Benvenuti's is artful, understated dining as conceived by executive chef Anthony Compagni. We strive to awaken the senses by utilizing seasonal ingredients, both international and local. At Benvenuti's we continuously seek the finest selection of local and organically grown produce, legumes, and grains wherever possible. We also obtain naturally raised animal products to provide foods free of antibiotics, growth hormones, and pesticides. Benvenuti’s pasta is hand made in Abruzzo, Italy by Rustichella d’Abruzzo from the finest Italian wheat. Mangiare!
Fine food is appreciated when paired with fine wine. Benvenuti’s has carefully assembled an artful collection of boutique wines. Benvenuti’s offers more than 150 wine selection to compliment the menu of Chef Compagni, available by the bottle, half bottle, glass or our exciting wine flight.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday 5pm-10pm
$31 to $50
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Benvenuti’s offers full service catering…our Executive Chef Anthony Compagni will design a custom menu that fits the needs of your event…from a cocktail reception…business luncheon…outdoor Bar-B-Que…holiday celebration…to a formal sit down dinner. We offer premium bar service as well, providing all necessary ABLE off-site catering liquor permits.
Private Party Facilities:
Benvenuti’s offers an artful choice for private dining that elevates any occasion to extraordinary. Private dining at Benvenuti’s, whether in the main dining room with its panoramic view of fine art, brick, stone, to the beautiful hand carved bar or the elegant red room for the ultimate in private dining. Benvenuti’s offers the blue room with its exclusive view of down town Norman.
Private Party Contact:
Jennifer Reardon: 4057089572x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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Benvenuti's Ratings and Reviews
Food was amazing. Server, DJ, was very i ...
Food was amazing. Server, DJ, was very informative and attentive.
I would eat here every day if I could. I ...
I would eat here every day if I could. I would work my way through the entire menu because it is so amazing. Service, atmosphere, food, staff! All of it! Love this place. Do not miss the lamb rack!
The service was a little slow at times. ...
The service was a little slow at times. food and ambiance were great.
Great choice for dinner for two
wide variety of menu choices, which is not always the case with elegant restaurants. The homemade pasta is fabulous. The wine list has something for everyone.
This was our first visit to the restaura ...
This was our first visit to the restaurant based upon open table reviews. Upon arrival, we were told our table was not yet ready (not a problem). The restaurant looked inviting and we were looking forward to a dinner experience someplace where we had not been before. Once our table was ready, we were taken to the back part of the restaurant and seated at an "extended" table with 10 other guests. In addition, there were two large groups in this section. The ambience of this section was completely unlike that of the "main" seating area. It reminded us of being in a banquet hall. Our disappointment was , even with reservations and ample seating in the main restaurant, the fact that we were seated in this section. The food was delicious and we plan to return, but we will probably be sure to request main dining room seating.
We are in love with this place! We came ...
We are in love with this place! We came for a birthday party in a private room! The service was great and the manager, Terrasina came by several times to make sure everything was perfect. And it was. The food is truly the best in the mid-west. Might be some of the best food I have have ever had. We had the Lamb Rack, Filetto, Bruschetta, Benvenuti Salad, and the Butterscotch Budino and Brandy Ice are a perfect finish.
My wife and I ate there to try to decide ...
My wife and I ate there to try to decide if we will use their catering for our daughter's wedding. Before we ate, the manager was awesome because she took the time to review the options. So many and they can make it work in our budget. Dinner was nothing short of fantastic! If they put the same care into the wedding dinner as they do their food, it will be a splendid evening!!
The Ahi Tuna Poke is to die for. Had it ...
The Ahi Tuna Poke is to die for. Had it as my salad. Perfect! Service was fantastic! The waitress knew just what wine to pair with my dinner! Wonderful. Will be back soon!!!
Excellent atmosphere, food, wine selection, and service. Some of the best in Norman. I highly recommend it.
Food was not exceptional, given the pri ...
Food was not exceptional, given the pricing, I was disappointed.
Great food- lackluster service
The food was great as ever. Had the rack of lamb and caprese, two others split the Veal Parm and shrimp shriracha. Service was sloppy on a slow Saturday.
