Avanti Restaurant

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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 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 30 years.

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service!

C
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our experience was very positive! They accommodated our last minute request to add a person to our table without issue. Our server was enthusiastic and made recommendations. Our food was fast and very good. The portions were generous and our tastebuds experienced a delicious dinner. The fish special tasted fresh and the beet salad was my favorite!

LG
Austin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Absolutely delicious food, great service and romantic atmosphere. I ordered the Chicken Saltimbocca and my date had a steak, both were fabulous. The potatoes & green beans were so flavorful as well. Friendly waitstaff & good wine. Definitely recommend.

T
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avanti was everything I thought it would be and more. I went on valentines with my boyfriend and we both enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and drinks. The live music was also beautiful and it was just a great restaurant overall. I really recommend it to anyone looking for an amazing meal at an amazing restaurant.

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We came for Valentine’s and the food was okay. Our waiter seemed pushy, but was attentive. I would say avoid for a celebration but a good spot for a random date night.

JH
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always. Top notch service along with delicious entrees.

V
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avanti is the kind of restaurant which makes you so happy to have dinner there that you hesitate to write a really good review because it may become so popular that you won't be able to book a table.

We eaten there twice and each time whatever we had was just perfect. This past Monday we ate with friends and just loved the mussels, calamari, lasagna, clams in white sauce, etc. Their 50% off wine selection is superb.

James our waiter was fast, amusing and friendly, who could ask for more.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hosted my “Galentines” here which was all of our first time eating here, the experience was overall amazing! The staff was so accommodating, we all were running late and changing our reservations was a breeze. The ambiance was romantic and intimate. We waited at the bar while a table big enough became available, the drinks were reasonable and the bartender was great. Once we got seated and served our food; it was fast, piping hot, fresh and DELICIOUS!!! We WILL be coming back! Thank you OpenTable

JD
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food and ambience. Cozy. Great live music. Only complaint is the noise level, making it difficult to have a conversation

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food! I will definitely be back.

RB
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very cozy and friendly place to meet and greet. The service was outstanding and our waiter James was the best.

JD
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A nice place for dinner. The food is excellent and the service is a nice balance of attentive but not intrusive. It is a little cramped and a little noisy, but that's worth the overall experience.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED EVERYTHING. Food was spectacular.

DF
Jackson Hole
25 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, live music and delicious food. Have always enjoyed Avanti. Very consistent.

CS
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good, but overpriced. We sat at a bad table because we were 3, even though better tables for 4 sat empty all night. And we had reservations. We wanted to hear the music, but we couldn't hear it from our table. Waiter spilled wine all over table, but gave us dessert. We liked it better before. Again, not a bad place, just not worth the cost.

PH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was very knowledgeable about the wine list!

TP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome! The owner greets you at the door and makes sure you are taken care of the entire night. The food was delicious. The atmosphere is so nice. You feel like you might be in a cafe in Europe. I highly recommend this restaurant.

h
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great staff and lovely ambience. Such a wonderful, quaint restaurant that makes you feel warm and welcome!

RS
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always great food and service. The special of the day, lamb chop were delicious.

EG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We normally love Avanti on a Sunday because of the half-price wine and live music. However our last visit was not our normal experience. We had gotten a group together that wanted to join us because we have been going there so much recently, when we arrived and met them at the bar, they were out of the wine that we normally order, and would not offer us an equivalent for the same price. So we ordered the more expensive one, since they are half off and then we were told that that was their last bottle. When we sat down to eat, I wanted to the appetizer that I normally get and look forward to, But was told they were out of that as well. Not sure what was going on that night but they were out of three things that I wanted and nobody ever apologized or helped offer other options, etc. Normally I would give it four stars but our last visit brought me down to three. However, we will be back given past experiences and I am hoping that this was just an off night.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Only issue with the experience is they squish the tables in the building so close you can’t help but hear everyone’s conversations around you, and there is hardly room to walk.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Yummy food!

g
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Ambience was good for date night. Food was very good. Bread basket had multi grain that was warm and delicious but not your typical Italian bread We started with a burrata which was good but small in size. We had chicken parmigiana which was a generous portion and prepared well. If I lived here I would return.

DD
Dallas
40 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Martin was fantast

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Will be back soon. Aaron is a great server !!

WL
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a must for us when in Dallas. Never too loud to have a quiet conversation. Food is consistent year after year. Wait staff are attentive and knowledgeable. We also enjoy the music

KF
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for a relaxed evening with amazing food, service, ambiance and wine selections. Our party all raved about everything. We showed up with 2 extra than our reservation as a last minute hitch and they handled it beautifully. This is one of our new favorite spots!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always go for our anniversary and they always provide a great experience. They have never let me down yet

L
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service as always was excellent. Great attention without been intrusive. Food was good. Taste and temp were on point. Portions are good and plenty to take home if you don't eat like a 20 year old. Parking can be tricky so get there early.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar with our favorite bartender. We had the crab cake entree and carbonara pasta. Both dishes were delicious as always! Great ambiance and the owner is always very attentive.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good Italian style Restaraunt with great old school feel.

s
Dallas
41 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from valet though diner. Friendly, happy place to enjoy a nice dinner. We eat here on a regular basis and never disappointed. I come all the way from Colleyville to eat here, so that should tell you something.

MH
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

DM
Dallas
226 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had Mushroom Soup & Blackened Salmon Romaine Salad both Excellent.... SERVICE OUTSTANDING!

p
Greensboro
26 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so wonderful. He was kind, attentive and fun to chat with. The food was outstanding - fresh and flavorful. Perfect for a pre-theater dinner. Thanks for a great experience.

KE
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken parm was the best we've had. Served over fettucini w/a hint of alfredo was different and our table agreed, excellent. As was the spinach lasagna.

AB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, music, and ambiance were all perfect!

T
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian in Dallas!!!!! Love the owner.

S
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We had reservations for 10:45 pm and we were not seated until 20-30 minutes later, when the hostess said it would only take a few minutes . We were not offered anything complimentary due to this or even a seat to take while we wait which I find very unprofessional and uncouth for a 4 star highly rated and recognized restaurant. I understand it was New Year’s Eve but we had reservations and they should have been better organized. We were the last to receive our party favors and our meal. Outside of that the meal in itself was tasty. I will definitely reconsider ever booking Avanti again , which so much competition in Dallas I know There is better dining experiences.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent Nye there and it was a surprise how good the food was and service.

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