give a scathing review to any restaurant, this was simply not a good meal. The calamari and arugula starters were good. The waiter was good and attentive until he asked how we liked our meal, then we were toxic. We paid with tip and left, never to return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid but not great
    ParkCitiesFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Avanti has the look and feel of a very good Italian restaurant, but the food is only average. I had the linguine with clams and mussels. The shellfish were overcooked and the linguine sauce had minimal taste. The wine list was good with US, Italian and French selections. I may come back, but it will not be my go-to-Italian place.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Evening
    JohnJ
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Pretty good evening. We ate on the patio which was great. Service was fantastic and friendly. Can't say enough about the service. We liked the atmosphere and the live music fit the décor. Calamari was exceptional. Salads (beet and caprese) were both very good. Bread was average. Lobster ravioli was average/bland. Didn't really care for the Fettuccini Avanti, as I was expecting a cream sauce vs. meat gravy. It wasn't bad, just not what I expected, but that was on me. Nice old world Italian wine by glass. Fabulous tiramisu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great solid Italian place
    btlaw81
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was my second time here and I am always very pleased. The weather was nice so my group sat on the outdoor patio.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always reliably good
    AcceptableVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food, service and atmosphere are always exceptional
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice neighborhood gem
    sag1VIP
    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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 174 reviews are from the Avanti Ristorante reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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