Benvenuti's

Benvenuti's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.benvenutisristorante.com/
  • Phone: 4053105271x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - Close
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Compagni
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Benvenuti’s offers full service catering…our Executive Chef Anthony Compagni will design a custom menu that fits the needs of your event…from a cocktail reception…business luncheon…outdoor Bar-B-Que…holiday celebration…to a formal sit down dinner. We offer premium bar service as well, providing all necessary ABLE off-site catering liquor permits.
  • Private Party Facilities: Benvenuti’s offers an artful choice for private dining that elevates any occasion to extraordinary. Private dining at Benvenuti’s, whether in the main dining room with its panoramic view of fine art, brick, stone, to the beautiful hand carved bar or the elegant red room for the ultimate in private dining. Benvenuti’s offers the blue room with its exclusive view of down town Norman.
  • Private Party Contact: Jennifer Reardon 4057089572x
  • Special Events: Not Your Average Cookies!
    Thick home-made cookies—baked with no preservatives or additives, made fresh daily.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: James Garner
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Benvenuti's
Benvenuti's is artful, understated dining as conceived by executive chef Anthony Compagni. We strive to awaken the senses by utilizing seasonal ingredients, both international and local. At Benvenuti's we continuously seek the finest selection of local and organically grown produce, legumes, and grains wherever possible. We also obtain naturally raised animal products to provide foods free of antibiotics, growth hormones, and pesticides. Benvenuti’s pasta is hand made in Abruzzo, Italy by Rustichella d’Abruzzo from the finest Italian wheat. Mangiare!

Fine food is appreciated when paired with fine wine. Benvenuti’s has carefully assembled an artful collection of boutique wines. Benvenuti’s offers more than 150 wine selection to compliment the menu of Chef Compagni, available by the bottle, half bottle, glass or our exciting wine flight.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Benvenuti's reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (117)romantic (94)fit for foodies (84)notable wine list (75)neighborhood gem (58)good for groups (56)great for outdoor dining (33)hot spot (23)kid-friendly (12)great for lunch (5)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (5)great for brunch (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • special evening out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We always think of Benvenuti's when planning a special evening out for adults such as an anniversary or birthday. The food is excellent and always a great choice of wines. Fabulous service and quiet romantic dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstandingly friendly!
    Stars
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Food,service are excellent. Manager, chef and servers are excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veal Cheeks?
    douglas
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Benvenuti's often has limited time menu items. This month (October) is Braised Veal Cheeks with pumpkin risotto (served in a little pumpkin bowl). This was the best dish I have ever had, from anywhere. It was seriously good. If there is a limited time special menu item, you should trust the chef and go for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite
    CatI
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have enjoyed food in Europe and many of the major cities in the U.S. Benvenutis is up to par with all of these places. In fact, it's one of our favorite restaurants and was comparable to an Italian restaurant we enjoyed (twice) in Brünnen, Switzerland. Can't get much more authentic country Italian than that. We also appreciate the attention to detail and the care for the food and its sources. The chefs' creativity is without comparison.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderfully delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This restaurant is one of our favorite places to go for a really nice evening of great dinner and enjoyment every time. We can always count on the food and wine being wonderful. When we have out of town guests we always bring them to your restaurant. When we have a special event to celebrate Benvenuti's is place we call for reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I ordered the meal with the crusted shrimp. It was way too spicy for me. I could not enjoy it. My wife ordered the ravioli. It was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    luvamazingfood
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We brought my mom here for her birthday. The food, service and our waiter Blake was Outstanding. We definitely eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome good and service
    Normanmatt
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food is great. The atmosphere is wonderfully romantic and the service is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place in Norman.
    Anniv4us
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We have been going here for our anniversary for the past 4 years and have never been disappointed. Great food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Waitress was a super nice young person. We decided to give the restaurant another try. In a previous visit the food was poorly prepared except for the salads. This time salad, veal cheeks, pizza, wine and desserts were excellent Also very good service. We shall return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum
    sweet4you
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Everything was delicious. Especially the specials. It was very hard to make our minds, but there was no way to go wrong! Decadent!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Diana
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Benvenuti's is Norman's gem. Be sure and make reservations to ensure you will be able to get a table. October specials include braised veal cheeks, which are beyond delicious. Enjoyed this entrée last night, along with a slice of pumpkin cheesecake which is superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Spent our 6 month wedding anniversary here. It was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The chicken in the chicken marsala was overcooked and a little tough.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Filling and delicious
    Fillinganddelish
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The bruschetta and garlic fries were great for appetizers. Salads delicious and great variety. We were almost full when our main course came so had food for the week. Lasagna was delicious and the roasted hen was perfect. Bottle of Italian wine was wonderful. nardi rosso di montalcino
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never disappoints
    musicalRach
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I've lost track of how many times I've been to this restaurant, but the food is always consistently great! I knock it only slightly on ambiance because for the first time ever we were seated at the booth right behind an employees only space. They divided the area with a thick curtain that does a decent job of absorbing noise, but there was still quite a bit of noise from employees talking and talking from phone conversations. Other than that, it was as good as ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    WILLIAM
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Really enjoyed the pizza and dessert. Great service and outstanding food!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Outstanding lasagna, amazing bread and terrific salad!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Turnerok
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great food, great chef, great service. Love the fact they will specially make a dinner for my daughter that is not on the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic pasta sauces
    NickName
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Had the chitarra e polpette. The dish was well-sauced, pasta perfectly cooked, and the meatballs were the best I have ever tasted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love it!
