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Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research Forest, The Woodlands, TX

Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research Forest

4.8
4.8
269 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Whether it is enjoying a glass of wine on the patio watching the beautiful Piazza or an intimate, romantic dinner with a loved one in our Tuscan-inspired dining room, Avanti is ideal for any occasion.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Phone number

    (281) 323-4533

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Area

    The Woodlands

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 269 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • The Woodlands

    Best Overall

  • The Woodlands

    Best Food

  • The Woodlands

    Best Service

  • The Woodlands

    Best Ambience

  • The Woodlands

    Best Value

  • The Woodlands

    Notable Wine List

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  1. KB

    KatieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food was fabulous and our server was just right! Didn’t over do the visits to the table and always kept an eye on our beverages and experience . This was our first visit and we will definitely go again and recommend to our friends. Nice to have a wonderful Italian restaurant so close…

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded 2 days agoHi Katie-Thanks so much for your review! We love hearing about our customers’ positive experiences, and we can’t wait to have you back.

  2. RB

    RobertB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding italian food. Awesome service as well. My favorite place to eat in The Woodlands
  3. MA

    MaryAnneJ

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went out with friends. We enjoyed brunch while 1 member ate GFpasta. It was very good.

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded 2 days agoHi Mary Anne- Thank you for brunching with us, and for the five-star rating. We look forward to serving you again soon.

  4. TF

    TomF

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Nice happy hour.

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded 2 days agoHi Tom-Thank you for dining with us, and for taking the time to review us. We are happy to know you enjoy our happy hour, and we hope to serve you again soon.

  5. t

    tl87

    Houston

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are never disappointed at Avanti. Our server, Annelise, was excellent. We had our nine year old granddaughter with us and she was made to feel very special.

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 9 August 2022Hi there- We are so pleased to hear you continue to have positive dining experiences with us, and we appreciate you letting us know. Annelise is a fantastic server, and we will be sure to pass along your regards to her. We hope to serve you and your granddaughter again soon.

  6. HW

    HouWho

    Houston

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service - Comfortable upscale atmosphere - Chicken Avanti and Caesar salad were noteworthy

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 9 August 2022H there- Thank you for dining with us, and taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are happy to know you enjoyed our Chicken Avanti and Caesar Salad. We hope to serve you again soon.

  7. C

    Ccolarusso

    Miami - Dade

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the best lunch we ever had in the woodlands area. The restaurant, the food, the ambience and of course the service was superb. I felt like eating in my Grandmother’s home back in Italy… you guys are amazing and keep pampering all of us. Congratulations!

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 1 August 2022Wow, thank you so much! Many of our recipes come from our grandmother, Nonna Elda who was born and raised in Italy. We are beyond thrilled to know you enjoyed everything, and we hope to serve you again soon.

  8. BD

    BobD

    Houston

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always good, but our waiter, Jose, made the dinner experience exceptional.

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 1 August 2022Hi Bob-Thank you for dining with us, we are happy to know you enjoy our cuisine and received exceptional experience from Jose. We hope to serve you again soon.

  9. SE

    SheriE

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is consistently outstanding. Our group had Pasta carbonara ,chicken Marsala, and a margarita pizza. All excellent!

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 1 August 2022This is what we like to hear! Thank you, for taking the time to let us know about your experience, and please come see us again soon.

  10. MJ

    MalcolmJ

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was impeccable. Our waiter was aware we were celebrating our Anniversary and did everything to make it special. Food was delicious and reasonably priced (we had salads, the lasagna, and Chicken Avanti). Ambiance was good, although there was not a lot of separation between tables and loud group nearby was a bit annoying. Will definitely be back.

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 29 July 2022Hi Malcolm- Thank you for celebrating your special day with us. We are happy to know you enjoyed our cuisine and received attentive service. We hope look forward to helping you celebrate all of your future special occasions.

  11. JH

    JudyH

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were superior, quiet atmosphere, just right for a business meeting or a romantic date.

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 27 July 2022Hi Judy- Thank you for dining with us. We are pleased to know you enjoyed our cuisine, atmosphere, and received superior service. We hope to serve you again soon.

