Avanti Restaurant

4.8
965 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 star food and service. Best restaurant in Dallas.

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CG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband an I have been to Avanti twice and both times we had an amazing experience. Our waitress was pleasant, food was simply delicious, and the ambiance was nice. The music is always a nice touch to a lovely evening. We will definitely be back again. Avanti is one of our favorite restaurants in the Dallas.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant in Dallas!!!

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SL
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it all! Chicken Parm was best I have ever had. Aperol Spritz took us back to Italy

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C
Dallas
140 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful evening so we sat on the patio. It was so pleasant and our waiter was great and the food was delicious!! Can't wait to go back!! Use to go there frequently years ago and now it's my old, new favorite restaurant for dining before a performance in the Arts District!!

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MR
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first dinner here. Everything was outstanding from the bread to the dessert. Very good wine list. Food is delicious and presented nicely, can tell chef and staff care and take pride. Martin our waiter was outstanding and extremely knowledgeable about the food as well as the wines. Never wanted for anything throughout the dinner. Definitely going back

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live acoustic guitar, crab encrusted sea bass, great wine and my lovely bride in our 2nd anniversary. Service and all was excellent!

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Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

H as dinner here and it was just ok. Nothing to write home about. Probably wouldn’t go again.

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CW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love Avanti. The food, service, and atmosphere is outstanding. We love the live music, as well! Our new favorite restaurant in Dallas!

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SF
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Avanti, never disappoints.

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DD
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was delicious and our waiter was fantastic!

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AM
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Bolognese in town! Half off on all bottles on Mondays is an incredible deal to try higher end wines .

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f
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience!!!

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TC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent staff . I would definitely recommend to family and friends.

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MS
Dallas
41 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Solid food - not terribly imaginative. Very professional server who wanted to rush us through the meal. Forgot small things and would disappear from time to time. Very distracted. Older crowd of regulars.

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Amarillo
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service! The crab crusted sea bass was delicious. Sandra was our server and she took very good care of us. We will definitely go back!

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AZ
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband is an Italian from NYC and coming to Avanti's was like stepping into an authentic NY Italian family run restaurant. There is NOTHING bad about this place! The food was divine! The service was excellent. We normally don't go out for Italian because my husband cooks at home and its hard to find something better but this place is awesome! If you want REAL Italian food..Avanti's is THE place. It was pricey.. but totally worth it!

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m
Columbus
31 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Candi was simply the best! Our best dining experience in Dallas hands down.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was unsure about a few items and my waiter made recommendations and I loved every one of them from the wine to the appetizer to the entrée and ending with a phenomenal dessert!

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SM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely one of best restaurants in Dallas
Only issue, hard to get to on a weekend from north Dallas
The acoustical guitarist was excellent
Will be back!

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London
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience at Avanti. The service was excellent, the food was delicious, and the ambiance was great for a peaceful Sunday night dinner.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Friendly and inviting! Great Italian dining.

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BC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Everything on the menu is wonderful!

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JM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Avanti's Restaurant still does a great job after all these years!

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s
Dallas
88 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around, pretty much perfect food and service.

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1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary.

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1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. Cuisine was great and the ambiance was incredible. The live musician was very pleasant. I highly recommend it.

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DD
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avanti is one of our favorite spots in Uptown. The food is always great, as is the service and atmosphere! The stuffed mushrooms are the best I've had and the arugula salad with pears is wonderful! There plenty of entrees to choose from and we've liked everything we have ordered.

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Miami
85 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avanti was the best meal we had during our stay in Dallas. Authentic italian food, great ambiance, excellent service. We felt very confortable there. Loved it!

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant and always dine there when in Dallas. The food is amazing and the staff A +

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food tasted fresh and so delicious!!! We will definitely be back!

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JK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blown away. Can’t wait to come back

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M
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best!

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K
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, superb service. We started with ceviche, which was fresh and flavorful. Buratta salad was also good but would have been better with more tomatoes. We ended with two pasta dishes, both superb, and a very nice Barolo recommended by the waiter. Service was attentive without making us feel rushed. A very nice evening. We will go back.

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C
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service great location

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EL
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I love the ambiance and service I get with every visit to Avanti. I love the late hours of the weekends as well. Avanti is one of y favorite restaurants.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

They really need some better crusty, chewy bread then what is served at the table. The only thing disappointing!

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Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Live music was good as well.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food for a fair price. Went on Sunday and it was half off all wine bottles too which was awesome!

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