Avanti Restaurant

4.8
1012 reviews
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Italian
Avanti Restaurant offers an intimate dining room with a sleek, Uptown bistro atmosphere, where you can hear live music nightly. For the urban connoisseur dine al fresco, sip, mingle and eat outdoors amongst your friends on the trendy McKinney Avenue strip and enjoy an exceptional hospitality.
Chef Mario’s cuisine is inspired by the flavors of Italy and the Mediterranean region. Signature dishes are Pasta Bolognese, Osso Buco, Crab Crusted Sea Bass, Ceviche, Three Cheese Spinach Lasagna, Farfalle Carbonara, or Bone-in Veal Milanese. Our menu also features steaks, lamb, seafood, hand-made fresh pasta, legumes of the season and a Wine Spectator awarded Wine Collection focused on the Italy-Mediterranean including a selection of Texas' rising stars. Avanti has become a Dallas mainstay, a chic neighborhood restaurant for over twenty-nine years.
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JL
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and authentic Italian. Highly recommend!

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Dallas
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our service is always wonderful, however, this visit we had a new server, just learning the ropes. Nothing really bad, just needs more time to learn the menus and routines at Avanti.

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MW
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avanti is a great location for a business lunch. I had a wonderful dinner here in the past but this was the first time I tried the restaurant for lunch. The food was excellent, as was the service.

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R
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

I don't think the waiter understood us or he did not know what angel hair pasta is. My companion was asking questions about two dishes on the menu. He asked what do you want exactly and I will get it made for you. She told him angel hair pasta with shrimp. It came out with fettuccine pasta with shrimp. I got there before my date and we both got desserts to go. He put it the same bag, so I asked for two bags for separate desserts. It was a lot of little things like that the whole night (no energy). I know we were the last couple in the restaurant, but overall it was good/not great. When I go out I usually give 30-40% for a tip, I only gave 19%. Overall it's a very welcoming place with excellent food.

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d
Dallas
64 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is a reason Avanti has been our romantic, neighborhood gem for the last 29 years. You can expect genuinely friendly attentive service and delicious cuisine with consistent execution in a romantic candlelit dining room. Soft acoustic guitar music nightly adds to the special ambiance of an evening dining at Avanti. Enjoy!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I love Avanti. Definitely one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Dallas. The food is always up to par and the ambiance is great for a date/romantic evening. Valet parking is a nice touch as well.

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s
Dallas
37 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Avanti...Eat there often. From Valet, to greet, to seating and waiter, all perfection.

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Shreveport
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always top notch. Service is excellent and food prices are great. Only concern is wine list is overpriced - that happens as you become more successful. From out of town but coming here for over 30 YEARS.

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TB
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken parm was excellent.

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OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent! All meals were great. Waiter was excellent. Provided free desert for the birthday girl with candle.

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JF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great date night spot. would go back and would recommend

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JS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I celebrated my girlfriends birthday at Avanti's and advised them thru the reservations. Nothing special was done, not even Happy Birthday. No big deal. However the food was not worth the cost. It was authentic and looked appealing, but the food was bland and needed additional seasoning. The portions were also uneven and just didn't seem worth the price. In short we spent roughly $100 and I guarantee for the price we could have spent that somewhere else and got a better Birthday Welcome and Food.

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Normally, I would. We go to this restaurant a lot for special occasions, but we were disappointed on this night, especially because it was for my 50th birthday. The waiter was rushing us out- we were in and out in less than an hour and he never acknowledged my birthday. Needless to say it was a rushed and disappointed dinner.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Some of the best Italian we’ve had in Dallas. We will absolutely be back!!

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Y
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great foods
With a type of service where you feel very welcome

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Avanti is a nice place to eat. It has the feeling of a neighborhood restaurant. Our food and drink were well prepared. If we lived in the area, I suspect we would eat there frequently.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, and ambiance were great. The night went by seamlessly. Our server Martin, the hostess, management and everyone in between were very professional, attentive, and genuine. We were here celebrating a birthday and it was a great experience. We will be back!

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Dallas
55 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Sunday night dinner @ 730 pm...restaurant was quite busy for a Sunday night, guitar player added nice ambiance. Special seafood entree over pasta with spicy marinara was as recommended, and very generous with the seafood, garlic bread on appetizer menu was worth requesting. Overall, a very very good dining experience!

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M
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a birthday celebration with a large group. It was an amazing experience. The service was great and towards the end of our time, they had a live musician, which set a great ambiance for the place. It’s relatively small but in a good way since it was cozy and intimate.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST restaurant I’ve been to in Dallas, and hands down best Italian I’ve ever had. The ambience was incredible, the acoustic guitarist Miguel was so impressive, and our waiter was so attentive and made amazing suggestions. HIGHLY recommend the crispy veal meatball appetizer, farfalle carbonara entree, and tiramisu dessert. We had such a great time we actually called the owner over to say how impressed we were.

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TM
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always great! Very pleasant neighborhood Italian restaurant.

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JS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was referred to us by the concierge at the Fairmont Hotel and we are so glad he did. Our experience was wonderful and we will definitely go back on our next trip to Dallas.

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KL
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere was magnificent! The waiter we had was awesome and service was great. The manager took out time to talk to us and gave us a warm welcome.

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KS
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cute dinner place Hasan (sorry for the probable misspelling) was an excellent waiter, and really made the dinner an experience. The other waiter completely ignored us when we had a question on our way out, but once we tracked down Hasan, he apologized took care of us.

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DF
Jackson Hole
25 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very attentive staff. Great food and cocktails. A reliably good restaurant.

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JH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful food, drinks, wait staff, ambience, music! A restaurant we frequent a lot and are never disappointed!

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B
Dallas
40 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy dining at Avanti! Consistently excellent food and service. Nice atmosphere with delightful live guitar music. Amin makes everyone feel special and very welcome.

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P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited on a business dinner with two associates from California based on the recommendation of my granddaughter who’s been living in the area for about 6 months. Originally being from Philadelphia, I’m always delighted to find great Italian food . I had the simple Chicken Parmigiana and it was perfect with the Barolo that my friend picked . Definitely will be back next time in Dallas

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VM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service , great atmosphere too. The best garlic bread I’ve ever had

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RB
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avanti is always fantastic. Amin and Candice do a great job for us every time. Keep up the good work guys.
Delicious Italian comfort.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and wonderful food.

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AL
Montreal
16 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our night out here!

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C
Dallas
148 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat on patio for lunch and it was very pleasant and the waiter was great and food also great!! Love this place!! Dinner also a great experience!

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AC
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Inside Very dark and noisy. Se could dinner outside in the pateo, very Pleasant. Good food. Good prices.

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Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Candi was AWESOME! Food was awesome!

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b
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really love this place. The food is absolutely amazing.

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JB
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say...the food is spectacular!!! Immediately when I walked in, the host addressed me by "Mr." followed by my last name...it was unforgettably awesome! The service from our waitress was top notch, and the quality of food never disappoints. It's an indescribable spot to take a date. The live music also delivers in unmatched excellence.

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S
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The lamb chops were perfect and the sea bass delicious. Recommend the beet salad. Outdoor seating picked up the loud music from across the street. Service and food cannot go wrong with Avanti, we are repeat customers and never disappointed.

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EO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Dallas!

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C
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining in Dallas. Great food service and location.

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