Cafe Avanti Restaurant

4.8
332 reviews
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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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Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food excellent service good. Definitely go back when in Miami Beach.

Craig alper

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Baltimore
66 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've come to this restaurant several times over the past two years and its quickly become my favorite restaurant. The food is outstanding, service is excellent and prices are more than reasonable. Cafe Avanti has the atmosphere of a neighborhood type of place (where everyone knows your name) but the food - both in terms of quality and variety - and service compares favorably with the big name (and high priced) restaurants scattered all over Miami Beach. I have never been disappointed, which is saying something for an old curmudgeon like me.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best kept secret in Miami - last minute decision that we never regretted- great food, friendly hostess and wonderful service - thanks for a great time ❤️

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TM
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Soup was not hot and pasta was over cooked. Would not recommend this place

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Miami
36 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service

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Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very good. Service was good. Very attentive when we arrived.

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BM
Miami
44 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cage Avanti is a very dependable neighborhood restaurant. The service and food are always really good and the family that owns the restaurant makes you feel very much at home. It is one of the few neighborhood restaurants on the beach. I would highly recommend it.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always very good with traditional and great service.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Cafe Avanti as they had gluten free options. The GF pasta was a penne and it was very nicely cooked al dente and the carbonara was delicious. I had a very nice glass of Chianti’s as well. We will definitely tmreturn to this restaurant.

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New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I experienced excellent service from Jesus and a delicious meal at Cafe Avanti.
We will be back the next time we are in Miami Beach!

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Miami
26 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very friendly owners. Very involved.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Avanti is a great hidden gem in Miami Beach. Located on 41st St, CA offers delicious & authentic Italian cuisine with a beautiful ambience. Romantic setting for a date, excellent service, good wine selection. Highly recommend!

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Baltimore
67 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. Really wonderful Italian food, with generous servings all tasting wonderful. Good wine selection (mostly Italian). Great desserts (including Tartufo, which is my favorite). Service - this time by Desi - is fantastic.
I hesitate to write this glowing reviewing only because it might induce others to come here and so make it harder for me to make a reservation.

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BG
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here but I knew this restaurant had been here for many years. It did not disappoint. Since we walked in to the end of our meal we had excellent service from Todor. He was very accommodating to our son and to us as well. Every item we requested and how it was cooked was perfect. I had the Branzino cooked perfectly crispy on the skin and sauce on the side so as to not ruin the crispiness. Our table also had the raviolis and the NY Steak. All cooked perfectly. The desserts are great all made in house and it showed. We had the Tiramisu ( great ) and the Ricotta cheesecake. This cheesecake was like no other since it was light and airy. Lets just say nothing was left. We will return very soon.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful; the food, wine, service. Authentic Italian cuisine.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Best Brazilian sea bass I’ve ever had in North America!

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Miami
49 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was excellent. Desi, our waiter was very professional and excellent.

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MW
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delight. Never disappointed, even after nearly 30 years

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e
Miami
156 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nearly renovated but staff and menu stayed the same which was great. Food served timely, well paced and special request were fulfilled. It really is a neighborhood gem that can handle various group sizes as it has a separate dining room for group meetings or large groups.

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l
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Avanti. I used to come there with my parents. It was their favorite restaurant. My brother and I still go there and we still love the food and the atmosphere.

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Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and our waiter, Desi, provided outstanding service!

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MJ
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was outstanding and authentic Italian. Service was attentive. Highly recommend if you’re looking for great Italian food.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What an amazing find! Impeccable service, delicious food, reasonable prices. Well worth it!

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RH
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really pleased to find this on vacation but out of the way of noise etc of main drag.

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RG
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic Italian dishes. Large plentiful portions. Meatballs are a must! Great neighborhood restaurant with nice ambiance and staff.

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CT
Key West
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was impeccable. I had the Minestrone soup, it was delicious! My niece had the Mediterranean mussels in a marinara sofrito, the sauce was outstanding and we ordered more bread to soak up every drop. For dinner we both had Veal Picatta with extra capers, it did not disappoint. We sat on the bar side of the restraunt which is quieter and more to our liking. The staff was friendly and the service was great. Wonderful experience and will definitely be back. 5*’s

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LK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was impeccable. Ate Branzino and rum cake per server’s recommendation and they were absolutely delicious! Minestrone was the best I’ve ever tasted. Wonderful experience overall. 5*’s

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Miami
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Big portions, great taste!

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AB
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Great menu. What you expect to find in a classic Italian restaurant. The food was very good and the service was excellent. Great choice for a quiet dinner.

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B
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, the dinner was OUTSTANDING. We have had MANY meals at Cafe Avanti and never had a bad one. Service was EXCELLENT and attentive. Loved he ricotta cheesecake they brought for the birthday celebration. VERY LOVELY gesture.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food

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Miami
75 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Café Avanti has been my a neighborhood standby favorite on mid-Beach, Miami Beach for many years. I enjoy the welcoming demeanor of the staff and their true diligence in making certain all is up to customer standard. The ambiance is remarkably like being in Italy. The lovely bar in the back, a side dining room (my preference) where it seems a bit more like private dining. There is without doubt a charm to the appointments in the rooms and bar.

And the food; most traditional Italian specials are offered and there are daily specials. On this visit, we shared a Peppardelle Bolognese that meant we finished completely. The kitchen is very generous in that they will accommodate individual preferences upon request. Both of us had the Snapper, one Française, and one sautéed with capers, mushrooms and white wine. Delicious! The wine list has a generous variety of wines by the glass. The French rose offered is perfectly dry and well balanced. The Italian Pinot Grigio also satisfying.

There’s a large parking lot across the street and in the rear of the restaurant. There are clear advantages to driving up, parking, and having a civilized dinner devoid of the raucous shouting atmospheres that most Miami Beach restaurants encourage. We’re faithful patrons living in the neighborhood and continue to find good food, attentive service in a well-tailored environment.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall good experience. Server Desi was awesome! Only negatives we were sat by the bar and it was extremely loud which took away from the ambiance. Also had to ask several times before water was refilled. Food was fantastic though! Classic Italian.

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Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I go to Miami Beach every Memorial Day week for a conference. I came across Cafe Avanti last year, went and absolutely enjoyed the experience. I returned this year and enjoyed it again. I had Straciatella, which was piping hot and good. As an entree, I had Tortellini Capriccio with prosciutto; was the best Italian dish I had in some time. I was hoping to get their chocolate layer cake for dessert, but they were out. Instead, I had their Key Lime Pie and was not disappointed. The staff, as before, was engaging, smiling, jovial and wonderful to talk with. I look forward to my next trip there!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Avanti never ceases to amaze with great service and delicious food. Chicken Parm and Caesar Salad for the win!

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant for casual dining to special occasions!!!!

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Miami
14 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great highly recommend.

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Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We love this neighborhood restaurant . The fish is delicious and the pastas are so yummy . The portions are very generous and everything tastes very fresh.

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SF
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best meal we had in Miami. Most of the restaurants in Miami are low quality with high prices; total tourist traps. Cafe Avanti was the opposite. Pretty restaurant with table cloths, great service with an amazing menu selection. The dinner was top quality. I wish we found Cafe Avanti at the beginning of our trip so we could of dined there more then once.

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