The food was great but the service was inattentive.
Fine dining at its best!
We had the most attentive wait staff and the food was superb! We ordered the antipasto plate. It was huge and tasty. The chicken Marsala was perfectly cooked and the servings were huge! Definitely will be going back.
Best HAPPY HOUR in town. Awesome meatba ...
Best HAPPY HOUR in town. Awesome meatballs and bruschetta appetizer! Five bucks!!! We had Moscow Mules and Martinis also five bucks! Great selection and great prices! The patio was perfect because it is on the shady side of the building! Loved it! New regular spot!
Benvenutis is the best Italian Restauran ...
Benvenutis is the best Italian Restaurant in Norman. With an extensive wine list and an original menu with many gourmet choices, it has been a fixture in Norman for years. Whether you are out for a romantic evening or celebrating a special occasion, it is a great place to spend an evening dining out. The only negative is the noise level can interfere with conversation. I would strongly suggest reservations on weekends or holidays.
Fabulous food and atmosphere!! I would h ...
Fabulous food and atmosphere!! I would highly recommend to family and friends!!
Premier restaurant in Norman. Food is a ...
Premier restaurant in Norman. Food is always very good and service was excellent on the Monday night we visited. Salads are always great and innovative. Pasta dishes are very tasty; however, the pasta serving sizes tend to be on the smaller side. This is in contrast to the meat and chicken dishes, which tend to be larger servings. Can highly recommend the veal dish and the chicken marsala. Extensive wine list and reasonable selections of beer.
We went for my son's graduati from OU. T ...
We went for my son's graduati from OU. Table was ready early on a very busy night because we had a reservation. We are all foodies who have dined around the world and we LOVED our food. We loved our salads (caesar, wedge and the tomato and burrata salad), and we loved the lobster pasta dish I ordered. The desserts were fabulous, especially the chocolate pot! We are sad that after 5 years visiting our son in Norman, we just discovered this wonderful place! Nothing else in the area compares to this place. Our server, Allison, was great, too! She really gave us good recommendations and described the dishes so well. Wine list was great--so many choices and we all got our very favorite wines (sparkling, white and red!)
Sea Bass!! Sea Bass!! Sea Bass!! So de ...
Sea Bass!! Sea Bass!! Sea Bass!! So delicious!
Consistent great food and wait staff. Co ...
Consistent great food and wait staff. Cool outside patio. Get the rocket salad and seabass. They actually know how to cook fish.
My service was amazing, but I thought a ...
My service was amazing, but I thought a $66 ribeye would be the best I have ever had, and I was disappointed in it!!! It was tough, fatty, I've never had a ribeye that tough before!!! I've heard so many good things about the place, that's why I wanted to go an try it out for myself. The sides were great that come with the steak, I took my steak to go and my dogs enjoyed it!!!
Always a dinning experience. We are so ...
Always a dinning experience. We are so lucky to have chef Anthony in Norman. Myers Lemon Ravioi with crab was awesome!
Excellent restaurant! Fabulous food and excellent service! Can't wait to go back !
Food great as always, though spouse thou ...
Food great as always, though spouse thought bocce ball entree a bit on the dry side. It took a while to get, but it was a reasonable time considering the place was packed, including several large parties. Noise level was too high for our group with some hard of hearing.
A wonderful evening with fabulous food, lovely wine and great service, it made a special occasion even more memorable. Thank you!
Below average Dinner
I had seen many good reviews of the Mussels in tomato sauce. I ordered and the sauce was good but the mussels were small and tough and the shells were so brittle that when touched almost shattered into tiny pieces. Needless to say crushed mussel shells are not tasty. I have eaten at Benvenuti's many times and have never had anything bad. I guess there is a first time for everything. Dessert was good.