  12. RC

    RC9999

    Houston

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rex was spectacular

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 25 July 2022Hi there- Thank you for dining with us, and for the five-star rating. We are pleased to know you had a nice experience, and received spectacular service from Rex. We hope to serve you again soon.

  13. BS

    BrianSm

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had the best service from our Waiter (Rex)……food was excellent as well!

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 25 July 2022Hi Brian- Thank you dining with us. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed our cuisine and your service from Rex. We hope to serve you again soon.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a re do of our anniversary dinner as we had a horrible experience at another place last week. Avanti to the rescue! It was lovely and amazing as usual!

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 18 July 2022Thank you for dining with us, and cheers to your Anniversary! We are happy to know we rescued your special day from being ruined! We hope to serve you and yours again soon.

  15. H

    Helen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a very enjoyable dining experience at Avanti. Atmosphere was warm and inviting. Food and desserts were very good and our server Michael was the best. Will go back.

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 18 July 2022Hi Helen- Thank you for dining with us. We are happy to know you had a five-star experience, and enjoyed your service from Michael. We hope to serve you again soon.

  16. k

    karenl

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good experience. Wait staff was fantastic!

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 18 July 2022Hi Karen- Thank you for dining with us. We are happy to know you had a five-star experience, receiving fantastic service from our waitstaff. We hope to serve you again soon.

  17. SS

    StephanieS

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It was a wonderful experience from being greeted at the front door to our waitress to the manager visiting us at our table the service was extraordinary and friendly. The food was extremely fresh and well-made, the table bread is the best I’ve ever had. The salads were fresh. I had the carbonara and it is probably the best carbonara I’ve ever had. My husband had the linguine and clams and as far as taste goes he said it was wonderful but he just felt he did not get enough for the money. I felt the same as well and would say that probably the only thing I would change is a bigger serving of food for the cost. Otherwise a very pleasant dining experience.

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 18 July 2022Hi Stephanie- Thank you for dining with us, and for taking the time to let us know about your experience. Your comments regarding the portion size have been passed along to the appropriate people. We are happy to know you enjoyed your meal with us and received extraordinary and friendly service. We hope to serve you again soon.

  18. DA

    DanA

    Houston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy to see these guys open again. Very nice job on the part of the entire staff.

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 14 July 2022Hi Dan- Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are happy to know you enjoy our team, and we look forward to serving you again soon.

  19. AJ

    AverageJoe

    Houston

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing! Service is top notch and so is the food & wine. Love it!!

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 14 July 2022Thank you, Thank you, Thank you...This is what we love to hear! We appreciate you taking the time to review us, and we hope to serve you again soon.

  20. t

    tucker

    Houston

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We both really enjoyed the branzino and the lasagna was maybe the best I have ever had. First time for us to visit Avanti and we will definitely go again.

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 14 July 2022Hi Tucker- We are happy to know you enjoyed our Branzino and our Lasagna. The Lasagna recipe is actually our grandmother's (aka Nonna Elda). We will be sure to share your feedback with her. We look forward to delivering you a five-star dining experience. Please come back to dine with us again soon.

  21. H

    Huck

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at this restaurant. Amazing staff, especially our waiter, Rex. Appetizer and entrees delicious. Pacing of food was great and we didn’t feel rushed at all.

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 14 July 2022Hi Huck- Thank you for dining with us, and for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are happy to know you enjoyed your meal and received wonderful service. Please come back to dine with us again soon.

  22. RW

    RichardW

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Jose our waiter was great and the food was amazing!!!

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 14 July 2022Hi Richard- Thank you for dining with us, and for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are happy to know you enjoyed your meal and received amazing service from Jose. Please come back to dine with us again soon.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience5
    Food is on point! So good. Service is lacking

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 14 July 2022Hi there- we are so sorry to hear your experience was less than a five-star one. A member of our team will be reaching out to you privately to make this right.

  24. F

    Foodie

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We just discovered this restaurant by accident after leaving Sonic Drive-In on Research. The food was delicious, from the Caprese salad to the lemon cake & lemon sorbet. The spaghetti & huge meatball and my pesto rigatoni were wonderful. We will definitely be returning.

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 14 July 2022Hi there- Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are happy to know you discovered us, and enjoyed meal. Our 1/2 lb meatball is a stunner, indeed! We hope to serve you again real soon.

