Cafe Avanti Restaurant

4.8
442 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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vipSteve
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is a great local restaurant. One of the best finds for good Italian food in Miami Beach. The portions are huge and the food is great. The red sauce is terrific. Service is good and staff are very friendly

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Large portions. Will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Toledo
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were thrilled with the experience. We ordered 12 or so plates and each one was delicious. Would definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite of locals. The food & service are fabulous.

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JackFromBoston
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My favorite place to dine. It is always perfect. I am a regular when I am in Miami Beach and it has NEVER failed to be perfect. Not cheap but worth every cent.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, perfect atmosphere and excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dinner experience! Great value. All homemade Italian with great attention to detail!

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GaryC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal

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ClareS
London
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the most delicious and great value meals we had while in Miami

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy buena pasta muy abundante.
Buena carta de vinos y la atención es excelente

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vipjackaloona
New England
47 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere in the heart of South Beach. Food was very authentic and fresh and staff were on their game.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great!! Ambiance was nice!! Service was good...

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DZIKO
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service great margarita and good food will recommend any time

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vipBenH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best veal chop!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent. Wait staff knows their menu and made suggestions. Suggestions did not disappoint. We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had chicken parm it was so good that it makes me want to travel back to Miami just for it!!!

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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
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great - as always!

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Rubia023
Miami
4 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
7 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
7 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
7 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

Pocos clientes

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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
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great margarita the best Ossobuco over linguini and the service outstanding

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 442 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.