Excellent food as always
I took my family to dinner to celebrate my mother's birthday. Generally the service is very good, but not this night. We sat at the table for almost ten minutes before our server came over to tell us she would be with us momentarily. This was odd since the restaurant was not busy. She then came over and took appetizer orders, but rushed off without taking our drink orders. The appetizers came out, then she came back and took our drink orders. We sat there for quite a bit longer waiting for her to come back and take our meal orders. Meanwhile, my son's cocktail was delivered, but was the wrong drink. While she was there taking our meal orders, another waiter came over and told her it was the wrong drink she had served. She walked off after taking half of our orders, saying she needed to find out about the drink. She came back shortly and finished taking our orders. A second cocktail was then delivered, but still not what he ordered. I told her it was the wrong drink again, but she did not remedy the situation. She did not come back after our meal was served, and I eventually had to go ask the hostess for our bill. The drink was included on the tab, even though he never got the right drink. I paid for it anyway, because we had been there so long at this point I didn't want to have to wait for her to come back again. This is one of your favorite places to eat, and this will not stop us from going back, but I will ask for a different server.
They food was great! The price is very comparable. They have a huge wine list. The service was okay but our server was a little distracted. It was very noisy in the room we were sitting in. Hopefully, other areas of the restaurant were not as noisy. We had difficulty hearing across the table.
The waitress was very attentive and pers ...
The waitress was very attentive and personable.
Delicious Food Great Ambiance
We really enjoyed dining at Benvenuti's! The food was incredible, and our server was very attentive. The best part of the experience had to be the ambiance. It was the perfect, no kids date night spot! We will be returning, for sure!
I had the crab claws and my date had the Kobe steak. The crab claws were so over seasoned that I couldn't taste the natural flavor of the crab. My dates steak was severely charred on the outside. So much so that we had to scrape it off. We asked for the steak to be cooked medium and it came out medium well. The server was non existent.
Real wonderful food and service. We ate ...
Real wonderful food and service. We ate last night and it was really great the dishes of truly excellent and a grand slam on the wine list Chefs menu is amazing. This is the only place we go out to eat for good food
Fabulous yet again!
This is my daughter's and my favorite restaurant in Norman! Celebrated an early birthday for my 18 yr. old daughter. The mussel appetizer was the perfect blend of spicy and sweet. And don't forget to use the bread to soak up the sauce! Delicious! I had the filet. It was tender, juicy and flavor packed. They are quick to accommodate if you are interested in something not on the menu. They fixed a special pasta dish for my daughter that was just what she wanted. Tanner, our waiter, was very knowledgeable about wine pairings. Our experience was fabulous yet again! We highly recommend this gem!
Superb Italian Restaurant in Norman, OK!!!
Food was excellent. Service was pefect, I believe her name was Allison! Everyone is friendly and helpful and the food is always great! Love all of their salads and appetizers too!
Justin was training a new waitress and s ...
Justin was training a new waitress and still did an amazing job! Teaching her attention to detail and remembering customers needs and desires!
Great for our Anniversary Dinner
Had a really lovely evening meal hear - and took full advantage of the "new" happy hour from 5-6pm - reduced price appetizers and reduction on certain drinks - lovely Cab for $15. Great food and service, plush decor but relaxed ambiance & atmosphere. Thanks all!
We celebrated our wedding anniversary at ...
We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Benvenuti's. The atmosphere was great, the food was fantastic, and the price point was very reasonable for the dining experience we were given. A+ 5 Stars! Can't wait to dine there again!
Always a gem
We visit Benvenuti's three or four times a year. We've visited hundreds, if not thousands of restaurants in 40+ years; Benvenuti's ranks as one of the very best in terms of menu, food prep and flavor. Service has improved to where I'd rate it a B+ more often than not. If you love great food, make your way there.
My fiance and I went there for our 2nd anniversary, and it was amazing! The food, the wine, and the service were all top notch. Loved it! We will definitely be going back
I would give this place ten stars! In No ...
I would give this place ten stars! In Norman visiting family. I own three restaurants and ate here two nights in a row because I wanted to try it all! This food is fantastic! If I had Italian restaurants, I would want them to be Benvenutis! WOW. Ambiance is super with a lot of character. Service was perfect. Staff was very knowledgeable on menu and wine.
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