Avanti Italian Bistro and Bar

4.5
283 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
A highly elegant and new Italian bistro with many years of background, providing refreshing italian cuisine under supervision of Italian / french Master Chef Marco D"arsi. You will enjoy our exquisite dishes along with specialty wines or crafted martini/cocktail near our cozy fireplace or on the elevated patio. You would feel as if you are dining in a most decorative luxury cruise liner dinner hall.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday; 11:30 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:30 am - 3:30 pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday; 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm; Friday & Saturday; 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm;
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Phone number
(626) 817-9180
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Marco D"arsi
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Catering
We tailor our catering to your needs.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Foothill Blvd and Sierra Madre Blvd
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Parking details
We have our own attached parking lot behind the restaurant. There are also plenty of free street parking available aroun and adjacent to restaurant all day and night. Valet parking may be provided in the future as well.
Additional
Bar Dining, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 283 People Are Saying
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AB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Third time there everything was great, however the table we sat was near an air condition and we were freezing

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice spot for a great italian style meal with a friend or a small group. Beautiful restaurant with attentive service. Also, they have a gluten free pasta option.

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RF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant provided a good dining experience for our party. It was interesting that the last time we dined there was on a Friday night. Diners were dressed more formally. This occasion we were there on a Saturday and the dress was more casual. One challenge that Avanti has is the menu is the same as their former more informal cafe that charged about 1/3 less than the dishes here. The dishes are the same. The one outstanding note is the service. It is second to none!

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VC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was so terrible, I will never walk into this place again. The waiter started yelling at me and threatened violence because I asked him if I offended him because after taking our order he never came back until we needed to pay the bill.

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JS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Had high expectations after reading the O.T. reviews...DIsappointing though---Very, Very nice folks on the wait staff and hostess staff. However, considering the place as nearly empty when we were there, I thought the service very slow. The angel hair was over cooked(and yes, that is a tough pasta to get right). I hate giving even a mediocre review but it was very "meh" and I really thought it would blow me away; I wish the best for the folks there---it is certainly better than Olive Garden ! But not for me going forward;

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N
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Satisfied but not overly impressed. Service is average considering there were only 2 tables, including ours. Food is acceptable, pricing is reasonable. An older gentleman greeted us by the door when we walked in, seems to be the owner or the manage, who has no smile on his face. Only 2 tables for Saturday lunch (12 noon to 1:30pm) time is not very impressive.

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WR
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We've had the pasta before, which was good, and this trip we both ordered the Branzino, which was also good, but it had a lot of bones. Probably this was normal, (although we've had Branzino many times in other restaurants that did not have this many bones), but we felt that we should have been warned. Also the sweet potato/yam mash that comes with it is kind of unusual. I liked it but partner didn't.
The bread is delicious and I had a nice glass of sangiovese, and our pre-dinner salads were good.
The decor and vibe in here is nice. Nice service. Not a destination restaurant, but a good option if you are in the area.

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m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

1st time at Avanti went for dinner before going to ‘A Noise Within’ to see a play as it is close by to the playhouse
We were pleasantly surprised by the entire experience and even though we mainly stayed with the pasta dishes they were very good
Calamari not as interesting and the Ceasar Salad had too much dressing but we could have controlled that by requesting less
Overall, very tasty food and nice ‘wait’ staff

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SW
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service and excellent value of meals
Attentive,friendly and cozy.Highly Recommended.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing.
The fettuccine Alfredo is a must

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SB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was a great guy. Super friendly and helpful

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b
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

As we walked in the door, I felt this was going to be a lovely experience. But it really didn’t turn out that way. The hostess never smiled and let us to the worst table in the room in a corner where the sun, despite the sunshades shown directly in our eyes. We asked to be moved and the only thing she offered as available to the two of us was a table by the kitchen door. There were several empty four tops. The waiter was prompt and efficient. The food was, well mediocre would be an overstatement. The Caesar salad was nothing but a heap of what appeared to be iceberg lettuce with virtually no dressing. The fish fillet had way too many bones. Very disappointing. We were very underwhelmed by the entire experience. However I would say that if you choose the right menu items, perhaps it could’ve been better as the environment was lovely.

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KM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband and I have enjoyed several meals at the Avanti since they opened at this location. Prior to that, we used to go to the one on Lake for pizza and for some of the pasta dishes that are still on the current menu. The chef is excellent. All of the food has been well prepared. Each time, I've tried something different and I'm always pleased. Our wine was also delicious and complemented our meal well. However, I would have prepared more plain slices of bread rather than the crackers and/or garlic rolls. We have invited
guests to eat with us on three occasions, all with positive results.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday experience for my mother. Excellent service. Amazing food. Thanks for a special meal.

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P
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Being that this was my first time here, the ambiance/decor was really nice and modern for an Italian restaurant. First impression of food was ok. ‘Ok’ in a positive, I’ll try again, way. It was unfortunate that a loud party arrived mid-way of our dinner which took away from the moderate noise level. They pretty much interrupted the first time experience. The place was a bit small so a large party that can be loud will be heard and bothersome ‘if’ they are loud

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AL
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The food is not as good with the price you paid. The salad came out dry & tasteless. Main course are nice but not as good as expected.

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WR
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, good service, food about average and fairly priced. Worth trying if you live in the area and don't feel like driving into central Pasadena. Would give 3.5 stars.

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OL
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful dining experience. The staff is friendly, yet professional. We never felt rushed and allowed to enjoy each course. Our group dine frequently and this is the first time, we all agreed that this restaurant is worthy of bringing our own family to experience.

