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Avanti's Italian Restaurant

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407 S Main St, Normal, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61761-2947
+1 309-452-4436
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Normal, Illinois
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So sorry, all you past ISU fans that just have to go eat at Avanti's. Please, there are so many better restaurants to visit. That's all I have to say. Go there for the memories, not the food.

Thank laurel k
Knoxville, Tennessee
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Still as great as I remember from college! The gondolas are addictive! I'm not sure if it's the great memories or the good bread or both, but I love this place & try to come back for a sandwich whenever we are in town.

Thank Jacqueline v
Danvers, Illinois
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54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great low priced Italian food. Just don't eat their nasty Pizza. Everything else in the restaurant is exceptionally good. Large parking lot. The restrooms could be cleaner.

Thank Timothy G
Aurora, Illinois
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great pasta for cheaper place. Portion sizes were large and great for the price. Bread is excellent and warm!

Thank Harold D
Normal, Illinois
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Ive never had a bad meal from Avantis, I have family in Branson,Mo who use to live here and when we visit them we have to take them Avantis bread.

Thank Lori B
Wheaton, IL
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190 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We came on a busy cheerleading weekend when it can be difficult to get a table in Bloomington-Normal. We were seated in good order and our server was excellent. The Italian food was average, not authentic and lacking in flavor. Avanti's is a sure hit with a large party that is hungry, but a foodie with true Italian dining experience... More 

Thank johnnyhotcakes
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75 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

I always rely on TripAdvisor reviews when searching for restaurants. This one is spot on. We were seated immediately, order taken and food served quickly which is so important when you're starving. Our server, Mikael, was very courteous and replenished our beverages several times. Food was tasty. Mainly Chicago style selections but not quite Chicago tasting although it was good... More 

Thank Diane S
Princeton, Illinois, United States
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56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

While most of my reviews are strictly from a patron's standpoint, I have inside information to share about Avanti's having worked there from 1988 - 2008. Avanti's is a family owned and operated business and the Zellers take great pride in what they have created. I have worked in and been in the kitchens of several restaurants and rest assured... More 

Thank Barry G
Normal, Illinois
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91 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We were long time friends of the original owners of Avanti's. They created recipes and an atmosphere that are hard to beat. The good news is the family carries on the great flavors and strong traditions. Try the pizza burger, always a winner.

Thank Bobsadt
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

There has between an Avant's I normal for decades. They added a larger facility in Bloomington a few years ago. It seems like the quality of the food has declined somewhat during the last few years. I've had good and bad experiences. Generally things are fairly good and reasonably priced. At this time I can I only offer three stars.

Thank CircutRider

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 407 S Main St, Normal, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61761-2947
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Bloomington-Normal  >  Normal
  • Phone Number: +1 309-452-4436

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?