About Cafe Avanti Restaurant
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.
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday- thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
Between Chase & Prarie Ave on Arthur Godfrey Rd
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
Cafe Avanti hosts parties of up to 100 people. There is a private dining room that accommodates up to 40 guests, and a semi private dining room for 16.
Private Party Contact:
Jessica Fuentes: (305) 538-4400
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Cafe Avanti Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Avanti is a wonderful restaurant. It has great food and great service. We have been going there for many years and never been disappointed. There is also a private room that is great for parties and special occasions. It is my favorite neighborhood restaurant.
Truly fabulous food, friendly service. Higher than NYC prices, but I would gladly go back again and have recommended it to others. They have the old world custom of not bringing the bill until you ask, which is refreshing. If you can get it, try the Napoleon cake -- out of this world.
Cafe Avanti is our neighborhood Italian spot (and by neighborhood, I mean we walk there!) The food is always delicious (one of the best Caesar salads that I've had anywhere) and extremely consistent. The servers are all warm, friendly and knowledgeable, and the owner is always floating from table to table asking how everyone's food is. I've had around 75% of the items on the menu, and all have been delicious (and huge portions). I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful spot within walking distance!
Cafe Avanti is the Bright lite on 41st Street.
Neighborhood hang with a nice bar & dining room.
The Tuna Tartare is delicious as is the Chicken Florentine. Many people rave about the Veal dishes too! The deserts are amazing, fresh & portions are good size.
Prices are very fair & portions big enough to share!
Drink prices are very fair especially compared to most restaurants in the area-
They have a private room perfect for parties, tables in the Bar area for a little privacy and a
big Dining Room.
We go here a few times a month & often order Dinner to go-
Luis, the owner, is often there making sure everything is going smoothly & keeping the guests laughing with his unlimited repertoire of good jokes!
We've driven by this well established restaurant hundreds of times and FINALLY stopped in. We needed a drink quick so the service was tested immediately - and was excellent throughout our meal! The bread was fresh and what you'd expect from a true Italian restaurant. We had salads, a fish dish and veal parmesana all presented and tasted perfect. Highly recommend this traditional restaurant with white linen service!
My family (party of 7) went to Cafe Avanti for a week night dinner. For a city with so amazing many Italian restaurants, you need to do a lot to stand out. Unfortunately, this restaurant did not stand out to us for the right reasons. The food was actually pretty good, but it took an inordinate amount of time to arrive. If you are prepared for a leisurely dinner that may work for you, but we had two children with us. Between our appetizer and entree we waited 30-40 minutes. We ordered the antipasto rustico to start, which was decent. Two in our party had the gnocchi and asked for different sauces than the listed pesto and were readily accommodated. One in our party had the Osso Bucco, and she was not pleased with it. The children shared the tortellini capriccio, which was fair. One had the capellini d'angelo and enjoyed it. I had the gamberoni fra diavolo, which I thought was pretty good. We ended with the Torta di Cioccolati, which I also found to be very good, but others found to be overpowering. All in all, if you are looking for a purely traditional Italian restaurant, this fits the bill. Beware that it may take a while to get your food though.
I read online reviews and decided to give Cafe Avanti a try.
I started out with Straciatella ($7.00). Excellent homemade chicken broth, with an egg drop and spinach. Not that it really mattered, but the doily placed under the bowl was upside down (details). They offered to add grated Parmesan, but I passed. Maybe offer croutons with it? It was great!
For my entree, I had Tortellini Capriccio with Prosciutto and Mushrooms in a cream sauce ($18.00). This time, I did take up on their offer to top it with some fresh Parmesan; the presentation was as good as it gets. I savored it, it was so good.
I caved in for dessert and had the Chocolate Mousse cake. So soft and silky, fantastic.
The service was really good, for the most part, between the three servers I engaged with. Very friendly. The water refills were plentiful, the coffee refills were timed very well, but it was a while before bread was offered to me as other tables were served it much more quickly after they were seated than was I; not until five minutes after I received my Tortellini.
My other criticism was with the bill. The menu listed the Tortellini Capriccio at $18.00, but I was charged $20.00 on my bill. I didn't dispute it, because it was still of value to me, but I noted it on the back of the bill and brought it to their attention.
Also, when they asked if I wanted dessert, I asked what they offered. They told me and did not offer a menu for it. The cake was $10.00 but, again, worth it to me, and I did not exactly ask for a dessert menu. Ask in advance if they have a dessert menu.
When I'm back in the area, I'm making every effort to go there again. A really good meal and a very comfortable environment.
Luckily the food was delicious when it finally came out. Almost every table was taken though our reservation was honored on time. The problem was we sat with only bread and water for fifty minutes before the first appetizer came out. We were not even served our drinks during the wait. Again, once the food came out it was delicious but quite a long wait.
Certainly worth going back to try again.
My husband and I went to Cafe Avanti while on vacation in Miami Beach. We found it by driving by late one evening after it had just closed. The owner happened to be standing outside and took us in for a look. He was very personable and remembered us when we went there for dinner a few nights later. It was my husband's birthday and they surprised him with a piece of Tiramisu on the house, complete with candle and singing! This was after a most delicious dinner! My husband said his veal parmesan was the best he's ever had - also the largest portion ever! The service was excellent, too. The owner and staff are all so nice and very accommodating. We will return for sure the next time we're in Miami Beach!
I have been in search of a traditional authentic Italian restaurant forever in South Florida.
Like the good old days - Simple Italian Menu ! All of the staples and great food.
I have been EVERYWHERE from Boca to Coral Gables looking...
This was by far some of the best Italian food I have ever eaten.
On the level of Angelo's Little Italy.
When I want Italian I want Stracciatella soup...Fried Calamari....Chicken Parmesan.
I had all three there and it was delicious ! Topped it off with the BEST RUM CAKE I have ever eaten...All of these wanna be Italian eateries in South Florida should pay a visit to Cafe Avanti and understand what TRUE ITALIAN FOOD is all about. You can take all the over priced foo foo Italian restaurants in Miami and toss them in Biscayne Bay.
When you want old school authentic Italian food this is it ! 10/10.
We were staying at the North end of South Beach and we got tired of making the crazy cab ride down to Ocean Drive for dinners so we tried this local restaurant about 1/2 mile West of Collins. Cafe Avanti has a very nice setting, it's easy to catch a cab back to Collins and the food was excellent. Make sure you try the Lemoncello after you're done eating dinner.
Our reservation was for 6:30, however, we ran into a lot of traffic and got there (after calling) at 7:00. We could not find parking and there was no signage to let us know where to park. We called the restaurant and they told us to park behind the bank across the street.
When we go into the restaurant, told them we had a reservation, they seated us in the back (table of 5) with waiters, busboys, etc. walking into one persons chair. We asked to have our table changed, and the owner (Jessica) came over and she saw our problem. After she moved the table, it was all good. The food was extraordinary, the server was attentive , as was the busboy. The food was fresh, hot and prepared with care. One person had a food allergy, and they were able to satisfy her situation. When they brought out the dessert cart, we groaned with delight! The choices were so good looking, it was difficult to choose. But, the Napolean was fresh, light and delicious. I would recommend this restaurant to friends, and ask that management put where to park on their website. On street parking was difficult to find.
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