Cafe Avanti Restaurant

4.7
346 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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SM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Miami and our second time at Cafe Avanti. I’m so glad we chose to come here again everything was fabulous !! We had appetizers and entrees it was all delicious !! Only regret was we were too full to finish it all. Real Italian food .

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good genuine Italian restaurant with old world atmosphere

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LL
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Miami. Consistently excellent.

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CS
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love Avanti. Feels like home. Food and service are great

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SB
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Great service! Wonderful food! Nice room and ambiance with lots of people, which we love! ...And the best Bolognese I’ve ever had😍

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JW
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this off the beaten path, locally recommended place. Such a gem! And so great after eating at many of the restaurants, which were good but overpriced and not exceptional. The food was excellent at Avanti, as was the ambiance. Service was great and very friendly, wonderful recommendations from our server Desi. Loved it. It's on a main road, not near the water, but within walking distance to many of the mid-beach hotels. Definitely recommend.

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LC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE FOOD WAS AMAZING! I had a dinner salad with the house dressing, lasagna bolognese, and the tiramisu. Everything was absolutely delicious!

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AK
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Cafe Avanti serves traditional Italian food with excellence. Salads, pasta and fish were terrific.

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r
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great Miami Beach local place. Excellent, reasonably priced Italian, with good service and a neighborhood touch.

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SA
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Cafe Avanti is a good value, the prices are reasonable and there's a lot of food. Our waiter, Desi, was very helpful and personable. The venue is pleasant enough, though the noise level on a Friday evening was a bit high. Avanti's main issue is that its food is average.

We had the eggplant parm, which, again was plentiful, but tasted only so-so. (It was so large, we were glad they didn't serve spaghetti with it.) We also had the linguini with clams. Another large plate with plenty of clams, but not much panache or taste.

The calamari appetizer wasn't bad, but seemed to be frozen and defrosted, not homemade.

The wine list was plentiful, as were the prices charged. The pour was average to plentiful.

In a pinch, Cafe Avanti will do for a filling meal at a good price (the prices just a few minutes away in Mid Beach are much higher). It's not special, though.

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HC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal, service, and value! Would definitely go back!

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JH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looking for something off of Collins Ave, came up on Open Table. Great find! Good food, good prices, nice local atmoshphere, and great service. The appetizers were fabulous. My husband had the chicken parm and I had the cheese raviolis with spinach, both were very good. Desi our server was excellent. Very friendly and attentive. Overall a very good experience.

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F
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Normally, I would give this restaurant higher ratings, because it is one of my favorites. However, on this particular evening, they were serving a restricted menu because of a special event that was happening in town. And as for the restricted menu, there were multiple items on it that were not available. This effectively restricted our dinner choices significantly. In the future, I would recommend to the restaurant that it not make assumptions about the kind of crowds it will receive in connection with special events. There is little reason to penalize local regulars because of a concern about tourists.

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L
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found this place on Yelp and it was beyond my expectations. It is mostly locals and everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming.

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M
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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

Craig alper

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R
Baltimore
69 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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SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
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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S
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service

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OT
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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BM
Miami
46 reviews
Dined on November 29, 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 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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LP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always very good with traditional and great service.

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SS
San Francisco
4 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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SS
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on November 11, 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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c
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very friendly owners. Very involved.

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K
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 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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R
Baltimore
69 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 27, 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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D
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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B
Miami
49 reviews
Dined on October 6, 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
3 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
160 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
7 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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S
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 23, 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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OT
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
21 reviews
Dined on August 9, 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 7, 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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