Cafe Avanti Restaurant

4.7
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404 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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DZIKO
Miami
1 review
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
38 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
20 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
29 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best!!!!!!

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vipBarbaraG
Miami
38 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
39 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
5 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
Chicago
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
13 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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vipmgm4
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cafe Avanti is one of the only longstanding, family friendly, well managed, great service, and consistently enjoyable Italian restaurants on Miami Beach. They make everyone feel like a regular

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vipWBMIA
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem in Miami Beach. Loved by locals and for a very good reason; The food is excellent and not pretentious, the staff is very welcoming and the service is outstanding.

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IsabellaR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. Good food great service. 100% recommend

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vipJimS
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Classic Italian food and ambience. Service was a little slow but it was a busy Valentine's Day.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was guud

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vipBeachRestaurantMaven
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great local restaurant and bar, great quality food with professional service. A little pricey for a neighborhood restaurant

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vipExcellent
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business meeting

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very packed and noisy on a Saturday night where we had dinner with friends. It took awhile to get served, but the food was excellent as usual.

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vipISLDSS
Miami
135 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent. Has never been disappointing in all the years we have eaten here. Food is always prepared well. Service is always attentive. The Chicken Parmesan is one of the best in the city, a wonderful thick piece of chicken breast cooked to perfection.
Other meat and seafood dishes also wonderful.

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JackFromBoston
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fantastic. The food is always delicious and the prices are very reasonable. I make sure that I stop at this restaurant every time I come to Miami beach.
While I never order chicken in an Italian restaurant I make an exception for Cafe Avanti. Their Pollo Avanti is an amazing dish, made with chicken scallopini and eggplant with a very flavorful brown sauce. I also find their polpette appetizer (veal and beef meatballs) an irresistible item.
I recently took some friends to this restaurant and they had nothing but wonderful things to say about it.
I could not recommend it more highly.

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vipDrew
Miami
88 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A mid-Beach Italian favorite that doesn’t seem to go stale. The menu items all are well prepared and consistently well prepared, a hallmark of skill.

On our last visit we enjoyed the Stuffed Artichoke, Straciatella soup, Salmon Grilled, Veal Milanese as much as on prior visits. Ask for Ruben as your server. He’s the best.

It can get noisy. Acoustics could be more sympathetic to dining.

Street parking or parking lots are close by.

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MarkY
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our food. We asked that they expedite our order and they got us right in and out. Thanks for the great service.

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vipFood4fun
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent Very enjoyable evening.

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vipMonteverde
Montreal
15 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a nice spot for dinner for family or friends. Friendly staff, good food and great service. The chicken parm is what many rave about. I had the very good bistecca a la fiorentina and my wife had the lobster risotto. Both were very well prepared and tasty. My linguini in white clam sauce appetizer was great. I'll go back when I'm next in Miami.

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vipElishevaR
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always can count on great food and great service.

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vipLuv2dine
Memphis/West TN
27 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in Miami

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vipelimar
Miami
177 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

We were celebrating a Special birthday and as always Capital Grille did not did disappoint . The service , the ambience , and the food were exceptional . Everyone was happy and looking forward to returning for another occasion . We opted for the salmon and crab /lobster cakes as our mains , not steak . Even though Capital Grille is a traditional steak House their fish offerings are exceptional .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very classy restaurant with linens, nice adult ambiance, great wait staff, and excellent food and wine at a reasonable price. The best value on Miami Beach.

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vipBillyb
Miami
63 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as well as our server, Desi.
Highly recommended!!

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vipAndrewC
London
16 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Like a trip back to the 70s or 80s. Very old fashioned. Dull decoration and ambience. Mediocre food. Uninspiring menu with no healthy options. I had no idea such places existed any more. Brief and ho-hum wine list.

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LynneM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a great meal and wonderful time. We are from CT but now in places where you can’t get good Italian. It reminded us of home and we appreciated the classic and well prepared Italian dishes. Our waiter Desi was great and get their signature sauce named after him.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! A real locals place

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vipBarbaraG
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistantly very good quality of food and amazing service. Todor is an amazing service provider. The Lobster ravioli, Salmon and fish of the day very good. Never disappoints and always delivers.

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vipBarbaraG
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is always great. It is a neighborhood gem that you can always count on the quality and service.

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 4.7 stars by 404 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.