Cafe Avanti Restaurant
Cafe Avanti Restaurant

Cafe Avanti Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafeavanti.com/
  • Phone: 3055384400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday- thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Constantino Cadavid
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Cafe Avanti hosts parties of up to 100 people. There is a private dining room that accommodates up to 40 guests, and a semi private dining room for 16.
  • Private Party Contact: Jessica Fuentes 3055384400

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Chase & Prarie Ave on Arthur Godfrey Rd
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Cafe Avanti Restaurant
Established in 1989, Cafe Avanti is in a league of its own. Fine traditional Italian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. It's family owned and operated, and home away from home for Miami Beach locals. The staff is welcoming and hospitable, and are sure to make you feel like a regular even as a first time guest. Chef Constantino Cadavid has been at the helm of Cafe Avanti for over 21 years. It's reputation for consistency is like no other. From veal meatballs and tuna tartare, to osso bucco and frutta di mare, every dish is absolutely decadent. Desserts are homemade & the ricotta cheesecake is the best you will ever have. Parking is easy and meters are turned off at 6pm. Whether you sit at the bar, cozy brick room, a romantic table by the window, or have a large party, Cafe Avanti will provide you with the perfect experience that you are looking for.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Cafe Avanti Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)special occasion (10)romantic (7)good for groups (6)fit for foodies (4)great for lunch (3)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Italian Family
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great neighbor restaurant. Dining at Avanti is like having dinner with an Italian family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Had not been here for a while. Food was excellent. Only drawback was a couple with a child who periodically shrieked which interfered with an otherwise lovely dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Won't take Open table reservations!
    LouieT
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I reserved a table for two through OpenTable but when we got there, the Host was terribly rude and flat out told me that they were not taking Open Table's reservation while showing me their turned off Ipad (which I think they use to check on Open Table's reservation) with total cynicism. It was absolutely humiliating and embarrassing to say the least. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone with a little bit of respect for them selves.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Classic dining
    Reee2
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Classic dining with professional wait staff and friendly owners. Food was delicious and one of a kind! Had delish bottle of Argentinian bianchi Malbec wanted another they didn't hav but offered an alternative that was good but more expensive. They should have offered to match price because it was minimal. Oh well! Otherwise, baked stuffed clams were good. Arugula salad was good, fresh halibut cooked to order with lemon, capers, herbs and mushrooms was delish and the stuffed veal chops with prosciutto and fontina with a mushroom (Marsala ?) sauce was BIG and satisfying for my husband and two foodie sons! Overall was the right choice for hubby's 65 birthday dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT FOOD!
    CastleNMBVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    LOVE THIS RESTAURANT! Great food, great service! We have been going there for years. A true neighborhood gem!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Family Dinner
    nashy
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We have dined several times at Cafe Avanti and each time we are happy to be back! The service is outstanding and food is always great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Pleasant Surprise!
    WRFGVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We came across the Cafe Avanti purely by chance, and found it to be a very pleasant surprise! Our server, Desi, was a gentleman, and treated us very well. It was also a pleasure to speak with Rebecca afterwards, which gave the experience an even more personal touch. We look forward to many returns!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice neighborhood spot
    LSWilliams
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We walked here from the Fontainebleau Hotel. The decor is fine. The staff are nice. A Miami Heat player arrived and high five'd everyone while we were eating! I had a wonderful arugula salad and the salmon with mustard sauce. Both were very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • maxx
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    service and food were outstanding!!!! we will be back soon!!!!! jim and eddi maxwell
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was the key!
    Pgoicouria
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This was our second visit and our waiter remembered us, even where we sat. The bus boys (men) were attentive and brought bread and water within moments of our arrival and kept an eye on us all night. The linguini carbonara was absolutely scrumptious. And the snapper in the special house sauce was good. The wine list is reasonably priced with selections from Europe and South America. And enjoyable experience and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another wonderful meal
    BPBmia
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Group of 8 people, had to leave for the airport so had about 80 minutes for dinner. They accomodated, served appetizers, dinner and dessert and coffee with time to spare. Food good as always: Ceasar Salad was fine (shared by 2 people, plenty for each), Fried calamari was not oily and was tasty (also shared), Jumbo Shrimp supposed to be 3 per the menu but they gave us 4. Various entrees were all good. Dessert of Tiramisu (good version here), Chocolate Moose Cake, and Rum Cake that was moist with rum but not overpowered by it. Average price per person for appetizer, entree and dessert generally runs $40-$60 depending on what you order, not including beverages and wine. Good value and good food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Food good but wildly overpriced for some items- overpriced wine list- service good bit perfunctory- will go back but it is overrated for the price
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service was excellent
    Robert
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great restautant with excellent food and service particularly during a special event like Father's Day
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal at Avanti
    Corgi
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We returned this year again while visiting Miami - Cafe Avanti has easily been our best meal. Fabulous service and the the is delicious, unpretentious, and well prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 81 reviews are from the Cafe Avanti Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Good food at fair prices, pleasant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Haven't been here in a decade or more, and was pleasantly surprised. Met another couple and had drinks at the small bar first as it was Happy Hour. Fair prices, but well liquor quality needs improvement. Bartender, Kimberly, very enthusiastic and helpful. Food and service at table pleasant. Seems like an upscale neighborhood place with reasonable prices. Everyone enjoyed their piccata's, caesar salad, whole stuffed artichoke, pasta fagioli soup and cannelloni. No time for dessert cart, but it looked tempting.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    It was noisy because there was a large party going on. We sat in a smaller dining room but still noisy. Waiter was terrific and food excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, 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.