    ggnettie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We love Benvunitis! Great food, great service, great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Siracha shrimp appetizer was really good. Hell pasta was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Jniner
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I have been here several times and the food is always top notch. Prices are reasonable and there are always monthly specials that are not typical.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    okchazmatVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was very good and the service was great. Nice atmosphere but expensive for Italian food.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Benvenuti's never disappoints. The lamb ragu, one of the Sept specials, was fantastic as was the muscle appitizer. Service was on point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as usual
    Scrounger
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have enjoyed multiple meals at this restaurant. Always good service, presentation, taste and experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Italian food
    Kosgolf
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Benvenutis is our favorite place to eat in Norman. Worth the price for sure!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mussels
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This restaurant did an outstanding job. We had a last minute addition to our dinner party, and they did a very good job of finding us a table to accommodate us. The food was outstanding, and the entire group really enjoyed the mussels in red sauce. Service was very good. The kitchen was a little slow, but the wait was worth it. We had 7 in our group and this probably added to the prep time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive, but yummy.
    Julesey
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    It was expensive, even with a Groupon. However, the sea bass was excellent and my husband ate all of the lasagna even though he said he wasn't hungry. Save room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Norman's Elite
    EatOrDie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for our anniversary. We were immediately taken to our seats upon our arrival and since I alerted them to the romantic nature of our event there was a bouquet of fresh flowers at our table. The waitress explained their seasonal menu and our appetizer was served quickly after. The water was delicious! This may seem minuscule but Norman dwellers are aware of how hard it is to find bearable tasting water in these parts! All of the waiters and waitresses checked on all their tables frequently and were polite. My girlfriend and I both enjoyed our salads. The entrees were excellent my girlfriend ordered the Angel hair pasta with shrimp and I ordered one of the September specials which was hen. The price was worth every ¢!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again amazed!
    EdmondfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is the third time we have eaten at Benvenuti's and this time was as good as the first. We had Chef Anthony's specials and they were amazing. We try something new every time we go and it makes me wonder why we would ever go anywhere else. Great job!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as usual
    Pradeep
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Definitely the best restaurant in Norman. Virtually everything is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall it was ok
    goatguy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I ordered the chef's special burger. I thought that for $19 it would be large and special… it was neither. About the size of a Mcdonalds quarter pounder with hatch chillis, a chipolte sauce and the normal other veggies. It was not $19 special to me… My wife had her normal lobster pasta dish and loved it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    Reg4ben
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was fantastic but the service was not up to par on this visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diamond
    ch33
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Recently went to Benvenuti's for our anniversary. Everything was perfect including the wine, food, and atmosphere. Will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • impressed
    beckks13
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I was very impressed with our dinner at Benvenuti's. I can't wait to go back. I'm not much of a pasta person so I had the veggie pizza and it was huge and delicious. My boyfriend had the pasta from hell, I tried it and it was spicy but I expected it to have more of a kick. But everything was yummy, the bread, the parmesan fries and our meals. A+
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud and too expensive!!
    Cgt69
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We enjoyed the food, although 300.00 for three steak dinners seemed a bit much for how loud it was and and how hard it was to enjoy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Never Disappoints
    btimy
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Delicious food. Beautifully plated. Atmosphere elegant and comfortable; business casual to semi-dressy. Polite, attentive, knowledgeable staff. Gather with work mates, friends or family for a treat and pampering. For afternoon drinks, dinner, and/or dessert. Ever changing menu, custom designed by the chefs. One of our best, local restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    BJP7
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great food and service, horrible acoustics. I enjoy the place, but it is too loud. I really don't care to hear everybody else's conversation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    carjay
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The fried risotto is delicious. My husband and I both enjoyed it. I had the chicken marsala and it was a bit dry. My husband really enjoyed the sea bass that he ordered. The creme brulee was just ok. Honestly I haven't found any creme brulee in restaurants that I like as much as can easily be made at home. Overall though it's a good date night restaurant. Generally, I would rate the food at four stars but two of the things I ordered this time could have been improved so only the stars for this visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.