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L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been clients since it opened
We love it
We bring family and friends
Nice place
Good food
Good service
Ciao
Lucia Malfitano/Golden

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MB
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Very good food, starting with the appetizers, we had calamari, then main course pasta, being an Italian restaurant.
The service was bad, our server kept saying he doesn’t know much about wine so he could not recommend any pairings, we end up choosing an Italian alternative white wine , very good. When it was dessert time, our server, again, couldn’t tell us if any of their desserts were made in house, therefore we chose none.
Even though the place was half empty, the service was bad, luckily the food was very good.
We told management about our experience, hopefully they will do something about it. Too bad, such good food, good location, the experience was not so great due to the service offered.

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JW
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this restaurant though I do miss the little neighborhood spot on Lake Street that was closed a short time ago. I live in NY and try to have dinner at Avanti Cafe at least once every time I am out here, which is often. I love the Angel Hair Pasta dish--can't seem to find anything like it anywhere else which is surprising since I have access to the best Italian Bistros in NY. The wine selections are also excellent, and their menu has just enough chooses for comfortable selection. Food is consistently delectable. I highly recommend this restaurant. The only thing I do not particularly enjoy is the seating at the back near the fireplace. As a single person who often dines alone I like to be in the center of things or near the window. Unfortunately the small tables are in the back.

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AM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a wonderful family dinner following graduation. Food is always excellent, but service was slower than normal. It was was midweek which may have made a difference in staffing?

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L
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

It seemed disorganized from the time we walked in and told them we had reservations. First I checked in with the lady at the reservation area and then a little while later a man asked about my reservation. When we were finally seated, the people next to us were very loud and the two people on the bench seat were so large, they were partial on my part of the bench and I didn’t have much room. It was very uncomfortable. We had 3 different waiters come to our table at the beginning and it took a long time to get our cocktails. We weren’t sure which one was our actual waiter because one took our drink order, another told us about the specials and another took our dinner order.

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DD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious. I had the salmon and it was out of this world. My husband had the wild mushroom rigatoni and he loved it, especially that it wasn’t drowning in a heavy cream sauce. The eggplant appetizer was delicious as well, as was the peach martini. Very pleasantly surprised and would definitely come back and recommend to friends.

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m
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

strange Italian food that was mostly inedible. Pizza was good though.

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EL
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good overall experience, the staff was attentive and everyone enjoyed their food. Favorites were the butternut squash ravioli and the beef bolognese. Nice desserts, too

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NF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good. However service was only average,less than expected. Perhaps because they were busy because of Mother’s Day weekend

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San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous ! Our friends really enjoyed dinnrt

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f
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Admittedly, it had been awhile since I last visited this restaurant, having preferred the coziness of their other pizza place in Pasadena. unfortunately, even the bread was not up to snuff and my pasta was meh. Other better Italian options in town.

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JJ
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent good food and sevice in a charming and cozy setting.

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L
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I was a bit disappointed with my meal. The eggplant parmesan was over cooked and the crust was too hard. I have had plenty of excellent dinners at Avanti before.

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DM
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Avanti was very busy the evening we dined there. The service, while well intended, was not spot on. It took forever to order and receive a cocktail, though their delicious Manhattan, made with rye whiskey, was worth the wait. Before cocktails, we received an unwanted lecture about their Happy Hour and how it did not extend to us at a table, but only to those at the bar, and that even the bar Happy Hour had reached its expiration. As we did not intend ordering anything from the Happy Hour Menu, we felt quite uncomfortable hearing this unnecessary speech. The Ceasar Salads were excellent, among the best we have tasted in the Pasadena area. One of the entrees was excellent; the other was so-so. The rib eye was perfect, succulent and done to specifications. The Branzino, while tasty, was very bony, so much so that it should not have been considered a filet. The apricot bread pudding, with a sip of Sambucca, was a delicious way to end the dining experience. We would like to return for a repeat performance, perhaps a little later in the evening (after 8) when things are less hectic.

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a
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent butternut squash ravioli. Like everyplace else nowadays it was a bit noisy.

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KS
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is the second time we have had dinner here. My main course was perfect! I would have given them 5 stars if the bread was as perfect. Instead the waiter brought bread that was dry and hard. I asked it to be replace and the second batch was still not to fresh. My Cesar salad was not bad but not a real Cesar.

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DB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a great meal in a cute restaurant. The issue I had was with the busman who returned the food (doggy bag) to the wrong people and was too rushed.
The waiter was awesome.

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SC
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I discovered this place when looking for a nice place near the venue of a play were we seeing at 'A Noise Inside'.

I made a reservation via Open Table on for 6:30pm on 04/21/18. My date and arrived at 6:25. They found our reservation on their tablet and told us it would be a moment. Within 2 minutes we were led to our table. So far - awesome experience. I loved the ambiance- chandeliers, table cloths, perfect lighting. The food did not disappoint either. I had the angel hair pasta w/ shrimp & my date had the pasta with pesto. She loved it - she even shares some with me.

My only complaint was our waiter. He did not greet us, introduce himself or exchange any pleasantries. He came to our table "What can I get for you?" Gee - thanks.. .nice to meet you too. I had to ask what the specials were. He was just really 'checked out' - and didn't convey any warmth or that he cared about us as guests. He never came back to make sure everything was OK. That was very disappointing. That is not acceptable at a place like this and when paying over $20/plate.

I would go back to this place for sure - BUT I would make certain to request a different waiter. He almost ruined our evening - but I wouldn't let him. We made the bets of it. I was seated across a gorgeous woman - and we enjoyed our meal, drinks and the rest of the evening.

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M
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Came in for a quick bite before a meeting. I enjoyed a delight dinner and amazing service

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambience and food. We will be back

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Great food and very nice decor. Terrible service- waiter was slow and somewhat unfriendly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit. Fantastic. See you again soon.

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