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About Avanti Restaurant

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. Our menu features Italian Mediterranean dishes including seafood, steaks, veal and homemade pasta as well as a unique collection of wines. Avanti has become a Dallas mainstay, a chic neighborhood restaurant for over the past twenty-nine years.

2720 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Worthington

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(214) 871-4955

Website:
http://www.avantirestaurants.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary parking is available for lunch and dinner at Throckmorton and 2nd Street.

Executive Chef:
Mario Sanchez

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Avanti Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (34)
Good for a Date (30)
Special Occasion (29)
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Good for Anniversaries (26)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Authentic (21)
Cozy (21)
Live Music (20)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Business Meals (10)
Casual (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Fun (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Good for Groups (4)
People Watching (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 2 days ago

Always a favorite stop when we come to Dallas. Never disappointed.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 4 days ago

Great meal!
I visit here twice a month for so. I’m vegetarian I normally stick to my usual. Garlic load, stuffed mushrooms, wild mushroom risotto, and/or lasagna. My colleagues normally gets clams and chefs special. Bottle of tetuna il brichiato 2015 is perfect.
Little off on service once but good food so that can be overlooked.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

This place is fantastic, perfect for a date night or any special occasion. The food is authentic Italian. Martin is one of the nicest waiter I have dealt with, very courteous, knowledgeable about the menu and has a great personality. The live music in the background compliments the ambiance. My only suggestion to the Avanti's management would be to change the complimentary bread that is served there. The bread is very dry, hence serving a rustic Italian or a baguette would be a better option.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We have been going to Avanti's for 25 years and it just gets better with age. The menu is authentic Italian with fresh and tasty dishes. A good wine list and great service. The atmosphere is good for conversation and a romantic dinner. We had two pasta dishes (Carbonera and Pescatore that were both excellent choices. The lamb meatballs are a good starter to share. The restaurant is a classic in a trendy area of Dallas and a solid choice for value and quality food.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 10, 2018

1st visit to Avanti and i will definitely be back. The food was terrific. We started with the Gnocchi appetizer and garlic bread. For dinner we had Chicken parm and lamb chops. Highly recommend both

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Been here dozens of times... always fantastic!!

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

My first visit to Avanti and definitely not my last. Exceptional at all levels. I've seen other reviews where there are $$$$ next to the name, yet two of ate appetizers and one starter course for a total of $60. Definitely affordable and well worth it.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Amazing atmosphere and service. Not only was the food fresh and delicious, but the staff made us feel like family and like we have been going for years.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Wonderful dinner celebrating the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We really enjoyed our New Years Eve meal at Avanti's. They had taken all their best dishes to create the NYE menu, so there were several choices, not just a few. Shrimp stuffed crabmeat, veal parmesan and crab/shrimp ravioli were all excellent! The shrimp and ravioli in particular were very rich. We had really nice service and the place has a great ambiance.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Live Music
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very disappointed. Loud obnoxious crowd. Very slow service. It took 40 minutes from the time we were seated until our drinks came. Will not return.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

An old favorite. With more than 7000 restaurants in Dallas, I don't get here often but when I do the food and service are always consistent! Compliments to the chef also! Excellent as always......

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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vip
 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Martin, server is the best. This restaurant is a great value and food is excellent

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

By far Avanti is a gem in the middle of McKinney ave, came here for lunch and had an excellent experience, service and food. The wait staff takes good care of you as well. Thank you Avanti

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Had us wait at bar despite reservation although many tables were open. Food was good, but not spectacular. We have gone there a few times and will again.

Tags: Casual, Live Music
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Good experience. Just a little loud.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food was great, noise was awful, we could bearly hear each other, conversation was impossible

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 25, 2017

This is a quaint little place. I enjoyed the experience.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were in town, over Christmas, for a football bowl game. We were so thankful that Avanti was open, and grateful we could have a delicious Christmas meal together. The food, from the appetizers to the entrees, was absolutely delicious. The wine list is extensive and well crafted, without being overly loaded with choices. And, most importantly, the service was friendly, knowledgeable and impeccable. Thank you, Avanti, for one of the best dinners we have had, especially on such a high holiday, when we were uncertain if we would find anyplace, let alone such a great restaurant as yours.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Fantastic experience great food and lovely atmosphere for Christmas Eve dinner

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

As always, the food was wonderful.....we were there Christmas Eve and it was loud and even with reservations we had to wait for a little while but another great meal from Avanti. I think the only issue I have ever had with Avanti is the space is tight and the bar is tiny. There is no real flow, so while you wait you feel like you are hovering over some folks that are eating but it isn't an issue unless it is very busy.

Best late night meal in Dallas.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Avanti is one of my Uptown favorites. Great wait staff. Friendly and very cordial. Great Italian food with a romantic ambience and flair! Love this place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great date night restaurant

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vip
 (El Paso)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great local Italian restaurant with excellent food, staff and ambiance. We were looking for a cozy place to eat - Avanti was perfect. Staff was very friendly and have been there a long time.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Love Avanti and loved it this evening for a special, festive holiday dinner with dead friends. Food, drinks, wine, music, service, and ambiance were all perfect as usual! Merry Christmas to all our friends at Avanti!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

As always the food and service was excellent. This one of my favorite places to eat and have friends here for dinner. The food is always good. Great waiters and friendly bartender.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

We were startled that bread was served with (cold) butter, not olive oil.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great food and service. Was disappointed that there wasn't live music but all else was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing service, as ALWAYS and the food and ambiance is consistently cozy.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Live Music
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing food, impeccable service and a small but intimate dining area. Most definitely a wonderful place to dine!

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The service here is EXCELLENT! The Chicken Limone is very good & so is Salmon with Grilled Romaine. Love they have white tablecloths & flowers!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2017

This place always impresses.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised how great the food was at Avanti! I must have walked right by this place over a dozen times and never thought to stop in. Overall, we had a great date night, both were pleased with our entrees and will definitely be coming back soon.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a great Thanksgiving dinner; the traditional menu was delicious and portions generous; great wine selection and a friendly and attentive service. Loved the intimacy of the dining room and the family atmosphere on this special day.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

My experience at Avanti was rather enjoyable. The wine selection and atmosphere were both above average, but he food itself was not very good. My Avanti fettuccini tasted like noodles and steak with very little sauce. The noodles themselves were pretty good though.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Entree was excellent as was the service

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Made reservations relatively last minute for my mom's 78th birthday. It really exceeded all of our expectations in terms of food and service. Loved our food choices and cannot wait to go back again! Beats out all Italian that I have had locally in recent months!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food and service , I just wish the tables were larger and spacious

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

This place is amazing, last Friday me and my wife went to celebrate her Birthday and everything was perfect: delicious food, nice music and the service is really awesome. High Recommended!!!

Tags: Live Music, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

It is the only nice Italian restaurant I have been to that doesn’t have a gluten free pasta option. Had I known before going I would not have gone.

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