  • 41st Street gem
    elimarVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    This is the fall back restaurant. This is a restaurant where you can take your grandmother for her birthday and at lunch this is the restaurant to take clients or business associates. Food is consistent, staff works to make the meal go smoothly and an excellent bar. Understand that the bartender makes a good martini.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food,comfy spot,great price.
    LovesNYCVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We enjoyed our first dining experience at Avanti. Lovely interior, with comfortable tables and attentive service. Our pasta dishes were yummy - ravioli with marinara sauce and penne with bolognese sauce. We relaxed and had a wonderful time at a very reasonable price. Parking is easy at nearby municipal lot.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice evening
    Kevinandtrish
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The staff was attentive from the minute we walked in food was delicious and arrived at the table in what seemed like minutes. Cooked to perfection I would definitely return to try out the rest of the menu!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful experince at Avan
    Hungryformore
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We have been coming to this wonderful restaurant for many years. Great Neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Amaral
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    This is a really good restaurant in that neighborhood. They serve a fantastic Carbonara Paste. The best I ate.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Restaurant
    MiamidinerVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    In a area where there are so many great restaurants,Cafe Avanti is a hidden gem. The Italian cuisine is exceptional. The service is friendly--outstanding. The ambiance is extraordinary. You will never see and experience a better dessert cart with some many freshly baked cakes and delights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A+definite place to keep in mind.
    comidareca
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Took reservations, Unlike the other Italian restaurant on 73 which had a 2 hour wait Who has that much time? Service was friendly, we were a group of 5 all entree were delicious Dessert was amazing Rum Alaska cake Wow! Great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    rbskfs
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    My husband & I had a fabulous meal at Avanti Restaurant. He had veal piccati, I had pasta bolognese. The fresh buffalo mozzarella appetizer was fantastic. Great flavors in all our dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent. Again
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We have been here many tines and will return. Great food,environment and service . The Salmon and swordfish special were excellent The service is wonderful, attentive and knowledgable but not overbearing. Resteraunt is full but you can carry on an easy conversation
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very disappointing
    goldie23VIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    We went to this restaurant based on the reviews and were very disappointed. From the appetizers to the entrees all choices were bland and just mediocre. Skip it.
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  • very nice, quality place
    daveVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    we split an appetizer and entree and loved our dessert. great little family place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistent
    1900
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Love this place - was a bit noisy though and the service was not quite as impecable as it could be.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great italian
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    we arrived very late 9:45, kitchen closes at 10. Every one was cool and calm, no hurry, and delivered a great slas,calamari and bolagnese with rigatoni, warm bread, good wine selection. Great service A go to place
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Evening
    FloridaCFO
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    My husband and I were in town for a conference and the bellhop at our hotel recommended Cafe Avanti. We were not disappointed ... Great food, good service and a nice neighborhood atmosphere. We would definitely dine here again if in Miami Beach.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Sauce
    BillyNTina
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    If you are looking for a great Italian meal, then here it is. The red sauce along with the rest of the food is fresh and fantastic.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved this restaurant Best mussels
    Cabigirl
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    In marina sauce So good we went back next night. If I lived in Miami would be a regular
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful neighborhood restaurant
    Akr700
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Cafe Avanti is a terrific spot to go for lunch or dinner with good food, no loud music and adequate nearby parking. It will be my go-to place for dining with friends and family when I want to dine well and be able to have quiet conversations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food. Very good service.
    RonC
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    The service and food were very good. I would give it 4.5 out 5. We had 5 people in our party and everyone was very pleased. They had a very good selection on their menu; something for everyone. I would go there again and recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious local spot!
    MelK
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Food was fantastic! Really enjoyed this restaurant. Super close to the Eden Roc and Fountainebleau hotels.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good italian restaurant
    ntrunk
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Very good italian restaurant, even for picky appetites. Service was also excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Great low key restaurant away from the craziness of Miami. Delicious traditional Italian fare. Lovely wait staff, warm and inviting. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was excellent! Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was excellent! Good service also, I like it. The only thing is that the menu that is online has many more choices and at the restaurant we had half of the online menu options.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • avanti
    bluelil
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We have dined at Cafe Avanti quite a few times when we have visited Miami. The food has always been very good, as well as the service. This time however, we were not happy. We felt as though we were "unimportant". Not that we want to be treated as celebrities, but we definitely were on the bottom of the priority list. The only thing that we got in a timely manner was water. Tables of two seated at the same time all got their drinks, appetizers, etc. way before us and were gone before we even got our entrees. And, they had the same server. As I mentioned, we have gone there many times before, but we won't be back.
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  • Great Food but a bit pricey
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    From the other reviewers we thought that Avanti was a typical neighborhood Itallian bisro- turned out to be a classic Italian Ristorante- complete with the white table cloths and high prices. Although the prices for the entrees were in the $20's -$30's, and the menu -a la carte, ALL of our dishes, whether it was the salman, veal, chicken or Eggplant Rollatini, were all made with excellent ingredients and prepared expertly. We went on Valentines Day and our reservation was honored and our table was at the center of the dining room. This was a very active place last Friday, which made noise level a bit high at the end of the meal, but not overly objectionable. Go here for a special meal for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate