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03/25/12Provided by Citysearch
The other i stopped by this restaurant and have to say to i was pleasantly surprised, after ordering suppa di mare i can honestly say that it was the best i had in a long time, the sauce was so flavorful and the ingredients were fresh, the bread was warm out of the oven and homemade....nedless to say that i am a big seafood lover and know how to recognize a good dish, also the waiter was checking on me and my dad often, he was courteous and even gave us a little info about what we could do after dinner around that area..since we dont live in that area. I recommend this place if you are looking for a good quality meal at a descent price in downtown dallas. By the way, the place is not too big...but cozy and with nice atmosphere and music. I will come back to this place next time i am around.
03/21/12Provided by Citysearch
The food was plain and boring. No seasoning. We cound not understand the waiter. It wasn't a clean environment. I really wish we would have gone to another venture during our stay in Dallas instead of Ravenna's. Zero stars from my family.
02/28/12Provided by Citysearch
Avoid dining at this restaurant if you are considering a large party. I traveled with a large group from the west coast and booked the private dining area for 28. I discussed the menu options with ""Kevin"", one of the managers and we were all set. In addition, one of my girlfriends also spoke to the manager who committed days in advance that they could accomodate our request. Two days later (and a day before my travels to Dallas from California) I received a call from the owner that he had since ""fired"" Kevin and that they could not accomodate my party for the cost comitted to me ($17 per person for penne pasta with marinara, garlic bread, green salad and fountain drinks - no alcohol or dessert). Not only was this manager completely unreasonable, he was rude as well and offered no possible solution - other than for me to reduce my menu and cut out the $6.50 salad to meet the $17 price. The next day when we arrived in Dallas, our event ended early so I called the restaurant to find out if our room would be ready earlier (since I reserved a private room). At that point, the same owner told me that he would not be ready for me early and in fact, somebody else was using the room. The room I had reserved for 28 would not be ready until 8:30 at the earliest. Needless to say, my friends and I had to find another location to enjoy dinner - which we did! I would never recommend this place and I certainly wouldn't even give it one star although that's the lowest rating possible.
11/10/11Provided by Citysearch
This littlel touch of Italy is in the heart of Downtown Dallas at Main and Field Street, is quaint, a little like downtown in Chicago or New York. I enjoyed it because we could talk and visit while eating a wonderful Italian meal. I had Zuppa di Mare. Wonderully delightful, this mix of seafoods and pasta is fresh and light and seasoned to allow the taste of the ocean to come through. I also liked their wine list. Not the biggest, but selected to mix with what you are dining on. If you want Italian, from Italians that are wanting to please...try Ravenna's.
08/29/11Provided by Citysearch
I'm upset I have to give this place even 1 star...yes, food was good...but service was lackluster. We figured our server was maybe having a bad night & were as cheerful as we could be with each encounter & tipped him well to hopefully make up for a bad night.
BUT THE WORST - Just as we were leaving, I realized I had left my iphone on table (had been checking Cowboys score). We quickly went back inside to retrieve the phone, but the table had already been cleared, & guess what?? NO ONE had seen my phone. Yeah, right. It was late Sat. evening & we were the only customers left in the restaurant! With the short time that had elapsed, & only staff in the building, doesn't take much of stretch of imagination to figure out what happened. Owner was not helpful at all in helping us find phone, & in fact, got VERY upset with me when I suggested I would need to file a police report for the missing item. He even refused to give he his full name or a business card!! What kind of person does that?? Stay far away!!!!
05/04/11Provided by Citysearch
This review is not focusing on the food quality, but rather the customer service. My wife and a group of friends ate here nearly 6 weeks ago. While reconciling our monthly bank statement, we noticed we had been overcharged by $2....taken out as a ""tip"". The bill already had an 18% automatice gratuity applied, and some of the ladies actually left more ""cash"" on the table when they left. Rather the $2 was intentional or accidental, we'll never know the truth. However the problem is that we have called (my wife 3 time, myself twice) requesting them to take care of this issue. $2 is not going to break our bank, but it's the principle of taking care of customers and making things right when you mess up....which the management of Ravenna has failed to do, even after 5 calls. They have given us so many run-around answers, it's like a child caught stealing bubblegum and trying their best to get out of it. They have asked for the last 4 digits of our card, which we gave them. They have asked for our address, which we gave them. They have even asked for both of them multiple times. I asked the manager if he just threw our info in the trash the last 2 times we've given it to them...obviously since we have not been compensated properly. I would encourage everyone to double check their bank statements carefully, because they could possibly be doing this to severaly hundreds of people each and every day. The food may be grrrrrrrrrrrreat! but the lack of integrity and character from leadership will prevent my family and friends from ever returning!
11/12/10Provided by Citysearch
Highly recomend this place... its small, quaint, and desceivingly awesome. Service is better then a 5* high profile chef inspired dinning experience. The food is by far the best Italian food we have had, including anything we have cooked personally!! Need I say more... this is a Must Have!!!
09/20/10Provided by Citysearch
I was in Dallas for a tradeshow this past week, I had the pleasure of dining at Ravenna with 3 of my co-workers. We were all in agreement that Ravenna served one of the best Italian dinners we had ever tasted.
The service was excellent and the owner checked on us twice. Very nice dining experience. Kudos to Ravenna.
So I have been going to Ravenna for 2 years now, and I must say that after 2 visits I felt like a regular. They treat you as if you are part of the gang which makes it a very inviting place to have a drink before the club or make a night of it. The food is great, especially the chicken sorrentino!!! I will continue to visit, and support the fact that they are now bringing live jazz into downtown dallas on tuesdays!
Okay Dallas, let me share my favorite place to go in Dallas, HANDS DOWN. First of all the food is so so so good. My mouth is watering as we speak. Ravenna not only hails the best pizza in Dallas, the pastas are to die for. And anytime you're not sure about what's good, Milan will definitely find the right dish for you. The service and the approachability of the staff is amazing. The local patrons are also so great. Prices are good too. It's fine dining at casual prices. There's also a ton of specials during happy hour & reverse happy hour. I could go on forever... Also check out LIVE JAZZ on Tuesdays and LIVE DJ's on the weekends til 4 am!!!
I've been to this place many times with my BF, the staff is very nice and servicial, their italian food is the best in the downtown area, they have drinks specials at the bar and they have live jazz on tuesdays with wine specials....which my BF and i love. Also the pizza amazing, thin crust and excelent falvor..this place is worth to visit, don't miss it if you are in downtown.
03/31/10Provided by Citysearch
Ravenna has given Downtown Dallas a bit of what is sorely lacking. A soul. It's brought heart to Downtown in what would otherwise be a sea of clubs and medicore restaurants.
As a regular patron of Ravenna, I can atest to it's excellent quality in food, service and bringing a sense of community to the residents of Downtown Dallas.
The food is the best Italian I've eaten in Dallas. Ingredients are fresh and not prepared with a heavy hand as which is often the case of Italian venues.
Another bonus for any football (i.e. soccer) fans is Ravenna is a haven for us fans as the games are always on and if not the staff with oblige with your request to watch. Keep this in mind as the World Cup is approaching.
Ravenna is a 5 star establishment that you be patronised by all. You will throughly enjoy your experience.
02/15/09Provided by Citysearch
I live downtown and love to try new places. I came upon Ravenna because i wanted a slice of pizza. When i went in the owner Milan greeted me and made me feel like family. The pizza is amazing and now i have been so many times that i have almost tried everything he offers. The calamari is perfect, and the sauce it comes with is legendary. I go there for lunches, dinners, drinks and after the bars close i go there for some late partying. They have a dj on the weekends late and pizza is served til like 330 or something. If you don't go and try it you are missing out on a Downtown Dallas Gem.
12/03/08Provided by Citysearch
I am so absolutely impressed with my dinner last night - wow - incredible. I had the special that I think is called Zuppa di Mare - pasta with clams, sea scallops, salmon, mussels, shrimp, & calamari!! Whoa - I can't tell you how delicious this was. The bartender has a new drink as his signature & you must go try it - has green in the name - but not too many if you're driving. Great location - parking is a cinch downtown really. I parked off Field - free, very cool. It's close to a lot of happening night life spots, but I'm telling you the food here is awesome - wonderful secret at least to me - hope it doesn't get mobbed soon. I'll be back often.
Great Food - Fine Wine - Real People!
- General Info
- In Downtown Dallas, directly beneath the historic Davis Building, resides a critically-acclaimed Italian Restaurant known as Ravenna. This Urban Mecca specializes in serving authentic regional Italian food featuring fresh ingredients and masterful preparation. Ravennas casual yet upscale atmosphere make it ideal for dining with family, friends, clients and business associates, or perhaps something a bit more romantic In addition to its unparalleled cuisine, Ravennas eclectic bar and outdoor patio provides patrons with a vibrant spot to sip on a variety of specialty cocktails and imported beers. Our Happy Hour is considered Downtown Dallas most energetic, lively places to go for good fun and great fun featuring nightly drink specials. Ravenna Urban Italian Restaurant is conveniently located in the heart of Downtown on the northwest corner of Field and Main Street with ample parking just steps away. Patrons at Ravenna are treated to a casual Chicago-style dining experience that features high quality service & savory Italian dishes at incredibly competitive prices. Lunch at Ravenna is popular for its fast, delicious & low cost fare, and Dinner at Ravenna features innovative Nightly Specials along with an expanded upscale menu & signature cocktails.
- Regular Hours
Mon - Thu: Fri: Sat: Sun:
- Pizza, Family Style Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Restaurants
- Boasting an award-winning Italian menu, impressive wine list and a highly attentive level of service, Ravenna Italian Downtown Restaurant has earned its reputation as the most popular Italian restaurant that Downtown Dallas has to offer. Italian & Up scale Casual
- Payment Options
- Price Range
- Dallas Plano Richardson Arlington Fortworth Dallas-Fortworth Metroplex
- Main Street District, Downtown Dallas, Central Dallas
- English, Spanish
- Other Information
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Family Style, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
Pets Allowed: No