  25. C

    Craig

    Dallas

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always a great experience at Avanti. We have never been disappointed with the food, drinks or service!

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 14 July 2022Hi Craig- We are pleased to hear you had another great dining experience with us! Thank you for the continued support. We look forward tis Erving you again soon.

  26. M

    Michellet

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great food and phenomenal service!

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 30 June 2022Hi Michelle- We are so happy to know you enjoy our cuisine and received phenomenal service. Please come back to see us again soon.

  27. RE

    RichardE

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding and the service at our table was impeccable

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 30 June 2022Hi Richard, We are pleased to know you enjoy our cuisine and received outstanding service. Please come back to dine with us again soon.

  28. LK

    LyndseyK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The first time I went to Avanti, it was great and I wanted to bring my family along! However, when I went with my family for the second time, the food was lukewarm and honestly a little underwhelming…

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 28 June 2022Hi Lyndsey- Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback, it is truly valued. We are sorry to hear your experience was less than a five-star one. Your comments have been passed on to the appropriate staff members. Your experience is important to us and we hope you give us another chance to impress you.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and value. Love this place

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 28 June 2022Thank you so much, please come back to dine with us again soon.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Right from the second we walked in until we left. Food and service was 10/10. Beautiful decor, highly recommend. We sat in a boot and was very romantic and intimate. Wine flights are super fun and you get details and history on all the wine. Food was exceptional

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 28 June 2022Thank you for dining with us. We are happy to know you received an excellent experience. If you enjoyed our wine flights, then you must come see us for Happy Hour when they are $2 off. Happy Hour is Mon-Fri from 3pm-6pm.

  31. G

    Golddelocks

    Houston

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely delicious! We definitely will be back!

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 20 June 2022Fantastic, this is what we love to hear! We can't wait to serve you again.

  32. MB

    MikeyB

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day Brunch with my wife and baby! We sat inside at a booth. Low lighting, cool ambiance, great brunch menu!

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 22 June 2022Hi Mikey- Thank you for celebrating Father's Day with us. We are pleased to know you and your family enjoyed our atmosphere and brunch menu, and we hope to serve you again soon.

  33. s

    satyag

    Houston

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day brunch: Excellent service and food. Enjoyed the brunch and atmosphere.

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 20 June 2022Thank you for the five stars, we are thrilled to know you enjoyed Father's Day Brunch! We hope to serve you again soon.

  34. JB

    JamesB

    Houston

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jose is great waiter

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 17 June 2022Hi James- Jose is a fantastic server, indeed. Thank you for letting us know you received great service.

  35. K

    Kathy

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great ambiance. Our server,Rex, was awesome! One of our favorite restaurants in The Woodlands.

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 17 June 2022Hi Kathy- Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are pleased to know you enjoyed your meal, the ambiance, and received great service from Rex. Please come back to dine with us again soon.

  36. BR

    BethR

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent experience celebrating a milestone birthday for a good friend. Our waiter, Michael provided exemplary service in every respect. The food was delicious from appetizers to dessert. The ambiance is very cozy and relaxing. Highly recommended!!

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 17 June 2022Hi Beth- Thank you for dining with us. We are thrilled to know you enjoyed our cuisine and received exemplary service. We hope to serve you again soon.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Not as good as usual

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 18 July 2022Thank you for dining with us, please let us know what we could have done better, as we are always looking for areas of improvement.

  38. MH

    MichaelH

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Great place to relax and enjoy a night out with family.

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 8 June 2022We are so pleased to know you enjoyed your night out with your family, and we hope to serve all of you again soon.

  39. r

    ronnie

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jaylon was a great server. Hostess was outstanding!

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 8 June 2022Thank you for taking the time to review us, Ronnie. We are pleased to know you received great service and an outstanding greeting. Please come back to dine with us again soon.

  40. AF

    AnthonyF

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I live Avanti’s. One of my favorite Italian restaurants in town. Always great service and food.

    Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research ForestResponded on 2 June 2022Thank you, Anthony!

FAQs

Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research Forest does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research Forest also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (281) 323-4533.

Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research Forest is rated 4.8 stars by 269 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for Avanti Italian Kitchen - Research Forest

2520 Research Forest Dr Suite 500, The Woodlands, TX 77381

Additional information

  • Area

    The Woodlands

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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