Avanti Restaurant

4.7
889 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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Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit avanti one a year during January market and absolutely love it!! 5 star all of the way!!

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B
Dallas
129 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good. Our first stop whenever we are in town.

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, excellent food and friendly, attentive service!

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TT
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was my first visit to Avanti, having heard about my fiends ranting and raving about it. It was good, solidly good, but I find Italian hard to be exceptional.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing first experience. Great atmosphere and service. The food was absolutely delicious. Perfect for a date.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere and service was great! However my meal was lacking in taste and was dry. I had the bolognese and the meat was dry and no sauce in the dish. Wine was great.

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WM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The spinach lasagna is to die for. That's all I ever order, and I've been there at least 7 *. Again, the spinach lasagna is the best tasting lasagna I've ever had, meat or vegetarian.

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

The stuffed raviolis & King salmon were delicious. Service was good & experience was nice.

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KH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a special occasion and enjoyed a delightful meal! We’ll be going again for sure!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Been consistently delicious for years

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KT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed at Avanti. Food is wonderful, staff are attentive, and knowledgeable.

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DW
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for our anniversary and thought it was wonderful. Martin was great and we will be back definitely

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AN
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Christmas dinner. Our 1st reason for stopping for dinner at Avanti was to hear the flamenco guitar music with dinner.

The special Christmas menu had too much food in our opinion. We had to take the desserts home, the tiramisu was excellent. The holiday menu had several slices of both turkey and ham, so there was a lot of meat. The meal was delicious overall.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful Christmas celebration!!!

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BJ
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My GF and I dined here Christmas evening. Everything was wonderful. Both of our meals were extremely flavorful, well portioned, and Authentic. I highly recommend this place.

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Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Good Service, The Garlic bread is awesome, only issue was the entrees where luke warm at best when they came out, They where busy but you still expect food to be hotter. Will try again

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j
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding and our food was delicious.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and impeccable service.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had early dinner before going to see chicago , the service fast and attentive , I really liked the stuffed mushrooms , will be back soon , our waiter name is martin ask for him, You will be happy

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JO
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistanly great! We try to dine here at least once every two weeks. Servers are frindly and the food is always great.

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Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Greeted promptly and escorted to our table. The waiter Martin was very knowledgeable in regards to drinks and food. He allowed us to visit, but also was attentive to our wants and desires. Crispy veal meatballs were recommended as an appetizer, which were delicious. I chose the crab crusted sea bass and my husband had the bone in short rib, both entrees were delicious and cooked to perfection.
We rounded out our dinner with a complimentary slice of tiramisu to celebrate a birthday...
It was a very nice evening.

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HL
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re regulars here! Always great service and food, fun ambiance. Definitely a Hidden Italian gem!

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DW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as always! Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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FR
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, great service, great food, great atmosphere...can’t ask for much more. The sea bass and veal chop were both amazing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and the staff is very nice as well.

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CW
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite place for lunch, finally joined work colleagues and their wives there for dinner. Outstanding in every aspect. One of the best restaurants in the metroplex.

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L
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and love the guitar music as background

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DM
Dallas
177 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both of us had Blackened Salmon Salad . It was Fantastic! We also had Tiramisu. Very good! Service was excellent!

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RL
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service from our waiter Martine.

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b
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter did a great job of getting our food quickly as we were going to a concert and didn't have much time.

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WW
Nashville
36 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a special occasion with friends. The food and service were wonderful. An incredible Italian dinner! Wait staff were very attentive, we were not rushed but the food was served on time and at the right temperature. A delightful evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my third time here. Every time my NYC business partner comes to town we go here for our first night dinner. He absolutely loves it and demands it - he comes from an Italian family and said he would put Avanti up against any NY place. It’s top notch. To top it, the service is amazing. Our server, Martin, is world class. We will request him every time.

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PG
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and service, ask for Candy!

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DM
Dallas
177 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Blackened Salmon with potatoes was excellent! Lemon Chicken was very good also. We had very good service.

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j
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite lunch spots. Great food, great service. What else could you ask for?

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KH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved it...underrated...really good...everything good.

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CS
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a wonderful meal. The lamb is consistently great. Candalaria is an excellent server.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Dallas. Owner and his staff are excellent and their customer service is off the charts!!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to this place at least once a month. Love the pasta & the tenderloin.

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1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amassing the wine list was a little pricey but I could definitely justify it for the service we had

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