Cafe Avanti Restaurant

4.8
428 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Established in 1989, Cafe Avanti is in a league of its own. Fine traditional Italian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. It's family owned and operated, and home away from home for Miami Beach locals. The staff is welcoming and hospitable, and are sure to make you feel like a regular even as a first time guest. Chef Constantino Cadavid has been at the helm of Cafe Avanti for over 21 years. It's reputation for consistency is like no other. From veal meatballs and tuna tartare, to osso bucco and frutta di mare, every dish is absolutely decadent. Desserts are homemade & the ricotta cheesecake is the best you will ever have. Parking is easy and meters are turned off at 6pm. Whether you sit at the bar, cozy brick room, a romantic table by the window, or have a large party, Cafe Avanti will provide you with the perfect experience that you are looking for.
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ScottM
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We made our first visit to Cafe Avanti in early February 2021. It was splendid in all respects and the establishment deserves my time invested for glowing comments.

I called (before open hours) to make a reservation and the call was returned later in the day, by Luis the owner! He confirmed our seating time.

Upon arrival we were pleasantly greeted by Jessica, the Manager. She is Luis’ daughter and has been working in the family restaurant since she became an early teen. Very pleasant.

The decor was nicely Italian with tables spread far apart for Covid concerns. Excellent waiters who visited the table only when necessary (not too often, which we abhor).

First, we shared the Antipasto Rustico which was substantial for us both. Excellent meats, cheeses and red peppers with olive oil.

Next my wife ordered the Pollo Avanti which was delicious also, with a large portion of prosciutto and eggplant over the chicken breast. She ended up taking half home for another meal.

We each had a glass of white wine, with large portions at a reasonable price by the glass.

I ordered a mixed Seafood entree with mussels, calamari, shrimp and fish in a red broth over pasta. I barely ate half and I am a large eater. Excellent quality!

We had no room for dolce. Before departing, the Owner came to our table and spoke with us for five minutes about the restaurant’s history and his family’s Cuban origin and settling in Boston originally. They have operated CA for over twenty years in MB.

Our meal cost about $110 before tip but we felt it was surely worth it, plus we had dinner for the next night!

We will return often as Cafe Avanti is now our local favorite in Miami Beach.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Excellent service. Very accommodating. Highly recommend this restaurant!!!

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konradP
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and atmosphere 👌

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YokononB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Immediately upon entering this establishment I was greeted by several employees. I love the intimate setting and the overall appearance. The food was great, very authentic. I'm 100% sure I'll be visiting this restaurant again in the near future.

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StephanieK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Authentic Italian food! Had a wonderful experience celebrating Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend. Will definitely return.

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vipStulawyer
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great - as always!

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Rubia023
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never again! Waited by door along with 6 other people for over 20 minutes and no one even came to say hello.
Only interaction we had was with a rude terrible waitress that almost burn us while she was rushing by carrying soup.
Hope those other poor people left as well.

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Bummer
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the food, staff and location.

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DZIKO
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Margaritas are excellent appetizers great and the bone in filet mignon are outstanding

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Keem
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went in 2016 food was great. I went back and they did not let me down. The food is still great. I recommend if you want Italian food and you are in Miami Beach.

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vipDouglas
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints me when I’m in town for business or pleasure. My server was Todor and he is just awesome. Great recommendations for food and drink. Knows his wine and never rushes you. Great relaxed dinner. Thank you again!

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vipDeborahS
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food-A+
Service-A++++-Ruben and team were GREAT!
We highly recommend Cafe Avanti!

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DZIKO
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the margarita was great as always the bone in filed was the best i ever eat

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Aaron
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Avanti was a fantastic Italian restaurant located extremely close to the our hotel on Miami Beach. I would definitely recommend if you're looking for great Italian food, the best service at a not too expensive price.

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vipJimR
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Avanti is a gem. Well worth the walk from Miami Beach front.
Food and service were excellent.

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vipRossana
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will definitely go back, when visiting the area!
Fabulous place!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Walked here from our hotel on South Beach. Perfect place for an anniversary meal. Food was great, server was so professional, & pricing was fair!

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vipBrittanyR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! The staff and food is always on point

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vipDouglas
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cafe Avanti was the hidden gem we were looking for on our recent trip to Miami. We stumbled across it during an afternoon walk and decided to give a try that night. We had our best friends with us and upon entering they asked us to choose where we wanted to sit (Covid). We immediately knew they were taking it serious and we could relax during dinner. And what a dinner it was. Our server was over the top in his desire to make our dinner special. He suggested the calamari as our appetizer, we ordered cocktails while we looked at the wine menu. After we ordered he helped me narrow down the wine choices and actually brought and opened two bottles for us to try. I've never had that happen. Dinner consisted of Vitello Marsala, Polo Florentina and Frutta Di Mare. All three dishes were superb and the pasta was as close to homemade as you can get. Affogata for desert with some Grappa was the icing on the cake. It was a wonderful experience and we cannot wait to go back. Our friends are still raving about it. I highly recommend.

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vipfoodsnob
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service are consistently good. The staff makes you feel very welcome and there is great value with very large portions. Jesus, our waiter is the absolute best!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Highly recommend.

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vipBarbaraG
Miami
42 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! The Fish is always good and the lobster raviolis. Todor is the best in the service! Also the Tuna Tartar for starters is fantastic just like Todor.

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DZIKO
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great margarita the best Ossobuco over linguini and the service outstanding

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DZIKO
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

like always good food, good service and one of the best margaritas I had in a long time

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vipBarbaraG
Miami
42 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Lobster raviolis and the fish of the day is always great. Also the cheesecake is always a must. Also service impeccable with our beloved Todor!

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vipAlbertD
Birmingham
30 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and service. A true GEM

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TylerH
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Staff went beyond to get us seated due to COVID limits. Amazing food.

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vipCABLE
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is great.

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vipcarolyn
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best!!!!!!

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vipBarbaraG
Miami
42 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great as usual. The best Tuan Tartar with lots of flavors and the touch of capers was excellent. Great job at the social distancing we feel great coming here, like home. Also our very special waiter Todor is absolutely the best service you can have.

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vipTonyM
Miami
45 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Service was poor. Asked for water and never received it. Food overpriced.

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vipWorlddiner
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here. Owners are great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Always a must place to visit when we come into town. The ricotta cheesecake is the best cheesecake I’ve ever tried. A must get!!!!!

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vipfaydad
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love . Great local and everyone so nice

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The restaurant is very popular with locals and so it gets really busy on the weekends. And while the we food always tastes excellent, the service suffers at times, e.g., getting seated, getting the first glass of water, refills, etc.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mother’s 72nd Birthday. Everything was amazing...

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vipDanaL
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we want authentic delicious Italian food, with impeccable service we come here! We love this Miami Beach Institution!!

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morrie
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall, we had a very nice experience. Food was very good; wine list was excellent. The only negative factor was the noise level, which we found to be rather high.

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vipRosie
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely delightful meal & service. Modest pricing for such great quality. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

FAQs

Cafe Avanti Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Cafe Avanti Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (305) 538-4400.

Cafe Avanti Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 428 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.