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Ristorante Avanti

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1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-427-0135
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Fine dining for twenty five years as the farm to table restaurant for...
Fine dining for twenty five years as the farm to table restaurant for Santa Cruz county. We buy the produce, seafood and animals from the people who grew them, caught them or raised them. Local cuisine with a European bent. The finest wines from Europe with local wines in that tradition. We have a full bar and patio seating. We are on Highway One open for lunch and dinner. Reservations strongly encouraged.
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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 60
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
New Location Better than Ever

This was my first visit to their new location which I loved. It had a homey, friendly feeling. The red and white wine we chose were excellent. The soup was ok but the fish of the day was very good, as were the desserts. My friend's gnocchi had a superb and sharp sauce. We celebrated a birthday... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2015
Tom H
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Santa Cruz, California
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
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103 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Ashland, Oregon
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

When making a reservation, I was assured the restaurant would make this a special occasion for my husband's 70th birthday. We arrived on time and were shown to the only table available, a brightly lit one in the back of the restaurant, much in contrast to the softer lighting in the rest of the room. Eventually lights were turned down... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This was my first visit to their new location which I loved. It had a homey, friendly feeling. The red and white wine we chose were excellent. The soup was ok but the fish of the day was very good, as were the desserts. My friend's gnocchi had a superb and sharp sauce. We celebrated a birthday here and the... More 

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Butte, Montana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We debated turning around and exiting the door before it began, but alas the hostess returned with a table ready to seat us. Underdressed, out-of-place with no other recourse than to follow. So we sat at the table and the hostess whispered something in the direction of their wine selection. My wife was quick to order a "Coke", although I... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

I dropped by for lunch to check it out for a family Christmas dinner. Even though I was a single, they seated me right away during a busy time. Top notch menu items for lunch but somewhat limited in total number of choices - hey, that is one way to go - specialize and make the items you do offer... More 

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United States
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This place is a wonderful gem on Mission street that is well worth a visit when in Santa Cruz. The dishes are full of flavour and seem like something your nonna would make. The space is welcoming though the sound level can get rather loud on a busy night. Attentive servers combined with delicious food made for a lovely evening.

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Cincinnati, OH
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Absolutely incredible meal! Beginning with an exquisite margarita straight through the salads and entrees this is one of the best dinners we had in all of California, including Carmel where we were staying. The food is creative, fresh and the service was excellent. We sampled Avanti's specials, a spinach fettucini and lamb on skewers. Both exceeded our highest expectation. Wish... More 

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El Cerrito, California
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I went with a group to this nice Italian restaurant right on Mission with good parking. We had a little private room at the front of the restaurant with attentive, albeit a bit slow, service that could be attributed to the larger group. We were in no hurry, the wine flowed, the food was good, and the company was relaxed,... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

This is unquestionably the best restaurant in Santa Cruz featuring fresh local ingredients, superb menu selections and a wonderful wine list. Warm and informed servers - 5 out of 5 stars!

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Ardmore, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We had a wonderful dinner. We appreciated the inventive dishes and fresh local ingredients. Service was very good.

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Santa Cruz, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Loved the food, service great, noise level not acceptable. I could not hear my husband talking. Will probably not go back which is too bad.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-427-0135

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

Description

Fine dining for twenty five years as the farm to table restaurant for Santa Cruz county. We buy the produce, seafood and animals from the people who grew them, caught them or raised them. Local cuisine with a European bent. The finest wines from Europe with local wines in that tradition. We have a full bar and patio seating. We are on Highway One open for lunch and dinner. Reservations strongly encouraged.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?