Avanti Restaurant

4.8
994 reviews
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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 an 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 over twenty-nine years.
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Dallas
53 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Sunday night dinner @ 730 pm...restaurant was quite busy for a Sunday night, guitar player added nice ambiance. Special seafood entree over pasta with spicy marinara was as recommended, and very generous with the seafood, garlic bread on appetizer menu was worth requesting. Overall, a very very good dining experience!

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Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a birthday celebration with a large group. It was an amazing experience. The service was great and towards the end of our time, they had a live musician, which set a great ambiance for the place. It’s relatively small but in a good way since it was cozy and intimate.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST restaurant I’ve been to in Dallas, and hands down best Italian I’ve ever had. The ambience was incredible, the acoustic guitarist Miguel was so impressive, and our waiter was so attentive and made amazing suggestions. HIGHLY recommend the crispy veal meatball appetizer, farfalle carbonara entree, and tiramisu dessert. We had such a great time we actually called the owner over to say how impressed we were.

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TM
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always great! Very pleasant neighborhood Italian restaurant.

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JS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was referred to us by the concierge at the Fairmont Hotel and we are so glad he did. Our experience was wonderful and we will definitely go back on our next trip to Dallas.

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KL
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere was magnificent! The waiter we had was awesome and service was great. The manager took out time to talk to us and gave us a warm welcome.

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KS
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cute dinner place Hasan (sorry for the probable misspelling) was an excellent waiter, and really made the dinner an experience. The other waiter completely ignored us when we had a question on our way out, but once we tracked down Hasan, he apologized took care of us.

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DF
Jackson Hole
25 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very attentive staff. Great food and cocktails. A reliably good restaurant.

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JH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful food, drinks, wait staff, ambience, music! A restaurant we frequent a lot and are never disappointed!

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B
Dallas
40 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy dining at Avanti! Consistently excellent food and service. Nice atmosphere with delightful live guitar music. Amin makes everyone feel special and very welcome.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited on a business dinner with two associates from California based on the recommendation of my granddaughter who’s been living in the area for about 6 months. Originally being from Philadelphia, I’m always delighted to find great Italian food . I had the simple Chicken Parmigiana and it was perfect with the Barolo that my friend picked . Definitely will be back next time in Dallas

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VM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service , great atmosphere too. The best garlic bread I’ve ever had

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RB
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avanti is always fantastic. Amin and Candice do a great job for us every time. Keep up the good work guys.
Delicious Italian comfort.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and wonderful food.

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C
Dallas
146 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat on patio for lunch and it was very pleasant and the waiter was great and food also great!! Love this place!! Dinner also a great experience!

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AC
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Inside Very dark and noisy. Se could dinner outside in the pateo, very Pleasant. Good food. Good prices.

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Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Candi was AWESOME! Food was awesome!

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b
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really love this place. The food is absolutely amazing.

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JB
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say...the food is spectacular!!! Immediately when I walked in, the host addressed me by "Mr." followed by my last name...it was unforgettably awesome! The service from our waitress was top notch, and the quality of food never disappoints. It's an indescribable spot to take a date. The live music also delivers in unmatched excellence.

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S
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The lamb chops were perfect and the sea bass delicious. Recommend the beet salad. Outdoor seating picked up the loud music from across the street. Service and food cannot go wrong with Avanti, we are repeat customers and never disappointed.

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EO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Dallas!

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C
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining in Dallas. Great food service and location.

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OT
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Been here many times without disappointment, however Went for lunch, restaurant smelled like sewage and the Salad Gourmandi did not taste fresh.

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

The food was simply awful in every way. I ordered chicken parm - noodles were still stuck together and tough, sauce was canned, and cheese squares were melted on what tasted liked frozen chicken. Even worse, the chef put broccoli leaves on top of the plate. I have eaten in some of the nicest Italian restaurants in NYC and Chicago, and I have NEVER seen a dish garnished with broccoli. I do not recommend this restaurant.

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RB
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Service was excellent. Very friendly wait staff. We will certainly go again soon.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant in Dallas

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CK
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the feel of this place. Great service, food, and wine. I definitely will return to try more dishes.

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GC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal at a reasonable price.
Avanti is convenient for where I conduct business also.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 star food and service. Best restaurant in Dallas.

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CG
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband an I have been to Avanti twice and both times we had an amazing experience. Our waitress was pleasant, food was simply delicious, and the ambiance was nice. The music is always a nice touch to a lovely evening. We will definitely be back again. Avanti is one of our favorite restaurants in the Dallas.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant in Dallas!!!

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SL
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it all! Chicken Parm was best I have ever had. Aperol Spritz took us back to Italy

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C
Dallas
146 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful evening so we sat on the patio. It was so pleasant and our waiter was great and the food was delicious!! Can't wait to go back!! Use to go there frequently years ago and now it's my old, new favorite restaurant for dining before a performance in the Arts District!!

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MR
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first dinner here. Everything was outstanding from the bread to the dessert. Very good wine list. Food is delicious and presented nicely, can tell chef and staff care and take pride. Martin our waiter was outstanding and extremely knowledgeable about the food as well as the wines. Never wanted for anything throughout the dinner. Definitely going back

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live acoustic guitar, crab encrusted sea bass, great wine and my lovely bride in our 2nd anniversary. Service and all was excellent!

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Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

H as dinner here and it was just ok. Nothing to write home about. Probably wouldn’t go again.

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CW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love Avanti. The food, service, and atmosphere is outstanding. We love the live music, as well! Our new favorite restaurant in Dallas!

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SF
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Avanti, never disappoints.

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DD
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was delicious and our waiter was fantastic!

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