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1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-427-0135
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5:30 pm - 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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  • 64
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  • 29
    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
Nicely priced and presented meal

After an afternoon on the Boardwalk, an escape to a more low key and settled place for dinner. Food was good but sadly one of the daily specials had already sold out, and it wasn't that late. Only after a brisk run to the kitchen by the waitstaff to grab the last lasagna special made having it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Portland, Oregon
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Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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English first
Portland, Oregon
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80 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

After an afternoon on the Boardwalk, an escape to a more low key and settled place for dinner. Food was good but sadly one of the daily specials had already sold out, and it wasn't that late. Only after a brisk run to the kitchen by the waitstaff to grab the last lasagna special made having it possible. Service was... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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181 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We wanted to have a special dinner with friends and catch up. We chose Ristorante Avanti and it was absolutely perfect. The Server was passionate and articulate about the specials and menu. The food was amazing. We could easily talk and the ambiance was very nice. I enjoyed a Ling Cod special with Risotto cakes and radish salad. Appetizers included... More 

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Redding, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

It was our first time to eat at this restaurant. We ordered 3 different dishes, all very good. The staff were solicitous and the food arrived after only a short wait. The ambience was very understated. We would definitely come here again.

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Santa Cruz
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I absolutely love this restaurant. My husband and I come here monthly for a night out. We do arrive early and always sit at the bar for dinner. One of the main selling points of Avanti is Katie Cater who works behind the bar. She is very knowledgeable about the wine list and is always helpful and willing to make... More 

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Park City, Utah
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267 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Lunch with friends here was very pleasant. The food and the service was really good. They even made a custom salad for me, although the menu had lots of excellent options.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Avanti is definitely one of the best places in Santa Cruz! Me and my French friend went to Avanti last week, and were impressed by the high quality food and excellent flavor combinations. I absolutely love their filet mignon-cooked to perfection!-and I also enjoyed my starter (warm avocado with crab) and the delicious ice cream sandwich I had for dessert.... More 

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Austin
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We eat here every time we come to Santa Cruz. Looking for healthy cuisine. Had the chicken cacciatore with extra sautéed veggies. Fall off the bone tender. Great service. Nice place.

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Ashland, Oregon
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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
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102 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 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 restaurant reviews
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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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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: Scenic view, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Romantic

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?