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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
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4.7

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 (36)
Good for a Date (31)
Special Occasion (29)
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Good for Anniversaries (29)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Cozy (23)
Live Music (22)
Authentic (20)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Notable Wine List (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Business Meals (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Casual (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Fun (4)
People Watching (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Caribbean)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was delicious! Excelent service. The wine recomendation was superb. Very nice ambience. Recomend it!

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 (Dallas)·Dined 5 days ago

I went with my girlfriend to celebrate her birthday on Valentine’s Day and my experience was great. It was my first time there and I love it. It’s a great spot with live music and the food was delicious. The staff was very attentive and nice. It’s worth the price. We will be going there again

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Valentine’s dinner. Food and service was superb. Affluent guests are noisy though.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Service and good was OK, place was actually loud due to winter Olympic Games on TV and yelling at bar. Had trouble hearing my spouse across the table. Had a special request to write I Love You More! On desert plate but it didn't get done.........kind of messed up the ending of our anniversary date. Left $140 out of pocket for a night I won't get back

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our server Niene was cheerful and knowledgeable. Loved the asparagus salad. Nice touch with the music. Appreciated reseating us in a more quiet location away from the front door. We would come back

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We asked server to put unused break into our leftover bag, but she did not.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I have been here a half-dozen times and never had less than a 4-star experience, usually a 5. I was a little disappointed at first this time because I requested a booth in my reservation and they sat us outside, but less than ten minutes later the manager came by and offered us a booth that was opening up. It should be noted that I didn't have to say anything, the manager must've seen the reservation and taken the initiative to fix the situation on her own. That on its own was impressive. After that slight hiccup, in the beginning, everything else went perfectly. The service at this place is always top-tier and the food is excellent. We will undoubtedly be back again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, People Watching, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Extremely wonderful from the slow music to the sitting and the calamari fritti is the best I’ve had so far. Will definitely go again

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 3, 2018

celebrated a birthday! everything was great. was hoping they’d see we put birthday as our occasion in the open table reservation and do some fun small birthday dessert. but otherwise, it was great! they have the best chicken parm

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

What a great place! Our party of 3 had a fantastic dinner here. We all got the arugula salad, then ordered the chicken parm, the grilled salmon with risotto, and the pepper steak special. All of them were prepared perfectly. We shared 2 desserts, the Kahlua chocolate cheesecake and the peanut butter chocolate pie.

Additionally, the service was excellent. We were very well taken care of. I highly recommend this place.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Very popular place with the locals, even on the weekdays, so reservations are encouraged. Excellent selection of wine, cocktails, and food for all to enjoy. The live guitar music is always a pleasure and subtle enough to enjoy a conversation. Authentic Italian selections from pasta to fish and meats for all tastes. Attentive waiters. Relatively small bar but fully stocked and you can even order a flight of scotch or tequila if you don't prefer one of the several craft cocktails.
As a repeat customer, I have never been disappointed at this Uptown dining gem. All items were reasonably priced too, depending on your wine choices of course. Highly recommend this place for an enjoyable, casual but upscale, dining experience!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Live Music
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great service and food as usual. A little too noisy for my taste.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great service and food. We orderded chicken parmesan and three cheese spinach lasagna and everything was delicious. Our server was Martin and he was very knowledgeable and made pretty good recommendations, also really kind.

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Although the restaurant was fairly crowded, we had excellent service the entire meal. Our waiter was very attentive, but the servers work as a team, including the manager, who helped out and came by to chat.

The food was very good and we will definitely come back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 25, 2018

My favorite restaurant. ALWAYS very good food, good service, nice relaxing environment that isn’t too noisy. CONSISTENTLY good without exception.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Always a great experience, amazing food, good prices, and impeccable service! Absolute Dallas favorite!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The ambiance was really nice and intimate, we decided to come here for my boyfriends birthday since he loves Italian food. He really enjoyed his dish, the fettuccini Diablo, I believe it’s called. I ordered the linguini and clams which was also delicious. For an appitizer I order the calamari, it was bad but wasn’t anything remarkable either. Deinfetly could've used some spices in the batter.
Our server, Martin if I remember correctly, was very nice. He took awhile to take our order as he seemed to get sat another time not too long after we got there. All in all, he gave good service though.
I may not return very soon just because of the price but possibly for another special occasion.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 21, 2018

It was my mothers birthday, so my boyfriend and I took her out! Everything was amazing! It was a little warm in there but it wasn’t enough to kill our fun! Loved the food. We will definitely be back!

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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Excellent ambiance, food and service outstanding!

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 (Montreal)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Food was excellent, service was fantastic. Will definitely be back next time I’m in Dallas!

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Yep yep yep

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 9, 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 6, 2018

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

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 (London)·Dined on January 3, 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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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

Wonderful dinner celebrating the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 30, 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 30, 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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 (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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 (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 25, 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 25, 2017

Good experience. Just a little loud.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 25, 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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 (Dallas)·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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