Cafe Avanti Restaurant

4.7
363 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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MV
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW. Talk about authentic Italian dining. Location is not too far from Miami Beach which was perfect for us. But the dinner. The wine selection. The service. Was all 5 star dining. We will defiantly be back when we’re in Miami.

c
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant!

d
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Avanti's is a perfect neighborhood restaurant for a special occasion or a weeknight dinner with family or friends. The food is so good and the service is always spot on. I highly recommend Cafe Avanti.

BG
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a great experience. They treat you like family and the food is always very good at a good value. The branzino here is great plus the pastas. Excellent service.

TM
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

One of our entree’s was not hot.

DA
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service by Desi!

RA
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This reassurance is one of my favorites. Everything on the menu is delicious!

MB
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 1

There were two huge parties at the restaurant at the same time as our reservation which we were not told about beforehand. The noise level was so off the charts that you couldn't hear the person next to you even when talking very loudly. We took our food to go and left. There was an apology by the hostess but no compensation or admission she should have warned us at least when we arrived.

D
Miami
82 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat! One of the best Italian restaurants on Miami Beach by a long shot. We had whole stuffed artichoke, fried calamari, veal piccata, veal francese, and lasagne. Loved all of it. Service is personable and professional always accommodating and friendly.

E
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service with an excellent menu and reasonably priced wine menu. Great overall Miami Beach value.

D
Miami
82 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favorite restaurant in the mid-Beach area on 41st St. Italian specials that are always reliably consistent, delicious, and served by a friendly, professional staff. Whatever you’d like, they’ll accommodate. The space is reminiscent of being in Rome or Milan. The bartender has a keen knowledge of wine, and whatever your preference is served. We live in the neighborhood and always look forward to dining here. Visitors must come here instead of heading to South Beach.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great authentic Italian food. Their veal or chicken parmigiana is the best. Service is experienced and excellent. The same staff year after year and great value especially for Miami Beach
Easily accessible public parking

TM
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We were seated and waited for a while. No waiter, we had to flag a waiter down to be served. Had the veal paccatta, had horrible heartburn from it, the scarpetta soup had no taste. The angel hair with oil was dry. Best of all this restaurant does not know how Opentable works. Did not receive my 100 points.

CN
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

At the end the waiters were pressuring us to leave, even when there were other people in the restaurant

N
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice dinner with my husband and two 11 year old girls. Excellent service and every course satisfied!

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live this restaurant. Rate a great meal with friends and did not get rushed to leave. Dinner lasted three hours!!!

D
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had incredibly delicious food, dedicated wait staff, and I’m glad we ordered the rum cake for dessert.

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 .

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good genuine Italian restaurant with old world atmosphere

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
14 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SB
Miami
8 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😍

JP
New England
11 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.

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!

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.

r
Miami
43 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.

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.

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

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

JH
New York Area
11 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.

F
Miami
12 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.

L
Chicago
9 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.

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.

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R
Baltimore
71 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.

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 ❤️

TM
Miami
29 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

S
Miami
46 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service

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

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

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.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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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