Avanti Restaurant

4.8
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1192 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Avanti Restaurant offers an intimate dining room with a sleek, Uptown bistro atmosphere, where you can hear live music nightly. For the urban connoisseur dine al fresco, sip, mingle and eat outdoors amongst your friends on the trendy McKinney Avenue strip and enjoy exceptional hospitality.
Chef Mario’s cuisine is inspired by the flavors of Italy and the Mediterranean region. Signature dishes are Pasta Bolognese, Osso Buco, Crab Crusted Sea Bass, Ceviche, Three Cheese Spinach Lasagna, Farfalle Carbonara, or Bone-in Veal Milanese. Our menu also features steaks, lamb, seafood, hand-made fresh pasta, legumes of the season and a Wine Spectator awarded Wine Collection focused on the Italy-Mediterranean including a selection of Texas' rising stars. Avanti has become a Dallas mainstay, a chic neighborhood restaurant for 30 years.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I just thought the food would have Been better. The service was great though and the environment

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed food and ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb attention to the specifics of my reservation. Superb yet unobtrusive service. Food was so delicious. Drank delicious Red Wine. All 5 of us were pleased with our dinner event out. I continue to ho back. Never any bad surprises. Evening guitar was so perfect by Miguel. Not too loud at all.

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vipDMC1
Dallas
232 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Blackened Salmon Salad is our favorite. The service is excellent. Love the White Tablecloths & flower.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was wonderful, very cool ambiance, great food, was hard at times to have a conversation due to the noise level.

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vipLuv2eatout
New England
20 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

I have eaten at Avanti's numerous times over the last 10 years. However this is the first time since I moved back to the Dallas area. This is one of my favor restaurants. The food was great as always. However the place was packed and so the noise level was off the charts. Also the waiter was really good but he was stretched too thin. He had multiple tables in two different rooms. It took us two and a half hours to finish our meal. It wasn't a big issue since we were catching up with friend we haven't seen in a while but in was still a look time. Also the small parking lot was over whelmed and was a nightmare getting to your car even with Valet parking. While this restaurant always had a good crowd the volume of people there the night we were completely overwhelmed the restaurant. Good problem for Avanti's, bad problem for their customers. Hopefully it was just a one off night and not that way all the time.

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vipChuckM
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent god and service!! This is why we visit often!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and out was extremely attentive overall great experience

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vipEmilyO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s warm, friendly and the food is amazing. You can go for a date or even every day dinning.

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MarciaR
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went there for a birthday celebration. Some of us had food that was not hot but everything did taste great. I wish there was a little more room at the table. All of our plates had to hang off the edge to fit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice patio experience. Service was excellent and the food was very good. Recommend for a nice causal Italian dinner.

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PWRGirl
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avanti is a wonderfully consistent restaurant. From the food to the service, we have always had a great experience. Additionally, the live music is fantastic. Miguel is a first class guitarist and it’s a joy listening to him play. We love this place and highly recommend it

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its was great

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vipLouieM
Little Rock
21 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

What a nice restaurant. Start to finish, our experience there was excellent. Our server, James, was helpful and everything we ordered was just right. I started with Escargot Chablisian, a pasta with escargot, and then the dinner special, veal parmesan, a classic Italian offering that was the best I have ever had. The veal was perfectly prepared and the sauces were fine. My wife's and our friend's meals were equally enjoyable.
We will certainly return on a future trip to Dallas.

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Jenni
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very good food. Waiter seemed like he was in a hurry to get us out, but still good service. Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal with great atmosphere!

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vipBubba
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Appetizers and main courses were excellent. Desert selections were ordinary. Bar service was slow. Waiter made a couple of errors on our order. Noise level on porch was pleasant while main dining room was loud. Overall a good experience. Would definitely go back.

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vipJCHHEMI
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a pleasant place to dine.

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vipDMC1
Dallas
232 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We both had the Thursday special OSO BUCCO ... it was unbelievable!! Service is ALWAYS EXCELLENT!!

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vipFitguy67
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu selections, romantic atmosphere

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vipChrissie
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our experience was very positive! They accommodated our last minute request to add a person to our table without issue. Our server was enthusiastic and made recommendations. Our food was fast and very good. The portions were generous and our tastebuds experienced a delicious dinner. The fish special tasted fresh and the beet salad was my favorite!

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LorenG
Austin
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Absolutely delicious food, great service and romantic atmosphere. I ordered the Chicken Saltimbocca and my date had a steak, both were fabulous. The potatoes & green beans were so flavorful as well. Friendly waitstaff & good wine. Definitely recommend.

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Thatssolex
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avanti was everything I thought it would be and more. I went on valentines with my boyfriend and we both enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and drinks. The live music was also beautiful and it was just a great restaurant overall. I really recommend it to anyone looking for an amazing meal at an amazing restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We came for Valentine’s and the food was okay. Our waiter seemed pushy, but was attentive. I would say avoid for a celebration but a good spot for a random date night.

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vipJamesT
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and value. Love this place. Been frequenting this restaurant for 20 years.

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vipJoeH
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always. Top notch service along with delicious entrees.

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Vagabond
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avanti is the kind of restaurant which makes you so happy to have dinner there that you hesitate to write a really good review because it may become so popular that you won't be able to book a table.

We eaten there twice and each time whatever we had was just perfect. This past Monday we ate with friends and just loved the mussels, calamari, lasagna, clams in white sauce, etc. Their 50% off wine selection is superb.

James our waiter was fast, amusing and friendly, who could ask for more.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hosted my “Galentines” here which was all of our first time eating here, the experience was overall amazing! The staff was so accommodating, we all were running late and changing our reservations was a breeze. The ambiance was romantic and intimate. We waited at the bar while a table big enough became available, the drinks were reasonable and the bartender was great. Once we got seated and served our food; it was fast, piping hot, fresh and DELICIOUS!!! We WILL be coming back! Thank you OpenTable

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vipJDom
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food and ambience. Cozy. Great live music. Only complaint is the noise level, making it difficult to have a conversation

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food! I will definitely be back.

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RichardB
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very cozy and friendly place to meet and greet. The service was outstanding and our waiter James was the best.

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brdrJDH
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A nice place for dinner. The food is excellent and the service is a nice balance of attentive but not intrusive. It is a little cramped and a little noisy, but that's worth the overall experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED EVERYTHING. Food was spectacular.

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vipDallasFoodies
Jackson Hole
25 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, live music and delicious food. Have always enjoyed Avanti. Very consistent.

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CaryS
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good, but overpriced. We sat at a bad table because we were 3, even though better tables for 4 sat empty all night. And we had reservations. We wanted to hear the music, but we couldn't hear it from our table. Waiter spilled wine all over table, but gave us dessert. We liked it better before. Again, not a bad place, just not worth the cost.

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PamelaH
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was very knowledgeable about the wine list!

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TomasP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome! The owner greets you at the door and makes sure you are taken care of the entire night. The food was delicious. The atmosphere is so ni